The oldest borders in the world
In Europe, Portugal is situated 2.5 hours away from London or Paris, and is a gateway to two other continents: Africa and America. It has a total surface area of 92 090 km², distributed between the mainland and the two independent regions of Madeira and the Azores.
On the mainland, it shares a border with Spain to the north and east, while it is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the South and West, resulting in more than 900 km of coastline and about 450 beautiful beaches, an essential feature in a country where the summers are hot and dry and the winter is mild.
Com uma história de quase 900 anos, constantemente recordada pelos muitos monumentos e tradições que conserva, Portugal partilha consigo não só um passado glorioso como também novos caminhos de conhecimento para o futuro.
O clima tende a ser temperado durante todo o ano, com verões longos e quentes, primaveras e outonos amenos e invernos relativamente suaves. Na região sul contam-se quase 300 dias de sol por ano.
Portuguese culture is the result of a melting pot of influences from a wide diversity of peoples. Some lived in the region even before the borders were defined, such as the Celts, the Iberians and the Romans, then came the Arabs. Later, during the era of sea discoveries, it was our turn to absorb the cultures of people from India, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
This multitude of influences gave rise to a unique culture, with a heritage that was expressed, and is expressed even today, in the literature, food, architecture, music, and in so many of the country’s typical customs and traditions.
A cozinha portuguesa varia bastante de região para região, pois baseia-se muito em ingredientes locais. Como é um país onde facilmente se encontram carnes, peixes e vegetais de muita qualidade, não será difícil satisfazer as preferências de cada um.
Os pratos típicos não são especialmente leves. Todavia, recomenda-se experimentar, pelo menos uma vez, um Cozido à Portuguesa, uma Feijoada à Transmontana, umas Migas à Alentejana, uma Sopa de Cação… Se for demasiado, existe sempre a opção mais leve de um peixe fresco grelhado.
When you live in Portugal, travel is excellent and it is easy.
If you want to travel within the country and explore this land that has so much to offer, you can easily do it over any weekend, due to the short distance between places. The country is well-equipped in terms of road and rail transport and infrastructure. It does not take long to go on a trip anywhere by car, bus or train.
If you have more time available, the rest of Europe is right at your fingertips (literally), at a very cheap price, and with good travel connections by air and road.
Portugal has a philosophy that health is a right and must be accessible to everyone. Whether you are a national or a foreigner.
Therefore, anyone who studies in Portugal, even if they come from a country outside of the EU, can have free (or almost free) access to health. All you need to do is complete the foreigner’s registration at <a href=”https://servicos.min-saude.pt/utente/Info/SNS/Foreignersdeve”>Serviço Nacional de Saúde</a>.
You can also opt for private health if you prefer. You can contract health insurance that will give you access to a hospital network composed of modern and well-equipped units geographically distributed throughout the country, and prepared to take in an increasing number of foreign patients.