Cabo da Roca The Very West of Europe

Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca, in the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, is the westernmost point of the European continent. I was there in October. There is a picturesque red lighthouse, a stone pillar with a plaque about Cabo da Roca on its side and a crucifix on top, and a stunning view of the rocky coast.

However, the most memorable feature of Cabo da Roca is probably its winds. The hour and a half I spent there was a battle against the blustery cold wind that blasted this very exposed outcrop of land. In the photo of me by the Cabo da Roca monument, what looks like a salute is a desperate attempt to keep my cap on.

Cabo da Roca.

Another more pleasantly memorable feature is the succulent Carpobrotus edulis plant that, besides grass, grow all over the sandy soil, tenaciously maintaining a hold.

Access - Getting There

Cabo da Roca is about 40 km west of Lisbon and 20 km west of Sintra, making it a very easy day trip by bus out of either place.

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Torre de Belem Cannon

Torre de Belem Cannon

Belem Tower was originally built as a fortification to protect the Lisbon reaches of the River Tagus, though there is no evidence that its cannon were ever fired in anger.

Torre de Belem Cannon

The early 16th century tower served more as a prison than a naval gun emplacement and held over 100 political prisoners during the time of Spain's rule over Portugal.

Torre de Belem Cannon

Belem Tower's other non-military uses included serving as a customs post, telegraph station, a lighthouse and a clinic.

Access - Getting There

Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal

Belem Station on the Cascais Line is the nearest railway station to the tower. Belem can also be reached by tram or bus from central Lisbon.

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Altis Belem

Altis Belem, Lisbon

Altis Belém Hotel & Spa is a five-star accommodation on the River Tagus in Belem, located within walking distance from the Belem Tower and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.

Altis Belem

The minimalist, modernist hotel has 50 rooms (including 5 suites) all with LCD full High Definition TV, Nespresso machines, electric curtains and WIFI Internet.

The Altis' spa includes a swimming pool, sauna and a hammam (Turkish Bath).

There are a number of fine restaurants and cafes within the hotel for visitors and guests alike.

Altis Belem

A shuttle bus takes visitors to and from Lisbon Airport.

Access - Getting There

Altis Belém Hotel & Spa (Book this hotel with Booking.com)
Doca do Bom Sucesso
1400-038 Lisboa
Tel: + 351 210 400 200

Belem Station on the Cascais Line from Cais de Sodre is the nearest railway station. Belem can also be reached by either bus or tram from downtown Lisbon.

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Portuguese Numbers

Portuguese Numbers - Learning the numbers in Portuguese

Portuguese Numbers.

One of the first and most useful things to learn in any new language is the numbers.

Listen to the numbers in Portuguese.

Portuguese may be a difficult language for many people to learn due to its pronunciation - but the numbers are easily learnt.

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Socialists Win Second Term

Socialists Win Second Term

The results of Sunday's general election in Portugal saw the Socialist Prime Minister Jose Socrates win a second term, though his centre-left party lost its absolute majority in the Portuguese parliament.

The Socialists won roughly 37% of the vote, compared with 45% in the 2005 poll. Turnout was low as the Socialists held on to 96 seats, down from 121 in the previous general election.

Unemployment and debt are both high in Portugal with 9.1% of the workforce out of a job and the national debt at around 5.9% of gross domestic product.

Leftists had strong gains, rising to around 10% of the vote.

Socrates has proposed a number of big-spending infrastructure projects, including a high-speed rail link to Spain and a new Lisbon airport to stimulate the moribund Portuguese economy.

Neither of these projects have yet to be realized.

Socialists Win Second Term


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Zambujeira do Mar

Zambujeira do Mar, Alentejo

Zambujeira do Mar in Alentejo is located on the Atlantic Coast south of Lisbon. The small fishing village, with a population of less than 1000, hosts the annual 4-day rock Festival Sudoeste in early August.

Zambujeira do Mar

Zambujeira do Mar is known for its mild winters and natural setting as it is situated in a national park known for its birds. The wild deserted beaches are excellent for surfing.

There's a turismo (Tourist Office) on the main street (Tel: 283 961 144). There are bus connections to Lisbon (just less than 4 hours), Vila Nova (45 mins), Beja (3 hours) and Odemira (40 minutes).

Book accommodation in Zambujeira do Mar.

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Portuguese Language Map

Portuguese Language Map

The Portuguese language is spoken by around 188 million people in 31 countries and territories around the world. Click on the map to expand it.

Portuguese Language Map

The wide geographical spread of Portuguese reflects the colonial expansion of Portugal in the 15th-18th centuries.

Brazil, a Portuguese colony until 1822, has the largest number of Portuguese speakers followed by Portugal itself. Portuguese is also the official language of Mozambique, however only around 8% of the population, use Portuguese as their first language. Portuguese is also used in India, Canada, France, Paraguay, South Africa, and the United States.

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Portugal Population Map

Portugal Population Map

These new maps from Worldmapper graphically show the population density of Portugal.

The largest bulge is around the capital Lisbon and the second city, Porto, to the north. The gray areas represent areas of low population density.

The total population of Portugal was estimated in 2008 at 10,676,910. In 2018 the population was 10, 200,000.

Click on the map to enlarge it.

Portugal Population Map

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Estremoz Hotels

Estremoz Hotels

There are some excellent hotels and places to stay in Estremoz. The beautiful Pousada de Santa Rainha has 33 well-furnished rooms, a swimming pool & garden and some beautiful views from the Upper Town.

Estremoz Hotels
Choices

The Albergaria Monte Da Rosada Hotel has good rooms and a spacious garden with pool.

The Pateo Dos Solares Hotel is a fine, upmarket hotel in a converted Portuguese manor house.

Hotels in Estremoz - Agoda

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Porto Weather Forecast

The weather in Porto is generally cooler than that in Lisbon and the Algarve region to the south.

OPORTO WEATHER

Porto is 2 or 3 degrees cooler than both Faro and Lisbon in summer and has considerably much more rain throughout the year.

Porto Weather Forecast

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Rossio Square By Night

Rossio Square By Night

Adjacent to Restauradores Square is Rossio. Rossio is one of the liveliest public spaces in the capital and surrounded by cafes and places to dine al fresco. Café Nicola, is an historic spot, where the poet Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage would hold court. The Pastelaria Suíça and the Ginjinha are two more places to linger with bags of tradition.

Rossio or to give it its full name - Praça de D. Pedro IV - is an historic square which was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755. The square is paved with a traditional Portuguese wave pattern of stones and hosts two fountains. The statue of King Pedro IV on a column dates from 1874.

Rossio Square By Night

Access - Getting There

The 19th century Rossio Station remains an important transport hub to this day.

Rossio Square By Night

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Restauradores Square By Night

Restauradores Square By Night, Lisbon

Restauradores Square (Praça dos Restauradores) in central Lisbon is an impressive sight by day or night.

Restauradores Square By Night

The square was laid out in the 19th century and celebrates the "restoration" of Portuguese sovereignty from 60 years of Spanish occupation in 1640.

The obelisk in the plaza has two bronze figures on a pedestal representing Victory and Freedom and was built in 1886.

The old Éden Cinema by architect Cassiano Branco is now a hotel with a distinctive Art Deco façade dating from the 1930's.

Nearby is the Elevador da Gloria.

Restauradores Square By Night

Access - Getting There

The nearest Lisbon metro station is Restauradores Station.

There are numerous hotels to choose from in this area of Lisbon.

Calçada pavement
Calçada pavement in the square


Hotels in Lisbon

HF Fenix Garden

Holiday Inn

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Portugal Embassy Tokyo

Portuguese Embassy Tokyo

Portugal is the European country with the longest relationship with Japan as Portuguese explorers were the first western visitors to arrive on Japanese shores in the late 16th century.

Portugal Embassy Tokyo

Access - Getting There

Portugal Embassy Tokyo (embaixadadeportugal.jp)

5F, Kamiura Kojimachi Bldg.
3-10-3 Kojimachi
Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 102-0083
Tel: 03 5226 0614
Fax: 03 5226 0616

Tokyo Subway Access

Exit 3, Kojimachi Stn, Yurakucho Subway Line.
Exit 4, Hanzomon Stn, Hanzomon Subway Line.
Map to Portugal Embassy Tokyo

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Portuguese Number Plates

Portuguese Vehicle Number Plates


Portuguese Vehicle Number Plates
This car was registered in June, 2010
The Portuguese car number plate system for automobiles and motorcycles is sequential. There is no reference to geographical locations in Portugal. The Portuguese car numbering system is an incremental system consisting of three groups of two characters, separated by dashes.

Portuguese Number Plates
Portuguese license plates are sequential

The system began in 1937 with AA-10-00, then went on to 00-00-AA and recently changed over to 00-AA-00. When this sequence comes to an end, it will be replaced by the sequence AA-00-AA.

A list of the first registration numbers issued each month since March 1992 (starting with 00-01-AA) is available at the Automobile Association of Portugal.

Portuguese Number Plates
Car license plate

The "P" denominates Portugal and was added in 1992 with the EU flag on the left of the plate. In 1998, a yellow (previously pink on some vehicles) band on the right side was added with the month and year in which the car was first registered. Thus the bus below was registered in June, 2009 and the car above in December, 1999.

Bus number plate in Coina
Bus license plate

SOLAR DOS MOUROS

SOLAR DOS MOUROS

Just a short stroll from the centre of Lisbon, the Solar dos Mouros offers superb views of the River Tagus.

SOLAR DOS MOUROS

Rooms with a view

Suite with panoramic view

Personalized limousine service
- transfer from airport to hotel and return
- 4 hour tour in Cascais, Estoril, Sintra and around

SOLAR DOS MOUROS

Access - Getting There

Rua do Milagre De Santo António 6, Santa Maria Maior, 1100-351 Lisbon, Portugal
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Breakfast, services and taxes are included in the price previously mentioned.

Other Hotels in Lisbon

VIP Executive Entrecampos - Hotel & Conference

Holiday Inn

HF Fenix Garden

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Fado Music in Madeira

Fado Music at Dinner Time

Fado Music in Madeira

Access - Getting There

Restaurante Juliu's
Street D.Carlos I, nº2 ( in front of the Electricity Museum )
Funchal - Old Town
Madeira Island
Portugal

Fado Music in Madeira

8 p.m to 10 p.m
On Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Restaurant Menu A la Carte / Buffet ( Group Reservations )

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Accommodation in Madeira

Hotels in Madeira - Booking.com

Hotels in Madeira - Agoda.com

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Portuguese Communist Party PCP

Portuguese Communist Party PCP (Partido Comunista Português)

An American friend of mine was surprised to see the hammer and sickle displayed in Portugal and took the image below.

PCP

Rewording Barack Obama's famous catchphrase, the slogan reads "Yes, it's possible."

The Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) was founded in 1921 and is Marxist-Leninist in its political outlook. Heavily suppressed under Salazar, the party rebounded after the fall of the dictator and is popular in the Alentejo (where this photograph was taken) the Ribatejo, Lisbon, and Setúbal.

Portuguese Communist Party PCP
Partido Comunista Português
The PCP's main organ is Avante! with print and now online editions. The party has the support of around 7-8% of Portugal's electorate. Jose Saramago, the Nobel Prize-winning writer, was a prominent member.

Portuguese Communist Party PCP


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Faro Weather Forecast

Faro Weather

Faro Weather.


The weather is absolutely set fair on the Algarve at the moment.

FARO WEATHER

The forecast for Faro is sun, sun and more sun. Enjoy before it really starts to heat up later this month and in August.

Accommodation in the Algarve

Hotels in Albufeira - Booking.com

Hotels in Faro - Booking.com

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Hotels in Tavira - Booking.com

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Sana Lisboa Hotel

Sana Lisboa Hotel

The Sana Lisboa Hotel near Marquis de Pombal in Lisbon is one of a number of Sana Metropolitan Hotels in the Portuguese capital including the 4-star, 306-room Sana Metropolitan Park Hotel in Entrecampos, the small Sana Capitol Hotel, the Sana Rex Hotel, the Sana Reno Hotel and the Sana Executive Hotel.

Sana Metropolitan Hotel

Aimed at the upmarket business traveler, the Sana suite of Lisbon hotels have a range of facilities. The Sana Metropolitan Park Hotel is a major conference center and offers high-speed internet in all its rooms.

Access - Getting There

SANA Lisboa Hotel
Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 8,
Coracao de Jesus, 1069-310 Lisbon

Other Hotels in Lisbon

VIP Executive Entrecampos - Hotel & Conference

Holiday Inn

HF Fenix Garden

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Aqueduto da Amoreira

Aqueduto da Amoreira

Like the Aqueducto da Agua de Prata in nearby Evora, the Aqueduto da Amoreira in Elvas is another masterpiece by master architect Francisco de Arruda, who also built the Belem Tower in Lisbon.

Aqueduto da Agua de Prata

Best seen from outside Elvas' city walls on the road back to Lisbon, this multi-tiered aqueduct is 7 km long, was completed in 1622 and brought water to a marble fountain in Largo da Misericordia in central Elvas.

Aqueduto da Agua de Prata

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Aqueduto da Agua de Prata

Aqueduto da Agua de Prata (Aqueduct of Silver Water), Evora

The Aqueduto da Agua de Prata (Aqueduct of Silver Water) is best seen outside the city walls of Evora.

The building of the aqueduct is described in the poem Os Lusíadas by Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões (1524-1580) and was one of the wonders of its time.

Aqueduto da Agua de Prata, Rua do Cano

The aqueduct reaches Evora in the peaceful district of Rua do Cano, where houses and shops are built into the arches.

The Aqueduto da Amoreira in nearby Elvas is another fine aqueduct.

Other Things to See and Do in Evora

Roman Bath

Spring Blossom

Nossa Senhora da Graça (Church of our Lady of Grace)

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Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Graca

Church of Nossa Senhora da Graça (Our Lady of Grace), Evora

The church of Nossa Senhora da Graça (Church of our Lady of Grace) in Evora is noted for its 16th century facade.

Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Graca

Four huge stone figues of Atlas adorn the building, which is only viewable from outside. In Greek mythology Atlas was a Titan who supported the heavens.

Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Graca

Other Churches in Portugal

Igreja da Misericórdia de Chaves

Churches in Tavira

Church of our Lady of Grace
Church of Our Lady of Grace

Things to See and Do in Evora

Roman Bath

Spring Blossom

Agua de Prata

Evora Cathedral

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Evora Photo Slideshow

Evora Photo Slideshow

Evora is one of Portugal's loveliest towns. See a slideshow of images of Evora.





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