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Portugal

Portugal is blessed with a diverse landscape and a sun-drenched coastline. The country is split by the Tagus River. The north is chiefly mountainous and indented by steep valleys, whereas the south is a land of rolling plains. Traditional Portuguese architecture is extremely distinctive, especially ...

Portugal is blessed with a diverse landscape and a sun-drenched coastline. The country is split by the Tagus River. The north is chiefly mountainous and indented by steep valleys, whereas the south is a land of rolling plains. Traditional Portuguese architecture is extremely distinctive, especially the highly ornamented Manueline style from the early 16th century. Fish is integral to the country’s cuisine, especially dry cod (bacalhau); grilled sardines; and caldeirada, a potato-based fish stew. Wines have been produced in Portugal since the time of the Roman Empire. The country is renowned for its pousadas, a chain of lodgings in historic buildings. It also offers an ever-expanding number of golf courses.

WHEN TO VISIT

Portugal has an agreeable climate, with mild winters and summers that are dry and warm but seldom oppressively hot. The Mediterranean Algarve region is the sunniest, driest and warmest part of the country.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for three months beyond end of stay and containing at least two unstamped pages). Visit www.travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, www.cdc.gov.

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