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National traditions of Portugal. Habits, mentality and the way of living

Vilamoura Since ancient times, Portugal with its beautiful location, comfortable climate and fertile soil has attracted numerous “guests”. The region was conquered at different times by the Arabs, Roman soldiers, flocks of Catholics from France and Germany. Being under the African, partly South American influence as well as domination in the vast sea territories has significantly affected the current mindset of inhabitants. 
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The cultural characteristics of the people in many ways, is largely due to the interaction with different nationalities, while there are features common to all of the Confederate world. The Portuguese have respect for cultural values, and revere the family as the main component of a happy life. Most people in the country strive to get married around the age of 18 and then have a few children. The family structure traditionally includes numerous close and distant relatives: grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles. In general, the Portuguese considered the family the center of their small universe, respecting and honoring each other. 
Active and cheerful, the Portuguese respect celebrations and festivities. Fourteen public holidays are celebrated in the country with enthusiasm and fun; they include religious and secular memorable events. A special place is given to the veneration of local saints, which numbers over a hundred in the country. Easter and Christmas celebrations are characterized by their loud and bright nature, with a special fervor. They are accompanied by a procession in extravagant carnival attires. They also organize fair activities, mass celebrations accompanied by stormy dances and songs. The feast is traditionally carried out magnificently, with an abundance of dishes of national cuisines and a large number of the world-famous Portuguese drink – “Port Wine”.  Copyright
The Portuguese are known to celebrate with joy all kinds of holidays and festivals. The reasons for celebrations could range from pilgrimages, …
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Unique in its kind, the song “Fado” has survived from the era of the Middle Ages. Under the accompaniment of guitar it sounds unhurriedly and calmly. It draws its inspiration from the yearning of people in love. Known in every locality, it tells the story of distant travelling sailors. 
Hotel Tivoli Arade The traditional kind of craftsmanship in Portugal is “Azulezh”, which is a ceramic tile with unusual patterns. Crafted with love and attention to details, this piece of art is a symbol of the country. The country’s famous national holiday – the Porto Queima das Fitas “burning the ribbons”, was first celebrated in the 19th century. Nowadays, young people especially those who have just recently graduated from educational institutions on this day, take to the streets in celebration singing traditional “Fado” serenades. This holiday festivity is organized with concert programs, parades, numerous joke renditions and comic parodies of favorite teachers. 
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 Battle of the Bulls is the traditional entertainment of the Portuguese since the Middle Ages. The modern bullfight is a voluntary event in which brave volunteers fight with an enraged bull. Competition winners become national heroes for the Portuguese people. This testifies to the unabated popularity of this sporting event. 
Lagos Indigenous Portuguese till this day, respectfully preserve the cultural traditions developed by many generations of her people. The distinctive traits are; being hospitable, courteous, and applying self-restraint when dealing with strangers. Such a manner in no way precludes the ability to genuinely be happy for friends and strangers. Every foreigner is very much welcome and should without reserve seek for assistance when necessary. 
The Mediterranean climate is dominant in Portugal. The ocean has a huge influence on its formation. Air masses coming from the ocean make the …
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For a long time the people of this country dutifully revered religious traditions. Among the forefront are the adherents of the Catholic faith who do not miss church services and gatherings. Every city in the country is rich in temples and monasteries. Religious holidays are celebrated magnificently throughout the sunny Portugal.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas in Portugal
♥   Sé Catedral de Santa Maria, Faro. On the map   Photos
♥   Sé Catedral de São Tiago Maior, Beja. On the map   Photos
♥   Sé Catedral de Santa Maria da Graça, Setúbal. On the map   Photos
♥   Santuário Nacional de Cristo Rei, Almada. On the map   Photos
♥   Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisboa. On the map   Photos
♥   Igreja da Memória, Ajuda. On the map   Photos
♥   Sé Patriarcal de Santa Maria Maior, Lisboa. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Portugal
♥   Castle 'Castle of Belver' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Castle of Campo Maior' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Castle of Elvas' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Castle of Guimarães' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Castle of Leiria' . On the map   Photos
Country maps Maps of Portugal
Car rental on Car rental in Portugal
Map of cities Cities map of Portugal
Map of sights Map of sights in Portugal

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Unique traditions in cities of Portugal

«Siesta» is a distinctive feature of local course of life, simply all the establishments and public offices close at noon for a long lasting lunchtime. In the late afternoon when the heat tends to cease, many of the establishments turn to work. The city folks tend to certain inactivity and to being pretentious, and they preserve aloofness to active leisure and far trips. Even during vacations the locals give preference to staying at home and only few can set to visit their relatives. These … Read more
After having a fun time on a beach, you, most likely, will desire to have lunch at one of the many cafes located on the beach or just a little away from it. The resort of Albufeira is famous for its cuisine and only here you will have a unique chance to acquaint with the traditional local cuisine. The most popular ingredients in local restaurants are fresh fish and lobsters. In gastronomic establishments of the city you can try numerous dishes from seafood: sardines in corn, horse mackerel, … Read more
"Big Fountain" holiday, which is celebrated on May 1, remains one of the most unusual festivals of the city. Due to the climate a fairly dry weather prevails on the territory of the country, so since ancient times the natives have developed traditions of honoring "gods of water". The main aim of such celebrations was to ask gods to give people a rich harvest. However, the holiday has changed with time, and so nowadays on May 1 residents of the city decorate their homes and fishing boats with … Read more
Funchal is famous for an abundance of colorful festivals and celebrations that are always visited by a huge number of foreign visitors. Mass festivities are held in the city on the eve of the New Year. Colorful fairs and open-air concerts, plenty of diverse attractions for younger guests and exciting sports events are conducted during Christmas holidays. The most anticipated and exciting event of the New Year is a grand fireworks show. The local incredibly beautiful fireworks show is listed … Read more
Locals remain true to many of their traditions - like many years ago, Lagos is considered the land of fishermen. Fishing has always been the principal livelihood for many citizens so many professional fishermen live here today. Throughout the year, Lagos hosts several major competitions with the participation of fishermen from other regions of Portugal. Familiarity with traditional applied arts remains one of the most interesting entertainments for travelers. In Lagos, you'll find many … Read more
During the festival every restaurant makes special festive menu for its guests, and you can guess that the primary festive delicacies are dishes with sardines. To taste this fish resting people can not only in elite restaurants, but also on the beach, everyday skilled cooks make fish on braziers, which are set at the seaside. On the busy beaches there is noisy and boisterous atmosphere, resting people taste the fresh-cooked sardines and have a part in original entertainments. One of the most … Read more
Also, the locals are known for being proud of their country and native language, and therefore a couple of phrases in Portuguese can work wonders. Despite the fact that almost everybody understands international English, it’s better to start a conversation with the traditional “Ola” instead of “Hello”. Don't worry if your Portuguese is not so good as English and verbs are used incorrectly - locals will understand and definitely appreciate the efforts of the traveler. It should be … Read more
Bullfighting has remained one of the most exciting events during many years. Traditionally a huge number of spectators come to see this event. The competitions, which are usually organized in Braga, are considered softer and more humane than the bullfights, which can be seen at the stadiums of Spain. Many people associate Braga primarily with the widest choice of wine and best varieties of port wine, which will certainly be offered to you simply in every restaurant and bar of the city. Without … Read more

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