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2014/10/30

The 2015 edition of World Food Travel Summit & Expo will take place in Estoril from 7th to 11th April.

The event that brings together food & drink tourism professionals will emphasize the business matchmaking, networking and socializing. The production is organized by the World Food Travel Association and APTECE - Portuguese Association of Food Tourism Development and supported by Cascais City Hall.
World Food Travel Summit & Expo has practically set its final program, as José Borralho, with APTECE, reported to Event Point. He confirmed the presence of Jodi Ettenberg, from the Legal Nomads blog, and Time Magazine journalist Matt Goulding. José Borralho shares the big news in the event: "as part of the program, delegates will choose a region in Portugal (Porto and North, Centre, Alentejo, Lisbon, Algarve, Madeira and Azores) where they will live 48 hours with the local population, knowing their culture, typical products and cuisine, establishing a close partnership between APTECE,Tourism Regions and local tourism promotion associations."
APTECE is "immensely proud" to be associated with this event. "Hosting an event of this magnitude brings us to a level where we have greater visibility and are more exposed as an organization and as host country. We are talking about an application won by a private entity, without any commitment of financial support from national authorities, even to this date, but that did not stop us from trying to bring the event to Portugal, overcoming four other countries", highlighted APTECE’s president.
The aim is to receive 500 to 700 delegates in Estoril.

The McNamara Surf Trip: A documentary from the Portuguese Coast


21 days, 7 regions, 2 archipelagos, awesome food, unique experiences, singular hospitality,
waves in every corner – one of a kind surf trip. Stay tuned: a new webisode every couple of days
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The McNamara Surf Trip - A web documentary from the portuguese coast. + info: http://www.portuguesewaves.com/mcnamara



- Ep. #1: Centro de Portugal  

Garrett McNamara takes on the center of Portugal.In this trip Garrett surfed great waves, picked his own food in an organic farm and surfed the wake of a boat with wakeboard champion Francisco Martinho Lopes and instructor Nuno Almeida d´Eça.

Ep. #2: Lisbon 

"Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities I´ve ever seen”. Find out why...

In this trip Garrett surfs the amazing beaches around Lisbon with local surfers Filipe Jervis and Nuno Mesquita, experiences great food, attends a concert by local band Paus and gets to know Lisbon with local surfer and musician Frankie Chavez.

Ep. #3: Azores 
Garrett McNamara visits one of the best kept secrets in Portugal, the islands of Azores.

From visiting the local green pastures to experiencing the amazing nature walks, Garrett still finds time to catch some waves with local surfers Hugo Vau and Luís Melo. Watch this film to see why Azores is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth. 


Ep. #4: Porto and the North
Garrett McNamara visits one of the most iconic cities of Portugal, Porto.

In Porto, Garrett meets the first portuguese surfer, Pedro Lima, and surfs amazing waves with locals Patrick Jongenelen and Sebastião Furtado. The highlight of the trip is his visit to the Douro Region, the world´s first wine region to have a formal demarcation of its Port wine.


- Ep. #5: Madeira Islands 
Garrett McNamara visits the scenic islands of Madeira.

With views like Hawaii and portuguese food and hospitality, Garret gets the best of both worlds with his local contacts, artist Marco Fagundes and local surfer/tour guide Orlando Pereira. In beautiful Madeira, Garrett experiences fresh tuna just off the boat, rides a couch down a hill and tries the exquisite local, aged Madeira wine. 


- Ep. #6: Alentejo
Garrett McNamara experiences an adrenalin rush and gets a taste of the relaxed life in scenic Alentejo. 

In Alentejo, soul surfer Tarik Van Prehn gives Garrett a glimpse of the laid-back life in the countryside. Later, Garrett gets back to surfing and tries a nature path 10 meters off the ground - “give me big wave surfing any day”.  

- Ep. #7: AlgarveGarrett McNamara treads off the beaten path in one of the regions most appreciated by tourists and expats.

Garrett surfs the idyllic coast of Algarve and quickly rides shot gun in a competitive car racing circuit to realize that ‘staying in the moment’ is not the answer to all of life’s fears. See why Algarve is the expats favourite second home


2014/10/29

In Porto Christmas starts on 28 November!

 Credits to Porto City Council
The Christmas and New Year programme will start on 28 November, earlier than usual, filling the city with light and colour!
Christmas lightings on 30 streets and venues, entertainment, ice rinks and a Christmas market, are an invitation to visit the city, to calmly stroll around its streets, to know its shops, its gastronomy specialties, and to enjoy a festive atmosphere.
The Avenida dos Aliados, the Rua das Flores and the Clérigos Tower will have special lightings.
On the Avenida dos Aliados will shine the Christmas Tree, this year accompanied by the installation “Sound Textures” by the architect Isabel  Barbas.
The regeneration works of the Clérigos Tower will be concluded on 12 December and on that day our dearest monument will shine brighter than ever.
The Rua das Flores, a walking street with a varied range of shops, will have a “special light” and those shopping at the traditional commerce will be given vouchers to use for parking and on the ice skating rinks in Praça D. João I and rotunda da Boavista (Praça Mouzinho de Albuquerque).
The novelty is the Christmas Market on Praça da Liberdade, from 4 to 14 December.
New Year’s Eve promises great and fun moments! The bands Clã and Expensive Soul will heat the scene and at midnight there will be surprising fireworks, offering a unique experience to the public!
The city awaits you! Winter, spring, summer or fall, Porto is Porto all year round, period!
Source: Porto Turismo

Art & TUR- International Tourism Film Festival, will take place in Porto from 23 to 25 October

The ART & TUR - International Film Festival of Tourism Film, one of the most prestigious worldwide and member of the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT), an NGO recognized by the World Tourism Organization, is part of a network of 17 international festivals that co-organize the annual Festival of Festivals in Vienna, electing the best tourism film worldwide.
This year Porto has the privileged of hosting this important festival, taking place in parallel to the 2nd International Conference "Porto as a Tourism Destination: Tourism and Urban Economics", from 23 to 25 October, at the Auditorium of the company Douro Azul.
In the 2014 edition of Art & Tur, a project 100% Portuguese, 37 countries participate with 166 movies, showing the best of tourism film.
The Art&Tur - International Tourism Film Festival has the support of the Porto City Council, through the Department of Tourism, represented in the jury of the contest by Maria João Nunes, of the Porto Film Commission.

Porto Airport stands on the 5th position on the ranking “Best Airports in Europe 2014”

Porto’s airport has conquered the 5th position on the “Best Airports in Europe 2014″, a ranking of the web page ‘Sleeping in Airports’, because of the amenities that make travelers lives easier, such as the existence of free trolleys, free showers, several power sockets and 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi access.
The ‘site’ highlights that Porto’s small airport is focused in doing “small” but well, positioning it for the first time on the Top 10 of the best European airports for 2014.

November Algarve Events Guide


Going to the Algarve during the month of November?
So d
iscover here what’s happening in the Algarve region.

The Algarve is known for its beaches, natural 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.


More about the Algarve at:
http://www.visitalgarve.pt/visitalgarve
http://www.visitportugal.com/Algarve

2014/10/27

Six New Routes from Lisboa by Ryanair

Ryanair has announced six new routes from Lisboa and will boost the existing four. Of the six new destinations, flights to Bremen and Hamburg in Germany, to Milan and Rome in Italy, and Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, will start to operate in October and November. In April, with the launch of the IATA Summer 2015, Ryanair will also begin to fly to Warsaw, Poland.

Three weekly flights are scheduled for Eindhoven and Bremen, with daily flights to Hamburg, Milan and Rome, whilst two flights weekly are planned for Warsaw.

Existing routes from Lisboa will be boosted with flights to London and Pisa being increased from two to three times per day. Similarly flights to Manchester will increase from four to five times a week, and to Porto which will be expanded from five times per week to two daily flights. 


Source: Lisboa Inside