Ms. Sun­das An­war, Ad­min & Co­or­di­na­tion Depart­ment, PPBC

The Diplomatic Insight - - Editor's Note -

The land that is now Por­tu­gal has been in­hab­ited for thou­sands of years and its na­tional bound­aries have cul­ture that is the re­sult of the mix­ture of the many peo­ples who set­tled here and those that the Por­tuguese en­coun­tered on their jour­neys of Dis­cov­ery. It is found in the vil­lages and towns, in the mon­u­ments and tra­di­tions, which Por­tuguese have ap­plied cre­atively. And the om­nipresent sea has also shaped our per­son­al­ity and taken us be­yond the con­ti­nent of Europe, en­abling us to learn and share with the rest of the world. Manue­line art, tiles and fado are unique ex­pres­sions and gen­uine sym­bols of the Por­tuguese, but also a con­tri­bu­tion to World Her­itage. There are 18 such in­clud­ing mon­u­ments, land­scapes and in­tan­gi­ble her­itage. By choos­ing a re­gion, an itin­er­ary or a unique her­itage and dif­fer­ent land­scapes, all within a short dis­tance, which still re­tain the au­then­tic­ity of lo­cal cus­toms. More­over your tour will be com­ple­mented to per­fec­tion by the tra­di­tional cui­sine and the cus­tom­ary hos­pi­tal­ity in ru­ral ac­com­mo­da­tion. Por­tu­gal has a rich cul­ture dat­ing back to pre­his­toric times, seen in the col­or­ful in its ro­man­tic lan­guage, dis­tinc­tive ar­chi­tec­ture (in­clud­ing its daz­zling azule­jos and calçadas), paint­ing and dis­tin­guished lit­er­a­ture, not to men­tion its wel­com­ing peo­ple who have spread its cul­ture around the world ever since the Age of Dis­cov­ery, and its in­trigu­ing His­tory. Por­tu­gal is renowned for its her­itage and ar­chi­tec­ture. In ad­di­tion to the World Her­itage cities, many oth­ers also stand out, in­clud­ing Viana do Castelo, Braga, Cam­inha, Barce­los, Ponte de Lima and Amarante, in the north, Viseu in the cen­ter, as well as San­tarém and Setúbal, closer to Lis­bon, Tavi­raand Silves in Algarve, and Fun­chal and Ponta Del­gada in Madeira and the Azores, re­spec­tively. While the Ro­manesque in the north clearly demon­strates that this was the birth­place of Por­tu­gal, the Bor­der Cas­tles and the His­tor­i­cal Vil­lages, in cen­tral Por­tu­gal, also bear wit­ness to al­most nine cen­turies of his­tory. So too do the Schist Vil­lages and the many walled vil­lages and towns, of which Óbidos, Marvão and Mon­saraz are just mar­ble and sin­gle-storey, white­washed houses. Like those in the Algarve, with a roof ter­race. There are many con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tects who have taken Por­tu­gal’s name to the high­est heights, in­clud­ing two Pritzker prize win­ners: Ál­varo Siza Vieira, who won the award in 1992 and the 2011 win­ner, Eduardo Souto de Moura.

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