PORTUGAL :. discover the main cities to live in Portugal

Cities near Lisbon

Northern cities of Portugal

Cities of Central Portugal

South cities of Portugal

PORTALEGRE :. Alentejo, south of Portugal
BEJA :. Alentejo, south of Portugal

Islands of Portugal

PORTUGAL :. country, climate, location and characterization

Portugal is described in this article according to the various points of view that the team IMOBILIARIA PORTUGAL considered important for those who want to visit the country or would like to choose a new place to live or invest.Throughout this article on Portugal we will point out the real facts about the country, investigated and known by those who live here and for those who like to observe and understand the country. Portugal is a country of history, but it is also a modern country because of the many qualities that have qualified Portugal with several international awards. Among the main growth reasons of Portugal after the crisis are factors related to the stable climate, the kindness of the Portuguese people, social stability, geographic location, quality of infrastructure, the various entertainment venues and cultural events, golf courses, the beaches, and cities that visitors both appreciate. Current circumstances and social communication networks made it possible for this European secret, known as Portugal, was finally discovered by you.
Portugal is among the countries in the world currently most valued by new residents and international investors also due to tax advantages and European residence permits

Location of Portugal

Portugal in Europe
PORTUGAL, a paradise in Europe

Portugal is located in the extreme southwest of Europe, occupies a part of the Iberian Peninsula and has a population of just over 10 million. The north and east the country borders Spain: a total of 1300 kms, south and west has 830 kms of coastline bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. The archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are part of the territory of Portugal. They are located in the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores approximately 1600 km to the west, and Madeira 800 km southwest of the continent. The main regions of Portugal are: North, Central, South, Madeira and the Azores.

Traveling by plane from the airports of Lisbon, Porto and Faro, Portugal is at a distance of a few hours from major European cities:

  • 1 hour distance from Madrid, Spain
  • 1 hour 45 m distance from Barcelona, ??Spain
  • 2 hours away from Toulouse or Bordeaux in France
  • 2 hours and 20 minutes away from Paris in France
  • 2 hours and 15 minutes from Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2 hours and 35 minutes from London, United Kingdom
  • 2 hours and 40 minutes away from Zürich, Switzerland
  • 2 hours and 40 minutes from Luxembourg
  • 2 hours and 40 minutes away from Brussels, Belgium
  • 2 hours 45 minutes from Rome, Italy
  • 2 hours and 55 minutes from Dublin, Ireland, United Kingdom
  • 3 hours and 00 minutes away from Amsterdam, Holland
  • 3 hours and 05 minutes away from Frankfurt, Germany
  • 3 hours and 35 minutes from Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 4 hours and 05 minutes away from Oslo, Norway
  • 4 hours and 20 minutes from Stockholm, Sweden
  • 4 hours and 05 minutes away from Helsinki, Finland

Portugal has daily connections to all continents of the world, with daily connections to major cities in each continent

Portugal in World
PORTUGAL ::. 39° 23´59.5320'' N 8° 13´28.0200'' W :: GMT +00:00

Portugal is represented with yellow color in this world map. It is situated in the northern hemisphere, with the geographic location of 39 ° 23' 59.5320 'N 8 ° 13' 28.0200' W. It is located in the extreme southwest of Europe, east of the American continent north of Africa.
The GMT time in Portugal is +00: 00, as in London

The weather in Portugal

The climate in Portugal is Mediterranean, according to the climatic classification of Köppen, is the CSA kind in the South and CSB in the north, which means a mild climate with hot and long summers and mild winters. In the north of Portugal winters are cold and rainy and southern Portugal temperatures are mild with few annual days of rain, particularly in the Algarve due to the influence of the Mediterranean climate. Inside the country the summer is hotter and the winters are colder than on the coast. The island of Madeira has more precipitation in the north and is warmer and dry in the south. The Azores has a mild climate and rain throughout the year.

Traditional architecture in Portugal

Portuguese traditional houses in the village of St. Gregory
Village with traditional Portuguese architecture of houses in the village of São Gregório, Alentejo

The Portuguese architecture varies according to each region: climate and building materials have great influence on the construction of local houses. In the north of Portugal there are the granite houses with thick walls designed to protect from the cold and rain. In the Portuguese region of Beiras houses they are typically brick or limestone due to its milder climate. Alentejo and Ribatejo, the houses are large and low, ideal to be inhabited in the hot summers and cold winters. In the Algarve the Mediterranean climate gave rise to clay or stone houses with a typical decorative feature: the chimneys of Arab influence.

Historic architecture Manueline

Portugal is known for it´s traditional historic architecture, the Manueline architecture. The Portuguese architecture known as Manueline or architectural Manuelino was created in the reign of D Manuel I, an architectural variant of late Gothic style. The Manueline features is inspired by the maritime motifs of the epic Portuguese Discoveries. The most important artists of the Manueline style are João de Castilho and Diogo Botaica, responsible for the construction of the Jeronimos Monastery, and Francisco and Diogo de Arruda responsible for building the Tower of Belem. Some examples of the Manueline architectural style are:

  • the Tower of Belém,
  • Jeronimos Monastery,
  • Buçaco Palace,
  • the Church of Jesus in Setúbal,
  • the Monastery of Batalha.
Cloister of the Jeronimos Monastery is one of the most significant monuments in Manueline architecture in Portugal
The Cloister of the Jeronimos Monastery is one of the most significant monuments in Manueline architecture in Portugal

traditional hand-painted tiles in Portugal

In Portugal the tiles are an important component of culture, architecture and Portuguese history. The tiles were introduced in Portugal by the Moors. From the sixteenth century Portugal began producing its decorative tiles. In the seventeenth century, Portugal becomes the largest producer in Europe. The tiles have become a very important part for the interior and exterior architecture of the Portuguese buildings. Examples of tile panels in important buildings in Portugal are:

  • ceramic factory Widow Lamego in Lisbon
  • the National Palace of Queluz,
  • the Chapel of St. Philip in the Castle of São Filipe in Setúbal and,
  • the National Tile Museum in Lisbon.
hand painted tile panel depicting the Terreiro do Paco in Lisbon. This copy is exposed and can be seen live in the Tile Museum in Lisbon
Planting of vines
landscape of a vineyard plantation in Portugal

Wine is a product essential to the economy of Portugal. For the Portuguese people to drink a glass of wine during the main meals is a cultural custom and the new generations the wine has a cultural importance such that the tasting a glass of wine has become an important consumer choice in social events instead of the usual spirit drinks. In Portugal they are produced various types of wines, allowing opt for an ideal wine to accompany almost all the Portuguese culinary types. The different types of wines are distinguished mainly by the different grape varieties which cause differences in wine by alcoholic degree, the density or body, color and flavor. Portugal is currently one of the largest producers and the world wine producers with a domestic wine production represented by various regions of the country, as examples:

  • Port wine, traditionally a Portuguese wine known for its sweetness and alcohol content above average
  • green wines from the Minho region, including green Albariño wine,
  • the Bairrada wines, with reference to caste Luis Pato and Caves Aliança,
  • the muscatel of Setubal way, particularly the wines José Maria da Fonseca,
  • Douro wines, notably the Barca Velha or Niepoort,
  • the wines of Extremadura House Santos,
  • the Alentejo wines, including wines from Esporão,
  • They give the wines of the region known to be full-bodied Portuguese wines, with noble tannins that could withstand long aging methods. The caste Touriga Nacional wine is recognized as the most noble caste ink Dão region. Regarding the white wine varieties emphasize the Encruzado caste and caste Bical
  • White House Ribatejo (the largest wine region following the Extremadura and
  • the wine region of Algarve highlighting the four main areas of wine production: Portimão, Lagos, Lagoa and Tavira.

Virtually all of these wine regions produce rosé, green and white.

Popular festivities in Portugal

Portugal has a strong connection to religion. It is a predominantly Catholic country where religious parties have a very important and occur in large numbers across the country. In Portugal occur popular festive events throughout the year, with particular focus in the summer months due to the temporary return of Portuguese emigrants. In the vast majority, these festivals are characterized by music and popular songs, plenty of special delicacies of each region, prayers, processions, fireworks and folk dances. We list some examples of the best known festivals that take place in Portugal:

  • International Chocolate Festival in Obidos, (Festival Internacional do Chocolate em Óbidos,)
  • Holy Week of Easter in Braga, (Semana Santa da Páscoa em Braga,)
  • the procession of the Sovereign Mother in Loulé in the Algarve, (procissão da Mãe Soberana em Loulé no Algarve,)
  • the Flower Festival in Funchal in Madeira, (Festa das Flores no Funchal na Madeira,)
  • Pilgrimage to Fatima on 12 and 13 May, (Peregrinação a Fátima nos dias 12 e 13 de Maio,)
  • the Burning of the Ribbons of Coimbra, (Queima das Fitas em Coimbra,)
  • the Feast of Santo Cristo in Ponta Delgada in the Azores, (Festa do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres em Ponta Delgada nos Açores,)
  • the pilgrimage to Bom Jesus in Braga, (Peregrinação ao Bom Jesus em Braga,)
  • the National Agricultural Fair in Santarém, (Feira Nacional de Agricultura em Santarém,)
  • the Festivities of St. Anthony in Lisbon on 12 and 13 June, (Festas Populares de Santo António em Lisboa a 12 e 13 de Junho,)
  • the Feast of St. John in Porto on 23 and 24 June (Festa de São João no Porto a 23 e 24 de Junho,)
  • the Feast of the red vest in Vila Franca de Xira, (Festa do Colete encarnado em Vila Franca de Xira,)
  • the Feast of trays in Tomar, (Festa dos Tabuleiros em Tomar,)
  • Medieval Fair of Silves, (Feira Medieval de Silves,)
  • the Seafood Festival in Olhão in the Algarve, (Festival do Marisco em Olhão no Algarve,)
  • the Pilgrimage of Our Lady of Agony in Viana do Castelo, (Romaria de Nossa Senhora da Agonia em Viana do Castelo,)
  • the Wine Harvest Festival in Palmela, (Festa das Vindimas em Palmela,)
  • the Pilgrimage of Our Lady of Nazareth, (Romaria da Nossa Senhora da Nazaré,)
  • Fair of St. Matthew in Elvas, (Feira de São Mateus em Elvas,)
  • Pilgrimage to Fatima on 12 and 13 October, (Peregrinação a Fátima em 12 e 13 de Outubro,)
  • the Gastronomy Festival of Santarém, (Festival de Gastronomia de Santarém,)
  • the National Horse Fair in Golegã, (Feira Nacional do Cavalo na Golegã,)

among other parties.

See this map some of the points mentioned about Portugal