Category Archive: Portugal

Goodbye, Farewell, Adeus Portugal…

It has been a very busy week, after a very relaxing holiday visiting family in Spain we arrived back in Portugal on a mission. A mission to sell, sort and pack. We have… Continue reading

Festa de São João, Aldeia de João Pires, Central Portugal

Festa de São João, or the festival of Saint John the Baptist, is a festival that happens every year during Midsummer, on the of 23 June. The whole of Portugal, and Europe, celebrates;… Continue reading

Dia Mundial da Criança – World Children’s Day in Penamacor

It was the boy’s turn to take centre stage at this week’s festa as our local town of Penamacor celebrated World Children’s Day (Dia Mundial da Criança) in style. Portugal is really child… Continue reading

Feira do Queijo, Soalheira, Portugal

Yes, you guessed it, another week, another festa. Last week it was the festival of soups, this week, cheese took centre stage. There was oodles and oodles of the cheesy stuff, aged, blue,… Continue reading

Festival das Sopas, Proença-a-Velha, Portugal

You only need to live in Portugal for a short time to realise that sopa, soup, really is the foundation of everything. Portuguese life revolves around soup. Children are weaned on it, every… Continue reading

Festa da Divina Santa Cruz, Monsanto, Portugal

Central Portugal has a staggering amount of festas. We almost visit a different festa every weekend. The Portuguese community really do know how to host a good festa, particularly a medieval themed event.… Continue reading

Rock Climbing, Aldeia de João Pires, Portugal

We are fortunate enough to live in the picturesque village of Aldeia de João Pires. Our small village takes you on a journey back in time; Granite houses, cobbled streets, peace, quiet and tranquillity.… Continue reading

Village Life, Idanha-a Velha, Portugal

Village Life in Idanha-a-Velha is pretty fast paced, well, not really. The former Capital of ancient Egitânia has now become a sleepy village; despite the fact that it is one of the 12… Continue reading

Snowy Serra de Estrelas

The Serra de Estrela mountain is stunning but nevermore so than when it’s covered in snow. Mainland Portugal’s highest mountain, at 1,993 metres, it can be seen from all over the Castelo Branco region.… Continue reading

Jewish and Christian Easter Festival – Festa das Páscoas Judaica e Cristã, Medelim, Idanha-a-Nova

We visited our local village of Medelim last weekend to attend the Jewish and Christian Easter Festival – Festa das Páscoas Judaica e Cristã. The history of the Portuguese villages that surround us… Continue reading