Aug 30, 2019
Every year, the Tourist and Business Organization of Langeland celebrates the Day of the Fynen Archipelago at Ristinge harbor the last Sunday in August. Locals and tourists can experience the anatomy of a fish, bake pancakes, drive in the donkey cart and much, much more. Also sailing trips from the port of Ristinge with the old schooner Meta from 1884 are on the program. The water depth outside the harbor of Ristinge is not impressive, and this year the last trip ended with a stranding. Will Meta be sailing again, or rests it still stranded there?
Posted by Jesper Ansbaek at 2:36 AM
Jul 21, 2019
The unofficial World Cup in Danish meat balls takes place at the Frikadelle party in the small Harbor town Lohals at the nourthernmost tip of Langeland. It has become very popular.
Posted by Jesper Ansbaek at 4:43 AM
Jun 28, 2019
We attended the midsummer bonfire in Bagenkop on the southern tip of Langeland.
Posted by Jesper Ansbaek at 10:40 AM
May 6, 2019
At Praia do Barril we walked across the Ria Formosa to the barrier island protecting the highly productive lagoon system from the sea. Ria Formosa, - The Natural Park - occupies 18.400 ha and are separated from the sea by a cordon of barrier islands and fed in freshwater by small, seasonal water streams. The Ria Formosa nature park includes diverse habitats - dunes, marshlands, mud flats, pine woods and agricultural areas. It has a varied bird fauna, especially wader who migrate to this area in the winter. Today we visited the Barril beach, connected to the mainland by a miniature railway. The 1km railway was originally used for hauling goods and freshly caught fish between the fishing community and the village of Pedras D’el Rei but today transports overly excited children and tired parents! Back in the days, life on Praia do Barril revolved around tuna fishing (bluefin tuna). The beach had a small tuna fishing village. There were about 80 fishermen who lived here with their families, during the tuna fishing season (which lasted from April to September every year). In the second half of the 20th century, the bluefin tuna moved to other waters, which started the decline of the tuna fishing industry here. Nowadays, there is no more bluefin tuna in the waters of the Algarve. The beach started focusing on tourism instead. The old buildings that were used by the tuna fishermen are now converted into restaurants, bars and other facilities
Posted by Jesper Ansbaek at 10:10 AM
Faro is the biggest city and the capital of Algarve and has a population of 65,000. In prehistoric times many people settled at the Ria Formosa lagoon. A fortified a settlement was built long before the Romans transformed it into a town called Ossonoba to become Faro. The Romans rebuilt the wall around the main city area, which corresponds now to the Old Town, where the forum, the temples and other public buildings were situated. In the Roman period the town grew outside the city walls, where a second quarter consisted mainly in rich patrician houses. Faro became a Bishop’s seat in the 4th century and kept it even after the Visigoth occupation in the 5th century. These people of Germanic origin, ruled the city until the Moors conquered and occupied it in the 8th century and improved the city wall. The Moorish occupation would last about 500 years. Towards the end of this period, the city became the capital of an independent Moorish kingdom, ruled by a family called Harun, whose name would give origin to the actual name of Faro. The famous Arabian geographer Edrici wrote: “The town is built near the ocean and its walls are washed by the ocean at high tide. It is a town of a reasonable size and nice outlook. It has a main mosque, a secondary mosque and an oratory”. The Portuguese king Afonso III conquered Faro in 1249 and integrated it into the Portuguese territory. The city of Faro was defended by strong walls and large wooden doors. In order to enter the city, the Portuguese brought a large quantity of wood, placed it in front of the main city door and burned the wood. When the door was destroyed, Portuguese soldiers stormed into the city. As in many other conquered cities, the main mosque was replaced by a Christian gothic Church, called Santa Maria church (now Cathedral). Short after the conquest, the Moorish population that lived in the town (‘Mouros Forros’ in old Portuguese), was granted civil rights and the maintenance of their economical activities, such as farming, trade and handicrafts. Outside the city wall there were two other important quarters: the Moorish quarter and the Jewish quarter. The first book pressed in Portugal was pressed in a Jewish typography of Faro. In 1596, in a period when Spanish kings ruled Portugal, an English army of about 3000 men, commanded by the Earl of Essex, sacked the town. They burned some buildings and seized the library of the Bishop of Faro. The 18th century was a period of economic wealth in the history of Faro, mainly due to the gold from Brazil. Unfortunately, the earthquake of 1755 destroyed many buildings in Faro. However, the destruction was relatively less than in other cities in the Algarve, due to the sandy banks of the Ria Formosa lagoon protecting the city of Faro. After the earthquake, the capital of the Algarve changed from Lagos to Faro. The earthquake destruction gave opportunity for a large-scale city restoration (mainly in neoclassical style) and the building of a few remarkable buildings. At the centre of the old town is the main square, the Largo da Sé, with the cathedral on one side and the Episcopal palace on another. The cathedral is very simple in style on the outside but inside it is rather more ornate with gilded carvings and decorated tiles. Along the sea front the main row of shops includes some beautiful buildings including the Bank of Portugal
Posted by Jesper Ansbaek at 9:59 AM
May 1, 2019
The Barrocal area marks the transition between the small coastal strip and the mountains of the Serra. This area is also known as the "beira-serra" (literally the mountain edge). Most of the agricultural produce of the Algarve originates from this fertile area, particularly citrus and other fruits, vegetable and olives. Honey and almonds are also among the typical regional produce. Before the plantation of cork oaks had moved to the north into the Alentejo, the area was also an important centre of cork production.
Posted by Jesper Ansbaek at 10:16 AM