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2015/02/20

Porto’s Airport is the third best in Europe

The Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro is once again among the three best European airports, after Keflavik, in Iceland, and Moscow.
This positioning is the result of the inquiries applied by the ACI-Airports Council International, which represents 450 airports from 45 countries, responsible for 90% of the commercial air traffic in Europe and for the handling of around 1.7 thousand million passengers per year.
On its press release, ANA – Airports of Portugal considers this distinction to be another positive factor for Porto’s international attractiveness, remembering that the city had also conquered in 2014 the
 European Best Destination Award.
Porto airport was in the top three between 2006 and 2011 and was voted by passengers as the best European Airport in 2007.

2015/02/18

Step by step with Art and Science - Between Amoreiras and the Chiado

Visit eight Lisbon museums stopping at eight metro stations

The metro is not just the quickest form of transport in Lisbon. It has stops at key points on the route between Rato and the Baixa-Chiado, along which are eight iconic Lisbon museums:




- Museu Arqueológico do Carmo (Carmo Archaeological Museum)
- Museu do Chiado (Chiado Museum)
- Museu da Farmácia (The Pharmacy Museum)
- Museu Nacional da História Natural e da Ciência (National Museum of Natural History and Science)
- Museu Geológico (Geological Museum)
- Museu da Água da EPAL - Reservatório da Mãe d'Água e Reservatório da Patriarcal
(EPAL Water Museum - Mãe d'Água Reservoir and Patriarcal Reservoir)
- Museu Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva (Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Museum)
- Museu de São Roque (Museum of São Roque). 

Visit eight Lisbon museums, stopping at eight metro stations. On the route between Amoreiras and the Chiado, one of the most culturally dynamic in the city of Lisbon, there are eight museums with collections as diverse as archaeology, history, art history, the fine arts and the sciences. What's more, the metro is itself a museum of modern and contemporary art, with amazing spaces which surprise for the boldness and artistic quality of their tiled walls. 

To complement the art and science tours, between January and August 2015 on the last Saturday of each month, there will be a free guided tour, by prior reservation, to each of the eight museums located between Rato and the Chiado to discover the close relationship that exists between the metro stations and the museums.


More information at http://arteeciencia.wix.com/

2015/02/16

New routes from Edinburgh and Manchester to Madeira by easyjet

Easyjet increases its operation to Madeira, with new routes from Edinburgh and Manchester.
Since last 3rd of February 2015, easyjet started to fly from Edinburgh to Madeira, with two weekly flights.

Madeira Airport regains a direct connection to the capital of Scotland, that had been lost since 2009 when FlyGlobespanended operations due to bankruptcy.
Since 14th of February, easyjet is flying from Manchester to Madeira, also with two weekly frequencies.


Easyjet flies to Madeira since 2007, keeping two daily frequencies from Lisbon, six weekly frequencies from London Gatwick and three weekly frequencies from Bristol.
This extension of operation represents an increase of over 32 thousand potential arriving passengers to Madeira Airport.


In 2014, easyjet transported over 348 thousand passengers to Madeira Airport, occupying the 2nd position at the ranking of TOP airlines with a market share of 14%.

World's Best International Marinas are in the Algarve: Vilamoura and Albufeira



The ceremony which took place on last 15th of January 2015, during the London Boat Show, Vilamoura and Albufeira Marinas, both located in the Algarve region, Portugal, have been awarded "Best International Marina" (1st and 2nd places).
Through an online vote, on the site of The Yacht Harbour Association, which took place between the months of November and December 2014, the National and International customers voted for the "Marina Of the Year 2015" Award in the category of Best International Marina 2015.


These awards considered the Oscars of Nautical Tourism are sponsored by The Yacht Harbour Association in conjunction with the British Marine Federation UK.

The vote of customers was based on the environmental criteria, safety, comfort, quality of infrastructure and services, as well as good management practices.

Vilamoura and Albufeira are both "5 Gold Anchor" marinas along with Lagos and Portimão representing the highest level of quality of marinas worldwide.

Best Of Wine Tourism Awards 2015

The award ceremonies of "TOP 10 Vinhos Portugueses" (Portuguese Wines) and Best of Wine Tourism 2015, within the scope of the event "Essência do Vinho Porto" is set for 27 February.
The Best of Wine Tourism awards, given since 2003, are promoted by the Porto City Council as representative of the wine regions of Port, Douro and “Vinhos Verdes”, and as a member of the
 Great Wine Capitals Global Network. The best wine tourism services providers from the eight wine capitals in countries with a strong wine tradition apply for this competition.
In 2015, the Douro Museum won the international award in the category Art and Culture. As far as national awards are concerned, special mention goes to "Boeira Portugal in a bottle", in the category  Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences; "Conceitus Winery Restaurant", in the category Wine Tourism Restaurants; "Graham's 1890 Lodge", in the category Wine Tourism Services; "Quinta da Faísca", in the category Architecture and Landscapes; "Quinta das Escomoeiras", in the category Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices and "The Wine House Hotel - Quinta da Pacheca", in the category Accommodation.
At the same time will be launched the 2016 edition of the Best of Wine Tourism awards, a competition dedicated to all wine sector businesses covering the Port, Douro and “Vinhos Verdes” wine regions seeking for recognition for their visitors hosting ability as a means to promote their products and services, as well as to tour operators contributing to the development of wine tourism.
See here the Best of wine Tourism Guide 2015 

2015/01/22

The Algarve secures Best Value Golf hat-trick in TG poll

The Algarve, Europe’s leading golf destination, is celebrating after being awarded the prestigious title of ‘Best Value Golf Destination’ in the 2015 Today’s Golfer Travel Awards.

The award, which is voted for by the readers of Today’s Golfer magazine, returns to the Algarve for the third time in four years, following previous wins in 2012 and 2013.

The picturesque region, which contains 41 courses and provides more than a million rounds to overseas golf visitors each year, saw off competition from across Europe to scoop the accolade.

A spokesperson for ATA said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised once again as Europe’s best value golf destination, particularly as the Today’s Golfer awards are voted for exclusively by golfers.

“To win the ‘Best Value’ prize also really demonstrates how highly UK golfers rate the Algarve – not only for the quality of our destination but for the great value they get whenever they visit.

“In 2015 visiting UK golfers will receive even greater value as the British Pound has strengthened almost 10% against the Euro in the past 12 months so budgets will go that bit further.

“To win three times out of the last four years is particularly pleasing and we’ll be striving to ensure that we retain the trophy next year.”

Kevin Brown, travel editor at Today’s Golfer, said: “The annual TG Travel Awards – the ‘Oscars of the golf travel industry’ – have proved a huge hit since being introduced in 2011.
“They are awards which provide a totally objective view of the best hotels, courses and regions, because it is the paying public, our readers, who decide where the titles go.

“The Algarve is a deserving winner of the ‘Best Value Golf Destination’, as reflected by the overwhelming number of people who voted for the region. Winning three years out of four is a great record, and one the Algarve should be justly proud of.”

More information Playing Golf in the Algarve at:
Algarve Promotion_Golf
www.visitportugal.com/Algarve
www.visitportugal.com/golf
Algarve – the best golfing destination
www.visitportugal.com/The Best of Portugal /Golf
http://www.visitalgarve.pt/Golf
Brochure Algarve the golf destination
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Source: ATA - Associação Turismo do Algarve