Every country on earth has at least one world record. Luckily Portugal has hundreds of them! From bizarre to easy, from challenging to impossible, there are records for every taste. Let’s check our personal favorites! Use this to help achieve your new years’ resolution, for example.
Largest Wave Surfed
This record happened on November 1st, 2011 by Garrett McNamara. He surfed a wave of almost 24 meters and it all happened in Nazaré, Portugal! Since then there are many other surfers who go to Nazaré only to try and break this exact record. Nazaré also became a sensation in regards to tourism, full of enthusiasts who want to see the waves of North beach.
Smallest Newspaper in the World
This record was achieved on February 16th, 2012. Terra Nostra launched a newspaper that measured 2cm by 2,5cm, and they made 3000 copies. Is was an exact copy of the original and this record happened in the island of São Miguel, Azores.
Milaneza set to break this record in the Portuguese city of Porto. This desert weighed 357 kg and it was given free of charge to anyone who wanted. They wanted to raise €100,000 in donations for Porto’s oncology unit and all ingredients, personnel, and materials were provided free of charge.
In 2009, on a mega picnic organized by Modelo, the singer Tony Carreira and his fans accomplished this record before the concert even started. Unfortunately, there are no videos of this, and the videos that are on Youtube were filmed with a potato.
First Transatlantic Flight
I was really amazed by this, but after reading it, it made sense. The U.S. Navy accomplished the first transatlantic flight, but with some stops on the way. Fortunately, Portugal was on the route of this flight! The flight began on May 8, 1919, at the naval air station at Rockaway Beach, New York. It followed a route to Nova Scotia; Newfoundland; the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic; Lisbon, Portugal; and Plymouth, England.
Most Espressos made in one hour
On February 17th of 2017, Nestlé put together a team of 250 people to beat the record of most espressos made in one hour by a team. They made 21000 cups of coffee and beaten the previous record of 12003 coffee cups accomplished by a team of baristas in the UK.
They now show the record with pride, translating the team spirit that lives inside the Nestlé brand, that gives them the strength to accomplish all the challenges they face on a day to day basis.
Largest human logo / image
In July of 1999, in the city of Jamor, we gathered 34309 people to beat the record of the largest human logo/image ever created. We have such a passion for football that we had no problem in winning this record. But our creativity was out of the box because the logo even moved like a GIF! Watch the video!
Oldest Operating Bookshop
Welcome to the oldest bookshop in the world. Bertrand started operating since 1732 and they are in the same location today! Luckily the business grew a lot, to 51 retail locations and an online store.
Largest Decorated Easter egg
We love Easter because it means vacation and time to eat some chocolate on the way. But Freeport, to market themselves to the world, build a giant Easter egg to celebrate this holiday.
The egg was 14,79m long and it measured 8,40m in diameter. Freeport is located in Alcochete (near Lisbon) and it’s an amazing outdoor outlet shopping.
Largest Portuguese Folk Dance
Every year, the village of Madalena do Pico dances Chamarrita, a type of dance originated in Azores. They kept this celebration till the current years, but in 2015 they had the idea to break the record of the Largest Portuguese Folk Dance.
More than 544 dancers grabbed a partner and danced Chamarrita on a stadium while being watched by thousands of people. Luckily they broke the record and they were very happy about it. More than tourism, they see that their traditions are being respected and they hope this will project into the future.
Most Piano Key Hits in one minute
On June 7th, 2017, António Domingos broke his previous record by playing the key B7 824 times in 60 seconds! He spent 4 months practicing and perfecting the move, and now he is world famous for accomplishing this.
As always, I hope you liked this article and see you next time!