Country of the Week: Portugal

Found on the Iberian Peninsula, in southwestern Europe, is a country known to be one of the world's leading producers of wines, Portugal. It also has one of the top city destinations like Porto with its alluring seaside town with its equally charming lesser-known cities. Not only does it take pride in its cultural and historic affluence through its growing food scene (again, Port wine, caldo verde, pastel de natas, piri-piri chicken, and the list goes on and on), but in its historic churches and UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well.
Apart from the things that put Portugal in the limelight: football, golfing, and the voyage of Vasco de Gama, here are some basic facts about the country that will help you in preparing for your visit soon.
Other title(s): Portuguese Republic, República Portuguesa
Continent: Europe
Capital: Lisbon
Most populous city:: Lisbon
Current political leader: Prime Minister: António Costa
Currency: Euro (€)
Language(s): Portuguese
Major Religion(s): Roman Catholic, other Christian, other unspecified
Famous landmarks: Porto, Lisbon, Ericeira, Algarve, Sintra, São Miguel, Sera da Estrella, Madeira, Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória, Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Convento de Cristo, Palácio Nacional de Sintra, Pedro IV Square, Sé de Lisboa
National Symbol: Animal: Iberian Wolf; Bird: Barcelos Cock; Coat of Arms: Central red shield is designed with five golden castles, which symbolize the downfall of Moorish fortresses during the Reconquista, and five smaller blue shields that represent the Moorish Kings killed by King Alfonso I. Its base, a navigational instrument called an armillary sphere is a representation of the Age of Discoveries.
Movies filmed in Portugal: Night Train To Lisbon, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, The Promise
Famous people: Cristiano Ronaldo, Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Amália Rodrigues
Climate: With its close location to northern Africa and having an average temperature of 15C (north) and 18C (south), Portugal is known as one of the warmest countries in the European continent. It is mainly characterized by Mediterranean climate with wet winter season, bringing varied rainfalld throughout the different regions of the country.
Popular festivals: Carnival, Semana Santa, International Sand Sculpture Festival, Festa Das Cruzes, Fátima, Serralves em Festa, Rock in Rio-Lisboa, Feast Day of St Anthony, Arraial Pride, Festa de São João, Sintra Music Festival, Festa dos Tabuleiros, Festa do Colete Encarnado, Festa do Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem, Feira de São Mateus, Feira Nacional do Cavalo, São Martinho