The capital of Portugal is Lisbon (Lisboa).
Cascais is a chic seaside resort in the Lisboa region. There are some top restaurants here. Striking in Cascais are 2 piramnides, these are part of the building in which the Paulo Rego museum is located. The architect of the Casa das Historias is the Porto born Eduardo Souto de Moura. He is the winner of the Pritzker Prize and professor at the Porto School of Architecture.
Portugal has a wonderful Mediterranean climate, the north is fresher and more humid than the south and it has cold winters and hot and dry summers. The climate of Madeira has subtropical elements. The Algarve is also an ideal beach destination in winter. On the Atlantic coast there is a maritime climate with pleasant summers and mild winters. The Azores have a microclimate and a temperate maritime climate, the weather can change every fifteen minutes, with sun and rain all year round, the climate is mild with a uniform temperature throughout the year.
Portugal has a wide selection of soups, shellfish and meat and fish dishes. In general, little vegetables are served. Many restaurants serve a daily dish = prato do dia. Fishing lovers are not allowed to miss the cataplana de marisco. This traditional seafood dish is prepared in a copper pan. Portugal is one of Europe's largest wine producers. The specialty of Portugal is the Port wine. Most Portuguese do not really eat breakfast; They only drink a cup of coffee.
Fado is Portuguese music. Today fado is a recognized singing. The style originated around 1829 in the poor neighborhoods of Lisbon; Alfama, Bairro Alto and Mouraria. Besides Lisbon Coimbra is also of great importance for Fado. Fado, derived from the Latin fate, means something like fate translated into music. In 2011 the fado has been given a place on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is named after Portus Cale (Latin for Port of Cale), it was the old name for a historic site and the current port in Portugal. Besides the beautiful scenery, sun, sea and beaches, the country is also rich in culture, this is very specific and influenced by various civilizations that have crossed the country and the many voyages of discovery in history. A visit to Portugal is not complete without the beautiful, melancholic fado music.
Portugal consists of from north to south): Porto and North, Centro de Portugal, Lisbon, Alentejo and Algarve. Portugal also includes the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean and the Berlengas Archipelagos.
Portugal has about 10,581,949 inhabitants (2012).
The language in Portugal is Portuguese, with the exception of the region around Miranda do Douro, where the Asturian dialect, Mirandese is spoken.
Portugal has the euro as its national currency. Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in Southern Europe, although the price level, especially in the big cities, has increased in recent years. Before the introduction of the euro, Portugal had the escudo (PTE). Banks are open from Monday till Friday from 8.30 am to 3 pm. Some banks in the city centers are open until 6 pm.
The country code of Portugal is +351.
In Portugal it is normal to leave a tip at a restaurant, this is not mandatory. Indicationi: 10% of the amount. Chambermaids you can give a tip of around 0.50 euros per day, taxi drivers 10%.
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