Why not head East for Easter to the warm and sunny Portuguese Algarve?
Portugal is famed for its high quality, locally made leather goods, copper, ceramics, handcrafted silver and gold, embroidery and tapestry, woodcarving, cork products, porcelain and china, crystal and glassware. Today, skilled potters turn their creative heritage in to new forms of art.
Evora, a city that is a World Heritage site conserves a valuable set of historic buildings, including the Roman temple, the Cathedral, the University or the façades of the old palaces. Relax in the Praça do Giraldo or in other squares that entice us to sit down and soak up the rhythm of the Alentejo, in front of a fountain or under arcades.
Grape variety is one of the major elements (along with acidity level, fruitiness, oak, tannins, sugar brix, etc.) that influence a food-wine match.
Set on the waters of the Tejo estuary, Lisbon has many miles of fine beaches within easy reach. Carcavelos is the first one you‚will find, its waves and sea breezes attracting body boarders, surfers and kite-surfers alike.
Sagres, Portugal ---Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, in Sagres, Portugal, has new “Early Summer” packages with warm early summer sun, surf and family fun built in – in an affordable European escape.
The castle dates to the 10th century, but fanciful structure that dominates the town of Penadono today is mostly from the 15th century. The ornate towers, mighty red walls and imposing location guard nothing but an empty space that once was the palace of the Coutinho family and a endless view.
The Alentejo enjoys mild winter weather and its abundant, fertile soil has made it the agricultural heart of Portugal. It’s known in some circles as “the bread basket of Portugal.” One-story farmsteads dot the hillsides, while its cork forests have supplied cork to the world for centuries. Its main cities are Évora, Portalegre, Beja, and Sines.
Until the twentieth century Madeira played an important part in the social life of the upper class. It was especially favored in cities such as Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Philadelphia, New York and Savannah where they celebrated with so-called ‘Madeira-parties’. At these events, you drank several vintages of Madeira to a light meal like terrapin-soup.
The parading of various Dance and Carnaval groups occur throughout the islands and many time with costumes depicting a certain political or cultural criticism of the times.