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Portugal Travel and Tourism

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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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Excursions in Portugal - Lisbon
Excursions in Portugal The different trips of excursions in Portugal will enable the visitors to explore the different sightseeing spots of the country in a much better way. The country is frequented by plenty of visitors and it is a very popular tourist destination of the world. There are plenty of things to do in Portugal and the visitors will always have a busy trip of this country. The country has got very good facilities of communication and moving around from one city to another will never be a problem for any of the visitors. Most of the excursions in Portugal start from Oporto, Algarve and Lisbon. The duration of the excursions varies from a half day to a single day and even a week. The visitors can choose from the Algarve, Oport...

Sightseeing in Portugal - Lisbon
Sightseeing in Portugal Sightseeing in Portugal will always remain a wonderful experience for everyone. When in Portugal, the visitors must not miss the three famous places that include Sintra, Porto and Lisbon. All these three places must not be missed by the visitors, when in Portugal. All these three places have got wonderful sites which will make the trip to this country very memorable and exciting. The traditions and customs of Portugal is amazingly different in its various parts, considering the fact that Portugal is such a small country. The various tours of sightseeing in Portugal, must not be missed by the visitors coming here. There are various travel agents, who organize a number of trips to various regions in Portugal and all the...

Things to do in Portugal - Lisbon
Things to do in Portugal The travelers coming to Portugal will get variety of things to do in Portugal. The country has lot to offer to all the visitors coming here. There are many sightseeing spots in Portugal and the various Portugal tours will enable the visitors to explore the country in the best possible way. The entire country has got very good facilities of communication and the visitors can comfortably move around from one place to another. The visitors coming here will come across a number of magnificent works of architecture that include monuments, wonderful buildings and castles. There are long stretch if beautiful beaches which are the perfect places to relax under the sun. The visitors can indulge themselves in variety of beach a...

Dolphin and Whale Watching in Portugal - Lisbon
Dolphin and Whale Watching in Portugal Dolphin and Whale watching in Portugal is a popular past time with all those who visit the country. The sight of giant whales, leaping out of the surface only to disappear after a twirl is an awe inspiring experience of its unmatched kind. Dolphin and Whale-watching in Portugal can mostly be done in Azore. The Azores and the narrow gap between Faial and Pico are the places which are frequented by various types of whales and numerous types of dolphins. In the past lookout towers called Vigias were built in strategic positions, usually high on the mountains. From here experienced searchers watched for the arrival of the sperm whales and sent messages for the whale hunting boats to be launched. Today the Vigias a...

Architecture of Portugal - Lisbon
Architecture of Portugal Since the 2nd millennium BC, there has been important construction in the area where Portugal is situated today. Portugal boasts several scores of medieval castles, as well as the ruins of several villas and forts from the period of Roman occupation. Modern Portuguese architecture follow the most advanced trends seen in European mainstream architecture with no constraints, though preserving some of its singular characteristics. The azulejo and the Portuguese pavement are two typical elements of Portuguese style architecture. Architecture of Portugal refers to the architecture practiced in the territory of present-day Portugal since before the foundation of the country, in the 12th century. The term may also refer t...