ABOUT PORTUGAL IN ENGLISH Page 1

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Portugal seems to combine its warm climte with the wamth of its people. If you are seriously considering moving to live in Portugal. Here are many things you should know. Good and bad, though there are very few bad and then usually only in relative terms to what you are used to.

The people are sincere, warm hearted and very helpful. While many speak English ( usewful also for those from countries other than UK ) It is not only polite to learn at least a few basic phrases and words, but helpful. Portuguese people know its not easy to speak another language , but really appreciate at least an attempt. 

This will also of course help break the ice and bring about a more rapid freindship with the local people. Highly recommended. Tudo bien.

For many people the move to a different country and culture may be a little daunting. So it is always sensible to spend as much time as you can in that country as possible before you make the  leap.

Visit different areas, Silver Coast, Algarve, Northen Portugal and the midle regeon around Lisbon. ( Lisboa ) Inland and  several tours are highly recommended. Not simply fo get to know the place, but for considerable enjoyment. 

The landscape varies greatly from the mountains to the central flatlands and to the fir forests and beaches of the Algarve.Portugal and its people are very easy to get on with.  There are no real cultural difficulties to understand and communication is rarely a problem. 

Try to see the culture and get to know the social side and the Portuguese are very social people and there are always plenty of raditional and new celebrations and carnivals.

High in the  mountains near Coimbra ( pronounced Quimbra ) there is the annual festival at Gois  Megusta i a festival dedicated to chestnuts. Potatoes were not  really introduced to Porugal until a hundred years or so ago and the Chestnut was more on the menu. Gois and the surrounding  mountain areas. Are  reminiscent in many ways of Wales. The strong stone built houses and slate roofs.  shist  stone. as it is called. 

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THE MAGUSTO when they light a fire of pine needles and roast chestnuts. Historical annual music and dance ceremony celebrating honey and chestnuts. Gois Portugal. The fair known as Feira do Mel e Castanha, celebrates these natural foods due to their importance in Portugeuese life. After the music the Magusto in the november evening is when pine needles are laid down and set fire to. and the chestnuts are roasted and shared around. People even jump over the buring embers and smear each other faces with the ahses in fun. Gois is part of the municipality of Coimbra just north of Lisbon. The vilage resides in the Lousa' mountains over 1000,metres up and has very diverse climate.

The festival is a big event in the village as is the annual Motor bike festival ! The villages enjoy traditional music played by a colourful local band. A fire is lit with pine needles and the nuts roasted. Then consumed along with beer and  local strong liquire. All in all a great day for all.

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Roasted chestnuts in burnt pine needles part of the Historical annual music and dance ceremony celebrating honey and chestnuts. Gois Portugal. The fair known as Feira do Mel e Castanha, celebrates these natural foods due to their importance in Portugeuese life. After the music the Magusto in the november evening is when pine needles are laid down and set fire to. and the chestnuts are roasted and shared around. People even jump over the buring embers and smear each other faces with the ahses in fun. Gois is part of the municipality of Coimbra just north of Lisbon. The vilage resides in the Lousa' mountains over 1000,metres up and has very diverse climate.
ANNUAL FESTIVAL GOIS PORTUGAL KFB3709 copy
Historical annual music and dance ceremony celebrating honey and chestnuts. Gois Portugal. The fair known as Feira do Mel e Castanha, celebrates these natural foods due to their importance in Portugeuese life. After the music the Magusto in the november evening is when pine needles are laid down and set fire to. and the chestnuts are roasted and shared around. People even jump over the buring embers and smear each other faces with the ahses in fun. Gois is part of the municipality of Coimbra just north of Lisbon. The vilage resides in the Lousa' mountains over 1000,metres up and has very diverse climate.


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