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Portugal: Roosters, Explorers, & Stone Soup

Updated on December 5, 2014
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Do you want to know more about Portugal? Are you a lover of travel, geography teacher, homeschooling or involved parent, student, or life-long learner? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, locate Portugal on a map, cook a Portuguese meal, watch YouTube clips on Portugal, color the flag, create an Portuguese craft, read a book about Portugal, and more! Take the guesswork out of your travel plans! I have everything that you will need.

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Where is Portugal?

Locate Portugal on this map of Europe. Use this map of Portugal to label the capitol, Lisbon. Mark other relevant features (rivers, mountains, famous locations, etc.) if desired. If you'd like to spend a bit more time researching the country, you can add the language, currency, type of government, religion, and/or famous landmarks. Write them on the back of the map. You can easily find all this information at


Fun facts about Portugal

Portugal is the oldest country in Europe to have its borders defined just as they are now.

It is illegal to kill a bull in Portuguese bullfighting.

The Vasco da Gama Bridge of Lisbon is the longest bridge in Europe.

During the Roman times, Portugal was called Luisitania.

Portugal produced many famous explorers thanks to the school set up by Henry the Navigator. Some of the Portugal's explorers include Vasco da Gama (who discovered the sea route to India), Bartholomew Diaz (the first person to sail round the southern tip of Africa, which he named the Cape of Good Hope), and Ferdinand Magellan (who was the first to complete a circumnavigation of the world).

Flag of Portugal
Flag of Portugal | Source

The flag of Portugal

Print and color the flag of Portugal and learn the history and meaning of it from

Visiting Portugal on YouTube

Read a book about Portugal

National Geographic Countries of the World: Portugal
National Geographic Countries of the World: Portugal

This 64 page book is full of fabulous photographs of modern day Portugal.

Stone Soup
Stone Soup

Stone Soup is a tale that originated in Portugal. This is a great 32 page picture book version with traditional illustrations.


Portuguese meal

Prepare and serve Portuguese Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms, steamed asparagus (if available), Batas a Portuguesa (Portuguese Fried Potatoes), a salad (lettuce, tomatoes, and onions dressed with olive oil and vinegar), Arroz Doce (Portuguese Sweet Rice), and white grape juice and/or white wine.

Portuguese Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms
Portuguese Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 6


  • 1 lb trimmed pork tenderloin
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1/2 lb sliced mushrooms
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine (or apple juice if you cannot use wine)
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley


  1. Season flour with salt, pepper and paprika. Roll tenderloin in seasoned flour. Saute pork in butter until golden brown. Add sliced onions and mushrooms. Saute 1 minute. Add wine and rosemary. Cover and cook over low heat for 45-60 minutes, or until done. Add lemon juice and parsley just before serving. (This recipe came from
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Batas a Portuguesa (Portuguese Fried Potatoes)
Batas a Portuguesa (Portuguese Fried Potatoes)
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 6

Batas a Portuguesa (Portuguese Fried Potatoes)

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds peel potatoes (or to save time
  • use diced potatoes like Simply Potatoes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • parsley (extra for garnish)


  1. If not using pre-diced potatoes, slice the peeled potatoes into thin rounds, about 5- 10 mm (approximately 1/4 inch) thick. Heat the butter and oil in a pan and cook the potatoes slowly on a low heat until cooked though and golden brown, 30-60 minutes. Once cooked though, add the salt, pepper and parsley and mix with the potatoes. Transfer to a heated serving dish and serve immediately with additional parsley for garnish if desired. (This recipe came from
Arroz Doce (Portuguese Sweet Rice)
Arroz Doce (Portuguese Sweet Rice)
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 4-6

Arroz Doce (Portuguese Sweet Rice)

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups hot milk (whole works best)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 fresh lemon rind (use a vegetable peeler for big pieces for easier removal)
  • cinnamon (for topping)


  1. Bring water to a boil in medium saucepan. Add rice and cover, simmering for 20 minutes. Add milk, sugar and lemon rind, stirring constantly until thickened to oatmeal consistency, about 15-20 minutes. (It will also thicken some while cooling.) Pour into one large serving plate and remove lemon rind. Spread flat and allow to cool on wire rack. You can be decorative with cinnamon by pinching a bit between your fingers and place while your hand is no more than an inch away from the rice (crisscross patterns are traditional), or you can just dust the entire top with the cinnamon. (This recipe came from

Galo de Barcelos

In Portugal, the rooster is often used as a national symbol. The city of Barcelos first choose the rooster as a symbol because of a legend describing a pilgrim who was saved from a death sentence by a rooster who crowed three times as a witness to his innocence. The "galo de Barcelos," or rooster of Barcelos, features distinctive red, black and yellow markings and a dramatic red crown and is frequently found as pottery pieces. Form a rooster out of clay, fire it or bake it, and paint it in the traditional Barcelos manner. If you do not have clay available, you can simply paint a rooster of Barcelos on paper.

Pray for the people of Portugal

To find out about the religious nature of Portugal and specific ways you can pray for the country, go to

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