Portugal is a relatively small country located at the western side of Spain. Portugal's official language is Portuguese. If you are planning holidays portugal, the country is quite warm compared to the rest of Europe. The average annual temperature is about 58 degrees. However, some areas such as Azores and Madeira have lower temperatures. It is rainy and windy during winter and autumn. During winter, snow falls in the mountain areas and quickly melts at the end of the period. In most cases, Portugal's climate is categorized under Mediterranean. Portugal is under the same time Zone as the United Kingdom.
Portuguese cuisine is mostly characterized by use of spices such as cinnamon, black pepper, saffron among other spices. Olive oil is the preferred base for meals and herbs such as parsley and coriander are widely used. Sweet pastries are preferred for breakfast as well as bread, fruit and cereals. Wine is Portugal's traditional drink with their preference being that wine should be consumed while still young. Most of their wine is produced from grape wastes and a few others from the Strawberry tree.
The country is rich in its culture with exciting places to visit during your vacation. Its landscape diversity provides an outstanding view and there are several places to visit. From the beaches in the Algarve, to the green mountains found in the North region, to Rocky Mountains at the central region, to the semi-desert landscape found in the Alentejo region.
Lisbon (Portugal's capital city) is endowed with several attraction sites such as historical monuments and ancient castles. If you are interested in watching artistic performances, there are theaters for this. More so, there are restaurants with traditional Portuguese cuisines, nature parks and shopping centers with trendy things. Oporto, a city in Portugal is also famous for its location. The city is situated on a valley through which River Douro drains to the Atlantic Ocean.
Portugal's largest museum Evora is well known for its historical monuments for those interested in knowing about Portugal's history. More so, Portugal's ancient culture is echoed by the old buildings found in Evora. Get a glimpse of the overall landscape of the area by visiting Obidos. For all the golf lovers, know that Portugal is well known for its outstanding golfing infrastructure.
The Peneda-Geres National Park is the largest park in Portugal and also, the only National Park. It is located at the Northwest region and characterized by plateaus in the east, granitic rocks and dykes. There are camping sites and hiking areas for those who wish to enjoy nature with friends and loved ones. The waterfall is one of the most visited places in the park with breathtaking scenery. There is also a beautiful dam found in Vilarinho das Furnas village that can be visited. Agricultural activities also take place at the area surrounding the Park.
Although at one point Portugal was one of the poorest countries in Europe, its economy has greatly improved. Portugal currently has a thriving economy and is an interesting place to visit for the holidays. If you want to know more about the beautiful country, plan a trip and you will have an experience of a lifetime.