VisitPortugal

2015/08/27

Enjoy the good life in Portugal

Come to Portugal to enjoy the good life in every way. Just let yourself go and savour all the things we have to offer – the different landscapes, the aromas and flavours of Portuguese gastronomy, the sounds of nature, of fado and the guitar, or the rhythms of international music, or wellness treatments at our spas and thermal resorts, to name but a few. 

Porto-Gaia_by Rui Morais de Sousa
On a trip through the country from north to south, with a short hop to the islands of the Azores and Madeira, enjoying the scenery is a pure delight. On a drive, from a viewpoint or a terrace with a view over the old houses of Porto, the castle of São Jorge in Lisbon or the beautiful beaches of the Algarve, there are numerous possibilities just waiting for you. To accompany this, ask for a glass of a good Portuguese wine from the Douro, the Alentejo or the Dão, to name just three of the demarcated regions, and enjoy every drop. 

And while we’re on the subject of flavours, what about trying Portuguese cuisine? From the simplest, such as freshly caught fish, just grilled with a little salt, to traditional dishes like salt cod and Portuguese cozido, there is a huge variety. And if you prefer sophisticated dining choose a Michelin-star restaurant, where auteur cuisine is in the hands of distinguished chefs.

To take a few souvenirs home with you, wander through the shops or markets. From international clothing and accessory brands and contemporary design shops, especially in Lisbon and Porto, to traditional and gourmet products that are sold throughout the country, you will certainly be spoiled for choice. 

During such outings, you can also enjoy visiting some monuments. Start with those that are World Heritage sites. We can suggest three: the Convento de Cristo in Tomar and the Monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça; they are all located in the Centro de Portugal region, but we cannot tell you which is the most beautiful, you’ll have to find that out for yourself. You can also discover some wonderful examples of modern architecture. Some have a cultural programme that is well worth discovering, such as the Casa da Música in Porto, the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, or the Casa das Mudas in Madeira. 

There’s nothing like a spa for regaining your equilibrium and well-being. They offer personalised plans and signature treatments of the main international brands, which can be adapted to your needs. Are you seeking relaxation and stress prevention, anti-ageing, detox or beauty treatments? The Algarve and Madeira have a huge offering in this area, but all the other regions have quality facilities in hotels or at thermal resorts. And for having a good rest, the range is even bigger: 5-star hotels with every comfort you could dream of, pousadas offering the best of the region you are visiting, or Tourism in the Country, where authenticity and the welcome are second to none.

Come to Portugal and take good care of yourself!

2015/08/20

Discover the Madeira Wine Festival: From the 30th of August to the 6th of September 2015

Take part in September in the festival that's dedicated to one of the most famous products from Madeira island, the Madeira Wine.

The Madeira Wine Harvest Festival is always the perfect excuse to visit Madeira. In Funchal, the allegorical light, sound and music shows are the high points of the celebrations that take place at other points on the island.

For a start, in the Estreito de Câmara de Lobos parish, 12 km from Funchal, the live wine harvests are an excellent opportunity to take part in one of the oldest local traditions, whether picking grapes or following the grape harvester groups. 


Find out more about what to expect from the Madeira Wine Festival:
http://www.visitmadeira.pt/Madeira Wine Festival
http://festasdovinhomadeira.visitmadeira.pt/

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Festival Maré de Agosto starts today in the Island of Santa Maria, Azores

From the 20th to the 22nd of August, in the magical scenario of the Bay of Praia Formosa in the Island of Santa Maria, the International Festival of Music " August Tide" (Maré de Agosto), brings together leading names from various countries.

A stage located only 20 metres from the sea, hosts performances by leading names from the national and international musical panorama. 


A wide array of aesthetic currents of "world music" are represented in this renowned, high-quality event, that that has already celebrated 20 editions. 

Check the line-up for this here here.

Find more information about the festival at:
http://www.maredeagosto.com/
https://www.facebook.com/festivalmaredeagosto
https://twitter.com/maredeagosto

Medieval Days in Castro Marim: 26 to 30 August




From 26 to 30 of August, Castro Marim returns to the Middle Ages, in a highly rigorous historical recreation.

During four days and nights, the castle of Castro Marim once again plays host to kings and queens, knights in shining armour, jesters, buffoons, noblemen and ladies, as the entire Court make a procession before the admiring gazes of many visitors that travel to the event every year.

Jousting tournaments, on foot and on horseback, street theatre performances, banquets accompanied by medieval music and a handicrafts and merchandise fair, complement the entertainment activities of these Medieval Days, enabling us to relive the magic and mystery of times gone by.

Lisboa Oceanarium voted the best aquarium in the world by TripAdvisor users


Lisboa Oceanarium has just been voted the best aquarium in the world by TripAdvisor users, the largest international travel booking website. The Portuguese aquarium won first place in both the top European and top World categories of the Traveler's Choice Awards, these awards resulting from tourist reviews. 

Rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on TripAdvisor, Lisboa Oceanarium is considered by visitors, the most interesting experience to have in the Portuguese capital (from a total of 444 possibilities), totalling 10,868 tourist reviews, describing the aquarium as "a must-see place."

"Wonderful for children and adults," "Awesome!" or "The marine life in all its splendour!" are just some of the rave reviews from users on the website and that contributed to the Oceanarium’s ”excellent" rating and recently earned it an award.

With 17 years of existence, during which time it has welcomed more than 19 million visitors, Lisboa Oceanarium has focused on the presentation of "innovative" visiting experiences, and is currently one of the most visited cultural facilities in Portugal.


More information at:
http://www.oceanario.pt/
https://www.visitportugal.com/Oceanario



Source: Lisboa Inside, TripAdvisor and Oceanário de Lisboa 

New tourist attraction: Sintra Mitos e Lendas

©Inside Lisboa
The “Sintra Mitos e Lendas” is the latest tourist attraction in the Lisboa area that invites you on a trip through the town’s mysticism, secrets and romance, exploring its history, music and literature, using set design, multimedia and sensory experiences.

The new tourist attraction allows the discovery of Sintra’s Mitos e Lendas, on a journey across 17 exhibit areas that combines reality and fiction in various dimensions. This project featured the participation of a team of architects, designers, script writers, historians and specialists in audiovisuals, holograms, sensory effects, augmented reality and 3D films.

Promoted by Associação Turismo de Lisboa, in partnership with Entidade Regional de Turismo da Região de Lisboa and Sintra Municipality, this visitor centre is located at the Tourist Office building in Praça da República, Nº 23 and can be visited every day, from 9.30am to 6pm.


Ticket office information:
• Adult :: 4,5 euros 
• Senior Citizen/ Student :: 3,5 euros 
• Children from 6 to 15 years :: 2 euros 
• Children up to 5 years :: Free 
• Family (2 Adults & 2 Children 6-15 Years) :: 12 euros 
• Groups (10 people):
• Adults :: 3,5 euros / person
• Students / Senior Citizens (65 years +) :: 3 euros / person
• Children (6-15 years) :: 1,5 euros / person


Source: Lisboa Inside 








2015/08/18

Don´t miss in Viana do Castelo the Feasts of Nossa Senhora da Agonia 2105



In Viana do Castelo, take part in the Feasts of Nossa Senhora da Agonia , and don't miss all the processions that enliven this three-day festival in August.

The festival takes place on the 20th and the following weekend. At the costume event, which was first held in the public garden in 1931, attractive young girls and boys adorn themselves in richly colourful traditional costumes, and you may be lucky enough to enjoy exquisite wedding dresses and traditional embroidered Mordoma and Lavradeira costumes, as well as the beautiful filigree pieces, known as Viana gold.

The town is thronged with thousands of people who come to witness Viana do Castelo honouring the Virgin of Agony, invoked by the fishermen to make the sea more favourable to them.