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    Portugal Where to find the golden plains of the Alentejo, the green valleys of the Douro wine-making region or the sunny beaches of the Algrave? In Portugal! This outstanding child-friendly country is located on Europe's Western edge so unfortunately, only few tourists visit it every year. But those who decide to come to Portugal won't be disappointed! Uncrowded cities, nice and pleasant weather, moderate tariffs for food and hotels, many tourist attractions and monuments are very good reasons for visiting Portugal!

    Portugal has a rich seafaring past, superb beach resorts, wistful towns and a landscape wreathed in olive groves, vineyards and wheat fields. Littered with UNESCO World Heritage sites and graced by one of Europe's most relaxed and attractive capitals, it also remains refreshingly affordable.

    Savouring life slowly is a Portuguese passion, and much of the best is humble - traditional folk festivals; simple, honest food drowning in olive oil; music that pulls at the heart strings, recalling past love and glories; and markets overflowing with fish, fruit and flowers. enjoy Portugal

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    When To Go

    Peak tourist season is roughly from mid-June to September, except in the Algarve where it really only quietens down in the dead of winter. Carnaval and Easter are two holidays celebrated with gusto all over the country and are worth going out of your way for.

    portugal Transportation


    Railways: total: 2,850 km (2002). Highways: total: 68,732 km; paved: 59,110 km (including 797 km of expressways); unpaved: 9,622 km (2000). Waterways: 820 km navigable; relatively unimportant to national economy, used by shallow-draft craft limited to 300 metric-ton or less cargo capacity. Ports and harbors: Aveiro, Funchal (Madeira Islands), Horta (Azores), Leixoes, Lisbon, Porto, Ponta Delgada (Azores), Praia da Vitoria (Azores), Setubal, Viana do Castelo. Airports: 66 (2002)

    portugal Geography

    The Republic of Portugal is located

    on the west of the Iberian Peninsula: its land borders are with Spain and it has a long Atlantic coastline. The islands of Madeira and the Azores (a group of nine islands) belong to Portugal. Portugal's capital city is Lisbon. Oporto or Porto is the second city and a major port. Northern Portugal is mainly wild and rugged. The country's principal rivers are the Minho, which marks the northern border with Spain, the Douro and the Tagus. To the south of the Tagus there are wild areas of flat land which are the country's main crop-growing region. The coastline, though rocky in places, is well supplied with sandy beaches, particularly in the south. Portugal's climate is temperate; the temperature depending on altitude and distance from the sea. There are long winters in the north with the south being milder. Rain is plentiful, so except for parts of the far south the countryside is green and fertile. The Island of Madeira is subtropical: the Azores have a number of volcanoes and parts of the mainland are subject to earthquakes.

    portugal Environment

    Portugal's original natural forests are found in the mountains but a wide variety of trees grow throughout the country. These include eucalyptus, maple, cork oaks, pines, poplar, chestnuts and olives. Among the flowering plants are mimosa, orchids, broom, lavender, rosemary and thyme. In the forests of Northern Portugal the wildlife includes foxes, chamois, wild boars, wolves, lynx and golden eagles. Wildfowl and other water-loving birds, including flamingoes, are common on the coastal lagoons of the south. A number of areas are on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. Paul do Boquilobo is also a UNESCO MAB Biosphere Reserve There are parks and nature reserves.

    portugal Architecture

    Some of the hill forts built by the Celts remain as examples of

    Portugal's earliest architecture

    . Little is left from the Roman occupation, or from the Moorish period. The prosperity that came from Portugal's overseas ventures in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries produced a heavily decorated style of architecture known as Manueline (after King Manuel). Much of the country's wealth went into the construction of religious buildings, in particular the huge monastery/palace of Mafra. Two particularly Portuguese architectural items are pelourinhos - decorated stone columns erected in towns and villages as a symbol of the local authority - and azulejos - glazed tiles used to decorate palaces, churches, houses and other buildings. The great earthquake of 1755 led to the rebuilding of much of Lisbon to a carefully designed plan of avenues and squares. In the late nineteenth century Gustave Eiffel, famous for his tower in Paris, built a two-storey bridge over the Douro in Porto.

    portugal Languages


    is spoken not only in Portugal, Madeira and the Azores but also in the former colonies in Africa and Asia. It is the official language of Brazil. The language is closely related to Spanish.

    portugal Food


    Given its long coastline it is not surprising that seafood plays a major part in Portugal's cuisine. Bacalhau, dried and salted cod, is almost the national dish; sardines are also popular. Oporto is famous for its tripe dishes; other meat is often served with a hot chili sauce called piri-piri. Some of the rice dishes and various types of sweets recall the Moorish heritage. Examples of the cuisines of former colonies include those of Angola, Brazil, Goa and Mozambique.

    Portugal City's :

    Abrantes , Agueda , Albergaria-a-Velha , Albufeira , Alcacer Do Sal , Alcanena , Alcobaca , Alcochete , Alcoutim , Alfandega da Fe , Alijo , Almada , Almancil , Almeida , Alter Do Chao , Alvito , Alvor , Amadora , Amarante , Amares , Anadia , Angra do Heroismo , Arcos de Valdevez , Armacao de Pera , Arouca , Arraiolos , Aveiro , Barcelos , Beja , Braga , Braganca , Caldas Da Rainha , Calheta , Camara de Lobos , Caminha , Cantanhede , Cartaxo , Cascais , Castelo Branco , Castelo De Vide , Castro Marim , Celorico Da Beira , Chaves , Cinfaes , Coimbra , Condeixa-a-Nova , Constancia , Covilha , Crato , Curia , Elvas , Espinho , Esposende , Estarreja , Estremoz , Evora , Fafe , Faro , Felgueiras , Ferreira do Zezere , Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo , Freixo de Espada a Cinta , Funchal , Fundao , Golega , Gouveia , Grandola , Guarda , Guimaraes , Horta , Idanha-a-Nova , Ilhavo , Lagoa , Lagoa-Azores , Lagos , Lamego , Leiria , Lisbon , Loule , Loures , Lourinha , Macedo de Cavaleiros , Machico , Madalena , Mafra , Maia , Mangualde , Manteigas , Marinha Grande , Marvao , Matosinhos , Mealhada , Melgaco , Mertola , Mesao Frio , Mira , Miranda do Douro , Mirandela , Mogadouro , Moncao , Monchique , Monforte , Montalegre , Montijo , Mora , Mortagua , Moura , Murtosa , Nazare , Nelas , Nordeste , Obidos , Odemira , Odivelas , Oeiras , Olhao , Oliveira de Azemeis , Oliveira do Barrio , Oliveira do Hospital , Ourem , Ovar , Pacos de Ferreira , Palmela , Paredes de Coura , Penacova , Penafiel , Penedono , Peniche , Peso Da Regua , Pombal , Ponta Delgada , Ponta Do Sol , Ponte De Lima , Portalegre , Portel , Portimao , Porto , Povoa de Lanhoso , Povoa de Varzim , Povoacao , Proenca-a-Nova , Quarteira , Reguengos de Monsaraz , Resende , Ribeira Brava , Sabrosa , Santa Cruz , Santa Iria da Azoia , Santa Maria Da Feira , Santarem , Santiago do Cacem , Santo Tirso , Sao Bras de Alportel , Sao Domingos de Rana , Sao Joao da Madeira , Sao Pedro do Sul , Sao Vicente , Seia , Serpa , Serta , Sesimbra , Setubal , Silves , Sines , Sintra , Sousel , Tabua , Tavira , Tomar , Torre de Moncorvo , Torres Novas , Torres Vedras , Trancoso , Trofa , Vagos , Valenca , Valpacos , Vendas Novas , Viana do Castelo , Vieira do Minho , Vila Baleira , Vila do Bispo , Vila do Conde , Vila do Porto , Vila Franca de Xira , Vila Franca Do Campo , Vila Nova de Cerveira , Vila Nova de Famalicao , Vila Nova de Gaia , Vila Praia De Ancora , Vila Real , Vila Real de Santo Antonio , Vila Verde , Vila Vicosa , Vilaflor , Vilamoura , Viseu , Vizela ,
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