Portugal

Portugal, positioned on the western coast of the Iberian Peninsula, is one of Europe’s most visited countries due to its idyllic climate, affordable travel expenses and fantastic attractions. Portugal is a developed country with a high-income advanced economy and high living standards. It is the 3rd most peaceful country in the world, maintaining a unitary semi-presidential republican form of government. 

Portugal has left a profound cultural and architectural influence across the globe and a legacy of over 250 million Portuguese speakers today. All of Portugal recalls the Age of Discovery  with its royal palaces and museums catering travelers with modern and contemporary art. The place of 16 World Heritage sites may only reason to travel Portugal but the country has far more than that.

The islands of the Azores and  Madeira have always been one of the world’s best sites for whale-watching.  It is impossible not to become enchanted by Portugal’s perfectly-preserved medieval villages such as  Marvão, and Monsaraz. Nestled in the foothills, Sintra Mountains on the Lisbon Coast, presents a spectacular setting of verdant hills, speckled with pretty villas, castles and palaces. Located on a hilltop, Obidos, is enclosed by an old fortified wall, leading visitors along busy squares, inviting cafes, quaint shops and whitewashed houses spruced with colorful flowers.

Basic Information

Capital: Lisbon
Prime Minister: Antonio Costa
President: Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

Currency

Euro (€) (EUR)

Boundaries

It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, being bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. The Portugal–Spain border is 1,214 kilometers (754 miles) long, making it the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union. The republic also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.

Languages

Portuguese, is the only official language in Portugal

Climate

Portugal is one of the warmest European countries. The best time to visit Portugal is spring (i.e. from February) – when dazzling flowers floor hillsides and the almond blossom lights up the countryside – or early autumn (October), when the weather is warm but not too hot. The sea, too, is warm in autumn, though the official swimming season only lasts from the beginning of June to mid-September, outside these months outdoor pools and river beach facilities close.

Major Religions

81% of the population of Portugal is Catholic.

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