All Saints Day and Halloween in Portugal

All Saints Day and Halloween in Portugal

In Portugal the day of Halloween is officially the last day of summer and people greet each other by saying ‘Samhain Blessings’ (‘samhain’ means ‘summer’s end’ in Portuguese). Formally the Portuguese do not celebrate Halloween as a holiday but they do have All Saints Day on November 1st and nevertheless there are some families coming from other countries who keep Halloween traditions. The Halloween traditions of today are based on pagan pre-Christian ones stemming from the times... [ read more ]

Visiting the Azores Islands – craftsmen and their handiworks

Visiting the Azores Islands – craftsmen and their handiworks

As the Azores Islands are quite isolated the locals had to be creative, so they started to put their hands to work and managed to overcome daily obstacles. Before they only made handmade things for themselves but new means of transportation has opened up new horizons for the inhabitants of the island. The Azorean artistic techniques made of ceramics and wood, the embroidered crafts and others today are sources of income. The islands export textiles, arts and crafts made of fish scales and fea... [ read more ]

Silver Coast Culture and History

Silver Coast Culture and History

The Silver Coast is very rich in cultural art and historic architecture. You can visit the many historic buildings, monuments and important landmarks in the region which define its culture and history. Explore the stunning monasteries and architectural masterpieces along Alcobaça and Batalha, the churches, century-old manor houses and fair castles. Learn about the history of the region while viewing and admiring high rated art. You can also participate in the major cultural events which ... [ read more ]

Best places to see in Aveiro

Best places to see in Aveiro

The breathtaking town of Aveiro is situated along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, in the central region of Portugal. . It is mostly visited for its canals which are very much similar to those in Venice of Italy. Actually, Aveiro is often called “Venice of Portugal” because of its channels and gondola-shaped boats. Aveiro has an intriguing history, which is partly told by the ancient buildings still standing around the area. So no matter which you choose, sunbathing on the amazing sandy be... [ read more ]

Best archaeological sites in Alentejo

Best archaeological sites in Alentejo

Visit Alentejo, the place where golden plains are to be found together with ancient monuments that date back to the Roman period and prehistoric times. The most significant archeological site in the region is called Évora where the carven rocks of Gruta do Escoural are located and so is the Cromeleque dos Almendres stone circle. Travel back in time and experience the age of early dwellers of Portugal. When you set out towards the shore, make sure you visit the ruins of Miróbriga, an ancient ... [ read more ]

Visitor guide to Estremoz

Visitor guide to Estremoz

When visiting Portugal we recommend you to go and see its prehistoric city called Estremoz. If you decide to visit Estremoz, you shall see the many evidence of Visigoth, Roman and Muslim influence that played a great part in forming the city’s culture. The city of Estremoz lies on a 513.82² km area and has only 7.682 dwellers, nevertheless the municipality is records a populace of 15.673. History During the 12th century, Estremoz was conquered by an army led by a knight, called Geral... [ read more ]

The most important Portuguese inventions

The most important Portuguese inventions

The power to innovate, to create something new is definitely the most significant asset of our human specie. Nothing in the world is more precious than cultivating the sparkling minds of people with an idea that will develop into something absolutely astonishing. Without any doubt, Portuguese people is placed on a high rank among the most creative people and taking into consideration the strategy to increase the Portuguese innovation domain by 40%, I reckon it is about time I present you the mos... [ read more ]

A short visit to Portuguese museums

A short visit to Portuguese museums

  Before telling yourself that going to a museum is probably a boring activity let me give you some good reasons that might change your mind. First of all a visit to a museum is a good way of learning, learning about a people’s culture, about the most representative personalities and pieces of art but it can also be very entertaining, especially for the kids. In Portugal, the value of museums is appreciated not only at a local level but also worldwide as many of the exhibits ar... [ read more ]

Short Guide to Portuguese Music

Short Guide to Portuguese Music

  After visiting so many wonderful places, it’s time to party! And what can be more pleasant than being carried back in time by the rhythms of Portuguese music, back when music was more than entertainment, when it represented a way of life. So put your dancing shoes on as you will discover a short guide to Portuguese music. Portuguese traditional music Who did not hear of the famous Portuguese music style called fado? This main traditional music, that means fate in Portuguese, ... [ read more ]

Portuguese wines

Portuguese wines

  Discovering Portugal in all its wonders and glory cannot be complete without experiencing the flavors of the Portuguese wines. “The older the wine, the better it gets” seems to be the perfect definition for centuries of rich tradition of Portuguese vineyards and wines.Portugal is prosperous in wine regions, each with its own distinctive sorts of grapes and producing process, resulting in more than one hundred types of wines, the most famous being:  Madeira Wines, Vinho Verde, ... [ read more ]