From the large buildings of a former glass factory, the local authorities made a wide and versatile exhibition hall, where everything can happen, since rally park and control to sport training. Exhibitions, convivial dinners, Christmas celebrations, fashion events, whatever you think, that's the place, in Marinha Grande. In my last visit art was...more
Glass is married to Marinha Grande. To celebrate the marriage, each even year the expose the best artistic works they can gather. It's an interesting cultural event, always growing in quality and dimension, that runs from September to the end of October. In 2006, the featured artist was Olinda Colaço, a local painter with a long and remarkable...more
Trying to embellish the town, a large area of land belonging to the former glass factory, was transformed in a wide and cool park. Still waiting for the shades of the growing trees, it is already a place for a relaxing rest, and I know some more projects for the area, that I will not say, so you must check it locally.more
Right in the historical complex in the center of town, a new building was built to install the library, causing some controversy: some people say it is well conceived and integrated in the style of the whole, some other claim that it is a mistake, sacrificing old construction, and chocking visually. I'm not an expert, can't take position. But the...more
In the Portuguese capital of glass, the common sense demanded a glass monument, and it came, recently. Celebrating the Rotary Association, a glass column 7 meters high and weighing almost 4 tons, is one of the biggest glass monuments in the world. It can be seen close to the center of town.more
Opened in September 2005, Crisform is a glass school, where you may, not only watch the teachers and students demonstrate all the techniques of glass manufacturing, but even try them by yourself (if you find me there and identify yourself as VTer).In the main lobby there's a permanent exhibition, with interactive experiments. In a comfortable...more
Marinha Grande is not exactly the best place in the area to eat. But:
If you are in a hurry;
or in a budget;
or wanting Portuguese food, but not knowing where and what to choose,
the restaurant of Cristal hotel, open to public, has a good buffet at fixed price
Marinha Grande challenges Barreiro as the Portuguese historic capital of working strikes.
In January 18th 1934, a general strike failed everywhere, except in Marinha Grande, where the glass workers hold the control of town for many hours. The government sent the army that defeated the rebellion.
Since then, the 18th January is a local holiday for glass manufacturers, with political demonstrations honoring the rebels against the dictatorship, near the allusive statue in central square.
Marinha Grande is proud of working traditions, where glass blowing leads local references.
Most recent monuments celebrate this hard profession. In a southern square, a new statue is inspired in the traditional window glass manufacturing.