Abstract submission (DEADLINE EXTENDED) May 20, 2012
Notification of acceptance June 11, 2012
Abstract submission (Posters Only) June 22, 2012
Proceedings submission July 15, 2012
TRÁS-OS-MONTES, region designated as “Wonderful kingdom” by the Portuguese author Miguel Torga
The district of Bragança is located in Trás-os-Montes, in the northeast of Portugal, an attractive region known for its traditionshandicraft, gastronomy and its landscape. The regions located in the north part of the district, more cold and highest in altitude, are known as Terra Fria Transmontana and present a landscape dominated by plateaus and mountains, with deep and narrow valleys. More to the south, we find the region known as Terra Quente Trasmontana, of milder climate, marked by the Douro river and the valleys of its tributary rivers.
In this region you can visit the Natural Park of Montesinho,
the International Douro Park
or the PProtected Landscape of Azibo, where you can be marvel at the scenery with a diverse flora and fauna.
Those who visit the northeastern of Portugal have the opportunity to discover an ancient culture whose roots are lost in Pagan antiquity, with its traditional festivities such as the Boys' Festivity (“festa dos rapazes”), the "Caretos"
and the war dances of “Pauliteiros"
accompanied with rhythmic music from bagpipes. You can also admire the traditional handicrafts, including works with copper, leather and wood, weaving, basketry and the famous
You will also have the opportunity to taste the gastronomic delights typical from this region, especially the different type of traditional sausages (such as “alheira”, “butelo com cascas”, “salpicão” and “chouriça”, among others), the typical beef steak known as “posta à Mirandesa”, lamb from Montesinho, trout fish, game meat (partridge, wild boar, hare) and the “Folar de Bragança” which is prepared with a bread-like dough and a variety of different meat.
In the city of Bragança, there are several monuments and museums you can visit: do not miss a walk in the castle, passing by the Watchtower, the “Domus Municipalis”, a singular building in the Iberian Peninsula in Romanesque architecture and several religious monuments.
Take a quick look at the video and see the "wonderful kingdom" that is waiting for you!