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Feira do Queijo, Soalheira, Portugal

Excited about Tractors, Feira do Queijo, Soalheira, Castelo Branco, Topsy Turvy Tribe

Yes, you guessed it, another week, another festa. Last week it was the festival of soups, this week, cheese took centre stage. There was oodles and oodles of the cheesy stuff, aged, blue, mouldy, stinky, gooey and of course, yummy. Read more…


Festival das Sopas, Proença-a-Velha, Portugal

Piano Accordians, Festival das Sopas, Proença-a-Velha, Topsy Turvy Tribe

You only need to live in Portugal for a short time to realise that sopa, soup, really is the foundation of everything. Portuguese life revolves around soup. Children are weaned on it, every meal begins with it, and a day Read more…


Festa da Divina Santa Cruz, Monsanto, Portugal

Monsanto Medieval Rock Band, Topsy Turvy Tribe

Central Portugal has a staggering amount of festas. We almost visit a different festa every weekend. The Portuguese community really do know how to host a good festa, particularly a medieval themed event. We have been to Medelim, Idanha-a-Velha and Read more…


Rock Climbing, Aldeia de João Pires, Portugal

Topsy Turvy Tribe, Aldeia do Joao Pires, Portugal

We are fortunate enough to live in the picturesque village of Aldeia de João Pires. Our small village takes you on a journey back in time; Granite houses, cobbled streets, peace, quiet and tranquillity. The area that surrounds the village has Read more…


Village Life, Idanha-a Velha, Portugal

Village Life, Idanha-a-Velha, Topsy Turvy Tribe, Central Portugal

Village Life in Idanha-a-Velha is pretty fast paced, well, not really. The former Capital of ancient Egitânia has now become a sleepy village; despite the fact that it is one of the 12 Aldeias Históricas de Portugal, historical villages of Read more…


Snowy Serra de Estrelas

Snow on the Serra de Estrela, by Topsy Turvy Tribe, Fundão, Castelo Branco, Portugal

The Serra de Estrela mountain is stunning but nevermore so than when it’s covered in snow. Mainland Portugal’s highest mountain, at 1,993 metres, it can be seen from all over the Castelo Branco region. We suddenly turn a corner and there Read more…


Jewish and Christian Easter Festival – Festa das Páscoas Judaica e Cristã, Medelim, Idanha-a-Nova

The Bagpipe Band, Medelim, Idanha-a-Nova, Central Portugal

We visited our local village of Medelim last weekend to attend the Jewish and Christian Easter Festival – Festa das Páscoas Judaica e Cristã. The history of the Portuguese villages that surround us never cease to amaze. There is so Read more…


Sunshine and Showers

Boys Playing, Penamacor, Portugal, Topsy Turvy Tribe

The relentless rains have continued here in Central Portugal. It has rained a lot; so much more that torrential downpours have become the new norm. The caravan roof sings to it’s own tune of meditative pitter-patter as bucket fulls of Read more…


Rainy Days and Downpours in Central Portugal

Rainbow over the Caravan and Old Barn, Penamacor, Portugal, Topsy Turvy Tribe

Rainy Days and Downpours in Central Portugal Portugal needed rain. The summer was intensely hot, so hot that there were numerous forest fires and tragic losses of life as the fires spread uncontrollably. Central Portugal had the worst of the Read more…


Serra da Malcata Nature Reserve, Reserva Natural da Serra da Malcata

Walking Trail Map, Serra da Malcata Nature Reserve, Reserva Natural da Serra da Malcata, Castelo Branco, Central Portugal

The Serra da Malcata Nature Reserve, Reserva Natural da Serra da Malcata, is situated between Penamacor, Sabugal and Spain. Its remote locations means it is one of the least visited natural parks in Portugal. This beautiful part of central Portugal Read more…