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2021/03/26

Did you know that Torre de Belém boasts the first stone representation of a rhino in Europe?


Credits: José Paulo Ruas/ADF/DGPC
Credits: José Paulo Ruas/ADF/DGPC
In one of the sentry boxes facing the Tagus River, we can see a rhino sculpture that was inspired by the rhinoceros offered by an Indian king to King D. Manuel I in.
It was a huge rhino, weighing over 2 tons, and the first one to live on European soil since the 3rd century.

The following year, the king decided to offer the rhino, along with other exotic offerings, to Pope Leo X. The animal eventually died during the journey, when the ship carrying it was shipwrecked off Genoa.

Thanks to this monument, the rhino will be forever immortalized in Lisbon's art history.


Learn more about this story here and see the detail of the rhino in Google Art

2021/03/19

Urban Sketchers – A tale of a country

 In 2017, we invited 24 urban sketchers to visit Portugal and share their drawings with us on a project called Sketch Tour Portugal.

Our goal was to show Portugal from a different perspective and to highlight creative talent from all over the world. This experience originated a series of short videos, a website, a book and a live exhibition.

This year, we decided to take the Urban Sketchers experience to the next level. 
Stay tuned to see Portugal from a totally different perspective.
News coming soon! 

2021/03/09

Portugal Atlantic islands: Azores and Madeira

Dreaming of having a holiday on an island is very close to the idea of paradise, and for those who have this motivation in mind when it comes to deciding, the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are destinations not to be missed.

Madeira
600 years after being discovered by the Portuguese, the archipelago of Madeira continues to amaze people who visit it. It has consistently been ranked the best island destination by the World Travel Awards (Worlds Leading Island Destination since 2015, a fact justified by its characteristics and its first-rate tourism services.

The year-round mild temperature, the natural beauty, the luxuriant vegetation of Madeira and the extensive beaches of golden sand of Porto Santo are great attractions that let you enjoy many outdoor activities.

Go for nature walks along the levadas, visit an ancient laurissilva [laurel] forest that is a World Heritage Site, learn about the cultural heritage, enjoy the sun and sea on the beaches and in natural pools, play golf or take part in health and wellness programmes - these are some of the options that make for a perfect holiday.

Throughout the year, there are some events that are also opportunities to enjoy the cuisine and see Madeira in festive mood: the Carnival parades, the Flower Festival, the Atlantic Festival and, above all, the end-of-year fireworks display which takes place across the island and is best seen from the sea; this show is greatly appreciated by visitors from around the world.

 


Azores

Between the American and European continents, in middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the archipelago of the Azores is the ideal destination if you are looking for a haven where nature is still in a pure state and in perfect harmony.

Appreciated for their geodiversity, protected marine wildlife and for having four islands that belong to the world's biosphere reserve network, the Azores islands are in the Top 100 most sustainable destinations in the world and have been regarded as one of the 10 leading destinations for good sustainability practices.

There are 9 islands of volcanic origin, with a stunning landscape at every turn, as the first Portuguese who discovered these Atlantic islands surely found. A history going back centuries, with a unique heritage such as the Pico Island vineyards and the city of Angra do Heroísmo, both recognized by UNESCO.

Discover natural waterfalls and lagoons in ancient volcano craters, bathe in the hot water springs [caldeiras], take a boat trip to watch dolphins and whales, wander along the network of nature trails, or climb above the clouds to the top of Pico, the highest mountain in Portugal. These are some of the wonderful experiences that await you in the Azores.

Try one of the most famous pastries in Alentejo: Sericaia

A substantial part of the typical Alentejo pastries is of conventual origin. These delicacies come loaded with easy-to-find ingredients: sugar, eggs (lots of them!), bread, milk, cheese, cream cheese, cinnamon, almonds, "gila", and that’s about it. Anyone can give it a go! Our suggestion is that you try one of the most famous pastries in Alentejo: Sericaia

You can serve it simple or garnish it with an Elvas plum - it's totally up to you ;)


Ingredients

  • 1 L Milk
  • 350 gr Sugar
  • 150 gr Flour
  • 360 gr Egg yolks
  • 540 gr Egg whites
  • 1 Lemon zest
  • Cinnamon powder to taste

Preparation

Start by boiling the milk and the lemon peel. On the side, mix the sugar and the flour. Add the egg yolks and mix well.

Add part of the milk to heat the egg yolk mixture and then add the remaining milk. Bring to the boil again to thicken (the same process as if for a custard cream).

Let it partially cool. Then, mix the egg whiles whipped until firm. In a clay mould, greased with non-sticking spray, pour the mixture and sprinkle with cinnamon until the entire surface is covered.

Cook in the oven at 220 ºC. After 10 minutes, with your fingers, make small holes in different points of the surface and let it cook for approximately 20 more minutes.

Serve cold.

*Recipe provided by the Tourism and Hotel Business School of Lisbon, based in the traditional recipes of Maria de Lourdes Modesto.


Who doesn't like a pastel de nata in the morning?

Actually, you can enjoy this typical Portuguese pastry at any time of the day, especially if accompanied by a good espresso.

Right now, it's not easy to go and buy a pastel de nata (custard tarts) whenever you feel like it, but the good news is that you can recreate this recipe in the comfort of your home ... and delight the whole family.

Give it a try ;)


Ingredients:

Puff Pastry:

  • 650 gr Water
  • 1 kg Flour
  • 800 gr Margarine for puff pastry (soft texture)

Cream Custard:

  • 1 L Milk
  • 150 gr Wheat Flour
  • 40 gr Cornflour
  • 12 Egg yolks
  • 1 Egg

Sugar Syrup: 

  • 1 kg Sugar
  • 500 gr Water
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1 Lemon peel

Preparation:

Knead the flour with the water until you get a ball of dough. Let rest for 15 minutes. Roll the dough in a square shape, overlay the margarine in a diamond shape and close the edges so that the dough does not overlap (same technique as for puff pastry). Turn it twice, with 15 minutes of rest between those turns.

Roll the dough to make it thin and brush the entire surface with water. Roll the dough in a tart shape. Cut circles and place them on the moulds. Let rest for 10 minutes. With wet fingers, roll the dough until they rise slightly above the moulds’ limits. Reserve.

For the syrup, you only need to boil all ingredients together for 3 minutes. Reserve.

In a copper pot, prepare your cream custard. Mix 200 ml of milk with the flours and boil the remaining 800 ml in another pot. Slightly heat the flours mixture with the boiled milk and then mix the rest. Cook the mixture (in the copper field) until it thickens.

Remove from the heat and mix with the sugar syrup. Add the eggs and the yolks. Fill in the moulds of puff pastry and cook in the oven at 300º/350º until the dough is golden and the custard is caramelized.

Note: Do not let the filling boil.


* Recipe provided by the Tourism and Hotel Business School of Lisbon, based in the traditional recipes of Maria de Lourdes Modesto




Did you know that there is a road that connects mainland Portugal from north to south?

National Road 2 crosses the country from one end to the other, from Chaves (in the north) almost next to the border with Spain, to Faro in the Algarve on the Atlantic Coast, the longest road in Portugal is 739 kilometres long and has a host of stories to tell. The perfect itinerary for exploring the culture and landscape of our country in all its authenticity.

MapaN2 Foge Comigo©Rui Henrique

Before leaving, to ensure that you have a souvenir proving your journey along this famous route, you need to obtain your 
passport from a Tourist Office. When you stop to visit the different locations en route be sure to get it stamped to prove that you were there


We suggest that you start your journey next to the zero kilometre milestone at the roundabout near the Public Park in Chaves. This mountainous area has a wealth of spas, such as those of Chaves itself, which were greatly appreciated by the Romans, or those of Vidago and Pedras Salgadas whose charm takes us back to the Belle Epoque.  

The road continues past Vila Real and Santa Marta de Penaguião and crosses the Alto Douro Wine Region, with its breathtaking scenery, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To learn more about this territory, visit the Douro Museum in Peso da Régua, which celebrates the wine tradition of the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. 

The road crosses the Douro River and passes through Lamego, a historic city where visits to the Cathedral and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies are not to be missed. The latter is the scene of one of the most important pilgrimages of the country every September. Further south, at the heart of another demarcated wine region, the Dão, Viseu has unmissable artistic treasures such as the Grão Vasco Museum and the Cathedral

km0_EN2 Chaves©AMREN2
Nacional 2 continues through the heart of the country, passing through places such as Tondela, Penacova, Lousã and Sertã, where there are many river beaches, authentic oases of freshness on hot summer days. 

The site of the actual geodetic centre of the country is marked with a milestone - the Picoto da Melriça in the municipality of Vila de Rei, an essential stamp in your passport. In Abrantes, the final stop north of the Tagus river, climb up to the castle to enjoy the sweeping panorama over much of the river and towards Beira Baixa, Alentejo and Ribatejo. 

To the south of the Tagus, the Alentejo is a region of plains stretching to the horizon and striking traditions, some of which have been elevated to the category of world heritage such as the music of the Alentejo Cante or the manufacture of cowbells

In Mora, visit the Fluviário (freshwater aquarium) that demonstrates the diversity of the fauna and flora of our rivers. In Coruche, at the Cork Industry Observatory, you can learn all about the remarkable cork oaks that dominate the Alentejo landscape, and which have their own themed route in the Algarve in São Brás de Alporte

Estrada Nacional 2 © Foge comigo! - Fernando Romão

After crossing eleven districts and 35 municipalities, National Road 2 ends in Faro, looking out to sea.

 Next to Ria Formosa, the capital of the Algarve, a seductive city of historical riches, is the perfect finale for this journey that travels through so many stories. 



Come and explore them at your own pace!


2021/03/05

VisitPortugal launches challenge for a more sustainable tourism: Hello World! It's me, Tomorrow.

Hello World! It's me, Tomorrow.

#CantSkipTomorrow is a challenge launched by VisitPortugal that calls for the promotion of a more responsible and sustainable tourism. The challenge that started in January with the UK, France, Spain and Germany markets now has it’s World version and will be broadcast during the first quarter of 2021, exclusively in digital channels and in an entirely organic way.

The first four videos of this challenge show the natural assets of each country to which they are directed, illustrating the moment in which the future and present are, personified in a protagonist who appeals to the responsibility of a tourist and a more sustainable sector, translated into the signature “Tomorrow is today”. This will be the driving force that will make us all rediscover new ways of traveling.

This challenge is an appeal to mobility, a call for union, collective conscience and the will and responsibility of these destinations to protect what has been given to them by nature, which is the essence of their identity and which is urgent to be preserved forever. This nature that dazzles travelers and that will only be maintained if each one is responsible for attracting more respectful and more conscious visitors.

This important message for a better future appears subtly wrapped up and refined in historical weight. To the voice of each protagonist is added an exclusive arrangement, developed from the song “Verdes são os campos” (Green are the fields) by Zeca Afonso, created from a poem by Luís Vaz de Camões. It is this new arrangement that also links the past and the future, turning each of these trips into hope for a tomorrow, where green remains dominant.

This concept derives from the global guidelines of the World Tourism Organization which indicate that the responsible recovery of the sector, after the pandemic of COVID-19, will allow it to resume its activity even stronger and more sustainable.

For the President of VisitPortugal, Luís Araújo, “this message conveys our responsibility, as a tourism destination, to the Portuguese, to tourists, to companies in the sector and, above all, to a planet that needs to regenerate. After launching the Sustainable 20 | 23 Plan, we also assumed sustainability as the focus of our promotion, in order to prepare a more resistant, more resilient and, above all, responsible future".

 

Technical Sheet #CantSkipTomorrow:

Creative Agency: Partners

Executive Creative Diretor: Ivo Purvis

Redactor: João Moura/ Nuno Leal

Art Director: Ivo Purvis, Gil Correia

Edit: Tomás Sousa

Sound: Guel

Music Adaptation: instrumental version by Red Mojo from the original song “Verdes são os campos” (Green are the fields) from famous Portuguese musician Zeca Afonso.


View the other Videos:

Hello Britain. It's me, Tomorrow 

Hello France. It's me, Tomorrow.  

Hello Spain. It's me, Tomorrow.  


Hello Germany. It's me, Tomorrow.