Portugal – A brief overview of the country
Portugal is located on the most Western point of Europe and considered a gateway for the international transactional market. Only 45 minutes away from Madrid, 2 hours from Paris and London, 3 hours from Central Europe, 5 hours from the American Continent and 7 hours away from the African savannah adventures. Thus, Portugal is set in the centre of the world map.
Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, one of the main elements responsible for the Portuguese discoveries, Portugal created a strong bond with China in the 15th Century because they were the first European people to establish contact with the Chinese. It was also during this Century that the Portuguese navigator, Vasco da Gama, was allowed to purchase porcelain and tea from China, thus bringing them over to the “old continent” and introducing the tea drinking habit among the European population.
Lisbon is the capital city of this centennial country and, in 2014, was considered the best city to live, visit and invest by Bloom Consulting. Lisbon, alongside with Oporto – the second largest city of the country – are very well positioned in the cities’ ranking that offer best quality of life, reflected in its citizens’ opinion regarding safety, health care, cost of living, traffic, housing, crime and pollution.
This sunny country has endless white sanded beaches, golden mountains and cosmopolitan cities with a millennial heritage. Portugal has fresh air and drinkable water in all of the country as well as mild winters and hot summers with an average annual total of 3300 hours of sun. During summer, the temperature is around 28ºC and in winter a comfortable 12ºC, in Lisbon. It is one of the European countries with the mildest weather.