Maria Gardine

The family has always conveyed happy calm holiday stories and a cheerful home


The place of Gandra, near the old center of Braga (Bracara Augusta), belonged to the monastery of Tibães, Seat of the Benedictines (12th century. The story of Gandra is thus linked to the medieval period and the early years of the construction of nationality.
The first known reference dates back to December 17, 1572 when the town hall identifies the fifth and the land of Gandra, then owned by the hospital of St. Mark. Which are delivered to Fernão Pires, in lease, for three lives.

The Quinta (home and agricultural support areas) is therefore more than 400 years old. Built in stone, the house was essentially used to support agricultural activity.

Around 1875 our ancestors acquired the Quinta da Gandra which became a summer vacation home, maintaining its agricultural activity as a farm house.
The essential crop was not distinguished from what was predominant of Minho: corn, potatoes, vegetables and wine.

The family has always conveyed happy calm holiday stories and a cheerful home.

About 25 years ago it became our permanent home.

Now we would like to open the doors and invite you to spend a time with us, show the traditions that we were given and enjoy a traditional meal.
Pilgrims used to pass by this área on their way to the sanctuary of S. Bento da Porta Aberta, one of the country’s main pilgrimage sites. My grandfather sat in the doorway watching them pass.
When we came to live in Gandra we found the house as it was and went to discover the old books and loose leaves of recipes. As a joke we started making meals inspired by old recipes and we realized how they were made.

In the 80s of the 20th century, Quinta da Gandra was classified by the Municipality as a cultural heritage of local interest.


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