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Portugal , officially the Portuguese Republic , is a country on the Iberian Peninsula. Located in southwestern Europe, Portugal is the westernmost country of mainland 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 also part of Portugal. The land within the borders of today's Portuguese Republic has been continuously settled since prehistoric times. Portugal has witnessed a constant flow of different civilizations during the past millennia. From prehistoric cultures, to its Pre-Roman civilizations , passing through its contacts with the Phoenician-Carthaginian world; the Roman period that began in the 2nd century BC ; the Germanic invasions and consequent settlement of the Suevi and Buri and the Visigoth , from the 5th to the 8th century, the passage of the Vandals and Alans; the Muslim Moorish Umayyad invasion of Hispania in the early 8th century that conquered the Christian Germanic kingdoms, eventually occupying most of the Iberian Peninsula. In the early 1100s, during the Christian Reconquista, Portugal appeared as a kingdom independent of its neighbour, the Kingdom of León and Galicia. In a little over a century, in 1249, Portugal would establish almost its entire modern-day borders by reconquering territory from the Moors. It can be said that Portugal was born as one of several Christian kingdoms created in the Iberian Peninsula as the Moors were pushed further South and gradually gave up the territories they had conquered in the early 8th century. The other kingdoms were gradually unified under Castilla's leadership, leading to the creation of Spain in 1492, with Portugal remaining as the only other independent State in the Peninsula. During the 15th and 16th centuries, with a global empire that included possessions in Africa, Asia, and South America, Portugal was one of the world's major economic, political, and cultural powers. In the 17th century, the Portuguese Restoration War between Portugal and Spain ended the sixty year period of the Iberian Union . The 1755 Lisbon earthquake and, in the 19th century, armed conflicts with French and Spanish invading forces and the loss of its largest territorial possession abroad, Brazil, disrupted political stability and potential economic growth. After the Portuguese Colonial War and the Carnation Revolution coup d'état in 1974, the ruling regime was deposed in Lisbon and the country handed over its last overseas provinces in Africa. Portugal's last overseas territory, Macau, was handed over to China in 1999. Portugal is a developed country, and has a high Human Development Index. It is the 14th most peaceful and the 13th most globalized country in the world, and has the world's 19th highest quality of life, despite having the lowest GDP per capita of Western European countries. It is a member of the European Union and the United Nations ; as well as a founding member of the Latin Union, the Organization of Ibero-American States, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development , North Atlantic Treaty Organization , Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa , and the European Union's Eurozone. Portugal is also a Schengen state.

   
 
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Christmas in Portugal - Lisbon
Christmas in Portugal Christmas in Portugal is celebrated with great vigor, as one finds throughout the world. The visitors planning a trip to Portugal can come during the time of Christmas since they can also take part in the celebration in this country. The visit to this city will always be a memorable one since the place has lot to offer to all the visitors coming here. The presence of very good facilities of communication enables the visitors to move around the city quite comfortably. Celebrating Christmas in Portugal will definitely turn out to be a wonderful experience for all. Along with the local people the visitors coming here will also have a wonderful time during the time of Portuguese Christmas. The history of Portugal is very ...

When to Go Portugal - Lisbon
When to Go Portugal 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. Carnival and Easter are two holidays celebrated with gusto all over the country and are worth going out of your way for. Portugal's high season is mid-June to mid-September. The Atlantic tempers the Mediterranean climate down south, where summer temperatures regularly reach 30°C (86°F). The climate is temperate, and you'll find agreeable weather just about everywhere (except in the Alto Douro and the Alentejo where summers can be painfully hot and droughts common) from April to October, and nearly year-round in the Algarve. Overall the wettest season is from November to March: t...

Culture of Portugal - Lisbon
Culture of Portugal The Culture of Portugal is deeply rooted and related to that of the culture of the Ancient Rome. It also has got a Celtiberian background which is a blend Iberians and pre-Roman Celts. The visitors coming here will get to know about the interesting history of Portugal which is really very long and is influenced by many external forces. This country is a home to many magnificent and wonderful architectural buildings, some of which belong to the prehistoric age. There are some superb works of art, literary collections and furniture. The literary works of the country have vividly described the events that shaped up this beautiful country and its people as well. Knowing the culture of Portugal will turn out to be an excit...

Islands in Portugal - Olhao
Islands in Portugal Islands in Portugal welcome the tourists with their serene beauty and magical landscape. The Islands in Portugal are many in number and an integral part of Portugal Tours. The Islands in Portugal are famous for the azure waters, beautiful mountains and paradisiacal sandy beaches. The Islands in Portugal which are quite popular among the tourists are as follows: Armona Islands -It is one of the most beautiful islands in the country and accessible by water from a place called Olhao. The island is wonderful indeed and crowded with a number of beach houses and cafes. There are a considerable number of tourists from Olhao who flock the place. Barreta Islands -The Barreta Islands is found in the Algarve region of Po...

Surfing in Portugal - Lisbon
Surfing in Portugal Surfing in Portugal is an important Adventure Sports in Portugal. Surrounded by waters on two sides, the waters of the Atlantic Ocean sharing the long coastlines are prefect for surfing and sailing. Mild climate and varieties of waves makes Surfing in Portugal easy and very enjoying. One of the major destinations in Europe, Portugal is a world famous surfer's paradise. Besides great sightseeing attractions, the country also boasts of some of the great adventure sport destination. Tourists from all around the world are drawn towards the country, which offers varieties of sporting holidays. Surfing holidays is very famous in the country. The mild climate of the country is appropriate for surfing. The country exper...