Portugal - an unspoilt beauty of Europe
Portugal is the right place for those searching for an unspoilt beauty on Europe tourist map.
The country is located on the southwest part of the Iberian Peninsula. To the north and east it shares the borders with Spain, while to the south and west is washed by Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Archipelago of the Azores and Madeira are also part of Portugal. Portugal is rather mountainous country. Alentejo is divided from the Algarve running along the southern coast, one of the most popular resort areas with wide sandy beaches and attractive bays by a range of mountains. The Serra da Estrela the highest part of Portugal mountains being known as a popular area for skiing.
The climate in Portugal is classified to Oceanic in the north and Mediterranean to the south. Autumn and winter are rainy and windy particularly in the northern and west coast regions. Spring and summer are hot and dry throughout Portugal refreshed by sea breezes. Portugal accommodation is less crowded and cheaper in spring and autumn, also a good time to visit this country.
The population is homogenous linguistically and religiously. Portuguese society is prevalently Roman Catholic.
The official currency circulating in Portugal is EURO. 1 US Dollar = 0.74Euro
Visit Lisbon reclaiming its rightful name of the golden city of Europe. 20 centuries old it still retains much of its original layout. The Graça quarter, the churches of São Vicente de Fora and Santa Engrácia are within walking distance of the area where are unfolded yearly city feasts in honour of popular saints. There you can have an exquisite shopping, exciting nightlife and comfortable Lisbon lodging
Millions of tourists are catering to the southern Portuguese province Algarve. It is a fine holiday destination especially in Faro city built around a charming harbour beside a wide lagoon. Most of the region resorts offer modern Algarve accommodation
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