Central Portugal – Off the Tourist Trail



Last week, I went to the phone shop to sort out getting internet at my house . As I live in a small village, fiber optic, dongles and the like, are not possible. I would first need to have a phone line put in ,and then I would be able to have the internet connection.

I thought it might take a few weeks, but SAPO ( the internet company ) sent me a message the day after I filled in the paperwork, with an appointment to install the phone and internet . I was quite impressed, as I only had to wait 4 days. Then on Monday, I got a phone call making it a day earlier. I was double impressed. After 6 years of dealing with Telefonica in Spain , I was not used to things happening this quickly

Yesterday( Tuesday) the technician arrived, and after a quick walk around the village, it became apparent that before I could have a phone line and phone, the village needed to have a telephone pole erected.

I was a bit disappointed that it was not possible yesterday, and thought that realistically it would be sorted before the end of the month.

How wrong was I !

I was still in my pyjamas at 8.15 am this morning ,when the men from PT ( Portuguese Telecom) were knocking on my door. Wow that was quick !

My own telephone pole

They dug through the rocky ground, put up the pole, sorted out the cables, connected everything inside and out, and got me on line by 12.30. I was gobsmacked. ( in fact I still am a bit )

I cannot praise PT and the people from SAPO enough. They have been brilliant !

Now it will be easier to keep in touch with friends and family, check my mail , find out what is happening in the world, and  keep you up to date with what is happening here in Central Portugal.


Author: portugalholidayguide

I love making and creating , and trying out new ideas .


  1. Crikey, how fab is that. Maybe more people will start getting Internet in your village now.

  2. Maybe Zoe, but as far as I know only one other house has a telephone , and a TV , and no one else has a washing machine , so it make be a while yet !!

  3. Brilliant Sharon and what a great pole ha ha x

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