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Portugal - tourist guide for holidays

Portugal is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. Portugal is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well.

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Portugal - the best places to see

Portugal If you compare Portugal with other countries of the world, you will see it is rather small country. Nevertheless there is a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • Lisbon (national capital - city of the seven hills)
  • Aveiro - city (canals + bridges + painted boats - moliceiros)
  • Porto (city center - UNESCO + Port Wine Cellars + Palácio de Cristal)
  • Peneda-Gerês National Park
  • Cabo da Roca - westernmost point of the European continent
  • Algarve region (beaches + history in Lagos city)
  • Madeira - the island of eternal spring

Portugal - useful information

Religion:
~ Roman Catholic: 84.5 %
~ Christian: 2.2 %
~ unspecified: 9.3 %
~ no religion: 3.9 %
Religion - Portugal
Portugal: flagCapital: Lisbon
Area: 92,090 km2
Number of inhabitants: 10,760,000
Currency: Euro, EUR, €
Language: Portuguese
Time zone: GMT0 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +351
Mobile phones system: GSM 900/1800, 3G 2100
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: English in tourist places
Serious travel risk: none
Voltage in electric network: 220 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - Portugal

Portugal - Travellers Forum

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  Lisboa is great
It is quite cheap city (from European point of view) and very beautiful. It is good idea to be there at least two days and the third day spend going to the Maur Castle in Sintra (you can go there by train; it is quite cheap, reliable and the trains are going there quite often). The maur castle is ve
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Portugal - the map and typical itinerary

Portugal - map
Itinerary 1: Lisbon (national capital - city of the seven hills) - historical landmarks + culture - days: 3, day trip - Cabo da Roca - westernmost point of the European continent ; Porto (city center - UNESCO + Port Wine Cellars + Palácio de Cristal) - walks - days: 2, Peneda-Gerês National Park - trekking - days: 2, Aveiro - city (canals + bridges + painted boats - moliceiros) - walks - days: 2, Algarve region (beaches + history in Lagos city) - walks + relaxation at sea - days: 5
Itinerary 2: Lisbon (national capital - city of the seven hills) - historical landmarks + culture - days: 3, day trip - Cabo da Roca - westernmost point of the European continent ; Porto (city center - UNESCO + Port Wine Cellars + Palácio de Cristal) - walks - days: 2, Madeira - the island of eternal spring - trekking + relaxation at sea - days: 6
Itinerary 3: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbolPortugal offers medium level of prices. It is hardly a destination for very cheap holidays, but for reasonable prices you can get reasonable quality. If you want cheap holidays, we recommend you to go to some countries in south-eastern Asia.
  • Cheap accommodation: $15
  • Medium accommodation: $50
  • Expensive accommodation: $150
  • Cheap meal: $4
  • Medium meal: $10
  • Expensive meal: $26
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

Portugal on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: Portugal may have different names in different languages. For example Portugalsko, Portugal, Portugal, Portugal. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese: República Portuguesa), is a country located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal is the westernmost country of Europe, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are part of Portugal. The land within the borders of today's Portuguese Republic has been continuously settled since prehistoric times. In 29 B.C. the territory was occupied by the Gallaeci and the Lusitanians when it was integrated in the Roman Empire as the provinces of Lusitania and part of Gallaecia. Roman settlers strongly influenced Portuguese culture, particularly the Portuguese language, mostly derived from Latin. In the 5th century, after the fall of the Roman empire, it was occupied by several Germanic peoples, mainly the Suevi and the Visigoths. In the early 8th century Muslim Moors conquered those Christian kingdoms, occupying most of the Iberian Peninsula. During the Christian Reconquista (English: Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula), the County of Portugal was settled, as part of the Kingdom of Galicia. With the establishment of the Kingdom in 1139, recognized in 1143, and the stabilization of its borders by 1249, Portugal claims to be the oldest European nation-state.
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Following its heyday as a global maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of its wealthiest colony of Brazil in 1822. A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms. The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal is a founding member of NATO and entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986. In January 2011, Portugal assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2011-12 term.
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