Portugal

Despite its small territory, Portugal has a mild climate with approximately 3000h of sunshine per year, a bright sunshine that turns the skin golden and warms the soul. 850km of Atlantic coastline with endless sandy beaches with their gently rolling waves and hospitable people that make this a perfect destination for all seasons, a few hours from any European capital.

Those who visit us feel the pleasure of discovery as there are plenty to explore! With towering mountains, vast plains, white sandy beaches , the country has a little of everything . And there are the islands of Madeira and the Azores oases of calm and tranquility in the middle of the Atlantic sea, with lush vegetation, extinct volcanoes and caves full of natural carvings.

For those wanting to pump the adrenaline, Portugal has some great challenges in its perfect waves for surfing. Also for windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing and paragliding with winds that are guaranteed to bring the emotions running high . Not to mention water skiing or parasailing providing amazing sensations.

Try rafting, canyoning and canoeing on Portugal’s rivers. And discover their sources deep within the earth, going potholing to delve into unexplored caves. To enjoy nature in all its charm we recommend hiking, mountain biking or horse riding, taking in the fragrance of wildflowers on a beautiful sunny day. Or mountaineering and climbing where apart from the stunning views, you can reach the highest peaks is to be rewarded with the view of nests and the flight of birds of prey. There are also boat trips to watch dolphins and whales, images that you will never forget.

There’s no shortage of ideas and suggestions, the landscapes offer a wealth of diversity and the fine climate will surely be on your side...We might even say that in Portugal, the best companion for adventure is Nature!

Little more...

Portugal,officially the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese: República Portuguesa), is a country in southwest Europe. It is located on the Iberian Peninsula, and it is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, being bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. Aside from continental Portugal, the Portuguese Republic holds sovereignty over the Atlantic archipelagos of Azores and Madeira, which are autonomous regions of Portugal. The country is named after its second largest city, Porto, whose name derives from a combination of Latin "Portus", and the Celtic place-name Cale.

The land within the borders of the current Portuguese Republic has been continually fought over and settled since prehistoric times. The Celts and the Romans were followed by the Visigothic and the Suebi Germanic peoples, who were themselves later invaded by the Moors. These Muslim people were eventually expelled during the Christian Reconquista of the peninsula. By 1139, Portugal established itself as a kingdom independent from León. In the 15th and 16th centuries, as the result of pioneering the Age of Discovery, Portugal expanded western influence and established the first global empire, becoming one of the world's major economic, political and military powers.

The Portuguese Empire was the longest-lived of the modern European colonial empires, spanning almost 600 years, from the capture of Ceuta in 1415 to the handover of Macau to the People's Republic of China in 1999 (de facto) or the granting of sovereignty to East Timor in 2002 (de jure) after occupation by Indonesia since 1975. The empire spread throughout a vast number of territories that are now part of 53 different sovereign states, leaving a profound cultural and architectural influence across the globe with a legacy of over 250 million Portuguese speakers today (making it the sixth most spoken first language) and a number of Portuguese-based creoles. Portugal's international status began to decline from the 19th century, setting in with the Independence of Brazil, in 1822. After the 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy, the democratic but unstable Portuguese First Republic was established, itself being superseded by the "Estado Novo" right-wing authoritarian regime.

Democracy was restored after the Portuguese Colonial War and the Carnation Revolution in 1974. Shortly after, independence was granted to Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, East Timor, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau.

Portugal maintains a unitary semi-presidential republic form of government and a developed country with an advanced economy, high living standards and high-quality infrastructures, ranking 2nd in the quality of the road network and 11th overall, according to the Global Competitiveness Report. It is one of the world's most globalized, peaceful and responsive nations. It is a member of the United Nations, European Union, Eurozone, OECD, NATO, WTO, OSCE, Schengen Area, Council of Europe, Organization of Ibero-American States, Community of Portuguese Language Countries and numerous other international institutions. Portugal was among the first countries to abolish capital punishment, in 1867. On 31 May 2010, Portugal became the sixth country in Europe and the eighth country in the world to legally recognize same-sex marriage on the national level.

 

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