Facts from Portugal - Home of 8 NEW YORKER Stores
Portugal has almost 3000 kilometers of coastline
It may sound surprising, but although the country is quite small, it has thousands of kilometers of coastline. The reason: in addition to the mainland (about 950 kilometers of coastline), Portugal also includes the archipelagos of Madeira (about 250 kilometers) and the Azores (about 670 kilometers).
Portugal has the longest bridge in Europe
17.2 kilometers long is the Ponte Vasco da Gama, which was built between 1995 and 1998 on the occasion of the Expo '98 over the river Tejo (z. Dt. Tajo). The project, which connects Lisbon with the cities south of the Tagus and has made the route further south faster for motorists, cost almost a billion euros.
Lisbon is home to the world's oldest bookstore
In 1732, the Livraria Bertrand opened in Lisbon, and has been in continuous operation ever since. This also earned the bookstore in the Chiado district a Guinness Book entry.
Left-hand traffic was the rule in Portugal until 1928
This also has something to do with the influence of the English, and with the fact that right-hand traffic was not introduced in Europe by the French until Napoléon in many occupied countries. Portugal did not switch to right-hand traffic until June 1, 1928.
Historic streetcar in Lisbon
The first streetcar for passenger transportation existed as early as the 19th century in Harlem, New York and New Orleans. In Portugal, the streetcar was initially pulled by horses. It was not until 1901 that an electronically operated streetcar finally drove through the capital. Because of their origin, they used to be called "Carros Americanos." Today, passengers can still travel through Lisbon on historic vehicles. Of the initial 17 streetcar lines, unfortunately, there are only 5 left today, so you should definitely take a ride on the "Carros eléctricos de Lisboa" when you visit Lisbon.