Weave the palm tree braid

In the Algarve, from a whitewashed street, a braid with no end is extended, it has a gold colour, but is shy and less vain than the gold-tone. It is a palm tree braid, made by restless and full of conviction hands that gather the leaves of the broom-palm....

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New vs. Old barbershops

The barber’s job counts on a big history already, and the centuries that are part of it are testimonies of this! But, for the record, nowadays, the beard of this profession is trimmed and takes wax so as not to go unkempt. A lot of us are familiar with this...

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Ach.Brito – Soap factory

All good ideas have at least one mentor, but this particular case had two.   One was a chemist and the other an importer, they joined their skills and settled in Porto to create the first soap and perfume factory in Portugal in 1887. Ferdinand Claus and Georges Schweder, of German...

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Traditional houses of the Algarve

Today, Mar d’Estórias will discover what makes a house typical of the Algarve. We will try to understand what differentiates the homes of the Algarve from others. The diversity that is reflected in the architecture, materials, techniques and forms of houses that incorporate, over time, external influences and experiences...

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Visit to Bordallo Pinheiro Factory

The invitation was made some time ago, but we had not yet had the opportunity to go to Caldas da Rainha. However, everything happens for a reason and arrives at the right time. The team at the Mar d’Estórias shop took advantage of the remaining holidays to finally visit...

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Two Generations, Two Love Stories

As soon as February starts everything around us is about Valentine’s Day! We, at Mar d’Estórias, think that talking about Valentine’s Day confines love stories to one day. If we think about it, love stories are lived every moment, every hour, everywhere. So, we searched for two experiences of...

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The 40 expert fishermen in Lagos

A few metres from Mar d’Estórias, on the main avenue in Lagos, the wisdom of the sea and the history of our town is transmitted by living sources – in the experiences of 40 local fishermen. Lagos, a land of discoveries, men of the sea, golden coves and crystalline...

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Spearfishing in the Algarve

The connection the Algarve community has with the sea is undeniable. From the Portuguese Discoveries, from the search for fish for family survival to the enjoyment of water sports, we always consider the sea an essential part of our lives. (more…)

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Algarve Comfort Food

The fresh fish and tomato flavours present in the Algarve’s gastronomy during the summer also accompany typical dishes on winter days. These are combined with seasonal ingredients to become delicious comfort meals – “stewpan foods,” as they are called, which warm our soul and our palate during the shortest...

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Dedicated Laundry

In times gone by, even when it came to laundry there was an art and dedication. The hands of the washerwomen rubbed the fabrics against the slanted slabs to leave their customers’ clothes immaculate. (more…)

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Are peanuts grown on trees?

lthough we live by the sea, the Algarve region is rich in customs related to land and agriculture. Now it’s time for the peanut harvest, and Mar d’Estórias is focused on the whole process associated with the cultivation of the “alcagoita” as it is called here. (more…)

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Folk Dance Group of Odiáxere

To absorb the knowledge of our people and to understand the life they lived, helps us to identify with our culture. This heritage rooted in clothing, music and choreography led Mar d’Estórias to contact Luís Morgado, President of the Folk Dance Group of Odiáxere (Rancho Folclórico e Etnográfico de Odiáxere),...

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