Rip Curl Pro Portugal-WSL Tour 16-28 Oct 2019
20 Gennaio 2019
Surfness School *Open Every Day*
1 Febbraio 2019

Tour Nature and Culture

Archipelago of Berlengas

The Berlengas Archipelago is a group of small islands lying off the Portuguese coast, about 15 kilometers from the city of Peniche. The islands that make up this wild and savage archipelago are the island of Berlenga Grande, the Estelas islets and the islets of Farilhões-Forcadas. Largest island, Berlenga Grande, is an ancient fortress and a very picturesque lighthouse. The archipelago was declared a Nature Reserve with its beautiful flora and fauna, the latter particularly rich in marine birds, such as the shag, saffron, Herring gull, petrel Harcourt. Berlenga Grande is known to host a number of beaches and coves and its beautiful beach is characterized by a vibrant coral reef marine life, with an incredible abundance of fish. In summer the island is filled with different types of flowers and the archipelago in general offers a very varied flora, with about 100 different botanical species counted until today. The Berlengas Archipelago during the year is visited by scientists and, in the summer season, a small number of tourists.

 

Baleal(Surfness Area)

 

Supertubos (beach)..Sandy beach and super spots for surfing!

Óbidos

How about a bit of time travelling? In Óbidos, History is part of daily life. Here you will find a traditional Portuguese town completely surrounded by the walls of an ancient castle, expertly preserved and maintained. Stroll down the pleasant streets filled with white houses, visit Renaissance period churches, and taste ginjinha, the local drink. Head for the Óbidos Lagoon, one of this area’s natural wonders, and relax with a boat ride. Dive into the world of literature and discover new writers at the Folio Festival. Finally, make a visit to the Óbidos Medieval Market, where you will have a unique opportunity to discover what life was like during the Middle Ages.
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Nazarè country and big wave!

The Nazaré beach, with its mild climate and remarkable natural beauty, boasts some of the oldest Portuguese traditions linked to fishing.
The long crescent-shaped beach, which is the maritime front of the city, is known for its spaciousness and brightly colored curtains that adorn the white sand beach in contrast with the blue of the ocean.

This is the Portuguese beach with the most picturesque fishing habits and customs and it is not uncommon to come across fishmongers who still wear seven skirts, as tradition dictates. During the summer months, Saturday must absolutely sit on the promenade, at the end of the day, to watch the show of “Arte Xávega” (fishing with the trawl), when the nets loaded with fish are withdrawn from the water and echo the calls of the saleswomen. Do not worry if you do not understand what they say, they use a jargon that only they know.

Looking towards the ocean, on the right, we see an impressive promontory, 318 meters of rock overlooking the sea. It is the Sítio, from which one can enjoy one of the best known panoramic views of the Portuguese coast. On the promontory you can climb on foot, option for the bravest, or with a lift. On the top, there is the Ermida da Memória, a small chapel which recalls the miracle that the Madonna would have done, preventing the horse of a nobleman, D. Fuas Roupinho, from throwing himself into the precipice. Whether it was a true miracle or just a legend, the fact remains that in Miradouro do Suberco, the belvedere, the sign left on the rock by the horseshoe is shown on that foggy morning of 1182. In Sítio, you can also visit the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré and, not far, the Dr. Joaquim Manso Museum to learn more about the popular traditions of Nazaré.

 

Monastery of Batalha

Built by order of Portuguese king John I, theMonastery of Batalha celebrates the victory of the Portuguese over the kingdom of Castile on the Battle of Aljubarrota, in 1385. Its construction began in 1386 and was only completed in 16th century. It was home for Dominican friars and is currently a UNESCO World Heritage site. The monastery stands out for its combination of Gothic features (outer walls and façade) with the Manueline or late Gothic style (the Royal Cloister). The monastery’s construction led to the growth of the town of Batalha and presently it is one of Portugal’s most important national monuments.

Monastery of Alcobaça

This building was declared a World Heritage Site in 1989 and its history goes back to the 12th century, when the Abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça was founded. It was a residence for the Cistercian monks between the 13th and 19th centuries and the monastery stands out for its architecture and historic landmarks. The church of the Monastery of Alcobaça is 100 metres long and is the largest Gothic style religious building in Portugal. It also contains the tombs of D. Pedro and Inês, a tragic couple of Portuguese history. Other highlights include the Baroque façades and an enormous 18th century tile covered kitchen.

Garden of Eden in Bombarral

At Quinta dos Loridos (Loridos Farm), in the town of Bombarral, we find a space for meditation that is simultaneously an open air art gallery: within the 35 hectares of the Buddha Eden Garden are roughly 200 statues representing cultures from all around the world. The exhibition includes Asian terracotta statues, representations of Buddha (a tribute to the Giant Buddhas of Bayman, in Afeganistan, which were destroyed during that country’s war), African sculptures and also an area dedicated to contemporary art with works by portuguese and foreign artists.

(ph António Rodrigues)

 

(thanks Tap Portugal)