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
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.
Photo: Guardia Nacional Republicana
During the Carnation Revolution, Portugal Day celebrations were officially suspendedin 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
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?
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.
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 ring, the Tourada à Corda is less formal, in that it gives the spectator the opportunity to be on the same playing field of the bull.
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.