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The Portuguese Republic, more commonly known as Portugal, is located in southwestern Europe on the western side of the Iberian Peninsula, bounded to the north and east by Spain; and to the south and west by the Atlantic Ocean. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are also part of Portugal.

Portugal's name derives from the Roman name Portus Cale. Cale was the name of an early settlement located at the mouth of the Douro River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean in the north of what is now Portugal.

Like it's neighbour Spain, Portugal has an equally sunny Iberian disposition, boasting plenty of Atlantic shoreline along the Algarve and the Lisbon Coast to keep sun seekers happy. The Algarve has carved out a reputation for offering fantastic golfing facilities, should you tire of spending your time on the picturesque coves which characterise this region. The lesser known coastline near Lisbon is also attractive, and boasts great watersports opportunities, sophisticated nightlife and easy access to the beautiful hilltop town and fairytale palaces of Sintra. Lisbon is one of Europe's most attractive capital cities, brimming with wide, elegant squares, beautiful tile-fronted houses and evocative cafes, once the haunt of the city's literati. Wind your way through the cobbled streets of Alfama, jump aboard a tram for a tour of the city or stop at one of the city's miniscule drinking joints for a glass of traditional cherry brandy, while the warm Portuguese sun warms your face.

Map of Portugal