TAP Portugal increases Moscow service from June 2017

TAP Portugal in summer 2017 season plans to expand service to Russia, as Lisbon – Moscow Domodedovo route being expanded to daily service, effective from 10 JUN 17. 

This route is currently served 5 times a week.

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Trails in the Azores

Whether you are a lover of quiet walks or an adrenaline junkie, the Azores have more than 60 hiking trails with all the conditions for walking safely. Venture out and discover unique landscapes between paths totally wrapped in Nature.

The trails of the Azores are a network of footpaths classified by the Regional Government of the Azores to ensure the safety and tranquillity of the walkers. Divided into three levels of difficulty - easy, medium and hard - the network is suitable for various ages and levels of fitness. Many of the classified footpaths take advantage of the single tracks that people have used for centuries for day-to-day travel, carrying goods and moving cattle. This ancestral wisdom in creating short cuts across the territory is now exploited by tourists to get to know the different perspectives and details of the Azores islands’ scenic treasures, since they link almost every corner of each island, both by the seashore and in the mountains.

The mild temperature of the Azorean climate enables you to explore the network of trails in any season. It all depends on the experience you want. Walking during the winter means finding lusher greens, waterfalls and faster flowing streams; a walk in the spring and summer brings an invasion of scents and colourful flowers. But the famous Azorean mist can arise at any time. And as fast as it comes, wrapping in mystery the barely glimpsed outlines, it disappears, opening up new horizons.

Due to the particularities of the terrain and weather conditions, some trails may be temporarily unavailable, so get information before you leave about any warnings or safety recommendations that may be in place.

On virtually every island, there are certified tour operators who provide programmes for the Azorean trails, including transport to the starting point, guide services and meals, among other extras. Some, for the sections in which they are licensed, even offer excursions by bike, quad bike, horseback, GPS expeditions and other alternatives.

Although hiking is the most common way, lovers of cycling will find in the Azores a wealth of trails and paths suitable for different levels of experience and expectation, from the most radical aspects of mountain biking to simply riding along at leisure.

Also for those who enjoy horse riding, there are equestrian centres on almost all the Azores islands. Whether you want to break into a gallop or just amble along at a walk, discovering the islands’ natural landscapes, their amazing recesses, greenery, flowers, brooks and even geological formations on horseback is an unforgettable way to discover the Azores.

Another activity that has become more popular due to the topography of the Azores, is Geocaching, with currently more than 400 caches recorded in the Azores on the worldwide site of this activity. As participants use coordinates and GPS devices to find hidden "treasures", contact with the surrounding terrain takes on a more adventurous quality; in your search, you must design and determine the best route to reach the cache.

Whichever way and whichever trail you choose, you will always find true nature in the Azores.

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Faro Airport Will Be Connected To More Than 100 Airports This Summer

The summer of 2017 will bring 11 new additional routes and 15 new regular services to Faro Airport. Budapest, Dresden, Erfurt, Göteborg, Lille, Muenster, Newquay, Nice, Warsaw, Maastricht and Ostend are the major highlights of Algarve in the IATA Summer of 2017.

The 17% increase in the global offering of seats to and from the region of Algarve this summer, estimated at 8.4 million seats, consolidates the recorded ongoing growth trend. This increment will represent, in the season, an estimated increase of one million seats to the regular seat offering, in comparison with the same period in the previous year (2016 summer).

In the season now beginning, Faro Airport and the Algarve region will be connected to more than a hundred airports in 20 countries, and will be served by over 50 regular airlines. Concerning the markets, the big highlight of this IATA Summer goes to the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

The United Kingdom will maintain its usual relevance and will be connected to the Algarve region by more than 30 airports. With an expected growth of 15% in the overall seat offering, this market may reach, by the end of the IATA Summer of 2017, a market share slightly above 50%.

The German market has a remarkable growth in the overall seat offering (about 26%), with three new routes (Dresden, Erfurt and Munster), served by the Germania airline, with a reinforced search for Algarve as a tourism destination of choice. Also noteworthy in this segment is the reinforcement in the connectivity to Frankfurt by Ryanair, which will ensure a new daily service to this hub, one of the main and most important hubs in Europe, and will be served this summer by three airlines from Faro: Lufthansa, Ryanair and TUI.

The French market, which in the previous season presented an unusual growth in demand for Algarve as a tourist destination, will be connected to Faro Airport via 10 airports and will consolidate a high growth, of around 30%, in the offering of seats, if we consider the same period of the previous year. There will be two new routes between Algarve and France (Lille and Nice by EasyJet) and four new regular connections will be launched: Bordeaux, Marseille and Nantes by Volotea and Paris by EasyJet.

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From the 30th of March until the 1st of April, don´t miss the 52nd Azores Airlines Rallye

The Azores SATA Rally will be hosted along some of the most beautiful roads in the island of São Miguel.

The Azores rally has been held for over 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.

Spring holidays in Portugal

With pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine to make you think of summer, a springtime mini-break is an excellent opportunity to discover Portugal. You can explore in the great outdoors, visit monuments, sample the cuisine, do some shopping, go to events or simply roam wherever the fancy takes you, appreciating a variety of landscapes you would never have suspected could exist in such a small country.  

As you travel around Portugal you will discover cities, towns and villages that offer so much for you to see and do. From historical heritage such as castles, museums and churches, veritable treasures from bygone days, to the flavours of the hugely varied cuisine that changes from region to region. And we must not forget to mention the wines of outstanding quality that taste even better when you drink them in the places where they were produced.  

At this time of year, when nature is awakening from its winter slumber, cloaking the landscape with colours and scents, it is well worth paying a visit to the parks and nature reserves, where the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. Or take a stroll along the beach in temperatures that, at times, are already warm enough to tempt you to sunbathe and swim. 

For those who prefer the big cities, Lisbon and Porto should not be missed. Both have received international acclaim and awards for their charm. They can be visited in all sorts of ways: on foot, by tram, bus, boat or "tuktuk". There are old neighbourhoods, monuments and museums to be discovered but also high quality modern architecture and the always surprising urban art that brings colour to spaces that at times are almost forgotten.

As far as shopping is concerned, there is something to suit everyone's taste, from high-end boutiques and shopping centres where you will be able to find all the latest fashions and international collections, to the street markets where genuine handicrafts are sold and the small establishments specialising in gourmet products.

And bearing in mind the time of year, why not take the opportunity to see how the Portuguese traditionally celebrate Easter in places such as Braga, Óbidos, Sardoal and Castelo de Vide? Or discover other religious festivals such as the Mãe Soberana Festivities in Loulé or the Festas da Senhora da Boa Viagem in Constância? There is also a huge variety of shows, concerts and exhibitions if you want to add some culture to your visit.  

These are just a few suggestions but, of course, there's much more to choose from depending on your own particular likes and interests. You'd better start organising your trip!

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From 5-14 May, don´t miss Algarve Nature Week 2017

In May don’t miss Algarve Nature Week, an event that will draw attention to the Algarve’s natural beauty.

During this event, there will be special offers available on more than 90 outdoor activities and 8 accommodation facilities, some of which enjoy a rural setting. There will be plenty of action for everyone who enjoys active holidays in unspoiled surroundings. And when we say plenty, we really mean plenty! 

For nine days the event will be offering walks, birdwatching, dolphin and whale watching, boat trips, cycle outings, horseback and donkey outings, and even airborne and underwater activities. All at friendly prices so that you can take advantage of (almost) all the activities on offer.

The Algarve Nature Week also includes an exhibition at Quatro Águas in Tavira, on the first three days of the event, of various companies that operate in nature tourism in the Algarve. This is a great opportunity to get to know them and discover the programme of experiences that they have created for you. Admission is free.

Algarve Nature Week - Loving the Algarve, naturally!

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Story of a brand for Portugal as a tourism destination

The creative pathway of Portuguese artist José de Guimarães in the development of the symbol of Portugal as a tourism destination, created 25 years ago.