A journey through the churches and chapels of Portimão

On your next visit to the Algarve, come to Portimão, taste some local gastronomy, stroll along the streets, relax  in the riverside area and discover the city’s religious heritage. You’ll appreciate it!

With the Easter religious time still in mind, we decided to present to you a small itinerary that will take you to discover the churches and chapels of the beautiful city of Portimão, in the Algarve.

The religious heritage in Portimão, is not vast, but quite interesting and worth a visit.

Starting from Manuel Teixeira Gomes Square, with the city map in your hands, go towards the old bridge, attentive to the architectural details and look for the secular Chapel of St. Joseph. Then, get lost in the streets and alleys towards the Igreja Matriz, the main church of Portimão and end this part of the journey, in the Church of the College of the Jesuits.

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Manuel Teixeira Gomes Square

From here, you can go to Rua do Comércio to see the latest fashion trends and to the Rua Direita to taste some regional products at Mercearia do Algarve, discover some tasteful typically Portuguese gifts at the Tradição Portuguesa shop, indulge yourself with a regional sweet at Casa da Isabel or a tidbit at  Maria do Mar. After this relaxing moments, it is time for a longer walk along the riverside, crossing the interior of the city, to discover the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Amparo. 

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Chapel of St. Joseph

This centenary chapel, located next to the old bridge of Portimão, was built in the 17th century. For several years, it was a place of worship for St. Joseph, patron of the naval carpenters who worked in the shipyards near to this place. Inside, some baroque traces. The tiled flooring enhances the gold-framed frame with the image of Christ crucified. The exterior is a little run down. It is closed to the public, opening only for Eucharistic celebrations, on Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

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Chapel of St. Joseph

Main Church of Portimão

Dated from 15th century, the main church of Portimão is located in the highest part of the city, inside the old walls.

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Main Church of Portimão

The late-Gothic portal is inspired by the most imposing monument of the time, the Monastery of Batalha and in it are identified fine sculptures of musicians and women in frame. Various styles, such as Baroque, Rococo and Manueline styles, are the fruit of the various phases of reconstruction and artistic enrichment of the temple.

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Interior of the Igreja Matriz de Portimão

Church of the College of the Jesuits 

Located in the Alameda da Praça da República the Church and the Jesuit College was built at the end of the 17th century by order of D. Diogo Gonçalves – whose mausoleum remains in the main chapel – as gratitude for having found in Portimão a good port of refuge, after a strong storm at sea.

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College of the Jesuits 

Unlike the Jesuit buildings, this building fully assumed the Baroque style. With the earthquake of 1755 the building suffered some damage, highlighting the vaults, which contributed for a refurbishment of the main facade.

The austerity and simplicity of the architecture of the Restoration are present within the Church-Hall.

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Interior of the church of the College of the Jesuits

The Church of the College of the Jesuits was even chosen by the Marquês de Pombal to set up in the region of Portimão a new Algarve Cathedral (Diocese), a project that did not happen in the end.

Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Amparo

This simple chapel, of Arab origin, was christianized and dedicated to Our Lady of Amparo, also known by Our Lady of the Milk, well represented in a screen behind the altar, breastfeeding her baby. Here the pregnant women went to receive their blessing. The chapel was built in the likeness of the ancient Islamic marabouts, having been restored 30 years ago.

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Church of Our Lady of the Milk

On your next visit to the Algarve, come to Portimão, taste some local gastronomy, stroll along Rua das Comércio and Rua Direita, relax  in the riverside area and discover the city’s religious heritage. You’ll appreciate it!

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Um roteiro pelas igrejas e capelas de Portimão

Na sua próxima visita ao Algarve, passe por Portimão, prove a gastronomia local, passeie pela Rua das Comércio, Rua Direita, zona ribeirinha e descubra o património religioso da cidade. Vai de certo apreciar!

Tendo ainda presente a época religiosa da Páscoa, decidimos dar-lhe a conhecer um pequeno roteiro que o levará a descobrir as igrejas e capelas da bonita cidade de Portimão.

O património religioso em Portimão, não é vasto, mas, bastante interessante e vale mesmo uma visita.

Partindo da Praça Manuel Teixeira Gomes, munido do mapa da cidade, vá em direcção à Ponte antiga atento aos pormenores arquitectónicos e procure a Capela de São José. A seguir, perca-se nas ruas e ruelas em direcção à Igreja Matriz de Portimão e por fim, a Igreja do Colégio dos Jesuítas. Daqui, pode aproveitar e dar um salto à Rua do Comércio para ver as últimas tendências da moda e à Rua Direita para umas compras de produtos regionais na Mercearia do Algarve, deliciar-se com um doce regional na Casa da Isabel, ou um petisco na Maria do Mar.  Depois dos petiscos, é hora de uma caminhada mais longa junto à zona ribeirinha, atravessando depois o interior da cidade, até à Capela da Nossa Senhora do Amparo.

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Praça Manuel Teixeira Gomes

Capela de São José

Esta capela centenária, situada junto à Ponte antiga de Portimão, foi erigida no século XVII. Durante vários anos, foi lugar de culto a São José, padroeiro dos carpinteiros navais que trabalhavam em estaleiros próximos deste lugar. No interior, alguns traços de barroco. O revestimento em azulejos, realça a moldura em talha dourada com a imagem de Cristo crucificado. Está fechada ao público, abrindo somente para celebrações de Eucaristia, aos domingos às 17h:00.

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Capela de São José

Igreja Matriz de Portimão

Datada do sec. XV, a Igreja Matriz de Portimão situa-se na zona mais elevada da cidade, no interior das antigas muralhas.

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Igreja Matriz de Portimão

O portal tardo-gótico é inspirado no mais imponente monumento da época, o Mosteiro da Batalha e nele se identificam finas esculturas de músicos e mulheres em moldura. Aqui convivem diversos estilos, como o barroco, o rococó e o manuelino, fruto das várias fases de reconstrução e enriquecimento artístico do templo.

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Interior da Igreja Matriz de Portimão

Igreja do Colégio dos Jesuítas

Situada na Alameda da Praça da República, em Portimão, a Igreja e o Colégio dos Jesuítas foi construída em finais do séc. XVII por ordem de D. Diogo Gonçalves – cujo mausoléu permanece na capela-mor – como agradecimento por ter encontrado em Portimão um bom porto de abrigo, depois de uma forte tempestade no mar.

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Igreja do Colégio dos Jesuitas

Ao contrário das construções Jesuíticas, este edifício assumia plenamente o Barroco. . Com o terramoto de 1755 sofreu alguns danos, destacando as abóbadas, o que contribui para uma refeitura da fachada principal.

A austeridade e a simplicidade da arquitetura da Res­tauração estão presentes no interior da Igreja-Salão.

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Interior da Igreja do Colégio das Jesuitas

A Igreja do Colégio dos Jesuítas chegou a ser escolhida pelo Marquês de Pombal para fixar na região de Portimão uma nova Sé algarvia (Diocese), projeto que não se concretizou.

Capela da Nossa Senhora do Amparo

Esta capela simples, de origem árabe, foi cristianizada e dedicada a Nossa Senhora do Amparo, também conhecida por Nossa Senhora do Leite, e aqui bem representada numa tela atrás do altar, amamentando o seu bebé. Aqui se dirigiam as grávidas para receberem a sua bênção. A Capela foi construída à semelhança dos antigos morabitos islâmicos, tendo sido restaurada há 30 anos.

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Capela da Nossa Senhora do Amparo

Na sua próxima visita ao Algarve, passe por Portimão, prove a gastronomia local, passeie pela Rua das Comércio, zona ribeirinha e descubra o património religioso da cidade. Vai de certo apreciar!

Top 5 places to listen to Fado in Lisbon

Next time you visit Lisbon, take some extra time to discover the pleasure of listening to the sound of the Portuguese soul live while you taste a pleasant meal. Here are five suggestions of fado houses that you might consider.

Fado is part of the identity of Portugal and is a symbol of the city of Lisbon. In 2011, it was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage, a recognition that we, Portuguese people, are very proud of.

So, when in Lisbon you must definitely discover the joy of listening to the sound of the Portuguese soul, live.

We leave you here five suggestions of places – some more touristic, others more traditional and typical. There are performances with professional singers and amateur fado singers, the so-called fado vadio; different styles, but all singing the Portuguese Saudade, the feeling and the love.

And if you have the opportunity, pass by Madragoa, where you can find the house where Amália Rodrigues lived, the most charismatic of the Portuguese fadistas, who took our Fado to the world. With great presence and natural charisma on the stage is to Amália – the so called Queen of Fado – that we owe the classic image of the black dress with shawl.

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Photo of Amália in 1954 SILVA NOGUEIRA/MUSEU DO TEATRO

Clube do Fado

Located in the immediate vicinity of the Sé, in the heart of Alfama, Clube de Fado  is more than a restaurant, it is a place where you can taste good delicacies of the Portuguese traditional cuisine, with fado and Portuguese guitar by company. A reference in the universe of the traditional fado houses of Lisbon, with a romantic atmosphere, sober and intimate decoration.

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Sr. Vinho

Founded in 1975, Sr. Vinho is one of the most well known and traditional fado houses in Lisbon. With three floors and a contemporary decoration, it offers different environments to enjoy the fado, besides the excellent Portuguese gastronomy and an exquisite table service.

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Parreirinha de Alfama

Parreirinha de Alfama is a fado house with a cozy atmosphere where traditional Portuguese cuisine and fado combine perfectly. This is where the voices of Amália Rodrigues, Alfredo Marceneiro, Tristão da Silva, Maria da Fé, among many others have already passed.

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Adega Machado

Located in the Bairro Alto, Adega Machado is one of the best-known fado houses in Lisbon. Distributed over three floors is a place that seeks to cross the traditional with the contemporary, both in fado, as in the gastronomy. If you want to know contemporary interpretations of the Lisbon Fado that plunge into the roots of the urban song, Adega Machado is the right place to go.

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O Faia

Founded in 1947, O Faia remains to this day as a reference on Lisbon night. In more than half a century of existence, great names of the fado were habitual presence in this house, starting with the founder, Lucília do Carmo, herself an important figure in the History of Fado and continuing with her son, Carlos do Carmo. Here sang names like Alfredo Marceneiro, Tristão da Silva, Fernando Maurício, Ada de Castro, Beatriz da Conceição, Vasco Rafael, Camané, among others. At the table of the O Faia you can discover aromas and flavors in a creative and contemporary cuisine without forgetting the tradition and respect for the Portuguese cuisine.

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Find out a little more about Fado, music of the world, here.

 

The rebirth of the Algarve Wines

Next time you are on holidays in the Algarve, instead of drinking, try tasting an Algarve wine – look at it, smell it and finally, taste it. You will probably be savoring a prized wine, appreciated by renowned oenophiles and your senses will love the experience! BIKE MY SIDE AND ENJOY THE RIDE | TRAVEL AND LEISURE BLOG PORTUGAL

Who has been on holidays in the Algarve probably knows that good quality wines are produced here and has probably, tasted some.

What is probably less known is that the major Algarve towns lend their names to the four main wines regions, the so called DOCs “Demarcated Regions”: Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa and Tavira – and that the Algarve wine tradition come from ancient times.

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Vinhos do Algarve official website

It is uncertain when the mythical Mediterranean drink – the wine – reached the Algarve.

The first news of contact with wine, revealed by archaeological remains, suggest for more than two thousand years ago, what is comprehensive, considering the nature of the soil and the climate of the south of Portugal.

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Algarve Vineyard

In fact, the importance of the vineyards in this region dates back to the Arab presence in the Algarve, a time when grapes were already grown and wines of good quality were exported.

Recently and for many years, due to several reasons, it seemed however that the Algarve wine would be a tradition to be lost. But, in recent years the trend has been reversed with the appearance of new producers who have given a new breath of fresh air to the Algarve wines.

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Quinta dos Vales – Estômbar

In 2017, the Algarve wines have won their place among the best in the main international and national competitions, often surpassing the most optimistic expectations, with the region obtaining, for example, in 14 international competitions (such as the International Wine Challenge 2017, Mundus Vini Spring Tasting 2017, Mundus Vini Summer Tasting 2017, AWC Vienna 2017, the Wine Masters Challenge 2017, just to name a few), 73 distinctions or medals (gold, silver or bronze) in white, red and rosé wines, from 17 Algarve producers.

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Quinta João Clara – Alcantarilha

The outlook for 2018 is very optimistic with a significant increase of the wine production in the 2017/18 wine year, in values above 50%, which makes the Algarve, the wine growing region that has grown the most in Portugal.

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Casa Santos Lima – Present in 5 Portuguese regions including the Algarve, Tavira

Next time you are on holidays in the Algarve, instead of drinking, try tasting an Algarve wine – look at it, smell it and finally, taste it. You will probably be savoring a prized wine, appreciated by renowned oenophiles and your senses will love the experience!

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This is also the Algarve – delicious food and award winning wines

Here you can see the list of Wines from Algarve awarded in International Competitions in 2017. And the winners are…

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Bike my Side prepared an experience where you can taste some awarded wines while touring

 

Top reasons to get married in the Algarve

There are so many good reasons to get married in the Algarve that the most difficult is to start enumerating them!

The Algarve is best known for its amazing sandy beaches, superb gastronomy, competitive prices and lovely welcoming people, not to mention the glorious sunny weather. And this is why the Algarve has become year after year one of the most desirable destinations in Europe for a dream wedding abroad.

In fact, there are so many good reasons to get married in the Algarve that the most difficult is to start enumerating them… From surprising your loved one with the request, to enjoying your honeymoon, here you can find the perfect scenery for each moment of one of the most important moments of your life.

Here is our list of the most significant reasons for saying “I do” in the Algarve.

The weather

It is said that the Algarve has 300 hours of sunshine per year, which means that there is an approximately 80 percent chances of your wedding taking place on a beautiful sunny day. Of course, that is not guaranteed, but there are very good odds this really does happen.

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Photo by Algarve Dream Weddings

Love is all around you

In the Algarve you can find endless romantic places for any type of ceremony you desire. Whether it is a sandy beach, a cliff top with the ocean as background, a more bucolic countryside atmosphere, an antique palace or a quite light house, in the Algarve you can choose wonderful settings that will also be great photo shots for memories that you will treasure forever.

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Wedding by Algarve Dream Weddings | Photo by Vitor Pina

Good value for money

There is always a venue to suit your taste and budget. Getting married in the Algarve is not going to exceed your budget, on the contrary. You will be able to have the best of both worlds: not spending a lot and live a dream experience in a unique, safe and unforgettable destination for yourself and your guests. We do recommend that you do a research and find a wedding planner that you feel is reliable. It will certainly show you the best solutions for your wedding – and do not worry – there are currently very good wedding planners in the Algarve. Here you can find some https://www.zankyou.pt/wedding-planners/faro

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Photo by Glamour Algarve Weddings

Fabulous hotels and resorts

The hotels and resorts are one of the trendiest venues in the Algarve due to their unique locations and the high international quality standards of services provided. With seafront locations, quite and exquisite country side atmospheres or even historical palaces with beautiful architectural details, all of them provide stunning outdoor and indoor settings for your ceremony and wedding reception. Whether you are planning a traditional wedding with a church ceremony or a more relaxed and informal occasion you will find your perfect wedding venue in the Algarve. The Algarve can also be ideal for your renewal of vows or honeymoon paradise. Remember here you can find excellent food, security, beautiful romantic and intimate retreats. http://flyawaybride.com/algarve-destination-wedding-guide/

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Bela Vista Hotel & Spa Portimão 

Easy access to the Algarve

There are flights from just about every major city in Europe to the Faro airport, with a flight time of under 3 hours from most of them. Many low cost airlines are flying into the Algarve so finding a suitable flight will not be an issue for your wedding abroad. And then from Faro to your chosen place, there are also many solutions from taxis, bus services, shuttles and other organized transports. https://www.ana.pt/en/fao/home

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Faro Airport

Saying I do

Recently, many of the more formal traditions are being replaced by celebrations that are more a reflection of the couple’s own personal style and beliefs. The Algarve is a welcoming and tolerant region and since June 2010 it is possible for same sex couples to have legally binding ceremonies in Portugal. You can opt for a symbolic ceremony, civil or religious ceremony. The choice is yours! You can check here some of the legal requirements to get married in Portugal https://www.myguidealgarve.com/legal-requirements-to-marry-in-portugal

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Sonho a Dois – photo by Hélio Justino

Everything that you need

A good wedding planner will indeed help you to have a stress free perfect wedding day and will ensure that you will have everything at your disposal: the venue of your dreams, wedding photography and video, wedding cake, makeup and hair stylists, entertainment, wedding transportation, wedding dress, flowers, just to name a few of the requirements for the day. And again, to not worry: the Algarve is full of good professionals in all these areas. If you are looking for an original wedding transportation and wish to escape from the traditional classic cars this might be a great suggestion http://www.bikemyside.com/tours/weddings/ The Algarve can also be a great option for Hen and Stag parties.

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Photo by Bike my Side 

Thank you My Guide Algarve and Sonho a Dois Wedding Planners for some inspiring ideas to write this post.

Cover photo by Algarve Dream Weddings
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Photo by Algarve Wedding Team

Discover the genuine taste of an Algarve tradition

In search of the best insider tips and secrets to share with the world, we have found a small fish cannery craft in the Algarve that produces, with love and affection, delicious fillets of anchovy. BIKE MY SIDE AND ENJOY THE RIDE | TRAVEL AND LEISURE BLOG PORTUGAL

In search of the best insider tips and secrets to share with the world, we have found a small cannery craft in the Algarve that has behind it a moving family history and produces, with love and affection, delicious fillets of anchovy.

For those who do not know, the anchovy is a small bluish fish, from which you can make fillets, that when processed in an artisan way – based on a whole ancestral tradition and the enormous heritage that the canning industry left to those who worked there in the Algarve – turn into a delicious delicacy, ideal as an entrée or snack, seasoned with garlic and accompanied by a cold beer or a good fresh green wine.

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The story of the Filetes de Biqueirão Avô Luís is also the story of the canning industry in the Algarve and Carla, a woman of arms with a pleasant smile, who gives herself body and soul to all the projects she embraces and dedicates to them, all affection.

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Let her story be told in her own words… It’s up to us to present her in a small biographical note…

Carla Isabel de Jesus Serol was born on October 13, in 1976. She is the youngest of six siblings. Daughter of Deolinda Boiças and Luís Serol. She has been married for 18 years to Mario, who is her biggest support in this project. Mother of three boys 13, 9 and 4 years old, she is a native of Lagoa, in the Algarve where she works as an administrative assistant in the Social Action Unit of the Municipality. She has lived in Armação de Pêra for 18 years but her whole life revolves around the city of Lagoa, where she works, where the children study and go to the day care. She participates actively in the social and political life of her city, having assumed in October 2017 the position of President of the Assembly of the Union of Parishes of Lagoa and Carvoeiro. Currently, studying Social Sciences at the Open University, aims to be gradueted in Social Work.

“The anchovy was always something very present in my house. It was an acquired fact, something that appeared year after year at the hands of my parents, as a tradition.

My mother worked in the fish canning industry. In fact, she worked in almost all the fish canning factories that existed at the time in the municipality of Lagoa. And believe me, there were many! Also my paternal grandmother, who I never knew, worked in many of these same factories.

All the knowledge they had, not only about the preparation of the anchovy but also of many other processes of fish preservation, passed it on to my father. And it was in this way that the tradition of the preparation and stowage of anchovy remained in my family.

Driven by my father, who was a man who liked a good snack and anchovy in particular, my mother continued to prepare the fish my father brought. She did it almost in a contradictory way, a reflection of many years of factory work, of many hours of standing and working with employers who were not always pleasant, of years that were not at all removed from a fairy tale. But still, she did it as if she had never stopped doing it. She did it like nobody else!

And so it was for many years, until the sad date when we had to say goodbye to my mother.

In the following years, my father kept the tradition alone. The result was 20 to 30 bottles he distributed warmly to his children and some close friends. My father was an extraordinarily generous man.

With the departure of my mother, we talked many times that he could not leave us without sharing the testimony of the anchovy to someone. We agreed that next summer we would do it together, so that I, besides the theory, would learn all the practice of the process. But life turned us around, and “next summer” did not came to my father.

I promised him still in life that I would do it without him. And so I did it! The next summer I prepared my first batch of anchovy, with only my heart in mind. And the power of love is amazing … as if I was guided, I made the first 30 bottles of the Filetes de Biqueirão Avô Luís. With the success in sight and the search I had for more product, I decided to continue what began as a promise of love.

At this moment, the Filetes de Biqueirão Avô Luís have come to stay. We have a small business on the rise, to which I foresee much success and which already includes a small canning craft. “

The stew of the anchovy (treatment of the fish after the brine that will give rise to the delicious snack) is in fact a totally handcrafted process that involves a lot of time, work, patience and, above all, a lot of dedication.

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This is the secret of the Filetes de Biqueirão Avô Luís – commitment in the ambition of keeping these traditional flavours alive, and a true example, that good traditional products require soul, dedication, and lots of love.

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If you wish to taste this delicacy, of limited production, you can for now, find it only through Facebook in Filetes de Biqueirão – Avô Luís.

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Bom apetite! (we do not need translation for this part!)

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Terreiro do Paço, a square full of Lisbon memories

Make Praça do Comércio your starting point for discovering Lisbon. BIKE MY SIDE AND ENJOY THE RIDE | TRAVEL AND LEISURE BLOG PORTUGAL

If you are visiting Lisbon, Praça do Comércio is one of Lisbon’s iconic squares that you must visit.

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A place full of memories, Praça do Comércio is better known by the locals as Terreiro do Paço, since before the earthquake of 1755, it was where the palace of the portuguese kings for two centuries.

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It is one of the largest squares in Europe and it provides access to several Lisbon attractions such as Pátio da Galé, Cais das Colunas and the modern Lisbon Story Centre – an innovative centre dedicated to the history of the Portuguese capital, featuring state-of-the-art technology – inspired by the wide array of facts and events that have shaped this amazing city.

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From Terreiro do Paço you can easily go to the Arco da Rua Augusta, appreciate the calçada portuguesa and contemplate the Tejo river.

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In one of the buildings of the square, is the famous coffee shop Martinho da Arcada, the oldest in Lisbon, and one of Fernando Pessoa’s favorites.

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The King José I and the horse Gentil statue are the perfect spot to rest and breathe the Lisbon atmosphere.

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So, next time in Lisbon, remember: make Praça do Comércio your starting point for discovering the city!