Portugal nominations for the World Travel Awards 2017

Portugal has been nominated once again for world travel awards in several categories. The WTA are considered the "Oscars" from the tourism industry and Portugal has over the past few years won for multiples times. 

The winners will be announced on the night of the World Travel Awards™ Grand Final ceremony that will take place in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, in the 10th of December 2017.

The website has been once again nominated for the category of World's Leading Tourism Authority Website 2017 in the Awards of Travel Technology 

The Portuguese world nominees for 2017 are:

Turismo de Portugal
Madeira Islands




Porto de Lisboa

Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua

World's Leading Sports Academy 2017

Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort

World's Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2017

Pestana Porto Santo All Inclusive
World's Leading Beach Resort 2017                                                                    
Hotel Quinta do Lago, Portugal

Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort

World's Leading Boutique All Suite Hotel 2017   

Vila Joya
World's Leading Boutique Hotel 2017

Vila Joya

World's Leading Business Hotel 2017

Myriad by SANA Hotels
World's Leading Design Hotel 2017                                                                   
Altis Belém Hotel & Spa

The Vine Hotel

World's Leading Family Resort 2017
Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort

World's Leading Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant 2017
Vila Joya Hotel Restaurant

World's Leading Green Hotel 2017

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

World's Leading Hotel Residences 2017
Pine Cliffs Residence, Albufeira

World's Leading Hotel Suite 2017

Roof Garden Suite @ Conrad Algarve
World's Leading Landmark Hotel 2017

Bairro Alto Hotel
World's Leading Lifestyle Resort 2017                                                                      
Conrad Algarve

EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel

World's Leading Luxury Beach Resort 2017

 Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort
World's Leading Luxury Business Hotel 2017

Pestana Palace Lisbon
World's Leading Luxury Family Resort 2017

Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort
World's Leading Luxury Hotel 2017
Conrad Algarve

World's Leading Luxury Leisure Resort 2017

Conrad Algarve, Portugal

Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort
World's Leading Luxury Resort 2017
Conrad Algarve, Portugal

Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort
World's Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel 2017

Ria Park Hotel
World's Leading MICE Hotel 2017
EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel

World's Leading Resort 2017
Conrad Algarve

World's Leading Sports Resort 2017
Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort

World's Leading Villa Resort 2017
Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

World's Most Romantic Resort 2017
Monte Santo Resort

Vila Vita Parc

For the Europe event of the WTA, Portugal has 127 nominations. Below are some of the highlights, but you can check the full list here.  


Turismo de Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal                                                                     
Porto, Portugal

The Algarve, Portugal

Ribeira do Porto, Portugal

Azores IslandsMadeira Islands 

About WTA:
World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

World Travel Awards™ celebrates its 24th anniversary year in 2017. Its annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the global industry. Each year World Travel Awards™ covers the globe with its Grand Tour – a series of regional gala ceremonies to recognize excellence within each continent, culminating in a Grand Final at the end of the year.

In 2017, World Travel Awards™ Grand Tour features regional gala ceremonies in the Asia & Australasia (Shanghai, China), Europe (30 September in St. Petersburg, Russia), Middle East (Dubai), Africa & the Indian Ocean (Rwanda), North America & the Caribbean (Turks & Caicos) and Latin America (Riviera Maya, Mexico). Regional winners then compete head to head in in the corresponding world categories. The winners will be announced on the World Travel Awards™ Grand Final ceremony that will take place in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, in the 10th of December 2017.

Source: WTA

Don´t miss the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura, Algarve: 21-24 September 2017

In September, 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.

Find more information about at: Masters


New video "From Farm to Table" with Food and Wine Itineraries in the Alentejo and Ribatejo regions

For travelers who enjoy organizing their own holidays, the Alentejo and Ribatejo Tourism Board have developed a series of food and wine itineraries in the region, where local producers have decided to open their doors to visitors.

“From Farm to Table” is organised into six major itineraries, divided into 17 routes in the Alentejo and three in the Ribatejo, that showcase regional products and identify and locate the producers and companies that can be visited.

For each route, there is a map and a series of suggestions for visits and activities, such as taking part in the olive harvest, learning to make wine, discovering the growing cycle of rice, or even becoming a home producer of mushrooms. Using this information, tours can be worked out geographically, or in relation to visitors’ interests, the time available, the time of the year and the availability of the producers.

The guide is useful both for people visiting the region and for professionals who would like to enrich their programmes with the flavors of the land and with direct contact with producers.

More information at:

Source: Alentejo and Ribatejo Tourism Board

New Guide TransAlentejo: Walking Trails Alqueva

The TransAlentejo Guide is the organization of a set of eleven walking trails structured in the area of influence of the Alqueva Lake and Guadiana River, in areas of special protection in terms of the by-laws of nature conservation.

The trails presented here were chosen from among the several ones that each represented county has on its territory, each of which have been duly recognized and undergone an exhaustive survey of the main points of interest.

With this guide, a new territory in Alentejo in opened to the organized practice of Hiking in a coherent manner and with a common reason: the Alqueva Lake, its tributaries and the Guadiana River after the dam that gives its name to the lake. From Serra d’ossa, where the Ribeira de Lucefécit (stream) rises, to the Tapada Grande in the São Domingos Mine, you can find a common reason in the coastal scenarios that, in recent years, have shaped the landscape in this region.

 You can use this guide for your personal leisure, whether hiking alone, or with your family or friends, through the different paths that are properly studied, mapped and signposted. 
For professional use or for tourist nature hiking organizations, this guide is the starting point to a territory that has a lot to offer in terms of group programs, whereby you should contact the Entidade Regional de Turismo Alentejo/Ribatejo (Alentejo/Ribatejo Regional Tourist Entity), the Associação Heranças do Alentejo (Heritage of Alentejo Association) or the Serviços de Turismo Municipal (Municipal Tourist Office).

Download the guide in English here and in Portuguese here

Source: Turismo do Alentejo


Superbike World Championship:15-17 September in Portimão International Circuit

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 
International Circuit.

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 and the United States. 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.

Find more information at:


Azores Airlines Pro 2017: Sep 05 -11

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.

Find more information at:


Algarve Events Guide for September 2017

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

From September 14th to 16th, don´t miss the Columbus Festival in Porto Santo Island

In September, in an atmosphere evoking the period of the Portuguese Maritime Discoveries, the island of Porto Santo puts on a whole range of concerts and performances linked to music and theatre. 

Vila Baleira devotes a week to the navigator Christopher Columbus, who passed through this island and spent several years of his life living here. Columbus came into contact with Madeira in 1478, when the inhabitants of Funchal were devoting their energies to the sugar trade. Columbus lived in this archipelago after marrying the daughter of the captain of Porto Santo. His son Diogo was born here.

This festival is designed to remind people of Columbus’ time in the Madeira Archipelago, during the course of his voyages to the American continent, as well as the whole epic story of the period of the Discoveries.

Music, exhibitions, street entertainment and a historical parade recreate the medieval atmosphere of Columbus’ disembarkation with his companions on the town’s quay. The festivities serve to make this week a truly "historic" one. 

Find more about at: Festival


From 12-17 of September 2017, don´t miss the Sintra Portugal Pro

Come and appreciate the great skill and expertise of the world’s top bodyboarders, who, in September, will be taking part in the Sintra Portugal Pro at Praia Grande.

Organised under the auspices of the International Bodyboarding Association (IBA), the Sintra Portugal Pro tournament consists of both men’s and women’s events and is the only stage in the World Bodyboarding Championship to be held in Europe.

Contained within the boundaries of the protected area of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, Praia Grande is considered a major international bodyboarding event because of the quality of its waves, which allow competitors to perform some truly spectacular manoeuvres.

Find more about at:

ObservaNatura: 15-17 September 2017

Learn more about birds and their habitats at ObservaNatura, that takes place in September 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.

Find more about at:

Finnair returns to Lisbon in 2018

Yesterday (30 AUG 17) Finnair announced that Lisbon will once again join Finnair’s destinations network with non-stop flights for summer 2018 season. 

As of June 1, Finnair will fly four weekly flights to Lisbon, Portugal. The flights, offering convenient connections for customers traveling to and from Asia, will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with a newly WiFi-equipped Airbus aircraft

This his route was last served in October 2011.

Helsinki – Lisbon eff 01JUN18 4 weekly. 
AY1739 HEL1820 – 2110LIS 319 x246
AY1740 LIS0735 – 1415HEL 319 x357

Find more information at:

Source: Finnair


On the 3rd of September, don´t miss in Cascais the IRONMAN 70.3

On the 3rd of September, IRONMAN 70.3 will take place in Cascais, along the Atlantic coast. Don’t miss it!

This competition, which includes swimming, cycling and running, is part of the world's largest triathlon organization and offers 50 qualifying slots for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship 2018.

In Portugal, the event takes place in the area of Cascais, a lively and cosmopolitan village by the sea, and starts with one loop swim in front of the fortress.

The 90 km loop cycle course takes off in Cascais and along the Avenida Marginal (coastline road) until Algés, passing through Oeiras with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. The return route is made along another road overlooking the Serra de Sintra, reaching  Cascais via the Guincho road.

The race ends with a two loop run course along the 3 km (Paredão) promenade next to the Cascais, Estoril and São Pedro beaches.

Find more information at:


On 2-3 September the Red Bull Air Race is back to Porto

©Red Bull Air Race
Porto has hosted the Red Bull Air Race from 2007 through to 2009 and now is back again to the Red Bull Air Race World Championship calendar for 2017, taking place on the 2-3 September.

If you like competitions that test pilots' aeronautics skills don't miss the Red Bull Air Race world circuit over the River Douro. This competition consists of a slalom race - where the world's most skillful pilots manoeuvre around obstacles in flights that almost touch the ground and trace tight circles. In addition to great speed, this competition also requires minute precision and dexterity, since the smallest error can jeopardize the performance.

For those who want to follow the action closely, it's time to know the official weekend program - starting with an exciting autograph session with the pilots, late Friday afternoon (September 1st). After the doors of the airport of the Red Bull Air Race are open (situated in the Queimódromo of Porto) the fans will have the possibility to see very close the pilots, the airplanes and the teams.

On Saturday (September 2nd) the Qualifying takes place, and on Sunday, the various laps of the competition. In between, there will be many remarkable moments related to aviation and the art of flying, with the presence in the track of aerobatic squadrons, paragliding and skydiving athletes and a real parade of historical machines. 

The public can follow all the action on the banks of Porto and Gaia, in vast areas of free access where giant screens will also be put up. There are also a limited number of hospitality tickets available, if you are interested please check here.

Those who do not have the opportunity to be there, can follow the event through the broadcast on the website and on the Portuguese TV channel SIC.

Find more information about the race and the complete schedule at:

Source: Red Bull Air Race and VisitPorto.