Social Life in Portugal
The Portuguese are very well aware of the world around them as well as the differences
in opinions and behaviors. Because of this they are quite understanding of various
cultures and foreigners so odd behaviors are generally accepted (but not encouraged).
Your behavior should begin with modesty as being loud, rude, showing off wealth,
or dressing provocatively will get you stares. Likewise, placing yourself above
others or boasting is viewed negatively.
As a visitor to Portugal, just try to follow the lead of the locals by dressing
in like manner (see below for details), dining in the local etiquette (see our Portugal Dining & Food Page),
and avoid sensitive conversation topics, such as politics, finances, and business
unless initiated by your local counterpart.