Ribatejo ... A day in the countryside 1/2 hour from Lisbon
The most typical landscape of the Ribatejo is the marsh (lezírias) where bulls and horses live freely and rice is grown.
★ The Royal Falconry of Salvaterra de Magos
★ What surprised us
After the screening of an introductory film, you enter the falconry courtyard and discover twenty or more birds of prey waiting for you on their perch. There were only two of us for this visit and we were very surprised to be followed by all those hawks watching our every move. Explanations of the falconer: this is normal behaviour and when there are more visitors, the hawks distract their attention.
The falconry roofs are covered with nests of swallows (andorinhas). How can such small birds coexist with predators such as hawks? In fact, swallows are very agile and quick and are one of the few birds that can escape a falcon attack. Hawks are not interested in their size! They are too small! In fact, the falcon assesses the effort required to reach its target and considers that catching a swallow doesn't worth it. Pigeons, ducks or hares are much more interesting for him!
★ The Rio Maior salt works
★ Small details
The oranges.... Around the Tagus, in the Benavente region, you cross the countryside, you cross villages... there are orange trees absolutely everywhere: on the roadsides, in the streets of villages.... Stop there, get out of the car, pick an orange, they are excellent and very sweet!
The restaurant Mercearia 18.... Former haberdashery of the village of Salvaterra de Magos, converted into a restaurant by its owner and chef, Manel Pereira, you can taste local specialities at a good price. I recommend the white wine of the region, served on draught(!), a real discovery for me.
If you have time, talk to Manel a little and tell him about wooden bikes. He is one of the only craftsmen in the world able to make them. Visit his website, it deserves some publicity.
Je suis très passionnée du Portugal traditionnel comme vous
J’ai participé a la promotion du film sur Marie et le 3 eme secret de Fatima…
Bouleversante page spirituel de l’histoire portuguais
qui malheureusement un film occulté en France et très méconnu des portuguais
je propose des visites culturels du Portugal traditionnel à Cheval à la clientèle international plus particulièrement aux Américains
je travaille depuis 39 ans comme guide interprète et conférencière en plusieurs langues ds le monde entier
Je connais parfaitement bien la culture portugaise plus spécialement le Ribatejo le monde du vin,de l’art ,des taureaux et surtout des magnifiques chevaux lusitaniens étant descendu de Paris à cheval par le chemin de Compostelle jusqu’au Portugal en 1988
Je serais ravie de collaborer avec vous pour mieux faire connaitre votre merveilleux pays
Bien à vous