Once upon a time, in a remote Portuguese village, lived a young woman, named Mariana, who wanted to get married at an early age...
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.
The Castelo de Almourol, in Vila Nova da Barquinha, reopened earlier this month after the completion of the monument transformation. The castle is now facing a new “battle”.
As the holidays approach, Portuguese cities are bright for the season, with festive lights in the central shopping areas, and giant light trees in the main squares
In Portugal at Easter many centuries-old traditions are held throughout the country, two particularly traditional events are the processions of holy week in Braga and holy week in Castelo de Vide The former displays rigorous observance of Christian ritual, while the other is of Christian expression influenced by Jewish culture.
The Isaac Cardoso Interpretation Centre was designed by Portuguese architects Gonçalo Byrne and José Laranjeira. Named after the doctor Isaac Cardoso, who lived in the 17th century in Trancoso, this Centre pays tribute to his work of preservation of the Jewish past.
The king D. Dinis (1261-1325) was a renaissance king long before the Renaissance. He was the first European leader to drop Latin as the language of the court in place of vernacular tongue. He empowered dozens of towns with charters, built a string of innovative castles to defend the frontiers, invested in improving agriculture, and planted a vast pine forest near the royal palace in Leiria that still stands to this day. But a great king deserves a great queen, and D. Dinis was to wed a princess from Aragon, whom he had never met.
Portugal’s Sanctuary of Fátima is a symbol of the Virgin Mary and one of the world's most important religious sites. A major tourist attraction for pilgrims from all over the world that come here every year, especially between May and October.
The story behind this coat of arms refers to Saint Vincent, patron of the city (Saint Anthony was “simply” born here). According to a legend, our founding King, D. Afonso Henriques, made a vow to protect the remains of St. Vincent if he would guide the king's outnumbered forces to victory in the siege of Lisbon in 1147.
Many know him as Saint Anthony of Padua, but actually he was born in Lisbon around 1190. Fernando Martins de Bulhões – Saint Anthony – was a Franciscan friar canonized by the Catholic Church in record time, one year after his death, and declared Doctor of the Church.