Festivities of the Holy Queen

The Festas of the Rainha Santa are reputed to be the most genuine manifestation of the City’s veneration for its patron saint, Queen Isabel, wife of King Dinis.

Known for her great piety, she showed great sympathy for the poor and excluded, and thus came to be known as the Holy Queen. She was canonised in 1625, an occasion for Coimbra to show its joy & enthusiasm in celebrations which lasted a whole week.

In even numbered years, in July , Coimbra celebrates the festivities of its patron saint – the Holy Queen Isabel, this year  from the 1st to the 9th of July.

The festivities include various performances, exhibitions, gastronomy/handicrafts fairs, sporting competitions and lots of entertainment.

On July 5th, it will take place the high point of the festivities, with the solemn procession dedicated to the Holy Queen, in which the wooden framework carrying her effigy, weighing around 1 ton, is transported by twenty four men through the main streets of the city between the Graça Church and the Convent of Santa Clara–a-Nova, following a trajectory that Queen Isabel de Aragão herself walked down many times when she lived in Coimbra in the 14th century.  

For the first time in 400 hundred years, the hand of the Holy Queen will be shown!

More information at:
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4th Art Festival in Quinta das Lágrimas

©Fundação Inês de Castro
From July 13th to 29th, Coimbra will host the 4th edition of the Art Festival, promoted by Inês de Castro Foundation, and the main theme will be”Voyages".

This eclectic festival gives voice to several art forms: music, painting, theatre, literature, cinema, photography and so on!

The festival will be mostly centred at the breathtaking open air amphitheatre in Quinta das Lágrimas. A memorable voyage!

More information at:

Fundação Inês de Castro:
Telef. 918 108 232 / 239 802 380 

New Summer Route: Faro-Basel from Easyjet

The new Basel-Faro route is the 11th route inaugurated by the British company Easyjet from Faro and will have a duration of two months (27 June/01 Sept).

The direct connection to Basel will be served by a 174-seat A320 and will operate twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays (see timetables); it is estimated that a total of more than 6,000 passengers will be carried by the new service.

Despite being highly seasonal, this service illustrates and reinforces the company's continuous interest in Faro Airport and in the region and highlights the interest of the British airline in the Algarve as a prime holiday destination.

It is to be recalled that Easyjet currently connects the Algarve region to London Gatwick, London Luton, London Southend, Bristol, Liverpool, Belfast, Newcastle, Glasgow International, Paris Orly and Geneva.

U21167  | Departure BSL - 06.05  |  Arrival FAO - 07.55
U21168  | Departure FAO - 08.30 |  Arrival BSL - 12.20

U21167  | Departure BSL - 16.20  |  Arrival FAO - 18.10
U21168  | Departure FAO - 18.50  | Arrival BSL - 22.40

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TravelPlot Porto

TravelPlot Porto is an engaging way to visit Porto where you get to experience the beauty of the city through the process of locating a hidden treasure!

With TravelPlot Porto you get to experience the beauty of the city through the process of locating a hidden treasure. It is a great way to explore Porto’s history, monuments and historical characters. It also allows you to experience Porto’s events, sights, wine and gastronomical delights through our sponsors. It’s an unconventional tour guide.
Peter, an English tourist, is on a mission to save Port Wine. In order to succeed, he will have to find the location of Bacchus’s cup and the remaining hidden treasure through out the centuries by the Cale, in several city locations, before Filipe, an ex-Cale member finds it first.
Only with the help of the tourists and locals can Peter be successful. With the support of the new media, participants will find the possible locations where the treasure is hidden, through an iPhone app, map or website, while real live events and social networks will allow the interaction between all.

More info at:

Source: Turismo do Porto


Hotel Fontecruz Opens in Lisbon

The five-star Hotel Fontecruz Lisboa was officially inaugurated last April in a prime location on the city’s main thoroughfare, the majestic Avenida da Liberdade.

The new Hotel Fontecruz Lisboa aims to become a landmark of style, sophistication and exclusivity in the heart of the financial, commercial and tourist neighbourhood in Lisbon.

With a prime location on the Avenida Liberdade, Hotel Fontecruz Lisboa becomes an optimal point of departure for anybody who wants to visit Lisbon with any purpose: business, entertainment, gateways...

Moreover, its "a la carte" restaurant with direct access from the Avenida Liberdade, is constituted as a reference of good taste, sophistication and modern cuisine, not forgetting about the traditional touch of Lisbon specialities.

Its 72 luxurious rooms, closer to a type of suite room in size, offer the latest cutting-edge technology, modern decoration and all the amenities a top class hotel can offer today.

More details at http://hotel-fontecruz-lisboa
Phone.: 00 351 210410000

Holidays with a youthful spirit

©Turismo do Alentejo
Come and discover Portugal! Accept our invitation. Reserve your stay in a youth hostel and get ready for a great time.

Bring friends or family and book the best youth hostel for your holiday destination. Or move around - spending each night in a different place. Scattered from North to South, including the islands, you’ll find many accommodation options at attractive prices. Can you imagine the possibilities?

Discover sites of amazing natural beauty in the nature reserves and parks. You’ll encounter breathtaking landscapes in the rivers of Gerês, the steep slopes of the River Douro, the high mountains in Madeira and the Serra da Estrela or underground caves in the mountain ranges of the Azores and Serras de Aire e Candeeiros. Discover these unique spots at your own pace – calmly, with time to observe the local animal and plant life, or packed with adrenalin, doing some rafting, hang gliding, mountain climbing, canoeing, caving or sliding.

We also have beaches to suit all tastes: long golden beaches in Porto Santo, black sand in the Azores, hidden coves in the Southwest Alentejo or the famous Algarvian beaches. All are excellent spots for sunbathing and swimming. Or you could try some sailing, diving, bodyboarding, windsurfing... The reinvigorating seas of the North and Centre pose great challenges, and beaches in Peniche or Ericeira, are genuine Surfing Meccas.If you prefer the hustle and bustle of city life, visit Lisbon, the nation’s capital, with its cosmopolitan streets and picturesque neighbourhoods next to the River Tagus. Or take a trip to Oporto, whose historic centre elegantly blends with modern architecture and design shops. Also take the opportunity to get to know our museums and monuments. Or watch some shows. You definitely won’t want to miss the Music Festivals!

At mealtimes, try some fresh fish and shellfish or tasty salted cod. And wash it down with some excellent Portuguese wine - another essential discovery. And make sure to try some conventual sweets: you’ll be begging for more!

After a day in the sun, make the most of the night. In Portugal, we love enjoying ourselves - long nights spent in the company of friends. In Lisbon, listen to the finest DJs in the Docas zone next to the River Tagus. Or discover some of the hip bars in the Bairro Alto. In Porto, visit the Ribeira riverfront zone, overlooking the River Douro, or travel to Matosinhos and Vila Nova de Gaia. In Coimbra, Braga or Évora check out what the local students are up to. Here, you just have to get into the groove and dance into the early hours! Don’t miss the party!

More info at  

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Autódromo Internacional do Algarve will be hosting FIA GT World Championship

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve will be hosting FIA GT World Championship, on the weekend of 6-8 July.

With a packed timetable, the spectactors at the FIA GT1 World Championship events are never lost for things to do: Autograph sessions, paddock entertainment, pit walk, open paddock policy, meaning that everyone can get close to the teams and drivers, see the magnificent trucks and get very close to action.

An event you can not miss, with many animations on and off the track.

Click here fot the Programm and here for tickets

More information at

Source: Autódromo Internacional do Algarve

History and traditions of Porto’s São João

©Porto Turismo
 In the Churches and Chapels, and particularly at this time, visitors can tour the altars dedicated to the saint and admire the artistic representations conjured up by renowned national and international artists.

In the streets, the ‘cascatas’ (cascades), unique in Portugal, call the attention of passers-by to a tradition that involves the representation, in miniature, of scenes from around the city and customs from times gone by. They include houses, paths traced out in sand and moss, clay figurines, painted in lively colours, of people going about their daily business, working at their professions, many of which have now disappeared, and animals that, these days, are rarely seen inside the city. The most famous of these is the cascata das Fontaínhas.

The festival programme has space for competitive activities too, such as the now traditional regatta of ‘rabelo’ (port wine) boats which runs over a 1.5 km course from Foz do Douro to the Luís I Bridge. There are also activities along the riverside and more competition in the form of the S. João race and the contests for best cascata, shop window, ‘rusga’ (parade) and popular poetry celebrating S. João.
 The night of the 23 June is the most jubilant of the year. Crowds of people come out onto the streets to celebrate this patron saint of amours. In the ‘Baixa’ area the streets ring out with the cries of the sellers of the traditional basil plants, carnations, lemon verbena, “leeks” and the modern hammers that are used to dole out friendly whacks on the head to passers-by and which spread like wildfire throughout the city from early on in the day, acting as harbingers of the fun that is coming later on.

The S. João bonfires are set alight in the streets, by groups of neighbours and friends who prove their bravery by jumping right over the top of them. At midnight on the 23 June, there are fireworks, or São João’s fire, on the river. The banks of the Douro fill up with thousands of spectators who have come to watch the biggest show of the year, bursting with light, colour and emotion.

The traditional S. João balloons, made out of paper and brightly coloured, are carefully launched into the sky, providing an unparalleled spectacle of hundreds of ascending points of light.

On the Feast night or on the day of S. João, people eat ‘caldo verde’ soup with cornbread, mutton, lamb or grilled sardines, pepper salad and, for dessert, egg and milk custard or S. João cake, deservedly washed down by a delicious Port Wine.

The night of S. João comes to a close at Foz do Douro, with people rowing out towards the sea until the dawn breaks.

Come and have fun with us. Porto awaits you!

- EN: São João Brochure
- PT: Brochura do São João
- ES: San Juan Folleto

Source: Porto Turismo

Porto's São João

©Porto Turismo - Fogo de Artifício no São João
 The São João festivities in Porto already stand as a landmark for life in the city and are experienced by more and more tourists and visitors each year, taking part in the initiatives occurring all month long.

This year, a rich and varied programme, from 29 May to 8 July, promises to fill the city with entertainment, offering tradition, cultural events, street music and entertainment, with highlights for a set of special events and the São João Night.

The city gets dressed up and the streets are filled with colour, tradition and joy.

Particularly in the evening and the night from 23 to 24 June, the São João Night, Porto embraces thousands of people in an unparalleled and unforgettable gathering lasting until dawn.

A unique Festival – an oPORTOnity you can’t miss in 2012!

Considering your visit, Porto Tourism has gathered a set of suggestions comprising events, accommodation, restaurants, São João shopping and cruises, for the entire month of June and a 3-day programme, from 22 to 24 June, with special mention to the São João Night

Opportunities Porto's São João 2012
22-24 June - 3 Days in Porto (Portuguese, Spanish, English and French)

Information available in the Tourism Offices

Come and have fun with us. Porto awaits you!
Source: Porto Turismo


Saramago Foundation opens its doors in Lisbon

The historic center of the Portuguese capital has gained a new cultural highlight with the opening of the José Saramago Foundation dedicated to the country’s only Nobel literature laureate.
It was supposed to have happened over a year ago, but the reason for the constant delays was the discovery of archaeological remains under the historic building that will now be dedicated to the Portuguese Nobel Prize-winning author.

©Casa dos Bicos - Fundação Saramago

The foundation’s headquarters in Lisbon’s historic center, is situated in the emblematic Casa dos Bicos,  builted in the 16th century over the city’s medieval wall in a space which had been occupied by different civilizations. The recent renovation revealed Roman and Moorish remains which will now be on display on the ground floor.
The interior of the building underwent several alterations over the decades which didn’t always respect its past, so it’s now an almost completely contemporary space, beginning with a grand staircase in the center. It takes visitors through four floors, divided into an exhibition space related to the author, a library with his books in various editions and languages, administrative offices, meeting rooms and an auditorium. It’s in this auditorium where book releases and debates will be held, as well as film screenings.
The first exhibition this summer will be an anthology that will certainly attract even more people to the revived riverfront between downtown and Alfama.

Saramago was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1998, and  died in June 2010 at the age of 87.

A Casa dos Bicos
Rua dos Bacalhoeiros
1100-135 Lisboa
Tel: ( 351) 218 802 040



Extreme Sailing Series: 5th to 8th July, Porto

From 5 till 8 July 2012 , do not miss in Porto the Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series global tour, an international inshore racing circuit, known as the Formula 1 of sailing.

This spectacular circuit brings together the best skippers on the planet - from Olympic medalists to round-the-world record holders - competing against each other in state of the art 40-foot catamarans.

The crews, racing identical speed machines, battle it out on short courses set very close to the shore and at the heart of cities, in order to bring the action to the public, who sometimes stands less than 5 meters away from the boats!

Porto will host Act 4 of Extreme Sailing Series, that will also take place in other seven countries of the world – Oman, China, Turkey, United Kingdom, Italy, France and Brazil.

More information at:

H.O.G Rally, Harley-Davidson: 14-17 June Cascais

Portugal's turn to party!

Harley-Davidson is once again gearing up for another seaside spectacular. The event is now heading to the Atlantic to its new home for 2012 – it's Portugal's turn to party!

From June 14-17, Cascais will be play host to the European H.O.G. Rally 2012.

Known as ‘the land of kings and fishermen’, historical Cascais gained its fame as a royal resort at the turn of the last century. These days you're more likely to bump into cosmopolitan crowds from Lisbon escaping the city but this June royalty will be welcomed back as Road Kings rumble into town.

Just 30km west of Lisbon, Cascais is a picture-perfect coastal town. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful countryside the town itself is a maze of cobbled streets that lead you down to its harbour and beachfront. It's here that this year's event will come alive as Harley-Davidson takes over with live music on two stages, hospitality bars, demo rides and a village for Harley-Davidson dealers.

Beyond the event site, Cascais is packed with restaurants and bars and many boutique and budget hotels line the periphery with short walking distances to the heart of the action.

This year's Custom Bike Show will take place in nearby Estoril, by the beachfront in the plaza of Europe’s biggest casino. Bring along your beautiful customised creations for a chance to win some fabulous prizes, including a trip to Sturgis for the Best Modified Harley!

Estoril is also home to one of Portugal's premier racetracks, just 2km from the centre of Cascais – keep an eye on the website for news of Estoril’s involvement in the event.

If you plan to explore the region, head out of town and you'll soon be in the centre of Lisbon, taking in the winding streets, cafe culture and grand architecture. Take to the roads north of Cascais and you'll ride through rugged landscapes, discovering rocky coves, white sandy beaches, lost roman ruins and timeless villages as you go. This is classic Portugal and it's all there for the finding.

For what's on  and  general information click here

More info about the evente at

Source: H.O.G. ® Europe

Hotel Teatro distinguished with an Excellence Certificate

The Hotel Teatro, in Oporto, was distinguished with an Excellence Certificate 2012 by Tripadvisor.

This hotel received a score of 4,5, considering this distinction as "the result of an enormous satisfaction of our clients, which is without a doubt the best recognition of our work, making us feel on the right path for the future".

The Hotel Teatro arose from the spot where the Baquet Theatre was inaugurated in 1859. A hundred and fifty-one years later, the unique, refined and bohemian environment of the Theatre has been revived here in a hotel.

The Reception represents a box office, where each guest receives a ticket to access their room. The Restaurant and Bar have become the new Palco and Plateia, offering creations for a discerning palate.

The inner courtyard is a versatile garden or a quiet and secluded haven from the tumult of the city. The 74 comfortable rooms and suites are colored in gold and bronze, and the gym on the top floor transforms the Hotel into a true arena for action and relaxation. 

Find more aboit this Hotel at:

Rua Sá da Bandeira, 84Porto, Portugal
Tel.: +351 22 0409620
Location: City Center


Lisboa: city festivals

©Manjericos, Santo António Festivities.  Lisboa
Lisbon takes to the street to celebrate the Popular Saints festival. Fires for barbecuing, colourful processions, the smell of sweet basil and fortune telling fill the city.

Saint Anthony, the patron saint of Lisbon, calls his people out for celebration over many nights but the highpoint is definitely on the night of June 12th. The city is packed with colour for the processions and festivities. Months of works go into preparing the marches that make their way down the main avenue in a blaze of colour and sound.

It is in the most traditional neighbourhoods, from the Alfama to Castelo, that the Saint and his customs that make Lisbon so special hold particular sway. In the squares where the narrow alleys and steep stairways meet up, restaurant terraces are set up for ‘caldo verde’ soup and grilled sardines underneath bright decorations and to the sound of ‘arraial’ folk music.This is one of the most picturesque dimensions to Lisbon at night and a place where old and young join up to enjoy.

Saint Anthony is also patron saint of weddings providing another tradition that lives on: the ‘Noivas de Santo António’ (Brides of Saint Anthony). Hundreds of Lisbon couples await the day when their council throws them an unforgettable wedding ceremony.

Arrive before June 13th to experience the best of the build up in a city given over to dancing and eating: under the streamers and balloons, dance and enjoy, read fortunes and give gifts of sweet basil.

In the cities of Porto and Braga, they celebrate St. John while elsewhere St. Peter is the patron saint.

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Feasts and Popular Saints in Portugal

©Festa St Antonio_JM

June 13th is St. Anthony’s day, while June 24th belongs to St. John and June 29th to St. Peter - three great excuses for coming to see how we celebrate saints’ days in Portugal.

Saints’ days are full of fun and merriment. The streets are decorated with balloons and arches made out of brightly-coloured paper; people dance in the city’s small squares, and altars, dedicated to the saints, are put up as a way of asking for good fortune.

Lisbon celebrates the day of St. Anthony the matchmaker from 12 to 13 June. "Santo António, Santo Antoninho, Arranja-me lá um maridinho..." (St. Anthony, my dear St. Anthony. Find me a husband...) is one of the oldest and most popular chants in the city. In Avenida da Liberdade, there are the Marchas, a parade of the inhabitants from the city’s different traditional quarters. There are hundreds of singers and dancers and a vast audience applauds their favourite participants. It is a show not to be missed.Meanwhile if you are attracted to someone, declare yourself to them in the heat of the festivities and offer them a manjerico (a flower-pot with a sweet basil plant) and a love poem.

St. John is celebrated in Porto, from 23 to 24 June. It is a festival that is lived to the full in the streets, where anything is permitted. People carry a leek with them, which they use to hit their neighbours over the head, all in a healthy spirit of fun. There is also dancing, while the highlight of the night is the firework display over the River Douro. And when you’ve worked up an appetite choose something to eat from the traditional menu for these festivities: Caldo Verde (cabbage and potato soup), Sardinha Assada (grilled sardines), bread and red wine. Delicious!

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Competition “Win Portugal”

Win an official signed shirt of Portugal's national football team!

If you know the answer to this question, you have the chance to win one of the two signed shirts by the main Portuguese players of Portugal's national football team, that Turismo de Portugal has the privilege to offer.

Don’t wait any longer and take your chance today!

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Good luck!

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Ryanair Launched Porto-Palma de Mallorca Route

The British low-cost carrier Ryanair is now flying between Porto and Palma de Mallorca.

The new route started o the beginning of May and operates three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Ticket prices as low as €10.99 currently advertised on the company’s website will remain available until Thursday the 28th of June.

More information at Ryanair website

Monarch Airlines announces New Routes to Madeira from Birmingham and London Gatwick

Monarch, the scheduled leisure airline, will operate new flights to Madeira from London Gatwick and Birmingham airports from 15 October 2012 with fares, including taxes, starting from €61.50 one way (€136 return).

Flights are now available to book at

The scheduled airline will operate three weekly flights from London Gatwick and two weekly flights from Birmingham airport.

Kevin George, Managing Director of Monarch Airlines comments: “With over 40 years heritage we are confident our product offering is perfectly placed for the leisure market in Madeira. Our strategy for the airline is now firmly focused on scheduled operations and we are delighted to be adding the new Madeira route to our already extensive network of leisure destinations across Europe.

“In celebration of Monarch’s new routes from Madeira, we will be offering a €12 discount off return flight bookings. To take advantage of this offer please use discount code MADEIRA* when booking.”

The UK market accounted for 20% of Madeira Airport traffic, in 2011, being the second biggest market. This operation of Monarch Airlines at Madeira Airport represents an additional supply of 90,480 seats per year.

Duarte Ferreira, Madeira Airports Director warmly welcomes Monarch airlines to Madeira Airport: "The entrance of Monarch at Madeira Airport follows the strategy that the company has developed to consolidate the UK market and offer a wide range of destinations to its clients. Also noteworthy is the fact that this operation will start in the winter, thus contributing to reversing the trend of increased seasonality that has been registered in the last years ".

Source: RouteLab

Lufthansa starts flying to Madeira


The German airline Lufthansa recently announced its new operation to Madeira, from the airports of Berlin and Dusseldorf.

The new flight from Berlin will start on September 8th, while the flight from Dusseldorf will start later on the 3rd of November, 2012.

The flights have the following schedule:
Arrival at Madeira
BER-FNC 12:25 - 16:10, from 8/Set to 13/Oct
BER-FNC 11:55 - 15:40, from 03/Nov
FNC-DUS 10:45 - 14:00, from 03/Nov

Departure from Madeira
FNC-BER 16:55 - 22:20, from 8/Set to 13/Oct
FNC-BER 16:25 - 21:55, from 03/Nov
FNC-DUS 14:45 - 19:50, from 03/Nov

Both routes are operated in a weekly basis, representing an increase of 13,440 seats.

The German market is the third largest source of tourists to the region of Madeira in 2011 representing approximately 251,000 passengers, ie about 12% of traffic from Madeira Airports.

As a founding member of Star Alliance, with 25 partner airlines, Lufthansa offers the world's largest network of destinations. So, with this direct operation, Madeira will benefit from the extensive number of connections offered by the airline.

Tickets are on sale at:

Source: RouteLab


Joana Vasconcelos will exhibit in Versailles: June - September 2012

©Chateau deVersailles
 From 19 June to 30 September 2012, the Palace of Versailles presents the exhibition Joana Vasconcelos Versailles in the State Apartments and the gardens.

Some of the works that will be included in the exhibition are, "Marilyn" ( two shoes with stiletto heels, made of stainless steel pans, lids and cement), Gabriel staircase by Mary Poppins (a vast tentacular body made from an original mix of textiles and pre-existing objects, an assembly of industrial textures and hand-sewn fabrics) and The Red and Black Independent Hearts (that reproduce the Viana heart – an emblematic theme of Portuguese jewellery - and offer two monumental versions of it: one black, the other red, colours that symbolise death and passion, war and peace) .

Joana has also created a drawing for a tapestry, especially for this event, which will be manufactured at the Tapestry Factory of Portalegre and will measure approximately 13 sqm.

Since 2008, the surroundings of the Palace of Versailles (Chateâu de Versailles) have assisted to narratives between great artists of the Baroque period - André Le Nôtre, Ange-Jacques Gabriel, Charles Le Brun, Jules Hardouin-Mansart - and contemporary artists: Jeff Koons in 2008, Xavier Veilhan in 2009, Takashi Murakami in 2010 and Bernar Venet in 2011.

From 19 June to 30 September 2012, the public will have the opportunity to see the works of one of the most successful Portuguese contemporary artists and the first woman to exhibit in this project, as well as the youngest until today.

Joana Vasconcelos was born in Paris in 1971.

Opening times:
- The exhibition is open every day except Mondays.
- For the works exhibited in the Grand Apartments, open from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm (last admission at 6:00 pm).
- For the works exhibited in the gardens, open from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm.

More information about this exhibit at:-

And more on these unique tapestries at


Optimus Primavera Sound 2012: From 7th to 10th June, in the Parque da Cidade, Porto

©Optimus Primavera Sound Porto 2012
Porto is the city that has been chosen to hold the new event of the promoter Primavera Sound, of which the first edition will take place from 7th until 10th June 2012, one week after its Barcelona counterpart.

The Portuguese city is the ideal city in which to present an event with the “Primavera Sound” brand name, as it shares a number of characteristics with Barcelona: like the fact that they are by the sea and have a pleasant climate, their size, their enterprising character and the services that they offer.

Optimus Primavera Sound will have a line up consisting of a wide selection of international artists, as well as numerous artists from the Portuguese music scene. The artistic content will follow the same guidelines as the Barcelona event, that stands out for its stylistic variety, backing newcomer bands and musicians from the local scene, together with artists of long standing careers, and artists who have played a key inspirational role in the creation of contemporary music.

 The central days of the festival will take place in the Parque Da Cidade, a huge urban park that is a natural space by the sea and yet still an integral part of the city, whilst on the first and last days of the event, the 7th and 10th June, Optimus Primavera Sound will put on several free concerts in the city centre. These activities, which go by the name of "Primavera en la Ciudad", already exist as part of San Miguel Primavera Sound in Barcelona, their aim being to bring music closer to all publics and to move the “Primavera Sound” spirit into the centre of the city.

The programme will be distributed between 4 different stages. The main stage will be called Optimus, another will be commissioned by the British promoter All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP), that has been running a stage at San Miguel Primavera Sound in Barcelona for several years and other one will be for more electronic sounds, Djs as well as live acts, balancing between experimental and dance music.

The Portuguese edition aspires to become an unmissable event in the panorama of Southern Europe festivals; with the support of a city that has excellent transport links to the rest of the continent and has all the facilities necessary undertake an event of this type. Its implantation on the Portuguese musical scene aims to contribute to the growth of the city, to project its international image as a cultural centre and to give a new impetus to the city as an international tourist destination.

Full festival tickets for Optimus Primavera Sound 2012 can be bough at the price of 99€.
Daily tickets for Optimus Primavera Sound 2012 can be bought at the price of 35€ for thursday and 50€ for friday and saturday.

The sales points for full festival tickets are Ticketline, Ticketmaster, Seetickets UK, Paypal and Optimus stores in Almada, Amoreiras, Arrábida, Aveiro Glicínias, Cascais Shopping, Colombo, Covilhã, Dolce Vita Tejo, Évora, Faro Fórum, Guarda, Av. Republica, Loures, NorteShopping, Oeiras Parque, Casa da Música, Seixal, Setúbal, Sintra and Vasco da Gama. The remaining stores accept ticket reservation. It is also possible to buy them on the festival’s Facebook page. The sales points for the daily tickets are Ticketline and Paypal.

Click here for the Line up.

More infomation at:

The press dossier and the logo of Optimus Primavera Sound 2012 are available for downloading in PT, ES and EN:

Make Music Lisbon: 2nd Edition – June 16th, 2012

©Faz Música
Make Music Lisboa! "Faz Musica Lisboa!" is a free party that aims to attract a variety of musical styles through the involvement of professional and amateur musicians.

This celebration is part of the Fête de la Musique, which is celebrated internationally during the month of June.

The concerts are held in public spaces, gardens, churches and museums with the participation arising from spontaneous applications by musical groups.

The second edition of "Faz Musica Lisboa! brings together musical styles as diverse as Rock, Bossa Nova, Fado, Folk and Classical music in various lively concerts in the city's gardens and other public spaces.´

June 16, Jardim da Estrela, Jardim das Amoreiras, Jardim Botanico, Jardim do Principe Real, Jardim de São Pedro de Alcantara, Largo Camões and Praça dos Restauradores.

Program at

Line-up Faz Música Lisboa! 2012

1. Jardim da Estrela – Music from Latin America
Joint organization with Casa América Latina and Casa Brasil:

10h30 – Group class of percussion
11h30 – Group class: Capoeira with Chá Preto and Abadá Capoeira School
13h00 – Group class: Forró from Casa do Brasil - Forró de Lampião project with Prof. Henrique Matos
14h00 – Concert: Forró de Lampião
15h00 – Concert and Dance with NaçãoTambores do Tejo
16h00 – Concert: Popular Brazilian music with Pat Escobar
17h00 - Concert: Popular Brazilian music with Karl Robson
18h00 - Concert: Brazilian Pop Rock with Perigo Amarelo
19h00 - Concert: Samba Pagode with Fafa and Banda
20h00 – Final gig with musical group yet to confirm.

Note: Animation at breaks with Dj Japi - Grooves, funk e nova musica Brasileira

Jardim das Amoreiras – Blues
Concerts with the support of Catacumbas Jazz Bar

17.00h - Strange Fellas
18.15h – Herzog
19.30h - Thomas Anahory with The Groovy Kind of Band
20.45h - Yellow Dog Blues Band
22.00h - Groove Inc

Fundação Arpad Szenes – Vieira da Silva – Classic
Concerts with the support of Academia de Amadores de Música
Between 18h and 20.30h, with the following line up:

- Ensemble Ad-Hoc
- Trio Art’s
- Trio Francine Benoit
- Trio de Guitarras da Academia de Amadores de Música

Jardim do Príncipe Real – World Music
Between 18h and 24h, individual schedule yet to confirm:

- Gapura
- Katharsis
- Quarto Escuro
- T3KA
- Pás de Problème
- Puntzkapuntz

Jardim Botânico – Jazz
Concert with the support of Onda Jazz Bar /Universidade de Lisboa

15.00h - Novos Talentos
17.30h – Shorterlab – Quinteto (Tributo a Wayne Shorter)
19.00h - Pablo Lapidusas Solo Piano (e convidados)
20.30h - Trio de Victor Zamora
22.30h – The Mingus Project

Miradouro de S. Pedro de Alcântara – Rock
18.00h – Kikin Bora
19.00h - Os Persas
20.00h - António Fontes
21.00h - Biancard
22.00h - Capitães da Areia
23.00h - Asterisco Cardinal Bomba Caveira

Largo de S. Carlos – Fado
- Margarida Noronha
- Maria Ana Noronha
- Rodrigo Rebelo de Andrade
- João Guiomar
- Gonçalo Castelbranco
- Francisco Themudo de Castro
- Miguel Marques da Gama
- Joana Simões dos Reis
- Rodrigo Oom
- Matilde Cid Marçal
- Manuel Marçal
- Matilde Mesquita
- Leonor Granate

- Dinis Lavos
- Daniel Brás
- Bernardo Romão
- João Veiga
- Francisco Gaspar
- Diogo Chang
- Diogo Quadros

Av. da Liberdade – Rock
18.00h – Meu e Teu
19.00h - Ciclo Preparatório
20.00h – Sara Paço
21.00h - Gazua
22.00h - Quarteto de bolso
23.00h – Armada
01.00h – Springshoes (afterhours)

Source: Faz Música Lisboa


Volvo Ocean Race arrived in Lisbon

Yesterday, May 31, the Volvo Ocean Race arrived in Lisbon.  Abu Dhabi Team won the Leg, but Groupama Team took the lead.

©Volvo Ocean Race
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing shrugged off seven months of frustration to secure their first leg victory, narrowly crossing the Lisbon finish line ahead of Groupama sailing team who have now claimed the overall race lead.

Ian Walker’s men crossed the finish line at 21:23:54 UTC, less than six minutes ahead of Groupama, after 12 days racing more than 3,500 nautical miles from Miami, across the Atlantic to Portugal.

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG rounded out the podium, finishing third at 23:26:22 UTC.

The closest finish was reserved for Team Telefónica who rallied to claim fourth place just one minute and 42 seconds ahead of CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, who stalled in the Tagus River’s current just metres from the finish. Team Sanya crossed the line in sixth place at 01:44:25 UTC.

Watch here the video from the arrival of the boat to lisbon village race

Source: Volvo Ocean Race