(Vocus/PRWEB) 14 March 2011
Easter is soon approaching, and this time of the year is traditionally a very interesting time to enjoy a visit to Portugal. Easter is when many traditional festivals are held in Portugal, and the celebratory atmosphere provides many opportunities to experience authentic Portuguese culture. Several hotels, including Monte da Quinta Suites, have special offers on during this season as well.
The Easter traditions of Portugal revolve around religion, food, and a connectedness to family and community. The traditional sweet bread called Folar da Pascoa is eaten at Easter in Portugal. It is traditionally served at breakfast on Easter morning and also as a dessert following Easter dinner. On Easter Sunday, the custom is to have a large meal with all of the family together. Roasted pig, known as ‘Leitao’ is served along with roasted potatoes, vegetables and fresh bread. The meal is followed by ‘Amandoas’ which are a candied almond dish.
In the Northern regions of Portugal, a procession of the members of the church passes through a town. Those who are Catholics leave their door open to designate their homes, and the procession blesses each home with an open door. Young children and unmarried youth visit their godparents and receive a gift from them at Easter-time. They will have also visited them on Palm Sunday, seven days before, when the children will have given their godparents flowers and palms.
Easter in Portugal, especially in the Algarve region where Monte da Quinta Suites is located, is a time for community events and festivals that celebrate the unique arts, crafts, tastes, and sounds of the region. Many public events include quilt displays, art showcases, live music, food and beverage booths, and poetry. After the fasting of Lent, the most decadent delicacies of Portuguese cuisine come out, such as roast kid, meatballs, lamb stew, buns, chocolate and almond eggs.
As Easter is one of the best times to experience the culture and tradition of Portugal, many hotels and resorts offer special deals and discounts this time of year. Monte da Quinta Suites is offering its customers 30 percent off rates as long as you book before the end of March 2011. Now is the perfect time to schedule an Easter holiday in the Algarve, where guests can enjoy the luxurious Monte da Quinta Suites while participating in the festive atmosphere. The world-class Monte da Quinta Resort offers a spa with a Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, massage room and more, as well as outdoor swimming pools. Each one of the Monte da Quinta Suites has a kitchenette, so that guests can self-cater for some of their meals.
Another benefit to visiting Portugal at this time of year is that the springtime temperatures are quite mild and pleasant. The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn offer the perfect balance, when the sunshine is still enjoyably warm, yet the resorts and hotels are not overcrowded with tourists as they are in the summertime. These desirable weather conditions create a sunny and beautiful backdrop to the colourful Easter activities and celebrations.
For those who truly seek to experience the culture of Portugal and learn a bit about its people and history while on holiday, Easter is a good time to plan a trip. The weather is pleasant at this time of year and there are plenty of opportunities to hear live music, attend festivals, eat traditional Portuguese delicacies, and really immerse oneself in the Portuguese way of life.
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