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In the genuine territories of the bordering interior, along the oldest border in Europe, lies the History of the formation and defence of Portugal as a Nation. Exploring the history, nature, traditions and charms of this territory is like reliving the adventures of our ancestors.
TRY Portugal has prepared an exclusive weekend for you, so you can discover the ancient and little-known places in the municipality of Almeida, coinciding with the Event "12 em Rede" of the Historical Villages of Portugal.
DAY 1 – Arrival in ALMEIDA
On the first day of our short break, participants are welcomed and checked in at selected accommodations.
After your trip to Almeida, it is time to relax in the Termas de Fonte Santa with a massage session.
On the way back to the village, a gastronomical evening awaits us with the tastes of typical regional dishes at the local restaurant - O Granitus.
DAY 2 – ALMEIDA
In the morning, we will start "12 em Rede Aldeias Históricas de Portugal" Program (Subject to confirmation by the Organization).
For the 2021 edition, there will be guided tours staged and commented by true connoisseurs of this universe we will look at the religious heritage built in a renewed context. This program is an invitation to reflect on the past with your feet in the present and eyes turned to the future.
As from 10:00 am
Regional Sweets and ancient knowledge compose the table with the greetings of the Lord Governor of the Square… where "Bola Doce" (a regional sweet) is lady master.
Reception of visitors at the Municipal Tourism Center.
10:30 am – Guided Tour - "OS ENJEITADOS DA FORTUNA EISPOSTOS NA RODA DO TEMPO" -FONDLING WHEEL HOUSE (Baby Hatch)
Beginning at Praça Dr. Casimiro Matias.
The visit crosses the research by Prof. Doctor Augusto Moutinho Borges, historian and university professor with the performance of the artistic team of CARB directed by Miguel Fonseca, thus providing a journey through time and a better understanding of the origin and function of the "Casa da Roda dos Expostos" (Baby hatch house) exhibit.
The visit has as its meeting point at the pillory that will return to the square where it once was and will tour the places where the children were left to their own fate, ending the tour at the “Roda dos Eispostos”.
It's time to taste the typical dishes of the region with lunch at the local restaurant – O Muralha.
15:00 pm – Conventual Confectionery Presentation
Location: Praça do Queijo
Pastel do Loreto
Café e Meia Lua
Café e 23
Based on the multiple confectionery recipes collected in the territory, Almeidense Sara Dias' talent and taste for confectionery and pastries were combined with Valdemar Onofre's knowledge and technical skills to present Loreto's Pastel, which everyone can taste and comment on.
Come and have your coffee and taste the sweets that were designed by us for you.
16:30 pm – Guided Tour - "ITINERARIES OF THE FAITH… THREE CHURCHES, ONE HISTORY"
Route: From the Church of Nossa Senhora do Loreto to the Church of Misericórdia by Augusto Moutinho Borges - Solar São João-Casa Memória, (Almeida).
Among the built heritage of Almeida, a small but significant group of buildings and religious elements stand out in the urban context that allows the creation of the route "Itineraries of Faith… Three Churches, one Story", integrated to the enhancement of the Religious Heritage in Almeida.
We know through cartography and historical documentation, that there were other devotional buildings, but due to the many wars, the immovable properties that testify to the faith and religiosity in this square-of-war did not withstand. The explosion of the Saint Dinis Castle, on August 26, 1810, toppled the parish church, adapting the site to a cemetery where a chapel was built, transferred from the square of Saint João. Today, centred on the Misericórdia chapel, on the parish church rebuilt in the former convent of N.ª Sr.ª do Loreto, on the double doors of S. Francisco and Stº António, on the bastions with the names of saints and on the road axes, which by their toponymy attest to the religiosity of the inhabitants. In addition to the aforementioned nuclei, there were private oratories, set up in noble houses in the town.
As mentioned, the route "Itineraries of Faith… Three Churches, One Story" allows you to walk through the historic village, as is still done in processions, imbued in this devotional route.
19:30 pm – Showcooking Guided by Chef Álvaro Costa with Olga Cavaleiro
Location: Praça do Queijo
Chef Álvaro Costa is our guest to reinterpret a typical menu, based on Olga Cavaleiro's research work on Local gastronomy. Based on this survey, which gave rise to a gastronomic menu and a set of menus, Chef Álvaro Costa is invited to prepare the dishes that will be served to the reduced number of diners while both share knowledge and experiences.
It's time to taste the typical dishes of the region with dinner at the local restaurant – Talmeyda.
22:00 pm – Paulo de Carvalho invites Victor Zamora Concert | Location: Cloister of the Convento
A classic of Portuguese music, Paulo de Carvalho at a recital with Cuban pianist Victor Zamora.
Two musical cultures that meet in the experience of these two musicians. An intimate recital based on songs by Paulo de Carvalho, travelling along new musical paths through the collaboration of Victor Zamora.
Voice and Piano are what you can see and hear in songs you already know in Paulo's voice. “O Depois do Adeus”, “Os Meninos de Huambo”, “Prelúdio (Mãe Negra)”, “O Cacilheiro”, “Lisboa Menina e Moça” or “O Fado”, are some of the songs that can be heard with their authors' life stories told inbetween.
In this live concert, which will also be broadcast in live streaming, the former Cloister of the Convento will come to life through the music and the architectural lighting design, created especially for the event, by Fred Rompante/Side Effects.
DAY 3 – ALMEIDA/CASTELO MENDO/CASTELO BOM/VILAR FORMOSO
On the morning of the third and last day, we will explore the charms of the surrounding villages in the region. Castelo Mendo and Castelo Bom
The historic village of Castelo Mendo reveals its medieval past, where for centuries two stone gargoyles similar to a female and male figure fueled myths and legends.
We won't miss: Castelo Mendo's Historic Center where we will visit the Portas da Vila, Porta da Guarda Porta de Dom Sancho and Porta da Traição.
At the time of the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the region was initially conquered by forces from the Kingdom of Leon. The domains of Castelo Bom and its castle were transferred to the Portuguese Crown as a dowry by the Holy Queen upon her marriage to D. Dinis, in 1282. We will explore the Historical Center of Aldeia Castelo Bom.
During our tour, will take you to taste the typical dishes of the region with lunch at the local restaurant – Chalé Suisse. After lunch, we will start our visit to Vilar Formoso to explore the region's historic Train Station, an 1882 cross-border station still in operation and marked by beautiful tile panels.
The tile panels at the railway station in Vilar Formoso, along with those at the station in São Bento do Porto, are perhaps the most beautiful in Portuguese railway stations.
Not to be missed: A visit to the Museological Pole, “Vilar Formoso Fronteira da Paz, Memorial to the WWII Refugees and Consul Aristides de Sousa Mendes”. This museum is housed next to the train station.
End of program.
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