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Fun and festivities in Portugal - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

Faro The Portuguese are known to celebrate with joy all kinds of holidays and festivals. The reasons for celebrations could range from pilgrimages, honoring the memory of numerous saints, as well as fair events. Inhabitants of the northern regions of the country celebrate local holidays by indulging in dances, various musical events, as well as traditional amusements and shows with fireworks. An indispensable attribute of the festivities is the spectacle of the bullfight with the prohibition of killing an animal.
Portugal is clearly divided into the northern wooded and southern plains parts. The south of the country is characterized in its appearance by the …
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The main holidays of the year are Christmas and Easter which are traditionally celebrated with family, relatives and closest friends. The Portuguese certainly participate in divine service, and then lovingly decorate the table with an abundance of local dishes and alcoholic beverages. On the night before Christmas, the Portuguese participate in religious worship. This is accompanied by a well prepared meal laid in the temple. In all houses, traditional fish dishes, as well as dishes from turkey are eaten for dinner. Celebrations are never complete without all sorts of baked desserts and sweet rolls. There is also the compulsory visitation of relatives which is accompanied by exchanges of gifts.
In the former capital of the country, a reverence of St. John is organized on the street of Praca da Liberdade on the evening of June 24. The end of the month is marked by the celebration of Sao Joao. Most of the locals join in the celebration. The city of Óbidos pleases residents with the sounds of traditional music during the month of October. In Coimbra, festivals are organized for young people who have recently been enrolled into higher educational institutions. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Every year in May, a flower festival is organized on Madeira Island with an abundance of fun and national festivities. This event is dedicated to the winegrowers to mark the harvesting season. The winter period is marked by carnival processions, the celebration of the rural workers, as well as an abundance of colorful fair festivals. After Easter the “Procession of our Lord of the sick” traditionally takes place along the road which is covered with petals of flowers. In Ponta Delgada, celebrations are held on the occasion of Easter with noisy and merry mass festivities. In the final period of the summer season, the authorities of Lajes do Pico celebrate the achievements of the maritime industry workers including whalers.
Madeira Funchal With the onset of August, the festival days of music of Mare de Agosto begin in Santa Maria. In Piku, the Holy Spirit is celebrated at the conclusion of the Whit Monday. Maslenitsa is traditionally considered a time of repentance from sins before the beginning of Lent. Different regions celebrate the holiday in different ways: There is the noisy Brazilian version which is conducted in the streets. It is filled with musical extravaganzas and competitions by samba dancers. On the other hand, there is also a more somber, subtle and conservative kind of celebration.
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Residents of the cities of Torres Vedras or Ovars engage in mass festivities in a rather comical and care free manner by poking at giant humorous figures of politicians which they themselves have constructed. In a way, they are in the process, exercising their rights to freedom of expression. Usually, the eve of Maslenitsa is a period of spending time with family, going out to publicly held celebrations and wearing traditional Portuguese costumes. For locals, this is an opportunity to have a good time since it includes also a long-awaited reunion with friends and loved ones.
The main entrances and streets of cities are decorated with colorful lightings, as well as garlands in honor of the arrival of newborns. The Portuguese decorate the Christmas trees and nativity scenes with the figures of the Holy Family, as well as animals. Santa Claus is also honored by locals. These figures are also used in decorating private homes, storefronts as well as other commercial premises. Like most southern nations, the Portuguese honor the centuries-old tradition of celebrating religious holidays with their families and closest friends.
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Uniques spots of Portugal

Benagil Beach

From the series “10 Natural Wonders of the World”
Those who like to relax at the picturesque beaches should definitely go to Portugal. Here, they’ll find one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Benagil, that can be called a natural wonder. The beach is very close to Algarve area, it’s situated in the eponymous village. The sandy beach is primarily notable because of natural rock formations and caves.

Inside one of these caves there is a hidden beach that is a goal of many travelers. In summer, Benagi is very popular among tourists. Thanks to abundance of rocks that serve as natural breakwaters, high waves are rare here. You can comfortably relax with children. However, the beach is sure to please fans of scuba diving. The water off the coast is crystal clear, allowing you to see the beauty of the underwater world in its … Read all

Santuario de Cristo Rei

From the series “The Most Grandiose Statues and Monuments”
The Christ the King or Cristo Rei situated in Almada, Portugal, is amazing too. This sculpture of Jesus Christ has a rather unique design. The main part of the portico is 75 meters high. The statue itself is 28 meters high, so the total height of the sculpture is 103 meters. The opening of the monument took place in 1959. Its construction took 10 years.

The history of the sculpture is quite interesting. The decision to erect the monument was taken in 1940. The statue had to protect Portugal from involvement into World War II. It has been decided to build a monument at people’s expenses. Despite of initial plans, construction of the statue was started in 1949. It's noteworthy that the funds for construction were donated mostly by women. Portugal didn't participate in the hostilities, so … Read all
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Red Carnation Opens Its First Hotel in Scotland

The “Explorers’ Club’, which will be available to residents only, offers authentic Scottish experiences. It features a wine wall with over 200 bottles of the finest wine and a collection of the most famous Scottish whiskies on another wall. A carefully curated menu contains exclusive treats, delicious cocktails with Scotland’s “liquid gold”, and everlasting classics. The hotel will have a 2:1 staff ratio to provide truly the best service. The Red Carnation hotel in Edinburgh will officially open its doors in April 2022. Read this

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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Portugal

Lisbon
Lisbon meets the visitors with great variety of picturesque parks and gardens. Visitors mostly give preference to Estufa Fria and Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara gardens among them. Edward VII Park is considered to be the best place in Lisbon for family leisure. Kids will love a great variety of playing and sport grounds meanwhile the parents will enjoy perfect recreation area. The park also has a special area for picnics. Lisbon Sports is considered to be one of the best golf clubs in the … Read more
Aveiro
Trips to Ostraveiro Farm located in the vicinity of the city are popular among fans of non-standard entertainment. Over the years, this oyster farm has become a real local attraction. Since recently, fascinating tours have become available to its visitors. During the tour, you can see how oysters are grown and learn a lot of surprising facts about this delicate craft. The farm organizes many interesting entertainments for tourists, including fishing trips or cooking workshops. Of course, … Read more
Albufeira
Fans of sports entertainments will surely enjoy numerous tennis courts, golf courses and modern fitness centers. Fans of thrilling experiences have an opportunity to make mountain river rafting or paragliding. The tourists, who have come with their families, are recommended to visit the local water park. In addition to widest choice of slides, playgrounds and swimming pools, the park is famous by its oceanarium. Every day the park is visited by thousands of tourists who want to see an … Read more
Porto
Funchal
The main beach is connected with the more compact and picturesque Doca do Cavacas beach. Fans of peaceful and quiet environment would like remote beaches of Praia de Sao Tiago and Praia do Gorgulho. There is a wide range of attractive leisure facilities for fans of scenic natural places. Fabulously beautiful tropical garden Monte, Quinta do Boa Vista striking with an abundance of exotic flower and the Pregetter's garden with its extensive collection of orchids are favorite holiday destinations … Read more
Lagos
Lagos has a great golf center, Palmares, which would be amazing for both beginners and experienced golfers. On its territory there is a golf school, all those interested can enter it. The trip to the local zoo Parque Zoologico de Lagos would be an exciting adventure. Here you can have a great day out for all the family, watching animals and walking through the beautifully designed park. In the zoo there are special places for recreation with benches and gazebos, and several cozy restaurants. … Read more
Portimao
Lovers of surfing need to pay attention to Future Surfing center. There it is possible to lease the needed equipment and organize departure to the best regions of the seaside. In Future Surfing everybody is glad to beginners: anybody who wants can tutor of skilled coaches. Praia Da Rocha can be called as the most beautiful and charming beach of the resort. Surrounded by massive rocky formations it has kept its primeval beauty. The beach is equipped by deck chairs and umbrellas against the sun, … Read more
Vilamoura
Travellers who are keen on romantics nature will surely fall in love with cruises and yachting. Fans of more exotic forms of rest are recommended to make a ride on an aqua bus. Fans of fishing are offered to go to the most attractive places for this sport. Fishing trips can be done both at day and night. A luxury yacht marina, which is designed for 1,300 seats, is one of the main advantages of the resort. This is the place where the majority of restaurants and cafes, shops and nightlife … Read more

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