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The Carmo Convent - also known as the Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel - is a former nunnery that was ruined during one of the deadliest earthquakes in history. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake destroyed the entire city and put the Carmo convent and church in ruins, with its library of 5000 books destroyed.
Today the ruined arches stand in the middle of the rebuilt city as a reminder of the worst day in Lisbon’s history.
As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.
We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Portugal. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Portugal.
Corruption: Portugal has a corruption score of 36 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Portugal, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Portugal is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
Portugal is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.27 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Lisbon is 16.
Age of Consent: 14 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Portugal since 2010.
Portugal scores a 10/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Timezone: UTC-01:00 to UTC
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
Weather: Currently moderate rain, with a temperature between 10 and 13.3°C (50 and 56°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 8.16 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Portugal.