Portugal “planted by the sea” has the cultural and historical wealth of a country with the oldest borders in Europe. Coupled with the beauty and diversity of the landscape, still sheltered from mass tourism routes, it enchants and captivates for its authenticity and natural beauty.
The Portuguese are known for their humility, friendliness and warm reception (confirmed by the World Economic Forum as the 7th best country for making foreign tourists feel welcome). What more could a visitor want :)?
We are also people with a pronounced emotional side, with saudade (nostalgia) being the word that describes them, and Fado, a very Portuguese musical style with its melancholy tone, helps to release these feelings.
Portugal’s borders, now almost 900 years old, were once occupied by Romans and Moors. When the Moors were driven out by the Portuguese, Portugal became the European country with the oldest borders in Europe. History was made of good and bad fortunes and the Portuguese arrived in the 16th century as representatives of the greatest naval empire and most of the trade routes in the world. Eight centuries of the reigns of monarchs were marked by beautiful legends, emotional stories and the construction of imposing monuments in different styles, one of which is very Portuguese, the Manueline style, with marked nautical influence. This entire legacy of hundreds of years, combined with great heroes and important Portuguese personalities, makes the history of Portugal by itself a reason for visiting.
Portuguese food is of great richness and variety and is very important to any “good Portuguese”. Bread, wine and olive oil are the base of the cuisine and when you are sitting at the table, there will certainly be no shortage of cheese with different varieties and textures. The sweets are heavily influenced by the convents and are considered to be veritable wonders from the “gods”. Speaking of nectar, there being no better name for the portuguese wine, grown in vineyards in specific regions and of distinct quality, with very different characteristics from north to south, the wine culture is a constant in Portuguese cuisine, very much appreciated abroad.
CLIMATE AND NATURE
The 300 days of sunshine that illuminate this tranquil and peaceful country, is just one aspect that makes it special. Its high average temperatures are another aspect that appeals to travellers, where in spring and autumn one can find temperatures around 20º C.
The entire coastal area is characterised by stunning landscapes of never ending beaches inviting you to swim amidst slopes and cliffs. The north of the country, where we highlight the Douro area, is green, hilly and rugged, providing stunning and overwhelming views of the terraces in this area of the country. The south area is flatter and the valleys and plains have golden hues.
With its mild weather and diverse landscape, Portugal has the privilege of hosting a diverse community of European and northern Africa animal species. It is also home to rarer species such as the Iberian lynx and the European otter. The birds are varied and plentiful, because Portugal is on the migratory route for species from central and western Europe that enjoy the mild weather here in the colder months, making Portugal one of the preferred destinations for birdwatching.
Portugal is like a precious gem, small in size, but of immeasurable value.
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