Portugal

Ponte de Lima – Credits: Região de Turismo do Alto MinhoPonte de Lima – Credits: Região de Turismo do Alto Minho

With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 kms of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round.

Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe, this is a country with the oldest borders in Europe, an exceptional range of diverse landscapes, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage. In Portugal, tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality. Just a short flight from any other European capital, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world. Bordering with Spain, Portugal also includes the Madeira and Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean. Mainland Portugal occupies an area of 88,889 km2. It is 218 km wide and 561 km long with 832 km of Atlantic coast and a 1,215 km along the Spanish border.

 

 

 

PORTUGUESE CUISINESpecial cheeses made in the Autonomous Region of AzoresSpecial cheeses made in the Autonomous Region of Azores

Despite being relatively restricted to a Atlantic sustenance, Portuguese cuisine has many Mediterranean influences. Portuguese cuisine is famous for seafood. The influence of Portugal's former colonial possessions is also notable, especially in the wide variety of spices used. These spices include piri piri (small, fiery chili peppers) and black pepper, as well as cinnamon, vanilla and saffron. Olive oil is one of the bases of Portuguese cuisine, which is used both for cooking and flavouring meals. Garlic is widely used, as are herbs, such as coriander and parsley.

A lot of Portuguese dishes are made up of meat – especially pork and chicken. Pork is the most popular meat dish available, whether you want chops, ribs or legs! One of their most well liked meat dishes is Rojões a Moda do Minho – chunks of pork loin that is cooked in pigs lard. It’s seasoned with garlic and white wine, and served with a variety of stewed potatoes. Stews in general are very popular in Portugal, with including every type of meat possible (and some including every body part available too) If you’re ordering one of these stews whilst on holiday, we suggest you wear something loose fitted – they are very filling!

  

Portugal – Credits: José ManuelPortugal – Credits: José ManuelCLIMATE

The climate in Portugal varies considerably from one region to another and is influenced by the relief, latitude and proximity to the sea, which offers mild winters, especially in the Algarve. In the Porto e Norte area and Beiras region, particularly inland, nearer Spain, the winters are colder, although the temperatures are still mild when compared to the rest of Europe. There is some snowfall. It occurs most in the Serra da Estrela mountains, where we find the highest point in mainland Portugal (1,991 m) and where it is sometimes possible to ski. The summers are hot and dry, especially in the inland areas (Trás-os-Montes in north-eastern Portugal and Alentejo). Temperatures are slightly lower in the coastal areas, because of the influence of the sea. There are often warm, sunny days in autumn.

LANGUAGE

From a Latin root, Portuguese is spoken on every continent by about 250 million people. It is the 5th most spoken language in the world and the 3rd most spoken of all European languages word wide. The Portuguese-speaking countries are scattered all over the world. Portuguese is spoken in Africa (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé e Príncipe), in South America (Brazil) and in Asia, (East Timor), and it is also the official language in Macao Special Administrative Region of China. Other languages spoken in Portugal include English, French and Spanish.

Sintra, Pena Palace – Credits: José ManuelSintra, Pena Palace – Credits: José Manuel

RELIGION

The majority of Portuguese are Catholics, but the Portuguese Constitution guarantees religious freedom and there are a number of different religions in Portugal.

 

  

 

 

 

Portugal in pictures


CaminhaCaminha
Ponte de Lima – Credits: Região de Turismo do Alto MinhoPonte de Lima – Credits: Região de Turismo do Alto Minho
Vila de BarcaVila de Barca
OportoOporto
Oporto – Credits: András HerczogOporto – Credits: András Herczog
Oporto – Credits: http://domjanfoto.hu ; András HerczogOporto – Credits: http://domjanfoto.hu ; András Herczog
Oporto – Credits: András HerczogOporto – Credits: András Herczog
Oporto – Credits: András HerczogOporto – Credits: András Herczog
Oporto – Credits: András HerczogOporto – Credits: András Herczog
Oporto – Credits: András HerczogOporto – Credits: András Herczog
Oporto – Credits: András HerczogOporto – Credits: András Herczog
Douro valleyDouro valley
Douro valley - Credits: José ManuelDouro valley - Credits: José Manuel
EspinhoEspinho
Fátima – Credits: Santuário de FátimaFátima – Credits: Santuário de Fátima
Sintra, Pena Palace – Credits: José ManuelSintra, Pena Palace – Credits: José Manuel
Estoril – Credits: Junta de Turismo da Costa do EstorilEstoril – Credits: Junta de Turismo da Costa do Estoril
Portugal – Credits: José ManuelPortugal – Credits: José Manuel
Lisbon – Credits: António SacchettiLisbon – Credits: António Sacchetti
Lisbon – Credits: António SacchettiLisbon – Credits: António Sacchetti
Lisbon, Praça de CommercioLisbon, Praça de Commercio
Portugal – Credits: José ManuelPortugal – Credits: José Manuel
Algarve region– Credits: Região de Turismo do AlgarveAlgarve region– Credits: Região de Turismo do Algarve
Algarve regionAlgarve region
Algarve region – Credits: Alma Mollemans ; Pestana Palace HotelAlgarve region – Credits: Alma Mollemans ; Pestana Palace Hotel
Coast of Algarve – Credits: Região de Turismo do AlgarveCoast of Algarve – Credits: Região de Turismo do Algarve
Algarve regionAlgarve region
Autonomous Region of Azores – Credits: Associação de Turismo dos AçoresAutonomous Region of Azores – Credits: Associação de Turismo dos Açores
Autonomous Region of AzoresAutonomous Region of Azores
Autonomous Region of MadeiraAutonomous Region of Madeira