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Portugal Local Information

Portugal's strength as a holiday destination is its diversity, a something-for-everyone kind of place with mountains, vast arid plains, sub-tropical volcanic islands and lush-green meadows, not forgetting 528 miles of sandy beaches.

Fine beaches, a temperate year-round climate, mouth-watering gastronomy and friendly people are just a few of the ingredients that spice up the experience of visiting Europe's south-westernmost country.


Portuguese Food

Portuguese food is distinctive and varied, featuring many regional specialities that have evolved from local traditions and ingredients.

Much of Portuguese cooking is spice based, thanks largely to Vasco da Gama and the other navigators of his time. A typical meal in Portugal starts with a selection of appetizers such as goat of sheep's cheese, pâté, olives, cornbread and delicious smoked ham called presunto.

Vegetable soup (sopa de legumes) is very common and always a good choice, or the traditional caldo verde - a soup made with potatoes, shredded cabbage and smoked sausage. Most seaside restaurants serve a delicious fish soup (sopa de peixe), made from fresh pieces left over from the main dishes.

Fish is a mainstay of Portuguese cuisine, particularly sardines (sardinhas) and the ever-present dried codfish known as bacalhau. Some of Europe's tastiest seafood (marisco) can be found in restaurants up and down Portugal.

Portuguese meat is both tasty and safe to eat, particularly pork (porco) which for centuries has been an important livestock in the country's rural economy.


Costa Verde Beaches and Miramar

stretching from Aveiro to Spain, the Costa Verde is mainly unspoiled with large sand, golden beaches. Miramar is a well kown beach for the locals. With the chapel on the rocks dating from 1780, the pilgrims make a summer festival every year . Plenty of beach for everybody, join the crowds by the bars or stay isolated in your dune or rock. There is a beach promenade of 15 km starting at Miramar. You will discover a surprising coast line and collect many shells.

Videos Vila Nova de Gaia and  Miramar:

slide show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZV5Rojcn64

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1lVvZqvANI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGpU79hXNYO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=273LLjbJXKA

ESPINHO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdCCkUHygWk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7t8dUhYs24


Porto

Porto is the second city of Portugal and is more ancient than the capital.

Because Lisbon was destroyed and rebuild after a major hearth quick in the 18 century. This way Porto offers you the medieval quarters along the river Douro. The top attraction for a river cruise or the famous Port wine cellars.

Porto slide show on you tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STVgEYOC3sw

Porto from the sky- official trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFfW08YSgSw


Golf in North Portugal at Miramar

we have a charming golf course at Miramar with beautiful views on the see.

Don't hesitate to contact us for more information about golf packages or the country club Miaramr.


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