Portugal shares the Iberian Peninsula at the south-western tip of Europe with Spain. Geographically and culturally somewhat isolated from it’s neighbour, Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. Although it was once one of the poorest countries in Western Europe, the end of dictatorship and introduction of Democracy in 1974, as well as it’s incorporation into the European Union in 1986, has meant significantly increased prosperity.

It may now be one of the best value destinations on the Continent. This is because the country offers outstanding landscape diversity, due to its North-South disposition along the western shore of the Iberian Peninsula. You can travel in a single day from green mountains in the North, covered with vines and all varieties of trees to rocky mountains, with spectacular slopes and falls in the Centre, to a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region and finally to the glamorous beach holidays destination Algarve

General Information
Capital: Lisbon
Language: Portuguese
Currency: Euro
GMT:  +0hrs
Flight Time: 2hrs 50mins
Int Dial Code: +351
Population: 10.46 million

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