The relevance of Estremoz in the Portuguese history goes back to the 12th century, when it was captured from the moors by the army of the knight Geraldo Sem Pavor.
It is also internationally known for its fine marble stone quarries.
The 45th World Congress of Academias do Bacalhau, which takes place annually, held in the Alentejo historic medieval town of Estremoz, from 10 to 12 September 2016, brought together Compadres and Comadres from Portuguese Communities, as far North as Ontario in Canada, to southernmost Australian city of Perth, to participate in a excellent programme of social activities and lively debate sessions and presentations.
The main objective of the international conference was to foster friendship among all Academias in the World, to exchange information, experiences and best ways to achieve to provide assistance to welfare organizations in their respective regions.
The growth of Academias do Bacalhau over the years created a challenge which is how to improve the communication among so many Academias scattered around the World.
It was felt that the most viable solution is to increase the use of online media to exchange information , ideas and improvement of the overall organization structure.
Alentejo’s rich folklore, famous cuisine and superb wine tasting, in the most emblematic cellars, were also ingredients that contributed to make this international encounter of Compadres a memorable event.
The new Academia da Serra da Estrela was accepted during the conference to be the 58th Academia do Bacalhau to join the fellowship cluster of Compadres in the world.
The next International Congress of Academias do Bacalhau will take place in Ilha Terceira in the Azores Islands by mid October 2017.