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Concentrated Diversity

Portugal is home to several landscapes, stories, people and a unique cultural heritage, which coexist in harmony with progress and advanced technologies.
A country where white sand beaches quickly give way to vast mountains, unique villages and ancient traditions. Cities with centuries of life showcase an invaluable heritage, with an original culture blend.

Lisboa, its capital city, stands out from other Portuguese cities, as it is the first tourist destination and events choice, also with the highest population concentration.

The north highlights the city of Porto, with a notable Douro river history record. Porto assumes itself as a relevant destination, with a high international recognition and merit, offering different attraction factors that turn it into a growing number of tourists and international investors choice.

North to south, from the mainland to the islands, we find a combination of unique formulas, involving cities and locations, in association with their history, landscapes and traditions, which guarantee a unique experience and will surely respond to any event requirements.

The Portuguese are well-known for their natural social skills and ability to express themselves in other languages, especially English, French and Spanish, guaranteeing any visitor or tourist feels welcome.

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Research and Technology

Portugal is currently closely linked to scientific research, technology and innovation clusters.

With more than 300 research and development units, in association with the approximately 22,000 researchers who carry out studies on the most diverse scientific domains, Portuguese researchers have been increasingly receiving grants or awards from international entities, namely the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Portugal has climbed 5 places in the science production ranking, as released by the Directorate General of Education and Science Statistics, occupying the 11th place among 27 countries.In terms of education and research, Portugal has been undergoing a dynamic internationalisation process. The Study and Research in Portugal, developed by the Portuguese Government, aims to promote knowledge valuation /sharing and human resources qualification, as well as encouraging innovation.Portugal also currently ranks 15th in the digital domain performance ranking (as published by the European Commission's Digital Economy and Society Index for 2017), having improved its score in most evaluated categories.Various startups have also been emerging in the most diverse areas, including the tourism sector. Turismo de Portugal, with the Turismo 4.0 initiative, is supporting them, thus maximising technology-related opportunities for the destination.As the Websummit host, Portugal proved to be prepared to provide the necessary solutions in attracting new talents and investment in segments related to technology and creativity.
This entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation environment is a strong argument for more and more international institutions and companies to choose Portugal as their offices and research centres location, as well as to hold their associative, corporate or incentive events.

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Património - Painéis de S. Vicente
History and Culture

Throughout its history, Portuguese territory has experienced the influence of several different peoples who have left significant features, namely in culture, landscape, gastronomy, and knowledge. Centuries later, the Portuguese set off searching for new worlds, having contacted other lands and their inhabitants, and also internalising their customs and traditions. All these influences are rooted in Portugal and the Portuguese people, and are the foundation for their multiculturality and communication ability.The territory is deeply differentiated by these influences, such as rock engravings, Roman cities ruins, medieval castles and monasteries, romantic palaces and contemporary museums. Culture and history have a strong presence in both modern cities and rustic villages, in majestic monuments with sea related motifs, decorated with tiles that tell stories of notorious Portuguese men.Traditions and crafts are still preserved in many villages and towns and can be enjoyed at fairs, festivals and pilgrimages that take place all over the country.Fado and cante alentejano, both distinguished by UNESCO as immaterial patrimony, are only two of the Portuguese musical expressions enhanced at summer festivities, many dedicated to each local patron saint. Portuguese literature, known for its genre variety, is celebrated by authors such as Luís de Camões, Eça de Queirós, Fernando Pessoa or José Saramago.Culture permanently renews itself and Portugal also has new rising artists in all areas, from literature to music, film and plastic arts, to urban graffiti, increasingly appreciated by locals and tourists.

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Gastronomia - Peixe by Nuno Correira
Gastronomy

The Mediterranean diet was awarded the title of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and its positive effects on health are proven. Portuguese gastronomy fits in the Mediterranean diet, under the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, which gives it an extra variety.Within its rich traditional cuisine, there are countless ways to cook cod, internationally known wines, award-winning olive oils and new ways to "cook in Portuguese".
From the cheapest "tascas" to the most expensive restaurants, eating in Portugal is an experience for the senses. The best national origin ingredients define a unique flavour. From shellfish, to fresh fish or succulent steaks, it is safe to say that there is a dish for all tastes, from the simplest to the most exquisite.
Traditional sausages and different types of cheese highlight any meal, always complemented with good dessert, regional fruit or rich confectionery, full of tradition and history. A nice wine to go along, chosen among those excellent produced throughout the country. Finally, no Portuguese passes an espresso, strong and short.
In the country's restaurants you can find Portuguese and international chefs, accumulating 26 Michelin stars. Traditional flavours mix with modern and new preparation and cooking techniques.
In face of such variety, the hardest part is what to choose!

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Clima - Belem, Lisboa by Rui Cunha
Weather

With an average 300 days of sunshine per year and mild temperatures, Portugal is an all-year round destination.
Depending on the region and influenced by the geography, latitude and sea proximity, you can sort Portuguese weather in two main regions, both offering mild weather, rainy winters and dry summers, but with the southern region reaching higher temperatures.
Winter is generally pleasant in most of the country, especially in the Algarve, which allows outdoor events and activities. In higher regions, as in Serra da Estrela (the highest point of mainland Portugal), snowfall is usual.
Spring and autumn are fairly mild seasons, although rain is likely to occur, and it is not uncommon to experience high temperatures, especially in April and October. In more inland areas, especially in Porto, North and Central regions, winters are colder and rainier, although temperatures remain moderate.
Summers are warmer and drier in the interior regions, and on the coast temperature is milder by the influence of the Atlantic Ocean.
Azores islands offer a maritime weather, with mild temperatures throughout the year. Madeira is exceptionally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 24°C in summer to 19°C in winter.

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Acessibilidade - Signaling Peniche
Accessibility

Elderly and disabled people can easily travel to Portugal, which offers accommodation and general infrastructure repared to receive them. Nevertheless, before travelling you should obtain detailed information regarding the services you will use. Event venues present the necessary conditions to welcome those who with special requirements.
Portuguese hotels have rooms adapted to disabilities, with some focusing on fully adapted services and accommodation. Access www.visitportugal.com for hotels that offer disabled facilities (“disabled acces” indicated on their features). Congress centres and event venues have information on their conditions for people with disabilities and are prepared to welcome them.
You can find proper transport for people with disabilities spread throughout the country, always providing reserved disabled seats (although not all with ready access for wheelchair users):
• Airports - all Portuguese airports have adapted sanitary facilities and transfers prepared for disabled users, who may also use MyWay service. More information at www.ana.pt
• Trains - CP-Comboios de Portugal provides the Integrated Mobility Service SIM- (+351) 707 210 746 (707 210 SIM). More information at www.cp.pt.
• Taxis - There is an extensive offer of taxis for those with reduced mobility in Lisboa, Faro and Porto, and a bit throughout the country. Through mytaxi digital application, it is possible to request a taxi with special requirements, namely an adapted vehicle (www.mytaxi.com).

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Fuso Horário - Relógio da Torre da Universidade de Comibra by Paulo Magalhães
Time Zone

Legal time in Portugal is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) between 1am UTC of the last Sunday in October and 1am UTC of last Sunday in the following March (winter time).
Time changes by moving clocks 60 minutes forward at 1am UTC on the last Sunday in March and delaying them 60 minutes at 1am UTC on the last Sunday in the following October.
Madeira fits the same time zone, but in the Azores legal time is one hour earlier than the rest of the country.

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Como Chegar? - Road in the Alentejo, by Inacio Pires
Getting to Portugal

By airplane, train, bus or car, Portugal has a privileged geographic location regarding Europe, and particularly Africa and America, which makes the country easily accessible to travellers from these continents. Travelling to the Asian continent has also recently made easier, with new air routes.

By plane

Several domestic and international airlines operate in Portuguese airports, as it is a good platform for both America and Africa, due to privileged relations with these two continents and, of course, location.
The various Portuguese airlines make regular national and international connections: TAP Portugal (www.flytap.com) - the national company regularly flies to more than 75 international destinations and also ensures domestic flights.
SATA (www.sata.pt) – flies regularly between all Azores islands from there to Madeira and mainland Portugal. SATA also has regular connections to some international destinations, namely in North America.
Aerovip (www.aerovip.pt) - Regular air transport between Funchal and Porto Santo (Madeira). Regular air transport between Bragança, Vila Real, Viseu, Cascais and Portimão (mainland Portugal).
ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal, SA regulates airport operations in Portugal, and provides information on departures and arrivals at http://www.ana.pt, as well as on available transport to reach the nearest cities.

By train

CP - Comboios de Portugal (www.cp.pt) operates a railway centennial network, but with modern vehicles that travel throughout the Portuguese mainland, also ensuring international connections to Vigo, Madrid and Paris.
Here are some options for those who travel to Portugal and within the country: top quality train Alfa Pendular is the fastest and most comfortable connection between Lisboa and the Algarve and the north of the country, to Porto or Braga, stopping in Coimbra.
Sud-Express and the Lusitania hotel-train ensure international connections from Lisboa.

By bus

International bus routes in Portugal are Eurolines (http://www.eurolines.fr/pt/) and Intercentro (www.internorte.pt) responsability. For detailed information on routes, times and prices within the country, consult Rede Nacional de Expressos at www.rede-expressos.pt.

By car

Portugal is served by a good road network, in good condition, composed of Motorways (AE), Main Itineraries (IP), Complementary Itineraries (IC), National Roads (EN) and Municipal Roads.
Motorways have toll booths, where payment is made in cash or by bank card. These highways also have a Via Verde (www.viaverde.pt) option.
There are also electronic toll roads. For information on the roads covered and the different forms of payment, visit http://www.portugaltolls.com.
There are car rental services at airports, international rail terminal terminals and in main localities, including disabled drivers. To rent a car, you can access the rent-a-car list at https://www.visitportugal.com/pt-pt/encontre-tipo?context=515, or contact a travel agency.

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Regional Partners

Porto Convention Bureau by Rui Morais de Sousa
http://visitportoandnorth.travel/Porto-Convention/

Porto Convention Bureau

Porto Convention Bureau

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Centro de Portugal - Coimbra by João Paulo
http://www.centerofportugal.com/

Centro de Portugal

Centro de Portugal

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Lisbon Convention Bureau - Belém Tower by Francisco Almeida Dias
http://www.visitlisboa.com/

Lisbon Convention Bureau

Lisbon Convention Bureau

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Cascais Convention Bureau - Marina by Turismo Estoril
http://www.visitcascais.com/

Cascais Convention Bureau

Cascais Convention Bureau

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Turismo do Alentejo - Évora by João Paulo
http://www.visitalentejo.pt/pt/

Turismo do Alentejo

Turismo do Alentejo

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Algarve Promotion Bureau - Praia não utilizada
http://www.algarvepromotion.pt/

Algarve Tourism Bureau

Algarve Tourism Bureau

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Madeira Promotion Bureau
http://www.madeiraallyear.com

Madeira Promotion Bureau

Madeira Promotion Bureau

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Azores Convetion & Visitors Bureau - Lagoa das Sete Cidades  by Rui Cunha
http://mi.visitazores.com/pt-pt

Azores Convention & Visitors Bureau

Azores Convention & Visitors Bureau

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