Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit 2017: 14-23 July

The 11th edition of Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit  will be held from July 14th to 23rd in Santa Cruz beach and returns with an even greater concern for the environment.

This event includes national and international competitions in several wave sports such as Surf, Bodyboard, Kitesurf, Bodysurfing, Surfkayaking, Skimboard, Swimming in open water, Waveski, Adapted surf and Stand Up Paddle. It takes place every year since 2007, at Praia de Santa Cruz, Torres Vedras.


From 7-16 of July, don´t miss the event "Jardins Efémeros" in the city of Viseu.

This year the 7th edition of the event Jardins Efémeros – literally translated “ephemeral gardens” – will take place from July 7th to 16th in the city of Viseu, Centro de Portugal region.

It consists of a multi-disciplinary project that deeply engages local community.

For a week the city is transformed in an incredible garden , where several art expressions take place. International and national artists will perform in the event. Concerts, conferences, installations, exhibitions, debated and cool pop-up book stores.

Sound, visual arts, architecture, city interventions, cinema, workshops, flea markets, theater and dance: everything mixed for a new interpretation of the city!

The city as a  huge garden of creation !

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New UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Portugal : Castro Verde, in Alentejo Region

The Castro Verde Reserve situated in the Alentejo region, was classified today, June 14th, as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

"Located in southern Portugal, in the hinterland of the Baixo Alentejo region, this biosphere reserve covers an area of almost 57,000 ha. It encompasses the most important cereal steppe area in Portugal, one of the most threatened rural landscapes in the Mediterranean region. It has a high degree of endemism in its flora. There is a bird community of around 200 species, including steppe birds such as the great bustard and endemic species such as the Iberian Imperial eagle, one of the most endangered birds of prey in the world. The population of about 7,200 habitants lives from the extensive production of cereals and livestock rearing."

Find more information at: de Educação Ambiental de Vale Gonçalinho

Source: UNESCO


Sketch Tour Portugal - Fátima

A trip to Portugal with notebooks, pencils, graphite, Indian ink and watercolours.

Fátima is one of the most important sanctuaries of the Marian cult cherished by the Vatican. It is built on the site where Our Lady appeared to three little shepherds, Lúcia, Jacinta and Francisco, in 1917. The celebration of the Centenary, in 2017, is therefore a very special date. When you enter the sanctuary you feel an air of silence, tranquillity and great spirituality. Of the various religious occasions during the year, the 13th of May is the most important date and the Candlelight Procession on the night of the 12th is one of the most impressive ceremonies.

These particularly special moments were captured in a drawing by Kasia, from Poland, Rob Sketcherman, from China, and Eduardo Bajzek, from Brazil, accompanied by Portuguese sketcher Fernanda Lamelas. Drawing while in the midst of the thousands of pilgrims from all over the world who were in attendance at the Sanctuary was a unique experience for the sketchers, who allowed themselves to be touched by the energy and by a spirit of universal bonding.

Discover Fátima through the drawings of these four sketchers

Cascais Dragon World Championship: 9 to 17 June 2017

The Dragon World Championship is one of the most important circuits in the world of sailing regattas and this year the competition is being staged for the first time in Cascais. Don’t miss it!

This event, which is held every two years, will be contested by the finest national and international sailors of this class, who compete to lift the trophy of one of the toughest regattas in the world of sailing.

The nine days of the competition are expected to be attended by around 5000 visitors who will enjoy a star-packed event with 72 boats from various countries participating. The spotlight is on the UK team of 12 Dragons, the German team with 8 and the Australian and French contingents, each with 7 boats. In total, the Clube Naval de Cascais will host 18 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Monaco, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

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Until the 24th of June 2017, don´t miss the Atlantic Festival in Madeira Islands

In June, a sense of liveliness joins forces with tradition to transform the Madeira capital into an attractive and fun-filled venue where visitors are offered a series of unforgettable concerts and shows. 

The Atlantic Festival, which takes place throughout the month of June 
(3rd,10th,17th to 24th.), is a cultural and fun-packed event, consisting of three distinct components: the Atlantic Roots Festival, the Pyromusical Shows and various street performances

Every Saturday night, there are concerts. Combined with the fireworks, these provide unique moments in which the splendor of the firework display blends harmoniously with the music to provide unique moments of happiness and color.

The month of June thus transforms the Madeiras capital into an attractive and fun-filled venue where visitors are offered a series of unforgettable concerts and shows, not only because of their artistic and musical quality, but also because of the magical atmosphere that they provide.

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Extreme Sailing Series back to Madeira Islands

From June 29th to July 2nd , Madeira Island hosts for the second time, the 3rd. Stage of the Extreme Sailing Series ™ "Stadium Racing" sailing championship.

The Extreme Sailing Series ™ is one of the most important and spectacular sailing circuits in the world. It features 6 teams: Land Rover BAR Academy, Alinghi, SAP Extreme Sailing Team, Oman Air, Red Bull Sailing Team and NZ Sailing Team. Board sailors who have already passed through the America's Cup or the Olympic Games, a competition that will have for main stage the bay of Funchal.

This stage presents some novelties to this competion with the debut of the Flying Phantoms, in a total of 16 super fast and light catamarans (weighing 165 kg approximately).

The entrance to the Race Village area, where the entertainment, food and beverage, and setting area facilities will be placed, is located at Pier 8 an event which will be open to all.


Popular Saints’ Festivals in Portugal

June is the month of celebrations and festivities for the Popular Saints throughout the country on the nights of St. Anthony, St. John and St. Peter.

The main ones are the Festas de Lisboa, on 12 and 13 June, St. Anthony’s day, and in Porto on the night of 23/24 June when St. John is celebrated. These are enormously vivid celebrations, during which the people take to the streets eating, drinking and having fun in the old neighbourhoods, that are bedecked with arches, colourful balloons and the aroma of sweet basil.

In Lisbon, people from every neighbourhood parade down Avenida da Liberdade, filling this major road with colourful characters in costume, folk music, and throngs of spectators. But the crowds and liveliness also fill the narrow back streets, particularly in Alfama, but also Graça, Bica, Mouraria and Madragoa. In the mediaeval squares and alleyways, people eat cabbage soup and grilled sardines, singing and dancing the whole night long. Another highlight is the procession of St. Anthony, which leaves on the 13th from the church of S. António in Alfama, near the Cathedral, where the saint was born in around 1193.

The festivities are just as colourful and lively in Porto, in the more traditional neighbourhoods that include Miragaia, Fontainhas, Ribeira, and Massarelos. But Porto has other habits and customs: the old tradition was for revellers to beat each other on the head with a leek, but now they use plastic hammers; and besides the firework display at midnight on the River Douro in the centre of Porto, people also release colourful hot air balloons into the sky, making one of the most beautiful spectacles in these popular celebrations. For many, the night ends on the beach, to see the sun rise, and some still follow the tradition of taking an early morning dip in the sea.

St. Peter is celebrated on 29 June, also with popular festivals in various parts of the country, such as Sintra and Évora, both on the World Heritage list. Évora, incidentally, has the distinction of celebrating two popular saints, since it has held the St. John Fair since the 16th century, one of the largest in southern Portugal, as well as celebrating the feast of St. Peter as a municipal holiday.

In all these festivals, there is also the tradition of jumping the bonfire and offering your girlfriend or boyfriend pots of aromatic basil, containing four-line verses often speaking of love, especially because these feasts are linked to the summer solstice and ancient fertility rites.

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- São João 2017 Events Programme 

São João - A five-week Festival of São João

São João Festivities 2017

Celebrate the São João Festivities, the most revered saint of Porto, held on the night of 23rd June. 

This year, the São João celebrations will be on the streets for 5 weeks, bringing over 300 events to the city of Porto between the 25th of May and the 25th of June. 

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