Until the 30th of July don´t miss the Cosmos Discovery World Exhibition in Lisbon

Portugal is the first country to host the world tour of Cosmos Discovery, the fabulous exhibition about the discovery of space. It includes more than 200 original artefacts from the US and USSR space missions and from space agencies around the world.

The collection, which already has an itinerary scheduled for several countries in the next 5 years, has landed in Portugal in Terreiro das Missas, near the Belém Estação Fluvial and opened to the public on the last 14th of April. It is a World Crew Events production, the same people who brought Real Bodies to the Cordoaria Nacional in 2015/2016.

The Cosmos Discovery exhibition will be divided into galleries that allow visitors to relive the real stories of the heroes who crossed the frontier to outer space.  There are hundreds of items that chart the development of manned space flights, from the very earliest to current missions, and even to those planned for the near future. Between realistic models of rockets and capsules, step-by-step models of space stations and authentic, unique documents.

Opening Times:
Every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The interior of the exhibition remains open until 9.30 pm for the last visitors.

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Sines Tall Ships Festival 2017: Between the 28th of April to the 1st of May

Between 28 April and 1 May, Sines, the birthplace of Vasco da Gama, will welcome the 21st century navigators who are participating in the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. 

Don't miss this festival!

This Tall Ships Regatta is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, and represents the adventure of a lifetime, covering 7,000 nautical miles crossing the Atlantic and visiting seven countries. The race starts in the United Kingdom and calls by France, Portugal (Sines), Spain, Bermuda and the United States, before finishing in Canada.

Located in a strategic point on the coast of Alentejo region, Sines has always been linked to the sea routes and will receive the regatta with four days of activities that include visits to the boats, parades by the crews, concerts, fireworks and many other events in a free entrance enclosure. 

The RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta in Sines will be a festival on land and at sea, in the presence of dozens of sailing boats from around the world. 

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Madeira Flower Festival 2017: From the 4th to the 21st of May

In Madeira, springtime is honored like a queen, being crowned with the Flower Festival, held every year after Easter. 

In celebrating springtime and the exuberance of the flowers that typically bloom in that season, and here with even greater intensity due to Madeira’s subtropical climate, Funchal is the setting for a truly sumptuous spectacle, the city’s Flower Festival. 

The festivities begin on the Saturday, when thousands of children dressed in the appropriate fashion flock to the Praça do Município to take part in the building of a mural of flowers - the Wall of Hope

The next day, dozens of floats decorated with a myriad of the island’s most typical flowers leave the scent of gentle but ephemeral perfumes in the air - it is time for the Flower Parade. At the same time, to mark the occasion, Madeiran artists devote their time to building unforgettable floral carpets, strategically exhibited in the streets at different points, whilst competitions are also organised to find the best decorated shop windows. 

Come and experience the springtime here too! 

Find more information at:
Programme Flower Festival in Madeira 


April 2017 "Follow Me": Lisbon monthly tourist Guide for visitors

Before you visit Lisbon, check "Follow me Lisboa" and discover what´s happening in the Lisboa region during the month of April.

Follow Me Lisboa is a monthly tourist Guide for visitors.

A bilingual publication in Spanish and English, it is a pocket-sized publication containing the main cultural and other events to interest to the tourist and a complete itinerary to museums, monuments, parks, gardens, hotels and restaurants.

Find more about Lisboa region at:
- Brochure "Lisbon City Breaks"
- Brochure Lisbon: " A whole world to explore"

Holy Week in Óbidos 2017

©Semana Santa Óbidos 2017
Recalling the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, Holy Week in Óbidos is considered one of the most impressive religious manifestations in the western region and attracts many people to this town united by devotion and culture.The festivities begin with the centuries-old Procession of the Third Order of St. Francis which takes place at the beginning of Lent and involves many litters exuberantly decorated with flowers. On Palm Sunday, the procession of Senhor dos Passos (Our Lord of the Stations) parades through the streets, outside and inside the walls of Óbidos, culminating in the Church of the Misericódia, alongside which a Calvary represents the hill on which Jesus was crucified.

The highlight of the ceremonies takes place on Good Friday with the poignant Funeral Procession of the Lord where the lighting is exclusively provided by a few torches placed at strategic points along the way. The ceremonies end on Easter Sunday with a Eucharistic Procession in which the various parishes and their hamlets are represented.

Download the program here.

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International Day for Monuments and Sites: 18th of April 2017

The 18th of April will see the celebration of another International Day for Monuments and Sites promoted by ICOMOS.

This year the theme is “Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism”, which has inspired a diverse programme of activities involving historic monuments and sites around the country. Aimed at very different audiences - children, young people, adults, people with special needs, families and groups - visitors will be able to enjoy attractive and unusual experiences that will include artistic performances, street entertainment, historical recreations, workshops, thematic visits, visits to places that are usually closed, inauguration of exhibitions and conferences.

The programme can be found here.

This initiative, which has been taking place since 1982, is designed to make citizens aware of the diversity and vulnerability of the heritage, and draw their attention to its protection and appreciation.

The choice of the theme for 2017 is part of the "International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development" defined by the United Nations, recognizing the great potential of the tourism industry in local development. In an age of globalisation, profound social change and paradigm shifts, heritage and cultural diversity are key to tourism, in that they value cultural differences and increase knowledge about and respect for communities.

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Celebrate the Easter in the Algarve: Season of Folares, almonds and processions

Folar da Páscoa ©Turismo do Algarve
On Easter Sunday, people eat lamb, beans flavoured with mint, and homemade sausages, followed by folar (traditional Easter bread) and almonds.  
Philharmonic music bands accompany the religious processions, and balconies and windows are decorated with colourful quilts.
The Good Friday procession, commemorating the burial of Jesus, takes place at night, and on Easter Sunday, there is the Procession to the Risen Christ.  
In the Algarve, the most important Easter processions are the Mãe Soberana (Sovereign Mother) celebration in Loulé and the Festa das Tochas Floridas, (Flower Torch Festival) in São Brás de Alportel.
In Loulé, the Easter Sunday celebrations start with Festa Pequena (Small Feast) in which the statue of the Pieta on its litter is brought down from the Hermitage of Our Lady of the Pieta, to the Church of St Francis, where it stays for two weeks.  
The Festa Grande (Big Feast) culminates with the procession of the Pieta back up the steep slope to the Hermitage with the statue borne on the shoulders of men running up the slope.
In São Brás de Alportel, on Easter Sunday, men holding torches decorated with branches of lavender, rosemary, and country flowers form lines in a procession marking the Resurrection of Christ in a celebration linking the religious and the secular.

Braga: Holy Week Festivals 2017

Experience Holy Week in the ancient city of Braga, in the region Porto and the North. 

The city is decorated with motifs related to the occasion and the passos, street-side altars, are filled with flowers and lights, complementing the sumptuousness of the churches.

In Porto and the North of Portugal, in accordance with tradition, the Easter celebration of the Resurrection marks the end of Lent and a return to traditional gastronomy - such as oven-roasted kid, sponge cake, almonds and port wine.

To ensure you don't miss any of the events, here is the full agenda for Holy Week in Braga:

  • April      8 - Transfer of the Statue of “Senhor dos Passos” (Our Lord of the Stations of the Cross)
  • April       9 - Procession of the Stations of the Cross
  • April     12 - Procession of the Virgin of the “donkey”
  • April     13 - Ecce Homo procession
  • April     14 - Procession of the Burial of the Lord
  • April     15 - Easter vigil and Procession of the Resurrection
  • April     16 - Easter Sunday Solemn Mass and Easter visit
To download the Brochure click here.

More information about the Holy Week in Braga here: Week Festivals in Braga

Algarve Events Guide for April 2017

Going to the Algarve during the month of April? 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 Map
- Program "365 Algarve