Illustrator Map Portugal full

Portugal is a country located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. It is known for its rich history, diverse landscapes, and vibrant culture. Here’s a description of some of Portugal’s principal cities, waterways, and main roads:

Principal Cities:

  1. Lisbon (Lisboa):
    • The capital and largest city of Portugal.
    • Located on the western coast, along the Tagus River.
    • Known for its historic neighborhoods, such as Alfama and Baixa, as well as iconic landmarks like Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery.
  2. Porto:
    • Situated in the north of Portugal along the Douro River.
    • Famous for its port wine production and the historic Ribeira district.
    • The city is characterized by its colorful buildings and bridges, including the Dom Luís I Bridge.
  3. Faro:
    • The capital of the Algarve region in southern Portugal.
    • Known for its historic old town, medieval walls, and proximity to beautiful beaches.
    • The Faro Cathedral and the Ria Formosa Natural Park are notable attractions.
  4. Coimbra:
    • Located in central Portugal on the banks of the Mondego River.
    • Home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, the University of Coimbra.
    • The city has a rich cultural and academic heritage.


  1. Tagus River (Rio Tejo):
    • The longest river in the Iberian Peninsula.
    • Flows through Spain and Portugal, with Lisbon situated along its estuary.
    • The river has played a significant role in the country’s history and trade.
  2. Douro River (Rio Douro):
    • Flows from Spain into northern Portugal.
    • Known for the scenic Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its terraced vineyards and wine production.

Main Roads:

  1. A1 (Autoestrada do Norte):
    • Connects Lisbon to Porto, serving as a major north-south highway.
  2. A2 (Autoestrada do Sul):
    • Runs from Lisbon to the Algarve region in the south, connecting the capital to popular coastal destinations.
  3. A5 (Autoestrada da Costa do Estoril):
    • Connects Lisbon to the coastal towns and resorts of Estoril and Cascais.
  4. A22 (Via do Infante):
    • A major highway in the Algarve region, providing access to various towns and beaches in the south.

These descriptions offer a glimpse into the diverse geography and cultural richness of Portugal, showcasing its blend of historic charm and modern infrastructure.

Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

I have been working with vector cartography for over 25 years, including GPS, GIS, Adobe Illustrator and other professional cartographic software.

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