Portugal has a mild Mediterranean climate with over 300 days of sun per year. It’s the perfect place to spend lots of time outdoors biking, hiking, sunbathing, or spending the afternoon in an outdoor cafe with friends. Lisbon is the sunniest European capital. It has some of Europe's mildest weather in the winter and pleasant summers.
"Portugal: Europe's best-kept foodie secret"
What Wines to Drink From Portugal (by Region)
“If you don’t recognize the grape variety on a Portuguese wine label, it’s a good thing.”
Global Peace Index 2016: There are now only 10 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict
"Iceland was once again named the world’s most peaceful country, followed by Denmark, Austria, New Zealand and Portugal, the latter improving nine places. Syria was once again named the least peaceful country."
Capital and largest city Lisbon
Other importante cities: Porto, Braga, Coimbra, Faro
Official languages Portuguese
Ethnic groups (2011) 96.3% Portuguese / 3.7% others
1 January - New Years Day
14 April - Good Friday (Friday before Eastern, 2017)
25 April - Freedom Day (Democratic revolution in 1974)
1 May - Labour Day
10 June - Portugal Day
13 June - Feast of St. Anthony (only Lisbon)
15 June - Corpus Christi
24 June - Feast of St. John the Baptist (Porto only)
15 August - Assumption Day
5 October - Republic Day
1 November - All Saints Day
1 December - Restoration Day
8 December - Immaculate Conception Day
25 December - Christmas Day
Total Area 92,212 km2 / 35,603 sq mi (incuding Azores and Madeira)
Population 2015 estimate 10,341,330
Time zone WET (UTC) / AZOT (UTC−1)
(Mainland Portugal and Madeira use WET/WEST, the Azores use AZOT/AZOST)
Antipodes New Zealand and Pacific Ocean
Currency Euro (€) (EUR)
Calling code +351
Drives on the right
The summer season is 6 months long, lasting from May to October, with average temperatures of 25°C (77°F) during the day and 16.2°C (61.2°F) at night.
December, January and February are the coldest and rainiest months, with an average daytime temperature during these 3 months of 15°C (60°F) and 9°C (48°F) at night.