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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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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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Hike, Bike or Ride The Wild South-West

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Thursday, September 17, 2015, In : holiday tips 
                       

Along the beautiful west coast of south Portugal, the Rota Vicentina, offers more than 400 kilometres of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.  On their new website www.rotavicentina.com you find a planning tool for trips and interactive elements including videos.

There is the Historical Way, the Fishermen’s Trail and several Circular Routes to choose from. The route is fully marked in both directions, and can be traveled independently and in total security.  The...

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Flor De Sal - The Best Salt Of The Algarve

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, In : food and drink 
                       

Salt. What could be simpler than that. We have been using salt for thousands of years to spice up our food and to preserve food as well. But there actually are quite a lot of differences. The salt harvested from sea water in the Algarve if a very high quality sea salt, but the top of the line is definitely the Flor de Sal - the flower of salt. 

What is Flor de Sal? 

Through evaporation by sun and wind, a thin glistening layer of flaky salt crystals will start to float on ...

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Portuguese Olive Oil - Amongst The Best Of The World

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, In : food and drink 
                             

Portugal is not a giant producer of olive oil like neighbouring Spain, but the traditional production of olive oil goes just as deep here.  During the last couple of years Portuguese producers have improved the quality and polished their brands to shine among the world’s best olive oils.  

Now some of the world´s best olive oils are coming from Portugal.  Brands like Oliveira da Serra, Saloio and Gallo have some oils that won prestigious international awards. An...

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Algarvean Oranges - The Sweet Taste Of Sunshine

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Sunday, June 21, 2015, In : food and drink 

                       

In the middle of the winter, when nature is asleep in the northern part of Europe, the evergreen orange trees bear fruit and it seems like a million Christmas trees with bright orange balls are decorating the rural Algarve. Absolutely breathtaking!  If you drive through the western Algarve in early springtime and open your car window, the scent of the flowering orange trees tickles your senses. This lovely perfume is one of the nicest aromas I know.

Silves, 
the former c...

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Eucalyptus in Portugal - A Very Hot Item

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Monday, May 18, 2015, In : nature 

                       

One after the other, long and heavy trucks loaded with eucalyptus logs, drive back and forth. Because of their weight they destroy the streets. They transport the logs from the eucalyptus forests, such as the ones in the Monchique area, to the cellulose processing industry in the middle of the country. "Normal" trucks are not allowed on the street when their load is this heavy, but these giants have a special license.

Eucalytus is the most common tree in the country. 25....

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The Best Tips For Eating Out in Portugal

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Friday, February 20, 2015, In : holiday tips 

                        


Eating out is one of my favorite pastimes here in Portugal. It is not only a nice social event with tasty food, but eating out in Portugal is also very affordable. At least if you look a bit further than the busy tourist traps. There are many restaurants, even in the smallest villages, and the majority of Portuguese eateries will rarely disappoint you.

For those of you who are not so experienced with eating out in Portugal, here are some practical tips and advices.

1. On...

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Holiday Between The Locals

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, In : holiday tips 
                       


As a nice alternative to sunbathing, beach or sightseeing, I can certainly recommend a day around the locals. Spend a day - or longer - in one of the many traditional villages, which will give you the feeling of stepping back in time 50 years.

Visit the local pubs there and observe the peaceful lifestyle of the locals. Step into 
one of the local mini-mercados (small grocery stores) and buy some Tremoços (lupine beans), pickled olives, local cookies from the counter or ...

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Save The Gecko !

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Saturday, November 8, 2014, In : nature 
                                
                                

This is a gecko, or in Portuguese: a osga, a harmless and very useful type of lizard that lives in all kinds of warm areas in the world.  It is famous for its special toe pads, that enable it to walk on smooth and vertical surfaces and even to cross ceilings with ease.  A gecko is unique in its vocalizations, making chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos.  They are extremely useful to people because they feed on...

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Traditional Pig Slaughter - Matança do Porco

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, In : way of life 
                             

Since medieval times, many rural Portuguese families raise pigs for domestic consumption.  People in the countryside were self-sufficient, providing for their own vegetables, fruit and meat.  Because the activity of pig slaughter has been practiced during many centuries, nowadays, the pig and its meat belong to the national identity. 

But the slaughtering of a pig is more than providing for food, it is also a social happening, where families, neighbours and friends...

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Acorns - The Chestnuts Of The South

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Monday, September 29, 2014, In : food and drink 
                                


In Portugal the acorn is so important that they have a different name for each type of acorn. The acorn of the cork oak (sobreiro) is called a lande (or landre) and the acorn of a holm oak (azinheira) is called a bolota (or boleta).  

The acorns mainly serve as food for the pigs, but the bolota also used to be a very important source of food since the ancient Lusitanian people populated Iberia. It was a welcome addition to the shortage of cereals in the winter. ...

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How To Order Coffee In Portugal Just The Way You Like It

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, In : food and drink 
The Portuguese are proud of their coffee. And not without reason! Some of the richest coffee growing countries in the world are ex-colonies of Portugal. Although the sound of the coffee grinder and the espresso machine can be annoying at times, it also promises a great quality coffee is nearby.

The Portuguese generally do not drink their coffee at home, but rather have one in the local café or pasteleria. Here they can order their beloved coffee, just the way they like it.  If you want to ha...

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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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