Portugal Web, Portugal Shop and Portugal Blog would like to wish to all their friends and costumers a Merry Christmas and a very successful New Year. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our costumers from 16 countries. We also would like to announce that Portugal Shop will have some new horse equipment surprises for the New Year!
The National Horse Fair (Feira Nacional do Cavalo) has been happening at Golegã for 34 years now. Since eleven years ago it is also the International Lusitano Horse Fair (Feira Internacional do Cavalo Lusitano). Golegã council, with a little more than 5,500 inhabitants, has a long tradition in horse breeding. With a privileged location near the Tagus River and the ancient Royal Road, Golegã fields are very fertile. Therefore the agriculture has always been very productive and horse breeding has been an activity associated with it.
No one would tell that due to a Greek poet one day we would distinguish the great wonders from the world and from Portugal. It was Antipater of Sidon who firstly referred the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. He has included places like the Great Pyramid of Giza, still standing until today and the famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Based in this concept Bernard Weber, a Canadian born in Switzerland, decided to create an election for the New 7 World Wonders.
There is no Portuguese region which does not have its own wine. From the North to the South, as well as in the Azores and Madeira islands, wine occupies an important place within the Portuguese agriculture context. Portuguese wine regions, have a long history. Since 1756, it was created the Douro wine region, the first demarcated wine region in the world. Here was where the Port wine, under British influence, had started already being produced. Port wine become probably the best known and appreciated fortified wine in the world. Today this wine region is a Unesco World Heritage site.
If you love horses, then your life will not be complete without a visit to the beautiful country of Portugal. The history of equestrian culture in Portugal goes way back to ancient times. The famous Lusitano horse breed hails from this country, a product of hundreds of years of evolution. Horses, in many civilizations have played a pivotal role in enabling man to travel, hunt and of course, to wage war. This unique role in our society meant that along side us, horses too have evolved. Though we humans are now more capable of taking care of horses, and we no longer bring them to dangerous activities, they are still some of the finest beasts that roam our planet.