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Portugal Day, what do Portuguese people celebrate today?

Happy Day of Portugal

Every year, June 10 marks officially the Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities.

 

Portugal Day is an official holiday only observed in Portugal, but the Portuguese communities all around the world celebrate the National Holiday. The date commemorates the death of Luís de Camões (June 10, 1580). The reason why it is celebrated on his death date is due to the fact that his birth date is unknown.

 

Praça Luís de Camões, Lisbon

Praça Luís de Camões, Lisbon

 

Camões was an adventurer, fighter and a literary icon that wrote “Os Lusíadas”. The Lusíadas is a national epic poem that celebrates the15th-century Portuguese Explorations and achievements, that brought fame and fortune to the country. This poem became a symbol of the Portuguese Empire and is considered one of the most important works in Portuguese literature. When he died, in 1580, the Portuguese succession crisis happened resulting in Phillip II of Spain claiming the Portuguese throne. After this, for three decades Portugal was ruled by three generations of Spanish kings. It was until 1640 when the country regained its independence and John of Bragança, became King John IV of Portugal.

 

Guardia Nacional Republicana

Photo: Guardia Nacional Republicana

 

During the Carnation Revolution, Portugal Day celebrations were officially suspended in 1974. The celebrations resumed after 1974 and were expanded to include the Portuguese Communities, Portuguese emigrants and their descendants living in communities all around the world.

 

Happy Day of Portugal

Happy Day of Portugal

 

We wish you a very happy Day of Portugal! If you are Portuguese, tell us in the comments how do you celebrate it where you are?

 

Obtaining Euros in the Azores (Part 1)- ATM’s

One of the most asked questions that we get is how do we obtain euros to spend on our vacation?

In this video, Ed explains one of the methods in acquiring euros when you are in the Azores.

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Getting to the Azores from the U.S. in 2013

Getting to the Azores

There are various ways to get to the Azores from the United States.  You can fly across the Atlantic to Continental Europe, and then fly back to the Azores.

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Legal Sea Foods to feature Azorean cuisine

With the increasing recognition of the Azores as being a popular tourist destination, Legal Sea Foods has taken the initiative to offer its customers authentic cuisine from these culture-rich islands.

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The Azores, a Top Budget Travel Destinantion in 2012

Azores, a Top Budget Destination

The Azores, has been getting a lot of good press lately, and it has been well deserved.  This time, Budget Travel magazine has nominated the Portuguese Islands as one of its Top Budget Travel destinations in 2012.

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Resources for Visiting the Azores

If you are planning on going to the Azores, or already have your trip planned, here are a few websites that offer great information on visiting the Azores:

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Tourada à Corda a Bullfight in the street

Tourada à Corda

Tourada à Corda (Bullfight by rope) is one of the more unique experiences that you will have on the island of Terceira.  From May until October you will find bullfights in the street, in the fields, and even at the beach.  While the island of Terceira has the formal Portuguese bullfight, where there are “Cavaleiros” (Horsemen), “Toureiro” (Bullfighters) and “Forcados”  in a bullfighting ringthe Tourada à Corda is less formal, in that it gives the spectator the opportunity to be on the same playing field of the bull.

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Azores ranked by National Geographic

The Azores were ranked as one of the top ten summer trips in 2011 by the editors of National Geographic Traveler.

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Calling home from the Azores

One of the more frequently asked questions that we get from our clients is about calling home from the Azores or mainland Portugal.

We came up with the following list of the best options, ordered by cost, to call home from the Azores and Portugal:

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Whale & Dolphin Watching in São Miguel

Whale and Dolphin Watching in São Miguel

Whales and dolphins have been coming to the Azores for many years due to the rich amount of fish supply that the sea surrounding the  islands have.  The islands of Azores, offers you a great opportunity to see these mammals as there are over 20 different types of species that have been seen near the islands.

While you can go whale watching year round, the best time to go is during the summer.  There are many operators that offer whale watching tours, and you can find them near the marina in Ponta Delgada.  Most tours last 3 hours and the cost can range from 40 to 55 euros.  Below is a list of operators that offer whale watching tours.

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