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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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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