Hi everyone. In the previous post we left you on what would be the next destination to explore. Today it’s time to reveal it, we’re headed to… Portugal. Obviously before to start, we dedicate this moment to the knowledge of the place where we are about to begin our adventure. Ready? Let’s start.
Portugal is located in the western part of the Iberian Peninsula, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with its kilometer coasts (from south to west) and bordering only with Spain. Portugal consists of eighteen districts and two autonomous regions, Madeira and Azores. If there is one thing that unites Spain and Portugal is the territory of Olivenza, both countries still contend for it today, for an unresolved issue since the nineteenth century.
The official language is (of course) Portuguese (did you know that it is the fifth most spoken language in the world?) but today the Miranda is spoken as a language and it is spoken in the Miranda do Douro area by a very low percentage and sometimes taught in schools, and plus is spoken the Portuguese sign language as well (how nice is that?!).
As regards the faith there is no official religion, in Portugal there is the religious freedom and the principle of secularism. So everyone is free to believe in what it wants or not to believe at all, offering full freedom of worship. Right!
We come to a point that has always been crucial when it comes to being out for a long or little time, the climate. We can consider ourselves lucky, the climate of Portugal is not so bad at all.The climate is Atlantic, mild to the north. In the south it is Mediterranean and therefore drier (as influenced by the air coming from Africa). The inland lands, those bordering with Spain, have a more continental climate. Think that the climatic of Portugal would favor the development of oak, beech and chestnut tree. Wow!
To keep you updated also on the economic aspect we can say that Portugal started its modernization a little later than the standards (if there is a standard ) but this did not prevent to have great satisfactions on this front. In fact Portugal has developed an economy that is increasingly based on services, so much that it has been one of the twelve founding nations of the euro. Even its health side is at fairly high levels, so as to be considered one of the best in the world.
Now let’s talk about Portuguese traditions and curiosities. Characteristics of some coastal regions are the wooden houses of the fishermen painted in colored stripes or the houses painted in bright colors and tiles with different decorations. Another type of characteristic construction are the mills (some of them work and others not) that Portugal owns in large numbers. As for its architecture, while regarding the traditional festivals the best known is the bullfight, in Portuguese the “tourada” which in some aspects is different from the Spanish bullfight; among the songs the most popular one is the “fado” which is sung with typical Portuguese instruments. The sport is also part of the culture of Portugal, in particular hockey, football, athletics and motocross.
How not to have a little taste of which are the typical dishes of Portuguese cuisine. Among them what stands out most is the cod and precisely Baccalà alla Bras… We will discover the rest along the way.
For today we would say that this is enough, the salient points to make a first acquaintance there are all, then slowly in the various destinations that we will cover we will reveal all the rest.
Welcome to Portugal!
A kiss to everyone.