Portugals first king Alfonso Henriques is buried inside the Santa Cruz church in Coimbra.He lived in the 12th century and moved the capital of Portugal to Coimbra and was therefor buried there.Soon the capital was moved to Lisbon so you do not have lot's of royals buried there, but you have Alfonso Henriques there and he is probaply the most...more
A luxury hotel, a member of the relais & chateaux hotels (www.relaischateaux.com). It has also a...more
The monastery was founded in 1131 under the patronage of Dom Afonso Henriques the first King of Portugal and actual Father of nation. He granted that monastery to the order of Augustinian Canons. Among famous scholars of the monastery school was Saint Anthony of Lisbon better known to public as Saint Antonio of Padua, who joined the Grey Friars...more
Christmas tree is not a Portuguese tradition - we just copied it from Europe. The real Portuguese tradition was the construction, at home, with moss, stones, cork and figures in clay, of a Christmas scene called "Presépio".Well, "presépio" is the word that comes to Portuguese minds whenever we have the first sight of Piódão. Wonderful view,...more
We were received in central square by some vendors offering local products. We noticed that they were no more than "extensions" of the few touristy shops around the place. Chestnut liquor convinced all of us, but the quick visit to the shops didn't add much.At least in cold days, liquors are the real selling product.more
Once the first section of hawser used to pull in the net had been coiled into the tray on the rear of the tractor, off it went toward the waiting 'meia-lua' boat. These craft are called 'meia-luas' because of their distinctive half-moon shape. As it chugged its way up the incline of the beach, all four wheels of the tractor would occassionaly spin...more
ALDEAMENTO MIRA VILLAS, PRAIA DE MIRA, Portugal, 3
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
During our late afternoon walk along the beautiful beach at Praia de Mira, we came across this traditional inshore Portugese fishing boat. These craft are called 'meia lua' or 'half-moon' boats because of their peculiar high prow and stern. Powered only by two oars, these 10-m (33 foot) craft are used mostly for inshore fishing. We actually watched...more
Today when you say "Swastika", for most people, it immediately brings to mind Hitler and his death camps. This because Hitler and his 1,000 year Reich, "adopted" the symbol of the swastika to adorn their flag.But as you can see in the first photo, the name may misleading, the swastika has been around for much longer than the 1,000 year Reich. The...more
Triclinium, okay when I looked this up I found several different definitions.1) A stone couch used to recline while eating.2) Living room or dining room.Now when I was at the site I found several rooms as you see here, that could have been a living room or dining room, but no stone couch, so I will go with the living/dining.No matter the lovely...more
Read the name of this house and began to look for a skeleton in the design of the mosaics, but Zohara then read to me from the pamphlet that this particular residence had gotten its name from when work was being done here on site and workers found a skeleton.But beautiful mosaics yet again.more
Using the old water mill building and equipment for decoration, this restaurant, adjacent to an idilic area of Alva river, is a must to all Portuguese travelling in this central area of the country.It's the perfect stop for a brake in a long trip, and, if you are near, you may go there on purpose, for a convivial dinner, at a good price. A small...more
O JUIZ means the judge, and it?s named because of a legend of a much wised judge that lived there? Maybe one day I can tell you the story?
Meanwhile, I must recommend you the food, that is simple but very tasty.
Favorite Dish: My favourite is undoubtedly BACALHAU ? JUIZ and it?s made off Codfish, simply delicious!
But the meat is also remarkable; try the COSTOLETA or the BIFE, or even the CABRITO (small goat???).
And for desert TIGELADA, a kind of pudding with milk and eggs, very, very good!
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...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.more
From the outside (near the roundabout) it doesn't look like much of a restaurant. But the food is great, especially if you like to try Portuguese dishes. The kids even liked the fish, which really ment something.. ;-) And our waitress was very helpfull and understood English. If you're staying in that area, this is a place to be !more
Rua Prof. Dr. Caeiro Da Matta - TÃ?Â¡bua, Tabua, 3
In Serra da Portela da Oliveira is the Vitorino Nemésio windmill which has been converted into a museum of windmills. The small museum is divided into six thematic rooms showing everything that a lay person cares to know about this fascinating structure. The first room shows how milling evolved from primitive ways of doing it, which were entirely by hand, and slowly developed into use of very basic tools such as the use of wooden poles. The next rooms showed the transition into more mechanical means to harness the power of the wind, and also water, in the few examples of water mill wheels shown.
It was intriguing to see the range of types of windmills that were and are still in use here in Portugal. (There are also some photos and miniatures of those found in other places, esp. Holland) It was fascinating to know that the windmill is a simple, beautiful structure whose every part serves a function, and whose variation in design evolved not out of any aesthetic consideration as those who are more romantic of views, following Don Quixote, are wont to think, but as a solution to the limitations at the same time a reinforcement of the resources available at the place and time where it was in use.
We enjoyed very much our tour of the museum, and even more because of the very knowledgeable caretaker and guide who took pains to explain the mechanisms involved, tried to answer our every question, and recommended places worth visiting in the area which are way out of the tourist beat.
In the grounds near the museum are a picnic area and a cafe. The panoramic views of the mountain ranges and the valleys all around are fantastic, and one can see even as far as Serra de Estrella.
The name means grandpa village and according to the legend all dates back to the X century. Egas Moniz was one of the main nobles working with the first king of Portugal. One day he and his grandson fought together to conquer a land. The fight was hard and grandpa and grandson worked together in battle coming out virtually untouched. Grandpa happy...more
Rua Professor Antunes Varela 3, Oliveira do Hospital, 3400, Portugal
Good for: Business
Very good food, I ate an excellent duck with orange sauce and tasted at least the lamb with thyme and honey. Service is ok, the inside room seems nice but since the weather was nice stayed in the outdoor patio. The restaurant is set within a hotel complex and is run by chef Frenkel de Greeuw. The duck with orange sauce was delicious.more