The magic of Christmas brings more than 2 million visitors from various parts of France and from the four corners of the world, attracted by the decorations, illuminations on the streets and buildings, festive atmosphere and the Christmas culture.
This year the market has 300 cottages spread over 12 emblematic sites of Grand Ile de Strasbourg.
Naturtejo Geopark is installed in the Portuguese Village, representing Portugal, the guest country, in the middle of Place du Gutemberg, where the Christmas traditions are presented and tasted. Idanha-a-Nova organizes this participation having brought the cultural traditions of the Portuguese Christmas to Central Europe.
Naturtejo Geopark occupies the cottage “Portugal Natural” where thousands of visitors find daily information on the territory, Geoturistic Tours and Geoproducts from Aromas do Valado, VóNô, geoliquors Acha Doce, Geocakes and geowine Súbito.
Representing Portugal is the Portuguese Rural Tourism Federation, Historic Villages, Natural.pt and Idanha-a-Nova, Creative City of Music. In addition to Idanha-a-Nova and the Naturtejo region are present North artisans and Alentejo, with crafts in leather, burel, wool, fiIigrana as well as true culinary delights of the North, Beira Baixa and Serra da Estrela as olive oil, sausage, cheese, fruitcake, pies, cod and honey. Another highlight are the organic certified products and the bread in stone made live in a wood-burning oven. The Portuguese Village has already received the visit of the Minister of Culture, Luís Castro Mendes, portuguese eurodeputies and the Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities, Jose Luis Castro.
Several Geoproducts of Naturtejo Geopark and its producers are present on Place du Gutemberg, Acha Doce liquors (1500 litres of hot wine served in first week), Geowine Súbito, Geocakes and Aromas of Valado.
Simultaneously numerous cultural events take place, such as music concerts, exhibitions of painting and photography, as well as a showcase of Portuguese cinema, across several emblematic points of the city of Strasbourg.
Every day more than 30 people from Portugal give life to the Portuguese Village with the tireless support of Portuguese residents in Strasbourg, from the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the Council of Europe and General -Consulate of Portugal in Strasbourg.