Don´t miss the Baja Portalegre 500 between 22-24 October 2015

Cross-country racing fans should check out the Baja Portalegre 500, to be held on the roads of the Alentejo region in October.

Over a period of almost 20 years, competitive racing tracks in the Alentejo region have hosted the Iberian peninsular’s most traditional cross-country racing competition – the Baja Portalegre, integrated within the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. This competition is organised in three categories - automobile, motor bike and quad - and its quality and competitiveness is confirmed by the annual presence of leading international pilots.

The Baja Portalegre 500 is organised by the Portuguese Automobile Association (ACP) and contributes to various competitions such as the Vodafone National Cross-Country competition, the Spanish Cross-Country Championship, the II Nissan Challenge (Spain), the Tomaz Mello Breyner Trophy and the RTP Cross-Country Trophy.

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Playing Golf in Portugal

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Anyone playing golf in Portugal will have the experience imprinted on their memory, and they’ll be sure to want to return. Why? Excellent courses in dazzling scenery, a mild climate all year round and the hospitality and friendliness of qualified pros.

There are around eighty golf courses, with different layouts and levels of difficulty. But the greatest challenge is to resist the beauty and light of the surrounding landscape and remain focused. There are ocean-facing greens, flanked by cliffs and white sand dunes; and others framed by lakes and mountains, where the fragrances of flowers and herbs blend in a blur of sensations.

Many have been designed by famous architects, such as Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore and Arnold Palmer, and they all share environmental quality and harmoniously blend into the landscape.

The Algarve and Lisbon coasts are well-known destinations amongst more experienced players and have been awarded a number of international prizes. They host some of the major events on the professional circuits, a case in point being Madeira with its mountain courses. There’s also golf to be played in the countryside in the Azores, but it was in Porto and the North that it all started, since the oldest golf course in mainland Europe is in Espinho.

Whether matches are relaxed or hard-fought, they always end up in the Club House or the restaurant… for a “sport” in which the Portuguese excel: socialising.

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Portugal Masters returns to the Algarve: 15-18 October 2015

Between the 15th to the 18th of October 2015, the world’s greatest golfers will travel to Vilamoura, Algarve, to take part in Portugal Masters. 

Considered to be one of the leading golf events, the Portugal Masters will take place in the Victoria Golf Club, on a course designed by the mythical player, Arnold Palmer, that alternates well-positioned bunkers with lakes and waterfalls, in a continuous challenge for players.

With a guaranteed presence in the PGA’s European Circuit, Portugal Masters is sure to consolidate Portugal’s position as Europe’s finest golf destination. 

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Madeira: Museum of Contemporary Art has a new home in Calheta

The museological and artistic collection of the Madeiran Museum of Contemporary Art, on display at the São Tiago Fort, will be located permanentlly to the modern building of the Casa das Mudas Cultural Centre, in the municipality of Calheta, from October 8, and will be designated as - MUDAS - Madeiran Museum of Contemporary Art.

This project aims to enhance the promotion of the contemporary art collection of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, totalling 490 pieces spanning from the 60s to the present day.

This artistic collection depicts the works of several notorious national and regional artists some of which were born in Madeira, such as : Lourdes Castro, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Fernando Calhau, António Palolo, Rui Sanches, João Queiroz, Michael Biberstein, Patrícia Garrido, Martha Telles, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Ana Vidigal, Gäetan, Eduardo Batarda, Daniel Blaufuks, Bárbara Assis Pacheco, Miguel Branco, Pedro Calapez, Pedro Casqueiro, Rui Chafes, Pedro Portugal, José Pedro Croft, Ilda David, Jorge Molder, José Loureiro, Álvaro Lapa, Ana Hatherly, João Vilhena, amongst others.

The international award-winning building of the Casa das Mudas Arts Centre is a project by Madeiran architect Paulo David, inaugurated in October 2004, it is located on the site of the old Casa das Mudas manor house, which dates back to the XVI century.

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Lisbon elected Best European Golf Destination by IAGTO

Lisboa is the best European destination for golfing. The distinction was awarded to the brand Lisboa Golf Coast by IAGTO (International Golf Tour Operators Association), a body that brings together 2400 members and more than six hundred tour operators in the industry. The prize was voted by several specialists in the sector.

The current Golf offer in the Lisboa Region includes more than two dozen golf courses and the Strategic Plan for Tourism in the Lisboa Region provides for the development of joint events and a "pass" for use in different golf courses. 

The practice of this sport can also be combined with other experiences associated with the region’s diverse tourism offer.

The golf courses of the Lisboa Region are situated in magnificent natural surroundings and benefit from a mild temperate climate that allows the practice of this sport throughout the year.

The award was presented on last October 8 2015 in Tenerife,  at the 18th IGTM (International Golf Travel Market). 

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Playing golf near Lisbon

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Transavia France announces new route to Faro for summer 2016

Transavia France announces new route between Faro and Nantes for summer 2016.
According to the airlinethe Nantes-Faro route is already available for bookings and for travel from April 2016. The new route will begin with two flights a week on Monday and Friday. 
The Nantes-Faro answers the demand from online tour operators and  customers waiting direct flights  and avoid going through Paris which is a waste of time, especially on weekends destinations. 
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Source: Faro Airport


Eurowings and Niki announce new route from Faro for Summer 2016

Niki (Austrian low-cost airline and a subsidiary of Air Berlin) and Eurowings (Germanwings rebrand) will begin the new route between Faro and the Austrian capital Viena for Summer 2016. 

Niki has announced plans to launch the weekly Vienna-Faro service on 19-Mar-2016. The service will operate every Saturday, increasing to twice weekly with a Wednesday service from 04-May-2016. Niki is an Austrian low-cost airline and a subsidiary of Airberlin, with its main bases is Vienna Airport.

Germanwings now Eurowings is expanding its operations from its Vienna base for summer season 2016, and will begin operating an Airbus A320 aircraft from the 25th of March 2016 on this route. The service from Faro will be once a week on Saturdays with the following schedule:

EW5938               VIE         13:00 – 15:30    FAO
EW5939               FAO       16:10 – 20:40     VIE
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Don´t miss the ObservaNatura 2015 between 10th and 11th of October

Learn more about birds and their habitats at ObservaNatura, that takes place in October at Moinho de Maré da Mourisca near Sado River estuary.

This fair is held since 2009 and it is currently the only fair in Portugal dedicated to Ornithology Tourism, a subgroup of nature tourism focusing on birdwatching, either directly or using binoculars or telescopes. The extensive programme for the "ObservaNatura" fair includes workshops, mini-courses, guided birdwatching tours through the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve on foot and by boat, and bird banding sessions. Herons, spoonbills and flamingos are just some of the species which can be observed at this time of year.

The fair has free entry, and is organised by the Institute for the Preservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF)/Sado Estuary Nature Reserve and Tróia-Natura, with many partners, including the Portuguese Tourist Board, Setúbal City Coucil, the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds, the Setúbal Bay Association and Birds & Nature.

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