No, they are not. Portugal is one country, Spain is another. Portugal is a sovereign state since 1128, and a kingdom since 1139. As a result Portugal is the oldest state in the Iberian Peninsula.
Were Portugal and Spain ever the same country?
Portugal was never a part of Spain, they just had the same king (such as UK and New Zealand, but nearer, lol) from 1580 to 1640. However the Spanish narrative is that Portugal lost its independence in 1580 and got it back in 1640.
Why didnt Spain take over Portugal?
Originally Answered: Why did Spain not conquer the whole of Portugal? Portugal was an empire too, the whole of Portugal was larger than all of Europe. You see the small European piece of it, but Portugal was a global power.
Is Portugal richer than Spain?
Spain is, according to the most recent FMI estimates, the 15th largest world economy (in PPP terms), with Portugal 55th. In terms of per capita GDP (PPP) the gap is smaller, with Spain ranking 32nd and its neighbour 43rd.
Is Portugal better than Spain?
If you want a beach vacation where you can explore a small area, then Portugal is probably best for you. However, if you’re looking to explore multiple large cities with historical attractions, then Spain might be more of your style. That being said, Spain has plenty of beaches, too.
Is it better to live in Portugal or Spain?
Overall, however, Spain probably wins when it comes to weather as it has more areas with mild winter weather than Portugal. In Portugal, the mild winter weather is limited to anywhere south of Lisbon and especially around the Algarve.
Does Spain or Portugal have better beaches?
Deciding which country has the best beaches for you really depends on what you’re looking for. Whereas Spain is graced by the warmer waters of the Mediterranean and the chilled-out beach life that comes with it, Portugal benefits from the lively waters of the Atlantic and some truly epic scenery.