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A place with a few secrets

Summer is right around the corner and so is beach season. Unless, of course, you live in Portugal and have by now already dug your feet in the sand at least once this year. Today I’m showing you a famous beach in the Aveiro area, in Central Portugal. Yes, there are beaches in other regions […]

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Killing “saudades” with a box

As you may or may not know there were a lot of Portuguese people leaving the country in the mid-20th century and have been, again, over the past few years. Writing about this phenomenon would give me enough material for a book – several, actually. However, the subject of today’s post will have a lot […]

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Along the coast

Along the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. This area covers most of the Alentejo coast and part of the Algarve, in a total of about 110km of cliffs, unique plants, big waves, rich culture and history and, yes, amazing sunsets. Actually, this is such a special region that it is […]

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Beyond the obvious

Reputation can be a good thing or a bad thing – a bit like tourism. In Portugal, the Algarve (in the south part of the country) has a reputation for being one long strip of sand, sea and sun, filled with restaurants, pubs and hotels – a place that becomes overcrowded in August with both Portuguese […]

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Potato, sweet potato

When you think of sweet potato, Portugal is probably not the first country to come to your mind. But the fact is, we’ve eaten it for a long time and, actually, we grow one of the best types (if not the best type) of sweet potato in the world. In Portugal sweet potato is a common […]

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Holy promontory!

If you’ve ever been to Portugal you might have noticed a beer called Sagres. Well, there’s also a place called Sagres, in the Algarve. Apparently the name Sagres comes from the Latin Promontorium Sacrum (holy promontory) and it seems that the area where today you can find Sagres and the Cape St. Vincent (Cabo de São […]

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A day at the beach

A bit to the north of Aljezur you can find that which is probably one of the most famous beaches in the area known as Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast: Odeceixe. There’s a small river, Ribeira de Seixe, which meets the sea at this beach and it is, at the same time, the local division between […]

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Random photo of the week

  In some parts of Portugal you might think you’re somewhere else… Particularly in the South lots of houses are painted with whitewash – it makes homes so much more fresh during the Summer heat and, let’s face it, it’s aesthetically pleasing. A village of white houses against the backdrop of a deep blue sky is […]

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Portuguese trivia (VIII)

If you’ve ever been to Portugal there’s a good chance you’ve been to the Algarve… And what did you see in there? The beach, some pubs/nightclubs/bars and not much else, I could bet. Do you have any idea where the highest spot in the Algarve is? Yeah, I didn’t think so… Next time you’re in […]

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Random photo of the week

And just because yesterday was St Martin’s day and we’re still enjoying a nice clear blue sky here’s a photo of the beach at Odeceixe. 🙂 One of the most famous beaches along the Portuguese SW coast, Odeceixe is also a cute town with the typical white houses you can find in Alentejo and a […]

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