Aside from a few celebrities like Cristiano Ronaldo, José Mourinho, and maybe Salvador Sobral, most people would struggle to name more than a handful of famous Portuguese people. Scroll through the names on this list, however, and you might realise that you know more famous Portuguese people than you think. Sport Portugal has made a … Read more 16 Famous Portuguese People (You’ve Probably Heard of)
Saudade is a Portuguese word that’s often described as untranslatable but, open a bottle of wine with a Portuguese friend and, they’ll happily try to explain it to you. The truth is that saudade can’t be translated into a singular English word, but that doesn’t mean we can’t explain it in a few English words. … Read more What is Saudade?
Choosing a baby name is hard, but choosing to give your baby a Portuguese name will make your name a lot easier. Why? Because there are only so many Portuguese names to choose from. If you’ve spent any amount of time in Portugal, you’ll notice names like João, Maria, Tiago, and Ana popping up continuously. … Read more Portuguese Baby Names: Naming Your Child the Portuguese Way
Like most European countries, particularly Southern European countries, Catholicism has been a big part of Portuguese life. Portugal is a strong catholic country, home to the miracle of Fátima, and the birthplace of two popes (Damasus I and John XXI). Despite the Catholic influence, Portugal doesn’t actually have an official religion. In fact, church and … Read more A Quick Guide to Religion in Portugal
You’ve probably heard of Fado. You might have even gone to see a Fado performance while you were in Portugal. Fado is an important traditional style of music in Portugal, and a part of Portugal’s cultural heritage. It’s so important that UNESCO have recognised Fado under the category of World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. Pimba, on the … Read more Pimba: Portugal’s Fun & Often Raunchy Music Genre
If you’ve spent any time in Portugal recently, you’ve probably stumbled across a gift shop selling all kinds of products made from cork including shoes, handbags, wallets, and just about anything else you can think of. Cork is one of Portugal’s biggest and most important exports. In fact, Portugal is the biggest cork producer in … Read more Cork: A Look at One of Portugal’s Biggest Industries
Flags are never a random assortment of colours, patterns, and symbols. Although some flags are prettier than others, the colours and patterns are never chosen simply because they look nice. Everything has meaning and significance. The Portuguese flag is no different. Red and green wasn’t chosen simply because the committee that designed the flag liked … Read more The Portuguese Flag Explained
Christmas in Portugal is a unique experience. For some people, particularly those that come from very cold parts of the world, it doesn’t feel Christmasy enough. For others, the ability to walk outside and even get a little Vitamin D is a real Christmas miracle. The more and more time I spend here, the more … Read more A Guide to Christmas in Portugal
Portugal sits on the edge of Europe in relative obscurity, especially when compared to neighbouring Spain and France. Most people have not only heard of Spain and France, but could easily list a few facts about each country and its culture. Although most people don’t know a lot about Portugal, there are at least 10 … Read more 10 Things Portugal is Famous For
Once upon a time, Halloween (or dia das bruxas) wasn’t something that was really celebrated in Portugal. These days, however, you’ll see posters across Lisbon, Porto, and other major cities advertising Halloween Parties and special events. Depending on where you live in Portugal, you may even get a few tick-or-treaters knocking on your door as well. … Read more Halloween in Portugal: Does Portugal Celebrate Halloween?