An amazing Carnival celebration is to be found on sunny Madeira Island, where celebrations go back centuries. Azores Airlines is offering round-trip package starting at $1,999 per person (incl. tax) double occupancy. The deal includes round trip air from Boston, seven nights hotel, breakfast, 4 tours, 3 lunches and a dinner. Wow.
One of Portugal's most colorful festivals is back in 2019, with centuries of pageantry and tradition! The “Festa dos Tabuleiros” has been scheduled to run from June 29th to July 8th, 2019 in the historic city of Tomar. “Festa dos Tabuleiros,” or Festival of Trays, happens every four years or so and is unique in the world
Cante Alentejano is a typical style of music in Alentejo exclusively involving voices. Mostly men get together to sing along lyrics about the life in region, traditions, family or love. Well coordinated, the singers can reach out to every listener emotions with their powerful voices.
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This is the first time that Portugal is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. Starting on May 8 in Lisbon, the festival that was a phenomenon on its early years in the country recovered its fame throughout the country that had already give up hopes of a victory.
Viola da Terra is a typical instrument from Azores that's handcrafted and carries references to the azorean migration period and the feeling of "saudade". Very similar to the Guitarra Portuguese, used to play fado, this guitar also gives sound to love songs and traditional sayings.
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.
They say that the songs of a sad people are happy, and the songs of a happy nation are the opposite. But the Fado is not sad – it is cathartic. In these verses of suffering, survival, loss and death, there is a gritty sense of hope and survival
Born on São Miguel in the Azores, Antero de Quental (1842-1891) followed a path often taken by young Portuguese men from well-off families: he went to the University of Coimbra to study law
Coimbra is about 2 hours north of Lisbon, clustered over the River Mondego, and home to the oldest university in Portugal. As a great university (1288) students came from Lisbon and Porto and brought their guitars. Over a century and a half ago, a new style of Fado was born. They sang to impress a young women, than they sang their anguish for not succeeding in impressing a young woman. And they sang of Coimbra, a city they came to love.