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84th INTERNATIONAL F.I.C.C. RALLY to be held in Portugal from 29 July to 7 August 2016

Date: 15/04/2015
Source: FICC

The 2013 General Assembly in Slawa/Poland awarded the 84th International F.I.C.C. Rally to Portugal. Federacao de Campismo e Montanhismo de Portugal (FCMP) has already organised three successful and well-attended rallies: Santo Andre in 1975, Ericeira in 1985 and most recently Aljezur in 1995.

Portugal is a republic on the Atlantic coast of the Iberian peninsula. It covers an area of 92,082 including the islands of the Azores and Madeira.
The country’s capital is Lisbon, a charming and very lively city built on seven hills overlooking the Tagus. It has excellent infrastructure and much to recommend it – beautiful buildings, museums, 17,411 hotel rooms in 155 one to five-star hotels and 24,355 guest rooms in 239 private properties. One particularly interesting suburb is Belem and its association with Portugal’s important seafaring past. Sites include the tour of Belem and the magnificent Jeronimos monastery (both UNESCO World Heritage sites), the Discoveries Monument, the Royal Coach Museum and the Belem Cultural Centre.
Lisbon is a green city with elegant avenues, peaceful squares and interesting Moorish districts (barrios).
Lisbon’s airport is just 7 kms north-east of the city centre and has links to all European capital cities. The airport bus leaves for the terminus at the Cais do Sodré mainline station in the historic centre every 20 minutes, with around 12 stops en route.

The northern province of Minho includes the districts of Viana do Castelo, Braga and Porto (Oporto). This famous city, also built on a number of granite hillsides, is situated 6 kms from the mouth of the Douro river.

It is well-known for its port wine made from red grapes growing mainly in vineyards on the banks of the Douro. It is a fortified wine that can be pale, ruby or tawny coloured. However the city is also famous for its 12C cathedral, baroque-style Bishop’s Palace, university, school of art, textile, leather and fine food industries.
Porto was known as Portus cale in Roman times : it was invaded by the Visigoths in 540, by the Moors in 716, who went on to destroy the town in 825. It was rebuilt as Portus Gallorum by an influx of the French from Gascony in 997. Porto has been the capital of Portugal since 1174.

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