Turquel Travel Guide

  • Casa Velha - Casal de Vale de Ventos
    Casa Velha - Casal de Vale de Ventos
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  • Casal de Vale-de-Ventos - Turquel
    Casal de Vale-de-Ventos - Turquel
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  • Casal de Vale-de-Ventos - Turquel
    Casal de Vale-de-Ventos - Turquel
    by solopes

Turquel Things to Do

  • Ethnographic Museum

    In a small house belonging to the Philharmonic 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...

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  • Natural Park of Candeeiros

    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.

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  • Exploring the Nature

    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,...

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  • Roller hockey

    If it happens to you passing trough Turquel in a weekend, look at the sports center. Maybe you have the chance to see 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... 68...

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  • Relaxxxxxxx

    Combining rural tranquility with all the essential exigencies of modern life, Turquel is a good place for an inexpensive exploration of the surrounding treasures. Missing local attractions and hotels, there are some cheap guesthouses around it, specially lining the IC2 road, some of them with good and cheap restaurants, easy to book locally, even...

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  • Monument to Incompetence

    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....

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  • Porto da Pedra

    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...

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  • Rua da Neta

    One of the oldest streets in the city, this cobblestone steep street still has a classical house (the last, I think) following medieval conception - animals in ground floor, people in first stage, with a staircase in front.

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  • Cistern

    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.

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  • The Church

    Successive reconstruction gave to the interior of the church a modern look, only betrayed by the doors, the baptismal basin and the image of Nª Sª da Conceição.

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  • "Cruzeiro"

    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...

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  • Manueline Doors

    The old church of Turquel (16th century ?) has suffered several restorations, that changed completely its interior. Fortunately, all of them respected the Manueline doors, both classified today by our national monuments department.

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Turquel Restaurants

  • Remote and good

    Atop Candeeiros mountain, a recent house imitating an old one houses a typical restaurant, whose quality and low prices attract lots of people.Good quality, typical dishes (different each day, and with a narrow choice), and, maybe, the exotism of its location, make people gather there every day, with the noise of a Portuguese full restaurant...

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  • Pizzas to Take Away ...

    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...

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  • On the Top of the Sierra

    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...

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Turquel Nightlife

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    by solopes Updated Oct 2, 2014

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    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.

    Me and Fernanda in a furious tango
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Turquel Shopping

  • The best shop in the world

    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...

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  • Arts and crafts

    My special friend João Moreira has the skill that I will never have, nor dream to... His atelier, at the north entrance of Turquel deserves to be visited. Tiles and glasswork are his speciality, and if you decide to buy something, you will be the lucky one.

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  • Azulejos - Pintura Manual - Vitrais -...

    Yes! It's MY shop. It was unwise if I didn't start my pages from the place that allows all my travels. And where I will be pleased to meet you

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Turquel Local Customs

  • Cultural Events

    Though a small town, Turquel is rather active, with lots of activities either locally confined, or shared with our neighbours. 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,...

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  • Contributors Parade

    When needed, for a religious or social investment, the people organizes some festive parades, where each neighborhood gathers all the local contribution in decorated vehicles (everything serves, since trucks to toys) and meet in a party where most of the offers are sold. Imagination doesn't shine, but generosity uses to be immense.Recent changes in...

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  • Stone is Bread

    Atop the mountain, right in the Natural Park, life is hard. Long walls of piled stones have not the purpose to close properties, it's mainly a way to free small portions of land to use in agriculture. Those walls, stretching everywhere in the landscape, have been replaced, recently, by a flourishing industry, of stone to construction. The landscape...

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Turquel Off The Beaten Path

  • Relego

    "Relego" was the name of a tax paid in the historic days to the monks of Alcobaça, who owned all the surrounded area, including Turquel. Relego is now the name is the highest hill of Turquel, maybe because it was the place where the tax was collected, and it is one of the most preserved area of this quickly changing small town. Till when?

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  • Capela da Serra

    In the way up to the Natural Park, from Turquel, you pass close to a small chapel. It's an indistinctive building, standing as a landmark of the locals religiosity, that made some popular people build it, away from everything, almost lost in the mountain. Once a year there's a popular celebration in the chapel, and I think that it is all. One...

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  • The Talefe

    The Natural Park of Serra de Aire e Candeeiros is a reserve for wildlife and flora, but these days, the landscape is changing. The "talefe" is a geodesic construction that marks the highest point of the mountain of Candeeiros. In my youth one of our bigger challenges was to walk up to the mountain, and climb to the talefe. Deep changes turned the...

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Turquel Favorites

  • Rural Life

    Slowly, Turquel is changing. Blocks of apartments replace the old family houses, cars invade all possible spaces, and services replace the old work in agriculture. Turquel is no longer a village, but it is not yet a town. The traditions are fading, the authenticity is vanishing, all replaced by an uncharacteristic look. But, anytime the old images...

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  • Pasturing

    - I bet two sheep and a lamb!- I cover it, and bet three more sheep and the dog! PS - I don't know who won thís poker game. I was so nervous that I abandoned the table!

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  • Bye Bye

    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...

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