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São Gonçalinho: Celebrating Aveiro’s Patron Saint

Many know Aveiro as a Portuguese coastal city permeated by a saltwater lagoon, its picturesque moliceiro boats, and the famed traditional sweets called ovos moles. Yet, very few people are familiar with the odd but surely entertaining São Gonçalinho festivities. This one-of-a-kind annual celebration that starts every January 10th, is natural to one of the […]

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Pedro and Inês: Legendary Portuguese Lovers

My first encounter with Pedro and Inês’ heart-rending romance was on a guided walk through the grounds of Quinta das Lágrimas in Coimbra. Back in the 14th century, this was a royal palace. Portugal’s real-life Romeo and Juliet conducted their passionate but illicit affair there. The palace is now a hotel, but you don’t need […]

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Festa, Festa, Festa!

There’s a Party for Every Taste in Portugal High culture or low, or something in between, there’s something for everyone all year long in Portugal. Pagan rites, Holy Week happenings, foodie fests, big rock shows and more—the Portuguese love their parties, many of which you’ll find nowhere else in the world. Beyond the big events, […]

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Portugal’s Barcelos Rooster

The Barcelos Rooster, commonly called the Portuguese Rooster, is said to be the embodiment of the Portuguese love of life. As the unofficial symbol of Portugal, you can find this emblem in many forms in every local shop and especially gift shops. This national symbol is mostly found in its typical ceramic form as well […]

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