Portugal info

Portugal is a relaxed wonder of Europe. The world-renown Algarve coast offers highly developed stretches of beach while Lisbon is known as Europes laid-back and affordable capital city. Its features impressive architecture, UNESCO World Heritage sites, a diverse population, delicious seafood and a non-stop cosmopolitan night-life. Sit in a street cafe with a bica (espresso) or a glass of port and watch the world go by. Following its heyday as a world power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake. Now Portugal is revered for its laid-back lifestyle and landscape wreathed in olive groves, vineyards and wheat fields. Apart from the Algarve, the coast remains relaxing, totally Portuguese and isolated. There is a host of UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Upstream is an open-air prehistoric art gallery composed of the Rock Engravings of the Ca Valley. Nearby breathtaking Douro valley is where they grow the grapes used to produce another of the world's great heritages, Port wine. The city of Tomar is dominated by the Convento de Cristo and the Castelo Templario, both of which bear witness to the history of the Order of the Knights Templar. The Azores and Madeira Islands offer landscape of unparalleled natural beauty.

Regions in Portugal

The region coincides with the district of Faro, and has as its administrative centre the town of Faro, where both the region's international airport (... READ MORE


Aveiro District is located in the central coastal region of Portugal.... READ MORE


The two westernmost Azorean islands (Flores and Corvo) actually lie on the North American plate. The Azores' most significant industries are tourism, ... READ MORE


It is one of seven Regions of Portugal (NUTS II subdivisions). This is one of the regions of Europe, considered by the European Union for statistical ... READ MORE


Flores Island is an island of the Western group of the Azores. It has an area of 143 km², a population of approximately 3907 inhabitants, and, to... READ MORE


Lisboa is one of the 7 NUTS II regions of Portugal. Prior to 2002 the region was referred as Lisboa e Vale do Tejo. It has two different NUTS III subr... READ MORE


Madeira (and Selvagens too) is an archipelago with volcanic origins from a Hot Spot, so is not geographically part of an specific continent , but Made... READ MORE


Its capital is the city of Porto. The region has 4,034,271 inhabitants (2007), and its area is 21,278 km² (density of 173 inhabitants per square ... READ MORE


The District of Porto (sometimes Oporto in English) is located on the north-west coast of Portugal. The district capital is the city of Porto, the sec... READ MORE



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