8 Cool Facts About Portugal- Family Travel Blog Bucket List
We’re planning on moving to Spain in the coming years, with the hope of exploring the surrounding area on bikes. And guess what I just discovered? That Portugal lies in the western part of the Iberian Peninsula, smack dab next to Spain. And so, I’ve been looking up some cool facts on Portugal that I wanted to share with you.
Portuguese is a Latin-based language with its roots stretching back over two thousand years when it was spoken by the Romanized Celts (cool, I know!) It is the 6th most-spoken language in the world with two million native speakers.
The Portugal flag is rectangular and bicolor with a field which is unevenly divided into green on the hoist and a red on the fly. The red and green symbolize the people who died for her freedom and the shield acts as the prime symbol of Portuguese pride.
The close proximity of Portugal as a country to the Atlantic Ocean makes fish the staple food among its citizens.
Portuguese cuisine is famous for its Arroz de Polvo (octopus pieces) cooked in tomatoes and onions and served on a bed of white rice alongside clams, crabs, lean bacon, parsley, sardines or chicken together with a red wine sauce.
Portugal has for a long time been known for fado music (from the urban poor that was inspired by the Romans). The new generation of Portuguese musicians has also contributed to the social and political revitalization of fado music, blending and adding new trends to elevate its sensuality. Oooh, la, la!
Portuguese artwork includes different sculptures and paintings of different eras made by both ancient and contemporary artists like Paula Rego. Many famous Portuguese paintings portray historical events that took place in Portugal, and are now displayed in museums such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.
Portugal is a great destination if you’re planning to go on a family nature trail. This is because of the great selection of nature parks and nature reserves with beautiful scenery on offer, including the Alvao Natural Park, Nature Park of Faial, Berlengas Natural Reserve, Nature Park of Terceira and the Monsanto Forest Park.
7- Historical sites
Portugal also has a wide variety of historical sites like the Ajuda National Place, the Belem Tower, the Batalha Monastery, the Lisbon Cathedral and the Paderne Castle. All these historical sites are so real, fascinating and well worth a visit.
Generally speaking, the Portuguese are far from fashion-obsessed. Women often wear traditional patterned clothes and men like to wear accessory jackets and ties. Clothing worn in and out of work tends to be very similar, with an emphasis on simplicity, free-flowing design and graceful colors.
So, all of this just makes me want to go to Portugal and check this out myself. Imagine a nice vacation on some of these amazing beaches. Don’t tell me you’re not drooling already from the idea of a Portuguese get away! I certainly am.
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Until we meet in Portugal,