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República Portuguesa

Portuguese Republic

Following its heyday as a global maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Brazil, its wealthiest colony, in 1822. A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms. The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal is a founding member of NATO and entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986.

Tourism Information...
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Portugal's Most Popular Sights...
Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  
  • Alcobaça
    • Alcobaça Monastery
  • The Algarve
    • Faro
    • Lagos
    • Portimão
    • Ria Formosa
    • Silves
  • Aveiro
  • The Azores
  • Braga
  • Cascais
  • Coimbra
  • Douro River Valley
  •  Évora
    • Roman Temple ruins
  • Fatima
  • Guimarães
  • Lisbon
    • Alfama District
    • Belém Tower
    • Jerónimos Monastery
    • Monument to the Discoveries
    • Praça do Comércio
    • Rossio Square
    • Sao Jorge Castle
    • Tram 28
    • 25 da Abril Bridge
  • Madeira
  • Obidos
  • Porto
    • Cais da Riberia
    • Palácio da Bolsa
  • Sintra
    • Castle of the Moors
    • Pena Palace

Flag_of_PortugalDistricts of Portugal

Averio
Aveiro
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Azores
Beja_
Beja
Braga
Braga
Braganca
Bragança
Castelo Branco
Castelo Branco
Coimbra
Coimbra
Evora
Évora
Faro
Faro
Guarda
Guarda
Liera
Leiria
Lisboa
Lisbon
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Madeira
Portalegre
Portalegre
Porto
Porto
Santarém
Santarém
Setúbal
Setúbal
Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo
Vila Real
Vila Real
Viseu
Viseu
 

Country Information...
 
Capital Lisbon
Largest City Lisbon
Government Unitary semi-presidential republic[
Currency Euro (€)
Area total:92,212 km2 ranked (111th)
Population 10,833,816 (July 2016 est.) Ranked (83rd)
Language Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official, but locally used)
Ethnic Groups homogeneous Mediterranean stock; citizens of black African descent who immigrated to mainland during decolonization number less than 100,000; since 1990 East Europeans have entered Portugal
Religion Roman Catholic 81%, other Christian 3.3%, other (includes Jewish, Muslim, other) 0.6%, none 6.8%, unspecified 8.3%
Electricity 230V, 50Hz (European plug)
Country code +351
Internet TLD .pt
Time Zone (DST) WET (UTC+0) / Summer WEST (UTC+1)
Drives on the Right
Anthem A Portuguesa  (Portuguese) “The Portuguese”
President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
Prime Minister António Costa
Holidays and Observances in Portugal in 2020
Date   Name Type Details
Jan 1 Wednesday New Year’s Day National holiday  
Feb 14 Friday Valentine’s Day Observance  
Feb 25 Tuesday Carnival / Shrove Tuesday Optional Holiday  
Mar 19 Thursday St. Joseph’s Day Municipal Holiday Santarém
Mar 19 Thursday Father’s Day Observance  
Mar 20 Friday March Equinox Season  
Mar 29 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts Clock change/Daylight Saving Time  
Apr 10 Friday Good Friday National holiday  
Apr 12 Sunday Easter Sunday National holiday  
Apr 25 Saturday Liberty Day National holiday  
Apr 28 Tuesday Our Lady of Mércoles Municipal Holiday Castelo Branco
May 1 Friday Labor Day / May Day National holiday  
May 3 Sunday Mother’s Day Observance  
May 12 Tuesday St. Joana’s Day Municipal Holiday Aveiro
May 21 Thursday Ascension Day Municipal Holiday Beja
May 22 Friday Leiria Day Municipal Holiday Leiria
May 23 Saturday Portalegre Day Municipal Holiday Portalegre
Jun 10 Wednesday Portugal Day National holiday  
Jun 11 Thursday Corpus Christi National holiday  
Jun 13 Saturday St. Anthony’s Day Municipal Holiday Lisbon, Vila Real
Jun 20 Saturday June Solstice Season  
Jun 24 Wednesday St. John’s Day Municipal Holiday Braga, Porto
Jun 29 Monday St. Peter’s Day Municipal Holiday Évora
Jul 4 Saturday St. Elizabeth’s Day Municipal Holiday Coimbra
Aug 15 Saturday Assumption of Mary National holiday  
Aug 20 Thursday Our Lady of Sorrows Municipal Holiday Viana do Castelo
Aug 22 Saturday Our Lady of Graces Municipal Holiday Bragança
Sep 7 Monday Faro Day Municipal Holiday Faro
Sep 15 Tuesday Birth of Bocage Municipal Holiday Setúbal
Sep 21 Monday St. Matthew’s Day Municipal Holiday Viseu
Sep 22 Tuesday September Equinox Season  
Oct 5 Monday Republic Implantation National holiday  
Oct 25 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends Clock change/Daylight Saving Time  
Nov 1 Sunday All Saints’ Day National holiday  
Nov 27 Friday Foral of Sancho I Municipal Holiday Guarda
Dec 1 Tuesday Restoration of Independence National holiday  
Dec 8 Tuesday Feast of the Immaculate Conception National holiday  
Dec 21 Monday December Solstice Season  
Dec 24 Thursday Christmas Eve Observance  
Dec 25 Friday Christmas Day National holiday  
Dec 31 Thursday New Year’s Eve Observance