New Duecitânia Design Hotel in Penela

The new Duecitânia Design Hotel opened last month (December 2012) in the town of Penela.

With the motto Veni, Vidi, Vivi (Come, See and Live) HD The Duecitânia Design Hotel  is a thematic hotel, with a reinvention of Ancient Rome at its essence.

Converted from a 19th century paper factory, the new four-star hotel has 42 guest-rooms comprising a selection of doubles, twins and suites spread across three floors.
Along this floors, the Duecitânia Design Hotel, endeavours to recreate the history of Rome from its foundation to the fall of the Empire. Guests will find several panels with historical, legend and mythological representations that will allow for an enriching and indelible experience.

Guest facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, sauna, the Aqua Venus spa, the Tabernae bar, the Gustatio restaurant, laundry service, free Wi-Fi Internet access and 24-hour reception and room service.

Set a half mile from Penela, off of the A13, the hotel provides an access to the entire Conímbriga Romanization region, as well as Coimbra, Lousã and the Schist Villages.

Hotel Contacts:
Ponte do Espinhal
3230-292 Penela
Phone numbers: +351 239 700 740 | +351 939 499 559
Fax: +351 239 700 741

Source: HD The Duecitânia Design Hotel


7 Porto Bay Hotels awarded Travellers Choice 2013, TripAdvisor

Inclusion in the “Travellers’ Choice” lists compiled annually by TripAdvisor, the world’s foremost travel review website, counts amongst the most highly desired distinctions in international hospitality today.

A total of 7 Porto Bay Group hotels have been awarded a place amongst the world’s finest in TripAdvisor’s lists for 2013. The hotels selected were The Cliff Bay, Porto Mare, Porto Santa Maria, The Residence, Eden Mar and Porto Bay Serra Golf, in Madeira, and L'Hotel Porto Bay São Paulo. Most of the group’s distinctions came in categories comprising the Top 25 hotels in Europe, Portugal and Brazil.

António Trindade, CEO of the Porto Bay group, has reacted to the announcement, declaring that “It is an enormous pleasure and an honour to lead such an inspiring Group and Team.”

This recognition of the group’s hotels by TripAdvisor is based on the opinions and ratings of over 75 million travellers and tourists.

Source: Porto Bay Hotels

Tours with Fado: January to March at Museu do Fado

Come learn about the history of fado from its nineteenth-century roots to the present day: their protagonists, the presence in vaudeville, film and television, the story of the portuguese guitar and still hear the songs of José da Câmara, Ana Maurício, Tãnia Oleiro, José Manuel Barreto, Teresa Tapadas, Maria Armanda, Miguel Capucho, Pedro Galveias, António Pinto Basto, Lina Rodrigues, Cristiano de Sousa and Maria Amélia Proença.

Saturdays and Sundays at 4.30 pm Requiring previous
Price: 5€
Museu do Fado
Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, nº1
1100-139 Lisboa
Tel: +351 218 823 470


Source: Museu do Fado


Top 25 Hotels in Portugal according to the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice 2013

TripAdvisor, announced the winners of its 2013 Travellers’ Choice awards for hotels. In its 11th year, the awards have identified the most outstanding properties worldwide, in the categories of Top Hotels, Luxury, Bargain, Service, Small Hotels, and B&Bs and Inns.
The Top 25 Hotels in Portugal according to the Travellers’ Choice 2013 awards were:


                                 Top 25 Hotels in Portugal 
&l  1.    Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel & Thalasso, Cascais, Portugal
&l  2.    Quinta Jardins do Lago, Funchal, Portugal
      3.    The Residence Porto Mare (Porto Bay), Funchal, Portugal
      4.    Quintinha Sao Joao, Funchal, Portugal
      5.    The Cliff Bay (Porto Bay), Funchal, Portugal
      6.    Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
      7.    Suite Hotel Eden Mar (Porto Bay), Funchal, Portugal
      8.    Four Seasons Country Club, Quinta do Lago, Portugal
      9.    Pousada de Cascais, Cascais, Portugal
     10.   Aparthotel Sagres Time, Sagres, Portugal
     11.   Porto Santa Maria Hotel (Porto Bay), Funchal, Portugal
     12.   Olissippo Lapa Palace, Lisbon, Portugal
     13.   Reid's Palace by Orient-Express, Funchal, Portugal
     14.   Porto Mare Hotel (Porto Bay), Funchal, Portugal
     15.   The Yeatman, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portuga
     16.   Casa Velha do Palheiro, Funchal, Portugal
     17.   Hotel Albergaria Dias, Funchal, Portugal
     18.   Madeira Regency Cliff, Funchal, Portugal
<! 19.    InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas, Porto, Portugal
     20.   Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive, Porto Santo   Island, Portugal
      21.  Altis Belem, Lisbon, Portugal
<!  22.  Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa, Cascais, Portugal
      23.  Vidago Palace Hotel, Vidago, Portugal
      24.   Blue & Green The Lake Spa Resort, Vilamoura, Portugal
<!  25.   Convento do Espinheiro, A Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa, Evora, Portugal

Source : Trip Advisor


Historical, cultural and religious tour at Porto and the North of Portugal

Porto and Northern Portugal is so rich that makes it possible to plot routes in several areas and the taste of each person.
Routes such as Route Port Wine and Douro, architectural routes, the route of the historic villages or gastronomic route are of an interest and a unique beauty.
To venture into Porto and North means finding more, it enriches one at every step, at every new experience.

Source: ARPT Porto e Norte

Nature at Porto and the North of Portugal

The northern region of Portugal surprises by the beautiful landscapes, mountain, plateaus, valleys and a rich fauna and flora.
These regions offer all who visit the healthy experience of engaging with nature and enjoying idyllic environments characterized by the diversity of natural resources and protected natural areas such as the National Park of Peneda Gerês.
Situated in the upper northwest of Portugal, on the border with Spain, Peneda Gerês Park is a place of traditions and customs where one lives mainly from agriculture, grazing and livestock.

Sourece: ARPT Porto e Norte

The application "Talking Heritage – Multimedia Tours in Sintra" is now available for download from the "App Store".

This platform gives visitors the opportunity to make use of an interactive experience that complements some of the most notable areas of the Parks of Pena, Monserrate and the Capuchos Convent by providing videos, photographs, sound and text.

Visitors to Sintra can now get to know more about some of the landscape's never before seen secrets. This project combines radio-frequency identifiers and QR codes via the use of smartphones to provide tours that have previously been designated for visitors.

"A visitor can now see that which their eyes normally wouldn't notice and can learn about some of Sintra's lesser known treasures. The idea is that each person can make a visit that stimulates curiosity, accompanied by a series of surprising natural treasures that speak for themselves", explained Maria Inês Moreira, coordinator of the BIO+Sintra – Reducing our Carbon footprint, a contribution to Sintra's biodiversity project.

The Talking Heritage tours are designed by BIO+Sintra, with the aim of promoting public participation in the conservation of Serra de Sintra's natural treasures such as the area’s amphibians and the relic forest. The project further aims to teach people about the relationship between carbon emissions, climate change and the loss of biodiversity. In this light, the project hopes to contribute to the introduction of sustainable and environmentally friendly visits to Sintra.

Those interested in the application can find it at here.

More information about Parques de Sintra at

Source: Parques de Sintra

Lisboa in the top 30 of world cities with the best reputation

Lisbon: City and River ©ATL
The Portuguese capital is among the 30 cities in the world with the best reputation, according to the yearly City Rep Trak study carried out by the Reputation Institute consultancy.

Lisboa is singled out for its natural beauty and the "offer of a variety of attractive experiences, such as gastronomy, sports, architecture and entertainment".

The study is the result of a poll of 18 thousand people from the G8 countries (the United States, Russia, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Canada) designed to assess variables such as emotional connection (trust, admiration, liking and esteem) on the part of the general public in relation to 100 cities in 59 countries. In the 2012 poll, Lisboa achieved 66.97 points, putting it on a par with cities like Tokyo, Helsinki, Montreal, Prague, Berlin and Toronto.

Source: Lisboa Convention Bureau, January/April 2013


The Yeatman was nominated to the 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards

The Yeatman is pleased to announce it has been nominated in the 2013 Luxury Spa Awards.

The World Luxury Spa Awards give recognition to spas around the globe that set standards in quality, innovation and service.

Awards are presented to luxury spas in 10 different categories on a country and global basis.

The Vinothérapie® Spa by Caudalie at The Yeatman is honoured with this nomination which reflects the excellence of its service, the quality of its products and treatments and the beauty and luxury of its facilities.

 ©Yeatman Hotel 
The Yeatman Caudalie Spa has an area of 2000m² , including ten naturally lit treatment rooms, two of which are designed for couples. 

Spa goers may also enjoy the large roman baths, the relaxation room with panoramic views overlooking Porto and the River Douro, the Vichy and Experience showers, sauna, hammam, tepidarium, panoramic indoor swimming pool and gymnasium.

Treatments available follow the Caudalie Spa treatment Menu using the renowned Caudalie products famous for their antioxidant properties extracted from the vine.

Voting will be cast by Spa guests and the public between the following dates: 17th February until the 18th March.

More information about the The Yeatman Caudalie Spa here

More information about the The World Luxury Spa Awards  here

Source: The Yeatman Hotel


Lisbon Througth Four Seasons Ritz Lisboa eyes

With its century-old tram system and dusky pink evening hues, Lisbon is a monumental city blessed with a feeling of measured serenity.

But underneath the brightly tiled exteriors of its traditional azulejos façade is a city bursting with the energy of youth, the pride of an ancient seafaring legacy and the ideas and initiative of a forward-looking generation.

Read "Lisbon Through Four Seasons Eyes" city guide in Flip Pages here and in PDF here

More about Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon:
A luxury hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. Long considered the city's finest hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon reflects the nobility and charm of historic Portugal, and offers vistas of Eduardo VII Park, St. George's Moorish castle, the Old Town and the Tagus River from atop one of Lisbon's seven hills.

Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca 88
1099-039 Lisbon, Portugal
Phone 213 811 400
- Email   
- Website

Source: Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Two Lisboa hotels rank top of Readers' Choice Awards

Hotel Ritz Four Seasons and Olissippo Lapa Palace in Lisboa feature in the ranking of the Top 100 Hotels of the World, of the Readers' Choice Awards, sponsored by Condé Nast Traveler.

In the ranking of the 15 best hotels in the Iberian Peninsula, the five-star Ritz Four Seasons ranks in first place. Olissippo Lapa Palace is another hotel in the capital to feature in this top 15.

Located in the city centre, about 15 minutes walk from the Baixa downtown district, the Ritz Four Seasons Hotel in Lisboa offers 283 spacious guestrooms, including 20 suites. All rooms feature balconies overlooking the Eduardo VII Park, São Jorge Castle and the Tagus river. The Hotel also has several public areas, a shopping arcade with natural lighting, the Varanda Restaurant famous for its cuisine and the Ritz Bar with live piano music on weekends.

Similarly Olissippo Lapa Palace, housed in a luxurious 19th century palace, is situated on the top of one of Lisboa's seven hills overlooking the Tagus River. Featuring 109 rooms, restaurants, bar and spa, the hotel is surrounded by a majestic subtropical garden.

Click here for the complete list

More information about the Ritz Four Seasons Hotel in Lisboa at

More information about 
Olissippo Lapa Palace at

Source: Lisboa Inside


Enjoy a short break at Porto and Northern Portugal

There are thousand charms and corners that are worth discovering in Porto, capital of the North.

Porto is one of the oldest cities of the country, and, as such, its path is sinuous and picturesque. It is a unique experience to stroll through its streets and feel the pulse of the city.

Enjoy a short break at Porto and Northern Portugal from ARPT Porto & Norte on Vimeo.

Learn more about at


Wine Enthusiast Magazine suggests Douro Valley, Portugal as a Wine Travel Destination for 2013

Many publications are recommending Portugal as a place to visit during 2013.  This time Roger Voss from Wine Enthusiast Magazine suggests Douro Valley, Portugal as a Wine Travel Destination for 2013

According to this magazine "You will fall in love with the Douro. Northern Portugal’s claim as the most beautiful wine region in the world is supported by the grandeur of its landscape and wines. Hewn from schist mountainsides like unpolished granite, the steep-terraced vineyards rise above the majestic Douro River’s ribbon of water far below.

For centuries, its remoteness—the journey on twisting, cobbled roads—made it hard to reach. Today, it’s easy. Even so, this is a place where neighborhood dogs sleep in the village streets and the annual cycle of the vines seems timeless. Sit on a terrace in the evening, a glass of white Port and tonic in hand, and listen to the distant, mournful hoot of the evening river train. The land is calm, and calming."

Read the full article here:

Madeira Island on the EasyJet Traveller Magazine

If you come to Madeira and flight with EasyJet you can find a fantastic article (6 pages) about Canyoning on Madeira  in the  January issue of the Traveller Magazine.

Ckeck here the article ( Page 60-66)

Source: Associação de Promoção da Madeira


Vila Joya Restaurant at the Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

The Vila Joya Restaurant is at the Tivoli Palácio de Seteais allowing guests to enjoy a truly unique wining and dining experience.

From 13 December 2012 to 14 February 2013, guests can try an exclusive menu consisting of 3 courses at lunch and 6 courses at dinner, prepared by Chef Dieter Koschina and his team.

The Vila Joya restaurant at the Tivoli Palácio de Seteais will be operating in the D. João VI and can cater for up to 20 diners.

With this partnership, the Tivoli Palácio de Seteais can offer a wider range of experiences to guests to include luxury dining in the privileged atmosphere of Seteais Palace. For two months, the hotel restaurant – The Seteais – will be operating as usual, but complemented by the extraordinary cuisine of the Vila Joya.

For guests wishing to enjoy an unparalleled wining and dining experience at Christmas and New Year, there will be special Vila Joya Christmas and New Year menus, in addition to the Seteais menus.

Atlantic lobster with cauliflower and Imperial Caviar, Textures of Mieral Pigeon and Gillardeau Oysters with Celery and Herb Ravioli are just 3 examples of the different dishes which will be served at the Vila Joya restaurant. The menus will change every 3 weeks.

To take a look the menu being served until 30 December see here:
3 Course menu
- 6 Course menu

Vila Joya in Seteais opening times and prices:From Thursday to SundayLunch: Start from 13.00 to 14.00Dinner: Start from 19.30 to 21.00Prices (drinks not included): Lunch – 3 courses for €95Dinner– 6 courses for €165 2 Wine menu options

Restaurant seating: Seats 20
Reservation required.

About Vila JoyaThe Vila Joya Restaurant, offering two star Michelin excellence since 1999, allows guests to enjoy a unique dining experience in a stylish and exclusive atmosphere. The best in local produce and ingredients from the markets of the Algarve, the freshest sea food and fish from the Atlantic and Mediterranean along with the classic ingredients of French haute cuisine are used in the dishes designed by Chef Dieter Koschina, who has been restaurant's Executive Chef since 1991.

Information and Reservations:
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
Rua Barbosa du Bocage, 10
2710-517 Sintra
T: +351 219 233 200

Source: Tivoli Palácio de Seteais and Vila Joya