Not yet spoiled by mass tourism

Not yet spoiled by mass tourism

What the Algarve is missing, you'll find here

What the Algarve is missing, you'll find here

The beach resorts are still authentic

The beach resorts are still authentic

The reachability from Lisbon Airport is excellent

The reachability from Lisbon Airport is excellent

The weather is nice, all year round

The weather is nice, all year round

To See and Experience at the Silver Coast

Sintra

Culturally very rich area where you can easily spend a…

Restaurante Sabores d’Italia

Excellent Italian restaurant, superb dishes and great staff This restaurant…

Dinosaurs

Back from the Past In February 2018 the Dino Parque…

Caldas da Rainha

This city 'The queen's hot springs', arose around a health…

Gokarting

Go karting Do you want to do some laps on…

Museums in Caldas da Rainha

Caldas da Rainha has a history of the artisanal and…

Waterparks

Water fun for the whole family! At the Costa de…

Around Nazaré

Endless pine forests, quiet beaches and Roman excavations North of…

Restaurante Adega do Albertino

A very good and cosy Portuguese restaurant, that has won…

Grutas da Moeda

The caves of the fox The Grutas da Moeda are…

Palace of Mafra

Palace is baroque heart of Mafra In Mafra you can…

National Palace of Queluz

The Portuguese Versailles is definitely worth a visit Originally the…

Arco da Memoria

Triumphal arch with sea-view On the south-eastern slope of the…

Parque dos Monges

Parque dos Monges: for active monks (and everyone else) Just…

Coimbra

The most important university city in Portugal Started as a…

Wellness

New bathhouse offers 19th century wellness In the 19th century…

Pia do Urso Sensory Eco-Park

Experience magical sensations! Nature is the keyword in the Pia…

Accommodations at the Silver Coast

Quinta da Vida Serena

Authentic Portuguese farmhouse Welcome to our restored, rustic, authentic Portuguese…

Farm Holidays Silver Coast

Back to Nature Our old organic vineyard is situated in…

Casa Muragarden

Spacious holiday house close to sea Caratarastic renovated house with…

Casinhas Fim do Mundo

Two authentic cottages behind the coast of Lourinha This authentic…

Guesthouse Bem Vindo

"A wonderfull stay with an amazing view!" Brand new, sleek…

Quinta Vale da Palha

Relaxing atmosphere in a green valley In Vale da Palha…

Residence Casa Eme

Apartment with superb roof terrace New 2 bedroom apartment Residence…

Villa Limão holiday apartments

Spacious, luxurious and sunny holiday villa The beautiful Villa Limão…

Blog about the Silver Coast

Monks Work anno 2014

In 1385 work began on the construction of the monastery…

Rota de Peregrino

Or the pelgrimage route Earlier I wrote about the history…

A new place discovered

It's been almost three years that we came to live…

Foz do Arelho, pimped!

By coincidence we discovered 10 years ago the resort town…
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 16:24

Portugal dos Pequenitos

In Coimbra you can visit Portugal dos Pequenitos, or Portugal for the Little Ones. It is a recreational-educational park intended primarily for children.

The park has thematic areas, like Monumental Portugal (miniatures of the country’s main monuments), Portuguese-speaking countries (representation of a.o. African countries, Brazil, Macau), The Islands (main monuments of Madeira and Azores), Coimbra, and Regional Houses.

You can also visit the Dress museum, that has around 300 miniature outfits on display from the 16th to the 20th century. Everything was handmade, and donated to the museum in 1950.

There is also a Barbie museum, the collection on display is the largest in Portugal and possibly one of the biggest in Europe, is composed of over 300 dolls. It includes the original Barbie of 1959, the Barbies of the world, the Hollywood collection, Barbies dressed by couturiers of international reputation, and many more.

Portugal dos Pequenitos also stands out as a high-quality display of sculptures and architectural art, the miniature size and detail of which continues to charm children and adults.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:59

Fado

Portugues sentimental song full of melancholy

Fado is the most popular folk music in Portugal. This Portuguese of way singing about life can be traced back to early 19th century. It originates from the poor districts of Lisbon. Fado literally means “fate” (from the Latin word “fatum”), and fado is part of every Portuguese person’s life.
The songs are about things that happen in life, melancholy, sadness, nostalgia for what no longer exists, but also about happiness and feasts. The Portuguese word for these feelings is “saudade”. This is such a typical Portuguese word, in other languages there is no translation for it.

There are two varieties of fado, namely those of the cities of Lisbon and Coimbra. The Lisbon style is the most popular, and was orginally sung by women only. Coimbra's fado has a more academic character, and is exclusively sung by men.

Since the revival of fado in the nineties of the 20th century, fado gets more and more famous internationally, and reaches more people every day. Amalia Rodrigues is considered to be one of the most important and influential fadistas ever.

In both Lisbon and Coimbra there are some fado restaurants where (professional) fadistas (fado singers) perform their songs. Lisbon’s districts Bairro Alto, Alfama and Mouraria, are very well known for their fado restaurants.
Also in the Costa de Prata, several restaurants offer a complete night out, with diner and music. Prebookings are usually mandatory.

In November 2011 the Portuguese Fado was added to Unesco’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

An example...

Published in Nature and Culture
Monday, 13 April 2015 10:57

Coimbra

The most important university city in Portugal

Started as a Roman settlement, Coimbra is home to the University of Coimbra, the oldest academic institution (14th century) in the Portuguese-speaking world and one of the oldest in Europe.

A number of wellknown Portuguese people were born in Coimbra, like the poet Francisco Sá de Miranda (16th century) and sculptor Machado de Castro (18th century).
Poet Luis de Camões and the saint Santo António studied in Coimbra.

Before seizing the power over the country, Salazar was professor in economics at Coimbra’s university.

Scenic location

Coimbra is picturesquely situated at the river Mondego. A walk through the city is very worthwhile. Most attractions are so close to eachother that you can get a very good impression of the city in just one day. The old city centre is on top of a very steep hill, so a walk to the university buildings on top of the hill can be a bit exhausting. You can get a city map at the tourism office.

There are lots of things to see and do in Coimbra, for detailed information it’s best to bring a travelguide.

But whatever you do, you must see the main building of the Universidade de Coimbra, with the Biblioteca Velha (university’s library, 1728) as undisputed highlight.

www.uc.pt/en

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