The 10 most beautiful abandoned places in Portugal – With a mild year-round climate, history awaits the traveler in Portugal. Every corner of the country has historic monuments, museums, interesting events, tasty cuisine and wine. Portugal is consistently named one of Europe's top values. But, there are some places that have been forgotten by time.
For 90 years the Dabneys, an American family from Boston, lived on the island of Faial, in Azores. Three generations of Dabneys grew business in the region through shipping and whaling business but also served the U.S. as Consuls.
The 10 chefs have all different backgrounds – from mainland Portugal, Canada, Spain, US, France, Denmark or the UK – and will give their contemporary twist to the traditional cuisine and products so that the guests can enjoy an extraordinary dinning experience.
Every meal in the Azores seems to start with a fresh cheese called queijo fresco that is served with pimenta da terra
You might have seen “Portuguese Sweet Bread” for sale in local grocery stores. It is common in New England and in Hawaii. But those in the know, know that is really Azores Sweet bread – and here is the story… Massa Sovada is a kind of sweet bread made in the Azores for Easter, or other religious celebrations like the Holy Spirit festivities. As it is generally associated to holidays and times of sharing, massa sovada is a delicacy close to the heart for every Azorean.
Terra Nostra Garden Hotel is the only hotel in Portugal which received this award in 2013! This award was given out during Lisbon’s Tourism Expo BTL 2014 in Lisbon by Studiosus Reisen, a German tour operator who works with hotels worldwide
"Pimenta da Terra" is widely used in Azorean cuisine to add spice to dishes or an accompaniment with cheese and bread. "Pimenta da Terra" is a simple pleasure made with pepper and salt.
As Portugal emerged as a nation, bent on taking lands conquer by Moorish forces in centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, its first kings drew their lines along the River Tejo. Coimbra the capital of the Centro Region ended at the Tejo River, which became the border between the new kingdom of Portugal and the Moorish lands to the south. Here, a line of castles rose under religious orders designed to defend the newborn nation, while allowing a base to launch the Reconquest. The ring and line of castles, granite landscapes, and friendly folk make it a wonderful off-the-beaten-path adventure. Little if anything has been written about this journey into the age of king and knights…
The evening features a four course Azorean dinner paired with fine Azorean wine and live Portuguese entertainment.
The Azores are the closet point in Europe to North America. The islands were created by volcanic activity hundreds of millions of years ago, building an environment that is both unexpected and varied. From the 7,700-foot peak of Pico island, to the blue and green lakes at Sete Cidades on São Miguel, the Azores offers a lush and sculptured landscape