We are staying at the Convivio Camping in northern Portugal, close to the Spanish border.
Our Hosts, Bing Müller and Gea Mulder have been here since 2001 and they are constantly busy around the camp.
It’s our first evening here and since we have booked a longer stay, our first main meal is on the house.
I was interested to see on their website the following information:
The name Convívio has an important meaning for us. In Holland we already had a foundation with this name promoting an society with different cultures living together peacefully.To our surprise convivio is a used word in Portugal, meaning a nice get together of people where they drink, eat, talk and dance.
The Italian philosopher Alghieri Dante gave it a more intense meaning. He stated that when people from different classes (economically, socially, culturally and/or educationally) would have a meal together, they could widen there scope and understanding, of the world.
For an individual he added that convivio is living your life without seperating one part from the other. Work, family, friends, relaxation, interests should all be in balance and a combined experience. A harmonious dynamic between the different aspects, instead of separating them.
The word in English that this translates to is “convivial” …
…and that pretty much sums up not only dinner, but also the campsite in general.
There was a starter (which I forgot to photograph) , then BBQ chicken, Spareribs, potato salad and coleslaw… dessert was a chocolate mousse.
The meat wasn’t entirely my cup of tea as I recover from loosing breakfast earlier in the day due to the car ride here, but the salads were good and a very hungry Himself happily polished off the meat that I didn’t fancy. Dessert was great (but then, isn’t anything with chocolate?) All in all ….yum!
Parque de Campismo Convívio // Rua de Badão 1 // Candemil VNC 4920-020 // 00 351 251794404 // email@example.com