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2017/05/25

Czech Airlines launched new regular scheduled service between Prague and Lisbon

On the last May 10, 2017, Czech Airlines, flag carrier from Czech Republic, launched operations on the new Prague – Lisbon route, using Airbus A319 OK-PET in the SkyTeam Alliance colours to operate the inaugural flight. 

Czech Airlines will offer 4 return flights a week on the route: on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flights between Prague and Lisbon take about 3 hours.

The Prague – Lisbon connection can be combined with another Czech Airlines‘ regular scheduled flight between Prague and Porto. Thanks to that, passengers can plan a comfortable cruise around two largest Portuguese cities and enjoy both of them without the need of returning to the original place of arrival.

Prague has been a very popular destination for the Portuguese market and TAP already operated direct flights from Lisbon Airport, so the connectivity of the airport is now even wider.
For Lisbon Airport this sustainable passenger growth is very important, since the Airport has been working hard to welcome all the new airlines that are now interested in Lisbon, so that the demand keeps on growing and new options also become available for the Portuguese passengers.

A video and photographs from the inaugural flight to/from Lisbon can be viewed on the CzechAirlines' Facebook and Instagram profiles and on YouTube.

For further information and reservations, check: http://pt.csa.cz/

2017/05/24

Festas de Lisboa 2017

With a whiff of summer in the air, the Festivities of Lisbon offer a full program of entertainment activities that will invade Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods, luring thousands of people into the streets.

Santo António, highly respected and worshipped in Lisbon and treated as a true patron of the city, sets the mood for the festivities that reach their highpoint on the evening of June 12, with the parade of popular marches along Avenida da Liberdade. On the afternoon of June 13, a procession in homage to the popular Saint - who is believed to foster marriages - winds its way through the streets around the Sé cathedral and provides a special religious flavour to the festivities.

Evenings are animated by traditional festivities in Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods - from Castelo to Mouraria, Graça, Alfama, Ajuda and the Bairro Alto - with lots of music and dance to the rhythm of popular songs. Decorated with coloured globes and garlands, the city’s streets are invaded by the smell of roasted sardines and sweet basil accompanied by paper carnations and paintings that allude to Santo António.

June is the main month of these festivities, but they also extend throughout the summer, including a wide variety of events such as fado, jazz and other musical performances, fado in the city’s trams, cinema and theatre festivals, sports events and exhibitions.


Find more about at:
http://lisboanarua.com/festasdelisboa/
https://www.visitlisboa.com/lisbon-festivities-17
https://www.facebook.com/festasdelisboa
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2017/05/17

On the 28th of May, don´t miss the Douro Valley Half Marathon 2017

In May, come to the Douro wine region and take part in one of the world’s most beautiful races!



Starting at the lake formed by the dam of the Barragem de Bagaúste in the municipality of Armamar and ending in the Avenida do Douro in Peso da Régua, this half marathon covers a distance of roughly 21 kilometres along the banks of the River Douro, passing through some truly breathtaking countryside. This sports event has gradually earned a firm reputation both nationally and internationally and brings together thousands of competitors from all kinds of different countries.

Besides the half marathon, there will be other events designed to make your stay in the region an unforgettable experience, such as concerts, exhibitions or special wine tasting sessions, all taking place in what is the world’s oldest demarcated wine region, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.

Festivals of the Lord Jesus Christ: 19 - 25 May 2017

In São Miguel, in the Azores, witness the Festivals of the Lord Jesus Christ (Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres).

The image of the Convento da Esperança, in Ponta Delgada, is paraded on the fifth Sunday after Easter, with much fanfare and torchlight.




Find more information at:
http://www.visitazores.com/Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres
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Rally de Portugal 2017: 18-21 May

Come and witness the great skill and expertise of the world’s top drivers, who will be racing along the roads and tracks of Portugal, competing in the Portugal's Rally.

The Portugal’s Rally is the sixth stage of the International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) World Rally Championship, and it is expected to be one of the most hotly disputed events of the season on the European continent.




Find more information at:
http://www.rallydeportugal.pt/
https://www.facebook.com/rallydeportugal/
https://twitter.com/rallydeportugal
https://www.youtube.com/acprallydeportugal
https://www.instagram.com/rallyportugal/

Mértola Islamic Festival 2017: 18th to 21st of May 2017

In uneven numbered years, Mértola recalls its Arab past in the Islamic festival that fills the town streets with color in the month of May.

During the Festival, Mértola returns to an era located between the 8th and 13th centuries in which it was the capital of a Taifa kingdom and an important commercial port in the routes between the Iberian peninsular and North Africa.

Arab dancers and musicians exhibit their arts, artisans produce and sell their artifacts in a busy market and chefs prepare tidbits from traditional Muslim gastronomy, such as couscous accompanied by mint tea. 


Anyone who wants to extend their knowledge about Arab culture may also take part in calligraphy ateliers or observe exhibitions and colloquia dedicated to this theme.

Download the program here.

Find more information at:
http://www.festivalislamicodemertola.com/

Arco Lisboa 2017

When ARCO, a major international contemporary art fair, decided to stage the event outside its country of origin for the first time, it chose Portugal as its venue. Yet another indication that "choosing" is indeed an art!

In 2017, the Madrid contemporary art fair outside Spain will be staged in Lisbon. The event, at which 40 international galleries will be exhibiting, will be taking place at the Cordoaria Nacional from the 18th to the 21th of May.




This will be a unique opportunity for those who enjoy contemporary art, and will also be a good excuse to get to know Lisbon. Known as the city of light, Lisbon's special luminosity and welcoming ambience mean it is greatly appreciated by artists, photographers and film producers.


If you enjoy contemporary art, you will definitely like Lisbon. It is a centuries-old city with historical neighbourhoods that you simply must visit and where the recent works of architecture give you a new perspective of the space.

In Belém, the neighbourhood filled with memories of the voyages of the Portuguese Discoveries in the 16th century, close to the iconic monuments of the Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery), you must be sure to visit the Belém Cultural Centre, which houses the Berardo Museum. This collection of contemporary art features exhibits representing the most important artistic movements from the 20th century through to the present day. You can admire works by Duchamp, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman and Cindy Sherman, to name but a few. This is also the neighbourhood where the Museu dos Coches (National Coach Museum) is located. This unique collection is now housed in a modern building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha.


In the city centre, between the Chiado, the Bairro Alto and São Bento, you will find the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea (National Contemporary Art Museum) and the Júlio Pomar Atelier-Museum, alongside many art galleries and antique shops. Nearby, in the Amoreiras neighbourhood, a now-renovated former silk factory building houses the surprising collection belonging to the foundation set up by Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva, a notable 20th-century Portuguese artist.

To the north of the city now, in the Avenidas Novas neighbourhood, you will find the Gulbenkian Foundation. This noteworthy 1950s building stands in a large garden where the principles of modern architecture are clearly in evidence. The main building features auditoriums and offers a programme dedicated to classical and contemporary music. It is also where you will find the museum housing the collection of Armenian millionaire Calouste Gulbenkian, who so adored Lisbon that he made it his home. At one end of the garden is the Centro de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Centre). Ten minutes' walk away, Culturgest is a space where the most recent trends in the plastic arts are given pride of place.


Anyone choosing to stay in nearby Cascais will have the opportunity to visit the Paula Rego collection. Paula Rego is another Portuguese artist who has made a significant contribution to the history of art. She currently lives in England. The uniquely-shaped building called "Casa das Histórias" ("House of Stories") was designed by another Pritzker-Prize-winning architect, Eduardo de Souto Moura.

But just as importantly, you should be sure to simply spend some time strolling around the streets of the city, admiring the tiled façades and the various works of urban art created by designers and graffiti artists; for Lisbon is a veritable open-air museum where a surprise awaits around every corner.