The European Cup final is Sunday… France/Portugal! And one place to see world-class soccer is Portugal. Soccer (futebol) is the most popular sport in Portugal today - and despite a population of just 10 million people, Portugal ranks 8th in the world on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Ranking. In fact, there are 135,000 professional players in Portugal, and its top teams are some of the best in Europe!
This June the world's first wake boarding resort will open at Castelo de Bode reservoir, Portugal.
It all starts with a checkup, the assigning of a bed number, like any other hospital. However, Hospital de Bonecas is no regular hospital. Founded in 1830 and located in an 18th-century house in Lisbon’s Praça da Figueira, Hospital de Bonecas, or Doll Hospital, fixes kid’s favorite toys and dolls.
American travelers will be looking for new places to enjoy bullfights. One of the closest and most colorful is the island of Terceira in the Azores (Portugal) where 230+ traditional bullfights are held each year. Terceira is about 2,000 miles off the East Coast of the United States. And, on Terceira as in all of Portugal, the bull is never killed.
The hunt for chocolate eggs, eating “folar” and offering almonds… That’s how Portuguese enjoy Easter. And, if you travel to historic Portuguese villages you can take part in centuries-old traditions. The Enterro do Bacalhau (Cod Burying) and Queima do Judas (Burning Judas), are two of them that would make the Easter Bunny hop a bit faster.
In 1938 Monsanto was voted the "most Portuguese village in Portugal" nestled on the slope of a steep hill (the Monsanto head, known in Latin as Mons Sanctus), which rises abruptly above the plains and reaches a height of 2486 feet. Nothing is typical about Monsanto a village built around impressively big and balanced granite boulders.
After a parade, the procession returns to the Church, collects and moves townspeople en masse to the Souto amphitheater, where the tournament takes place between the forces of good and evil (or virtue and sin).
Bull on a rope - Azores Terceira, one of the most colorful islands in the Azores holds 230 traditional bullfights each year.
Turismo de Portugal will present the film "The McNamara Surf Trip” this October 10th, at Carcavelos beach. The new documentary is made up of seven films, or better webisodes, since its disclosure is provided only on the Internet. Each webisode is filmed in one of seven regions of Portugal, Porto e Norte, Centro, Lisboa, Alentejo, Algarve, Azores as well as Madeira. This new Portuguese Waves Series also features three events: SATA Azores Pro, the Cascais Billabong Pro, and the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Peniche.
The annual music festival Maré de Agosto, on the island of Santa Maria, Azores, will run this year from August 21 to the 23. The festival, one of the oldest of the kind in the Azores, is celebrating its 30th year. And it will be help, as usual, on the sandy beach of Praia Formosa.