If you are registered as a resident in Portugal, then you are eligible for a Número Utente, which gives you access to all public health services and should be shown when visiting the health centre, for diagnostic tests and therapy, and also used at the pharmacy when purchasing prescription medications.

In Estremoz, getting your Número Utente it is a pretty straight-forward procedure. You simply go to the Centro de Saude from 9:00 to 13:00hrs and 14:00 to 17:30hrs, Monday to Friday, with the required documentation.

Getting around Estremoz is easy because it’s a small, compact town and you can comfortably walk to all the amenities yourself—or cycle if you fancy some exercise. But if you live further away from the town centre and don’t own a car it can get tricky. You can always rely on a friendly neighbour to give you a lift to town (from my experience I can say that the people of Estremoz are very friendly and helpful), or you could call a taxi. An easy way to get around to places without having to rely on someone else.