The Portuguese 25 April Revolution, also known as the Carnation Revolution, was a political event that occurred in Portugal in 1974. It was a peaceful revolution that brought an end to the authoritarian Estado Novo regime, which had been in power in Portugal since 1933. The revolution was sparked by a variety of factors, including […]
Yes. Yes you should. The tremendous breadth of activities, sights, landscapes and experiences means Portugal truly has something for everyone. So if you fall into one of these ten categories of travelers, book your trip today!
Ponta Delgada Origins Ponta Delgada is located on the island of São Miguel, which is part of the Azores archipelago. The Azores were created by a series of volcanic eruptions that began over 8 million years ago and are still active today, although the last recorded eruption was in 1957. The island of São Miguel […]
The Story behind Pasteis de Belem a.k.a. Nata The origin of Pasteis de Nata, also known as Portuguese custard tarts, can be traced back to the 18th century in Lisbon, Portugal. It is said that the recipe was developed by Catholic monks at the Jeronimos Monastery in the Belém district of Lisbon. The monks […]
Historic Mercado da Graça in Ponta Delgada The Mercado da Graça is a historic market located in the city of Ponta Delgada, which is the largest city on the island of São Miguel in the Azores archipelago of Portugal. The market has a rich history that dates back to the 19th century. The construction of […]
Origins of Cataplana The Cataplana is a traditional Portuguese dish that is believed to have originated in the Algarve region of Portugal, which is located in the southernmost part of the country. The name “cataplana” actually refers to the copper pot in which the dish is cooked, which is similar to a Dutch oven or […]
The Algarve The Algarve is a region in southern Portugal, and its history goes back thousands of years. The original people of the Algarve were likely various pre-Roman and Celtic tribes, such as the Lusitanians and the Tartessians, who inhabited the Iberian Peninsula before the Roman conquest in the 2nd century BC. After the Roman […]
Caldeirada de Peixe is a traditional fish stew from Portugal, specifically from the coastal regions of the country where fishing is an important part of the local economy and culture. The dish is said to have originated in the Algarve region in the south of Portugal, where it has been enjoyed for generations. The name […]
Sardinhas assadas, or roasted sardines, is a traditional dish from Portugal. Portugal has a long tradition of fishing and consuming sardines, which are abundant in the waters off the coast of the country. The dish is particularly popular during the summer months when sardines are at their peak season. Roasting sardines over an open flame […]
Fado is a traditional music genre from Portugal, characterized by mournful songs and themes of longing, separation, and nostalgia. It is typically sung in Portuguese and accompanied by a 12-string guitar, or “Portuguese guitar.” It is not widely popular outside of Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking world, though it has a dedicated fanbase in those regions. […]
Guimarães is a city in northern Portugal that is considered to be the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. It was the capital of the County of Portugal in the 12th century and the home of the first King of Portugal, Afonso Henriques. The historic center of Guimarães is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for […]
Bacalhau, or salt cod, has been a staple in Portuguese cuisine for centuries. It is said that the Portuguese were the first to fish for cod in the waters around Newfoundland, Canada, and began salting and drying the fish to preserve it for the long journey back to Europe. This practice allowed for cod to […]
If you’re lucky to be in Lisbon for New Year’s Eve, you’re in for a treat. The city comes alive with fireworks, parties and merriness. What to do and where to go on New Year can feel a little overwhelming. Fortunately, we’ve put together some suggestions on seeing in 2017 in the Portuguese capital, depending […]
From food to festivals, Portuguese culture is full of many intertwined elements that create an exciting and vibrant atmosphere. Art, religion, literature, and even soccer are all important aspects of life for the people of Portugal. Food: Portugal has a rich food culture. Across the country, you can find a wide variety of local cuisines. […]
The Home of Port Wine Only after the British discovered port wine at the end of the 17th century did the fame of its fine quality start spreading all over the world. The Douro Valley region produces the grapes that give rise to the only authentic “Porto”. In the middle 1750s, the Portuguese authorities started […]
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