Natural Wonder: Azores

The Azores has got 9 islands and 3 groups ( Oriental, Central and Occidental ). Azores has volcanic origins so all its islands have a volcano, extinct or active. The last volcanic eruption was in 1979 in the island of “Faial” and the volcano is the ” Vulcão dos Capelinhos”.

“Pico” is the highest point/volcano in the Azores and also in Portugal. The biggest island and the one that is most worth visiting is S. Miguel because of its lake that is half green and half blue. Actually in the past that was a volcano but now it is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The traditional food is the ” Cozido á Portuguesa” meat and vegetables boiled with steam of the volcano.

The sea around Azores is a Reef with lots of animals including Sperm Whales.

Nuno and Pedro

The Algarve beaches

The Algarve is in the south of Portugal and it’s on the coast line, so it has a lot of beaches. The most popular beaches are “Rocha”, in Portimão,  ”Falésia”, in Albufeira and the beaches of Tavira. The Algarve has a lot of tourists because it is a very attractive place, especially in summer. Most of the tourists come from England and Germany. The water of the beaches isn’t as cold as the water in the other beaches of Portugal.

However, the beaches aren’t the only attraction in the Algarve. There are a lot of aqua parks, like “Zoomarine”, “Slide and Splash” and “Aquashow”, which are visited by young people and their families.  The nightlife is also very good and exciting.

The Algarve has got the most popular and beautiful beaches of Portugal!

Catarina, Inês and Leonor.

Serra do Gerês

The Serra do Gerês is a peaceful and magical place to rest. There is a wonderful 5 star hotel where you can really relax and enjoy the view and the beautiful sounds of mother nature and it isn’t really expensive.

If you want to have a tour with a guide to see this paradise, you should go to the Parque Nacional Peneda Gerês which is inside of Serra do Gerês. There you can see the many waterfalls and lakes in it. There is a huge diversity of plants and animals.

Daniel and Miguel

Best City – Porto

What could be more exciting than going to Porto city?

Porto is in the north of Portugal, on the river Douro. The weather is warm. On one hand the old-fashioned buildings give to the city an attractive and historical side. On the other hand the active night-life and the shopping centres give an exciting and modern side to Porto. It’s popular with tourists and it’s famous for the football team (F.C.P.).

The advice that we give to you is to visit the “ribeira” (by the river), the “Serralves” museum and the place where the “Vinho do Porto” is produced You should travel by boat on the Douro and there you would see great views and a lot of beautiful bridges.

The most popular event in Porto is the “S. João” festival, in June, where you can have fun and eat sardines.

A viewer’s opinion: “It’s a great city to visit, where you can relax and have fun, and you always have  something to do. It’s very exciting!”

By Maria G, Maria M. and Marta

Azores – Natural Wonder

The Azores are one of the most beautiful natural wonders in Portugal. It’s known for the seven cities lagoon. The legend says that a princess in love with a boy cried because her heart was broken and her tears were blue. The boy cried too but his tears were green. That’s why one of the sides is blue and the other is green.

Also, the S. Jorge’s cheese, bolo levedo (a type of bread) and cozido das Furnas (that is cooked in the hot springs) are well known in the Azores.

 There are beautiful flowers like  Hydrangea, among others… People are very friendly and it has lots of biodiversity. The Azores are also well known for tea because it is the only place in Europe that produces tea.

 We really think that the Azores are a natural wonder and an excellent place to visit!

Mariana and Sofia

Natural Wonder – Gerês

Gerês is a natural wonder in Portugal, near Braga. It’s a  good place to do different activities, such as walking in the mountains. During that activity you can enjoy the awesome view, and the bravest people try to climb the mountains  It’s a famous place due to its waterfalls, the huge green space and its hot springs. So, because of these amazing natural characteristics there lots of tourists from every part of the world spending their summer in Gerês.

Gerês is famous too because of the different  kinds of plants and the different species of wild animals, just like horses, deer, boars, etc.Gerês in general its a quiet place where we can rest when we are tired and spend our vacations.

Gonçalo & Miguel

Aljubarrota

In the 14th century, there was a battle between Portugal and the Moors, and it was in Aljubarrota. There is a monastery there, where people used to live, and it’s a monument. It’s built in the Baroque style, and many tourists visit it. It’s in Alcobaça.

The myth says that the Moors invaded the baker’s house and that the baker fought them with a wooden spoon and managed to put them in the oven and kill them.

David, José Nuno, Flávio

Best Beach/ Tavira

Tavira is a city in the Algarve with an island. The city of Tavira has some old buildings and historical monuments. In our opinion it is really romantic and popular with tourists because it has some cool bars and cosy cafes.

When we want to go to the island we need to take a ferry to cross the river.  The island itself is very big and sandy with lots of bars and restaurants that are not too expensive. If we want to stay on the island we can camp in the campsite.

Carolina and Filipa

Best beach – Nazaré

In this text we will talk about Nazaré. Nazaré is famous for the highest wave in the world, with 30 meters. A guy surfed that wave, and said that it was the best wave that he ever surfed. However, the sand is good too, it’s a yellow and fine sand. It’s not too crowded, but the best month to stay there with not to many people is in September. The weather is good, not too hot, but good to stay on that beach.

We hope that you visit that beach and enjoy it.

João and Bruno.

The romantic city of Paris

Paris is a wonderful city because of many  things, such as the monuments, the river, parks and the street life. The most famous monument is the Eiffel Tower that is gorgeous and always has lots and lots of tourists trying to visit it. Other famous sights are the Louvre, the cathedral of Notre Dame and the  Arc de Triomphe. There are lots of green spaces with beautiful fountains all around the city. Paris is quite famous because of the avenue of Champs Elysées. At night Paris is a very exciting place to be because there are lots of bars, discos and people walking around. Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world.

What do you know about Paris?

1. Why was the Eiffel Tower built?

a) To be the entrance to a big exhibition.

b) To honour the God of the Sun.

c)To honour some important French people.

2. Which king lived in the Louvre?

a) Louis V

b) Louis II

c) Louis XIV

3. What´s the name of the river that crosses Paris?

a) Nile

b) Seine

c)Thames

Marta and Leonor

Braga

It’s a city in the north with a mixture of modern and old-fashioned. It’s a historical city with Roman ruins. It hasn’t many industries but has a beautiful view of the city from Bom Jesus.

Now we some questions about Portugal.

Which is the longest river “born” in Portugal?

a) Tejo

b) Douro

c) Mondego

Who was the last king of Portugal?

a) D. Manuel II

b) D. Maria

c) D. Afonso Henriques

Pedro, Daniel e Miguel.

Quiz about Portugal

1. How many districts does Portugal have?

a) 17

b) 20

c) 18

 

2. What’s the most cultural city in Portugal?

3.Does “Estádio de Dragão” have more capicity than “Estádio da Luz”?

4. What’s the largest dynasty?

a) 1st

b) 2nd

c) 3rd

5. What’s the name of the biggest river that starts and finishes in Portugal?

a) Tejo

b) Mondego

c) Guadiana

6. What’s the name of the Portuguese river that runs south to north?

a) Douro

b) Este

c) Sado

Inês and Catarina

Quiz

Which team in Portugal has more national titles? (João’s question)

A) Benfica

B) F.C. Porto

C) Sporting

Who was the last President  of 1st Republic? (Sofia’s question)

A) Sidónio Pais

B) Canto e Castro

C) Manuel Teixeira Gomes

What is the Portuguese player that has more international appearances than ever in the Portuguese team? ( Nuno’s question)

A) Ronaldo

B) Figo

C) Eusébio

 

Quiz

1. What city that people speaks Portuguese correctly?

  • Lisbon
  • Coimbra
  • Porto

2. What is the first Portuguese football team ?

  • Sporting
  • SL Benfica
  • FC Porto

3. Who was the first president of portugal ?

  • Teofilo Braga
  • Manuel de Arriaga
4. What was the first team of Cristiano Ronaldo ?
  • Desportivo das Aves
  • Leixões
  • Sporting
5. How D. Pedro V died ?

 

Flávio, Maria