Portugal

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The land of Prince Henry the Navigator

Prince Henry the Navigator, born in 1394, was, according to many accounts, the force behind Portugal's expanding empire. Though it isn't easy to separate fact from legend (and it's necessary to ignore some of the evil that was part of the time), we know that his passion for exploration added to the world's knowledge of cartography, navigation, and shipbuilding.

For us, we're content to explore his home turf, which is in some ways a microcosm of Western Europe. We enjoyed discovering the language, culture and cuisine of this sometimes-overlooked corner of Europe.

Pages from Portugal:

Portuguese coast (2011)

Map of PortugalThis map is from the Lonely Planet web site, a fine source of travel information. Click here to learn more about traveling in Portugal (it will appear in a new window.)

Cruising in Portugal

Portugal has plenty of facilities for visiting boats, and it was easy for us to access Lisbon and the rest of the country on short trips.

Click here to hear the national anthem

Click on the flag to hear Portugal's national anthem. To stop it, refresh the page.