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Portugal

Capital: Lisbon
Area: 92,270 km²
Population: 10355824
Language: Portuguese
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Time Zone: GMT

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Nestled along the Atlantic seaboard, Portugal has the oldest national frontiers in Europe. A country of Discoverers waiting to be discovered by you, with more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Europe. The country harbours an amazing array of experiences and landscapes, complemented by a rich, authentic and seductive culture. Faithful to its national roots, reinvented at every moment. For you. Take up the gauntlet and learn more about Portugal.

 

From its South Western location, Portugal serves as a gateway to Europe for both America and Africa and the country’s 850 km coastal rim constitutes the EU’s largest exclusive economic zone. The nation has enjoyed intense socio-economic growth over the last 30 years.

Reaching out from the capital of Lisbon, Portugal enchants us with her gastronomy, gentle and regular climate and highly varied tourism attributes, including some of the most romantic spots in the world – such as the River Douro or the islands of the Azores and Madeira.

Throughout her national territory, Portugal boasts a rich and diversified heritage, ranging from rupestrian art in the Côa valley, to contemporary art in Sintra, Lisbon or Oporto, and including numerous World Heritage sites. The country has unique architectural features such as Manueline monuments, decorated azulejo tile façades and the works of distinguished national and international architects, including Álvaro Siza and Souto Moura. Vestiges of former civilisations are also abundant, including Romans, Moors and Jews – together with the influence of countries that were linked to the rest of the world by the Portuguese discoveries, such as India, Brazil or Japan.

Everywhere, visitors will be greeted by a friendly and hospital people who will treat them like kings, in mansion houses and country estates in the North, historic rustic stone villages in the Central region and white houses in the Alentejo. There is a constant dialogue between old and the new, between tradition and modernity, either in a golf course in Lisbon or the Algarve, a seafront esplanade or an inland frontier castle.

Imbibe the Portuguese spirit of adventure and join us on a wonderful candlelit dinner, accompanied by Fado music and wines from the Douro, Alentejo and countless other regions... Take part in the vibrant nightlife. And if you’re surprised by the dawn of a new day, let yourself be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves, wrapped in the light of an endless blue mantle.

 

 

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