Amalia Rodrigues | Legendary Portugal Fado Singer

Our friend Carlos Evaristo had known Amalia Rodrigues during her life time. He’s recently written about her and the memories shared during their time together.

Amália Rebordão Rodrigues GCSE, GCIH (23 July 1920 – 6 October 1999), better known as Amália Rodrigues (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐˈmaliɐ ʁuˈðɾiɣɨʃ]) or popularly as Amália, was a Portuguese fadista (fado singer) and actress. Known as the ‘Rainha do Fado’ (“Queen of Fado”), Rodrigues was instrumental in popularising fado worldwide and travelled internationally throughout her career.

She became one of the most important figures during the genre’s revival in the twentieth century and was a leading female fadista during her 50-year recording and stage career. Rodrigues remains an iconic figure and inspiration to other fado and popular music artists such as Madredeus, Dulce Pontes, Mariza and Cristina Branco. As of 1999, she had sold over 30 million records worldwide. Amália remains the best-selling Portuguese artist in history

These photos and memories are taken from the Facebook page of Carlos, which you can see by clicking on the picture below:


I was so moved to have been asked to give a long interview on my memories of Amália Rodrigues for a special documentary on the 100th Anniversary of her birth and to do it in the living room of her home where so many times we sat with the Queen of Fado and enjoyed a happy evening of music and laughter.

Everything is as it was but how strange that the house seems so empty and silent. Lifeless without Amália, her husband César, her Secretary Lili, her Seamstress Ilda and her guitarists and friends…


I could not resist asking permission to go behind the glass barrier of Amália’s bedroom to hold again an image of Our Lady of the Rose that I gave her for her birthday decades ago and which she had told me that she kept on her night table next to her bed.

I also found the various other gifts we had given her over the years hanging on the walls and on tabes including photos I had taken of her in Fatima which she had framed.

Even a sculpture I made for her in 1984 and presented on stage in 1989 at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto still exists and is on display in the centre of a case with many other plaques and trophies that were given her.

Momentos of a long and lasting friendship that for me began at the age of 15.

Happy Birthday D, Amália!

Sentil de las Bodegas, Spain | Spain & Portugal Vacations

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About its primitive origins, have been found important archeological sites that take us back to the Neolithic period. About the old period we know that in its surroundings there was Laccipo, the Roman colony. However, the primitive urban settlement dates from the late Middle Ages in the same place it currently is. In the denominated place La Villa, there was the old Almohad at the shelter of the walls of its castle around of which started the urban development.

According to the chronicle of Bernáldez, the conquest of the village was fundamental for the crown in its advance towards Granada and the place from 1407 does not provide the desired results. From that moment on, Setenil is considered almost impregnable and the fundamental key for the conquest of the Nasrid Kingdom. Since the times of John II of Castile until the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, there will be seven places, being the last one -21st September 1484- which leads to the victory over the Nasrid kingdom, leaving Granada and several other places under their control. This would end in 1492.

Under Christian domain, Setenil is declared village dependent upon the King and so, it receives from the Monarchs, the Privileges Chart in 1501, where there are a high number of franchises and benefits comparable to those Sevilla had at that moment.

After the first tries of repopulation and the delivery of houses and lands, Setenil begins a new period in which its neighbors, a great number of whom belonged to the noble social class, lived on the grapevine farming, the cereals, the profit of the mountain hill, the cattle and fishing.

During the Modern Age, Setenil progresses and continues enjoying a privileged situation among the villages of the serranía, just altered occasionally due to the presence of tropes that in diverse circumstances take the village, with economic consequences for its inhabitants. The settlers of Setenil have an important church, a hospital and a seminary preserved until the mid 17th century. In this century they will get, after many disputes, to be free from the city of Ronda, through an action in rem signed in 1630.

The beginning of the 19th Century is marked by guerrilla struggles of its neighbors, who united to the fights of other villages of the mountains of Cádiz will face the French invade that occupies the peninsula. The expropriation process does not affect positively to the inhabitants of Setenil and the peasants keep on looking for solutions which palliate the economic difficulties, so they join the social movements that began to spread in the province of Cádiz.

Currently, and once the processes of emigration have been overcome in the second half of our century, Setenil continues being developed according to its traditional ways, which are, fundamentally agricultural and in addition to the tourist profit of our village, as because of its exceptional urban structure, the beauty of its surroundings and the singular festivities, it is one of the most attractive municipalities of the Sierra.

You can include Sentil de las Bodegas on the private itinerary we’ll arrange for your trip to Spain.

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Douro Valley, Castilla y Leon, Aranjuez Palace and Cordoba

Four places not to miss in Portugal and Spain. Include them all into your next vacation!

The #Douro Valley in #Portugal has amazing #wine that is incredibly inexpensive, great views, and very windy roads. Take a river cruise instead of driving! The whole area was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. Mainly known for port wine production, the region also produced world class red and white table wines. The beauty of the terraced hillsides which seem to reach into the sky, dotted with noble homes called “quintas” makes this landscape something incredible to behold. Pictures don’t do justice !



The hills towns of Castilla y León like #LaAlberca are easy to miss with all the winding #rural roads. But they’re a great treat and just an hour outside #Salamanca, Spain. #summer #spaintravel



This pink #palace in #Aranjuez, Spain was the summer retreat of #Spain’s kings and queens of old. It was established around the time Philip II of Spain moved the capital from Toledo to Madrid. Aranjuez became one of four seasonal seats of government, occupied during the springtime (from about holy week). Thereafter, the court moved successively to Rascafría, El Escorial and wintered in Madrid. It is open to the public as one of several Spanish royal sites in the Community of Madrid . #royal #españa



Why go to Córdoba? Because nearby Medina Azahara has been declared World Heritage Site, making Córdoba the only city in the world with four declarations by the UNESCO. (Arabic: مدينة الزهراءMadīnat az-Zahrā: literal meaning “the shining city”) is the ruins of a vast, fortified Moorish medieval palace-city built by Abd-ar-Rahman III (912–961), the first Umayyad Caliph of Córdoba, and located on the western outskirts of Córdoba, Spain. It was a medieval Moorish town and the de facto capital of al-Andalus, or Muslim Spain, as the heart of the administration and government was within its walls. Built beginning in 936-940, the city included ceremonial reception halls, mosques, administrative and government offices and gardens. Water was supplied through aqueducts


#VisitSpain #Córdoba #SpainCulturalHeritage



Spain International Travel Information

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Quick Facts for Traveling to Spain

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Madrid
Calle Serrano, 75
28006 Madrid, Spain
(34) 91-5872-200
Emergency after-hours telephone: (34) 91-587-2200
Fax: (34) 91-587-2303

U.S. Consulate General Barcelona
Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23
08034 Barcelona, Spain
(34) 93-280-2227
Emergency after-hours telephone: (34) 91-587-2200
Fax: (34) 93-280-6175

U.S. Consular Agency Fuengirola (Málaga)
Avenida Juan Gómez "Juanito", 8
Edificio Lucía 1º-C
29640 Fuengirola (Málaga), Spain
(34) 95-247-4891
Fax: (34) 95-246-5189

U.S. Consular Agency Las Palmas
Edificio Arca
Calle Los Martinez de Escobar 3, Oficina 7
35007 Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
(34) 92-827-1259
Fax: (34) 92-822-5863

U.S. Consular Agency Palma de Mallorca
Edificio Reina Constanza
Porto Pi, 8, 9-D
07015 Palma, Islas Baleares, Spain
(34) 97-140-3707
Fax: (34) 97-140-3971

U.S. Consular Agency Seville
Plaza Nueva 8-8 duplicado
2nd Floor, Office E-2 No.4
41101 Sevilla, Spain
(34) 95-421-8751
Fax: (34) 95-422-0791

U.S. Consular Agency Valencia
Doctor Romagosa 1, 2-J
46002 Valencia, Spain
(34) 96-351-6973
Fax: (34) 96-352-9565


Wines of Spain

Rioja [ˈrjoxa] is a wine region in Spain, with Denominación de Origen Calificada (D.O.Ca., "Qualified Designation of Origin"). Rioja wine is made from grapes grown in the autonomous communities of La Rioja and Navarre, and the Basque province of Álava. Rioja is further subdivided into three zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Oriental and Rioja Alavesa. Many wines have traditionally blended fruit from all three regions, though there is a slow growth in single-zone wines. source: Wikipedia

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#Regions of Spain

Spain is a diverse country with contrasting regions that have different languages and unique historical, political and cultural traditions. Because of this, Spain is divided into 17 autonomous communities (comunidades autónomas), plus two autonomous cities. Some of the autonomous communities—notably the ones which have other official languages alongside Spanish—have been recognised as "historical nationalities" that have a unique historical identity. These include the #Basque Country, #Catalonia, #Galicia, the #Valencian region, #Andalusia, the #Balearic Islands,#Aragon and the #Canary Islands.


Seafood in Spain

Spain and Portugal Food and Wine Tours

Seafood (mariscos): on the coast, fresh seafood is widely available and quite affordable. In the inner regions, frozen (and poor quality) seafood can be frequently encountered outside few highly reputed (and expensive) restaurants. In coastal areas seafood deserves some attention, especially on the north Atlantic coast.

Quality seafood in Spain comes from Spain's northwestern region of Galicia. So restaurants with the words Gallego (Galician) will generally specialize in seafood. If you are feeling adventurous, you might want to try the Galician regional specialty Pulpo a la Gallega, which is boiled octopus served with paprika, rock salt and olive oil. Another adventurous option is Sepia which is cuttlefish, a relative of squid, or the various forms of Calamares (squid) that you can find in most seafood restaurants. If that isn't your style you can always order Gambas Ajillo (garlic shrimp), Pescado Frito (fried fish), Buñuelos de Bacalao (breaded and deep fried cod) or the ever-present Paella dishes.  source:

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We know Spain and Portugal

Alhambra in Granada, Spain

There’s always reasons to visit Spain… and Portugal, whether it’s for the glorious sunshine, lazy-day siestas or soaking up those beautiful sights – the whole country is a open book of experiences that are definitely too beautiful to resist.

The best part about visiting Spain is the sheer diversity you can find all across the country – the cultures, food and even languages can change quite dramatically depending on where you find yourself on the Iberian Peninsula.

Despite the diversity, a few rules hold true, no matter where you’re planning on visiting, and it doesn’t matter if this will be your first time or returning, Portugal and Spain always manage to find brilliant ways to surprise and impress you.

Do we know Spain and Portugal?

Yes we do, and we want to make sure that you know Spain and Portugal.

That’s why we work together with you to arrange an exclusive vacation tailor-made to see some of the places that we have visited and just the last two months as shown on the maps on this post.

Visit and start planning your trip to Spain now.

December 2018 may seem early but the further you plan advance the more opportunities we have to develop some special experiences and ensure accommodations that match your style of travel, sophistication and luxury you’re accustomed to.

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