Turquel Travel Guide

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

Turquel Things to Do

  • 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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  • Unusual sights

    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...

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  • Ethnographic Museum

    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...

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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 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...

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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 Sep 7, 2012

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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • Popular festivities

    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...

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  • Fading Traditions

    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...

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  • Cultural Events

    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,...

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Turquel Off The Beaten Path

  • War memorial

    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...

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  • "Senhor Jesus do Hospital"chapel

    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...

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  • Casal da Lagoa

    A small lagoon gives the name to this area of Turquel. The lagoon is no more than a big pond, but, with some care by the neighbours, it presents clear water where we may see some big fishes.

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Turquel Favorites

  • 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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  • The Last Working Windmill

    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...

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