Have you ever imagined the monastic rigour of a 12th century convent being adapted to a hotel, where the comfortable and sophisticated decoration answers to the most modern design? Or a modern stadium built for the Euro 2004 from which you can gaze on a rock amphitheatre? Find them in Portugal.
In our history we have inherited symbols of many places and cultures and a natural touch to combine the old and the modern, the traditional and the contemporary. Today this is expressed in secular arts, like the Arraiolos carpets, which are also embroidered with more modern patterns.
So come and meet the arts and old traditions and catch a breath of fresh air! With the Vista Alegre porcelain in Aveiro, the Atlantis crystal in Alcobaça or the glass design in Marinha Grande.
The most deep-rooted traditions can also be experienced at the festivities of Senhora da Agonia in Viana de Castelo or at the stick dances in Miranda to which the people lend splendour and colour through their clothing and singing. But also here, in arts like fado or rock, we like to be innovative. We know that you know Amália but have you heard Mísia or Mariza sing the fado? Or Dulce Pontes, Madredeus, or Rodrigo Leão? With their different registers, they are more and more acclaimed in world music. Like Da Weasel or Blind Zero. Hurry to listen to them because it is likely that you will want to leave with them in your suitcase.