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The project of Leonardo led us to Portugal
Napsal Jakub Kubačka   
Sobota, 31 květen 2014
This time, our members went to the beautiful European country which seems as if it was not a part of Europe. The beautiful countryside looks so exotic; people are hardworking and very nice. We met farmers working on family farms on which they mainly grow wine, fruits and vegetables. We visited the capital city called Lisbon, then also the town called Covilha and the winter resort in the mountains of Serra da Estrela.

Sunday

Lisbon  is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. It is the westernmost large city located in continental Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus.

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest city in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, it was captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic and cultural centre of Portugal. Unlike most capital cities, Lisbon's status as the capital of Portugal has never been granted or confirmed officially - by statute or in written form. Its position as the capital has formed through constitutional convention, making its position as de facto capital a part of the Constitution of Portugal.


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Monday

BELMONTE

Belmonte municipality in Portugal has a total area of 118.8 km? and a total population of 7,662 inhabitants. Belmonte is the birthplace of Pedro Álvares Cabral, the navigator who discovered the land of Vera Cruz, now known as Brazil. Located in the Church of Santa Maria is the iconic statue of Nossa Senhora da Esperança (Our Lady of Hope), which Cabral took with him in his voyage. Belmonte is home to the last remaining community of marranos (known as the Belmonte Jews). They officially returned to Judaism in the 1970s and opened a synagogue in 1996.

 

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ESCOLA PROFISSIONAL AGRÍCOLA QUINTA DA LAGEOSA

The Escola Profissional Agrícola Quinta da Lageosa, is Professional School of Agriculture located in a rural area, in the parish of Aldeia do Souto (Covilha), although it possesses land in other two parishes: Orjais and Belmonte. Result of its unique location, the heart of the Cova da Beira, integrates a farm with about 330 acres, spread over forest, pastures, orchards and horticulture. It explores a bovine and ovine livestock as well as swine livestock raised in a traditional system.

It has an educational and training offer in, among others, Agricultural Mechanization, Equine Caretaker and Clipping, Gardening and Green Spaces courses and professional courses like Agricultural Production, Equine Management and Forestry and Environmental Resources.

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QUINTA DOS LAMAÇAIS

The Sociedade Agrícola Quinta Dos Lamaçais is an agricultural society, established in 1982 and gathers about 15 fruit producers. Located in the locality of Orjais (Belmonte) is dedicated to the production of peaches, apples and cherries.

Within 200 acres, half of which is with apple trees. Its annual production is around 300 tons that are mostly to sell fresh in the national market.

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Tuesday

COOPERATIVA AGRÍCOLA DOS FRUTICULTORES DA COVA DA BEIRA

Situated in the heart of the Cova da Beira, is a fruit cooperative built in 1966 by about 40 apple producers. Today, with 912 registered members, the Cooperative is the channel of distribution that allows conservation, cold storage, promotion and marketing of their agricultural products. Also provides, to its associates, training, and technical support to improve quantitative and qualitative production of their farms.

The Cooperative is recognized as an Integrated Protection Organization of Producers for pome and drupe culture, Olives and Vine, it is also an entity owning the patent for traditional denominations and consecrated by the use of "Apple of Cova da Beira", "Peach of Cova da Beira" and "Cherry of Cova da Beira"

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QUEIJARIA BRAZ & IRMAO

Braz & Irmao is a cheese factory located in Peraboa (Covilha) dedicated to the production of fresh cheese, cured cheese and mixed sheep and curd. The company has, already, been awarded with several prizes and 20% of its production is destined for export. Although investing on technology, the manufacture of its products continues to be in an artisanal way.

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QUINTA DOS TERMOS

In the back of Estrela mountain, with southern exposure on steep slope and protected to the north by the mountain that delimits it, the QUINTA DOS TERMOS presents a terroir that marks indelibly the wines produced there. The farm has an own microclimate and poor land that naturally regulate the most productive traditional varieties of Beira Interior, such as Trincadeira, Jaen, Rufete, Marufo, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cao, Afrocheiro Preto, Touriga Nacional, Baga, Syria and Fonte Cal and even some of the New World such as Syrah, Petit Verdot and Sangiovese.

The Cellar, certified in integrated production, is equipped with sophisticated technology, follows the traditional techniques, guided by renowned winemakers in the wine world.

The company produces excellent high quality wines since 2001 and has beenawarded with several prizes.

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UNITOM

Company based in Fundao dedicated to the sale of agricultural products. UNITOM has planted one of the the biggest cherry tree fields in Portugal, located in Ferro (Covilha). There are 40,000 cherry trees in an area of 50 acres. The project is based on an intensive production system in order to generate about 500 tons of cherries starting from 2015. Besides the cherry tree field, the project includes facilities for processing, cold storage and packaging of fruit aiming for their rapid placement in domestic and abroad market.

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Wednesday

ADEGA COOPERATIVA DO FUNDAO

Adega Cooperativa Fundao is a cooperative winery founded in 1949 by 30 members and aims to make processing and marketing of grape products from the holdings of its associates.

Located in Fundao, it currently counts more than 1000 associates. Its capacity is circa 4 million kilograms of grapes per year, those being 70% red grapes and 30% white grapes.

The winery plans for 2014 point to a sales volume of around 1.4 million euros correspond to 1.7 million liters of wine.

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BEIRAMORANGO

Beiramorango produces strawberries. Located in Telhado (Fundao), the company starts its investment in 2013 with the plantation of 2 acres of strawberries in a hydroponic system.

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FUNDAO

Fundao is an old city, situated at the point where the slope of the Gardunha range meets the Cova da Beira plains, 500 metres above sea level. The municipality has a total area of 700.1 square kilometres and 31,297 inhabitants. It is subdivided in 31 parishes.

The town is an important local center of industry and services. Around it lies some of the most fertile land in the region, in a large valley (Cova da Beira) between the Gardunha and Estrela ranges, where the Z?zere River starts its way towards the Tagus. The most significant productions are cherries, peaches, olive oil, wine, wood pulp and vegetables.

Some of the most important wolframite mines in the world (a mineral source for the element tungsten) are explored within its municipal limits. Other important mines extract lead and tin. High quality mineral water is bottled from several sources.

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SABORES DA GARDUNHA

Sabores da Gardunha is a firm born from the idea of preserving fine quality fruit by making jams and compotes. It is an agro-food company based on the 'cherry trail', in Alcongosta, Fundao.

The Sabores da Gardunha jams are made from choice fruit and prepared using the traditional methods of Serra da Gardunha, just like our grandparents did. Among the jams, compotes and jellies this producer makes, we should mention those with fructose (strawberry, cherry, Morello cherry and peach), compotes with dried fruits and nuts (pumpkin with walnuts, pumpkin with almonds, apple with chestnuts and Melon with almonds), rose petal jelly (there are apple and quince, too) and the range of compotes and jams (pumpkin, cherry, Malabar gourd (chila in Portuguese), fig, Morello cherry, peach, fruits of the forest, quince, bilberry, strawberry, plum, blackberry, pineapple, raspberry, orange and tomato). It has received several awards for its innovative products.

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TWINTEX

Twintex is a Portuguese Clothing Manufacturer specialized in TOP quality ladies and mans outerwear, since 1979. Awarded with a World Award, the brand with great success exports its entire production.

Twintex today employs more than 300 people - a team that develops and produces, to the highest quality standards, about 1000 garments per day.

The success of the brand is based on milestones such as the Advanced Training of Human Capital, Environmental Sustainability, Social Responsibility, Technology and High Customer Satisfaction. And it is in these principles that are born projects like Twintex Academy - On the qualification of its human capital; The Eco Fashion, associated with environmental sustainability - or Twintex Life on the social responsibility of the company.

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Thursday

BEIRABERRY

Beiraberry is a startup formed in May 2012 with the purpose of produce and commercialize fruit. Since 2013, has been preparing and installing an orchard of blueberries, with an approximate area of 3 acres. Production will be aimed for the for the domestic and export market. It is estimated that production is 50 tonnes of blueberries.

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FRULACT

Frulact develops custom-made fruit preparations for leading food labels in the dairy, beverages, ice-cream and industrial pastry markets throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Frulact is a family owned company, established in 1987, that specializes in the conceptualization, development and production of fruit based preparations for application in the food industry. Operating in a case-to-case model, Frulact offers custom-made fruit preparations for the major players within the food industry, especially for dairy, ice creams, and pastries, and for beverages, such as juices, nectars, and soft drinks.

The company currently operates different industrial sites in Morocco, France, South Africa and in Portugal where it has the most advanced state-of-the-art plant in the industrial park of Tortosendo (Covilha) and with industrial sites in geostrategic locations close to customers and production areas. Frulact Tortosendo, a state of the art industrial plant, was created to

op 5 European players and enjoys a leadership position in Europe, Middle East & African markets. Frulact Group includes more than 500 employees, over 35% of whom have university degrees, and expects to reach a turnover of more than105 million EURO in 2013.

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LOCA

LOCA is proud of working and having an important slice of the olive production in Cova da Beira region since it can make olive oil with all the characteristics of traditional Portuguese olive oil.

The O Portugues Extra olive oil is considered to be pleasantly fruity, with a smooth taste, which makes it ideal for any kind of cooking and for raw seasoning, which brings out the full richness of its aromas. With today's technology we have proved that it is possible to produce O Portugues with all the traditional characteristics.

The O Portugues comes in several packages natural or with flavours, with special mention for the olive oil with gold (Ouro), exclusive to our olive oil mill.

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PARKURBIS

Parkurbis is a Science and Technology Park with the mission of reinforcement of the economy in the Region of Beira Interior, raising the technological level of the existing industry and services, promoting the diversification to new activity sectors, creation of critical mass in R&D activities and supporting the fixation of young qualified human resources, in the Region.

Parkurbis is an instrument for the stimulation and development of the economical development of the Region, addressing its activity to the creation of a continuous innovative environment, fostering the transference of scientific and technological knowledge produced inside R&D institutions to the business context.

The main goal of Parkurbis is the creation of the tools to support the development of new technology based activities, ensuring a dynamic interface between the University of Beira Interior (UBI) and the entrepreneurial tissue in order to bring together the R&D offer and the needs of companies. Parkurbis, Science and Technology Park of Covilha comprises outstanding conditions for the creation, setting up and development of technology basedcompanies.

A number of different solutions are available for different requirements, with a choice of smaller spaces or larger sites, all fully equipped with the necessary infrastructure.

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Friday

COVILHA

Covilha is a city in Centro region, Portugal. The city proper has 36,723 inhabitants, and the municipality has an area of 555.6 km with a total population of 53,501, being composed of 31 parishes..

Sometimes referred to as town of wool and snow, Covilha is one of the main urban centres of the historical Beira Interior region. The proximity of the mountains offers dramatic scenery and a great environment for those fond of hiking, camping, mountain climbing and skiing.

The woolen industry has existed here for 800 years, today mainly found in modern industrial mills. Covilha is one of the main wool producing centers in Europe. Back in the Middle Age Covilha was one of the main towns in the kingdom, further enhanced by the fact that some important people born in the city itself or in the surrounding district were determining personalities in all the major discoveries

made in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries: crossing the Atlantic, the sea route to India, the discovery of America and Brazil, the first voyage to circumnavigate the globe.

It is a technological centre where the University of Beira Interior, which receives around 5.000 students studying a variety of courses, is located.

At its feet stretches a rich, fertile valley, with excellent conditions for fruit growing (cherries, peaches, apples and pears) and vineyards - the Cova da Beira.

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SERRA DA ESTRELA

Serra da Estrela is the mountain range situated in central Portugal ? in the region called Centro. The highest peak is called Torre (1993 m). It is actually the highest mountain range in the mainland of Portugal. In overall view, it is the second highest mountain range in Portugal after the volcanic massif of Ponta do Pico in the Azores. Serra de Estrela forms the western extension of Spanish Castile mountains. The mountain range is formed as the high-placed mountain plateau divided by the rivers called Mondego, Zzere and their inflows. On the highest peak of the Serra da Estrela there are buildings of radar station and observatory. And then also the stone obelisk which was built up to the height of 7 metres in order to reach the altitude of 2000 metres above the sea level. There is the mountain road stretching from the village called Penhas da Saúde.

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Photography: Jakub Kubačka, Martin Steček, Michal Illík

 

 

 

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