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Visit almodôvar, portugal: a small town in the alentejo

Written by delinete-rocha on June 26, 2022, 9:18 a.m.


Visit Almodôvar, Portugal: a charming medieval town (37.511762, -8.060513) in the Alentejo, near Faro. The small town is just 80 km north of the Portuguese south coast capital city, and the airport.

The town’s easy-going people, peculiar landscapes and ancient roots give it …

(Be)Longing (Volta à terra)

Written by sergio_costa on June 26, 2022, 9:16 a.m.


The aim of Ecorustics is revealing rural Portugal to the rest of the world. We believe that it is important that millennials and the future generations have a general understanding about the life style of our ancestors and how it …

Serra do São Macário

Written by sergio_costa on June 26, 2022, 9:15 a.m.


The Legend 

The word São (Portuguese for Saint) points us to the sacred origins of São Macário. According to legend, the son of a rich castellan called Macário sought refuge high up in the secluded mountains far away from civilization. …

Buying rural property and working remotely in central Portugal - part II

Written by Imelda on June 18, 2022, 10:24 p.m.


How to (or not) renovate old doors?

But do not assume that we were spending all our time with our new little friends. We were still working full time in our jobs and also, we were continuing to renovate our …

Buying rural property and working remotely in central Portugal - part I

Written by Imelda on June 18, 2022, 10:22 p.m.


As a new PhD in Sweden, I always imagined that my PhD experience would be one of full of interaction, research opportunities, growth and travelling. I had dreamt about this since when I can remember and this had been my …

How is life in a secluded village in central Portugal?

Written by sergio_costa on April 9, 2022, 9:22 a.m.


Living in a small and secluded village such as Santo Estêvão offers peace of mind and close contact with the nature.

Tradicional farming is the main activity of the few inhabitatns. Despite economically catasthrophical is very environmentaly friendly. For example, …

Tradicional Portuguese food

Written by delinete-rocha on March 13, 2022, 2:42 a.m.


Food in Portugal - The traditional cuisine

Portuguese cuisine is not as well known around the world as other Mediterranean cuisines, such as: French, Spanish, Italian, Greek or Turkish. We could compare the situation of Peruvian food, also food of …

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Pastel de belém: the ultimate pastel de nata

Written by delinete-rocha on March 7, 2022, 4:27 a.m.


The Pastel de Belém truly is in a league of its own and do not compare to the common Pastel de Nata. Had Plato extended his interests to gastronomy, he would have found in the Pastel de Belém an …

Tennis court in the countryside, is it a good investment?

Written by sergio_costa on Feb. 28, 2022, 2:01 a.m.


A tennis in the countryside, surrounded by natural environment sound like a very attractive combination. Therefore, building tennis courts can help reinvigorating the countryside.

The plan of a tennis court is quite standard and the architecture is almost negligible. However, …

Portuguese chouriço is flaming good!

Written by delinete-rocha on Feb. 28, 2022, 2 a.m.


You might be familiar with a slightly different smoked sausage, the one from our neighbours across the borderChorizo. The Portuguese recipe, however, is Chouriço and we pronounce sho-ree-soo.

Portuguese Chouriço: the (not so) secret ingredient 

Chouriço is a traditional delicacy and widely popular …

Marmalade: a bit of Portugal in every jar

Written by delinete-rocha on Feb. 28, 2022, 12:56 a.m.


Marmalade or Marmelada?

Both. The English Marmalade inspired the Portuguese Marmelada. Or, might it have been the other way around?

In any case, Marmelada is to the Portuguese, what Quince Cheese is to the English, and Membrillo, to the Spanish.

Marmelada is made of quince, and the …

The good old Portuguese soup

Written by delinete-rocha on Jan. 20, 2022, 6:31 p.m.


One of the oldest dishes in history, going back to prehistoric times, soup is perennially popular in Portugal. The country fiercely defends its, position as the European leading consumer of this food by keeping a diverse repertoire of recipes, tailored …

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Visiting Portugal: flying and driving

Written by delinete-rocha on Sept. 10, 2021, 7:33 a.m.


In this post, Visiting Portugal: flying and driving, we hope to answer your practical questions involving the journey to Portugal. We hope to be able to help, whether your question is about traveling with children, renting a car or paying …