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5. "Buonos dies" to Miranda do Douro

02 Agosto 2016

5. "Buonos dies" to Miranda do Douro

Portugal has two official languages: Portuguese, spoken by 250 million worldwide, and Mirandese, spoken by 15,000 around the frontier city of Miranda do Douro.

Your first lesson: "buonos dies" means "good morning."

Miranda has been sidelined since 1762 when invading Spaniards blew up a chunk of it and local bigwigs hastily relocated.

Remoteness allowed clifftop Miranda to preserve its language, medieval architecture and unique traditions.

Menfolk perform a war dance dressed in frilly skirts and stripy socks.

Locals venerate a statue of Jesus sporting a top hat.

It's famed for steak -- at Restaurante Balbina they barbeque it on the fireplace.