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2015/07/02

In Tomar, on the 4th of the July, it starts the "Festa dos Tabuleiros" (Festival of the Trays)

The spectacular "Festa dos Tabuleiros" (Festival of the Trays) takes place every four years in the town of Tomar, and their origin is associated with the cult of the Holy Spirit. The next one will take place this year, starting on the 4th of July and ending on the 13th.

The blessing of the trays, the street decorations, the quilts in the windows and the throwing of flowers over the procession of the trays carried by hundreds of young girls on their heads, is an unforgettable sight. 


Procession of the Tabuleiros:

The Procession of the Tabuleiros, heralded by pipers and fireworks, is led by the Banner of the Holy Ghost and the three Crowns of the Emperors and Kings. 


They are followed by the Banners and Crowns from all the parishes, and the girls carrying the trays. In the rear are the cartloads of bread, meat and wine, pulled by the symbolic sacrificial oxen, with golden horns and sashes. 

The girls who carry the trays have to wear long white dresses with a coloured sash across the chest. They are helped by boys, who also wear a formal costume, white shirts with rolled-up sleeves, dark trousers, a black tasselled cap and a tie matching the girl´s sash.


The tabuleiro (tray headdress), which must be of the same height as the girl, is made up of 30 loaves of bread, specially shaped and each weighing 400 grams, threaded at equal spaces on 5 or 6 canes. 

The canes are tied to a wicker basket, and at the top there is a Crown with the Cross of Christ or the Dove of the Holy Ghost. 

The decoration is completed by paper flowers, greenery and wheat sheaves.
(Information kindly provided by the Committee of the Festa dos Tabuleiros)


Do not miss this unique event!

Find more information at:
https://www.visitportugal.com/FestadosTabuleiros
http://www.tabuleiros.org/
http://www.tabuleiros.org/actualidade/cartaz-oficial-2015/
http://www.tabuleiros.org/Flyer
http://www.tabuleiros.org/Program
http://www.visitcentrodeportugal.com.pt/tomar/
http://www.visitcentrodeportugal.com.pt/trays-festival/


2015/06/26

New Coach Museum

©Museu Nacional dos Coches_Facade 
Discover a new perspective on ceremonial and travelling carriages from the 17th century to the 19th century at the new National Coach Museum recently opened as part of the celebrations of the 110 years of this institution.

Situated near the Tagus river, to the west of Lisboa, the National Coach Museum occupies the site where the old Army workshops were once located. The new venue features a unique collection which includes mostly carriages from the Portuguese Royal House, to which were then added others from church property and private collections. A unique collection that allows the visitor to understand the technical and artistic evolution of this animal-drawn form of transport, used by the European courts until the appearance of the motor car.

©Museu Nacional dos Coches _interior
The Royal Riding School (Picadeiro Real), a building that was once part of the Belém Royal Palace, currently the official residence of the President of the Republic, can still be visited as a core exhibition of the Museum.

There are three ticket types: one for visits to both museums (the old and the new museum) costing 8 euros; and two others for each of the museums - the original museum at the "Picadeiro Real" (4 euros), with fewer exhibits, and the new museum, which will house a total of 78 carriages (6 euros). On the first Sunday of each month admission is free. Visitors can read captions in Portuguese, French, English, Spanish and, later, in Mandarin. 

More information at:
http://museudoscoches.pt/pt/
https://www.facebook.com/www.museudoscoches.pt


Source: Lisboa Inside 

2015/06/23

From 25 -28 of June, don't miss the Ponte de Lima Horse Fair

With the River Lima in the background, one of the country’s biggest horse events is held in June in the North of Portugal.

The strong equestrian tradition in Ponte de Lima led to creation of the Horse Fair – an event which attracts a large number of visitors and exhibitors, including participation of national and foreign thoroughbred breeders. 


In parallel there are various national competitive events in the fields of Harness, Horseball and show jumping, involving renowned riders.

In addition to the equestrian activities, the Horse Fair also includes gastronomy and handicrafts displays and many entertainment activities.



Find more information at:
http://www.feiradocavalo.pt
Ponte de Lima Horse Fair Program  
https://www.facebook.com/feira.do.cavalo.pontedelima
https://www.visitportugal.com/Ponte de Lima Horse Fair
- Ponte de Lima Brochure
https://www.visitportugal.com/Ponte de Lima
http://www.cm-pontedelima.pt/

http://issuu.com/municipiopontedelima/

2015/06/05

ENI FIM Superbike World Championship: 5-7 June 2015 in Portimão

From the 5th to the 7th of June, vibrate with the vertiginous speed of the superbikes which will take part in one of the stages of the Superbike world championship in Portimão, Algarve.




The Algarve International Circuit will host another World Superbike Championship for the eighth consecutive year.

Renowned for its competitive edge, the SBK championship has its traditional centre is in Europe and is also hosted in various parts of the globe such as Australia, Qatar, the United States and Thailand. This competition is even more thrilling because no prototypes are used - only bikes built from commercial models.

As in other Motorsports, each event counts for two simultaneous championships – pilots and brands.


2015/06/04

From the 6th to the 27th of June, don´t miss the Atlantic Festival in Madeira



In June, a sense of liveliness joins forces with tradition to transform the
Madeira´s capital into an attractive and fun-filled venue where visitors are offered a series of unforgettable concerts and shows.


The Atlantic Festival, which takes place throughout the month of June, is a cultural and fun-packed event, consisting of three distinct components: the Madeira Music Festival, the International Fireworks Competition and various street performances

Every Saturday night, there are concerts. Combined with the fireworks, these provide unique moments in which the splendour of the firework display blends harmoniously with the music to provide unique moments of happiness and colour. 

The month of June thus transforms the Madeira´s capital into an attractive and fun-filled venue where visitors are offered a series of unforgettable concerts and shows, not only because of their artistic and musical quality, but also because of the magical atmosphere that they provide. 



More information about the Atlantic festival at:

NOS Primavera Sound 2015: It starts today!


From the 4th to the 6th of June, don´t miss the NOS Primavera Sound, which brings a wide selection of national and international artists to Porto.


Presenting itself as the Portuguese counterpart to the San Miguel Primavera Sound open-air festival, which has taken place in Barcelona since 2001, NOS Primavera Sound focuses on a variety of styles and new bands, spotlighting both the local scene and artists with long and respected careers.

The event will be scattered across several different stages. In addition to the main stage - the NOS Stage, another highlight will be the ATP Stage, which belongs to the British promoter All Tomorrow 's Parties, creator of namesake festivals held in the UK, the United States and Australia.

The Festival takes place in the Parque da Cidade (City Park), a large urban park alongside the Atlantic coast, able to accommodate about 30,000 people per day.

The schedules of all the concerts can be checked here.

NOS Primavera Sound once again promotes an area called Porto Tasquinhas dedicated to some of the most charismatic eateries in Porto. Besides these, there is an area called the Primavera Market, that has this year twenty two spaces where it is possible to find the most diverse products and services. Since the festival’s first edition, this space invests in artists and the new avant-garde values of prominence in the most varied creative areas.



More information about the festival here:

2015/06/01

From the 4th to 6th of June, don´t miss the Sata Rallye Azores 2015

From the 4th to 6th of June, come to the Azores and celebrate with us the 50th anniversary of the Azores Sata Rallye, that will be hosted along some of the most beautiful roads in the island of São Miguel.

The Azores rally has been held for the last 50 years and is one of the most important legs in the ground stage of the National Championship. Its rankings contribute to the European Rally Cup organised by FIA (the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile).

This competitive event begins at the Portas da Cidade (gates of the city) of Ponta Delgada and is a genuine tourist itinerary, passing through some of the most emblematic sites in São Miguel such as the Lagoon of Sete Cidades, thus demonstrating some of the island's beauty.