Programme: Lisbon 2018

Interesting facts about Portugal

Interesting facts about Portugal

Portugal is the oldest country in Europe. This country has had the same defined borders since 1139, making it the oldest nation-state in Europe, and the Portuguese language is an official language of nine countries.

1. Lisbon

Lisbon is the second oldest European capital after Athens. Here you can find UNESCO World Heritage – The Jeronimos Monastery and Belém Tower.

Portuguese give a nickname to the locals (from Lisbon) – “Alfacinhas”, what means little lettuce.

2. Fado

Fado is currently a world wide known symbol of Portugal, being represented for many years. This music genre has much earlier origins but is generally placed as being originated in the 1820’s in Portugal.

The singer of fado speaks to the often harsh realities of everyday life, sometimes with a sense of resignation, sometimes with the hope of resolution. The music is performed by either a female or a male vocalist, typically to the accompaniment of one or two guitars and other musical instruments.

3. Portuguese Wine

The Portuguese Wine is one of the world’s most famous wines. Although, Portugal is a small country the regions is influenced of Atlantic, Mediterranean and even continental climates and this is permit have a different types of wines. The wine regions of Portugal are Douro, Minho, Trás-os-Montes, Beira Interior, Tejo, Lisbon, Alentejo (Alentejo is also home of the Portuguese wine cork industry ) , etc. Each of these wine regions has its own history, and their collective histories make up the history of Portuguese wine.

4. Café

Coffee (café) is part of Portuguese History and since the 18th century coffee became the part our culture. Today, Portuguese people drink coffee for pleasure but also this “tradition” brings people together. The Portuguese usually drink expresso, but you can order a Portuguese Coffee in many different ways.

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