Douro and its estates

Douro by Rui Cunha

Take a boat trip along the River Douro, discover the region's estates and immerse yourself in the pleasures of a chalice of Port Wine!

Classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO, the wine-growing Upper Douro produces the famous port wine, known worldwide for its quality and taste. In this region - the first one in the world to be demarcated - the centuries-old tradition of wine growing has produced a cultural landscape of remarkable beauty.

You can take in all these riches on a short five-day trip, and staying the night in a manor house with a unique atmosphere that is also part of the Port Wine Route. You can choose from: Casa das Torres de Oliveira (Mesão Frio), Casa dos Varais (Peso da Régua) and Casa de Casal de Loivos (Pinhão).Take a boat trip to discover the countryside around the River Douro, its slopes covered with vineyards. Start your visit to the Port Wine Route at the Port Wine Lodge in Régua, where specialists explain the differences between the various types of this nectar.

Make the itinerary even more cultural with a visit to the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, in Lamego, to Casa de Mateus, in Vila Real - known all over the world after appearing on the Mateus Rosé wine label - and to the Monastery of Tarouca.

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Lines of Torres Vedras Historical Trail - Guide

The Lines of Torres Vedras Historical Trail project aims to conserve, restore and valorize a significant number of fortifications as well as implanting an inter-municipality network of Heritage and Visitors’ Centres.

In 1810, the peninsular territory to the north of Lisbon was the setting for the construction of one of the most effective defensive systems in the world: the Lines of Torres Vedras.

In the expectation of a third Napoleonic invasion, whose prime objective would be the capture of the capital, three lines of a total of 152 fortifications were constructed in secret across an 85 km stretch of hilly terrain between the river Tagus and the Atlantic Ocean.

Download here the Guide and here the Leaflet

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Inhabited in prehistoric and Roman times, Torres Vedras received its Charter in the mid-13th century.

The Convent of Varatojo, one of the most important religious monuments in the region, was founded in 1470 by King Dom Afonso V, in gratitude for the conquests in North Africa.

In the 19th century, during the Napoleonic invasions, Torres Vedras had a very important role, because it was the scene of the beginning of the retreat of the French army and Napoleon's loss of hegemony in Europe. In fact, the building of the "Lines of Torres Vedras", a series of military fortifications lined up around Lisbon, was successful in its aim of preventing the French troops from advancing on Lisbon, and forced them to retreat.

In the environs, besides the beaches of Santa Cruz and Porto Novo, with all the activity typical of a holiday resort, with golf courses, riding schools, hotels and swimming pools, there are also the hot spring spas of Cucos and Vimeiro, much sought after for the therapeutic qualities of their waters.

The Carnival is the highlight of the town`s events. It has strong traditions in Torres Vedras, and is known as the most Portuguese in Portugal, because it maintains the allegorical parades and processions of decorated floats, gigantones (giant carnival figures) and zés-pereiras (carnival rhythms), without yielding to foreign influences.

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New Mercy Hotel Lisboa

Mercy Hotel is already open! Come and enjoy wonderful days in Lisbon!

Contemporary Cosmopolitan Comfortable Charming and with Charisma ... This is Mercy Hotel!
A new 5-star hotel in Lisbon, with a premium location between Chiado and Bairro Alto districts.

This project is signed by the architect Miguel Saraiva. Quality, Design, Elegance and comfort define the Mercy Hotel.

Discover the Mercy Hotel and Lisbon through a 360 º Sensory Experience! We explored the five senses so you can maximize your stay in our hotel and this magnificent city. See with eyes wide open, appreciate smells that will last in memory, taste our food and wines, feel involving textures, enjoy the music that creates unique moments.

Come and discover our themed rooms. Portuguese writers that dignify the Portuguese culture. You may also enjoy the rooms on the fifth floor, either a Prestige room (with views over Bairro Alto district, the bridge over Tagus River and Christ the King) or a Castle View room ... And take photos that look like postcards.

Living with Mercy Hotel Lisbon: we help you discover the best of Lisbon!

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Source: Mercy Hotel Lisbon


Vodafone Half Marathon RTP Rock 'n Roll

On 30th of September, you can cross on foot Vasco da Gama bridge, one of Europe's longest bridges.

Once a year, on the Vasco da Gama Bridge, cars have to make way for participants in the Half Marathon of Portugal.

This 21.095 mts marathon is included in the official timetable of events of AIMS - the International Marathon Association. It begins in the Vasco da Gama Bridge and ends in the Parque das Nações, next to the Pavilhão de Portugal (Pavilion of Portugal).

The highly popular 8 km mini marathon takes place at the same time, where everyone can proceed at their own rhythm, either running or strolling, given that the main objective is to take part and socialise.


Sagres Birdwatching Festival

Plan your visit to Sagres and do not miss the Birdwatching Festival!

For the third consecutive year, Sagres in the Algarve will host the largest birdwatching event held in Portugal: the "Bird Watching Festival" from 30th September to 7th October. At this time of the year, Sagres is the main crossing point in Portugal for migratory birds, in their trip to Africa.

The first days of the festival will be addressed to specific audiences, being the last three days opened to general public.

The diverse program includes activities such as field trips, boat trips, short-courses, environmental education workshops, bird ringing and monitoring sessions, and much more. The participants will enjoy discounts at local lodgings, restaurants and shops that are partners of the festival.

More info at:
- Birdwatching Festival


Fish & shellfish, Peniche

The coastline to the north of Lisbon is well known for its shellfish and its wines, produced here since times immemorial.

Off the wonderful Ericeira beach, with its royal connections, and the neighbouring Ribamar beach, or to the north in the Lourinhã region and with beaches such as Porto de Barcas leading the way, are the key shell fishing grounds.

Thus, for delicious fish, from the sardines of Peniche or any other similarly coal-grilled fish through to the rich flavours of a ‘caldeirada’ fish stew, this region is the place to be. From Peniche through to Foz do Arelho, there are molluscs aplenty with the Óbidos Lagoon providing particularly rich pickings.Search out the simple restaurants on the beaches around Lourinhã, where the shellfish is particularly excellent.

To accompany a meal or a snack, opt for one of the fine local wines such as those from Torres Vedras, Bombarral or Arruda dos Vinhos.

And that is just the fish beginnings to the delights of the local cuisine. Indeed, finish your tour in Óbidos, a wonderful walled medieval town, for a local ginginha cherry liqueur to round off a well spent day.

The Yeatman Hotel is showcasing award-winning wines from 29th September 2012.

Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 Global Tastings

Taste a selection of DWWA-winning wines at The Yeatman.

Starting September 26th (for 3 weeks) Dick’s Bar at The Yeatman will be showcasing 16 different Portuguese award winning wines for tasting.

2 Gold medal award winners, 10 Silver medal award winners and 4 Bronze medal award winners.

These wines were rated by Decanter Magazine as award winners and The Yeatman was selected as a partner and venue in this global tasting event.

The Yeatman has been recognised for its quality, selection and service of wines and continues to promote and support its 70 Wine Partners.

It was the only venue in Portugal to be chosen by Decanter.

The selected Decanter Award Winning Wines, available at Dick’s Bar for sampling, were chosen by the Wine Director, Beatriz Machado and represent her choice of the season from the overall list of award winning wines:

- Terra d'Alter Reserva, Alentejano 2010 | Silver
- Quinta Nova Grainha Reserva, Douro 2010 |  Bronze
- Quinta de Paços Morgado Do Perdigão, Do Tejo 2008 ! Bronze
- Monte da Ravasqueira Ravasqueira Flavours Viognier, Alentejano 2010 ! Silver
- Blandy's Terrantez, Madeira 1976 | Gold
- Taylor's 10 Year Old Tawny, Port NV | Silver
- Graham's 20 Year Old Tawny, Port NV | Gold
- Ramos Pinto RP 30, 30 Year Old Tawny, Port NV | Bronze
- Casa de Santar Reserva, Dão 2008 | Silver
- Quinta do Passadouro Passadouro, Douro 2009 | Silver
- Domingos Alves de Sousa Quinta da Gaivosa, Douro 2008 | Silver
- Julio Bastos Dona Maria Reserva, Alentejano 2007 | Silver
- Vale d'Algares Red, Ribatejano 2009 | Silver
- Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage, Port 2007 | Silver
- Dow's Quinta do Bomfim, Single-Quinta Vintage Port 2001|  Silver
- Croft Vintage, Port 1991 | Bronze

Source: The Yeatman Hotel


Trip Advisor awards Certificate of Excellence to Sandeman Cellars.

©Sogrape Vinhos
The Sandeman Cellars, in Gaia, have been awarded the 2012 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor, the world’s foremost travel website.

The Sandeman Cellars, set on the Vila Nova de Gaia riverfront and a stone’s throw from the Historic Centre of Oporto, are lodged in classical 18th century granite building, acquired in 1811 by founder George Sandeman as the ideal place in which to age his Port Wines.

Over two hundred years later, the brand, founded in 1790, continues to write and recount its story to the thousands of visitors arriving every year to discover Port Wine, as well as the Douro region from where it comes. They will also uncover the legend of Don, with his Jerez horseman’s sombrero and the typical black cloak favoured by Portuguese university students. The journey takes off by setting the scene in London where the company started, before covering over 2,000 barrels in an authentic experience steeped in mystery and passion, that culminates in a discovery of the flavours to be found in Sandeman’s Port Wines.

The exceptional and consistent feedback from visitors over the past year has contributed to Sandeman Cellars being awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. “This award, presented only to entities sustaining exceptional performance levels within the Trip Advisor community, is a significant achievement, worthy of recognition from both travellers and staff,” explains Trip Advisor CMO, Christine Peterson.

Already the recipient of Great Wine Capitals’ Best of Wine Tourism award and Revista de Vinhos’ Enotourism Award, Sandeman Cellars is once again in line for praise, this time from the visitors themselves! “It is a vote of confidence in the brand, of which we are extremely proud, and more importantly, an obvious sign of the professionalism inherent in a team which strives daily to educate about Port Wine and its culture,” praises George Sandeman, Sogrape Vinhos Board Member in charge of wine tourism.

Source: Sogarpe Vinhos


Portugal Superbikes Grand Prix: 21 to 23 September, in Portimão

Vibrate with the vertiginous speed of the superbikes which will take part in one of the stages of the Superbike world championship in the Algarve.

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 Indonesia. 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.

Less then 2 weeks to host SBK World Championship, from 21 to 23 September. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) is taking the lead in Superbike and Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) in Supersport

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Columbus Festival starts tomorrow

From the 13th to 15th September don´t miss this festival, in Porto Santo Island, Madeira.

Both tourists and residents alike love this festival, which consists of a historic re-enactment of life in the 15th century, and in particular, Christopher Columbus's time on the island of Porto Santo. This navigator was linked to our archipelago not only through the sugar trade but also through his marriage to Filipa Moniz, daughter of Bartolomeu Perestrelo, first captain-donee of the island.

The event takes place in the city of Vila Baleira, during the first fortnight of September, and consists of different cultural events, such as musical shows, exhibitions and historical parades, initiatives that aim to recollect the legend of the Portuguese Discoveries.

Visit the golden isle and take part in this homage to the 15th century!

Columbus Festival Programm 2012 - English
Columbus Festival Programm 2012 - Portuguese
Columbus Festival Programm 2012 - Spanish
Columbus Festival Programm 2012 - French
Columbus Festival Programm 2012 - German

For further information browse The Columbus Festival Microsite

Source: VisitMadeira Website


Portugal ranks #6 in the “Top 10 Most beautiful countries in the World”| via Ucityguides

For the pristine natural wonders of the volcanic Azores alone, Portugal would be on this list.

Then there's the "floating garden" that is Madeira, the dramatic coastline and mystical capes of the mainland, the serene plains of the Alentejo with the stunningly-sited white medieval vilages of Marvão and Monsaraz, the Peneda-Gerês National Park, or the perfect collaboration of man and nature in the magic fantasy of Sintra and verdant Douro Valley.

And while the old centers of Lisbon and Porto are inexplicably rundown and stubbornly neglected, it's hard to match their scenic beauty with their grand riverside settings. Everything is in a small scale but when all combined it's impressive how so much diverse beauty somehow fits in such a tiny country that seems to be a favorite of the sun.

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Source:  Ucityguides

Festroia Film Festival - Setúbal

The city of Setúbal, located in the Lisboa Region, once again hosts the international film festival Festroia.

During the 28th edition of this festival, held from September 21 to 30, around 180 films from around the world, focusing on works from Europe, will be screened. This edition will highlight Croatian cinematography, with the screening of 27 films.

Celebrating more than two decades of existence, Festroia has consolidated its reputation both in Portugal and abroad, attracting big names in the world of cinema such as Pedro Almodovar, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall and Dennis Hopper.

In addition to being able to watch great cinema, make the most of this visit to Setubal to take a tour of the Lisboa Region's natural wonders. Around Setubal you can find several nature conservation areas, including the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve, where you can watch dolphins, and Arrábida Nature Park, with its unique characteristics and species that can only be found in Mediterranean areas

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Source: Newsletter Lisboa Inside


Special Train: Grape Picking Festivities

Until the train stops it’s all grape harvest

To celebrate this tradition, CP has created a leisure programme that takes you to know better the wine production process, characteristic of the Douro region in 22 September a programme with duration of 1 day.

A good harvest, plenty of gathering and lots of fun is guaranteed, provided by musical animation, regional singing and local delicacies.

Gather your family, a group of friends or colleagues and explore the traditions of the grape harvest in the Douro region, be part of the “lagaradas” (grape treading) and recreate an emblematic moment if the history of Portuguese vineyard.

Grape-Picking Programme Party:

The train journey* along the Douro line lets you appreciate the beautiful Douro valley wine region, the vine terraces and the wine producing farms.

Arrival in Régua

When you get to Régua there is a bus service that takes you to Quinta de Campanhã, where there are plenty of activities:•Local singers and musicians•Port wine tasting (or fruit juice)•Guided tour of the wine cellars and the production area•Regional lunch•Entertainment with local singers and dances

AfternoonYou can take part in the grape treading where the grapes are trodden in granite presses while the treaders sing and dance to celebrate the end of the wine year.

Proper clothing is advisable, shorts and sandals.
Return to Régua station, where the special train* will departure to Porto Campanhã (* In a power car in the Porto Campanhã/Régua/Porto Campanhã route).

Note: Mini-bar service available onboard the trains.

The Grape-Picking Programme ticket price includes the return train journey, round-trip transfer between the station and Quinta de Campanhã, a glass of port wine on arrival, lunch and entertainment.
- Adults 49€
- Children 29€ (prices for children between 4 and 8 years old inclusive. No charge for children under 3 years old)
- Possibility to organise trips on weekdays, for Schools (minimum number of 50 participants). Contact us and get further information regarding the conditions.



Working days from 09h00 to 13h00 and 14h00 to 18h00
Gestão de Linha Minho, Douro e Vouga:
Tel: 221 052 503 / 511 / 524

Source: CP


Optimus Primavera Sound back in Porto in 2013, from 30 May to 2 June

From 1 September 2012, at 10:00, it will be possible to buy the full festival tickets for Optimus Primavera Sound 2013. The full festival tickets will be available for 80.00€, until 15 October.

You may also buy the combined tickets:
•Full festival ticket for both Optimus Primavera Sound 2013 (Porto) + Primavera Sound 2013 (Barcelona): 200.00€.
•Full festival ticket for both Optimus Primavera Sound 2013 (Porto) + Primavera Club 2012 (Barcelona or Madrid): 120.00€ - available from October.

You can buy them at Ticketline, Ticketmaster, Paypal, Seetickets UK and Ticketscript. Distribution costs are not comprised in the ticket price.

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Travel Bloggers Unite Conference in Porto, from 7 to 9 September 2012

The Travel Bloggers Unite Conference will take place at the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa, in Porto, Portugal, from 7 to 9 September 2012.

TBU Porto Conference Schedule

Thursday 6th September
This is the main arrival day for TBU Porto delegates. There are no official conference events, yet there will be a central bar where everyone can meet up in the evening. If possible, we’ll put a relaxed event on, maybe a pub quiz. Either way, keep your eyes peeled.

Friday 7th September
This is the main pre-conference day and comprises of the following exciting events:
- 0930 – 1400: Conference Registration Open (Sheraton Hotel)
- 1000 – 1300: City Tours
- 1030 – 1500: Photo or Video Workshops and Walks
- 1845 – 2200 – Welcome to Porto Cocktail Networking Event

•1845 – Boats leave Ribeira Quay for a sunset cruise along the Douro river *DONT MISS THEM*
•1915 – Cocktail Reception at Pousada do Porto Freixo Palace Hotel
•2200 – Transport back to Porto

The event is designed in such a way that it begins at 1845 and you must be there 5-10 minuets earlier, in order to take part in the evening. The sunset river cruise takes you to the venue and we will bus you back around 2200. There is no alternative transport if you miss the boats and no alternative return transport will be provided until 2200.

Saturday 8th September – Conference Day One
- 0830: Registration Opens
- 0930 – 1000: Opening Remarks
- 1000 – 1100: Opening Keynote – “Follow Your Passion and the Money will Come – Debunking the Myths” with Dave and Deb of The Planet D
- 1100 – 1115: COFFEE BREAK
- 1115 – 1230: Panel Discussion 1 – “More success – More revenue. How collaboration can get you both”
- 1230 – 1400: LUNCH
- 1400 – 1500:
•Ariane 1 – “How To Work With PR” – with Four BGB•Ariane 2 – “How To Build a Community” – with Melvin Boecher
•Ariane 3 – Intermediate Social Media session – with Caliber Interactive (session details tbc shortly)
•Challenger – Advanced SEO session – with Caliber Interactive
•Apollo – Bespoke Networking
-1510 – 1610:
•Ariane 1 – “How To Pitch Marketing Ideas” – with FourBGB
•Ariane 2 – “How To Tell Your Own Compelling Story” – with Mike Sowden
•Ariane 3 – “How To Understand IP Law for Bloggers” – with Akila McConnell
•Apollo – Bespoke Networking
- 1930 – 2330: Destinology Travel Bloggy Awards Gala Dinner

Sunday 9th September – Conference Day Two
- 0930 – 1030:
•Ariane 1 – “How To Build a Business, Not Just a Blog” – with Uncornered Market
•Ariane 2 – “Why You Need To Tell Stories” – with Mike Sowden
•Ariane 3 - “How To Add Value From Your Blog Trip” – with Paul Dow
•Challenger – Intermediate SEO session – with Caliber Interactive
•Apollo – Bespoke Networking
- 1040 – 1140:
•Ariane 1 – WordPress Session 1 – with RTWlabs
•Ariane 2 – “How To Go From Blogger to Jogger” – with Sarah Lee
•Ariane 3 – “How To Get People To Listen To You Online” – with Jodi Ettenberg
•Apollo – Bespoke Networking
- 1140 – 1200: COFFEE BREAK
- 1200 – 1300:
•Ariane 1 – WordPress Session 2 – with RTWlabs
•Ariane 2 – “How To Build A Blog Trip” – with Kate McCulley
•Ariane 3 – Intermediate Social Media session – with Caliber Interactive
•Apollo – Bespoke Networking
- 1300 – 1400: LUNCH
-1400 – 1500:
•TBU UnConference Afternoon 1
•Apollo – Bespoke Networking
- 1510 – 1610:
•TBU UnConference Afternoon 2
•Apollo – Bespoke Networking
- 1610 – 1630: COFFEE BREAK
- 1630 – 1730:
•TBU UnConference Afternoon 3
•Apollo – Bespoke Networking

End of Conference Monday 10th September 0900 – Post Conference Blog Trips depart from the conference venue, the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa

•we suggest you are at the departure point for 0830 at the latest
•if you cannot take your place on a trip, then please advise

Here's all the info you need about the TBU Conference in Porto:
- Official TBU Porto Conference website:
- Twitter:  / hashtag #TBUPOR
- Facebook:
- Conference Sponsorship & Media: Oliver Gradwell
- Blog:
- Official TBU website:
Source: TBU Website


Madeira Island: 2nd Nature Festival

The second Madeira Islands Nature Festival will take place from the 30th September to the 7th October 2012. It is the perfect opportunity to experience various outdoor activities in different environments and terrains: in the air, on the mountains and at sea.

During a week, Madeira Islands will be promoting the 2nd edition of the Madeira Nature Festival, an event that celebrates the best the island has to offer to its visitors. Whether on land, on air or on sea, the choices are plenty and everybody can experience activities targeted to all age groups, combining sport, entertainment, culture and Madeiran traditions.
Through this festival the Madeira Islands aim to drive and promote active tourism in a sustainable way. Interaction and the discovery of what Madeira has to offer on this level, based on an appealing and dynamic program, combines all the ingredients required for this festival to surprise visitors and exceed all expectations.

Nature in its purest and most beautiful form is now a challenge that is lying in wait for you.

Feel immersed in the landscape around you! Take a deep breath and lose yourself in the charms of an island that inspires excitement and adventure!

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Source: VisitMadeira Website


New Angra Marina Hotel, in Terceira Island, Azores

The  luxurious Angra Marina Hotel is the first 5-star hotel on Terceira Island and awaits you on the seafront of the stunning capital, Angra do Heroísmo. The opening will be on September 8th.

Original design and sheer sophistication
Each distinctive, light-infused room offers resplendent ocean views and luxurious modern furnishings in rich shades of turquoise, chalk and chocolate. Wall-mounted LCD televisions and Internet access (for a small fee) lend a modern touch.

The hotel’s leisure facilities include inviting indoor and outdoor pools, a wonderful spa with hydrotherapy treatments and a sophisticated restaurant and piano bar boasting a dazzling ocean panorama. Angra Marina Hotel is also an outstanding venue for business retreats and private parties and offers a private shuttle to the island’s verdant 18-hole golf course.

© Angra Marina Hotel
Breathtaking natural beauty
The remote location of Terceira has allowed the preservation of its pristine forests and unique geological formations. Explore the archipelago’s mesmerising volcanic caves, majestic craters and idyllic pastoral life.

Dive, swim and fish in the glittering Atlantic; fall asleep to its soothing percussion. Life moves at a gentle pace, so take time for some quiet contemplation. You will be captivated by the proud local festivals, delicious gastronomy and magnetising blues and greens of the boundless sea and sky.

An oceanfront retreat in the historic capital
Angra do Heroísmo has been recognised as a World Heritage site for its great architectural beauty. The streets are lined with Renaissance-era churches, palaces and brightly-coloured chapels called impérios, while the central location of the hotel offers a wide selection of quaint shops, restaurants and a small beach within walking distance.

Historically, Terceira was an important port frequented by ships travelling between the continents. The imposing fortifications of São João Baptista and Castelo de São Sebastião flank the natural bay and were originally designed to protect the harbour from pirates

Terceira: Back to nature
This tiny island offers a remarkable diversity of landscapes – from the ancient volcanic crater of Monte Brasil and striking patchworks of agricultural land, to quiet coastal villages and underwater archaeological parks. If you’re looking for a place for a swim, Praia da Vitória boasts a popular sandy cove while many inviting natural rock pools can be found along the coast. Other attractions include the cathedral-like grottoes of Algar do Carvão and the unique winegrowing region around Biscoitos.

Although buses and taxis are available, car hire is essential to appreciate all this island has to offer. Visitors can also travel by ferry to visit other islands in the archipelago.


Angra Marina Hotel
Porto de Pipas
Angra do Heroísmo
Terceira Island – Azores

-Internet Reservations Tel: (+351) 291 724 209  | Internet Reservations Fax: (+351) 291 762 17
-Telephone Reservations are available Mon – Fri 09.00hrs - 20.00hrs. | Saturdays and Sundays we are open 09:00hrs until 18.00hrs

For reservations, please call or fax the following numbers:
Tel: (+351) 291 724 209  | Fax: (+351) 291 762 171


Source: Angra Marina Hotel


SATA Airlines Azores Islands Pro

In September, come and see the exhibitions of the world’s best surfers during the SATA Airlines Azores Islands Pro, which takes place in São Miguel.

This event is part of the World Qualifying Series of the Professional Surfers’ Association and has been classified as a Prime Event, which is the highest grade awarded in this sport. The setting that has been chosen for this tournament is the beach of Santa Bárbara, close to Ribeira Grande on the northern coast of São Miguel island, whose waves are greatly appreciated by the many aficionados of this sport.

Date: Men-Sept 4-9 / Women-Sept 27-30, 2012

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Pilgrimage routes

Whether driven by an act of faith or the simple pleasure of walking, explore the several routes of soul-searching in Portugal!

If you are Catholic and devoted to the Virgin Mary, you’ll find many Marian sanctuaries and forms of worship. Fátima, where the Holy Mary appeared to the three shepherd children, is the most important place of worship. It is known as the town of peace and nobody, believer or not, can be indifferent to it.

There are many routes to follow but the pilgrimage route leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, that has been linking important places of worship since the XII century, represents a strong sign of European cultural identity. Join the pilgrims coming from all over the world to walk the Portuguese Route to discover the country’s historical heritage and be in communion with nature.

Another important part of pilgrimage history in Portugal is the life of the Sephardi Jews.Hidden for centuries, this community is now recognised for its historical and cultural heritage and the important contributions they made to the development of navigation, medicine and economics. While you’re on the road, visit the churches and the sanctuaries, veritable museums! Admire the golden wood-carved altars, the “azulejos” (decorated majolica lining the walls) and the sacred art, royal icons of the culture of the Portuguese people.

During your journey to Santiago you’ll discover many other manifestations of worship celebrated with pilgrimages and feast-days all over the country. Take part in a festival and start on your spiritual journey of peace, joy and self-discovery.

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