Portugal is the western most country of continental Europe. The small country lies on the Iberian Peninsula. Spain’s, Portugal’s neighbour to the east and north-covers most of the peninsula.
The real appeal of Portugal lies in small neat villages surrounded by goats and vineyards, the sort of towns with shops that sell hats, and ladies’ shoes but close after lunch.
Enormous wealth and fervent Catholicism are behind the country’s extraordinary art and over-sized architecture, and all castles, forts, churches and walls have been built to last at least a millennium.
Portugal has a mild climate. In spring and summer, Portugal’s weather is generally warm and dry, with little or no rain. In fall and winter, the weather is cool and heavy rains fall on much of the country.
Average temperatures in Portugal range from about 70 °F (21 °C) in July to about 50 °F (10 °C) in January.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 10.6 million
LANGUAGE: Portuguese, Mirandese
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +351
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC 0