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A legend tells how the bread Queen Isabel was about to distribute to the poor turned into roses when she was challenged by her husband. 49 Where to See Medieval Portugal Of the many castles built or rebuilt in this period, the most picturesque are at Almourol (see p195) and Óbidos. In the citadel of Bragança (pp264–5) stands the Domus Municipalis, a medieval meeting hall. Most surviving Romanesque buildings, however, are religious: the cathedrals in Oporto, Lisbon (p76) and Coimbra (p206) and many smaller churches in the north, such as those at Rates (p278), Roriz (p254) and Bravães (p273).
Bolo rei is also made at Christmas. Festa de São Gonçalinho (2nd week), Aveiro. Festival in which loaves of bread are thrown to the crowds from the top of a chapel in thanks for the safe return of a fisherman, or for finding a husband. Almond trees in blossom in February, the Algarve February Fantasporto (mid-Feb/midMar), Oporto. An important international film festival, showing many films by new directors, including science fiction films. Carnaval (varies according to Easter). Celebrated all over Portugal with spectacular costumes and floats; particularly colourful parades take place in Ovar, Sesimbra, Torres Vedras, Funchal and Loulé.
Great whites are fewer, but most regions have some. And of course there is vinho verde, the usually white, light, slightly carbonated wine from the north. Sparkling rosés, such as Mateus and Lancers, have been Portugal’s great export success. But the country also has many other excellent wines. Wine Regions Many of Portugal’s wine regions maintain their individual style by specializing in particular Portuguese grape varieties. The introduction of modern wine-making techniques has improved overall quality, and as yet the increasing use of imported grape varieties seems no threat to Portuguese individuality.