Xistopedia

“Martim Branco is at its most charming when it’s time to say goodbye”

“Martim Branco is at its most charming when it’s time to say goodbye”
art and culture
Fado ao Centro invoked the Song of Coimbra’s magic and enchanted the audience.

We find Jane and Roland, a German couple, on the terrace of Bem Me Quer, the restaurant that is part of the Xisto Sentido lodgings. It is the fourth time they have been to the Aldeia do Xisto, Martim Branco and have completely surrendered to the region’s charms. So much so, that they are looking for a house, a big one, with some land, so that they can settle down and invite their four children and friends to visit.

They discovered Xisto Sentido after a visit to Évora. They had been promised a comfortable bungalow overlooking a water feature. In reality, they got a small room with a view of little more than a puddle. Looking for an alternative, they expanded their search area and came across this accommodation, which has reinvigorated the Aldeia do Xisto village in recent years, and to which they keep returning. “It’s so nice”, says Jane. Roland nods in agreement, explaining then that he has been travelling to Portugal on business for about 20 years, but this is where they want to stay.

After a bit of a chat, they accept our invitation to the Fado show that is about to begin in the nearby Casa de Artes e Ofícios. In a show forming part of the Aldeias do Xisto Ciclo de Fado, the Fado ao Centro is performed in front of an almost full house. João Farinha, vocals, Diogo Passos, guitar, and Hugo Gambóia, Coimbra guitar, offer up their magic during a distinctive evening.

Each song is put into context, with moments that have marked the history of Portugal being recalled, such as the student movement in Coimbra at the end of the 1960s, or the emigration of thousands of people in search of a better life.


“Coimbra is a lesson” and the “Farewell Ballad” were not left out of the repertoire and got the audience humming along “Martin Branco is at its most charming when it’s time to say goodbye”, improvises João Farinha at the end. “Nice guys”, was heard from some members of the audience.

The show ended, but the audience remained. Norberto, raised in the village, took the stage to express gratitude for the initiative and the cooperation of all those who made it possible in Martim Branco.

But nothing in these parts is ever finished without the end being duly marked. So the musicians were summoned again to sing “one for the road (abaladiça)”. A challenge readily accepted. And it was only after the Song of Coimbra resounded once more that Fado ao Centro could really say its farewells.


“Happy?” asks João, who has lived in the village his whole life. “We are, are you?”, we asked back “ “I also I really liked it”, he said, before improvising a few rhymes, “I'm very chatty”, he tells us, before setting off in search of new listeners.

 

The satisfaction was, indeed, universal. “It’s a pleasure to sing in this area, one of the most beautiful in the country”, asserted João Farinha, who also highlighted the delicacies served during dinner at the Bem Me Quer. “Everything was delicious. I would recommend the oven-baked goat and the black pork cheeks”, he said.

The residents of Martim Branco were joined by those who come from there but live at a distance, and people from neighbouring villages, such as Padrão or Almaceda. Whenever we asked, the answer came back immediately: “It was great”.


Jane and Roland also left the venue happy. Besides the opportunity to listen to Fado, they found at least one contact to help them in their search for the perfect house.

explore

restaurants
Bem-Me-Quer
Bem-Me-Quer
Martim Branco
restaurants
Sabores da Aldeia Restaurant
Sabores da Aldeia Restaurant
restaurants
Fugas Restaurant
Fugas Restaurant
restaurants
Fiado
Fiado
Janeiro de Cima
restaurants
Museu da Chanfana
Museu da Chanfana
Miranda do Corvo
restaurants
Casa da Ti Augusta
Casa da Ti Augusta
Figueira
restaurants
As Beiras
As Beiras
Pampilhosa da Serra
restaurants
Varanda do Casal
Varanda do Casal
Casal de São Simão
restaurants
Callum
Callum
Oleiros
lodging
Casas da Serra do Açor
Casas da Serra do Açor
Casal Novo, Arganil
lodging
Aldeia Oliveiras
Aldeia Oliveiras
Proença-a-Nova
lodging
Casa Cova do Barro
Casa Cova do Barro
Janeiro de Cima
lodging
Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Talasnal
lodging
Mountain Whisper
Mountain Whisper
Gondramaz
lodging
Casas de Água Formosa
Casas de Água Formosa
Vila de Rei
lodging
Casa do Talasnal
Casa do Talasnal
Talasnal
lodging
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Aqua Village Health Resort & SPA
Caldas de São Paulo
lodging
Casa Lausus
Casa Lausus
Talasnal
heritage
Church of São Bartolomeu
Church of São Bartolomeu
heritage
Roman Villa of Rabaçal
Roman Villa of Rabaçal
offer
XL Epic Adventure
XL Epic Adventure
village
Figueira
Figueira
offer
E-Bike Getaway in Aldeias do Xisto
E-Bike Getaway in Aldeias do Xisto
offer
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
village
Sobral de São Miguel
Sobral de São Miguel
village
Ferraria de São João
Ferraria de São João
tour
The Tagus Route - Fontes > Souto Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3
The Tagus Route - Fontes > Souto Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3
tour
Cyclin' Portugal Centre - Aldeias of Xisto de Oliveira do Hospital: P5 – Red
Cyclin' Portugal Centre - Aldeias of Xisto de Oliveira do Hospital: P5 – Red
tour
Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Fróia River Beach (P31 - Green)
Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Fróia River Beach (P31 - Green)
heritage
Alvoco das Várzeas Medieval Bridge
Alvoco das Várzeas Medieval Bridge

next events

event
“A Ver Figueiró dos Vinhos” (Seeing Figueiró dos Vinhos) Photography Contest
“A Ver Figueiró dos Vinhos” (Seeing Figueiró dos Vinhos) Photography Contest
01 mar 2024 - 30 sep 2024, 10:00
event
Teatro, música, artes e jogos nas Praias Fluviais de Vila de Rei
Teatro, música, artes e jogos nas Praias Fluviais de Vila de Rei
15 jun 2024 - 15 sep 2024
Vila de Rei
event
Verão nas Aldeias do Xisto
Verão nas Aldeias do Xisto
15 jun 2024 - 30 sep 2024, 10:00
event
Macrocosmos
Macrocosmos
01 jul 2024 - 31 jul 2024, 10:00
Talasnal
event
Animação no Geoscope
Animação no Geoscope
03 jul 2024 - 14 sep 2024, 18:00
Fajão
event
Nautical Summer
Nautical Summer
07 jul 2024 - 08 sep 2024, 10:00
event
XJazz - Encontros do Jazz nas Aldeias do Xisto 2024
XJazz - Encontros do Jazz nas Aldeias do Xisto 2024
07 jul 2024 - 24 aug 2024, 21:00
event
Explorando o Surrealismo
Explorando o Surrealismo
10 jul 2024 - 30 aug 2024, 10:00
event
ATASCAr - Mostra de Petiscos e Doçaria
ATASCAr - Mostra de Petiscos e Doçaria
12 jul 2024 - 04 aug 2024
Aldeia das Dez
event
XJazz 2024 - Petra Kapš em residência artística na Cerdeira
XJazz 2024 - Petra Kapš em residência artística na Cerdeira
15 jul 2024 - 19 jul 2024, 10:00
Cerdeira
event
Ciência Viva no Verão
Ciência Viva no Verão
17 jul 2024 - 14 sep 2024, 10:00
event
Festival de Gastronomia do Maranho
Festival de Gastronomia do Maranho
18 jul 2024 - 21 jul 2024, 17:00
Sertã
event
Ceramics and Wood-Firing Course
Ceramics and Wood-Firing Course
19 jul 2024 - 28 jul 2024, 16:00
Cerdeira
event
Arte, Paisagem e Turismo Sustentável
Arte, Paisagem e Turismo Sustentável
19 jul 2024 - 21 jul 2024, 18:00
event
Moonlight Talasnal
Moonlight Talasnal
19 jul 2024 - 13 dec 2024, 20:30
Talasnal
event
Doze Meses, Doze Caminhadas
Doze Meses, Doze Caminhadas
20 jul 2024 - 01 dec 2024
event
Mercadinho de Fajão
Mercadinho de Fajão
20 jul 2024, 08:00
Fajão
event
Interioridades
Interioridades
20 jul 2024, 14:00
Sobral de São Miguel
event
Workshops de Astronomia: O Sol e Outros Astros - Ver e Compreender o Universo
Workshops de Astronomia: O Sol e Outros Astros - Ver e Compreender o Universo
20 jul 2024 - 14 sep 2024, 18:00
Fajão
event
Caminhadas ao Luar
Caminhadas ao Luar
20 jul 2024 - 21 sep 2024, 20:30
event
Mercado de Saberes e Sabores (Knowledge and Flavours Market)
Mercado de Saberes e Sabores (Knowledge and Flavours Market)
21 jul 2024, 10:00
Aigra Velha
event
XJazz 2024 - Residência artística de Maria do Mar
XJazz 2024 - Residência artística de Maria do Mar
23 jul 2024 - 02 aug 2024, 10:00
Barroca
event
Residência artística explora relação entre doméstico e selvagem em Cunqueiros
Residência artística explora relação entre doméstico e selvagem em Cunqueiros
23 jul 2024 - 10 aug 2024, 12:00
event
Bombos 2024
Bombos 2024
27 jul 2024, 17:00
event
Concertos Clandestinos - A Um Palmo do Céu
Concertos Clandestinos - A Um Palmo do Céu
27 jul 2024, 22:00
Fajão
event
Verão na Ribeira com os Macroinvertebrados Aquáticos
Verão na Ribeira com os Macroinvertebrados Aquáticos
01 aug 2024 - 29 aug 2024, 13:45
Lousã
event
Sara Correia em Figueiró dos Vinhos no Festival do Fado 2024
Sara Correia em Figueiró dos Vinhos no Festival do Fado 2024
02 aug 2024, 21:30
event
Mostra de Xinema da Benfeita
Mostra de Xinema da Benfeita
04 aug 2024 - 08 aug 2024, 21:15
Benfeita
event
Clay and Flora with Rita Pereira
Clay and Flora with Rita Pereira
08 aug 2024 - 18 aug 2024, 10:00
Cerdeira
event
Spooncarving with Sílvio Soares
Spooncarving with Sílvio Soares
10 aug 2024 - 17 aug 2024, 10:00
Cerdeira
event
Workshop de Astrofotografia: Fotografar e Revelar o Universo
Workshop de Astrofotografia: Fotografar e Revelar o Universo
10 aug 2024, 14:00
Fajão
event
Benfeita Trail 2024
Benfeita Trail 2024
11 aug 2024, 09:00
Benfeita
event
Noite das Perseidas: Observação de Estrelas Cadentes, Constelações e da Lua ao Telescópio
Noite das Perseidas: Observação de Estrelas Cadentes, Constelações e da Lua ao Telescópio
11 aug 2024, 15:00
Fajão
event
Marcelo dos Reis, Miguel Falcão e Luís Filipe Silva
Marcelo dos Reis, Miguel Falcão e Luís Filipe Silva
24 aug 2024, 21:30
Gondramaz
event
Japanese Pottery and Ikebana
Japanese Pottery and Ikebana
06 sep 2024 - 15 sep 2024, 15:00
Cerdeira
event
Himalaias Trail
Himalaias Trail
21 sep 2024
Oleiros
event
Paper Clay & Paper Porcelain Course
Paper Clay & Paper Porcelain Course
24 sep 2024 - 29 sep 2024, 15:00
Cerdeira