Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain in Western Europe. It comprises of the continental part of Portugal on the western coast of the Iberian Peninsula with 2 island groups: the Azores (800 miles southwest of Lisbon) and Madeira (600 miles south of Lisbon).
Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture: salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve’s beaches are a major destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s–1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire.
Portugal boasts a stunning variety of landscapes, while its two major cities, Lisbon and Porto, offer a mix of alfresco restaurants, buzzing fado clubs and glittering marble churches as well as its sublime sandy beaches, lush river valleys and pretty mountain-top villages.
Portugal’s climate is mainly Mediterranean. The southern regions are dry and sunny with warm/hot summers and mild/rainy winters. Snow is possible in the mountains of the northeast. Overall, Portugal enjoys an enviable climate which explains why it’s so popular with northern Europeans looking for relief from their too often less comfortable weather.