With its mild climate, 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, and 850 kilometers of splendid beaches caressed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect year-round holiday destination.
This country boasts the oldest borders in Europe and offers an exceptional range of diverse landscapes just a short distance away. From leisure activities to a unique cultural heritage, tradition and modernity coexist in perfect harmony. Indulge in superb cuisine, exquisite wines, and the warm hospitality of its people, making Portugal a paradise of unparalleled quality.
Located in the extreme southwest of Europe, within a few hours’ reach from other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from around the world.
Come and discover the irresistible charms of this remarkable country for yourself.
The climate in Portugal varies considerably from one region to another and is influenced by the relief, latitude and proximity to the sea, which offers mild winters, especially in the Algarve.
In the Porto e Norte area and Centro region, particularly inland, nearer Spain, the winters are colder, although the temperatures are still mild when compared to the rest of Europe. There is some snowfall. It occurs most in the Serra da Estrela mountains, where we find the highest point in mainland Portugal (1,991 m) and where it is sometimes possible to ski.
The summers are hot and dry, especially in the inland areas (Trás-os-Montes in north-eastern Portugal and Alentejo). Temperatures are slightly lower in the coastal areas, because of the influence of the sea.
There are often warm, sunny days in autumn. Nice weather at the beginning of November is often called “St. Martin’s Summer” as this saint’s day is on 11 November.
The climate in the Azores is influenced by the islands’ latitude and by the Gulf Stream, and temperatures are mild there all year round. The same factors also influence the sea temperature, which is very pleasant both in winter and summer and ideal for nautical sports all year round.
The subtropical characteristics of the weather in the Madeira Archipelago can be explained by its geographical position and mountainous relief. The climate in Madeira is exceptionally mild, wth average temperatures varying between 24 ºC in summer and 19 ºC in winter.
The sea temperature is also very pleasant all year round, thanks to the influence of the warm Gulf Stream.
Portugal has a population of around 10 million.
Population density is higher in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (city and surroundings) where about 2.8 million people live. The second largest city in Portugal is Oporto in the north.
Generally speaking, there are more people living in the country’s coastal regions than in the inland areas.
The majority of Portuguese are Catholics, but the Portuguese Constitution guarantees religious freedom and there are a number of different religions in Portugal.
From a Latin root, Portuguese is spoken by about 250 million people in every continent and is the 5th most spoken language in the world and the 3rd, if we only consider the European languages.
In Portugal English teaching is mandatory at schools.