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Photographing Portugal: Where to capture fantastic photos in Northern Portugal

Portugal is renowned for its stunning coastal landscapes and kind, engaging people; which is much of the reason why Portugal continuously ranks as one of the top tourism destinations in Europe. That said, what many people haven’t experienced is the rustic interior of Portugal, where villages are hidden among the folds of terraced mountains, and …

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Friday Feature Photo: The Card Sharks of Madrid

Photographer: Adam Jason Moore Capture Date: June 12, 2013 Location: Madrid, Spain About: Despite their slow methodical approach, and deep-inset wrinkles, you won’t find more sly or wily players on this side of the Peninsula. Card games have long been enjoyed as a Spanish past time, and will often consist of: Loba, Botifarra, Chinchon, and the ever-so-popular, Mus. If you’ve …

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Friday Feature Photo: The Prolific Portuguese Poet

Photographer: Pedro Ribeiro Simões Capture Date: March 30, 2015 Location: Lisbon, Portugal About: The famed Portuguese poet and writer, Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) , was respected not only for the quality and breadth of his work, but for the work of his 75 alter egos. Rather than call them pseudonyms, because he didn’t feel it captured their true independent intellectual life, he called …

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Friday Feature Photo: The Secret Waterways of Galicia

Photographer: José Antonio Cartelle Capture Date: April 2, 2014 Location: Neda, Galicia, Spain About: Galicia is known as the land of the thousand rivers, many of which flow down from the mountain ranges of Os Ancares, O Courel and Pena Trevinca. As for the River Miño, it crosses Galicia from the northeast to the southwest placidly flowing down to the …

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Friday Feature Photo: Baking Bread in the Algarve

Photographer: Nicola Holtkamp Capture Date: September 9, 2012 Location: Olhão, Portugal About: Bread baking in Portugal is just as an important part of the culture as is wine,  cheese and pastries. The Algarve is no different! Normally enjoyed with butter or olive oil, dipping and dredging in sauces is completely acceptable.And even though most Portuguese consume all of these on a daily …

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Friday Feature Photo: Mushroom Season in Spain

Photographer: Gabriel González Capture Date: Februrary 28, 2014 Location: Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain About: Come fall, as humidity sits upon our valley like a thick wet blanket, fruit stands come alive with various plastic containers filled with exotic mushrooms. Many of these Spanish mushrooms are so incredible ugly that your wondering if your local vender isn’t trying to pull over …

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Friday Feature Photo: The Evolution from Mosque to Portuguese Cathedral

Photographer: Bert Kaufmann Capture Date: June 5, 2009 Location: Sé de Lisboa, Portugal About:  Sé de Lisboa (Lisbon cathedral) was built shortly after the reconquest of Lisbon from the Moors in 1147. Many years later, having being significantly modified after the 1755 earthquake and restored at the beginning of the 19th and 20th centuries, the church remains on the …

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Friday Feature Photo: Vineyards of the Priorat

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 5, 2010 Location: Priorat, Spain About: Just south of Barcelona lies the lush and contrasting vineyards of the Priorat. Around the middle of September in Bellmunt and El Lloar the harvest typically kicks off, and continues through the end of October or the beginning of November in Porrera and La Morera de Montsant. Vineyards …

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Friday Feature Photo: Remote Village of Marvão, Portugal

Photographer: José Carlos Babo Capture Date: April 12, 2014 Location: Castelo de Marvão, Portugal About: Perched on a granite crag of the Serra de São Mamede lies the remote village of Marvão. Marvão’s name is derived from an 8th-century Muslim duke, named Ibn Marwan. Ibn Marwan used the fortress as a power base when establishing an independent statelet (“emirate”, …

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Friday Feature Photo: The Extraterrestrial Landscape of Portugal

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: July 21, 2015 Location: Pico do Arieiro, Portugal About: There’s a reason why people fawn over Pico do Arieiro, Portugal’s third highest mountain…it’s absolutely breathtaking. Your mind wonders to alien planets where laws of gravity don’t seem to apply. It’s just you, the red rocky terrain and thousands of puffy white clouds …

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