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    PortugalHeart: E-Crafts

    by solopes Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    Some friends decided to create a shop online for Portuguese crafts. They have in mind to choose the best in several materials that it is made in our region (Leiria District) and, if succeeded, enlarge the idea to the whole country.

    It's a nice site, and, even if you don't want to buy, it's a good place to look at some examples of top quality in Portuguese handicrafts.

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    Selected souvenir shops: Nativity scene sets, not the traditional ones

    by berenices Updated Jul 4, 2010

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    What to buy: Close to the Christmas season, the Christian world is swamped with nativity scenes of all types and sizes, from the cheap cardboard version, plastic ones, wooden ones, to glass, ceramic or some other more expensive material like porcelain. Often they show the usual characters, Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus, the three kings, the shepherds, the lowly animals all in somber awe, looking very solemn, the set projecting a holy and religious atmosphere.

    On my trips around Portugal, I've seen a unique and very interesting twist to this otherwise heavy theme -- this time projecting an artistic comic humour, without any dour note in it. This was an approach started by one artist (don't remember the name) using clay, with figures very much evoking the rough hardy life of the main characters, rustic and rural. But the main thing is the distortion of the shapes, and the expression on their faces -- ironically making these characters more realistic (which i so much more prefer than the perfect angelic faces as they are usually portrayed), life like, and very loveable. The creativity and skill that these figures show is fascinating, and only limited by the imagination of the artist -- Joseph can be balding, Mary can have short hair, the kings can be short, the baby Jesus can have a knot of hair standing on end, the animals can be wide eyed.

    These sets are not sold in all souvenir shops (certainly not the hole in the wall ones found in Rua Augusta, or those Chinese or Indian-owned ones selling more of the low end stuff). In the touristic center of Lisbon, I have seen them in the bigger, and older shops. They cost anywhere upwards of 50 euros, depending on the size and complexity, and can easily cost around 150 for the bigger ones. No two sets are the same, as far as I know, each is uniquely designed. Most of these are sets that you place on a flat surface, but others are for hanging on walls. These things are keepers, and are a very good souvenir of something truly Portuguese in craft and design. Also perfect as gifts.

    What to pay: At least 50 euros (small figures) to anywhere around 150 euros for more complex sets

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    Municipal Market, Cascais

    by hopang Updated May 8, 2009

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    Wide range of items are available at Municipal Market in Cascais especially clothings and textiles, shoes, leather products such as travelling bags, belts and handbags, toys, household goods, CDs, DVDs and souvenirs.

    What to buy: Souvenitrs can be purchased quite cheaply from the Municipal Markets in Cascais.

    What to pay: Reasonable price, it has to be said.

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    Lisboa - Rua Augusta

    by ant1606 Written Sep 19, 2006

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    It might not be the best shopping area for prices and selection, but Rua Augusta seems to be the preferred "strip" for locals and visitors who want to stroll around. This busy pedestrian street connects Praça Dom Pedro IV, also nicknamed Rossio, and Praça do Comercio. Here are some elegant stores but also a good number of bars and a few simple restaurants. The mosaic typical "calçada Portuguesa" pavement combines black and white stones to form nice patterns.

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    Port Wine

    by ant1606 Updated Sep 18, 2006

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    Any trip to Portugal should include Port wine tasting. This fluid is made from grapes growing in the vineyards of the Douro valley, the river being the natural waterway to move the raw material downstream to the estuary city of Porto. On the opposite bank of the Ribeira district are most of the major brand wineries and tours are organized for sampling and shopping.
    Rather than here, I believe better prices can be found at specialty liquor stores carrying Port wine of any kind and aging.

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    All over the country: Pottery and Tiles

    by TinKan Updated Nov 20, 2005

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    Portugal is famous for its pottery and fine tile work. You can find many different types of tiles and different types of handcrafted pottery from the south to the north of the country. Each area has its own specialty and each is unique.

    What to buy: Make sure you purchase a plate or two that are made by locals and not imported. There are many great artist in Portugal and their work is wonderful.

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    Anywhere: Fresh Foods

    by mrshlomi Written Jun 5, 2005

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    The markets are fantastic places to shop, ask at the hotel when the Gypsy Market in Quarteria runs, it was quite an experience and the fresh produce was fantastic, probably the best I have ever tasted. Be wary of the eggs though, its hard to find unfertilized eggs, which came as quite a supprise to us. For about 1 euro we bought a kilo of fresh strawberries, its fantastic!

    What to pay: Generally cheap, make sure to buy lots of oranges.

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    Contemporary handicraft-Oficina da Terra-Evora: Contemporary handicraft-Oficina da Terra-Evora

    by johnsakura Written May 28, 2005

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    This shop is on of the most special places in Evora concerning you have a unique regional handicraft with a great contemporary taste. All this ceramics are made and painted by young artists Tiago Cabeca and Magda Ventura.

    Prizes these artists have won:

    National Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, 2001-2003
    Roll of honor on contemporary handicrafts FIA2003
    1.st Prize FIA 2002 Contemporary Handicrafts
    Nathional Roll of Honor contemporary crafts 2003/2005
    1.st prize St.John Crafts – Évora
    Mais Alentejo Prizes 2004
    National Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, FIA 2001
    Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, FIA 2000
    1st Place on Roll of Honour FIA 2000
    2nd Prize - Evoramonte Euro Convention

    What to buy: You can visit their atelier/shop/gallery and actually see how Tiago shapes the clay to give life to these amazing characters of many kinds.
    You can buy all sorts of clay sculptures hand painted. Great choice great price for something unique.

    What to pay: well it depends of the piece, but remember this are unique pieces so the price is a bit higher of the other local handicraft made in series thousands looking the same that you will find all over Evora. this is why i find this special and you will have somthing artisticaly made also

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    Contemporary handicraft-Oficina da Terra-Evora: Contemporary handicraft-Oficina da Terra-Evora

    by johnsakura Written May 28, 2005

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    This shop is on of the most special places in Evora concerning you have a unique regional handicraft with a great contemporary taste. All this ceramics are made and painted by young artists Tiago Cabeca and Magda Ventura.

    Prizes these artists have won:

    National Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, 2001-2003
    Roll of honor on contemporary handicrafts FIA2003
    1.st Prize FIA 2002 Contemporary Handicrafts
    Nathional Roll of Honor contemporary crafts 2003/2005
    1.st prize St.John Crafts – Évora
    Mais Alentejo Prizes 2004
    National Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, FIA 2001
    Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, FIA 2000
    1st Place on Roll of Honour FIA 2000
    2nd Prize - Evoramonte Euro Convention

    What to buy: You can visit their atelier/shop/gallery and actually see how Tiago shapes the clay to give life to these amazing characters of many kinds.
    You can buy all sorts of clay sculptures hand painted. Great choice great price for something unique.

    What to pay: well it depends of the piece, but remember this are unique pieces so the price is a bit higher of the other local handicraft made in series thousands looking the same that you will find all over Evora. this is why i find this special and you will have somthing artisticaly made also

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    Portuguese Handworks: Made to Order

    by grandmaR Written May 18, 2005

    I had read Emily Kimbrough's book about touring in Portugual, and I was anxious to see the things she wrote about. I even bought a rug (pictured) from the same lady that she did.

    What to buy: I went to the apartment of the lady mentioned in the book, and picked the design and size that I wanted. Then there were yarn samples so I picked out the colors that I wanted. They wove the rug and sent it to me.

    I don't have the address or name of the place, and I'm pretty sure that it no longer exists.

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    Various: Something Useful

    by grandmaR Written Mar 19, 2005

    I bought the hat (which says Portugual) and the shorts and top (which has a scene embroidered on the front with a chain as part of it) in Portugual. I found that clothes which could be worn were a better buy than things that sat around like pottery roosters, although I bought those things too.

    Children's clothes are less fashion/trendy than clothing for adults. Little kids can get away with wearing things that would look funny on adults - on children the same things look charming.

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    Any local shop selling handcrafted items: Azulejos, Ceramics and more

    by nursesweet Written Mar 3, 2005

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    If you keep you eye out in many towns in Portugal, you will find one that sells the customary hand made azulejos (hand painted tiles) and ceramics. Each region has it’s own unique styling and variations. Most often the prices are very reasonable. These items make great gifts and souvenirs.

    What to buy: Handmade, Hand-painted Azulejos, Ceramics

    What to pay: 2.50 Euro and up

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    Souvenirs from Madeira

    by ncfg Updated Feb 5, 2005

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    Like in other places I had been, I went to a souvenir shop to buy something to remember Madeira.

    There are several cute things to buy in Madeira, I bought one azulejo (glazed tile) of a Santana's House and a woman dressed with the traditional costume. (Take a look to my Madeira page to see it)

    Another souvenir that i bought in Madeira was these lovely things for the kitchen.
    Take a look to the photo, how lovely are the pot holders (Thanks Mary ;-))
    And the thing that is in the middle it is used to place the lighters and for decoration in the kitchen.

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    Porto sweet wine

    by micas_pt Updated Jun 12, 2004

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    When visiting Portugal you can't miss the opportunity to taste and buy Porto sweet wine. You should avoid tourist shops and go to a wine cellar. You will probably get a better deal in wine cellars, regarding quality vs price (even though prices might tend to be high).

    What to pay: There are several makes, and some of them are equally good. As in any other wine, price and taste will depend on year, being that Vintage are more expensive.

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    It helps to look round first and price things up: Leather Goods a Must

    by ellierae Written May 3, 2004

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    I bought many things on my 7 trips to the Algarve. It pays to look round at the different shops and price things up.
    I bought things from all across the Algarve and from Monichique and Lisbon.

    What to buy: I bought a lovely pair of shoes on my first trip out there and different things after that including woollen cardigans from Monchique Mountains, t-shirts, blouses, and terracotta ornaments.
    Also try the markets they have at Loule and Albuferia nice tablecloths especially at Christmas time.

    What to pay: Things before the Euro was very cheap and now just a little more dearer depends on what you are looking for.

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