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Capital: Lisbon
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +1 Hour
Population: 10,676,910
Languages: Portuguese, Mirandese
Electricity: 230 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Euro
Climate: Portugal has a maritime temperate climate that leaves the country cool and rainy in the north, and warmer and drier in the south.

Portugal is situated in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula and is the westernmost country of mainland Europe. It is bordered by Spain to the north and east and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west. The Atlantic archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores are also part of Portugal. The total area of the country, including the overseas territories of Azores and the Madeira Islands (both autonomous regions of Portugal) is 92,345 square kilometres (35,655 square miles). The total population of Portugal (2010) is 10,642,841, making it the 10th largest country in Europe based on population. The population of the Azores is 246,746 and Madeira 267,785. Portugal's highest peak is Mount Pico on the island of Pico in the Azores. This iconic symbol of the Azores is an ancient volcano measuring 2,350 metres (7,713 ft).

Portugal is divided into 18 districts and 7 regions. The districts are, Lisbon, Leira, Santarem, Setubal, Beja, Faro, Evora, Portalegre, Castelo Brance, Guarda, Coimbra, Aveiro, Viseu, Braganca, Vila Real, Porto, Braga and Viana do Castelo. And the regions are; Azores, Alentejo, Algarve, Centro, Lisboa, Madeira and Norte.The districts of Aveiro, Braga, Coimbra, and Leiria are the biggest economic centres outside the main metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto.

In the 1960's and 1970's, Portugal experienced a decline in it's population as many nations emigrated and it is now estimated that some 4.5 million Portugeuse now live overseas. However, in 1986, Portugal joined the European Economic Community (EEC) that later became the European Union (EU) and since 2000, Portugal has been experiencing net migration. The Portuguese are primarily of Mediterranean descent and their ancestry can be traced to ancient Romans, Iberians, Visigoths and Moors. Lisbon and the The Tejo Valley area on the Atlantic coast (in the vicinity of Oporto) is home to nearly 69% of the population. Tourism is an important part of Portugal's economy contributing 5% of GDP, it is one of the 20 most visited countries in the world, receiving an average of 13 million foreign tourists each year

One of the most popular tourist resorts in Portugal is the Algarve. It has beautiful sandy beaches (some with Blue Fag awards) and summer temperatures that frequently top 30C. The Algarve is split into 3 areas, Western, Central and Eastern. The most popular places in Central Algarve are; Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo, Quarteira, Vilamoura, Albufeira (probably the best known resort in the Algarve), Armacao de Pera, Carvoeiro, Praia da Rocha and Alvor. In Western Algarve, areas of interest include; Lagos, Luz, Alvor, Carvoeiro Burgau and Sagres. Whilst the Eastern Algarve would include; Tavira, Silves, Monte Gordo and Olhao. Lovers of golf can find many superb courses in Faro and Portimao.

The city of Lisbon, which receives more foreign tourists than the Algarve, is the seventh most-visited city in Southern Europe, after Istanbul, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Athens, and Milan with some 1,740,000 tourists in 2009. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years. Lisbon is built on a series of hills with scenic vistas from virtually every angle. Lisbon has much to offer with Gothic cathederals, World Heritage monuments, monasteries, museums and other such cultural treasures. Lisbon is also the only European capital to be close to sandy beaches. It can also boast a mild winter climate where temperatures rarely fall below 10C. Nearby, world class golf is available in Estoril, fairytale palaces in Sintra, surfing in Cascais and even a casino in Estoril.

Faro in central Algarve is located next to the Ria Formosa lagoon, a nature reserve of over 170 square kilometres and just 7 kilometres from a long sandy beach. In addition, Faro hosts the annual Faro International Motorcycle Rally, a famous festival and renowned for being one of the biggest of its kind. Faro has many outdoor cafes and a vibrant nightlife. Summers, as with most of the Algarve are best described as warm to hot with daytime temperatures of 27C to 35C. Autumn and winter temperatures are typically 8C to 17C.

Portugal has a total of 26 passenger airports, the main airports are: Faro Airport (FAO); Horta Airport (HOR); Lisboa Airport (LIS); Madeira (Funchal) Airport (FNC); Pico Island Airport (PIX); Porto Airport (OPO) and Lajes Airport (TER) on Teceira Island.

General information.

Around 1.6m British nationals visit Portugal every year. Crime remains relatively low in Portugal, although pickpocketing, handbag snatching, theft from cars and holiday properties is increasingly common in major tourist areas.

In Portugal, you drive on the right. If hiring a car, you should ensure that the vehicle insurance is fully comprehensive and covers you and your passengers for all eventualities. The minimum age for driving is 18 and drivers must possess a UK driving licence (of the EC version) or an International Driving Permit. When driving in Portugal, you are required to always carry your licence, vehicle logbook (or rental contract) and proof of insurance. Transgressors can face heavy, on the spot fines. As with many other Western European countries, in the event of an accident or breakdown, you must place a red warning triangle behind the vehicle and wear a reflective vest when you exit the car. You must also wear seatbelts in the front and back of vehicles at all times. Children under 12 are not permitted to travel in the front passenger seat and small children must be in child safety seats with the seatbelts fastened in the back of your car.

Fines for traffic offences are substantial in Portugal. Speeding, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, the use of a mobile phone whilst driving and illegal parking are heavily penalised. The Police even have portable ATM machines in most of their vehicles to ensure swift payment of the on the spot fines! Driving regulations and customs are different from those in the UK and the accident rate is higher.

Portuga has an excellent and modern road network, including some 44 motorways. As in many other European countries, there is a toll system in operation on Portuguese motorways. Heavy fines are imposed on those who do not or cannot pay toll fees. therefore, if you intend to hire a car on arrival, you should ensure that your rental contract sets out how the car hire company intends to charge you for any toll costs you may incur.

Visitors must show some form of identification, such as a passport, if requested by the Police. Even if you have a photocopy, the Police may insist on viewing the original which may mean you are accompanied, by the Police, to your hotel to achive this aim. 

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