Michelin Gala visits Portugal for the first time

Portugal is hosting for the first time, the Portugal and Spain Michelin Guide Gala 2019.   
The event, which had always been held in Spanish cities, is happening at the Carlos Lopes Pavilion in Lisbon on 21st November. This is also a special occasion, since is the gala’s 10th anniversary.
The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, will become the centre of Iberian gastronomy when Michelin will announce which Portuguese and Spanish restaurants will receive one, two or three stars at a ceremony that includes a meal 
José Avillez (restaurante Belcanto, two Michelin stars) is going to be the “coordinator of the great culinary festival”, that is also going to involve Miguel Rocha Vieira (Fortaleza do Guincho), Henrique Sá Pessoa (Alma), Joachim Koerper (Eleven), João Rodrigues (Feitoria), Alexandre Silva (Loco) and Sergi Arola (LAB by Sergi Arola), all of who have one Michelin star.
Last year, Portugal won two more single Michelin Stars restaurants, making a total of 23 awarded restaurants and 28 Michelin Stars.
This Gala usually welcomes around 500 guests and experiences noticeable media coverage, from many Portuguese and Spanish media.


Turismo de Portugal launched “Portugal. The Summer” campaign

The official launch of the “Portugal. The Summer” campaign, took place last 6th of November, at Pavilhão de Portugal during the Web Summit  2018 conference.

Its main goal is to boost Portugal as the best summer destination while, at the same time, extending the great summer feeling throughout the year. Visitors can feel the warmth of the Portuguese people and the summer heat any time of the year.

In this spirit, Turismo de Portugal partnered with U.S. band Portugal. The Man to bring an original idea to life: create five versions of the song Live in the Moment, one of the band's biggest hits.

Turismo de Portugal challenged bands and artists worldwide to play their version for Portugal, inspired by the five key characteristics of a Portuguese summer:

    The touch and heat of the summer sun, one of the sunniest countries in Europe


The versions were chosen by Portugal. The Man themselves and were used as the soundtrack for 5 music videos produced by Bruno Ferreira, a Portuguese director who has a large body of work in the music field.

The results were nothing short of amazing. We shortlisted 24 songs from the more than 300 submissions received from the five continents, and then picked five winners of very different styles.

The artists will get to chance to perform their songs LIVE in 2019 at one of the biggest music festivals in the country.

Find more information at


From November 5 to 8, Lisbon hosts another edition of Web Summit.

From 5th - 8th November 2018, Lisbon will be hosting another edition of Web Summit. It is a great opportunity to catch up with the latest IT trends... and an excellent opportunity to get to know Lisbon.

Not to be missed in Lisbon

Lisbon is a city that really makes you want to explore and discover it. Safe and friendly, it is easy to visit and has lots to see and do. It is the perfect place to spend a few days. It is both ancient and modern and it is invariably surprising.

Start with the city centre area known as the Baixa. This is the heart of the city, where you will find the monumental square Praça do Comércio that opens on to the River Tagus. For an aerial view, your best bet is to go up to the historic neighbourhoods of Alfama and St. George's Castle. Other good options are the viewpoints on the city's other hills, such as São Pedro de Alcântara, Graça or Santa Catarina.


For a city tour, there's nothing like a tram ride, but there are other options too: Segway, "tuk-tuk", hop-on-hop-off buses or even a boat, if you want to see Lisbon from the river. Take a look at the urban art painted on the walls of buildings or at street details, and discover a veritable open-air art gallery.

Once you've seen the historic centre, the next thing on your must-see list is Belém, the neighbourhood of the Portuguese Discoveries and the 16th-century seafarers. This is where you will find the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, both of which are World Heritage sites. And then there is the original Coach Museum and the contemporary Berardo Museum in the Belém Cultural Centre. Be sure to sample one of the famous Portuguese custard tarts, called "pastéis de nata" and, with it being November, it will be hard to resist the hot roast chestnuts on sale in the street.
Other museums worth mentioning in Lisbon are the National Museum of Ancient Art, the National Tile Museum and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, where various art treasures from Portugal and around the world are kept.

Save the Bairro Alto and the Chiado for the end of the day. In the evening, a host of bars and restaurants open their doors and the nightlife starts to buzz. The same is true of Cais do Sodré, closer to the river. For a dinner with a difference, try a fado house and listen to a performance of the Portuguese song that has been declared World Heritage. 

Web Summit will be held in the Parque das Nações. Boasting a prime riverside location, this neighbourhood is, in itself, a success story, since it was created by revitalising an industrial zone. The Oceanarium is definitely worth visiting with its exhibits representing the oceans of our planet. And alongside the river, you can admire examples of contemporary architecture and enjoy the open-air leisure areas.

A visit to Lisbon can also include a trip to the beach, whether on the Costa da Caparica, the Estoril and Cascais Coast or, a little farther north, the fishing town of Ericeira. Portugal averages 300 sunny days a year and generally has an agreeable climate. Even on rainy days, you can still sometimes spot a bit of blue sky. In November, the weather is quite pleasant and you are likely to get the chance to enjoy some walks by the shore.

The climate and a coast with great waves have combined to make Portugal a favourite spot for surfing. Surfers come here from all over the world and further proof lies in the various amateur and professional competitions held in early October. So why not take the opportunity for some surfing lessons?

With so much to see and do in Lisbon, why wait? 

For the fifth year in a row, Portugal‬ considered the World's Best Golf Destination for 2018

For the fifth year in a row, ‎Portugal takes the title of World's Best Golf Destination in the 5th Annual World Golf Awards ceremony that took place last Saturday 3rd November in the La Manga Club, Spain (Cartagena, Murcia).

Portugal also won the title of Europe's Best Golf Destination 2018, after winning the same award in 201720162015 and 2014 , and in the Word Travel Awards in 2013 the title of World's Leading Golf Destination 2013.

World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations through their annual awards programme .World Golf Awards™ is part of World Travel Awards.

The best of Portugal 
Algarve – the best golfing destination 
Playing golf near Lisbon


The Web Summit has chosen to stay in Portugal until 2028

t's official: LisbonPortugal were the choice for Web Summit. The Web Summit, one of the biggest and most influential events for entrepreneurship, technology and innovation in the world, has chosen to stay in Portugal.

Here's to the next 10 years, Web Summit! ;)


Portugal nominations for the World Travel Awards 2018

Portugal, the World's Leading Destination 2017has been nominated once again for world travel awards in several categories. The WTA are considered the "Oscars" from the tourism industry and Portugal has over the past few years won for multiples times. 

The winners will be announced on the night of the World Travel Awards™ Grand Final ceremony that will take place this year in Pateo da Galé, Lisbon, Portugal, in the 1st of December 2018.

Besides the several nominations for the World Travel Awards, Portugal was also nominated in two categories for the awards of Travel Technology  The website is once again nominated for the category of World's Leading Tourism Authority Website 2018, after last year being the winner of this prestigious awardTap Air Portugal is also nominated to the award of World's Leading Airline Website 2018.

The Portuguese World nominees for 2018 are:



Turismo de Portugal

Madeira Islands





Lisbon Cruise Port, Portugal

Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark), Portugal

Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark), Portugal

Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua, Portugal

Up Magazine (TAP Air Portugal)

Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort, Portugal

Pestana Porto Santo All Inclusive, Portugal

Hotel Quinta do Lago, Portugal
Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort, Portugal

Vila Joya, Portugal

Myriad by SANA Hotels, Portugal

1908 Lisboa Hotel, Portugal
Altis Belém Hotel & Spa, Portugal
The Vine Hotel, Portugal

Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort, Portugal
Ria Park Hotel, Portugal

Vila Joya Hotel Restaurant @ Vila Joya, Portugal

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon, Portugal

Pine Cliffs Residence, a Luxury Collection Resort, Portugal

Roof Garden Suite @ Conrad Algarve, Portugal

Belmond Reid's Palace, Portugal

Conrad Algarve, Portugal
EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel, Portugal

Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort, Portugal

Pestana Palace Lisboa, Portugal

Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort, Portugal

Conrad Algarve, Portugal

Conrad Algarve, Portugal
Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort, Portugal

Ria Park Hotel, Portugal

EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel, Portugal

Conrad Algarve, Portugal

Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort, Portugal

Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel, Portugal

Monte Santo Resort, Portugal
Vila Vita Parc, Portugal

About WTA:
World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

World Travel Awards™ celebrates its 25th anniversary year in 2018. Its annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the global industry. Each year World Travel Awards™ covers the globe with its Grand Tour – a series of regional gala ceremonies to recognise excellence within each continent, culminating in a Grand Final at the end of the year.

Source: WTA


The National Gastronomy Festival of Santarém begins today!

Get you appetite ready, forget about dieting for a while and savor the best food in the country. You'll have until November 4th to enjoy all this.

Aromatic herbs, spices, cheeses, fresh fish and convent sweets are some of the delicacies that you will find here
. A complete experience designed to please you. Come and visit us from October 26th to November 4th, in Casa do Campino, Santarém.

Opening Hours:
Restaurants | Winebar | Crafts | Products | PastryOctober 26th to November 3rd: 12 am to 12 pmNovember 4th: 12 am -4 pm

Praça do Petisco
October 26th, 27th and 31st, November 2nd and 3rd: 12 am - 1 am
October 28th, 29th e 30th and November 1st: 12 am – 12 pm
November 4th: 12 am to 4 pm

Surroundings | Pub
October 26th, 27th and 31st, November 2nd and 3rd: 12 am - 2 am
October 28th, 29th e 30th and November 1st: 12 am – 1 am
November 4th: 12 am to 4 pm

On the day, at the Festival's Ticket Office – 2€ per person
In advance, at the Tourism Office – 15€ per booklet of 10 tickets
29th, 30th, 31st Oct and 2nd Nov free entrance from 12 pm to 5 pm
Free Parking

Guided Tours in English:
Get to know the town where the National Gastronomy Festival is held. To know the history of Santarém and its monuments is to know the history of Portugal.
Information about free tours here.