The Algarve scoops 9 Travel Awards.

The Algarve has received a total of nine awards at the European World Travel Awards, the Oscars of Tourism, which took place last 2nd of August, in Greece.

Five of the awards within European categories we're awarded to hotels of the Algarve, the other four awards presented within the national category. 

List of hotels in the Algarve awarded in 2014:

WorldTravel Awards – Europe

 World Travel Awards – Portugal
To Desidério Silva, President of the Algarve Tourism Board, these results are a "recognition of the quality of hotels in the Algarve in Europe and the result of the work done in qualifying the destination by entrepreneurs, municipalities and regional authorities ".

The results based on an online poll conducted by people all over the world and thousands of professionals in the travel and tourism industry.

The global winners of the World Travel Awards will be announced in November at the final gala to be held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh.

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Source: Algarve Tourism

A short break in Portugal

How about some days of sun? Accept this invitation and come and relax with us.

A romantic weekend, a few days spent in the company of your family, or just a short relaxing break, all of these holidays are possible i
n Portugal.
Come and visit us and get to know a country that is full of fun, putting on great events every year, all of them specially prepared for the enjoyment of its visitors.

We’re waiting for you!

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Madeira Elected Europe´s Leading Island Destination for 2014

For the second year in a row, Madeira Islands were elected by the "World Travel Awards” organization as Europe's Leading Island Destination for 2014.
Madeira competed in this category alongside with tourist destinations such as the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Sardinia, Malta and Cyprus.

The World Travel Awards takes place annually and recognises, awards and celebrates excellence in all sectors of the tourism industry worldwide.
Votes followed an evaluation undertaken mostly by tourism professionals and travel agents located in over 200 countries worldwide. 
Madeira Hotels should also be congratulated for winning 3 awards: Choupana Hills - Boutique Resort, The Vine - Design Hotel e Pestana Porto Santo - all inclusive Resort.

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Source: Turismo da Madeira / Madeira Tourism


Historic villages of Portugal

Historic villages of granite and schist preserve memories of ancient conquests and traditions and are remarkable for their landscapes, their heritage and for the friendliness of the people who live there. 

Perched on the top of mountains, they can be spotted from afar by the tall towers of their mediaeval castles. That is why they were strategically aligned along the border. The kings and lords of the land knew this would mean they could sleep more restfully. But they were sometimes mistaken. Moors and Christians, Spaniards and Portuguese, all tried to take them for themselves and so each has a very ancient history or a tale to tell. Today they are peaceful and preserve in the street cobbles and the stone of the houses the real Portugal: the authenticity of its people and a proud 900-year long history.

There are twelve in total, and to discover them, we suggest a route that starts in the only place where there is no castle to visit - Piódão. The village sits on a slope hidden in the wilds of the Serra do Açor, and maybe this was why it was not necessary to fortify it. The visit involves a long walk because there is no other way to pass through these narrow streets that wind between the houses of schist.

In Linhares da Beira, in Serra da Estrela, the highlight is the castle built on a plateau, providing a lookout point over the horizon. But you must also see the Romanesque parish church, which still has some panels attributed to Grão Vasco, an important 16th century painter. The historic centre of Trancoso is surrounded by mediaeval walls and has a Jewish quarter where Hebrew symbols can be seen engraved on the stones of the houses.

Marialva was an important military post in the Middle Ages, and Castelo Rodrigo preserves the ruins of another fortress with the marks of a history of struggles and betrayals. Seen from the air, the walls of Almeida form a twelve-pointed star that you can cross from one end to another. This solid defensive structure was built in the 17th century transforming a mediaeval village into a stronghold. In Castelo Mendo, another fortified village, figures can be found representing the mayor who gave his name to the village, and his wife, carved in the stone of two houses.

Belmonte, austere in its granite architecture, was the birthplace of the navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral, who discovered Brazil in 1500, and welcomed Jews expelled from Castile in the 15th and 16th centuries, and there is still an active community that attends the synagogue. At 760m above sea level, Sortelha sits on a rocky escarpment that forms a ring surrounding the village. The view from the castle tower is breathtaking.

In Castelo Novo, which has some fine examples of manor houses, the Town Hall, and Jail and the Baroque style D. Joao V Fountain are notable. In Idanha-a-Velha you can see the ruins of the ancient Egitânia and the Visigoth cathedral. Right next door is Monsanto, which has been called the "most Portuguese village in Portugal", an award that is commemorated by the silver rooster on top of the Lucano Tower. This is the last village on this tour and here it is normal to wonder if the house is born from the rock or the rock arises out of the house, so perfect is its integration into the landscape.

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Portugal wins 16 awards in the World Travel Awards 2014 for Europe

After winning nine awards in 2013, Portugal scooped 16 awards at the "World Travel Awards for Europe" ceremony that took place last 2nd August in Athens, Greece. 

From among the 44 Portuguese nominations for 2014, Portugal walked away with the following awards:

Europe's Leading Tourist Board 
Europe's Leading Island Destination
Europe's Leading Cruise Destination
Lisbon, Portugal
Europe's Leading Cruise Port
Porto de Lisboa, Portugal
Europe's Leading Airline to Africa
Europe's Leading Airline to South America
Europe's Leading All Inclusive Resort
Europe's Leading Boutique Hotel
Vila Joya, Portugal
Europe's Leading Boutique Resort
Europe's Leading Design Hotel
The Vine Hotel, Portugal
Europe's Leading Hotel Residences
Pine Cliffs Residence, Albufeira, Portugal
Europe's Leading Landmark Hotel
Europe's Leading Luxury Resort              
Conrad Algarve, Portugal
Europe's Leading River Cruise Company
Europe's Leading Villa Resort
Europe's Most Romantic Resort              
Vila Vita Parc, Portugal

Celebrating this year its 21st anniversary,  the World Travel Awards are considered one of the most important awards in the tourism industry. 


From 31st of July to 10th of August, don´t miss the Medieval journey to Santa Maria da Feira

Every year in the month of August, Santa Maria da Feira once again becomes a medieval town, filled with knights in heavy armour, wielding long swords and taking part in jousting tournaments.

Over a 10-day period, the historical centre is transformed into a major medieval fair, with the presence of merchants, artisans, blacksmiths, bakers, mule-drivers and liqueur sellers.

Inside the castle, visitors may observe scenes from the daily life of the epoch and outside they may take part in the renowned festivities and savour specialty dishes from the past. In the streets, acrobats, musicians, jugglers and fire-eaters exhibit their skills, transporting visitors back in time.

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