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2018/12/27

In 2019, can’t Skip Portugal!

Recently awarded by the World Travel Awards for the second consecutive year, the World’s Leading Destination 2018, Portugal also continues to be one of the safest and most affordable countries in Europe. Add to that, 2019 is going to be a year full of fun events for all ages!



With winter temperatures rarely falling below 10º C, Portugal is the perfect spot for a mild winter trip. Climb ancient castles; discover vibrant cities filled with history but also modernity;  visit the several sites classified WorldHeritage by UNESCO;  indulge in delicious local cuisine and wines; play golf in the Algarve or go surfing in Nazaré, Peniche or in the Alentejo coast. 

Visit the cosmopolitan cities of Lisbon and Porto, but do not forget the enchanting towns of Center of Portugal or the breathtaking mountains villages in the North. Go island hopping in the Azores or in the Atlantic pearls of Madeira and Porto Santo.

Portugal loves guests and the whole country is embracing its popularity with new trendy hotels, award-winning restaurants, revamped museums and attractions.

As you see, you must put Portugal on your 2019 bucket list ;)

Happy New Year!

Portugal, an ideal destination for a winter break


With an average of more than 300 sunny days a year, winter in Portugal is a delightful season with plenty of activities to keep you busy. 

A walk along the beach is a great idea at any time of year or alternatively, you could opt for our "ecovias", such as Vila Nova de Gaia, the Estrada Atlântica or the Rota Vicentina, where you can enjoy a view of the sea as you walk or cycle

When it comes to adrenaline-packed sports, surfing is always a good choice, especially since there are always good waves along Portugal's extensive coast.  But your prefer golf, Portugal offers exceptional conditions for golfing, especially in the courses of Algarve and on Estoril Coast, voted as the best golfing destinations in Europe and the world on a number of occasions.  

Whether it's the world heritage scenery of the River Douro, or in the Azores or Madeira, a river cruise is a great way to spend some leisure time. 

Take the opportunity to discover our monuments and museums or our historical city centers, some of which classified as world heritage. Take a look too at the contemporary buildings and marvel at the urban art in Lisbon that has created veritable open-air galleries.  

Eat a healthy lunch of fresh fish on a seaside esplanade, and sample our convent sweets too, such as the world-famous pastel de nata (custard tart). And your meal will taste even better with one of our excellent wines. Whatever you decide to do, you will take home many lifelong memories of your time here.

Honey Cake of Madeira: traditionally linked to Christmas

The Honey Cake is one of Madeira’s most traditional food dishes and is traditionally linked to Christmas. It is customary to prepare it on December 8th, the day of Our Lady of the Conception, in order to acquire, during that period, the characteristics which make it unique.

The Honey Cake of Madeira, which can be preserved for a whole year, is prepared with treacle, its origins dating back to the heyday of sugar production in the archipelago.
Madeira Honey Cake recipe: 
Ingredients for the leavening:
-500 g unleavened flour
-30 g leavening (baker's yeast)
-about 3 dl water
Knead the flour with the yeast, make a ball, cover with plastic and let rise for 2 to 3 hours.

Remaining ingredients:
-1000 g unleavened flour
-350 g sugar
-300 g butter
-150 g lard
-clove (about 1.5 g)
-fennel (about 1.5g)
-15 g cinnamon
-50 g nuts
-50 g chopped almonds
-lemon zest
-400 g mixed crystallized fruit
-150 g sultanas
-15 g baking soda
-juice of 1 orange
-8 dl Madeira molasses
-2 dl Madeira wine

Baking instructions:
Mix the butter with the sugar until creamy, add spices and juice of an orange and a little lemon zest. Melt the molasses and lard together and add to mixture. Add the flour and baking soda and mix for about five minutes. Add to this dough the leaven previously kneaded and continue to mix for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Lastly, add the crystallized fruit and mix for an additional five minutes. Let rise for 24 hours. Place the dough in greased and wax paper-lined pans (only the bottom of the pan) and decorate the cakes with almonds and nuts on top. Bake them in a 190o degree oven, for 25 minutes. Honey cake is broken by hand.

Note: Use pans with removable bottoms, with a diameter of 15 cm and a height of 4 cm and place dough
Source: Turismo da Madeira

New year´s Eve Festivities in Madeira

If there’s a place to come and celebrate life, then that place is Madeira. As each year draws to a close, the end is commemorated of yet another cycle of 365 days that have been lived as intensely as our memory allows us to recall. 

The Christian traditions of Christmas time combine with the displays of rejoicing at the arrival of the New Year, in a rich and extensive programme of cultural, ethnographic and artistic events that continue throughout the month of December and carry on till Twelfth Night.

The specific conditions of Funchal’s naturally-formed amphitheatre transform it into a giant crib lit by the thousands of lights placed up and down the city’s main avenues, resulting in a most extraordinary scenario.


 Allow yourself to be tempted by the wares in the shops of Funchal and give yourself up to the frenzied activity of shopping. Here you can buy anything from the latest international brands to the most diverse handicraft articles. Funchal is like a giant outdoor shopping centre. 



An island in festival, both at the hotels and in the restaurants, bars and streets, where, in order to mark the transition to the New Year, the skies of Funchal are lit up with a gigantic firework display 
 2018/2019 that will last around eight minutes and is distributed over 38 firework stations in the Funchal amphitheater (31 stations), in the sea (5 stations) and Porto Santo Island (2 stations). One of the most important tourist drawcards in Madeira, in 2006 this magnificent show was internationally recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, as the “Largest Fireworks Display in the World”.


Find more information at:
http://www.visitmadeira.pt/Newyearseve



New year´s Eve in Setúbal

Setúbal welcomes 2019 with celebrations along the riverfront, including three stages with musical performances, street food trailers along the river bank and fireworks on the river Sado.

It will be another Blue New Year’s Eve (Fim de Ano Azul)  in one of the most beautiful bays in the world. All the events are free and take place in three stages:


  • Dolphin Tent – Fishermen’s Wharf | DJ Paulo Di-Light
    11h00 p.m – 02h00 a.m.

  • Fishermen’s House Stage | Beliche
    12h15 p.m. – 02h00 a.m.

  • Rockalot Stage – Saúde Beach | Jorge Nice
    12h15 a.m. – 02h00 a.m.

At midnight, the fireworks will fill the river Sado with light and colour, following the countdown shown by illuminated numbers placed on a thirty-meter high structure, so everyone can see them. 

The longest night of the year is also celebrated in more than sixty restaurants and bars located along the riverfront and the Luísa Todi Avenue, which will remain open till late and entertain all those who choose Setúbal to welcome 2019.



2018/12/26

New Year in the Algarve

Albufeira
Christmas is over. Now it's time to look forward and think about New Year's Eve. How about a trip to the Algarve?

In celebrating the last day of 2018, several municipalities in the Algarve put on a show for the longest night of the year. 
There are programmes for all tastes and ages, from street entertainment, free music events and fireworks, restaurants and hotels with lots on offer to make New Year’s Eve more glamorous, a fantastic atmosphere and the Algarve’s warm hospitality.

The setting is perfect, you won’t want to miss it; the only thing missing is you. Come and see in the New Year in the Algarve, you are our guest of honour!


Source: Visitalgarve

2018/12/18

Leiria, the Christmas City

Leiria, the Christmas City will spread magic between December 1st and 27th, in order to liven up the holiday season and encourage imagination and tradition.

The ice rink, the Santa Train, the enhanced lighting in the city, the shows for thousands of children and the Santa Claus house in the center of the city are some of the attractions of this Christmas in Leiria.


Find more information at:
https://www.visiteleiria.pt/leiria-cidade-natal

Christmas at Lamego

The beautiful city of Lamego returns to welcome its enchanted Christmas.

Located in the north of Portugal and best known for its imposing Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, the historic center of Lamego has this same beauty and importance and during the holiday season it gains a very special "magic", which makes the children's and adults delights!

The Christmas lights, the traditional trade of the most varied products and the street animation will not stop for almost a month of celebration of Christmas and New Year! 


Find more information at:
http://www.cm-lamego.pt/


2018/12/14

New route: TAP will flight to San Francisco starting from June 2019

It is now possible to book tickets for TAP's new destination: San Francisco, in the United States. This new route reinforces and consolidates the Company's bet in that market, now extending its reach to reach California, on the west coast of the USA.

TAP´s operation to San Francisco begins on June 10th and will have five flights per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Flights depart from Lisbon at 10:00 am and arrive in San Francisco at 14:40 pm, local time. On the opposite direction, the departure is at 16:10 pm, arriving in Lisbon at 11:25 am, on the following day. 
The San Francisco route will be operated with the new Airbus A330 that TAP flies in a world premiere. 
 
San Francisco will be the TAP´s eighth destination in North America and the third new destination for TAP in the United States next year. Chicago and Washington are also available for sale, with operation starting on June 1st and June 16th, respectively.
 
TAP also reinforced the number of weekly flights from Porto to Newark (from 2 to 6 weekly flights). 
 
In the North Atlantic, TAP flies to: San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, New York - JFK, New York - Newark, Boston and Miami, departing from Lisbon, and New York - Newark departing from Porto, as well as Toronto , In Canada.


Source: Tap Air Portugal 

2018/12/13

New Year’s Party at Terreiro do Paço, Lisbon

From 29th to New Year's Eve Lisbon offers you three nights of free concerts, from traditional to classical music, including some of the new artists that are setting the rhythm in Portugal, being Praça do Comércio the place to go to celebrate the coming of a New Year. 

DJ, producer and founder of Buraka Som Sistema, Branko, is the star of the first night, 29, and brings along with him names like Carlão, Sara Tavares, Dino D’Santiago and Cachupa Psicadélica. Before Branko's performance, at 9.30pm, Pedro will set the pace with a DJ set.

Sunday (30), Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa will take to the stage also at 9.30pm to perform themes by composers like Beethoven, Puccini or Verdi, conducted by Maestro Pedro Amaral and with the special appearances of tenor Carlos Guilherme and soprano Elisabete Matos.

With this we arrive at December 31st, the most expected of all the nights. The event starts at 10 pm with traditional Portuguese music by Daniel Pereira Cristo and Tatanka, João Só and Ana Bacalhau. At midnight we'll have the awaited fireworks, and the party will then go on through the night with Lisboa, by Richie Campbell. The musician will share the stage with Dengaz, Mishlawi, Plutonio and DJ Dadda.

Programme: 
29 December
9.30 pm: Warm up Pedro
10 pm: Branko & Convidados
(Cachupa Psicadélica, Dino D' Santiago, Carlão and Sara Tavares)


30 December
9.30 pm: - Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa with Elisabete Matos and Carlos Guilherme
Conductor: Maestro Pedro Amaral


31 December
10 pm: Daniel Pereira Cristo with Tatanka, João Só and Ana Bacalhau
Midnigh - Fireworks
After - Richie Campbell with guests: Original Dengaz, Mishlawi, PLUTONIO and DJ Dadda

Join us in welcoming the New Year!

Find more information at: 

Porto: New Year’s Eve party

In Porto,  Avenida dos Aliados is once again the epicenter of New Year's Eve in Porto.
Along with the traditional firework display, launched at midnight sharp from Porto City Hall building, the end-of-year programme will have as a special guest the musician Pedro Abrunhosa from Porto, in what will be his first big concert after the release of  his new album "Espiritual".The concert, which includes several surprises and guests, will begin at 11 pm on the last night of the year and will last for about three hours.
In addition to Avenida dos Aliados, the night of New Year's Eve in Porto will have three alternative stages, all of them free, set, respectively, in Largo do Amor de Perdição (Cordoaria), Praça de Gomes Teixeira (Leões) and Praça dos Poveiros.
Also, as is tradition, the countdown to the arrival of the new year begins on December 29th (Saturday), with a concert by Diogo Piçarra, also in Avenida dos Aliados. Considered one of the most important artists of Portuguese pop music today, Diogo Piçarra goes, for the first time, on the avenue’s stage for a concert in which he will play his greatest hits that have marked his career.
The music programme in Avenida dos Aliados will end on the afternoon of January 1st starting at 4 pm, with the usual New Year's Concert by Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa, under the direction of conductor Francisco Ferreira.

2018/12/12

Christmas Concerts'18 in Lisbon

The arrival of the festive season brings traditional Christmas Concerts to Lisbon.

In addition to its symbolism, Christmas is the perfect time for get-togethers with family, friends, communities and strangers. In a programme with music as the common link, during this spiritual period of the year, the plan is to hold a series of concerts throughout the month in churches and, this year, it extends to other places of worship across the city, including the Lisbon Centro Ismaili and the Radha Krishna Temple.
From 1st to 23rd December, in various churches throughout Lisboa, the Centro Ismaili and the Radha Krishna Temple.
Free entry.
Find more information at: https://www.culturanarua.pt
Source: Visitlisboa

New route to Portugal: Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras will fly between Porto and Campinas

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras will fly between Porto and Campinas, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, from June 2019. The Brazilian airline informed that it will have three flights per week between the two cities with the model aircraft Airbus A330, with capacity for up to 272 passengers.
Porto will be the second European destination to have flights from this company, which already operates in Lisbon. Departing from Campinas, Azul's main links hub in Brazil, flights will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing at 5:20pm (local time). From Porto to Campinas there will be flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, departing from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport at 9:25am (local time).

Azul’s flights to Porto are now available for sale.

2018/12/11

A trip to Serra da Estrela

With or without snow, a trip to Serra da Estrela is always a great idea.



Visit the towns of Seia and Covilhã, explore the village of Manteigas, enjoy the magnificent landscape of the village of Sabugueiro, immerse yourself in the beauty of Lagoa Comprida, visit Penhas da Saúde and drive all the way up to the Tower for some fun in the snow.

To regain your strength, you can't go wrong: try the Serra da Estrela cheese, the most famous product of the region. With its buttery texture, it goes ideally with traditional bread. It can be tasted all over the region, but in the Solar do Queijo (Cheese Manor House), in Celorico da Beira, the tasting will be accompanied by an explanation about the manufacturing process.

Find more information at:
- https://www.visitportugal.com/Serra da Estrela
- https://www.visitportugal.com/3 days on Serra da Estrela
- https://www.visitportugal.com/Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela
- https://www.visitportugal.com/Gastronomy from the Centro de Portugal
http://www.centerofportugal.com/serra-da-estrela/

Portugal is a destination suitable for everyone

Thinking about who needs special care or has greater  difficulty when travelling, albeit temporarily, we have drawn up itineraries for 20 cities, indicating accessibility and suggesting routes that enable you to get around safely so that you can visit the main attractions in each place comfortably. There is also information about the various accessible beaches on the Portuguese coast.



To plan your journey better, we also have information on accessible forms of transport, as well as accommodation and restaurants which have adapted facilities and devices.

See our suggestions in visitportugal.com. We look forward to welcoming you ;)

2018 Viseu Christmas - Traditional Dream

From November 30th to January 6th, Viseu is an irresistible destination for Christmas and New Year! In winter, Viseu breathes the Christmas spirit. 



The city streets are filled with light and color, to the sound of gentle melodies that feed the imagination of young and old.  In this court, the garden city becomes city light. Be amazed by the musical performances, Christmas markets, nativity scenes, workshops and animations. Long live the garden city dressed in City of Light and rediscover Christmas traditions.

An opportunity to purchase traditional products and Christmas gifts, try local, national and other flavors, have fun and enjoy different music groups and choirs.


Find more information at:

Shopping in Portugal during Christmas Season

Do you already have your Christmas list for family and friends? The Christmas season is great for a mini holiday in Lisbon or Porto as it is not very cold and there are still some sunny days. This is great for going for a walk in the city and starting to do your Christmas shopping.

The streets are filled with lights and the decoration changes over the weeks with stars, balls of different colours, Christmas trees, and other decorations and traditional nativity scenes. The fact that it gets dark earlier, as we are already in winter time, is a good reason to get to know a livelier city. And the historic centres are places of excellence to find the last trends in fashion and great ideas for Christmas presents.

Make the most of the promotions from airlines and hotel Christmas programmes which always have special offers during this season.

Unique Chistmas presents for all
We suggest Portuguese souvenirs which can be found in the usual shopping areas: quality clothing, shoe brands that can be found around the world, bags and accessories made of cork (the latest trend) or articles made from pure wool from the centre of Portugal, in sackcloth. And you can of course choose the small Christmas markets, fairs and sales where you can always find a unique gift for everybody.

Portuguese cuisine also has products of excellence which are a great source of inspiration for Christmas presents: wines, olive oils, preserves (traditional industries that currently have gourmet specialties), sweets, jam or dried fruit.


And during this season, traditional sweets are a temptation! You must try the Bolo-rei (King's Cake), "sonhos" (traditional deep fried sweet soft pastry normally eaten at Christmas), "rabanadas" (type of French toast) and "filhós" (traditional deep fried sweet pastry sprinkled with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon). While shopping, roast chestnut venders on the streets are always a good excuse to take a break and try this seasonal delicacy.


And why not give a trip for the New Year in Portugal?

The Christmas season is also favourable for musical programmes and a lot of entertainment in the historic centres. Have a look at the list of events in visitportugal.com,  which will be updated with the most recent events and suggestions for your next to Portugal.

Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas! 

2018/12/06

Lisbon: Christmas & New Year's Eve Party'18

Lisboa prepares to host the most festive season of the year, these festivities that continue into the New Year.


In December, Lisboa becomes more even more colourful and warm. The thousands of bright Christmas lights decorating the city transform it into a real Christmas tale setting. Christmas fairs are held all around town, as well as enjoying the season's own festive spirit.


The churches are filled with music and the city's main square - Terreiro do Paço - becomes the perfect host for these festivities that continue into the New Year. 

And whilst on a visit to Terreiro do Paço, this is also the ideal opportunity to discover the Lisboa Story Centre, one of the exhibit venues in the Portuguese capital, inviting kids and adults to learn about the history of the city, in an educational and interactive way.

During this holiday season, the traditional delicacies such as "Bolo Rei" (fruit cake) the irresistible "Sonhos" or the renowned "Rabanadas" (French toast) can be enjoyed in cafes and patisseries all over Lisboa. 

And why not go in search of the best "Bolo Rei" in town? Year after year, the competition is fierce and the recipes are enhanced to the customer's delight. 

After indulging in the Christmas delicacies, prepare to lose the calories gained at the famous São Silvestre race!
And it's with one's family and among friends that Lisboa usually celebrates the New Year. On the night of December 31, the city brightens up to welcome the year 2018.

Thousands of people take to the streets to celebrate, especially in the Historic Centre, Bairro Alto, Santos and Parque das Nações. In keeping with tradition, the big party is held in Terreiro do Paço, where there will be performances and a firework display to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.


Find more information at:
https://www.visitlisboa.com/Christmas an New Year
https://www.culturanarua.pt/en/program/christmas-in-lisbon/
https://www.facebook.com/CulturanaRuaEGEAC/

https://www.visitportugal.com/christmas-traditions-portugal
https://www.instagram.com/culturanaruaegeac/



2018/12/04

New Emergency ID Card: In case of emergency it will speak for you!

The Emergency Card is a document that contains useful information to the emergency response teams in case of emergency.

It is intended to anyone who is in Portugal and can be obtained free of charge from the official websites of the promoting entities.

After downloading the document, fill-in the blank fields directly in the PDF and print in A4 format. Cut to size and keep it in your wallet so that it is easily found in an emergency. If there are changes to the entered data, repeat the process.

Link to download: http://bit.ly/2KSAc66  


Write the full address of your permanent RESIDENCE (where you live regularly and not where you are on vacation) and indicate the telephone number with country code of the police AUTHORITY of this address to facilitate direct contact. Also write the place of STAY IN PORTUGAL where you will stay (locality or lodging). 

Do not forget the country code of the emergency contact. Please be aware that the information entered is at your own risk and that this not for use as an official identification document. Your data will not be stored in any database, it will be limited to the completed document.

Portugal wins World’s Leading Destination at the World Travel Awards 2018, again ;)

Portugal keeps getting important awards and we couldn’t be prouder ;)

After winning the Europe’s Leading Destination award earlier in June, Portugal won for the second year in a row, the award of World's Leading Destination 2018, in the grand final, which took place at Lisbon’s historic Pátio da Galé last 1st of December 2018.  



Portugal was also nominated for the awards of Travel Technology with the Visitportugal.com website, that won also for the second year in a row the award of World's Leading Tourism Authority WebsiteTurismo de Portugal, was also awarded for the second time the World’s Leading Tourist Board 2018.

On total, Portugal won 17 awards in the grand final of the World Travel awards, more 10 than the past year. The winner were:



Portugal

Turismo de Portugal
Visitportugal.com

Madeira Islands

Lisbon

Lisbon

Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark), Portugal

Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua, Portugal
TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal

Up Magazine (TAP Air Portugal)
Corinthia Hotel Lisbon, Portugal

Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel, Portugal

The Vine Hotel, Portugal

Vila Joya Hotel Restaurant @ Vila Joya, Portugal

Conrad Algarve, Portugal


Amazing Evolution Management, 
Portugal


Source: WTA