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

Follow the beat with the Portuguese Music Festivals

Music, sun and sea, partying every night and 850 km of beaches: it is one of the best combinations in music festivals in Portugal. But there are other programs where the calm richness of sound blends perfectly with historical heritage or rural environments.

In addition to good music, festivals afford an opportunity to get to know these sites in an atmosphere of total relaxation and fun. Lisbon and Porto have been recognised year after year as perfect mini-break destinations and have very lively nights that are the natural continuation of the party atmosphere. In these two cities, the spotlight falls on Rock in RioNOS Alive and Super Bock, Super Rock, in Lisbon, and NOS Primavera Sound in Porto.

In Porto and the North region, Vodafone Paredes de Coura on the river beach at Taboão is a good example of a heavenly setting in the midst of nature. Bike rides, trekking, canoeing and river bathing are just a few of the suggestions that can perfectly complement a few truly well-spent days. Nature, too, as well as art and freedom are celebrated in even-numbered years at the Boom Festival which takes place on the banks of the lake in Idanha-a-Nova, in the Centro de Portugal. Further south, close to Tomar, the Festival Bons Sons shows how a village can get itself organised to stage an event that offers the best of music and Portuguese traditions.

On the coast the concerts are linked to the beaches, friendly people and nights that last until daybreak. From north to south, there are so many to choose from, such as the EDP Beach Party in Matosinhos, RFM Somnii in Figueira da Foz, Sol da Caparica near Lisbon, Músicas do Mundo (Songs of the World) in Sines and MEO Sudoeste in Zambujeira do Mar. These are festivals that take place close to the beach with all the advantages that this brings, like the chance to plunge into the sea or to have some surfing lessons in the best spots along the Portuguese coast.

In Funchal, the NOS Summer Opening unites music with nature to provide experiences the enable you to discover Madeira with plenty of adrenaline. In the Algarve, the Festival Med in Loulé and the Festival F in Faro transform the historic centres of the cities into stages for various artistic events. 
Those who go for classical or jazz sounds can opt for the Festival Terras sem sombra (in English, ‘lands without shade’) in Alentejo, where classical music concerts invade churches and convents and are beefed up with programmes that showcase local activities and traditions. For jazz, go for Angrajazz which takes place every year in October on Terceira Island, in the Azores.   

From shows featuring big names to important events in the international calendar there will always be a programme somewhere in the country that will suit you. Don't fail to check or the agenda to see who's going to be here and then ... just follow the melody!