The Azores is the 1st winner of the Best of Nature awards category by Green Destinations

Originally scheduled at (cancelled) ITB Berlin’s main stage, the World’s Top 7 Sustainable Destination Awards were unveiled online on the last 4th of March. 50 good practice stories connected to sustainable tourism were submitted by the top 100 sustainable destinations, available at Green Destinations.
21 Finalists have been selected on the basis of their overall sustainability by a Jury representing 12 international organisations.
The Portuguese Archipelago Azores was the winner of the "Best of Nature" award. This region has been pioneer on the creation of the first Marine Park in the Atlantic Ocean. Also other Portuguese cities ranked #2 in the following awards categories:
- Cascais in the "ITB Earth Award" - Torres Vedras in the "Best of Communities & Culture" Award - Alto Minho in the "Best of Europe" Award

The Award Ceremony to celebrate the Winners is postponed to the Green Destinations annual conference, this year held in Bodrum (Turkey) 6-8 October. 


Portugal Launches New Campaign to Promote Wine Tourism

"Wine Pairs with Portugal” is the title of a new wine tourism campaign that Turismo de Portugal is launching in seven markets, including the US. With an investment of 500,000 euros, the digital campaign will run throughout 2020.

The new campaign is an initiative under Portugal’s Wine Tourism Action Plan designed to boost awareness of Portugal’s significant wine sector. As part of the campaign, six films were created, including an overview and five specific themes on 'pairings' between wine and the country's many offerings, as in: “Wine pairswith Adventure,” “ Wine pairs with Art,” “Wine pairs with Discovery,” “ Winepairs with Music ,” and “ Wine pairs with Wellness.”

Identified as a key assets to the destination in the Tourism Strategy 2027 plan, wine tourism is a segment with the potential to attract visitors to rural areas year-round, helping them to build an affinity with Portugal. This Action Program and the Campaign were just launched, building a bridge between economic sectors and helping to position the country as a world leading wine tourism destination.

Launched in March 2019 with more than 60 million euros of investment and approved in 38 projects to develop the sector - ranging from thematic hotels, wine routes, wine bars, museums, events, wineries, farms and solar installations, mostly located in the Porto and the North, Centro and Alentejo regions.

Other investments include the development of regional Promotion Plans and the launch of the digital platform “Portuguese Wine Tourism” — an international information and promotion hub.

An Enotur training plan is part of the effort, aimed at professionals in the tourism and wine sector, endowing them with global skills for organizing, planning, managing and executing projects to enhance the visitor's experience, as well as the use of tourist attractions resources in the conception of the wine tourism product

Within the scope of promoting this segment, the 5th World Wine Tourism Conference thatwill be held in Reguengos de Monsaraz, in October 2020, organized in partnerships with the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and with the support of Turismo de Portugal.

For more than 2,000 years the Portuguese have celebrated the fall harvest. In breathtaking valleys, where microclimates have nurtured grapes, the fall is a time to reap the benefit of months of hard work. From the plains of the Alentejo, to the Valleys of the Dão and Douro, the harvest is a unique event that today visitors can take part in this ancient rite.

Guests can experience the excitement and history of winemaking, and even  participate in numerous activities and celebrations throughout the 20+  Portuguese wine regions. Portugal offers stunning landscapes of the wine-making regions: from the charming, verdant Minho where the vinho verde grapes grow on trellises, to the terraces of the Douro River Valley, the oldest demarcated region in the world and home of the famous port wine.

In the Centro de Portugal region, the wine routes do not run through the countryside, but through towns. Each is brimming with history. Venture further south and the routes near the capital have a close connection to water. Along the River Tejo, the Ribatejo Route travels through fertile fields irrigated when the river rises in the spring.

Portugal has the oldest appellation system in the world, the Douro Valley. This region, Vinho Verde, Alentejo and the Dão region, in the Northwest produce some of the world's unique wines. Portugal has two wine producing regions recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage: the Douro Valley Wine Region and the Pico Island WineRegion in the Azores.

Portugal is a unique gem of Europe.  While the country has eight centuries of history with marvelous castles and architecture, it is also a must-visit place for foodies. Portugal has the biggest exclusive fishing zone in Europe, making seafood fresh and affordable. Local cuisine is vegetarian-friendly as well, offering hearty soups, stews and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Pop music lovers of all ages will enjoy local musicfestivals

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Porto-Sal will be TAP's new route as of June

As of 20 June, Porto will have a direct flight to Sal in Cape Verde, with one flight a week by Tap Air Portugal

These flights depart from Porto on Saturdays at 10:25 p.m. and arrive on the Cape Verde island at 12:55 a.m. and in the opposite direction depart from Sal on Sundays at 1:45 a.m. and arrive at Port airport at 7:55 a.m. (local times). The tickets are on sale now. Flights are available on the Company’s website:



Algarve events guide for March 2020

Going to the Algarve during the month of  March 2020? So discover here what’s happening in the Algarve region.

The Algarve is known for its beachesnatural landscapes, bars and golf courses. And for its restaurants, hotels, monuments, and of course, for entertainment. 

The offer of entertainment destination is diversified and includes events of public and private partners that invite you to enjoy emotions and traditions, sounds and regional flavors, that the Algarve Tourism organizes in this guide leaflet.

Find more information about the Algarve at:
Algarve Region
Algarve Brochure
- Brochure Algarve, Ideas & Inspirations 
Algarve Guides
Algarve Map
365 Algarve

Romanesque Route in Portugal

The Romanesque Route is a tour covering 58 monuments located in the north of Portugal, near the rivers Tâmega, Sousa and part of the Douro.

It includes monasteries, churches and memorials, bridges, castles and towers that have in common the characteristic Romanesque architecture of this region. On the whole, they are located in the centre of a triangle whose vertices are World Heritage Sites: Porto, Guimarães and the Douro Valley.

The Romanesque Route is in fact divided into three routes that connect to each other by road, following the river valleys: The Sousa Valley Route, with 19 monuments; The Tâmega Valley Route, with 25 monuments; and the Douro Valley route, roughly between Castelo de Paiva and Resende, with 14 monuments.

This region and its architectural heritage are indelibly associated with the beginnings of Portuguese nationality, since it was here that the noble families resided who helped the first kings in the Christian Reconquest of the territory that is today Portugal. On the other hand, the clergy and the religious orders helped populations to settle, which is why churches, monasteries and other monuments with unique architectural features are concentrated in such a small area, having often played defensive roles, as attested by their embattled towers and buttresses.

The unusual nature of this historic and artistic legacy is based among other things on the decoration seen, for example, in the portals of churches and monastic complexes, where the use of animalistic, vegetal or geometric themes, combined with a noticeable sculptural quality, provides overall unity to the buildings included in this route, within the context of the Portuguese Romanesque. On the other hand, although they mostly date from the 11th to 13th centuries, it can be observed that these construction techniques extended into the period when Gothic solutions already prevailed elsewhere, and this is another particular feature of this Romanesque Route.

The Romanesque Route is a journey through history, and an excellent starting point for enjoying a comprehensive visit to the region, also taking in other aspects of its regional identity such as the traditional cuisine, the wines, festivals and markets where local handicrafts can be found and actual contact with the local people. There are also trails and footpaths for hikers and cyclists to be enjoyed in communion with nature. For the more daring, the river Paiva challenges you to unique experiences with unforgettable raft descents.

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From the 14th to the 16th of May 2020, don´t miss in the Alentejo, the Alter International Horse Summit

The Alter International Horse Summit – AIHS – is a unique project in Portugal 

Its aim is to study, look at and discuss the Horse Economy in all of its forms. With numerous parallel activities taking place throughout the year, the AIHS materialization will culminate on May 14-16 in Alter do Chão, Alentejo.

AIHS has more than two dozen institutional, associative, media and enabling partners who, from the outset, believed in the project and became part of it. 

Since the 18th century, when King João V set up the now innovative Alter Real Stud Farm, Alter do Chão has been a benchmark in the national and international equestrian panorama. 

This is why one of the main goals of the AIHS is to make Alter do Chão a national and international centre of debate for the issues and challenges affecting the equestrian world, in what is the home to the peerless Alter Real Lusitano Horse.

For you to take the most of your visit to Alter International Horse Summit and to Alter do Chão, check out our guides for the tastiest foods, the best hotels as well as no-to- be missed sights.

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Discover the Algarvian countryside clothed in white with the Almond trees in blossom

Heralding the arrival of spring, almond blossoms bathe the Algarve in an unforgettable and dazzling show.

A delicate mantle of pink and white extends throughout the Barrocal lands on the orchards of inland Algarve, where many villages retain their Arabic names.

There, the special colour bestowed on the countryside by the luxuriant almond trees recalls the same flowers which, long ago, enchanted a certain Northern princess, as the Moorish Legend of the Almond Blossom tells us.

According to this delightful story, during the time when Al Garb still belonged to the Moors, there reigned a young Caliph in Silves called Ibn-Almundim, who fell in love and married Gilda, the daughter of a great lord from the North, who had been defeated in battle by the Moorish king.

Their love was mutual, and the marriage was celebrated in grand style. However, the beautiful princess grew sadder day by day, with the Caliph unable to make her smile. They consulted magicians and wise men from all over the world, but none could find a cure for her sadness…

Until one day when an old Nordic man told the king that Gilda was longing for the white snow-covered fields of her homeland. Ibn-Almundim then ordered thousands of almond trees to be planted outside the windows of the palace, which, when they were in blossom, covered the land with white petals. The illusion took away her longing and she became joyful once more.

And this is why, since that spring so long ago, the Algarve relives each year the magic of the almond blossom.

Source: VisitAlgarve