Smoking the chouriço,Proença-a-Velha, Portugal

Festival of Azietie e Fumeiro, Proença-a-Velha

Festival of Azietie e Fumeiro Proença-a-Velha Portugal is rightly proud of it’s rich history, food, drink and traditions and takes every opportunity to celebrate them by throwing a party. Here in Portugal you can visit a different Festa (festival) every weekend, we have visited so many already this year. The latest festa in our nearby village […]

Cidade Antiga, Old Town, Penamacor, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

Penamacor Old Town and Jewish Quarter

Penamacor is a small town with many historic gems at the heart of it’s Cidade Antiga, the Old Town and Bairro Judeu, Jewish Quarter.  As Penamacor is a border town, only 12 km from Spain, a large number of Jewish people settled here after the Spanish expulsion of 1492 and their influence on this Portuguese town […]

Smoked Sausages on Sticks, Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas, Penamacor

Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas Portugal

Festa das Varas do Fumeiro or Festival of the Smoking Rods is held annually in the small village of Aranhas, or Village of the Spiders, in Central Portugal.  The festa is a celebration of all things smoked. Cheese and meat take pride of place in this culinary extravaganza. This usually sleepy village opens it’s doors, […]