Rumo ao Sul Mediterrânico: Turismo Alemão em Portugal

Maria João Alfaiate Correia Cordeiro


The present article analyses Germany’s historical path that led to the self-proclaimed title of world champion in travel and tourism. It discusses the material and psychological conditions that determined the development of a mentality especially prone to travel; it also revisits German traditional tourist destinations, focusing, in particular, on the strong tourist German presence in Portugal over the last decades. German tourism is then related, in the light of a symbolic geography, to the construction of the space-myth (Schields, 1991) which was the first European holiday model: the Mediterranean. The article analyses how the European Mediterranean South became a privileged tourist destination and how Portugal appeared on that stage of the (northern) tourist imagination, marked by the mythological density of a ‘warm and bright South’, an idea of enormous relevance in the first tourist movements and still powerfully valid in contemporaneity.


German tourism, imaginary geography, South, Mediterranean, Europe.German tourism, imaginary geography, South, Mediterranean, Europe.

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