What is Portugal famous for??
What is Portugal famous for?? That is a question many people try to answer before planning a trip to Portugal. The bad news is that Portugal is a country with many important elements, so it´s really difficult to just name a few of the things that make Portugal famous. Just to help you a bit we tried to minimize this huge list to just some of them:
Photography in Portugal
When talking about what is Portugal famous for, we should not forget that Portugal is the Paradise for photographers. It may or may not be one of the best reasons to visit Portugal for many of you, but the truth is that there are that many beautiful landscapes, cityscapes, local people, variety of food, great sunsets and Paradise beaches in Portugal, that make Portugal the perfect place to take photos. And not just if you are a photographer, the ability of making beautiful photos in this country is bigger than in many other places, for everyone!
Portugal holiday destinations
Portugal may be just a small part of the coast line of the Iberian Peninsula, but even with a small size compared to other countries of Europe, is still considered one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. And the reason is that Portugal offers a great variety of destinations, and almost all of them are great for the taste of tourists.
Portugal have the same problem that Spain has, there are many delicious dishes, and you can not leave the country without trying them all, and some of them you will want to eat them more than once, which makes really hard to stop eating during your trip. Meat dishes in Portugal are exquisite, but what Portugal is famous for is because of their seafood, as is unique in the world.
Portugal beautiful beaches – What is Portugal known for?
There are good and bad news about the beaches in Portugal. The bad news are that the ocean in Portugal has one of the coldest waters we have seen. The good news are that the beaches are long, with clear water and white sand. Portugal beaches are perfect to do snorkel, as there is a lot of wildlife under the sea and also the water is transpartent, which makes it really easy to see everything, but as we said the water is really cold, so good luck to stay there for more than 20 minutes.
Portugal Sunsets – What is Portugal famous for?
The real answer to what is Portugal famous for, should be, sunsets, because sunsets in Portugal are known as one of the best in the world. During all our trips to Portugal there has not been one day without enjoying a magical sunset. Most of the days at sunset time in Portugal, the sky starts changing its colors and become an unique experience. Also there are many beautiful places where you can enjoy sunsets, like cliffs, cityscapes view points, or even at the beaches you can enjoy outstanding sunsets.
What is Portugal currency?
The Portuguese currency as 19 other countries of the Eropean union is the Euro (€). The Euro has been the oficial currency in Portugal since 1999.
Old Portuguese currency
Before the Euro in 2002, the currency of Portugal was the Portuguese escudo. Even the Euro was introduced to the country in 1999, it wasn´t until 2002 when the escudo was removed from circulation in Portugal. Just so you can have an idea of the value of the escudo, 1000 escudos would be equal to 5 €uros.
Transport in Portugal
The transport in Portugal in general is good, of course in the bigger cities is better. In cities like Porto or Lisbon you will even be able to use the tram. There are different types of long-distance services: The Regional, the Interregional, the intercidade and Alfa Pendular Deluxe. From cities like Sintra, Cascais, Setubal or Braga, it will be really easy to get to the main ones, which are Porto and Lisbon. Another option is traveling with FlixBus, which is our most favourite option to travel around the country, as it´s normally the cheapest. Also the availability is very wide, so you can take the transport to move around the city whenever you want. You can also take a taxi or an Uber in Portugal.
Local Markets, events and festivals in Portugal
Markets and festivities in Portugal are a must. It´s the best way to feel the real vibes of the country, to see how they live and their routines. You will be more connected to the culture of Portugal. There are different types of markets, but the best examples are the flea markets and the farmer markets. On the other hand, there are many important events and festivals during the year, like the Funchal carnaval or São João Festival in Porto. Any of these experiences will make you feel like a local, and you will not ust get to know more about Portugal, you will also have a lot of fun. It´s highly recommended!
History of Portugal – What is Portugal famous for?
One of the things Portugal is famous for is becaus of its history: The Portuguese history began in the 12 centruy, when Portugal is recognized as a nation by the Vatican and when an agreement between Portugal and Spain was made to not take any of each other´s lands. The Portuguese history went through glorious moments, they even became one of the biggest empires and a leading trading nation, until an earthquake in 1755 ruin the coutry and lead it to poverty moments. During the World War I Portugal took part as one of the Allies and during World War II, Portugal was a neutral country. In 1986 Portugal joined the European union and become a more stabilized country.