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Hammer on the Head at Porto’s São João Festival

In Portugal, June is the month in which cities and villages across the county pay tribute to the patron saint of their town with celebrations. In Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, they throw a HUGE street party on the night of 23 June to honor their favorite saint, São João (St. John). This celebration has taken place for six centuries, and over that time, many traditions have been created specific to ....
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Oldest Friendship in the World

Portugal and Britain are best friends. In fact, they have the oldest friendship in the entire world. Officially, it is called the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, and it has been in effect since both countries signed the Treaty of Windsor in 1386.  
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Portuguese Is Spoken in 9 Countries

In total, this is 236 million people! In fact, Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world. It is the 3rd most spoken language in the western hemisphere. And, it is the most spoken language in the southern hemisphere.
Vasco da Gama Bridge. Europes longest bridge,

Europe’s Longest Bridge

The Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon is the longest bridge in Europe. It is a total length of 17.2 kilometers (or 10.7 miles). It is named after the great Portuguese ocean navigator, Vasco da Gama. 3,300 workers helped build the bridge.

The Rhinoceros of Belem Tower

The arrival of the animal to Lisbon caused quite a stir, not only in Portugal, but elsewhere in Europe. An animal of such a strange appearance had never been seen before. The rhino weighed more than two tons, and had a thick and rough skin forming three...

World’s First Hot Air Balloon

The very first balloon that we know of was a hot air model invented by Father Bartolomeu de Gusmão. He created a balloon from a paper envelope with burning material hanging below it. On 8 August 1709, Gusmão s...

Calçada dos Barbadinhos

The Steam Pumping Station of Barbadinhos and the walkstreet Calçada dos Barbadinhos get their names from an interesting source. A monastery used to sit in the place of the station. Italian friars lived there.