PORTUGAL

Europe’s West Coast

Portugal is in southwestern Europe, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, to the west of Spain, and is mountainous north of the Tagus River, with rolling plains in south. One of the world’s seafaring powers during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal has become a diversified and increasingly service-based economy since joining the European Community.

Capital: Lisbon
Time Zone: DST +0100 UTC
Population: 10,676,910
Languages: Portuguese, Mirandese
Currency: Euro – Currently 1 EUR € = 1.3094 USD $
Climate: Portugal has a maritime temperate climate that leaves the country cool and rainy in the north, and warmer and drier in the south. – Currently 59º.

Portugal keeps all of its charm shielded behind its jagged coast – a line of sand and foam caressed by the sea breezes. Cloaked in an air of mystery that has lasted for more than 800 years, this country is genuinely diverse, and it is here that all of the most intriguing dualities become inextricably intertwined: past and present, a long cultural heritage and the simple joy of living.

A place of sun and sea, history and cosmopolitanism, Portugal’s rich collection of monuments brings great charm to the nation’s life and provide a contrast with the lightness of its inhabitants’ relaxed and carefree spirit. With its unique geographical location and its distinctive Atlantic flavor, the West Coast invites visitors to enjoy the pleasures of nature, beaches, gastronomy and entertainment. In this land filled with sunlight, an inexhaustible source of energy, the past reinforces the sense of the present.

In the midst of medieval castles and modern shops, Roman, Gothic and Manueline monuments, beaches with deep blue seas and rolling green plains disappearing into the distance, historic villages and luxury resorts, the sophisticated cuisine of great chefs and the simple delights that the sea can offer, contemporary art museums and prehistoric rock drawings, golf courses and busy, vibrant avenues, there live a people who are creative, open and welcoming, who wish to share with you the best of everything that they have and know about, appealing to your senses and celebrating life.

DESTINATIONS IN PORTUGAL

 

 

 

Lisbon: Often compared to San Francisco in the United States, Lisbon is a juxtaposition of urban sophistication and antique charm. See the historic port of Belem and the huge Praca do Comercio waterfront market, as well as Castelo de Sao Jorge with its free admission in the Alfama district.

Faro: In the capital of the Algarve region, you can find beaches, nightlife, and Moorish buildings along the coastline. You can still see the scars from a catastrophic tidal wave in 1755, however, sights like the eerie Capela de Ossos, or Chapel of Bones decorated with the remains of more than 1200 previous monks, and the Carmo Church are some of the architectural highlights that make up the landscape.

 Oporto: Located at the mouth of the Douro River and the Douro Valley, Porto, locally called Oporto, is Portugal’s second largest city, and features a lot of wine bars serving food and port, the country’s namesake wine. Shop in the Ferreira district, the cosmopolitan center of Porto, or see some of the museums or churches before setting sights on a nice glass of port served with your meal to enjoy.

TIPS

Azulejos: These are traditional hand painted Portugese tiles, and can be found all over the country. Normally blue and white, they can be found in churches, public buildings, and for sale in local shops.

When To Visit: About six weeks before Easter, Carnaval is celebrated, making a huge appearance with parades and parties, similar to celebrations across other parts of the world.

Food: Cod is one of the traditional staples, along with varieties of caldo, a mixed broth, and sopa de marisco, shellfish soup, and the traditional caldeirada fish stew. Port is the primary wine recognized, but Portuguese white wines are also excellent.

Phrases: Yes = sim, no = não, hello = olá, please = por favor, thanks = obrigado

Tipping: The standard tip of 5-15 percent is fine, but check the bill and round up to the next whole Euro as the service charge is normally included. Cab drivers expect an extra 10 percent.

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Comments
  1. The beaches are great for those hoping to ride the waves, or simply to get away the crowds to soak up the sun and the sound of the surf. wink

  2. Its worth spending xmas right here man…A pleasure for everyone …it is!

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