Mar d'Estórias: 8 Years Revealing the Portuguese Soul - June 17th

MAR D'ESTÓRIAS: 8 YEARS REVEALING THE PORTUGUESE SOUL - JUNE 17THOn our 8th anniversary, we invite all lovers of Portuguese culture to join us in a meaningful celebration. Pass by the century-old Mar d'Estórias building and celebrate throughout June 17th.

11:00 am: Tasting of Portuguese canned foods and olive oils: Indulge in the authentic flavours of Portuguese cuisine while discovering the secrets behind the country's most beloved canned foods and olive oils.

5:00 pm: Wine tasting from Quinta do Paral: Immerse yourself in the aromas and flavours of Quinta do Paral wines, in a sensory experience that will transport you directly to the plains of Alentejo.

6:30 pm: Birthday cake cutting: Join us in this special moment as we cut the cake that marks another year of success and passion for the Mar d'Estórias.6:30 pm to 8:00 pm: Music with Carlos Glória: Music is a must in a celebration. Enjoy the tunes of saxophonist Carlos Glória.

Join us in this celebration of Portuguese culture at Mar d'Estórias on June 17th. Our team looks forward to seeing you.

Venue: Rua Silva Lopes, No. 30, 8600-623 Lagos, Portugal
T: +351 282 792 165
W: mardestorias.com


A building with centuries of transformations
Mar d'Estórias emerges as a treasure rooted in Portugal's historical and cultural heritage, revealing itself not only as a place of commerce but also as a portal to this charming country's vibrant narratives and authentic flavours.

Housed in a building that has witnessed centuries of transformations, from a centuries-old church to a firefighters' Station, this place transcends its history to embrace a modern and multidisciplinary vision.

Every aspect of the restoration was carefully planned and executed, respecting the architectural heritage while adapting to contemporary needs. The result is a welcoming environment where visitors are invited to uncover the multiple layers of Portuguese identity while enjoying a sensory journey through gastronomy, craftsmanship, and the stories echoing in the centuries-old walls.

The dream was born from an unexpected union, where the visionary Luís Ledo and the passionate Célia Real found the perfect harmony. Driven by the vision to create a unique place in Lagos where history, culture, and Portuguese tradition come to life, together they realised a dream that resulted in a space that now belongs to all Portuguese people.

Mar d'Estórias is more than just a physical space; it's a living testament to the resilience and cultural richness that makes Portugal so unique.

The secrets and curiosities of a labyrinthine building
Mar d'Estórias is a haven of fascinating tales, where every corner unveils a secret from the past. In 1934, when this building was still the headquarters of the Volunteer Firefighters of Lagos, the city witnessed the installation of the first telephone booth, where today stands a glass niche on the building's facade.

The mezzanine, now displaying books, toys, and music, once accommodated the only resident firefighter. The transition transformed it from a resting space into a cultural area. In this place, hoses and other objects used by brave men who decided in 1932 to create the Volunteer Firefighters of Lagos headquarters were kept.

Mar d’Estórias is part of Lagos' cultural scene
At Mar d'Estórias, the walls come to life through the artistic expression that fills them. From the impressive mural by Polish artist Bezt, composed during the urban art festival in Lagos in 2013, to the most recent piece by the artist Add Fuel, the venue has evolved into the cultural and emotional representation of diversity that characterises the Portuguese spirit. Bezt's mural depicted the harmony between people and nature. Meanwhile, Add Fuel's mural "Saudade" captures the prevailing sentiment during the 2020 pandemic. Mar d'Estórias, with its iconic building, also aligns with Lagos' cultural scene in partnership with Associação LAC.

The round number we celebrate on this anniversary is significant because it represents growth and the sharing of a deep love for Portuguese culture. Our space is always open,versatile, and inspiring - a place where Portuguese products are showcased as living proof of Portugal's rich cultural and historical heritage.


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