Real - Rustic - Relaxed

sao marcos da serra, park

Showing Tag: " serra" (Show all posts)

São Marcos da Serra Community Centre Re-opening

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Sunday, February 2, 2014, In : community 
                             

If anybody was thinking that São Marcos da Serra was slowly dying, they are now proven wrong!
The community of our beloved village is alive and kicking, as could be witnessed at the great re-opening of the community centre on the 31st of January.

Full house, great music, happy people, lots of dancing, drinks and food, people of all ages gathering together. It was a lovely festivity, organised by a dedicated group of people that want to bring back activities for you...

Continue reading ...
 

The new members of the council of S. Marcos da Serra

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, In : news and information 
The new equipe of the freguesia of São Marcos da Serra have been installed now. 

President - Luís Manuel Viegas Cabrita (PSD)
Secretary - Maria Esmeralda Ramos Rosa (PSD)
Teasurer - Rosa Maria Coelho Guerreiro (CDU)
 
Members of the council:
President - José Manuel de Oliveira Rodrigues (PSD)
1st Secretary - Rui Miguel Fernandes Grilo Freitas Monteiro (PSD) 
2nd Secretary - Licínio Roberto Lourenço Ramos (CDU)
Members
PS - Ricardo José Guerreiro, José António Montes Folgado, Maria Teresa Calado...

Continue reading ...
 

Festas de Verão - 2013

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, In : festivals and fairs 
                               

Its summertime again and São Marcos da Serra looks forward to celebrate.  This year the event will take place in the centre of the village. Come and join in on 9 and 10 August. Lots of live entertainment, food and drinks will provide the circumstances for a wonderful evening.



Continue reading ...
 

Feira do Folar 2013

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, In : festivals and fairs 
                                    
                                   

São Marcos da Serra would like to welcome you to the XVth edition of the Feira do Folar (Easter Cake Fair) between 29 and 31 March 2013.

The event is sponsored by the city of Silves (CMS), with support from the local Parish Council, the Serrano Football Club and the Association of Humanitarian S. Marcos da Serra.

Traditional folklore will be presented by approximately two dozen exhibitors with the region's traditional produ...

Continue reading ...
 

Full Moon In The Serra

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : personal 

                                     


Normally we live a quite "natural" life, speaking about getting up and going to bed. We more or less rise with the sun and go to sleep early after the big light has gone. But there are exceptions, occasions and special events that make us stay up late.....

Last night was one of these nights. With the full moon rising over the serra, we decided to go to São Marcos da Serra for a drink and some chocolate from the gambling machine in one of the local café´s...

Continue reading ...
 

Tail of Tornado Touches São Marcos da Serra

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Saturday, November 17, 2012, In : news and information 
                            
                              

On Friday 16 November a powerful tornado hit the coast of the Algarve at Carvoeiro, ran through Loagoa and Silves and ended at São Marcos da Serra. There was great damage, especially in Lagoa and Silves, but right at the end of the tornado, at the road leading towards Joios and Fitos, there was also a lot of damage done.


                              

This tree was lifted from its position and thrown into this field.

                    ...

Continue reading ...
 

São Marcos da Serra inspired un unknown poet

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Sunday, October 21, 2012, In : history 
                             

Once upon a time some unknown poet got inspired by São Marcos da Serra and wrote this poem on the characteristics of several hamlets belonging to the freguesia.

A Ribeira-de-baixo é um pontal
A Retorta não tem partilha
Não falando na Fatamilha
Vale de Água é em geral
Vagarosa, tem moral
A Ferrenha tem talento
No Pereiro de Zorra mora o bom tempo
No vale de Carvalheiros a ternura
Nas Taipinhas a Estremadura
E à dos Brancos mantimento
Pé cruzado foi repartido
Na Rochinh...

Continue reading ...
 

Lupini Beans - Tasty Little Bites

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Sunday, September 16, 2012, In : food and recipes 
                                 

The first time I was served these yellow beans in the local café with a beer, I did not know what they were.  In the meantime I learned to appreciate these "Petiscos" (Portuguese for "tasty little bites") as a delicious snack, especially since I found out how healthy they are!

Lupini beans are the yellow legume seeds of Lupinus genus plants, that grow all over Europe and are a common snack food in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and Egypt. The Lupini b...

Continue reading ...
 

Summerparty 2012 in S. Marcos da Serra

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Thursday, July 26, 2012, In : festivals and fairs 
It is Summertime in the Algarve and partytime in São Marcos da Serra. On 3, 4 and 5 August the traditional Festas de Verão, organised by the Serrano Futebol Clube and the Associação Desporjtiva e Cultural, will take place near the football stadium.


                                     

What is happening when?  
 
 3 August - 21.30 Opening

                22.00 live music with Emanuel Martins

4 August - 17.30 Football competition - Serrano FC x Nave Redonda
                18.30 Veterans Serrano ...
Continue reading ...
 

Who Remembers Jocelinda Silva Guerra?

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : people 
                               

This lady, Jocelinda Silva Guerra, from Winnipeg, Canada, was born in São Marcos da Serra and would love to correspond with some people that remember her. This is what she wrote to you:

 S. Marcos da Serra, a terra onde nasci cresci e fui as aulas da Professora D. Maria Avelar. Cantei com as meninas da escola na Igreja e frequentei a catequese. Sou muito devota  do Santo Mark que por sinal  Este Santo tem o Leao a seu lado. Eu por coicidência nasci sob o signo ...
Continue reading ...
 

25 April - Feast Day of Saint Mark

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Friday, April 20, 2012, In : festivals and fairs 
                                       

 
Saint Mark, also known as John Mark, is not only the patron Saint of São Marcos da Serra, but also of the town of Venice in Italy. Also he is the patron of notaries, writers, secretaries and glaziers. Christians call upon him for good weather and a good harvest. Also he helps against lightning and hail and with sudden death.

He was one of the 4 evangelists and wrote the oldest gospel of the bible. He was one of the 70 disciples and later founded the chu...
Continue reading ...
 

The Nêspereira or Loquat Tree

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, In : food and recipes 
                         

 
In São Marcos da Serra people just love their Nêspereira (loquat tree). This evergreen, easy to grow, tree (Eriobotrya japonica) originates from China and Japan and is not only ornamental, but it also has wonderful tasty fruit. You can find these trees in every garden, no matter how small.

The fruit of this tree is called the loquat (nespera in Portuguese) and is related to the apple and the pear. It is the first fruit to ripen in the springtime. It is rich in beta...

Continue reading ...
 

Feira do Folar 2012

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, In : festivals and fairs 
                                   

The 14th edition of the traditional Easter Fair of São Marcos da Serra will be held again during the Easter weekend, 6, 7 and 8 April 2012.
 
The church square and the surrounding area will be the setting for this yearly event. Lots of traditional products and handicraft can be bought here and there will be live entertainment with music and folklore dance.  Come and taste, smell, watch and listen to everything that will be going on in this lovely village of t...

Continue reading ...
 

Reopening Café-Restaurant Os Duartes

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Thursday, March 1, 2012, In : news and information 
                                

This week Café-Restaurant Os Duartes reopened its doors after a great painting job and closing the roof terrace, making the restaurant larger and to be used in all kinds of weather.


                                 

You can have a dish of the day for the nice price of €4. The restaurant is at the first floor and offers a beautiful view on the serra. The café is on the ground floor.
 

                               

You can find Os Duartes next to the church in t...
Continue reading ...
 

Protest or Carnival?

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Carnival 
                          

Is it a celebration of Carnival or is it a protest against the governments austerity measures?  Probably a bit of both. Not only in Lissabon, but even in the sleepy village of São Marcos da Serra, people are getting fed up and angry with the government´s measures to master the crisis. Today, there were demonstrations of protest near the Football Club, at the church and next to the village donkey.  Here the pictures that speak for themselves. 
 
                      ...
Continue reading ...
 

Carnival in São Marcos da Serra

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, In : Carnival 
                               

The children of the village celebrate Carnival 2012.


                              
Continue reading ...
 

Those Were The Days.....

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Sunday, January 8, 2012, In : way of life 
                          

When you ask one of the older inhabitants that has lived in São Marcos da Serra his/her entire life, to tell you about the past, you will probably hear a deep sigh first.  "Aaahhhh, when I was young, things were very diffent here...." The village was prosperous, the hills were clean from weeds, there were no ruins and the montes (houses) were full of life and people.  

In the fifties of the last century São Marcos da Serra was indeed a busy place. There were around ...

Continue reading ...
 

Mushrooms and Funerals in São Marcos da Serra

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Monday, December 26, 2011, In : news and information 
                              
 
Since 22 years Hortense Dias is the proud owner of Agencia Funeraria Pimentel Dias. Not only is this the funeral agency of the village of São Marcos da Serra, but Hortense Dias is also the local expert on mushrooms that grow in the serra. Local people pick the wild mushrooms in the surrounding hills and take them to Hortense. 

Here you can buy the fresh, wild mushrooms, but most of the harvest is exported to Spain and is sold to Germany, Switserland, Italy and t...
Continue reading ...
 

New Year Celebration in São Marcos da Serra

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Sunday, December 11, 2011, In : sport and entertainment 
                                                 

Come and join the New Year´s celebration 2011-2012 in the Serrano Futebol Clube in São Marcos da Serra.

On December 31 there will be live music and dance as of 21.30 hours with Caria Santos and Yone Santiago. There will be caldo verde soup, shrimps, suckling pig, snacks and deserts available. 

Sign up at the Serrano Futebol Clube in the village!
 ...
Continue reading ...
 

Footballization of a Society - The Importance of a Game

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Friday, October 14, 2011, In : sport and entertainment 
                                       

Football is omnipresent in Portugal, you might even speak of "footballization" of the Portuguese society. This also goes for São Marcos da Serra. Here the football-a-holics are divided between the clubs of Benfica and Sporting (or should I say Sporting and Benfica?). Anyway, the third important national club, Porto, is out of the picture here.

A little bit of history 
Football was brought to Portugal in the late 19th century by Portuguese students who ret...
Continue reading ...
 

New Village Café

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Thursday, October 6, 2011, In : news and information 
                                  

There is a new place to be in São Marcos da Serra and it is called Snack-bar Arco-Iris, arco-iris meaning rainbow.
The new owner Jorge Gonçalves Pereira is running the place and he is doing very well.

Here you can enjoy a good coffee, a nice cool beer or even a great caipirinha  either inside or ouside on the shady terrace. Snacks such as tosta, cakes, meats or bifanas are also available.


Café Arco-Iris is located in the Rua de Fabrica, next to the Drogeria N...
Continue reading ...
 

Market day in São Marcos da Serra - 15 September

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Monday, September 12, 2011, In : festivals and fairs 


September 15 - Market day in São Marcos da Serra, near the cemetery.

Do your shopping, watch the people and enjoy the summer wiht some grilled chicken and wine or beer.
 
 

Continue reading ...
 

Sport for Seniors season 2011/2012 starts September 19

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, In : sport and entertainment 



The new schedule of the project Sport Senior, season 2011/2012, will begin next September 19. This project activity is promoted by the Municipality of Silves (CMS), through its Sports sector, and directs people aged over 55, resident in the county. All those wishing to register may do so in first class, free of charge, one of 21 classes in Alcantarilha, Silves, Loving, Armação de Pêra, Azilheira , Enxerim, Pear, Poço Barreto, Portela de Messines, Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, São Marcos da...

Continue reading ...
 

Festas de Verão - São Marcos da Serra - 13, 14 & 15 August 2011

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, In : festivals and fairs 



The Serrano Futebol Clube hosts the Festas de Verão (Summer Party) near the football stadium in São Marcos da Serra on August 13, 14 and 15.

In the evening there will be live music and dancing, Bifanas and Chicken BBQ.  You can make reservations for a table for €5 each at the Serrano Futebol Clube in the village.

Programme:

13 August:
17.00 Football tournament
21.00 opening of the fair
21.30 dancing - music by the Irmãos Cabanas
00.00 music and dance with the Grupo Marvilhas do Alentejo

14 Augus...
Continue reading ...
 

about honey and água-mel

Posted by Marianne on Thursday, July 21, 2011, In : food and recipes 
                       

The area of São Marcos da Serra belongs to the protected region of "Mel da Serra de Monchique".  The honeybees of the serra produce a very high quality dark yellow and smooth honey. The quality is so high because of he great biodiversity and the pure and clean air here.  The bees visit the flowers of rosemary, eucalyptus, heather, orange tree, lavender, cistus, prunus etc.  One hive gives on average 25 kg of honey per year. Did you know that 1 honeybee makes about 1 tw...
Continue reading ...
 

Party time in Fitos (Santana da Serra)

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Thursday, July 7, 2011, In : festivals and fairs 


Summertime is partytime !  
 
16 July there is a traditional Festa Popular with music, dance, sardines and drinks in the hamlet of Fitos (Santana da Serra), next to São Marcos da Serra, 
 
Join in as of 1800 hours and enjoy the food, the people and the music by Neuza Guerreiro.

 

Continue reading ...
 

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

 

Continue reading ...
 

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...
Continue reading ...
 

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)

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

Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

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. 
Continue reading ...
 

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...

Continue reading ...
 

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)
Continue reading ...
 
 
blog comments powered by Disqus