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

Restaurante Solar dos Amigos

A traditional Portuguese restaurant, with large open fire for cooking…

Origins of the Templars monastry

Arise of the Castelo dos Templários and Convento de Cristo…

Monastry Batalha

The monastry Santa Maria de Vitória is Portuguese late gothic…

Parque dos Monges

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

Lisbon

Many special ways to discover Lisbon There are many travel…

Glass museums

Marinha Grande: The glass centre of the region Apart from…

Grutas da Moeda

The caves of the fox The Grutas da Moeda are…

Fátima

One of the larges pilgrimage places in the world. Whether…

Leiria

Stunning city with castle in the valley of the river…

Conímbriga

In Conímbriga one of the largest Roman settlements of Portugal…

Grutas Alvados / San Antonio

In these 'brother caves' you can admire thousands of stalactites…

Ginja de Óbidos

Ginja, liqueur with ancient history Óbidos is a major attraction…

Santana market

Strolling on authentic regional market makes you hungry The Mercado…

Peniche

Peniche is full of history The town of Peniche is…

Batalha

Batalha is located in the heart of central Portuga With…

Marinha Grande

Glass town with English twist Marinha Grande is located between…

Sítio

Funicular takes you up A funicular takes you from downtown…

Welcoming Stays

The Costa de Prata offers a wide selection of accommodations Child friendly places, or a quiet retreat for couples, modern…

Beaches

Clean, sunny and spacious The Silver Coast has several types of beaches. There are beaches with everything you need, other…

Silver Coast Blog

The bloggers -who are reside, live and enjoy here- do like to share their everyday worries at the Silver Coast…

Worth-seeing

Too much to mention! Maybe the main reason why the Costa de Prata is so renowned, is the huge number…

Active holidays

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Quinta da Vida Serena

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

Casas Fruta****

Spacious and luxurious holiday houses and swimming pool Casas Fruta…

Casa Boavista

Klein paradijs nabij strand Ons domein met 4 charmante vakantiewoningen,…

Casa Ceedina

Moderne Bed and Breakfast Tussen Lissabon en Porto staat Bed…

Guesthouse Bem Vindo

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

Monks Work anno today

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…
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...

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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 19:32

Pia do Urso Sensory Eco-Park

Experience magical sensations!

Nature is the keyword in the Pia do Urso Eco-Sensory park. Natural scents, sounds and shapes take your senses on a magical trip.

This the first park especially for the visual impaired in Portugal. It's aim is to offer new experiences with different senses, like touch and smell. But do not misunderstand, the park is a wonderful experience for everyone!

Traditional features and materials are also part of the park, so visitors can also learn about the history of the area.

Along the paths you also cross natural stone bassins, which were formed during the course of ages by erosion. They say dat long ago bears used these bassins as bathtubs.

In the shadow cast by the enormous oak trees around the parking you can relax and have a picknick.

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