Officially called as the Portuguese Republic, Portugal is a sovereign nation-state in Europe. It is also the westernmost country of mainland Europe. Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is being bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Spain to the west and south; and north and east, respectively. The name Portugal comes from the name of its largest city, Porto, whose name was derived from the Latin word “Portus” and the Celtic place-name “Cale.” The country can prove itself as one of the countries most worthy to visit because of its progressive history that leads to Portugal having outstanding landscapes from its North-South disposition along the western shore of the Iberian peninsula. The country features lush mountains in the North and rocky mountains with slopes and falls in the centre, down to a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region, and all the way to the beautiful beaches in Algarve. Climate in Portugal pose at warm and sunny during spring and summer season and rainy and windy during autumn and winter.
Where to go
The country offers a lot of tourist destinations, attractions, and experiences uniquely found in Portugal. Some of them are wine tourism, beach holidays and surfing, discovering Baroque period or the Golden Age in Portugal, the nine islands at the Azores Geopark, and the thermal baths in Centro de Portugal. You can also visit Madeira, coined as the Islands for Lovers; or cycle along the Algarve Way, and visit the Alentejo Coast or the Ericeira Surfing Reserve.
Portugal is an excellent jumping off point to almost every country in the world. Lisbon Portela Airport or simply, Lisbon Airport, is served by various airlines that flies to different destinations. If you're looking for a short-haul trip from Portugal, Barcelona, the capital and largest city of Spain, might just be the perfect place for you. One hour and a half away from the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon, Barcelona is filled to the brim with history and culture after being under the reign of the Roman Empire and then Frank law before declaring its independence. Architecture, both ancient and modern, can be found in the city, which can be a spectacle in itself for architecture enthusiasts and those who has an apt for history. Don't miss your chance to visit the most famous building in the entire city, also its landmark, the La Sagrada Familia. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2010. The city also has beautiful beaches for a fun and equally relaxing time.
Nine hours and forty-five minutes away from Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil offers breathtaking landscape, laidback beaches, and annual carnival. It's difficult not to incorporate beaches when you hear Rio de Janeiro. This popularity is brought forth by the amazing beaches of the country that even seasoned beachgoers still find them one of the best in the world. Make sure to include this in your places to visit. Have a view of Rio from the top of a 710 metre-high Corcovado (hunchback) hill that also houses the city's landmark statue, Cristo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer. There are also museums and architectures to see and visit. But if there's another thing you shouldn't miss out when visiting Rio, it's the city's annual festivities and carnival. These celebrations will let you have a taste of Rio's culture, way of life, and how its people have fun. It would truly be an experience like no other.
How to get out
Almost all major airlines like British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, United, and Delta, have regular flights to and from Portugal from the three international airports in the mainland: Lisbon/Portela, Porto/Pedras Rubas/Sa Cameiro, and Faro. The Madeira and Azores islands also have their own international airports: Madeira/Funchal (FNC) and Ponta Delgada (PDL).
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