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Portugal in Poland
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Europe’s West Coast
June 3, 2009   
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Portugal, with a privileged geographical position on Europe’s West Coast, has a distinct Atlantic flair that has left its mark on the country’s history and culture. The country’s proximity to the sea had a key influence on the maritime discoveries of the 15th and 16th centuries, in which Portugal played a pioneering role in connecting together the world’s continents—thus triggering the first wave of economic and social globalization.

Today, Portugal is proud of the many influences that it has assimilated—visible in much of the country’s cultural and architectural heritage—and also the influence it has left on other countries and continents, including the fact that the Portuguese language is spoken by more than 200 million people.

In a territory of only 92,000 sq km, there is such a tremendous diversity of landscapes and cultural and historical riches that visitors are sure to find a wide array of experiences close at hand—whether in the mountains or the sea, in cities or historic villages in the hinterland.

This enterprising, cosmopolitan and extremely hospitable country, blessed with a stable gentle climate throughout the year, has a wide range of high quality hotels and resorts, and Europe’s best golf courses that also rank among the world’s finest.

For all these reasons we offer you this special invitation. Come and discover Portugal, a country of sea and sunshine, with a varied range of cultural attractions, ranging from the streets adorned with azulejo tiles, rich contemporary art collections in Lisbon and Oporto, the cultural landscapes of Sintra, the Douro and the Atlantic islands of Madeira and the Azores, and the ancient rupestrian engravings in Foz Côa. Make sure to savor some genuine Portuguese cuisine, whose highlights include fish and shellfish dishes, convent sweets and excellent wines that offer the perfect, harmonious complement to moments of dining pleasure.

Portugal has 220 days of sunshine a year. Sunshine and a gentle climate are bound to be waiting for you whenever you come here.

Portugal has the largest number of sunshine hours per year in Europe. In the Algarve, there are over 3,000 sunshine hours a year… and whether traveling north or south, in any season, Portugal always offers perfect conditions for enjoying nature, traveling or breathing in some fresh air.

This explains why Portugal always imbues visitors with so much energy. On Europe’s West Coast, Portugal has been blessed with a long Atlantic coast of golden sandy beaches that appeals to our senses and the art of enjoying the best in life. Portugal is one of the European countries that has the strongest dedication to renewable energy, and is committed to achieving sustainable and environmentally responsible tourism.

Portugal has Europe’s longest white sand beach; 30 km of fine, golden sand awaits you next to Lisbon.

Portugal is an Atlantic country, with a wide array of different beaches close at hand. Along Europe’s West Coast it is possible to find open beaches and invigorating waves together with small coves and bays where one feels like an explorer. To the south, the waters are calmer and warmer, ideal for those who enjoy warmth and sun bathing.

For leisure or competitive activities, Portugal offers a wide range of nautical sports, guaranteeing adventure and plenty of emotion.

It is also worth saving your energies for the hot summer nights, where it is possible to dance in the open air, in famous discotheques that can be found throughout the country.

In Portugal, you can appreciate over 20,000 years of history, from the early rock paintings to more recent contemporary art.

At present, Portugal is marked by harmonious contrasts between an age-old culture and all the excitement of innovative projects, geared toward the future.

Portugal is the country with the oldest borders in Europe, the homeland of the discoverers who, in the 15th and 16th centuries, set sail to conquer the seas and ended up connecting continents. Throughout its history, Portugal has brought together different and remote cultures, all of which have left their marks on the national heritage and on the personality and lifestyle of its free-spirited and hospitable people.

Today, it is a privilege to be able to admire Portugal’s Manueline architecture or the rock paintings of Foz Côa, each of which has been classified as World Heritage. But there is also the bold architectural design of the Casa da Música, in Porto, or the Portuguese Pavilion, created by Álvaro Siza Vieira, in Parque das Naæões, in Lisbon.

And you can also visit Porto and observe the dialogue between the river fronts of the Ribeira district and the Cais de Gaia, two quays facing each other on the opposite banks of the River Douro.

Accept the invitation and come and discover Portugal—a special country!

AICEP - BRH, Embassy of Portugal, 37 Francuska St.; 03-905 Warszawa
tel. +48 22 617 64 60, +48 22 617 43 40, aicep.warsaw@portugalglobal.pl
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