map of Portugal: facts, curiosities and food

Cheeses being cured

Portugal is one of the oldest nations in the world. The country was founded in 1143, by the Zamora’s Treaty, signed between Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, and Afonso VII of León and Castile. Pope Alexander the III would confirm the status of an independent kingdom in 1179.

Several Portuguese kings fought to extend the borders further to the South and conquer Algarve, during the 12th and 13th centuries, but those borders and the map of Portugal have been pretty much unchanged until today. The fact that these are man-made borders and not dictated by natural elements like mountains or rivers, as is often the case, makes this an even more impressive example of struggle and determination for independence.

Portugal is the westernmost country of the European continent. It has a total area of 92226 km2 (35609 sq mi). The coastline is 943 kilometers (586 mi) long and this a reference just to the continent, as the archipelagos of Madeira and Azores, located in the Atlantic Ocean, are also part of Portugal.

The map of Portugal (continent) is divided into 18 districts, which are the main administrative division of the land.

Map of Portugal: the version that foodies want

You can do many versions of a map, but in a country like Portugal, so passionate about food and wine, we think that the topographic and administrative map of Portugal is probably not enough. So we decided to add another one, with very useful information about the country, in case you are planing your trip to Portugal.

So the next map is about food and some of the most important specialties of the different regions. This goes from the delicious fresh fish of Algarve, to “migas”, king of a bread soup, of Alentejo, to “francesinha”, the famous sandwich of Porto, not forgetting, of course, the unmissable pastel de Belém, for those of you that like sugar.

Map by Uniplaces. More information here.

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