a teaser to Beja (capital of Baixo Alentejo) – thanks to Turismo do Alentejo.



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Christmas is here!  What is the Consoada?  It is the Christmas Eve Dinner.  The name consoada stems from the latin word “consolata” which means “conforted”.  In the old days people spent the 24th of December in church praying and fasting … Continue reading


Roasted Chestnuts – MAGUSTO

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Magusto is a traditional popular celebration taking place on November 11, St. Martin’s Day.  It is a celebration of FALL and the expected arrival of Christmas season.  It is also the day the new wine is tasted, hence the saying: … Continue reading


Pão Por Deus – a Portuguese tradition that started in the region of Lisbon

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On November 1st 1755 Lisbon was hit by a very large earthquake that brought down a large part of downtown Lisbon.  The Great Lisbon Earthquake.  Today, that area of Lisbon is known as Baixa Pombalina (named after the Marquis of … Continue reading


Tall Ships can be visited and seen in Lisbon from today through July 22nd

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Tall Ships Races- 49 tall ships from around the world are in Lisbon.  Between today, July 19th and Sunday the 22nd, you can see and visit these amazing ships at the Cais de Santa Apolonia in Lisbon.   Portugal participates … Continue reading


ELVAS included in World Heritage List

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The fortifications of Elvas were included in the new World Heritage List by UNESCO.  Elvas is a city located in the District of Portalegre in North Alentejo (Alto Alentejo.)  It is located about 5 miles (in a straight line) East … Continue reading


An Introduction to Alentejo

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The Alentejo Region is divided into two Provinces, Upper Alentejo (Alto Alentejo) and Lower Alentejo (Baixo Alentejo).   The name ALENTEJO means beyond the Tejo (River Tagus in English).  Baixo Alentejo is the province directly north of Algarve.  The capital … Continue reading