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Medieval Fair in Silves - 19 - 15 August 2011

Posted by Marianne on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 In : festivals and fairs 

It is a great experience to see how the historical centre of this ancient little town is transformed into medieval times. Everything is in style, including the clothes the stall holders wear and you really can imagine how life must have been a couple of hundred years ago.  There are many performances to see, there is no entrance fee, the food is great and there are many nice things to buy.  You can even participate yourself by renting (for a symbolic price) a costume and walk around dressed u...

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Festivities of the Popular Saints in Messines

Posted by Marianne on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 In : festivals and fairs 
In the neighbouring parish of Messines the "Festas dos Santos Populares" take place between 23 and 28 June 2011.

The festivities take place next to the Casa do Povo of Messines, near the Junta de Freguesia every day between 19.00 and 24.00 hours.  There will be sardines, snacks, regional products, parades and musical entertainment. 

The programme:

23 June - Parade and dance

24 June - Pig on the roasting spit and ball with João Paulo Cavaco

25 June - Pig on the roasting spit and ball with Kavaidis...

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new practitioner of veterinary medicine

Posted by Marianne on Monday, June 20, 2011 In : news and information 

New in the area of São Marcos da Serra is a young and motivated Médica Veterinaria (veterinary surgeon).
So if you have small animals that need treatment or vaccination, just give Carla Guerreiro a call and she will come to your house for a consultation.
Her telephone number is:  963169711


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Sueca - the famous Portuguese card game

Posted by Marianne on Thursday, June 16, 2011 In : sport and entertainment 

In many places you can see posters advertising a Sueca tournament, where prices may be a lamb, suckling pig, a rooster or a bifana,  Sueca (also Portuguese for a Swedish woman) is a point-trick game with trumps and is probably the most widely played card game: it is played in most parks and coffee places where there are at least four people.

If you want to know how the game is played and maybe enter a tournament yourself, here are the rules:                   Sueca is a game for four players p...

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Feira de Turismo Concelho Silves - 22 and 23 June 2011

Posted by Marianne on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 In : festivals and fairs 

Come and experience the flavours of the Algarve, its cuisine, its culture, its crafts, the music and more....
The Primary School Dr. António da Costa Contreiras in Armação de Pera, will host the Fair of Tourism of the Municipality of Silves on 22 and 23 June. 

According to organizers, "it is intended that the show is a vehicle for the dissemination of activities, whether economic, cultural or artisan, in the municipality of Silves. All parish councils, cultural groups and artisans are parti...

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Football Training for children in July

Posted by Marianne on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 In : sport and entertainment 

The Serrano Futebol Clube invites all children between 6 and 12 years old to participate in a Summer Football Training (Escolas de Futebol) in the month of July.

For more information you can call:  964576505 or 914527603

If you are interested you should register at the Serrano Futebol Clube in the village.
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Barn Swallows and mosquitoes

Posted by Marianne on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 In : nature 

I just love the swallows!  They are such pretty little birds, announcing spring has come, true acrobats in the sky, happy singers and on top of all that all they keep the mosquito population around your house within limits. So there are a lot of pro´s to let them build a nest around your home.  
This year a pair of barn swallows (hirundo rustica) decided they really liked the top left corner of our entrance door.  After getting rid of the foundations countless times, we decided to give in, lo...
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BTT S. Marcos da Serra - 12 June 2011

Posted by Marianne on Sunday, June 5, 2011 In : sport and entertainment 


Conquering the 5 "talefes" - S. Marcos da Serra - June 12, 2011

The Center for biking/Canoeing and the Serrano Football Club, will host on June 12, 2011 a spectacular ride in our parish.

Location: S. Marcos da Serra
Secretariat: Soccer Field Serrano FC / Bombeiros
Concentration: Soccer Field Serrano FC / Bombeiros
Time: 9.00

Sign up limit: 150
Deadline for entries: up to 150 confirmed by June 8 (because of the listings for insurance)

Jorge Rita: 917822093
Luis Cabrita: 962564778
Carlos Pachec...

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Feira Saberes & Sabores da Serra - 28 and 29 May

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 In : festivals and fairs 

The neighbouring village of Santana da Serra is hosting the 10th edition of the Feira de Saberes & Sabores da Serra on 28 and 29 May.

This "Fair of Knowledge and Tastes" is essentially an exhibition of regional products of animal origin (predominance of black pork - porco preta) and sweets. In addition there is a cultural component such as traditional music of the Alentejo mixed with other forms of artistic expression such as this year's demonstration of ballroom dancing and entertainment pre...

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Há caracóis !

Posted by Marianne on Monday, May 23, 2011 In : food and recipes 

Now we are in the middle of the caracóis season!  Between April and July you can find signs everywhere around the Algarve: "Há caracois", also in São Marcos da Serra.  You either love them or hate them, but if you are brave enough to give it a try, this is the way to make them yourself.

Buy or search for 1 kg of fresh caracóis.  The ultimate thing is of course to get up early and walk the countryside yourself in search of the small snails.  
First you have to get the slippery snails ready ...

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São Marcos da Serra had his own "Robin Hood" in the past

Posted by Marianne on Saturday, May 7, 2011 In : history 

Remexido or Remechido, the nickname of José Joaquim de Sousa Reis (Lagoa, Estômbar, 19 October 1796 – Faro, 2 August 1838), was a notorious bandit of the Algarve in Portugal.

He was the son of Joaquim José dos Reis and wife Clara Maria do Carmo da Rocha, both born in Estômbar, in the municipality of Lagoa, and died before a firing squad at the Campo da Trinidade (site of the present school hall of the Tomás Cabreira Secondary School) in Faro on 2 August 1838.
He served as a supporter of...

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Make your own Easter Folar

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 In : food and recipes 

Folar de Páscoa - traditional Easter cake

The folar is a fancy bread, decorated with 2 or four boiled eggs.  

400 gr flour
15 gr fresh yeast
45 gr caster sugar
90 gr butter
1 large egg
300 ml milk
1 teaspoon powdered aniseed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

for decoration: 2 hard boiled eggs, 1 beater egg for brushing

Combine the crumbled yeast with 1/4 of the flour and 1/3 of the (warm) milk in a warm bowl.
Make a dough of these ingredients, cover the bowl and leave it to rise for 1/2 hour in a wa...

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who knows António Francisco?

Posted by Marianne on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
One of our readers, Adriano Freitas, living in the north of Portugal, is looking for a long lost friend named António Francisco.
António was in Mozambique in 1974 and after returning to Portugal he used to work at the Cámara of Silves.
He was living in São Marcos da Serra.  Now he would be around 62-65 years old.
If anybody has information about the whereabouts of this man, please let us know. 
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Feira do Folar

Posted by Marianne on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 In : festivals and fairs 

During the Easter weekend, 22 to 24 April 2011, the 13th Feira do Folar (Easter Cake Fair) will be held in the centre of São Marcos da Serra.  The streets will be filled with the smell of Easter cakes, chouriço, herbs, sweets and a whole lot of other regional specialties like medronho and honey.
Furthermore there will be traditional handicraft, live music and folklore dance. Also there will be an exposition about the production of bread.

The Fair will be open every day between 11.00 and 22.00...

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Rally de Portugal 2011

Posted by Marianne on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 In : rally 

The Vodafone Rally Portugal 2011 will start in Lissabon on 24 March, move through the lower Alentejo and end in the Algarve on 27 March 2011.  Also São Marcos da Serra will be in the picture on Sunday 27 March.  This year will be the debut of the Mini Rally Car.  For more information:
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Posted by Marianne on Friday, February 25, 2011 In : Carnival 
Loulé plays host to the oldest and most famous Carnival in Portugal.  Over 3 days, a huge procession consisting of floats, samba and entertainment groups, and giant puppets parades down the main avenue of the city of Loulé.  In parallel, a range of cultural and sporting activities take place, the highlights being the Gala Ball and Carnival Parties.

When?  6 March - 8 March
Where? Loulé - Av. José da Costa Mealha

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XVIII Feira dos Enchidos Tradicionais

Posted by Marianne on Friday, February 25, 2011 In : festivals and fairs 
Visit the 18th Monchique Traditional Sausage Festival.
This is one of the most important events in the south of the country with over 50 exhibitors.
The aims are to familiarize people with the pork products made locally in the uplands of the serra, using the meat of the Iberian pig and traditional methods from the region, and to provide a focal point for promoting and appreciating other produce from the serra such as the traditional medronho, the region´s typical homemade confectionery, honey,...
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Welcome !

Posted by Marianne on Thursday, January 27, 2011
Welcome to the São Marcos Blog !!

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Passeio TT

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Thursday, January 27, 2011
The 4th passeio TT Serra da Azilheira will be held on 30 January 2011.
Motors, quads and jeeps will race through the countryside of Azilheira.
The event is organized by the Hunter Association (Associação de caça e pesca de Odelouca)
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