While there are no fixed rules when it comes to finding a partner, these tips should help to give you an introduction to dating while in Portugal.
They include some basic etiquette about dating and customs to help you understand Portuguese women and men, and hopefully be successful in the dating scene here.
While Portuguese men tend to embrace their close friends, if you’re meeting your new partner’s family for the first time, shaking hands is considered more appropriate.
In terms of gender politics, the balance in Portugal might be different to what you’re used to in your home country.
With this in mind, two of their greatest traits are they are upfront and honest.But first, if you’ve just moved to Portugal, it’s important to gain an understanding of how the culture works - and this can be a time-consuming task, especially if you’re hoping to meet someone special.Indeed, what you might consider a romantic gesture in one country could be seen as unwelcome or rude in another.It’s important to be on time in Portugal and lateness is particularly frowned upon – so plan to arrive a little early for your date.
And as for the age-old ‘cheque dance’ after a meal, men in Portugal tend to be very chivalrous on dates, so women may find their attempts to split the bill at the end of the night falling on deaf ears.While Portuguese food varies from region to region, if your partner is a good chef, you can expect to enjoy plenty of onions, garlic, tomato and olive oil.