Portugal’s popularity as a holiday destination is growing every year. Portugal is known for its Algarve, Lisbon and Porto, but you will also find many undiscovered places, beautiful nature, peace and quiet and space, historic towns, friendly people and delicious cuisine. I have been to Portugal several times and fell in love with this country. That’s why I collected 25 fun facts about Portugal for you!
25 fun facts about Portugal
Fun facts about Portugal
1. The westernmost point of Europe is in Portugal and the country borders America via the Atlantic Ocean. The westernmost point of Europe is located on the Azores and is called Monchique Islet.
2. Portuguese is spoken by more than 200 million people in the world and is therefore the 6 most widely spoken language in the world.
3. It is an official language in 10 countries including Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Equatorial Guinea.
4. The country is named after Porto. Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and is one of the popular tourist destinations in the country. This city officially has two names: Porto and Porto.
5. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe and the first inhabitants of Lisbon come from a time of more than 3,000 years ago! That makes the capital of Portugal older than London or Rome.
6. The longest bridge in the world is in the city of Lisbon. This bridge is 17 kilometers long and is called Vasco da Gama.
7. One of the oldest continuously operating universities in Europe is located in the city of Coimbra in Portugal. The university was founded in the 13th century and is still one of the best schools in the country.
8. Portugal is the largest producer of cork in the world.
9. It was the first European country to abolish slavery.
10. Portugal was one of the first 10 countries in Europe to legalize same-sex marriage.
11. Portugal was founded in 1128, making it one of the oldest nations in Europe.
12. It is a developed country. According to the Global Peace Index 2018, Portugal is the 4th safest country in the world.
13. The largest community of Portuguese outside Portugal is in the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
14. Portugal is also known as the “land of tiles.” The Portuguese have their walls and floors decorated with tiles.
15. Portugal is one of the best surfing destinations in the world. In October 2011 surfer Garrett McNamara caught the largest wave (30 meters) ever surfed at Praia do Norte, near the city of Nazaré, in Central Portugal.
16. The world famous “port wine” comes from Porto.
17. The oldest bookshop in the world is located in the capital Lisbon. The Bertrand Bookshop was founded in 1732.
18. Pastéis de nata is one of the most popular pastries in Portugal and was first made in the 17th century.
19. The weather in Portugal is known to be the warmest in Europe with almost 3,000 hours of sunshine per year.
20. More than 275,000 inhabitants died in Lisbon in 1755 in an earthquake and this is one of the largest earthquakes that has occurred. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami and devastating fires in the capital.
21. Christiano Ronaldo was born in Santo António in Portugal in 1985. No doubt that football is the most popular sport in the country.
22. Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer, was the first European to reach India by sea.
23. The prepaid phone card was invented in 1995 in Portugal.
24. The Portuguese invented the Piri-piri sauce.
25. The traditional ‘Fado’ music from Portugal, ‘fateful’ music, is a UNESCO world cultural heritage. The soulful ballads are based on common themes such as the sea or living in poverty.
These are my 25 fun facts about Portugal! Do you have any fun facts about Portugal?
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