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Black Rooster, "Galo de Barcelos" legend

One of the most recognizable symbols of Portuguese Culture is the “Galo de Barcelos”, the Back Rooster figurine. The traditional figure can be found in many forms like Postcards, Magnets, Clay figurines and usually comes in black color adorned with colorful arrangements. His story is part of the Portuguese folklore where in a certain day, in city of Barcelos, appeared, following a streak of robberies, a Galician who became suspicious. The authorities decided to arrest him and, despite their oaths of innocence, nobody believed that he was simple a pilgrim on its way to S. ...

Campo Pequeno "Bullfight Arena"

In the middle of “Av. da Republica” and accessible through the “Campo Pequeno” subway station you can find this beautiful Lisbon Landmark. Bullfights Arena - Praca de Toiros do Campo Pequeno Built around 1890 in a Neo-Moorish style it resembles a Moorish temple with it’s red brick and domes. Used for decades as the traditional Bullfight arena in Lisbon, it received the most important bullfighters in the World. Later with the decline of this activity it was reconverted to a cultural center for concerts, theater, Circus, etc. ...

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Pasteis de Bacalhau, a very traditional "petisco" in Lisbon

Did you noticed that when talking about Portugal “Bacalhau/cod” is a word that always comes into the subject? There are indeed many recipes with Bacalhau, Portuguese people love it, boiled, roasted or fried Bacalhau is a company even at the Christmas table. This post is about a delicatessen called “Pasteis de Bacalhau”. The Pasteis de Bacalhau are a deep fried paste of mashed potatoes, boiled Bacalhau and a little parsley. ...

25 Abril 1974: Portuguese Carnations Revolution Holiday

In 25 April, Portuguese people celebrate its revolution day, the freedom from the dictator Almeida Salazar who govern Portugal from 1933 to 1974. Though being a dictator, oddly enough he won the Portuguese version of the TV Show the Greatest Portuguese. Being a National holiday and Lisbon the Portugal capital, Lisbon shops will be close in general and traffic highly reduced (watch out for the Av da Liberdade) 25 April Holiday is a day of both celebration of freedom, remembering of the Heroes called the April Captains, “Capitães de Abril”, and political and social claims around the rights earned right after the drop of the dictatorship regime. ...