Portugal occupies the southwest part of the Iberian Peninsula and shares
borders in the north and the east with Spain, while to the south and west
lies the Atlantic Ocean. The country is divided into various provinces,
including the Atlantic islands of Madeira and the Azores; the latter lying
some 1220km (760 miles) due west of Lisbon. The Douro, Tejo and Guadiana
rivers flow across the border from Spain. North Portugal is mountainous,
the highest part being the Serra da Estrela, a popular area for skiing.
South of Lisbon stretch the vast plains of the Alentejo region. A range of
mountains divides the Alentejo from the Algarve, which runs along the
south coast, and is one of the most popular resort areas with wide sandy
beaches and attractive bays.
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