The Portuguese Easter celebration includes the visiting of Christ on the cross to the families's houses for blessings. Compasso is the name of the small catholic group that, headed by a Judge that carries the cross, goes through every town's street ringing the bells announcing the Christ's resurrection.
About midway between Boston and mainland Portugal sits the Azores, a collection of nine islands scattered over several hundred nautical miles. The closest point to Europe from the United States, the Azores is an autonomous region of Portugal, and just four hours by plane from Boston.
The famous portuguese singer, Antonio Zambujo, is giving a special azorean tour. On May, he will be performing with his guitar through all the islands to bring a taste of fado for the Atlantic.
An old tradition gets repeated in Azores every Easter: Pilgrims form groups of men that walk around the island for a week praying and singing with their rosaries to protect the island. Until Thursday before Easter, around 2.500 men from all ages take this journey around S. Miguel with the population providing them shelter and supplies.
The 'Tree of the Year' annual competition promoted by EPA looks for trees with stories. It was the first time Portugal was participating and The Whistler took away the first prize just on the International Forrest Day.
Barrancos is a Portuguese village in the Alentejo region and is home about 1,800 souls. Set more than 2o miles from any other towns, Barrancos is unique.It is surrounded by the Spain on three sides.
Alqueva is Portugal’s newest destination – and one that combines the best of nature, wine and some amazing food!
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Lisbon is Portugal’s largest city – thriving with all kinds of culture, entertainment and cuisine. So, in this most Portuguese of cities you would think the culture is pretty homogeneous? Right? Wrong! Today’s Lisbon is a multi-cultural city, capital of the Portuguese speaking world and full of all kinds of delights and fun from Asia to Africa to South America. Here is a mini-guide to multi-cultural Lisbon:
As for meat, local favorites include the Serrabulho, which begins its cooking process as boiled pig's blood before blending it with rice. There is also the crackling pork (Rojões) and leg of pork à Clara Penha.