Galo de Barcelos

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Legend says, that at some point in medieval times, a crime occurred in the city of Barcelos that no one could resolved. It turns out that a young Galician man who was passing through the region on the way to Santiago de Compostela to fulfill a promise, was charged by the residents as a suspect in the crime and was sentenced to hang.

Claiming his innocence, the young man asked to be taken to the judge and it was done so. In the meeting with the judge, the young man reaffirming that he had committed no crime, and in the laughter of the judge and in the present of others, the young man pointed into a roast chicken at the banquet table that was served there and said, "It is true that I am innocent, as true is, that this rooster will sing when I'm hanged."

Of course, no one took the young man seriously, but at the time he was hanging the rooster got up and sang! The desperate judge went to the gallows to try to avoid the injustice and arriving in time to see the boy survived for a poorly knotted rope.

Moliceiro de Aveiro

 

Moliceiro, as the name suggests, was a working boat used to collect "molicao" an aquatic algae (now sparse) used to fertilize the agricultural land of almost the entire Aveiro region. Its resources predominated from Ovar to Mira, varying its dimensions according to the area navigated. It is in Murtosa where these creations are born. On average, it takes about 25 days and 2 men to build a moliceiro. It is essentially built of meek and brave pine, a predominant species in the Aveiro region.

At the risk of disappearing due to the near extinction of the use of the molicao, the moliceiro was recently preserved, with the aim of a metamorphosis provided by a new economic and tourist reality.

Reinvented as a cultural symbol, it is now part of the Aveirenses and the city's landscape, where you can take walks along the beautiful Aveiro River.

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 Palheiros de Costa Nova

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Costa Nova's "Palheiros" (haystacks) are the famous striped beach houses of the same name, originally in ochre and black tones, which were used as former storage of fishing implements.

Until the beginning of the nineteenth century, Costa Nova was a large uninhabited beach, but after the launch of Barra in the port of Aveiro, the fishermen of the fishing campaigns of Alhavo moved to Costa Nova and began to build "palheiros" to maintain the nets and another materials associated with fishing. These were initially large without interior divisions, and then the wooden plots that were decorated with oyster shells were divided.

Simultaneously, the families of their partners, scribes and employers from other companies were drawn to the area in the summer and autumn months, transforming them into the current "palheiros", with colored stripes, and the "bourgeois fashion of wave baths" of the second half of this century, so that they could serve as a room in thespaseason. Today we cannot imagine the beach of the Costa Nova without its characteristic striped houses.

Farol da Barra

 

The Barra Lighthouse project was started in 1885 by engineer Paulo Benjamim Cabral, and was completed by engineer María de Melo e Mattos in 1893, having undergone major restorations in 1929.

Built at the entrance of Barra, this admirable work of the last century began to guide all navigation that until that moment had no orientation, which made them destroy the sandbanks. The ships of the time were often attracted to land, due to the illusion of drift caused by a very flat coast with the first elevations at great distance saloon from the sea.

At the time of its construction, it was the sixth largest in the world in stone treatment, currently being the second largest in Europe, it is considered the highest twentythin the world. The Barra Lighthouse, located on the beach of the same name, is one of the old libraries of the Municipality of Alhavo, and is visited annually by thousands of tourists who, after a climb of 288 steps, find one of the best coastal landscapes in the country.

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Portuguese Sardine

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A peninsular habit that comes from periods before our nationality. Some say that while they were in the territory that is now Portugal, the Phoenicians and Romans greatly appreciated and consumed the sardines, since the technique and practice of fishing were of great importance to them.

The once-salted sardine traveled from Iberia to the entire Roman world: Africa, Italy, Gaul and England. In the Muslim period, well south of the Tagus, sardine fishing was also carried out in great abundance.

The 17th century arrives and with it the shortage of sardines in Lisbon. Authorities are heading to other ports to obtain supplies. As a result, the harriers were scarce in the kingdom's capital and, due to their absence, lacked other food. From that moment we still have the habit of eating sardines with bread, a practice of the poor of the time who rubbed the roasted sardines in the crust to give flavor and therefore deceive the shortage of food. Between the 19th and 20th centuries, it was a staple for many rural families.

Sardine has been a traditional national symbol for centuries. It is so well embedded in Lusitan culture that in Portuguese literature there are records of this dish.

Portuguese guitar and Fado

 

The Portuguese guitar is a musical instrument loaded with symbolism and, thanks to its long alliance with the Fado, is connoted with the Portuguese "way of being", where fate and "saudade" (longing) are words that naturally are associated with the trite. It has such an unmistakable tone that wherever any Portuguese is, it recognizes it in the first chords.

"To play the Fado, no instrument fits better than the Portuguese guitar. He is accustomed to singing sadness from the most remote antiquity, and speaks in such a low voice that he does not disturb the great, the happy, the opulent. It's almost a crying child, or a woman who sighs. It impresses and does not stun. He makes himself heard, but he doesn't impose himself."

The Fado was born in the first half of the eighteenth century as a suburban force that conquered the city center. The frustration and fatalism that arise in the humble suburbs, in the atmospheres of taverns and ports of the city are reflected in the melancholy and nostalgic music.

The Fado is introverted, intimate in its essence, "saudade", sings to the sadness of what is gone, the lost empire, the homeland that could not be, the man who lost his glory. This is just the history of Lisbon, its soul full of scars...

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Dom Luis I Bridge

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Built as an offering to King Louis I, it was christened the Dom Luis I Bridge, in his honor. At the time of his inauguration, in 1886, the king did not attend to dignify and thank the masterpiece. In fact, this King was known for not "embracing" real power and rarely fulfills his royal duties. And as punishment for his behavior, the local population changed the name of Puente, being (only) Ponte Luís I.

Gustave Eiffel, seyrig's teacher and mentor, started out as the guideforr of Porto's most iconic bridge. The professional relations between the two became closer and it was an opportunity for the teacher and the disciple to work together. two geniuses, a masterpiece. This bridge is a symbol of the city of Porto.

Completely built in iron, it conveys confidence and greatness. The best ways to get to know it are through a cruise on the Douro or walking at the bottom towards the pier of Vila Nova de Gaia, where the famous Port wine cellars are concentrated. If you prefer, you can choose the top, where you will get the best view of the city, the river and its surroundings.

Águeda (Agitágueda)

 

Agitágueda festivalcontributes to the cultural landscape of the city in an unparalleled way. Since 2006, around 500 groups and artists have passed the festival stage. In addition to the consecrated names, the festival's mission is also based on the promotion of new musical projects through the "Agitgueda Talents", a competition that aims to promote the participation of new national artistic projects.

At the artistic level of public art, the entire city of Agueda lives in contact with urban art and with installations of the most varied types, installation of thousands of umbrellas on the streets of the city form an ensemble that is completed with another urban art project , which gave more color to the city, dozens of dots were painted with attractive chromatic variations, from garden benches to rainbow-like stairs, as well as many other notes of design and color.

The giant tent created for this purpose, decorated with the famous colorful umbrellas, is another factor of interest for those who visit the Agitgueda.

The Umbrella Sky Project was born in Agueda in 2012 and consists of several colorful art installations scattered throughout the city. The "floating" umbrellas are the strong element of the project and are now part of the symbols of the city.

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