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 Sabores d’Italia

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

Watersports

Enjoy the Portuguese sea Surfing The Atlantic Ocean is ideal…

Tomar area

Aqueduct with 180 arches About 4 kilometers northwest of Tomar…

Coimbra

The most important university city in Portugal Started as a…

Nazaré beach

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Best known seaside resort of the Costa de Prata The…

Markets in the area

Weekly markets •    Sunday mornings Santana market near Benedita; and…

Municipal museum of Batalha

Interactive museum offers you a historical journey The municipal museum…

Museums in Caldas da Rainha

Caldas da Rainha has a history of the artisanal and…

Grutas Mira d'Aire

The largest caves in Portugal They were discovered in 1947,…

São Martinho do Porto

Seaside resort at shellshaped bay São Martinho do Porto is…

Leiria

Stunning city with castle in the valley of the river…

Pia do Urso Sensory Eco-Park

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

Batalha

Batalha is located in the heart of central Portuga With…

Fado

Portugues sentimental song full of melancholy Fado is the most…

Interpretation centre Aljubarrota

Hypermodern museum on bloody battle In São Jorge (between Aljubarrota…

Restaurante Marina-Bar

Nice restaurant, in Nazaré's marina The menu is extensive (fish,…

Grutas da Moeda

The caves of the fox The Grutas da Moeda are…

Óbidos

Picturesque fortified town continues to fascinate West of Caldas da…

Worth-seeing

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

Welcoming Stays

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

Active holidays

For an active holiday or a just a sportive day The Costa de Prata is sunny, has beautiful historic places…

Beaches

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

Silver Coast Blog

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Quinta Antes o Vento

Child-friendly guesthouse in a peaceful environment A stay in one…

Guesthouse Bem Vindo

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

Casa Boavista

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

Casas Fruta

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Villa Limão holiday apartments

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

Casa Ceedina

Moderne Bed and Breakfast Tussen Lissabon en Porto staat Bed…

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…
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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