Portugal is a beautiful country located on the Iberian Peninsula in Southern Europe. Bordered by Spain in north and east and the blue Atlantic Ocean to the west and the south, the country covers an area of 92,212 sq. km.
Portugal is home to some of the most exotic destinations. Dotted with enchanting cities, ancient castles, mesmerising museums and sun-kissed beaches, the place is a traveller’s paradise. The beautiful Mosterio dos Jerónimos in the capital city of Lisbon is a breathtaking monument that was built in the honour of Vasco da Gama when he discovered the sea route to India. The Oceanarium is a spectacular attraction that highlights the diversity of ocean habitats and is a must visit. The splendid Palácio Nacional de Sintra on Lisbon Coast has been acknowledged as the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape for its alluring beauty, the palace once functioned as a summer retreat of the kings and queens. From the glistering Silver Castle to the stunning Sé (cathedral) and Roman Temple to the artistic Museu Calouste Gulbenkian museum. Turkey is a mecca for art and history lovers.
The breathtaking beaches of Portugal cannot be missed. From sunsets to surfing on the high tidal waves, the alluring beaches will leave you spellbound. The exquisite Praia da Adraga in Sintra, near Lisbon, is a beautiful beach to unwind while sipping wine in a sheltered restaurant, built into a cliff. The Praia da Rocha beach in Lagos is an ideal escape for listless tourists, the beach also has some cool caves waiting to be explored. Another star attraction is the serene Altura beach in Western Algarve that offers thrilling water sport activities in summer. The Troia Peninsula of Setúbal gives you a unique chance to spot the majestic dolphins on one of its boat trips.
Portugal has a total population of 10.46 million people. The country is home to legal migrants who make represent 5% of the total population. A progressive country, Portugal has anti-racism laws to prevent racial discrimination in different sectors like business, housing and health. It also has laws in place to prevent discrimination of differently abled people, they are guaranteed access to education, health-care and employment opportunities, under the provision of state services. The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. The language has different dialects in the Southern, Central and Northern parts of the country.
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