Daytrip to Lisbon

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Thursday, October 26, 2017 In : holiday tips 
                              

A daytrip to Lisbon is a popular city trip destination for tourists in Portugal.  Discover the diverse districts of this beautiful city, take a trip around the sights and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere. Have a look at the Castelo de São Jorge, go surfing in Cascais or go shopping in the big shopping streets. Here you find some tips for a daytrip to Lisbon:
  • Castelo de São Jorge. The Castelo de São Jorge has eighteen towers, all of which overlooking the city. It ...

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25 x Enjoy the Algarve! Because there´s so much more to the south of Portugal than just laying on a beach.

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Thursday, June 8, 2017 In : General 
                                    

The Ria Formosa is home to the largest population of sea horses in the world. The yearly Bike Meeting in Faro attracts about 35.000 bikers. In Silves, they make wine out of oranges. With coasteering in the Costa Vicentina Nature Reserve, you jump off 12m cliffs into the Atlantic Ocean. The Algarve’s cuisine isn’t only about sea food, but also includes locally farmed porco preto. Mountain bikers from all over the world train in the hills of São Brás ar...

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The Best Beer of Portugal

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Friday, May 5, 2017 In : food and drink 
                   


Although the Portuguese drink a lot more wine than beer, they still consume an average of 49 liters of beer per person per year. In general most people drink their cerveja straight from the bottle, and that is the way it tastes best, preferably freezing cold! If you prefer a draft beer, you have to ask for an Imperial (regular size glass) or a Caneca (large glass mug). 

There are bottles of 20 ml (mini) and 33 ml (media).  Most Portuguese drink the mini´s, a success among c...

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Football, more than just a game in Portugal

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Monday, May 1, 2017 In : way of life 
                     

Football is omnipresent in Portugal, you might even speak of "footballization" of the Portuguese society. Here, in the Algarve, the football-a-holics are often divided between the clubs of Benfica and Sporting (or should I say Sporting and Benfica?). Anyway, the third important national club, Porto, is out of the picture here.

A little bit of history 
Football was brought to Portugal in the late 19th century by Portuguese students who returned from England. The first match ...

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Making the Move to Portugal

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Sunday, March 19, 2017 In : General 
                     

When it comes to moving to a new country, there is a lot that must be done. There is probably a lot that you’re moving for, as well. Portugal is home to many activities, events, beautiful places and friendly people. Moving here can be a great step for anyone who wants a new life in a country where people are friendly and there is plenty to do day or night. 

Why Move to Portugal

Portugal is, simply put, one of the most fascinating countries to live in. Whether you are look...

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The Top Cheeses of Portugal

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Friday, December 16, 2016 In : food and drink 
Every country has its own special cheeses and so does Portugal. They taste very different from the Dutch Gouda or the British Cheddar, but once you have tried some, you will soon find one that fits your taste. 

When you go shopping for cheese in Portugal there are a few words you should know:

- Fresco means fresh, young
- curado means cured, aged
- velho means old, aged for at least 90 days
- leite means milk
- cabra means goat
- ovelha means sheep
- vaca means cow
- amanteigado means creamy, buttery....

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Do You Know These Remarkable Facts About Portugal?

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 In : General 
                     

Some of these facts about Portugal you may have heard about before, but you probably do not know all of them......

  1. Cape St. Vincent is the most southwestern part of Europe´s main land. In its fortress was a seafaring school during the golden era of exploration. 
  2. Portugal was the first global maritime power during the 15th and 16th century. Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama are some of the best known names of that time.
  3. Portugal is a surfers´paradise. It is famous for t...

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The Best Souvenirs You Buy in the Algarve

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 In : holiday tips 
It is always nice to bring home something to remind you of a place you have visited.  If you have spent some time in the Algarve, then I am sure you had enough opportunities to make some unforgettable memories.  Here you will find a list of some of the best genuine souvenirs you can buy here. 

                      

1.  An "Assador de Barro"  -  This is a typical clay dish, used to BBQ sausage like the famous Portuguese chouriço right at the table.  You just pour some alcohol or a typical agua...
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Saint Martin - Chestnuts And New Wine

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Sunday, November 8, 2015 In : way of life 
                       

Saint Martin, the very popular Saint who became Bishop of Tours in France in the year 371, was buried on the 11th of November 397. According to the most widespread variation of the legend, Saint Martin cut off half of his cloak in order to offer it to a freezing beggar. As he faced a long ride in a freezing weather, the dark clouds cleared away and the sun shone so intensely that the frost melted away. Such weather was rare for early November, so was credited to God's i...

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The Chocolate Casino

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Saturday, October 17, 2015 In : way of life 
                       

If you visited Portugal before, you probably will have noticed these machines on the counter of local bars and cafes. These gambling machines are to the locals what the Casino is for the city dwellers. There are machines that give you a chance on winning some extra cash, there are others that have more or less useful items to win, such as pocket knifes, lighters etc.  

                       

And than you have my favorite kind of gambling machine:  the chocolate casino! A...

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Marianne Hoesen Born in the deep south of The Netherlands, I moved to the central Algarve in 2007, together with my partner and 2 dogs. In the meantime we added some goats and chickens and are living a peaceful life in the rolling hills of the rural south of Portugal. I invite you to read a bit in my blog and to leave a comment afterwards. Also check out the holiday accommodations mentioned elsewhere in this website.

 

 
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Algarve
Meer weer in Silves
Algarve Portugal
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Esteva, rock rose, Algarve
sun, beach, Algarve
real cork real wine
beach Algarve
folklore dance Algarve
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