With a bounty of cultural riches - delicious food, friendly faces, beaches and architecture - Portugal is a one-stop destination for holidaymakers! Stay with Campanile Hotels for comfort while exploring Portugal!
Portugal lies on the western coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Three rivers cross Portugal, all originating in Spain, flowing out toward the Atlantic. These rivers divide the country into three distinct geographic areas. There are also nine islands off the coast of Portugal, Madeira with two islands, Madeira and Porto Sando and two groups of uninhabited islands that stand south-west of Lisbon .
The Lusitanians, a Celtic tribe said to have been the first to inhabit Portugal, was later conquered by the Roman Empire in 140 BC. The Visigoths took the Iberian Peninsula and ownership of the area was handed over to them. Portugal gained its independence from Moorish Spain in 1143. Bartolomeu Dias, a Portugese explorer, reached the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, granting a sea passage to Asia for Europeans. Just ten years later, Vasco da Gama reached the western coast of India. By the 16th century, Portugal’s influence reached the western and eastern parts of Africa, as well as Brazil, Persia, Indochina, and the Malayan Peninsula.