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World Heritage Portugal
Portugal is 900 years old, and even though it has a relatively small area, it played a crucial role in world history. As of today, it is the oldest country in Europe with the same borders. During the 15th and 16th centuries Portugal started a major chapter in world history with the New World Discoveries.
It established a sea route to India, and colonized areas in Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde...), South America (Brazil), Asia (Macau,...), and Oceania (East-Timor,...) creating an empire. The Portuguese language continues to be the biggest connection between these countries.
Portugal may be one of the best value destinations on the Continent.
This is because the country offers outstanding landscape diversity, due to its North-South disposition along the western shore of the Iberian peninsula. You can travel in a single day from green mountains in the North, covered with vines and all varieties of trees to rocky mountains, with spectacular slopes and falls in the Centre, to a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region and finally to the glamorous beach holidays destination Algarve. The climate, combined with investments in the golfing infrastructure in recent years, has also turned the country into a golfing haven.
Portugal was recently named "Best Golf Destination in Europer". Fourteen of Portugal's courses are rated in the top 100 best in Europe.
Portugal is proud of its UNESCO-protected World Heritage Sites, since no other country of comparable size has more. There are currently 16 sites on the list, with several others hoping to join soon (Marvão, Lisbon's Baixa district, Vila Viçosa, Arrabida, Mafra Palace, Buçaco Forest). Portugal's 16 World Heritage Sites are:
Tomar's Templar Castle and Convent
Porto's Old Center
Prehistoric Rock Art of Côa Valley
Angra do Heroismo
Pico Island Vineyard Culture
Hire a car in Portugal to better enjoy the country and drive free to discover all its beauties