A country where they will always welcome you with open arms
The Portuguese have an odd capacity to receive people in their country. A friendly, cordial and hardworking people, who speaks fluent in several languages, especially English and Spanish. They are educated and formal people, with traditional customs.
A country of mostly Catholic people
The Portuguese people are mostly Catholic, but the Portuguese Constitution guarantees religious freedom, which translates into the presence in Portugal of various cults.
In 2017 celebrated the centenary of Fatima
Fatima has become known worldwide for the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary that three little shepherds claimed to have had between May 13 and October 13, 1917: Lucia de Jesus dos Santos, Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
The construction of the Sanctuary of Fatima from 1928 has brought the development to the town, achieving this being elevated to the category of city on June 12, 1997. The Sanctuary of Fatima is one of the most important Marian shrines in the world.
A country of global talent in football
European Champion in 2016, Portugal is a country that for more than 60 years has produced some of the most talented, great and important players in football worldwide, such as:
• Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, the iconic player known as “Pantera Negra”, who was considered one of the best footballers of all time by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFHHS).
• Cristiano Ronaldo, the galactic who in 2007 became the first player to win all four major prizes of PFA and FWA.
• José Mourinho, who won the UEFA Cup, the Champions League, the Premier League in England, and who was chosen by FIFA as the best coach in the world in 2010.
• Luis Figo, who won the Ballon D’or in 2000, was voted the best player in the world by FIFA in 2001, and is included in the FIFA 100 ranking.
A country of poets
Portuguese poetry began at the same time as the nation, with troubadour poetry, but climbed to the top of the epic during the Renaissance, with the publication of Los Lusíadas, a work in which Luis de Camões (1524-1580) sings the exploits of the Portuguese in their discoveries.
At the beginning of the 20th century it acquired more universalistic tones with the work of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), the most translated Portuguese poet. However, it was the prose of José Saramago (1922-2013) who won the Nobel Prize in 1998.
Country of Fado, Intangible Heritage of Humanity
Portugal is the Country of Fado, the musical style that is not explained, hardly felt, Intangible Heritage of Humanity since 2011. The name fado means destination. In this music, the sadness and joys of life are expressed, with a surprising emotion and cutting of breath. For many years it was linked to the name of Amália, although at present there are many names that make up the new generation of fadists of international renown, such as Mariza, Gisela João, Camané, Carminho and Ana Moura.
Country of the Lusitanian Horse, the superior force in its purest stage
Country of the horse Lusitano, the race world-wide recognized by its abilities in the bullfighting and classic horsemanship, due to its facility in putting its later members under its mass.
This horse, used in the production of the Lord of the Rings, has ancestors common to the Sorraia and Arab race. These two races form the so-called Iberian horses, which evolved from the primitive horses existing in the Iberian Peninsula which is supposed to descend directly to the small group of the still existing Sorraia race.