Beiras, Centro de Portugal
- (Central Portugal) - Travel & Accommodation Guide
Portugal's Nightlife and Culture: Reasons to Stay in Coimbra
East of Central Portugal is Coimbra, the region's main city, home to Coimbra's
biggest university. This is a wonderful city of culture and recreation,
ideal for a few days exploration and play.
fizzles with that same crackling energy that all university towns do. It
is that energy of the youth, that seems to come when any city has been
handed over to the youth. Not content to stay in, to be bored or docile,
they demand things to do and be interested by, and anyone passing through
can not fail to be entertained by such a bustling resistance to slowing
university is the oldest university in Portugal, and one of the oldest
of universities still in operation over the world. It has nearly twenty
thousand students, who bring with them a lot of noise and excitement. For
them the year begins with Festa des Latas (The tin can parade), the homecoming
festival taking place in the beginning of the academic year in November.
Tin cans are tied to the back of the feet, chiming raucously along the
streets of Coimbra, and the new students dress in the creative costumes
designed by older students. The festival accumulates with the new students
being 'baptised' in the Mondego river to mark their initiation into the
Coimbra academic fraternity.
university year ends with an even larger festival taking place at the end
of the second semester, shortly before graduation, the Quiema das Fitas
(The Burning of the Ribbons), one of the biggest student parties in Europe.
It signifies the end of the year and severance from study, lasting eight
days long, a day for each faculty. Yet it is more a prolonged party, stretching
out as three days of sport activities, parades and concerts running long
in to the night, flowing with beer and cheer. The city becoming truly alive.
Over the Velha Universidade
University) of Coimbra, Portugal
really know how to party here and it is estimated that so much beer is
drank at Coimbra's Quiema das Fitas, it surpasses that at Munich's Oktoberfest.
between bars it is easy to feel the sense of energy of Coimbra, the appetite
of the city to have a good time, there are many bars and drinking wells,
it is easy to find a charming spot. Then afterward there are some colorful
night clubs fizzing with excitement, most recommended is Vinyl, one of
the finest clubs in the city.
and Buildings in City Street, Coimbra, Portugal
there is much more to Coimbra than partying and its student life. It also
has a very rich and old cultural side, adding a certain credence to the
city as a stimulating academic setting. The city is rich in notable of
Manueline architecture constructions, with the Santa Cruz Monastery boasting
a splendid Manueline facade and many of the university faculty building
serving as notable examples of the form. A traipse round all the religious
buildings of Coimbra as a travel round the architectural styles of the
second millennium, in staunch contrast to the Santa Cruz Monastery, the
Old Cathedral of Coimbra serves takes a Romanesque efficiency, while the
New Cathedral of Coimbra sits somewhere between the two with a beautiful
night Coimbra really becomes animated with a bustling bar scene to hop
between. A Capella bar is a wonderful little joint for experiencing the
very Portuguese Phenomena, the music of Fado, yet this is a distinctively
Coimbrian take on the form.
the busy days of this city, it is wonderful to have your own space to relax,
lounging by the pool, perhaps nursing that hangover with one of the region's
famous wines, a glass of 'Bairrida'. With villas
in Portugal you can take central Portugal at your own pace, relaxing
in your vacation home, walking round these glorious planes of land, back
in to the city with your new plans, for more culture, more fun.
the Visual Senses with Portuguese Arts by Ace Smith
is often said to be the center of Medieval and Renaissance arts of the
western world. Portugal shares in the distinction with some of the finest
artists and architects the continent has produced over the centuries.
country's rich folk traditions are well-respected and include the uniquely
Portuguese Fado, considered the country's national music. Its most noted
exponent was Amalia Rodrigues, the "Fado Queen" whose death in October
1999 prompted three days of national mourning.
addition, one of the country's noted writers, Jose Saramago, gave the country
its first Nobel Price for literature a year earlier. The cities known for
its Port Wine, Porto was declared the European Capital of Culture in 2001.
cinema is no Hollywood but is more an industry of cinematic artisans that
enjoy a small but avid market for artistic films. The oldest living direct,
Manoel de Oliveira continues to make one film a year at a ripe old age
of 100 and has figured in international retrospectives like in the Los
Angeles Film Festival of 1992 and the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1994 to
showcase Portuguese film noire.
new wave of Portuguese cinema is spearheaded by Joao Cesar Monteiro with
films like A Comedia de Deus which won the Jury's Special Award at the
1995 Venice Film Festival.
best of Portugal can be seen from a landscape dotted with ancient ruins
of once mighty structures that date back to the Roman conquest of the peninsula.
Its medieval castles are second to none in the continent.
country is best known for its Manueline architecture that evolved with
richer more intricate designs than the common architectures during the
country's age of discovery in the 14th to the 16 centuries. The Azuleo
ceramic tile work is unique to the both Iberian countries that include
Spain and can be seen in most churches, palaces and train stations.
Mondego and Ponte De Santa Clara, Coimbra, Beira Litoral,
Singer and a Guitarist Entertaining the Audience
tradition is best gleaned from its traditional folk music that has echoes
in its contemporary popular music. Portuguese traditional music uses instruments
like the Arab adufe which reveal its cultural heritage from the Moorish
conquest of the peninsula.
poetic nature of its music is best heard in the Pauliteiros de Miranda
to the Corridinho which are preserved to this day as a testament to Portugal's
native Fado is an entire music genre of its own that dates back to the
early 1800s in the cities of Lisbon and Coimbra. With mournful tunes often
about the poor and played with a shawl, a guitar and a beautiful voice,
the Fado is esteemed as the country's national music.
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& BREAKFASTS IN CENTRAL PORTUGAL
& BREAKFASTS IN AVECASTA NEAR ALVAIÁZERE
|Avecasta is a large village
near to Alvaiázere which is a municipality in Portugal with a total
area of 160.5 km² and a total population of 8,112 inhabitants. The
municipality is composed of 7 parishes, and is located in the district
of Leiria. The municipality is bordered by the municipalities of Ansião
(to the north), Figueiró dos Vinhos (to the northeast and east),
Ferreira do Zêzere (to the southeast), Ourém (to the southwest)
and Pombal (to the west).
Origin of the name Alvaiázere:
from the Arabic word "Al-Baiaz" (the falconer); lands of the falconer.
da Oliveira - Central Portugal Bed & Breakfast, Avecasta near Alvaiázere
Casa da Oliveira
offers 1st class bed and breakfast accommodation in a tranquil and relaxing
location. You will find it in a large village called Avecasta which is
located in Central Portugal in the triangle of Alvaiázere, Ferreira
do Zêzere and Tomar. Casa da Oliveira is a large single story villa
offering continental or full English bed and breakfast to its guests.
There are two large rooms, one double and one twin, a large modern bathroom,
swimming pool, terrace and bbq area.
& BREAKFASTS IN PARADA DE GONTA NEAR TONDELA
|About Parada de Gonta
"Golf, horse riding, vineyard
tours, skiing, visiting museums and rock climbing are just some of the
activities that you can do. There are some great local restaurants nearby
and two cafes in the village. The local post office also has an ATM machine."
dos Tres Rios
dos Três Rios, Parada de Gonta. near Tondela
At Quinta dos
Três Rios we, the Forestier-Walker family, offer you a magnificent
rural location where peace and tranquility reign. Our home is situated
outside the village of Parada de Gonta, between Viseu and Tondela, in the
heart of central Portugal’s Dão wine region. Six spacious and characterful
guest suites provide privacy and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere for our
visitors. More than a bed and breakfast, we welcome guests to share our
home and take meals with the family. Quinta dos Três Rios organises
parties in this wonderful setting with breathtaking views over the Rio
Pavia. We also organise a three-day wine tasting tour of the Dão
and Douro regions.