Portugal

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Travel Info

Travel info

Tourism

Portugal attracts many tourists each year. Tourism is playing an increasingly important role in Portugal's economy contributing with about 5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Visas

Nationals of EU countries don’t need a visa for any length of stay in Portugal. Those from  Canada, New Zealand, the USA and (by temporary agreement) Australia can stay for up to 90 days in any half-year without a visa. Others, including nationals of South Africa, need a visa unless they’re the spouse or child of an EU citizen.

For more information visit www.mne.gov.pt

Major cities

 Lisabon, Porto, Amadora, Braga, Setubal.

Top tourist attractions

  • Lisabon
  • Algarve and Madeira
  • Porto - A majestic port city
  • Sintra- Enchanting fairytale town
  • Evora - A museum-town
  • Tomar - Home of the knights
  • Braga - The Baroque City

Activities

From the picturesque wine region in the north to the gorgeous beaches of the Algarve in the south there are definitely lots of things to do in Portugal. Portugal has heaps of UNESCO World Heritage sites, an extensive history, excellent cuisine and best of all, affordable prices.

Surface

Tagus River, which flows northeast to southwest and divides the country. North of the Tagus, more than nine-tenths of the land rises above 1,300 feet (400 metres); in the south, only one range, São Mamede, surpasses 3,200 feet (1,000 metres).

Climate

Portugal has a warm and sunny climate, with mild winters. Summer temperatures in the Algarve can top 30°C. In the northwest weather is milder and damper, so bring an umbrella.

Taxes

Standard Rate 23% (since 1 Jan 2011). Reduced Rate 6%, 10%, 13%

Public holidays

  • 1 January – New Year's Day
  • Carnival (Facultative)
  •  Good Friday
  • Easter
  • 25 April – Carnation Revolution
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  •  Corpus Christi
  • 10 June – National Day
  • 15 August – Assumption of Mary
  • 5 October – Republic Day (Implantation of the Republic)
  • 1 November – All Saints' Day
  • 1 December – Restoration of Independence
  • 8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

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Source: www.wikipedia.org