Beaches of Tróia: Long sandy beaches, open sea and leaping dolphins

It’s not by chance that these beaches are now considered very fashionable. They are beautiful expanses of sand, close to Lisbon, with restaurants serving excellent food. They are summer haunts where rest and relaxation are the order of the day.

The beaches of Tróia are kilometre after kilometre of white sand gently lapped by the sea. Along the coastal road, or on the dunes, all the way between the beaches of Comporta and Pego, it’s easy to find a pleasant restaurant in which to enjoy a meal of tasty fresh fish.

And you only have to travel a few kilometres to change the scenery. At Praia da Galé, for instance, the line of dunes is interrupted, giving way to a five million-year-old cliff that stretches all the way to Melides.

If you enjoy playing volleyball, football or rugby, you’ll find the goalposts and nets already set up for you on the beach of Tróia-Mar, close to the ferry that connects the Tróia peninsula to the city of Setúbal. It’s well worth taking the short ride across this narrow gateway between the mouth of the Sado estuary and the Atlantic Ocean. You may even be lucky enough to see some friendly dolphins swimming beside your boat.

Further inland are the cork and holm oak groves, pinewoods, and the undulating carpet of rice paddies that form part of the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve, where families of birds come to build their nests and spend the winter.

In September, don´t miss the SATA Airlines Azores Islands Pro in São Miguel Island

From the 6th to the 11th of September 2016, 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.

Find more information at: Islands Pro

Caramulo Motorfestival: 2 - 4 of September 2016

This September, journey back several decades and watch a Festival which brings classic and sports vehicles to the roads around Caramulo.

Caramulo Motorfestival 2016 from Museu do Caramulo on Vimeo.

Dedicated to classic and sports cars and motorbikes, the Caramulo Motor Festival combines competition with leisure in an ideal event for all visitors – whether or not motor sports fans.

In addition to the Caramulo Ramp - which counts towards the National Mountain Championship /Caterham Trophy - this Festival incorporate other events such as the Luso-Caramulo Historic Rally, the Viseu-Caramulo Historic Ride and concentrations of classic vehicles offering processions of collector items. In order to see the vehicles in detail, it is also possible to visit the Automobilia trade fair in the Multiuse Pavilion or the collection of cars, motorbikes, velocipedes and miniatures in the Caramulo Museum - one of the Festival organisers.

Take advantage of this opportunity and enjoy the spectacular landscapes of the Serra do Caramulo - one of the best locations in Portugal for practising outdoor activities, such as mountain climbing, rappel, slide or BTT cycling. 

Find more information at: Motorfestival

Algarve Events Guide for September 2016

Going to the Algarve during the month of September? So discover here what’s happening in the Algarve region.

The Algarve is known for its beaches, natural landscapes, bars and golf courses. And for its restaurants, hotels, monuments, and of course, for entertainment.

The offer of entertainment destination is diversified and includes events of public and private partners that invite you to enjoy emotions and traditions, sounds and regional flavors, that the Algarve Tourism organizes in this guide leaflet.

Find more information about the Algarve at:
Algarve Region
- Brochure "
Algarve, Europe's most famous secret"
Algarve Map 

Don´t miss the Madeira Wine Festival: From the 28th of August to the 11th of September 2016

The Madeira Wine Festival is one of the island´s main tourist attractions that pays tribute to this precious nectar and its undeniable socioeconomic significance. 

Taking place during the grape harvest in late August, early September, the Madeira Wine Harvest Festival is always the perfect excuse to visit Madeira

In Funchal, the allegorical light, sound and music shows are the high points of the celebrations that take place at other points on the island. 

For a start, in the Estreito de Câmara de Lobos parish, 12 km from Funchal, the live wine harvests are an excellent opportunity to take part in one of the oldest local traditions, whether picking grapes or following the grape harvester groups.


New Series of World Heritage Guide Books by Turismo de Portugal

As part of the initiative by Turismo de Portugal (Portuguese Tourist Board) to promote itineraries that visit monuments and sites classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, the third series of " World Heritage Guide Books” has been released. This time, the focus is on Lisbon, Sintra, Évora and Elvas.

This series comprises three guides, one about Lisbon, one about Sintra and one about Évora and Elvas. The guides suggest different themed itineraries in each of the four World Heritage sites. In Lisbon, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower are city's foremost sites; in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, the intention is to demonstrate the perfect harmony achieved between built and natural heritage; in Évora, the visit takes in the city centre; and in Elvas, visitors learn about the history of a city-barracks on the border between Portugal and Spain.

The guides are available in Portuguese, French and English, and can be purchased in book shops, at the classified monuments and online from the publisher, Porto Editora.They are also available as a free app for iOS and Android, made available by JiTTravel.  The first itinerary, featuring Sintra, can already be downloaded and those relating to the other sites will be made available progressively over the coming weeks.

The first two series of the "World Heritage Guide Books" were dedicated to "The Heart of Portugal", featuring the Monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça, and the Convent of Christ in Tomar (first series); and the "North of Portugal", suggesting visits to the Historical Centres of Guimarães and Porto, the Cultural Landscape of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro wine region, and the Site of the Prehistoric Cave Paintings in Vale do Côa (second series).

You can see the brochures for the guide books in the section "Looking for...?" / "Brochures, Maps and Videos" on the Visitportugal website.