This is a celebration of many different Cultures and Religions: Chinese, Judaism, some African cultures , Egyptian, Moroccan, Greece, Christianity, Portugese, Islam,
An event all streets are lined with different vendors, selling things from different cultures by candlelight.
No one knows why this little settlement was deserted. Perhaps it was abandoned by the young generation because of its total isolation, or the cold damp winters finally made the people to leave, or perhaps as the older ones died out there was simply no one left to take their place. In the days of this settlement their movements were restricted to how far they could go by walking or with a donkey; the paths to the main building are barely wide enough for 1 donkey. In the barns there were stalls and iron rings for 5 cattle, and a pen for goats. It would be a full day trip to the nearest settlement to trade with shops for the provisions needed.
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Paderne welcomes a fascinating Medieval Fair in the last 3 days of each year.
Aren’t you glad you’re a snow bird?
Tavira is one of the Algarve's most beautiful cities
with 27 churches, not all opened, remanents of the old wall, a Moorish castle, the Pego
do Inferno (scenic waterfall) and two rivers travelling through it. The
city lies on two sides of the river Gilão that flows lazily through out the
town. Its beaches are very long, up to 10 km with sugary white sand.
Most families prepare well before Christmas by decorating their home, with the traditional nativity scene with donkey, cow, Mother Mary and of course Baby Jesus. Baby Jesus is placed in the crib after midnight on the 24th of December.
Actually so much to see in Evora. Living History. Evora is a unique World Heritage Site. A pleasant three hour drive from the Algarve, through the beautiful Alentejo region.
Until the end of the 19 Century there were 40 Palaces of Royal families in Evora within the city walls.
Today with a population of 8000 within the old walls there are still 30 Palaces.
The total population of the entire city is 50,000.
Many Palaces can be visited by private tours that you book in advance over the Internet.
The best thing to do on your first day is to to show up in front of the tourist office at 10am and take the 2 hour walking tour. For 15€ this is a real bargain. Our guide Marie Perreira could answer all our questions and had a vast knowledge of history and social life of Evora.
Summer heat waves are long gone, but at the end of October into November the St. Martin’s Fair travels across the Algarve moving from Faro, to Albufeira, to Silves, Portimao and Lagos, staying about a week in each location open noon til midnight.
A cold, blustery but sunny day played host to an exciting part of the Le Mans series. Dozens of high powered race cars cut around the track, each one vying for the podium.
2 day trip to the Alfama, Lisbon
Unofficial nude beaches are hidden away on the far limits of the normal very long beaches. Often one has to walk 2 or 3 kilometres, 20 minutes, to come across the nude beaches. Usually there are no restaurants or facilities. But you have fine sandy beaches almost to yourself.
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