There are some things that come to our minds and that surely, we can all agree upon when we think about Portugal and the Portuguese people. These would be things like the variety of beautiful landscapes throughout the country´s territory, the delicious food and amazing wines or even the generosity and willingness to help which is typical of the Portuguese.
Portugal is a small country, both in geography and in number of inhabitants: there is a total population of 10.344.802 residents that spread throughout a territory that is 88.889 km² long (that is to say, 34.320 mi²), both in mainland Portugal and in the islands, Azores and Madeira. When seen next to its big and only next-door neighbor, Spain on the east and to the wideness of the Atlantic Ocean on the west, the country looks even more Lilliputian within the Iberian Peninsula. However, size isn’t everything and you should avoid thinking that you can do the whole country and see everything there is to see in just a few days, just on account of its dimension.
The ocean is very much present in Portugal and you will never be too far from it wherever you are in the country: there are roughly 832km (or 516 miles) of coast to enjoy including in the archipelagos of Azores and Madeira and you can rely on a general Maritime Temperate climate throughout the year. The country boasts some amazing 3000 hours of sunshine each year, and the average temperatures vary from 11ºC (52ºF) in January – our coldest month – and 28ºC (82ºF) in August – our hottest month. Snow is a very rare sight in Portugal. Depending on your availability and preferences, the best times to visit Portugal are usually during Spring or Fall when things are a little calmer and prices are reasonably lower. Keep in mind that Winter goes from the 21st of December to the 20th of March and that Summer goes from the 21st of June to the 23rd of September.