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Portugal Travel Guide

by our Portugal expert Conrad Freethy
 
Conrad FreethyGolf and beaches in the Algarve, history and culture in Lisbon. England’s oldest ally, the cradle of all the Americas, producer of a wine so good they named it after the country. Portugal is a rich blend for many kinds of visitor. One ocean, two coasts: the south-facing Algarve beaches and courses are ‘Mediterranean’ in their winter warmth, whilst the western (Atlantic) coast has Lisbon, set where the Tagus river enters the sea. This was the starting point for Portuguese rivalry with Spain in the New World and of Vasco da Gama’s journeys to India – the Tagus bridge bearing his name is the longest in Europe. Modern Lisbon, like Rome, is on seven hills, one of which bears the Bairro Alto, the artist and restaurant quarter, where you will also find the bars featuring the unique ‘fado’ singers. (‘Alto’ means high, so use the colourful yellow trams to ascend.) Oporto, after which the wine is really named, lies further north at the mouth of the Douro.

Portugal Facts

National Flag: Portuguese Flag
Language(s): Portuguese
Currency: Euro
Capital city: Lisbon
Total Area: 92,090 km2
Population: 10,623,000
Dialling Code: +351
Time Zones: Lisbon : GMT
Madeira : GMT
Azores : GMT - 1
Tourism Website:
http://www.portugal.org


FCO Travel Advice for Portugal

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