Portugal is a country in southwestern Europe on the Iberian peninsula, bordered by the Atlantic ocean to the west and Spain to the east and north. Its territory is mostly mountaineous in the north while the south features mostly rolling plains and a climate somewhat warmer and drier than the one in the north. Portugal was originally settled by Celts and later occupied by a number of forein powers, including the Romans, Suevi, Buri, Visigoths, and finally conquered by Moors in the 8th century. Portugal first became an independent country in 1139 AD. In the 15th century Portugal embarked on a series of discovery voyages, which resulted in the establishement of a worldwide colonial empire. Following the loss of its last colonies in 1975 Portugal experienced a deep economic crisis. The economy has made substantial progress since 1975, but still lags the major European economies in terms of competitiveness. Portugal has a mild mediterranean climate and a rich cultural heritage.

Lisbon photo gallery  - 200 pictures of Lisbon
Around Lisbon photo gallery  - 23 pictures of Around Lisbon
Tomar and Fatima photo gallery  - 26 pictures of Tomar and Fatima
Batalha, Alcobaca and Obidos photo gallery  - 43 pictures of Batalha, Alcobaca and Obidos
200 photos of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal on the river Tejo
23 photos of the Queluz and Sintra palaces, Seteais, Monserrate, Colares, Cabo da Roca, Guincho and Cascais
26 photos of the impressive Convento da Ordem de Cristo and the pilgrimage centre of Fatima
43 photos of the monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaca and of the town of Obidos
Coimbra and Conimbriga photo gallery  - 19 pictures of Coimbra and Conimbriga
Evora and the Alentejo photo gallery  - 31 pictures of Evora and the Alentejo
West Algarve photo gallery  - 57 pictures of West Algarve
East Algarve photo gallery  - 25 pictures of East Algarve
19 photos of Coimbra, a university city, the Oxford of Portugal.
31 photos of the Alentejo region and itscapital Evora
57 photos of Western Algarve with its stunning coast, beaches and beautiful villages
25 photos of the east coast of Algarve, a relatively flat region with ancient fishing villages, islands and lagoons
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