SATA Airlines Azores Islands Pro 2018

Between the 18th and the 23rd of 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, Azores.

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.

TAP will fly from Lisbon to Tel Aviv, Dublin and Basel as of April 2019

TAP began on September 11th selling flights to the three new destinations that will start operating in April 2019: Tel Aviv, Dublin and Basel. 

The flights between Lisbon and Tel Aviv, in Israel, carried out in A321 Long Range equipment, with a capacity for 168 passengers, will be daily, departing from the Portuguese capital at 02:20pm and arriving in Israel at 09:30pm. From Tel Aviv, depart at 5:05am, arriving in Lisbon at 9:00am. 
For Dublin, TAP will offer two flights a day, departing from Lisbon at 7:05am and 02:00pm, and arriving at the capital of the Republic of Ireland at 9:50am and 04:45pm, from where they depart at 10:35am and 05:30pm, arriving at Humberto Delgado airport, in Lisbon, at 01:15pm and 08:10 pm. The route will be operated with A319 and A320 aircraft with capacity for 144 or 168 passengers. 
Between Lisbon and Basel will also be operated two daily flights in A319 and A320 equipment. Departures from Lisbon at 6:40am and 03:50pm, arriving in Basel at 10:20am and 07:30pm. On the return, departures from Basel at 11:05am and 08:15pm, which land in Lisbon at 01:00pm and 10:10pm. Basel airport is placed next to a tripartite border, serving simultaneously, beyond the swiss city of Basel, the cities of Mulhouse (France) and Freiburg (Germany).
With the inauguration of these three new routes, TAP will fly to a total of 91 airports, in 88 cities of 36 countries.
TAP also launched a new advertising campaign for the three new routes, with the claim “Here we go”, focused on digital channels.

Source: Tap Air Portugal

For the third time Oceanário de Lisboa was elected the 'Best Aquarium in the World' by TripAdvisor’s 2018 'Travellers' Choice

Oceanário de Lisboa is the world's best aquarium

For the third time Oceanário de Lisboa was elected the 'Best Aquarium in the World' by TripAdvisor’s 2018 'Travellers' Choice. With 33,854 reviews on the world's largest travel site, its overall rating is 4.5 out of 5.
Of all the reviews, 64% classify Oceanário de Lisboa as 'Excellent' and 27% as 'Very Good'. “Great experience for everyone", "very well organised, beautiful place", "unique experience" or "Best Aquarium I've ever seen!" are some of the comments written by visitors.
Oceanário de Lisboa, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, was elected the Best Aquarium in the World by TripAdvisor in 2015 and 2017. It is one of the most visited cultural spaces in Portugal, with over 23 million visitors from 185 different countries since it was opened. Last year, it received 1.3 million visitors, the best year ever.
The Oceanário de Lisboa team works daily on conservation and on blue literacy, and it is an international benchmark for knowledge of the ocean. In 2017 alone, Oceanário involved more than 168,000 children and adults in educational activities and funded 10 conservation projects for a total of 200,000 euros.

João Falcato, CEO of Oceanário de Lisboa, says: “We are honoured by the fact that our visitors continue to value our work and mission for the conservation of the Oceans. It is through our vast and dedicated team that we are able to provide a unique and unforgettable experience. Twenty years after the inauguration, being considered the world’s best aquarium is a reason for pride and motivation to continue to promote the ocean."
TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site, with more than 535 million evaluations and opinions. The Travellers' Choice Awards of the TripAdvisor travel portal highlight the best in the world, in keeping with the assessments of its users.


Come practice your golf swing in Portugal

Playing golf in Portugal remains in the memories of all those who try it. And why? Excellent courses in stunning settings, a mild climate all year round and the friendly welcome given to golfers. 

It is difficult to find a better destination for a golfing holiday. Voted the World's Best Golf Destination by the World Golf Awards for the fourth year in a row (between 2014 and 2017), Portugal has a wide range of courses with characteristics to suit different levels of difficulty and different budgets.

There are some ninety courses throughout the country, of which 57 are 18-hole and 9 are 27-hole, with a range of layouts and major golfing challenges recognised by the most experienced golf professionals.

Many of the courses were designed by famous architects such as Robert Trent Jones Jr., Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills, Nick Faldo, Severiano Ballesteros, Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore and Arnold Palmer, the creator of the award-winning Victoria Golf Course, one of golf's flagship courses, where the Portugal Masters has been held since it was first staged in 2007. One thing they all share is their environmental quality and the harmonious way in which they blend into the natural surroundings.

The Algarve and the Lisbon coast are well-known destinations for more experienced players and have won several international awards. They host major competitions on the professional tours, as does Madeira with its mountain courses. In the Azores, there's also rustic golf that is played in a rural setting. But it was in Porto and the North that it all began, where Espinho, the second oldest course in mainland Europe, is located.

But the biggest challenge while you're playing is not to have your concentration broken by the beauty and light of the surrounding countryside. We have courses that overlook the sea flanked by cliffs and dunes with white sand. And others surrounded by lakes and mountains, where the perfumes of flowers and herbs blend and become impossible to distinguish one from the other.

And even though games can be relaxed or hotly contested, the encounter concludes at a table in the clubhouse, or the restaurant… to practise a "sport" at which the Portuguese excel: socialising.

Portugal Masters is back to the Algarve, from the 19th to the 23rd of September 2018

In September, the world’s greatest golfers will travel to Vilamoura to take part in Portugal Masters.

Considered to be one of the leading golf events, the Portugal Masters will take place in the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, in the Algarve, 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.

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GNFY Portugal 2018: 9 September 2018

In September, take part in GFNY Portugal and get the adrenaline flowing as you compete in a real professional cycling road race. As a bonus, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of mountain and sea landscapes on a route that takes you through Cascais, Mafra and Sintra.

The town of Cascais was chosen to host this event of the Granfondo New York international cycling series and the two routes - Granfondo of 162 km and Mediofondo, 82 km, will start and end there. The race starts at the Cascais Marina, heads along the Estrada Marginal, passes the Estoril race track before going through Mafra, Ericeira, Azenhas do Mar, Sintra Mountain Range, Malveira da Serra, Cabo da Roca, Guincho Beach and finishing in the centre of Cascais. It is an ambitious route that crosses areas of great natural beauty and historical richness covering almost 2,300 meters of total altitude.

This test is seen as a huge challenge of strength and personal resilience, where direct competition with other athletes is a defining feature. This is the GFNY spirit, since the event is open to both amateurs and professionals as it recreates a real professional road cycling competition, urged on by the slogan "Be a Pro For a Day". 

Cascais is therefore hosting one of the 16 GFNY events scheduled for 2018. The concept was born in New York in 2011, and has quickly expanded to a number of international regions and cities. It is currently the competition that attracts the largest number of cyclists of different nationalities. The New York event has already assembled athletes from 93 countries and the inaugural event in Portugal is also expecting participants from the four corners of the world.

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Caramulo Motorfestival: 7-9 September 2018

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

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. 

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Sintra Portugal Pro: 11-16 September 2018

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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Madeira Wine Festival 2018: August 26th to September 9th

Take part in August/September in the festival that's dedicated to one of the most famous products from Madeira island: the wine!

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

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From August 23rd on, Lisboa na Rua festival is back

From August 23rd on, Lisboa na Rua festival is back, with a free admission programming full of music, cinema, theatre and dance that will fill the streets, squares and gardens of the city of Lisbon.

The squares, gardens and miradouros (belvederes) once again become even more alluring as they welcome another edition of Lisboa na Rua, a festival which allows us to see for free performances that rarely are staged in the street, the afternoons also come wreathed in the sounds of jazz and Fado In different venues across the city.

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Source: VisitLisboa

Portugal is the Hottest Destination of the Year, According to Virtuoso Awards

Virtuoso, the global luxury travel network, has recognized Portugal as the Hottest Destination of 2018. 

The award was given last 15th of August, during the 30th Annual Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas, to an audience of 1,700 members of the luxury travel industry, representing travel agents, hotels, airlines and cruise lines from all over the world.

Virtuoso bestowed some 20 awards from best river cruise line, to the best-curated travel partner or the most innovative lifestyle partner.  Portugal, represented by the National Tourism Office, took the hottest destination title having just celebrated a record-breaking year for international visitors travelling to the country.  Also last night, the Six SensesDouro resort was named Best of the Best 2018 for Sustainable  Tourism Leadership, and Tours ForYou was nominated for Best Virtuoso Voyages Experience 2018 for their Lisbon tour.

Portugal was named World’s LeadingDestination in 2017 last year by the World Travel Awards, which have already awarded the country this year with prizes for Best European Destination, Best Island (Madeira), the Best City Destination (Lisbon), and the Best Tourism Bureau in Europe.

Portugal’s proximity, just around five hours’ flight from New York, and year-round mild climate contribute to making it the Hottest Destination but the country is also famous for its warm and welcoming people, numerous award-winning golf courses and resorts, and in providing great value.


Algarve: Medieval Days in Castro Marim

From the 22nd to the 26th of August, Castro Marim 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 armour, 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 theatre 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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The Festival do Crato is back for another unmissable edition!

With a secure place in the national tour of Summer Festivals, the Festival do Crato from the 29th of August to the 1st of September, is back for another unmissable edition!

This event, which brings an extra sparkle to the town of Crato in Alentejo, is known for investing in line-ups that include some of the best projects of national and international music. After the concerts, the music continues with performances by various DJs.

Alongside all this we have the Crafts and Gastronomy Fair, a display of traditional art, crafts and flavours with the spotlight on what is produced locally.

To prevent accommodation problems, the organisation has provided a free Camping area. Admission to it is secured with the 4-day pass.

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Festival Maré de Agosto: 23-25 August, in the Island of Santa Maria, Azores

In the magical scenario of the Praia Formosa bay in the Island of Santa Maria - Azores, the International Music Festival "Maré de Agosto" brings together leading names from various countries. Mariza, Extreme, Angélique Kidjo, Tânia Maria, Selah Sue, Anthony Gomes, Michael Kiwanuka, Maria Gadu, among many others.

A stage located only 20 meters from the beach, hosting performances by leading names from the national and international musical panorama.  

Known for the "world music" identity, many artists from all around the world are represented in this renowned, high-quality event, that that has already celebrated more than 30 annual editions.

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Do not miss the Festival F, that for two days livens up the historic center of Faro

From the 31st of August to the 1st of September, do not miss the last big summer festival in the historic center of Faro

The Festival F takes place in the so-called “vila adentro” (village within) the historic area of Faro through which, over the centuries, the Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors have all passed. 

It still retains a very particular charm and boasts a huge architectural, religious, natural and cultural heritage.

With a strong focus on Portuguese music, with shows on several stages throughout the city, this cultural and artistic event embraces other aspects such as cinema, stand-up comedy, musical and political gatherings, fine arts, literature, crafts, street entertainment and street food.

 The Festival F keeps families in mind with a special program for children and a ticket policy designed for families.

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From the 3rd to the 5th of August, don´t miss the Madeira Wine Rally 2018

The European Rally Championship is hosted in the spectacular landscapes of the island of Madeira  between the 3rd and the 5th of August.

The European Rally Championship is the oldest international competition organised by organised by FIA (the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), and includes 10 events in 10 European countries. The Madeira Wine rally is one of the most important events in the championship and is the region’s biggest automobile event, attracting thousands of spectators to mountainous areas in search of a better place to watch the vehicles as they thunder by.

The rally is named after one of the main products in Madeira, the liqueur wine that was already highly popular in European courts in the 18th century due to its unique aroma and flavour.

As several stretches of road are closed to traffic, we advise you to visit the official website for further information here.

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Sketch Tour Portugal - A country sketched for you

We invited 24 urban sketchers to visit Portugal and share their drawings and their talent, heightening awareness about the country from a different perspective. In black and white or in colour, there is plenty to explore: the landscapes, nature and heritage, the cuisine and the people, the nooks and crannies that pass us by.

The drawings that can be now appreciated live in the exhibition "A country designed for you" in Porto. With free admission, this show is open to the public from 9:00 p.m., closing at 6 p.m. on the 19th and 20th, and closing at 10 p.m. on July 21.

You’ll be surprised by these artistic moments and inspired for your next trip to Portugal.

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Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit 2018

Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit, the biggest international wave sports festival, is returning to Praia de Santa Cruz (Torres Vedras) for an action-packed 10 days with lots of new features and an even greater concern for the environment.

This festival has been held since 2007 and includes national and international events in various disciplines such as Surfing, Bodyboarding,Kitesurfing, Bodysurfing, Kayaksurfing, Skimboarding, Wave-skiing, Swimming, Adaptive Surfing and Stand Up Paddling. 

But while the sea may be the focus of everyone’s attention, the sand is also the setting for a range of activities, whether for trying out various sports in the swimming pool installed there or taking advantage of the presence of commercial enterprises linked to sea sports. These include surf schools and training centres for other disciplines, shops, restaurants and publicity areas of the various sponsors.

The festival includes an environmental education strand, too, with experiences in the area of nature conservation, and a solidarity strand, inviting participants to contribute to a cause.

Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit does not stop when night falls, since between 21.00 and 3.00 there will be performances by various bands and DJs to keep the night-time entertainment going on the beach.

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Festival Músicas do Mundo 2018: 19-28 July

Each year,in July, the largest Portuguese event in the area of world music is held, the Festival Músicas do Mundo – the World Music Festival.


One of the festival’s venues is Sines Castle, a setting and space that shows the great range and wealth of the world’s different cultural expressions, in what is considered to be one of the country’s most democratic cultural events.

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Óbidos Medieval market: From 12th of July until the 5th of August

In July, visit the Óbidos medieval market, and back in time.

Surrounded by its high town walls, Obidos is the ideal scenario for hundreds of extras and actors, fully dressed in medieval costumes, who animate the town’s streets, as they portray noblemen, beggars, mule-drivers, jugglers, musicians, jesters and dancers.

The main site of the entertainment events is located next to the castle, which will be the location of jousting tournaments, on horse and on foot, medieval dinners and the market, where everything is sold from medieval costumes to traditional home-made medical remedies.

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World Heritage in Portugal: 22 UNESCO classifications for discover

Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória - Batalha

The 22 classifications in Portugal portray the history and culture of the country, its people and the peoples that have inhabited the land since time immemorial.

The Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha, the Monastery of Jerónimos and the Belém Tower in Lisbon, owe their ranking to their historical and artistic importance.

The historical centres of Guimarães, Porto, Évora and Angra do Heroísmo are also classified, and there are many other monuments and architectural elements worthy of note, such as the University of Coimbra and other classified areas of the city, or like the fortifications of Elvas. It is important also to refer the Cultural Landscapes of the Alto Douro Wine Region, Sintra and the Vineyards of the Island of Pico, in the Azores.

Mosteiro de Alcobaça
It remains to mention the archaeological interest of the rock engravings of Vale do Coa and the exuberance of the FlorestaLaurissilva da Madeira (laurel forest of Madeira).

The list is completed with icons that express a way of being and how to be a people in their times of celebration, Fado, the CanteAlentejano [Alentejo singing] and the Mediterranean diet. And yet, with arts and crafts that unite Intangible Cultural Heritage, such as the manufacture of rattles, in Alentejo, the Manufacture of Black Pottery in Bisalhães, in the municipality of Vila Real, the Arte da Falcoaria Real (Royal Falconry art), still preserved in Salvaterra de Magos and the manufacture of clay dolls in Estremoz.

Portugal by train: Discover the country at your own pace

Douro ©António Sá
Travel through Portugal by train and simply let yourself be lulled by the train’s rhythm as you gaze at the country’s fabulous landscapes, or combine your journey with breathtaking high adrenaline challenges!

Besides the scheduled journeys, there’s a whole range of special programs designed to help you explore Portugal by train. With so many suggestions to choose from, you’re sure to find one you’ll really enjoy.

Just imagine riding on a steam train that’s been running for over a hundred years! Then add to this the beautiful scenery of the Dourovalley! All this Is possible on the historic train that takes you on a real journey through time.

If you’re more than 12 years old to 30 inclusive, you can purchase an Intra-Rail card and explore Portugal without having to carry your home on your back, since your card guarantees you accommodation at Youth Hostels.

Historic Train ©Porto Convention & Visitors Bureau

At different times of the year, the trains link up with special events or traditional local festivities. For example, the AlmondBlossom Route offers you the breathtaking sight of flowering almond trees in Alto Douro and Trás-os-Montes. But you can also go to the Cherry Route in theSerra da Gardunha or the Grape Harvest Festival in the Alto Douro Wine Region. And there are many more suggestions…

Just imagine where the train can take you. Make your choice and book your seat for the programme you’re most interested in. Have a good trip!


Portugal wins 23 awards in the World Travel Awards 2018 for Europe

In the World Travel Awards (WTA) for Europe ceremony that took place last 30th of June 2018, in Athens, GreecePortugal 
won 23 European awards, plus 15 in the  
country category/Portugal and one in the category/Mediterranean.

Also, Portugal for the second year in a row, was considered the Europe's Leading Dstination 2018 , Turismo de Portugal the "Europe's Leading Tourist Board 2018" for
the fifth year in a row and the Madeira islands, the Europe's Leading Island Destination 2018 for the third year in a row. 

These were the 23 awards attributed to Portugal:

Europe's Leading Tourist Board

Europe's Leading Destination 2018

Europe's Leading Island Destination 2018

Europe's Leading City Destination 2018

Europe's Leading Cruise Port 2018

Europe's Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2018

Europe's Leading Tourism Development Project 2018

Europe's Leading Cruise Port 2018

Europe's Leading Airline to South America 2018

Europe's Leading Airline to Africa 2018

Europe's Leading Inflight Magazine 2018

Europe's Leading River Cruise Company 2018

Europe's Leading Boutique Resort 2018

Europe's Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2018

Europe's Leading Beach Resort 2018

Europe's Leading Design Hotel 2018

Europe's Leading Family Resort 2018

Europe's Leading Lifestyle Resort 2018

Europe's Leading Luxury Hotel & Villas 2018

Europe's Leading Resort Villas 2018

Europe's Most Romantic Resort 2018

Europe's Leading Island Resort 2018

Europe's Leading Boutique Hotel Operator 2018

Besides the Europe awards, Portugal also won 15 awards in the country category/Portugal and one in the category/Mediterranean:

Portugal's Leading Boutique Hotel 2018

Portugal's Leading Business Hotel 2018

Portugal's Leading Car Rental Company 2018
Portugal's Leading Conference Hotel 2018

Portugal's Leading Design Hotel 2018

Portugal's Leading Destination Management Company 2018

Portugal's Leading Family Resort 2018

Portugal's Leading Green Hotel 2018

Portugal's Leading Hotel 2018

Portugal's Leading Hotel Residences 2018

Portugal's Leading Hotel Suite 2018

Portugal's Leading Lifestyle Hotel 2018

Portugal's Leading Resort 2018

Portugal's Leading Serviced Apartments 2018

Portugal's Leading Villa Resort 2018

Mediterranean's Leading Boutique Hotel 2018