Portugal.
Beautiful beaches, memorable football matches, friendly residents and incredible cuisine. Visiting the ancient Lisbon, which became the central place of action of one of Remarque’s novels, you will be able to penetrate the special atmosphere of ancient castles and cozy streets. Welcome to sunny Portugal.
Portugal is a country with a rich historical heritage, which is not very popular with most tourists because of its high prices and more famous Spain and Italy, however, this can be a plus for those who do not like to rest among the noisy crowd. Throughout the country you can discover just a huge number of ancient castles, cathedrals and palaces. After a busy walk, you should soak up the clean and spacious beaches, gently puffed up by a brackish breeze.
Over the past year, the value of Portugal’s GDP was $ 237,522 million, the country ranked 41st in the world ranking, surpassing Nigeria and Egypt. GNI per capita is high and amounts to $ 21,250.
The Portuguese Republic is a parliamentary state, which is currently in the process of restructuring the administrative division. Now it is believed that the country is divided into 18 districts and two island autonomous regions (Madeira and the Azores). The counties consist of 308 municipalities and about 4,260 communities.
The territory of Portugal is dominated by a subtropical climate with mild winters and warm summers. By the way, Portugal is the most sunny European country. In summer, the average temperature is about 23-25 � C in the north and 28-30 � C in the south. In winter, average daily temperatures also increase from north to south. If in the north in January is 7-10 � C, in the south the air warms up to 15 � C.
In the mountains in the north of the country, up to 1000 mm of precipitation a year falls, most of it falls on the winter. In the south of the country, the level of rain falls to 300 mm per year. The water is always pretty cool, even in summer, at an air temperature of 30 � C, it remains at 16-18 � C.
Portuguese cuisine is basically fish, seafood, vegetables and fruits, spices, cheeses, wine and port. On the mainland, and especially on the islands, local chefs will surprise you with several hundred recipes and ways of making plain cod or trout. Meat is also very tasty baked with spices, fried in olive oil and wine, but it is slightly less popular. In Portugal, they produce not only red and white wines, but also green wines. As for port, white is drunk as an aperitif, and red is for dessert.
Portugal is a Catholic country, the population is very devout, only 5% consider themselves atheists. Most of the local residents are very reverent and respectful of religious holidays and customs.
Both within a city and in the country, you can completely travel by public transport – high-speed and local buses, trains. In Lisbon and Porto there is a metro, trams and lifts, which are worth a ride just to see the landscapes of Portugal. The rules of renting a car are standard: age over 21, international rights and a credit card. However, be careful, as Portugal is one of the first places in the world in the number of accidents and accidents. Local police are quite loyal to tourists and foreigners, but do not abuse it.
Some argue that Lisbon shopping malls and boutiques are among the best in the world. Fashion collections are much more diverse, and prices are lower. From Portugal, they bring leather goods, dishes in the national style, gold items of the highest quality and, of course, wines and port.
Nightlife is boiling, Portugal, it seems, never sleeps. Recreation facilities, bright, noisy, open all night. In Lisbon, there are a lot of very trendy European clubs and restaurants that will be remembered for a long time!
What is forbidden to export from the country?
Items that have historical and artistic value, archaeological finds, antiques.
Rare species of animals and plants.
Undeclared jewelery and jewelry.