Natural disasters

Portugal is in an earthquake zone. Know what to do in the event of a tremor. For information on seismic activity, including in Madeira and the Azores, visit the Portuguese Met Office website.

Forest fires

Forest fires often occur during the summer months. Forest fires are highly dangerous and unpredictable. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas. Make sure cigarette ends are properly extinguished, don’t light barbecues and don’t leave empty bottles behind. Causing a forest fire is treated as a criminal offence in Portugal even if unintentional. If you see a forest fire, call the emergency services on 112.

For information on the risk of forest fires (interactive map in Portuguese), visit the Portuguese Met Office website. For real time information on the status of forest fires, visit the Civil Protection authority website.

For severe weather warnings, visit the European Meteorological Services website