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.


Portugal Tourism Information…


The Best of Portugal… 

Central Portugal
Northern Portugal
Southern Portugal
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
Ria Formosa
The Azores
Douro River Valley
 Évora Roman Temple ruins
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
Porto Cais da Riberia
Palácio da Bolsa
Sintra Castle of the Moors
Pena Palace


Portugal Country Information…



Largest City:



Unitary semi-presidential republic


Euro (€)


total:92,212 km2 (35,609 sq. mi.) ranked (111th)


Maritime temperate; cool and rainy in north, warmer and drier in south


10,833,816 (July 2016 est.) Ranked (83rd)


Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official, but locally used)

Ethnic Groups:

Momogeneous 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


Roman Catholic 81%, other Christian 3.3%, other (includes Jewish, Muslim, other) 0.6%, none 6.8%, unspecified 8.3%


230V, 50Hz (European plug C,F )

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Local Emergency Phone Number:


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Time Zone:

WET (UTC+1) Summer WEST (UTC-+1) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October; note: Portugal h 2 time zones, including the Azores (UTC-1)

Road Driving Side:



A Portuguesa  (Portuguese) “The Portuguese”


Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

Prime Minister:

António Costa


Holidays and Observances in Portugal in 2020

Date NameTypeDetails
Jan 1WednesdayNew Year’s DayNational holiday 
Feb 14FridayValentine’s DayObservance 
Feb 25TuesdayCarnival / Shrove TuesdayOptional Holiday 
Mar 19ThursdaySt. Joseph’s DayMunicipal HolidaySantarém
Mar 19ThursdayFather’s DayObservance 
Mar 20FridayMarch EquinoxSeason 
Mar 29SundayDaylight Saving Time startsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Apr 10FridayGood FridayNational holiday 
Apr 12SundayEaster SundayNational holiday 
Apr 25SaturdayLiberty DayNational holiday 
Apr 28TuesdayOur Lady of MércolesMunicipal HolidayCastelo Branco
May 1FridayLabor Day / May DayNational holiday 
May 3SundayMother’s DayObservance 
May 12TuesdaySt. Joana’s DayMunicipal HolidayAveiro
May 21ThursdayAscension DayMunicipal HolidayBeja
May 22FridayLeiria DayMunicipal HolidayLeiria
May 23SaturdayPortalegre DayMunicipal HolidayPortalegre
Jun 10WednesdayPortugal DayNational holiday 
Jun 11ThursdayCorpus ChristiNational holiday 
Jun 13SaturdaySt. Anthony’s DayMunicipal HolidayLisbon, Vila Real
Jun 20SaturdayJune SolsticeSeason 
Jun 24WednesdaySt. John’s DayMunicipal HolidayBraga, Porto
Jun 29MondaySt. Peter’s DayMunicipal HolidayÉvora
Jul 4SaturdaySt. Elizabeth’s DayMunicipal HolidayCoimbra
Aug 15SaturdayAssumption of MaryNational holiday 
Aug 20ThursdayOur Lady of SorrowsMunicipal HolidayViana do Castelo
Aug 22SaturdayOur Lady of GracesMunicipal HolidayBragança
Sep 7MondayFaro DayMunicipal HolidayFaro
Sep 15TuesdayBirth of BocageMunicipal HolidaySetúbal
Sep 21MondaySt. Matthew’s DayMunicipal HolidayViseu
Sep 22TuesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason 
Oct 5MondayRepublic ImplantationNational holiday 
Oct 25SundayDaylight Saving Time endsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Nov 1SundayAll Saints’ DayNational holiday 
Nov 27FridayForal of Sancho IMunicipal HolidayGuarda
Dec 1TuesdayRestoration of IndependenceNational holiday 
Dec 8TuesdayFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionNational holiday 
Dec 21MondayDecember SolsticeSeason 
Dec 24ThursdayChristmas EveObservance 
Dec 25FridayChristmas DayNational holiday 
Dec 31ThursdayNew Year’s EveObservance