Cataplana

Discover fascinating facts about one of the symbols of the Algarve’s cuisine See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine December 2015   Food or pan? Confusion alert: the word cataplana is both used for the pan and for the dish inside it. The cooking device is traditionally made from copper. It consists of two clam […]

Fado

Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s best-known folk music See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2015   History: Although Fado can be traced back to the 1820s, its origin isn’t clear. Some say it’s Arabic, some say it comes from Brazil, and others think Portuguese sailors started it. A popular Portuguese saying describes […]

Bandeira de Portugal

Discover fascinating facts about the national flag of the Portuguese republic See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2015 History: The design of the Portuguese flag as we know it was officially adopted on June 30 of 1911, less than a year after the downfall of the constitutional monarchy. The new field colours […]

Licor Beirão

Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s best-known sweet herbal liquor See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2015 Medicine: Originally, Licor Beirão was produced as a medicine. In the 19th century, a pharmacy in Lousã (in the district of Coimbra) claimed it was the antidote against stomach aches. Some decades later, when alcoholic beverages […]

Rooster of Barcelos

Discover fascinating facts about this colourful cockerel. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2015 Legend: The story goes that in medieval times in the city of Barcelos, a Galician pilgrim was accused of robbery. He claimed to be innocent, but nobody believed him. As he was about to be hung for his […]

Azulejos

Discover fascinating facts about these square tin-glazed painted ceramic tiles. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine July 2015 History: Originally, azulejos came from Egypt. In 1503 the tiles were introduced into Portugal, (King Manuel I used them for his palace in Sintra), where they soon became part of the culture. In the 17th […]

Pastel de nata

Discover fascinating facts about the light flaky puff pastry tarts with a slightly burned creamy custard filling. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2015 History: Pastéis de nata were first created in the 18th century, by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém in Lisbon. As convents […]