Country Information on Portugal
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If you want to experience nature rather than urban Portugal, spend your holidays in Porto and / or the capital Lisbon. Both cities are located on the Atlantic coast, attracting the visitors with the sights of ancient city centers, and never have to hide behind the famous cities of the 'big' neighbor Spain.
The location on the Atlantic owes Portugal a very pleasant climate, the winters are mild, the summers are not too hot. This makes holiday apartments in the Algarve the ideal place for a relaxing holiday, popular places are, for example, Albufeira and Lagoa. The western part of the Algarve is characterized by cliffs, the eastern part by sandy beaches and lagoons, so that the right thing is for everyone. Alentejo, Costa Verde and Costa de Prata are still not so developed, so there is much to discover.
If you want to spend your holiday on an island is well advised to rent a holiday apartment in Madeira. The fantastic nature of the Atlantic Ocean, the beautiful bathing facilities and the lively town of Funchal promise a pleasant stay. Even further over the sea travelers must be on their way to the Azores, the most western area of Europe, but the long way is worthwhile: A trip to the Caldera of Sete Cidades on São Miguel is an unforgettable natural experience.
With an individual accommodation, you are independent in your holiday in Portugal and can decide freely about arrival and departure times as well as the respective day organization. Because many of the regions are touristic, you will normally find very quickly if you are looking for a holiday home in Portugal. An even more individual holiday can offer you the stay in a holiday house. Portugal can offer many typical Mediterranean, architecturally appealing holiday apartments. Not only are landscapes and cities, but also the accommodation itself a change from the Central European everyday life and promote holiday mood. So plan your holiday in Portugal today and be inspired by the numerous accommodation offers!
The north of Portugal has a relatively cool and humid climate and consists of two traditional provinces or landscapes: the Minho in the north-west is one of the most densely populated areas of the country. The largest cities are the Minho Braga and Viana do Castelo. The Minho is known for its climate and the relatively lush vegetation as the green garden of Portugal. On the slopes of the numerous river valleys are planted especially wine, which is further processed to the famous Vinho Verde. In addition, many vegetables thrive. The natural vegetation is a mixture of the flora of the temperate zone and subtropical flora, depending on altitude, there are oaks and chestnuts, pines and olive trees.
In the north-east, Tras-os-Montes (behind the mountains). This is the side facing away from the sea north of Portugal, which is very mountainous, and therefore has very cold winters and very hot summers. The vegetation is much less abundant than in the Minho and the border with Spain to sparser. Both provinces have in common is that their mountain ranges, such as Marão or Peneda-Geres by numerous rivers, including the Rio Minho (river border with Spain) crossed the Rio Douro or be. In the north of Portugal is the Peneda-Geres National Park, an important conservation area in the country. There still exist remnants of natural forests, especially where there is the evergreen holm oak. Bedeutende Städte des Nordens sind Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Matosinhos, Braga, Vila Real und Bragança. Major cities of the North Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Matosinhos, Braga, Vila Real and Braganca. Central Portugal is mostly hilly and mountainous and has the Serra da Estrela mountain range a major ski resort. Der höchste Berg ist der Torre mit 1.993 m . The highest peak is 1993 m with Torre. He is the highest point of continental Portugal. The most important landscapes are the Beira, the Ribatejo (the Tagus in Lisbon garden level is dubbed), Extremadura and the mouth of the Tagus in the Atlantic. The entire region is very fertile and has an ideal climate for growing wine, so that the tradition of winemaking here goes back to the Romans. In addition, cereal, rice, sunflower and vegetables are grown. Die Region wird durch den Tejo zweigeteilt. The region is bisected by the River Tagus. Floods that used to come regularly stalked the Ribatejo, since the construction of numerous dams no longer present. The most important cities in central Portugal are Lisbon, Coimbra, Sintra, Coimbra, Coimbra, Leiria, Castelo Branco and Santarem.
Ponta da Piedade, Lagos, Algarve
The south of Portugal is made up of three regions Terras do Sado, and together Algarve. The surface of the whole region is flat to hilly and has a dry and hot climate. The Alentejo, the former breadbasket of Portugal, is now sparsely populated and characterized by depopulation, sprawling fields of corn with olive groves and cork oak trees dominate the landscape. For wine emerged as the main cereal products and more sunflowers. The meadows are used for grazing of sheep and in the spring with flowers. To the economic decline, not least, contribute to the lengthening drought, which will be alleviated with the construction of dams. Although they disputed because of the fire hazard posed by them are to take the planting of eucalyptus trees. The southern coastal regions are often covered by pine forests.In addition there are numerous species of palms, of which only the native.
The Algarve marks the entire south coast of the country and with its charming towns, cliffs and sandy beaches to a frequently visited holiday home grown, what has brought the usual negative side effects of mass tourism with it. The largest cities are in southern Portugal Portalegre, Evora, Beja and Faro and Lagos. The dominant flow is marked by the Rio Guadiana, the two long stretches of the border with Spain. Adapted to the great summer heat are a number of succulent plants.
Also remaining to Portugal, the islands of Madeira (wood island) and the Azores (Hawk Island) in the Atlantic. They are up on the Azores island of Santa Maria, of volcanic origin. The archipelago of Madeira is due to its location off the African coast is a partly tropical, partly sub-tropical vegetation. The highest mountain in Portugal is located in the Azores, Ponta do Pico, 2351 m.
The main rivers are the River Tagus in Portugal, which rises in Spain under the name of the Tagus, the Douro (Spanish Duero) and the Mondego, the latter is the longest river that flows through Portugal.