Did you know?
The most iconic pastries in Lisbon, the Pastéis de Belém (custard tarts),
were invented by monks in the 19th century.
One of the oldest universities in Europe is located in Coimbra, in central
Portugal, and the country has several universities in the world’s top 600.
The famous Port wine is produced in the north of Portugal, and named
after the city Porto.
Lisbon is the 31st safest city in the world, in Mercer’s Quality
of Living survey.
The European Commission expects Portugal’s economy to continue to grow
above EU’s average.
In 2018, 22.8 million foreign tourists visited Portugal.
Portugal has some of the best beaches in Europe, being Nazaré one
of the world’s top surf spots.
World Travel Awards 2019 considered Portugal “World’s Leading Destination”
for the third consecutive year.
Portugal is the world’s third most peaceful country, according to
the 2019 Global Peace Index.
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, with over 3.000 years.
Foreign investment in Lisbon’s real estate amounted to more than
344 million euros during the first semester of 2019.
Lisbon won the European Green Capital Award for 2020.
Housing prices in Portugal have been on the rise since 2013, but the
country remains one of the most affordable in the EU.
Expats have ranked Portugal as the third best country worldwide,
and as number one for quality of life.
Portugal is ranked 26th among 167 countries as one of the happiest
nations in the world, according to the 2019 Prosperity Index.
Portugal proudly enjoys around 290 days of sunshine
throughout the year.
Football player Eric Cantona, actors Jeremy Irons and Scarlett Johansson,
and singer Madonna also live or bought properties in Lisbon.
Fashion designer Christian Louboutin, and actors Michael Fassbender,
Alicia Vikander and Monica Bellucci have bought houses in Lisbon.
The oldest operating bookstore in the world is Bertrand Chiado,
located in downtown Lisbon.