10 historical facts about Portugal.

Portugal has a vastly colourful and historical past. Here´s our ten most interesting historical facts about Portugal…

10 historical facts about Portugal


  • Portugal´s early settlers were in fact Celtic people.
  • Later, the Phoenician Empire and the Carthage Empire would both come to this area of the Iberian Peninsular.
  • During the Roman Empire, Portugal was under Roman occupation from 45BC to 298BC.
  • In 711AD the Moors invaded. They conquered the Iberian Peninsular and stayed from some hundreds of years.
  • The Reconquista period was when Christian nations conquered the Moors.
  • It was in 1139 that the Kingdom of Portugal was formed, with Alfonso Henriques becoming the first King of Portugal.
  • By the 14th century, Portugal had become a major colonial power in the Age of Exploration. Explorers such as Vasco de Gama began to establish colonies in South America, Africa and the Far East.
  • Lisbon 1755 earthquake and tsunami saw over 90% of buildings lost and over 75,000 people dead.
  • In 1974 a left wing military coup took over the country and made drastic democratic reforms, including granting independence to all of Portugal´s African colonies.
  • Today Portugal is a member of the European Union and was a founding member of NATO.

 Why Portugal and why us?

If you are thinking of coming to Portugal for vacation, then we hope Classic Portugal will be your choice of tour company. If you are still wondering whether  to plan a trip we wish to share just a few of the things we love about Portugal…


Beaches in Portugal are some of the best in Europe. Explore stunning Arrabida, the serenity of Comporta or go see the big waves of Nazare. Sightseeing in Portugal could not be better. Enjoy cultural guided tours to the Sintra moorish castle, grand monuments of Lisbon and the megaliths of Evora, in beautiful  Alentejo. We offer bespoke tours all over the country including Aveiro, Monsaraz and Coimbra in Portugal. Just tell us where you want to go and we will  create your perfect bespoke tour.


As a leading Portugal tour guide, our number one priority is customer service. There are many places to visit from Lisbon. Our cultural premiere tours include certified tour guides who will enter all monuments with you. Learn the history and culture of Portugal and impress your friends back home!


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