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Heritage & Harmony: The Story of Cante Alentejano

Cante Alentejano singers walking through the streets of an Alentejo town

While many people are familiar with Fado, few have heard of Cante Alentejano, a style of group singing from Portugal’s Alentejo region. However, unlike its counterpart Fado, which hails from urban centres, Cante Alentejano finds its roots in the more rustic setting of Baixo Alentejo. Cante is all about singing from the heart, normally without … Read more

The Epic Story of Portugal’s Star-Crossed Lovers, Pedro & Inês

Gothic Tomb of Queen Ines at the Monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaca

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The story unfolds in the 14th century. Prince Pedro (1320–1367), the designated heir to the Portuguese throne, was engaged to be married to Constança of the Castile Kingdom. However, Pedro’s heart was captivated by Inês de Castro (1320 or 1325–1355), a maid in Constança’s service. Although he was already married, Pedro and Inês met frequently … Read more

Be Amazed – 20 Fascinating Facts About Portugal

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From the golden, sandy beaches of the Algarve to the historic capital of Lisbon, Portugal’s allure is renowned worldwide. Its unique blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes has captured the hearts of many. But beyond its famous port wine, custard tarts, and iconic Fado music, how much do you truly know about … Read more

24 Must-Read Books Set in Portugal

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Portugal has been the setting for numerous captivating novels that bring its essence to life. These books, especially those written by Portuguese authors, offer an immersive experience into the country’s soul, perfect for those wishing to learn more about its unique culture. And, if you’re unable to visit Portugal in person, these books promise to … Read more

Exploring Toronto’s Little Portugal Neighbourhood

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There are pockets of Portuguese communities everywhere, including London, Newark, Massachusetts, San Jose, and Toronto. In fact, Toronto is one of the biggest Portuguese communities in the world. According to the 2016 Canadian census, around 440,892 Portuguese people reside in Canada and the vast majority live in Toronto with another large Portuguese population in Montreal. … Read more

Exploring San Jose’s Little Portugal

Little Portugal mural in San Jose

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There are Little Portugals throughout the world, including London, Toronto, and Newark, as well as a few towns (like Fall River) that have an incredibly large Portuguese population. But one Little Portugal that’s often overlooked is the Portuguese neighbourhood in San Jose. That’s probably because it isn’t particularly big and comprises of just a few … Read more

Welcome to Fall River: The Most Portuguese Town in America

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You might have heard of Little Portugal in London, the nickname for the large Portuguese community in the South Lambeth area of South London, but did you know there’s a very large Portuguese community in Massachusetts in the USA? Fall River, an industrial town that’s about 1 hour and 20 minutes south of Boston, is … Read more

São João Festival, Porto: How to Celebrate Like A True Tripeiro

lantern ascending at Sao Joao festival in Porto

Today we’re jetting off to the festive streets of Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, for an immersive journey through the vibrant São João Festival. This is not your ordinary travel guide, as we’re going to uncover the hidden gems of this annual extravaganza and help you celebrate it like a true Tripeiro (a nickname for … Read more