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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Source: Red Bull Air Race and VisitPorto.


From August 27th to September 10th, don´t miss the Madeira Wine Festival

From August 27th to September 10th, take part in the festival that's dedicated to one of the most famous products from Madeira island.

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.

To follow up all the activities integrated in the Madeira Wine Festival official program go to:
- Wine Fest

Medieval Days in Castro Marim

From the 23rd to the 27th  of August, Castro Marim, in the Algarve, returns to the Middle Ages, in a highly rigorous historical recreation.

During four days and nights, the castle of Castro Marim once again plays host to kings and queens, knights in shining armor, jesters, buffoons, noblemen and ladies, as the entire Court make a procession before the admiring gazes of many visitors that travel to the event every year.

Jousting tournaments, on foot and on horseback, street theater performances, banquets accompanied by medieval music and a handicrafts and merchandise fair, complement the entertainment activities of these Medieval Days, enabling us to relive the magic and mystery of times gone by. 

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