Portugal

Portugal attracts many visitors enjoy the culture and the Portuguese gastronomy, attracted by the beaches and landscapes of the country. Short break or long journey, Portugal is affordable, close, and in any case of exceptional depth: on the road, without delay Portugal or Portuguese Republic, member of the European Union, is defined by the Spain and the Atlantic ocean. Added to this continental archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira (located in the Atlantic Ocean). Its capital is Lisbon. The name comes from Portugal after its first county, "the land of the beautiful harbor." The language spoken in Portugal is Portuguese, although many Portuguese understand and speak French. During the XV and XVI century, Portugal is literally out to conquer the world. Indeed, he established a sea route to India, colonized areas in Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde), South America (Brazil), Asia (Macau), and Oceania (Timor Oriental). All these countries, even if they are independent today, sharing the same language and maintain very important trade links. The riches of Portugal in Lisbon, walk in the old quarters of the city (Alfama, Chiado, Bairro Alto.), Go find Belem, listen to a concert of Fado and enjoy Portuguese gastronomy. From Lisbon, you can go on excursions in Cascais, Sintra and Estoril. Around Lisbon, enjoy the Extremadura and its history: Coimbra, Fatima, Buçaco, Tomar, Peniche, Obidos, Alcobaça, Batalha. In Porto, enjoy the old town, walk on the banks of the Douro, take a trip to visit the cellars (Port wine cellars). In northern Portugal, enjoy Guimaraes whose center is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, discover Braga, El Pinhao, Chaves, Bragnaça. Hikers will enjoy the Peneda-Geres National Park or the Park Montesinho and arid landscapes. In the south, discover the Alentejo and beautiful citadels: Portalegre, Castelo de Vide, Marvao, Evora, Evoramonte, Estremoz, Elvas, Beja, Serpa, My




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