Visiting Lisbon means a visit to a Fado house
The Azores are nine islands in the Atlantic with just 230,000 inhabitants. Yes you would be hard pressed to find anywhere with a greater tradition of poets and writers – they are literally, islands of verse.
The Sopas do Espirito Santo, translated as Soups of the Holy Spirit, are traditional in the Azores during Easter celebrations, specifically the Holy Spirit Festivities and vary from island to island. Usually, on the Pentecost Day, in which the Holy Spirit descended over the Apostles, the event is celebrated with the Soup of the Holy Spirit made with local meat, vegetables and bread that is offered to everyone.
By the 1950s, Fado was well established in its present form, with more than a dozen "Fado houses" becoming late-night meeting places in the Bairro Alto section of Lisbon. Celebrated in film and on records, Fado had arrived.
The cantares ao desafio is a fun tradition where two men, and more and more a man and a woman, take to an improvised poetic battle in song, have to be inspired and reply based on the verses of the other person.
In the 1870s, Portuguese came from the Azores came to Hawaii - bringing the malassada. Much like Azorean sweetbread - it became a big hit - and part of the local cuisine.
This February, on the weekend of 22 to 23rd - 200 varieties of camellias will be shown at the 12th Edition of Camellia Expo at Terra Nostra Casino, in Furnas, S. Miguel Island.
The “Mulher de Capote” factory on São Miguel is a family company whose liqueurs are made with 100% natural materials following old local recipes with the best fruits from the islands, carefully selected and aged in oak casks for up to two years. On Pico liqueurs such as Angelica and fig are celebrated. As is their brandy.
Seen from a distance from the mainland at Peniche, the Berlengas just look like giant rocks, but as you come closer and visit this archipelago its beautiful small beaches, rock formations and biological diversity will impress you.
In the Azores, the top team is Santa Clara – based in Ponta Delgada. Santa Clara is the only team from the Azores to ever play in Portugal’s major league, where they competed for three seasons. The team is highly competitive, and offers European soccer in the closest stadium to the US.