PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC

REPUBLICA PORTUGUESA

 

Madeira   -   Port   -   Ronaldo   -   Piri Piri   -   Bacalao   -   Algarve   -   Lisbon   -   Azulejos    -   Pastéis de Nata    -   Vasco da Gama   -   Sardines                                    

CAPITAL

Lisbon

38°42′50″N 9°8′22″W

LANGUAGE

Official and national language:

Portuguese

Recognised regional language:

Mirandese

POPULATION

April 2018 - 10,224,890

AREA

92,212 km2

CURRENCY

Euro

World Heritage Sites

15

Portugal is a sovereign state and the westernmost country of mainland Europe. Located on the Iberian Peninsula in the southwest of Europe, it borders the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and Spain to the north and east. The autonomous regions Madeira and the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores are also included to its territories.  Although Portugal does not have a coastline on the Mediterranean, it is still counted for climatic and cultural reasons to the Mediterranean countries.

As the oldest state on the Iberian Peninsula its territory has been settled, invaded and fought over continuously since prehistoric times. The ancestors of these people traveled the oceans and were the first link between Europe and many other cultures. Understand the Portuguese by sharing their traditions, history, food and wine as the famous Port wine. There are many other excellent wines in Portugal such as the refreshing Vinho Verde.

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. This city has it all, nearby beaches, monuments and historical sites. Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and lies further north. The historic center of Porto was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. It is really one of the most beautiful inner cities in the world. Here you can visit the Torre dos Clérigos and climb or visit historic monuments, churches and museums.

Nature and landscape lovers will fall in love with Portugal. From volcanic islands, green national parks, waterfalls, caves, breathtaking long white atlantic beaches, valleys, mountains and vast golden wheat fields, the country has it all. Portugal has also some of the best beaches in Europe and even in the world! The beaches of Algarve head the list.