(Almost) every thursday morning there is a market in Arganil. You can buy furniture over here, cheap plastic stuff (do NEVER buy these plastics in the Intermarche...much too expensive), clothes, vegetables, cheese, and the most awfull 'jackets' for your mobile phone. People from the nearby villages come to the market, but also the heaps of...more
What you really should do, is visiting the old town of Coimbra. When climbing up the hill to the University buildings, you will not only be breathless because of the view. However, you can also take the elevator upwards. The elevator starts next to the city mercado (=market), which also is worthy of your visit.When you still need to buy some...more
Because the Adcasalans are hospitable, you should not be too suprised if they invite you to be their guest at home.It is polite first to refuse, but then, when you have courage enough you do accept (be sure to bring a bottle of wine, or whiskey!!).
Portugese people are really fond of cabbage and of beans, so you might expect that for sure. Chicken is also very popular (since they keep chickens themselves it is cheap) and you can eat it either roasted, or with rice in blood (com sangue). For some people this bloody chicken does not have a nice sound, but the taste of it is allright and it is supposed to be very special.
In summertime do not be surprised of the smoke at the main square: it is probably Paulo, grilling sardinhas (sardines). They are really very nice.
Although the Portugese are well known to eat much bacalhau fish, Adcasal is not in the coastal area, so fish is not very cheap here.
Bacalhau however, is the most important fish at xmas eve.
When you had a nice time, either by strolling through the hills, or by discovering Arganil, Bucaco or Coimbra, the only thing you would like to do at night is to sleep.
Take care: do not let the silence disturb you.
Dress Code: Well, you could wear pyamas if you like.
When you're not lucky enough to travel by car, you'll enjoy the adventure of reaching Adcasal. First (depending on where you came from) you can try to take a bus to Celavisa either in Gois, either in Arganil. Since buses do not drive every 10 minutes (twice a day sounds more accurate), you can first do some shopping. Do not forget the wine!!
The bus driver will throw you out near a charming white chapel ("a nossa signora de boa viagem": Our Lady of Good Travel). Now your first destination is Celavisa, by foot. Do not forget to look very tired while walking, say Bom Dia when you meet people, but try to look exhausted. Might you meet a car that is driving into the direction you have taken...do not hesitate, smile, use your thumb in the old fashioned way. When the driver asks "Aonde vai" or shortly "Onde?" just say Adcasal and SMILE. When you are not too dirty, do not smell out of your mouth, nor other inconvenient things bother you.......that is the way to get to Adcasal!
In Arganil there are different Supermercado's for your daily needs. When your Portugese is still not good enough to order some things, you'd better go to the big ones: Lidl or Intermarche.The Lidl is quite okay, and relatively cheap. Except from some soft drinks, they do not sell many famous brands, so you will not be paying expensive marketing...more
Whenever you hear a horn blasting out loud, there are two possibilities: either your car is not at the appropriate place, or it is a signal of one of the delivery-services. Monday-evenings the horn means it is the fruit & vegatables guy; on Wednes- and Fridays after noon you'd better expect the fishman. There are, furthermore, two competing bakers:...more
Do not surprised to be kissed on the cheeks several times a day. It is not unusual for women to be greeting each other in this way. Men are less kiss-prone: hand shaking is sufficient.
However, since you are probably a foreigner, the Adcasalans won't be angry if you do not know everything about their customs.
When you visit Adcasal in spring time, and exploring the surroundings by walking through the hills, you might meet wild pigs with offspring: well, the parents will not be very kind to you, so you'd better take care!
Favorite thing: From the 8th untill the 11th of August there will be the Saint Catarina days at the Party Square in Caratao, just down hill from Adcasal. Lots of dance, noise, and auctions. You really should see these auctions, where they are selling a bottle of wine, or goat cheese!!