"My wonderful country" Portugal by johnsakura

Portugal Travel Guide: 19,805 reviews and 56,509 photos

Portugal's history goes back to the Celts, who settled the Iberian Peninsula around 700 BC. The region soon attracted a succession of peoples and was colonised by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Visigoths. In the 8th century, the Moors crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and commenced a long occupation that introduced their culture, architecture and agricultural techniques to Portugal. But resistance to the Moors grew and they were finally ejected during the 13th century.

In the 15th century, Portugal entered a phase of overseas expansion due to the efforts of Prince Henry the Navigator. Mariners set off to discover new trade routes and helped create an enormous empire that, at its peak, extended to India, the Far East, Brazil and Africa. This period marked the apogee of Portuguese power and wealth.

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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2007 at 4:38 AM

    I have to go to Monsaraz one day. Ciao!

  • crostudent's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2006 at 2:37 AM

    Hello! Great page! Excellent pfotos! If you will be in Portugal in mid September, we can meet . I will be there with 2 friends and we will rent a car. We need someone who can help us to explore the are, so if you are interested...

  • millablake's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2006 at 7:48 PM

    i am vegetarian... this is very helpful. i had also heard that it was had to get vege food in port. what a lie!

  • Mar 13, 2004 at 1:09 PM

    very nice country

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2004 at 2:18 AM

    lovey photos - Portugal is still on my list of places to visit!

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