Interesting Facts About Portugal
1. The Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon is the longest bridge in Europe. It measures 17,185 meters (56,381 feet).
2. PORTUGAL is the largest producer of cork in the world.
3. The oldest male porpoise living in captivity can be found at ZOOMARINE PARK IN SOUTHERN PORTUGAL.
4. The city of PENICHE is one of the closest point in continental Europe TO THE UNITED STATES.
5. The world’s largest outdoor gallery of prehistoric stone art is found close to Lamego in Côa Valley.
6. The distinctively Portuguese style of music is called Fado.
7. The Lisbon Zoo has an interesting dolphin and sea lion show. In the middle of the show, the sea lions come into the crowd and kiss people on the cheek.
8. Macau, China remained a Portuguese colony until 1999.
9. The University of Coimbra, established in 1290, is one of the oldest universities in Europe.
10. The longest known Sauropod tracks in the world can be found in the Parque Natural das Serras de Aire.
11. Portuguese is the official language of 9 countries, spoken by about 230 million people worldwide and ranked as the 9th most influential language in the world.
12. Portugal claimed to have the largest shopping mall in Europe until a few years ago when this title was earned by a newly opened mall outside of London.
13. In 2006, Portugal established the world’s first commercial wave farm (the Aguçadora Wave Park) to produce electricity.