For everyone that loves to travel here there are twenty-five fun things things to know about Portugal. These not to miss destinations are great things to do.
Here are the five facts you need to know about Portugal:
1.Lisbon was destroyed in 1755 earthquake
2.The University of Coimbra, established in 1290, is one of the oldest universities in Europe
3.Vasco da Gama, the man who discovered the sea route to India, was Portuguese
4.Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer who was financed by Spain, was the first to complete a circumnavigation of the world. He set the record in the year 1522.
5.Estoril Casino, situated on the outskirts of Lisbon, is the largest gambling outlet in Europe
Here are the five phrases you need to know:
1. I don’t speak Portuguese – Eu nao falo Portugues
2. Where is ? Onde e ? (Place) Onde esta ? (person/object)
3.I don’t know – Nao sei
4.How much does it cost? – Quanto custa?
5.What time is it? – Que horas sao?
And, of course, the five places you must visit:
There are five things to be wary of:
1. Gift Giving Etiquette
If you are invited to a Portuguese home for dinner, bring flowers, good quality chocolates or candy to the hostess. Do not bring wine unless you know which wines your hosts prefer. Do not give 13 flowers. The number is considered unlucky. Do not give lilies or chrysanthemums since they are used at funerals. Do not give red flowers since red is the symbol of the revolution. Gifts are usually opened when received.
2.Although Portugal has a relatively low rate of violent crime, petty crime against tourists is on the rise in continental Portugal. Travelers may become targets of pickpockets and purse-snatchers, particularly at popular tourist sites, restaurants, and on public transportation. Rental cars and vehicles with non-local license plates are targets for break-ins, and travelers should remove all luggage from vehicles upon parking
3.Portugal has one of the highest rates of automobile accidents and fatalities in Europe. Portuguese driving habits, high speeds, and poorly marked roads pose special hazards. In continental Portugal, fines for traffic violations are substantial and usually must be paid on the spot.
4.In Lisbon, particular caution should be exercised on electric tram number E28 to the Castle of Sao Jorge and number E15 to Belem, at the train stations of Santa Apolonia, Oriente, Rossio, and Cais do Sodre, as well as in the districts of Alfama, Bairro Alto, and Intendente.
5.In Porto do not walk alone after dark, especially along the waterfront of the Douro River.
Five foods you must try in Portugal:
Bacalhau is salted codfish. Although it is one of the main ingredients in Portuguese gastronomy, bacalhau is imported from Canada and Norway as the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean on their coastline is very rich in this fish. You will find there are thousands of ways to cook bacalhau.
2.soups, such as the caldo verde (thick vegetable soup) or sopa a alentejana (garlic and bread soup with a poached egg in it)
3.Arroz de marisco, which is a bit like a seafood risotto crossed with a soup.
4.piri-piri sauce, a sizzling chili concoction, either optional (i.e., on the table) or in the cooking.
5.no churrasco (barbequed chicken) BOLA TANGKAS