Portugal

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Travel information about Portugal

Portugal is located in the Europe continent. And 111th largest country in the world with the total area of 92,090 square km Estimated total population is 10,781,459 and it shares a border with Spain. Archaic castles, golden beaches, and cobblestone villages are what making Portugal one of the breathtaking scenes one will see. If you want to go hiking, you can go to Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês, or dolphin watching at Sado Estuary, and boating and kayaking at Rio Guadiana.

Capital city of Portugal: Lisbon

Closest neighbors to Portugal: Closest countries are Spain to the north and east and in the north of Morocco.

Best times to visit Portugal: Better visit during March to May and September to October for the hotel rates drop down, the weather is still warm, and the crowd is thin.

How to get to Portugal: Regular directs flights are available in Lisbon, Faro, and Porto from the US and Europe. The only direct and non-stop flight to Lisbon is from New York.

Visa requirements for Portugal: No visa is required for US citizens traveling to Portugal for 90 days. You will need a passport though valid for 6 months upon your planned return.

Currency of Portugal: The currency is Euro.

Official Language of Portugal: The official languages are Portuguese and Miranda do Douro.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Portugal

There are 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Portugal and 21 on their tentative list

Cultural (14)

  • Alto Douro Wine Region
  • Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores
  • Convent of Christ in Tomar
  • Cultural Landscape of Sintra
  • Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications
  • Historic Centre of Évora
  • Historic Centre of Guimarães
  • Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar
  • Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture
  • Monastery of Alcobaça
  • Monastery of Batalha
  • Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon
  • Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde
  • University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia

Natural (1)

  • Laurisilva of Madeira

 

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.

 

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