Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of Discoveries

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Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture: salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve’s beaches are a major destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s–1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire.

A record number of foreign tourists stayed in Portuguese hotels last year, with the number surpassing 10 million visitors for the first time and boosting hotel revenues to nearly 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion), official data showed on Tuesday.

Tourist arrivals and all travel-related revenues, which account for around 10 percent of Portugal’s gross domestic product, have been growing since 2011, helping the Atlantic coastal country overcome its economic and debt crisis.