Free internet in Portugal
A quick note about Internet in Portugal. Wi-fi is available in the larger hotels, such as the Ibis chain at which I often stay, but it is not free – in fact an absurd €5/hr or €20/day (i.e. more than £4 and £17 respectively).
The Portuguese government, however, has other ideas. Most larger towns now have a free internet-cafe, run by the local Chamber of Commerce or equivalent – and they do allow tourists to use them. This one is in the small walled town of Obidos, about an hour north of Lisbon. Back in Coimbra, there was a sign apologising that the building was closed for repairs – but they’d deliberately left their wi-fi running, so there was a huddle of students and others sitting with their laptops on the steps outside. Nice. Worth looking out for whilst you’re travelling, anyways.