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Merry christmas and a happy new year!

Merry christmas and a happy new year!

Just before the Christmas festivity’s our facebook page reached 500 likes. Thank you all for your support! It was an amazing year, and we want to wish all of our guests and friends a very merry christmas and a happy new year. We are already preparing for next season and it would be lovely to receive you all!

Walking the fisherman’s trail on the Costa Vicentina with guide.

Walking the fisherman’s trail on the Costa Vicentina with guide.

Always running along the coastline, it follows the trails used by locals to get to the beaches and hot fishing spots.
It is a single track along the cliffs,with plenty of sand, which can only be travelled by foot, and more demanding from a physical point of view.
A challenge to a permanent contact with the ocean winds, the harsh coastal scenery and the wild and powerful natural landscape.
It comprises a total of 4 sections and 5 complementary circuits, totaling 120 km.
Walking this trail will give you a true “back to nature” experience where you will be able to reconnect with yourself.
Joao from Casinhas da Figueira offers guided tours along this route. Please feel free to contact us for any informations. We can tailor the tour to your wishes.
Before and after the hiking you can take a rest for a few days at one of our holiday apartments.

Birdwatching festival in Sagres

Birdwatching festival in Sagres

This years birdwatching festival will take place from the 30st of september untill the 5th of october.
This year, the bird of the Festival is the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus). It is also elected by SPEA as the “Bird of the Year 2016”. This is one of soaring birds passing by Sagres every year during September and early October, especially immatures and juveniles. Its population has declined in Portugal and Spain, about 30% in the past three decades due to habitat degradation, human disturbance and persecution, currently lying in danger of extinction.
The location of the festival is the Beliche fortress in Sagres. Here you can register for activities and pick up a free festival bracelet which will give you discounts in restaurants and other amenities.
For people who want to visit the bird watching festival Casinhas da Figueira also offers a 10% discount on accomodation!
For more information on the festival visit their website:
www.birdwatchingsagres.com

Casinhas da Figueira, What does it mean?!

Casinhas da Figueira, What does it mean?!

Our guesthouse is called Casinhas da Figueira. Most people when they hear this name for the first time they cannot even pronounce it.
Let alone figure out what it means. Therefore this post is about why our guesthouse is called the way it is.
The name is Portuguese, we wanted a portuguese name because we wanted to create a local, traditional atmosphere.
Casinhas means, translated into english, little houses. This is the perfect word for our guesthouse since we have 4 houses joint together in one garden.
Figueira is the name of the village that we have our guesthouse. Not such a creative name you could say. But we liked it a lot because Figueira also means fig tree.
Fig trees are very commo n in Portugal, they grow everywhere. Their delicious fruit are used for many different purposes. Fig jam, dried figs, fig chutney, fig cake etc etc.
And although we don’t have a fig tree in our garden (one of the few we don’t have) we feel that our house is strongly connected to it. Because of the village and because of the big amount of fig trees all around us.
That’s why we chose the name Casinhas da Figueira (little houses of the fig tree)!