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Portugal: Geography & Maps


  • Lisboa
  • Beach Cliff in Algarve
  • Porto
  • Traditional Rabelo Boats

Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal shares an 800 km (500 mi) coastline with the Atlantic Ocean.  Its only other border is with Spain in the north and the east.  The islands of Madeira and the Azores, both located in the Atlantic Ocean are part of Portuguese territory.  

The Tagus River runs from east to west, essentially dividing the country in two.  The mountains of the Iberian Peninsula characterize the area north of the river.   The highest point on the mainland is Serra da Estrela which stands at 1,993 m (6,539 ft).  However, Pico Alto, located on Pico Island is Portugal’s tallest mountain at 2,351 m (7,713 ft).  Wide plains characterize the area south of the river.

Lisbon is Portugal’s largest city and is also its capital.  It is the westernmost capital city and Europe, and the only one to be located on the Atlantic Ocean.  Lisbon is also one of the oldest cities in the world, predating London, Paris and Rome.  Today it is considered a global city and is one of the major economic centres on the continent.


 

Portugal Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Portugal.

Learn about the history and culture of Portugal, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Portugal's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Portugal for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Portugal tours today!

 


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