Phase 1:In the sixties, a group of locals organized a comittie to buy a small land inside town, planning to open a wide avenue. The land was too steep, and the idea was abandoned, as was the land, for decades. Phase 2:In the eighties, Turquel needed a Medical Centre. Election after election, for about 10 years, all politicians promised to built it....more
In the old days, the few tourists passing by, stopped in the main road, taking a picture of a small mount surrounded by agricultural fields, with three windmills working in its top. Landscape changed, concrete replaced agriculture, but a couple of windmills still resist, mixed with the houses, with the owners showing their love for the old...more
The monks of Cister covered a large area around Alcobaça, reaching Candeeiros mountain almost 20 Km distant. Some constructions are lost but in a big farm called "Quinta de Val-de-ventos" it's still possible to see how they managed watering needs - a big cistern, in ruins, but still gathering some water may be seen at the entrance.more
This column was erected in the church's yard by the initiative of my school teacher, in 1940 ( don't blame me, I only was born six years later, in the pink house in the background), to join the nationalist enthusiasm used by the dictatorship in the celebration of the 300 years of recuperated independence. Lisbon made the exhibition of the "Mundo...more
Sometimes Turquel changes its face and surprises. Beauty may be across the street. And since 1989 (first picture) no more snow in Turquel, until 29/1/2006, when snow was an extraordinary event in almost all the country, and a good opportunity to unusual photos. I hardly had time to make pictures, and it was the first (and last) time that snow...more
In a small house belonging to the Philarmonic Association, ADEPART, a cultural organization, created in 2001 a small museum, collecting the local memories. In display there are traditional instruments, books, paintings, and handicrafts. One of my uncles donated his funny wooden carvings works, with caricatures of most known personalities, which can...more
Part of the Natural Park is included in Turquel area. Rough environment and wide sights encircle beautiful and appealing spots, for a vacation away from it all. Atop the mountain, the old house of the guards is a chosen place for picnics, and a overnight possibility for a dozen of persons.more
Despite the new presence of the eolic park, the mountain of Candeeiros maintains all its charm.The struggle to survive against the rocky soil, gave place to a profitable stone business, visible everywhere. sometimes agressing the landscape. In the southern side, the odd salt exploitation (belonging to Rio Maior area), 200 meters above sea level,...more
If it happens to you passing trough Turquel in a weekend, look at the sports center. Maybe you have the chance of seeing very… very small children rolling seriously as adults, in one of the best schools in the entire world (and...remember, also with a ballroom dance school, where this friend of yours shows all the youth of his 62... I mean... 66...more
Pão Quente Vila established itself in the centre on Turquel in December 1997. They specialized in Pastry, Pizza and Bakery.Everything is baked on the premises. The restaurant seats 56 people inside and guests may order Pizza for either take away or to eat on the premises.I personally enjoy Pão Quente Vila's PIZZAS. One of the secrets, as both Mr...more
Casa Velha ("Old House" in english) is the name of a restaurant located at the very top of the Candeeiros Sierra, in Casal Vale de Ventos (*1) population, about 5 kilometres from the centre of Turquel.One particularity that standout on this restaurant is the rustic stone covering on all its interior walls."Old House" is its name but the...more
Healthy, funny, and open to all the family!
What else should we demand for a nightlife event? Twice a week (Monday and Wednesday) a few dozens of people of all ages gather in the club to learn ballroom dancing. The more advanced or daring are already in competition, the other, for the moment, only share the fun, and learn.
I'm the eldest, and, with Fernanda, we risk to become regional champions (respect, OK?) because... we compete with our shades.
The fun and social interaction goes far beyond twice a week and... excuse-me: I have to stop writing and go back to practicing for next Saturday competition in Abrantes.
Many saturdays, many competitions gone, and dancing keeps being a pleasant and healthy solution for the night.
The oldest (almost 80 years) and more solid shop in Turquel, with a policy of quality products in mid range prices, sold comparatively cheap. In VT we need objectivity. But in this case allow me some subjectivity. This is, no doubt for me, the best shop in the world, because... it's mine, and it is managed by the woman with the best taste in the...more
Once the big pretext to join the community, these celebrations serve, today, for the emigrants revive their past in their birth place. But the youth keeps having fun, and in St. Anthony's celebration (June 12th) there's also a brave guy to climb the post and grab the big cake (and sometimes something else) atop of it. Fun is also the mean to...more
Casal de Val-de-Ventos, atop the mountain of Candeeiros, was, in the old days, a remote and poor village, hard to reach and with rare communication with the "outside world". Good roads (recently improved) and the industry of stone extracting, allowed the opening and development of the recent days. New villas appear here and there, and the signs of...more
Though a small town, Turquel is rather active, with lots of activities either locally confined, or shared with our neighbors. Folklore exhibitions are regular, and dozens of countries from all the continents have performed in Turquel and Alcobaça. Spain, with several regions naturally joins Portugal as the most representative, but many others,...more
It was a great surprise to me!Living in a small village, where (supposedly) everybody knows each other, I was one of the dozens that fought the war in Africa, with the idea that our community was spared, and no one got killed. It was a surprise to see, facing the cemetery, a simple monument remembering nor less than 4 neighbours killed in the...more
Right in the centre of town stands this modest chapel built in 1762. It still keeps some tiles representing Sainte Veronica, but the hospital was closed long ago. Recent construction around it didn't respect the building, that has been almost swallowed by the greed of mass construction. I lived there for many years, and, believe me, moving away was...more
Turquel was a village with history and personality. Now it is a small city, with better quality of life, but where the troubles of modernization are well expressed. Most symbols of the past are gone, and the remaining classical signs wait their turn to be replaced by uncharacteristic three storey buildings in name of money.Unless the crisis forces...more
Once a landmark spread all over the hills of Turquel, the windmills stopped one by one, until the last resistant. Joaquim Rodrigues, the last miller, died a few years ago, but his eldest son decided to keep the windmill operational just for the pleasure of a lasting tradition.Construction is encircling and approaching the windmill, and Raul...more