Tall Ships’ Race is back to Lisbon

Beginning on 22 July 2016, Lisbon will be hosting the Tall Ships’ Regatta, with the River Tagus welcoming more than 50 sailing ships into its estuary.

The great regatta of the Tall Ships’ Race will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. 

The ships are set to begin their first race on 10 July, starting in the port of Antwerp, in Belgium, sailing towards Lisbon, where they will stay till the 25th July. From there they will head to Spain, passing through Cadiz and ending their race at La Coruña at the 14th August. 

Lisbon will be in festive mood and the River Tagus will be filled with excitement. From 22 to 25 July, there will be a programme of official commemorations, which will include visits to the ships themselves and will reach their high point with the Naval Parade down the river. 

This is a tremendously beautiful spectacle that you can’t afford to miss.

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The Extreme Sailing Series Heads for Madeira

In a first for the world’s premier Stadium Racing sailing championship, the Extreme Sailing Series™ will stage its sixth event of 2016 on the beautiful Portuguese Atlantic islands of Madeira.
The sixth Act will take place from 22-25th of September in the waters off Funchal, the island’s capital, where thousands of tourists and locals will have a perfect view of some the world’s top multihull sailors racing hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans at close quarters.

The Act in Madeira replaces Istanbul as the Host Venue for Act 6, originally planned for the same dates and will be run in partnership with Madeira Tourism and hosted by Madeira Islands – the 2016 “World’s Leading Island Destination.”

For the Regional Secretary of Economy, Tourism and Culture, Eduardo Jesus, this event is an excellent opportunity for Madeira to establish itself as a nautical tourism destination, enhancing its potential and reinforcing Madeira Islands’ international reputation.

"Madeira has strived to host a competition of this nature for some time so today we are pleased to secure this partnership, which we hope to continue to develop in the future" said Jesus.

With a free-to-enter Race Village, the event in Madeira will feature all the familiar attractions of an Extreme Sailing Series Act including multi-media coverage and live streaming of the on-the-water action online on the Saturday and Sunday.

Wind conditions at Funchal – a city that has thrived on its links with sea over centuries - should be in the order of 8-12 knots of breeze, perfect for competitive racing for some of the world’s lightest and fastest sailing machines.

Andy Tourell, Event Director of the Extreme Sailing Series, welcomed the chance to bring the championship to Madeira. “Funchal will be another fantastic setting for our super-fast catamarans. The opportunity to bring the Extreme Sailing Series to an entirely new audience is an exciting one.”

Phil Lawrence, Extreme Sailing Series Race Director, believes the warm waters off Funchal will be a spectacular setting to demonstrate the awesome power of the GC32s. “We are delighted to be going to race in the beautiful island of Madeira. At that time of year winds are generally light to moderate and will present a real challenge to the sailors”, said Lawrence.

The decision to stage Act 6 in Madeira follows on-going security concerns around the Turkish city that has played host to the Series on the Bosphorus four times previously.

Now in its 10th year, the Extreme Sailing Series is a pioneering and award-winning global sailing championship that features super-fast, hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans racing in close confinement in Stadium settings in the heart of some of the world’s most iconic cities and venues.

This year the championship started with Acts at Muscat in Oman, Qingdao in China and Cardiff in Wales and has already featured some spectacular racing as some of the world’s top multihull sailors battle it out in front of thousands of race fans who attend each four-day event. The Act in Madeira will be preceded by Acts 4 and 5 in Hamburg (28-31st July) and St Petersburg (1-4th September). It will be followed by Acts 7 and 8 in Lisbon (6-9th October) and Australia (8-11th December).


Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2016 - Azores

n July, in the Azores, don’t miss the chance to see the world’s top divers displaying all their skills.

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will be hosting a stage in São Miguel, on the tiny islet of Vila Franca do Campo, a beautiful nature reserve set in the crater of an extinct volcano.
Cliff diving is a highly spectacular sport, and here divers will be competing from a height of roughly 27 metres, reaching speeds of up to 85 kilometres per hour.

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In the beginning of July, don´t miss the NOS Alive

In July don't miss NOS Alive and the chance to see performances by some of the top current bands, in an event that combines music and art.

Further than music, NOS Alive Includes the distinctive feature of a space dedicated to urban art, where new fine artists create works using recycled materials.

Against the backdrop of the Algés Maritime Promenade, very close to Lisbon in front of the River Tagus, the NOS Alive has a prime location for those who want to enjoy all night through, since it is also next to the train station that connects Algés directly to the bar and discos areas of Lisbon and Estoril coast.

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Portugal: 2016 Summer holidays

Have you chosen the destination for your summer holidays yet? Looking for sunshine, nature and a relaxing atmosphere? You’ll find all this and much more in Portugal!

If you’re looking for sun and beach activities, you can opt between the fresh breezes of the beaches in the North and Centre regions, the Alentejo’s unspoilt beaches or more cosmopolitan and lively beaches to the south, including excellent resorts and tourism villages. 

If you prefer other activities, why not point your compass to the hinterland, where you’ll find preserved villages, natural parksthermal spas, dams and river beaches, from north to south, that offer peaceful relaxation.

We haven’t yet mentioned the islands. Nature’s finest attributes are concentrated in the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores.

And why not enjoy a bit of culture during your holidays? There’s always time to schedule a trip to a castle or a museum!

Make the most of the warm summer nights for open-air activities.  Throughout the country, you’ll find a wide array of music festivals, traditional festivities and glamorous and sophisticated events, that you’ll be sure to enjoy.

So now you know where you can spend your holidays this summer! Pack your bags and come to Portugal. We look forward to seeing you :)

If you like music, don´t miss the Portuguese Summer Festivals

Music, sun and sea, partying every night and 850km of beaches: this is the best combination, at summer festivals in Portugal.

You have great concerts, excellent beaches, nice people and nights that last until daybreak. 

From shows with major talents to great events in the international calendar, Portugal loves its festivals.

In addition to good music, festivals are an opportunity to know the places in an atmosphere of complete relaxation and fun.

Lisbon and Porto have been acknowledged every year as the ideal destinations for city breaks and their nightlife, the natural continuation of this festive atmosphere, is very vibrant. The highlights are NOS Alive and Super Bock, Super Rock in Lisbon, and NOS Primavera Sound in Porto.

In the Porto and North region, the Vodafone Paredes de Coura festival at the Taboão river beach is a good example of idyllic setting amid nature. Cycling, trekking, canoeing and river bathing are just some suggestions to complement a few well-spent days to perfection.

As for the famous festivals MEO Sudoeste in Zambujeira do Mar and Músicas do Mundo in Sines, both on the Alentejo coast, are close to the sea, with all the advantages it brings. It’s an excellent time for some surfing lessons… in the best spots on the Portuguese coast.

At the Algarve, in Loulé, the Med Festival, transforms the historic city center into a stage filled with a diversity of artistic events inspired by the culture of the Mediterranean countries.

But the best is to visit or to have a look in the programmes to see who’s going to be there. Then, just recharge your batteries and follow the beat!

Festival Med in Loulé: From the 30th of June to the 2nd of July

Come to Loulé at the beginning of the summer and appreciate the typical sounds and flavours of several countries.

For several days, the Med Festival will be bringing life and excitement to the streets of Loulé’s historic centre, benefiting from the presence in the city of many well-known names from the universe of “world music”. Advertising itself under the slogan of “music and much more”, the festival also presents other forms of art, including handicraft exhibitions, dance performances and street theatre. To complete this display of the typical culture of various countries, the festival ground will be filled with a number of different restaurants where you can sample some of the tastes of the traditional cuisine of each of the countries taking part.

Throughout this festival, Loulé, with its narrow winding streets, where it is still possible to sense the atmosphere of Moorish times, will be a real mixture of cultures that nonetheless have many features in common.

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