10 Cool Facts About Portugal

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10 Cool Facts About Portugal

We all know about the great beaches, Port and Cristiano Ronaldo – but Portugal has so much more to offer!

Here are 10 interesting facts we love…

  1. Portugal has some of the biggest waves in the world and it was in Nazare where Big Wave Surfer, Garrett McNamara, made the world record.
  2. The first ever bookshop in the world opened in Portugal, in Lisbon in 1732. Bertrand Chiado is still located on Rua Garrett.
  3. Coimbra University is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1290.
  4. Portugal is home to a house made of boulders. Set in the Fafe countryside it’s known as the Stone House and is still inhabited today.
  5. The first ever journey around the world was led by Portuguese explorers.
  6. Many of Portugal’s best desserts were created by monks!
  7. Portugal was the first country in the world to decriminalise narcotics.
  8. The largest producer of cork in the world, Portugal has some 70% of the market.
  9. The emotive Portuguese music of Fado was classified as a world cultural heritage of UNESCO 
  10. Portugal and England have the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world dating back to 1373. 
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