About Portugal

Portugal is known to be a stable, safe, and extremely beautiful country. It is even considered one of the safest countries to visit in the European Union.

With a mild climate, good food and an amazing variety of landscapes, Portugal is the perfect place for a new adventure.


Geographic Location

Portugal, officially The Portuguese Republic, is a country in southern Europe, founded in 1143, occupying a total area of 92,212 km2. The mainland is located on the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. The Portuguese territory includes two autonomous regions: the archipelagos of Madeira and Azores, in the Atlantic Ocean. The archipelago of Madeira is formed by the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, and the island groups of Desertas and Selvagens; the archipelago of the Azores consists of nine islands, Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores, and Corvo, and several islets.


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The Portuguese climate is characterized by mild winters and pleasant summers, varying, however, from region to region. In the North precipitation is higher and temperatures are lower, but temperature range is widest in the interior.

To the south of rio Tejo, the largest river in the Iberian Peninsula, one can feel the Mediterranean influence, with hot, long summers and short winters with little rainfall. Madeira has a Mediterranean climate with mild and pleasant temperatures all year round, while the Azores have a temperate maritime climate with abundant rainfall.



Portugal has a population of 10,6 million inhabitants and a population density of 115,4 inhabitants/km2, with higher concentrations along the coastal strip.



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Cities of Barcelos, Braga, Guimarães and Vila Nova de Famalicão

How to get to Barcelos

The main international airport that serves this region is the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, located in the city of Porto.

There are several means of transport available to get to Barcelos, whether you come from Porto or Lisbon. Besides the transportation at your disposal, you will find that the locals are very welcoming, and that they will help you anytime you need.


Cost of Living

Barcelos is one of the most affordable Portuguese cities to live and study. The cost of living for a student at IPCA depends on several factors, such as the type of accommodation rented or cooking at home versus having lunch or dinner out. For your reference, the approximate cost should be around 400 € to 500 € per month.