RoadStars goes “português”
RoadStars in Portuguese
We are delighted to present a new RoadStars market: Portugal. But what is so special about Portugal?
Olive trees, cobblestone villages, fascinating towns, picturesque wine regions and golden beaches.
Portugal, one of the oldest countries on the continent, lies in southern Europe on the Iberian peninsula. The Portuguese town of “Cabo da Roca” marks Europe's most westerly point. The Azores and Madeira are also part of the Portuguese national territory.
Portugal is a country with strong links to the sea which is reflected particularly in the culture and lifestyle of its people. Several of Portugal's most important cities lie along almost 2000 km of coast and the estuary leading into the Atlantic; they all have a breathtaking view of the never-ending blue of the ocean.
With 25 million tourists, Portugal is one of the most visited countries in the world. So it is not surprising that tourism is one of the country's most important sources of income. Portugal is also one of the world's largest producers of cork. More than 50% of cork comes from here. Some 80% of the country's total exports is to partners in the EU. The main exports are clothing, machines, chemical products, cork, cellulose and paper.
Portugal's motorway network is run and maintained by private companies. Each company is obliged under contract with the state to extend the relevant stretches if traffic volume increases. Despite this well-developed road network, it is still possible to see old cobbled streets in small villages; but this is just part of the charm of a picturesque country which boasts olive trees, kilometre-long beaches and wine regions.
- Portugal shares its borders with only one other country (Spain).
- Portugal has 64,298 km of paved roads of which 1911 km are multi-lane highways.
- Portugal has a well-developed road network, though most motorways are toll roads.
- A small box behind the windscreen detects when cars drive on the motorway. Toll charges are then paid by direct debit.
- The longest bridge in the world can be found in Portugal. The Ponte Vasco da Gama is almost 17.2 km long and connects two motorways.
- Motorways in Portugal are labelled with an A (as in Germany) followed by a number.
- The maximum permissible speed on the motorway is 120 km/h.
- Motorised vehicles always have priority over non-motorised vehicles.
- Drivers transporting dangerous goods in Portugal require an ADR Certificate.
- All vehicles carrying dangerous goods and weighing over 3.5 tonnes are not allowed to cross the “Ponte 25 de Abril” bridge between the hours of 5 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- All vehicles which do not comply with Portuguese vehicle requirements require a special permit (height: 4 m, width: 2.55 m, length: 18.75 m and weight: up to 40 t).