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Portugal’s Great Poet, Luis de Camoes

Considered one of the Portuguese language's greatest poets, Luis de Camoes' skill has been compared to the likes of Shakespeare and Dante. The 16th-century poet...

Azorean-Americans: The Azorean Refugee Act

The first wave of Azorean immigration to the United States happened as early as 1870. Most of the Portuguese immigrants were men from the...

The Portuguese Revolution of 5 October 1910

When you think of a Portuguese revolution, the 25 of April is the most widely known. However, the Portuguese revolution of 1910, also known...

Social Etiquette in Portugal

Portugal has a distinct set of social norms and etiquette rules. To internationals, these might seem intimidating and even exaggerated. But to the Portuguese,...

Portugal National Football Team

Football has always been like a religion to the Portuguese. However, first founded in 1914, the Portugal National Football Team was not always successful....

King Manuel I of Portugal

Also known as "the Fortunate," Manuel I was the King of Portugal from 1495 to 1521. Manuel was a member of the House of...

Meaning of the Portuguese Flag

The Portuguese flag of today was designed in 1910, after the revolution that overthrew the monarchy and proclaimed a republic on October 5. To...

11 Things Portugal is Famous For

While Cristiano Ronaldo might be on top of everyone's list, Portugal is known for a variety of topics from music and food to politics....

Portugal during World War II: Was Portugal Really Neutral?

Portugal was officially neutral during World War II, but was this really the case?  At the beginning of the war, Portugal was under the...

Political Parties in Portugal

Since April 25, 1974, democracy has been instilled in Portugal, a year after the Carnation Revolution that ended the authoritarian regime. The Constitutional Assembly...

April 25th Revolution

What was the April 25 Revolution in Portugal? The April 25th Revolution, also known as the Carnation Revolution, was a military coup that occurred in...

Ferdinand Magellan

Known as Fernão de Magalhães in Portuguese, Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who is best known for having accomplished the first circumnavigation of...

Salgueiro Maia

Who was Salgueiro Maia? Fernando José Salgueiro Maia was a Portuguese military man who is considered one of the symbols of the Carnation Revolution. He...

Women’s Rights in Portugal

Women's rights were two words never truly uttered prior to the Carnation Revolution of 1974. The aftermath of the 25 of April and the...

Henry the Navigator

Henrique of Portugal, the Duke of Viseu, and Lord of Covilhã, better known as Prince Henry the Navigator or ‘The Prince of Sagres’ was...

Great Lisbon Earthquake: What Happened at the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake

On the morning of November 1st, 1755 at 9:40, the Great Lisbon earthquake hit Portugal, as well as other parts of the Iberian Peninsula...

16 Interesting Facts About Cristiano Ronaldo

Born and bred in Madeira, Cristiano Ronaldo is the most famous person to come out of Portugal, as well as the most followed person...

17 Fun Facts About Portugal That Will Shock You

Portugal is famous for its culturally rich history, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fado, as well as delicious wine and food, but there's so much most don't...

25 Things To Know About Portugal’s Carnation Revolution

Freedom day, Carnation Revolution, 25th of April, all of these describe Portugal's most important national holiday. After over 40 years of fascism, on April...

Bacalhau: Understanding the Portuguese Obsession with Cod

Oven-baked, with cream, à Brás, à Gomes de Sá, the options are endless. The Portuguese say that there are 1001 ways to cook cod, also...

Vasco da Gama

Known for being the first European to reach India by sea and thus connecting, for the first time, Europe and Asia by maritime trade,...

JOSÉ SARAMAGO – Celebrating the Centenary of Portugal’s Nobel Prize for Literature

“Unemployed again and bearing in mind the political situation we were undergoing, without the faintest possibility of finding a job, I decided to devote...

Portugal, The Country of Azulejo Tiles

Like Fado and codfish, blue and white azulejo tiles are a Portuguese classic. These glazed blue ceramic tiles from the 14th century decorate the...

What happened at the Miracle of Fátima?

The First Five Apparitions Why does Fátima, a city in Santarém get over 8 million religious visitors every year? Home to the Sanctuary of Fátima,...

The Portuguese Colonial Empire

The Portuguese Colonial Empire was one of the longest-lived empires in European History. Starting in the beginning of the “Age of Discovery”, with the...

The Portuguese Political System

How does the Portuguese political system work? It’s pretty different from most other European countries, actually! The Portuguese system has shifted a lot in the...

What’s the most popular sport in Portugal?

It's definitely a hard question to answer. Portugal always had a great relationship with sport, especially considering its population. Portuguese people have a great...

Fado Music

The Origins and History of Fado Music According to the Priberam Dictionary of the Portuguese Language, "fado" refers to: 1. Superior force believed to control all...

Sports and Outdoor Activities

The offer of sporting activities is very large and diversified in Portugal. Golf, kayaking, snowboard, diving, rappel, climbing and mountaineering are some of the...

The Rooster of Barcelos

Barcelos is an ancient Portuguese city from the 12th century, in Braga District in the Minho Province, in the north of Portugal and is...
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