December 2018 "Follow Me": Lisbon monthly tourist Guide for visitors

Before you visit Lisbon, check "Follow me Lisboa" and discover what´s happening in the Lisboa region during the month of DecemberFollow Me Lisboa is a monthly tourist Guide for visitors.

A bilingual guide in Spanish/English, and in Portuguese/French, it is a pocket-sized publication containing the main cultural and other events to interest to the tourist and a complete itinerary to museums, monuments, parks, gardens, hotels and restaurants.

Find more about Lisboa region at:
- Brochure "Lisbon City Breaks"
- Brochure Lisbon: " A whole world to explore"

10 things to do and to see in Lisbon 


2018 Christmas and New Year’s programme in Porto

Porto consolidates itself, year after year, as one of the top tourist destinations in Portugal to enjoy the Christmas holidays and the New Year.

Between December 1st and January 6th, the streets will lighten up and the whole city will get new colours and an even warmer and cosier environment. 

Christmas fairs and markets, dance and theatre performances, concerts and DJ sets, comedy, circus, workshops, exhibitions, tales, puppet theaters and other activities for children, amusements, and ice rinks are some of the entertainment proposals that will set the pace of the city over the next five weeks.

Discover here the programme, as bright as this festive season, and all there is to do in the City of Happy Holidays, Porto!


Want to live unforgettable moments with your family? Visit Perlim - A Farm of Dreams in Santa Maria da Feira

From 1-30 December 2018, the city of Santa Maria da Feira opens the doors of the largest Christmas theme park in the north of Portugal, "Perlim - Uma Quinta de Sonhos".

Perlim, is a doorway to a magical world, a space which has been thought out to provide unique and memorable experiences for the entire family.

Adults can recover the magic which has been saved in their memory, children can arouse the best of their fantasies by stimulating their imagination and creativity, while closely sharing these times with their parents.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, "
Perlim - A Farm of Dreams" recovers the characters and stories from your childhood imagination, fables, legends, fairy tales and the enchantment of Christmas, which continue to grab everyone's attention.

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Óbidos Vila Natal 2018

From, the 30th of November until 6th of January, Óbidos is filled with light, colour and fantasy and becomes a place of magical dreams for children and adults to enjoy. Come visit Óbidos Christmas Town and enter a truly magical world!

In Óbidos Vila Natal, you can enjoy several magical experiences, like the Father Christmas’ House, the crib, performances, games, ice rink, inflatables,the Ice Bar, the Christmas Market - and these are just some of the many attractions that Óbidos has in store for you, offering special moments ideal for the whole family. 

Find more information at:Óbidosvilanatal

It’s time to plan the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays of your dreams in a unique place close to home: Madeira!

We invite you to enjoy the fantastic range of irresistible attractions and experiences Madeira has to offer, providing precious moments and well-being that will make your stay an unforgettable one! 

Discover an island in celebration as it prepares body and mind for one of its richest annual traditions, followed by the glitz and glamour of the end-of-year festivity!


Christmas and New Year’s Festivities: December 1st to January 7th, 2018

With the opening of the decorative lights across the streets of Funchal, the programme of Christmas and New Year’s Festivities begins. These celebrations are part of a rich and extensive programme of cultural, religious, ethnographic and artistic events that run through the entire month of December, ending with the Twelfth Night Songs, or epiphany celebrations. 

At this time of year, Funchal itself becomes a genuine nativity scene of life-size proportions. Music is a constant presence in the city’s streets and squares, with concerts and performances by philharmonic and folklore groups. There are also many Christmas performances that present a veritable tableau of the island’s traditions, as Madeira gets ready for the festivities with a special spirit and energy. 

The people of Madeira call their landmark Christmas celebrations “the feast”. Beginning in early December, Madeiran households prepare nativity scenes and various delicacies and Christmas sweets with dedication and joy, namely the famous honey cakes and honey cookies, homemade liqueurs and one of the season’s most traditional dishes, ‘vinha d’alho’ beef with garlic wine sauce.
Another lively tradition in this period is the celebration of the 9 Childbirth Masses to announce the Birth of the Child Jesus, which take place at dawn and are accompanied by popular songs and traditional seasonal refreshments.

On 23 December, the traditional Night at the Market takes place, where the Madeiran people take the opportunity to make last-minute purchases of regional products and flowers and taste the many typical seasonal snacks and drinks on offer.

After Christmas, the fun continues in the lead-up to the New Year’s Eve celebrations, culminating in the world-famous fireworks display that was officially recognised in 2006 as the world’s largest by the Guinness Book of Records. This impressive pyrotechnical spectacle takes place among the thousands of lamps that adorn the city of Funchal, providing a magnificent setting of rare beauty. With the ringing in of the 1st of January, the heavens light up with colour and hope as a new year begins!

Source: VisitMadeira


Algarve Events Guide for December 2018

Going to the Algarve during the month of December? So discover here what’s happening in the Algarve region.

The Algarve is known for its beaches, natural landscapes, bars and golf courses. And for its restaurants, hotels, monuments, and of course, for entertainment.
The offer of entertainment destination is diversified and includes events of public and private partners that invite you to enjoy emotions and traditions, sounds and regional flavors, that the Algarve Tourism organizes in this guide leaflet.

Find more information about the Algarve at:Algarve Region
- Algarve Guides 
Algarve Map
- Program Algarve 365

Lisbon will host the World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony on 1 December 2018

The World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2018 will take place at Lisbon’s historic Pátio da Galé on 1st December 2018, with the leading decision-makers, figureheads and influencers of travel to attend.

Lisbon, Portugal is reinforcing its standing as a world-class tourism destination as it steps up to host the most important night of the year for the global travel and tourism industry.

The evening will mark the climax of the WTA Grand Tour 2018 – an annual search for the finest travel and tourism organisations in the world, featuring the winners of WTA’s six regional ceremonies going head-to-head for the coveted World titles.

WTA is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. The evening will herald its first ever ceremony to be hosted in Lisbon.

Occupying the west wing of Terreiro do Paço, the landmark Pátio da Galé is spearheading Lisbon’s renaissance as a world-class events destination. A renovation in 2010 has maintained the architectural detailing and the importance of the square and the building in Lisbon’s colourful history.

Source: WTA


Historical Villages of Portugal: The 1st region in the world to receive the Biosphere Destination certification

Historical Villages of Portugal first region in the world to receive the Biosphere Destination certification, awarded by the Responsible Tour.

A tourist destination of choice is one that respects nature and preserves heritage. The Historical Villages of Portugal will be the first region in the world (yes, not one, but 12 destinations!), and also the first Portuguese destination to receive the Biosphere Destination certification

A title awarded by the Responsible Tourism Institute, accredited by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). This path is moreover based on the 17 objectives of sustainable development of the United Nations, in line with the great orientations of the UNWTO and UNESCO.
The Association of Historic de Portugal Villages has developed an immense awareness-raising work with the competent authorities, aiming to preserve nature, the tangible and intangible heritage, but also the local people lifestyle being a priority. In fact, this is the only way to keep each of the 12 Historical Villages of Portugal practically unsullied, as far as nature and history are concerned. Only by doing so, we are able to offer an authentic experience to visitors of the historic villages, by keeping  traditions and the customs of their people, and preserve each of their monuments and buildings.
Almeida, Belmonte, Castelo Mendo, Castelo Novo, Castelo Rodrigo, Idanha-a-Velha, Linhares da Beira, Marialva, Monsanto, Piódão, Sortelha and Trancoso, the 12 villages that form the network of the Historical Villages of Portugal struggle against the effects of passage of time and desertification, by investing in its endogenous resources and in local economic and tourist development. This is what makes this destination so special that it is in fact 12 different ones. And that is why those who visit the Historical Villages of Portugal fall in love with them: entering these places is like embarking on a journey back in time, where the walls, castles, flavours, arts and crafts of the historic villages tell the most incredible stories of the origin of our country.

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The new Michelin stars 2019 restaurants for Spain and Portugal were announced yesterday in Lisbon

Yesterday evening, on the 10th anniversary of the Michelin Gala, Portugal hosted the Michelin star award ceremony at the Carlos Lopes Pavilion, in Lisbon, and the new  Michelin stars and Bib Gourmands 2019 for Spain and Portugal were announced.  

Portugal won one new two stars 
✶ restaurant with chef Henrique Sá Pessoa at Alma (Lisbon),  and three new single Michelin Stars ✶ restaurants, with chef Pedro Almeida at Midori (Sintra), Chef Óscar Geadas at G Pousada (Bragança) and chef António Loureiro at A Cozinha (Guimarães), making now a total of 26 awarded restaurants and 32 Michelin Stars (✶ restaurants and 20 ✶ restaurants).
This renowned distinction in the sector is also a way of exalting Portuguese gastronomy and acknowledging the talent and creative genius of the chefs who work with local products to present traditional recipes in an innovative and many times surprising form.
The Michelin guide Spain & Portugal 2019 also listed the Bib Gourmand restaurants that offer excellent value for money (until  €35), having Portugal 36 of them. 
The other restaurants with two star designation remained the same for 2019, with Benoit Sinthon at Il Gallo d’Oro in Funchal (Madeira Island), Ricardo Costa at The Yeatman in Vila Nova de Gaia, José Avillez of Belcanto in Lisbon, Hans Neuner of Ocean and Dieter Koschina of Vila Joya in the Algarve.
Retaining their one star for another year are: Luís Pestana (under the signature of Joachim Koerper) for Restaurant William in Funchal, Rui Paula at Casa de Chá da Boa Nova, Pedro Lemos at Pedro Lemos and Vitor Matos at Antiqvvm in Porto; Tiago Bonito at Casa da Calçada in Amarante, João Rodrigues at Feitoria, Henrique Sá Pessoa at Alma, Joachim Koerper at Eleven and Alexandre Silva at Loco in Lisbon; Sergi Arola at LAB in Sintra, Miguel Rocha Vieira at Forteleza do Guincho in Cascais, Miguel Laffan for L’And in Alentejo, Rui Silvestre at Bon Bon, Willie Wurger at Willies, Henrique Leis at Henrique Leis, and Leonel Pereira at São Gabriel, all in the Algarve.

Check here the full list of results for Portugal Michelin Stars 2019:

- Belcanto (Lisboa), José Avillez 
Alma (Lisboa),  Henrique Sá Pessoa (New)

Ocean (Armação de Pêra), Hans Neuner
Vila Joya (Albufeira), Dieter KoshinaIl Gallo d’Oro (Funchal, Madeira) - Benoit Sinthon The Yeatman  (Vila Nova de Gaia), Ricardo Costa 
Casa de Chá da Boa Nova (Leça da Palmeira| Porto), Rui Paula 
Antiqvvm (Porto),  Vitor Matos 
- Pedro Lemos (Porto), Pedro Lemos
- Casa da Calçada (Amarante), Tiago Bonito

A Cozinha (Guimarães), António Loureiro (New)
G Pousada (Bragança), Óscar Geadas (New)
Eleven (Lisboa), Joachim Koerper
Feitoria (Lisboa), João Rodrigues
Loco (Lisboa), Alexandre Silva 
Fortaleza do Guincho (Cascais), Miguel Vieira
LAB (Penha Longa, Sintra), Sergi Arola 
Midori (Penha Longa, Sintra), Pedro Almeida (New)
L’And Vineyards (Montemor-o-Novo, Alentejo), Miguel Laffan 
Henrique Leis (Almancil, Algarve), Henrique Leis
São Gabriel (Almancil, Algarve) , Leonel Pereira 
Willie’s (Vilamoura, Algarve), Willie Wurger
Bon Bon (Carvoeiro, Algarve) / Rui Silvestre
Gusto by Heinz Beck (Almancil, Algarve) /Heinz Beck 
Vista (Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Algarve) / João Oliveira 
William ( Funchal, Madeira), Luís Pestana  


Michelin Gala visits Portugal for the first time

Portugal is hosting for the first time, the Portugal and Spain Michelin Guide Gala 2019.   
The event, which had always been held in Spanish cities, is happening at the Carlos Lopes Pavilion in Lisbon on 21st November. This is also a special occasion, since is the gala’s 10th anniversary.
The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, will become the centre of Iberian gastronomy when Michelin will announce which Portuguese and Spanish restaurants will receive one, two or three stars at a ceremony that includes a meal 
José Avillez (restaurante Belcanto, two Michelin stars) is going to be the “coordinator of the great culinary festival”, that is also going to involve Miguel Rocha Vieira (Fortaleza do Guincho), Henrique Sá Pessoa (Alma), Joachim Koerper (Eleven), João Rodrigues (Feitoria), Alexandre Silva (Loco) and Sergi Arola (LAB by Sergi Arola), all of who have one Michelin star.
Last year, Portugal won two more single Michelin Stars restaurants, making a total of 23 awarded restaurants and 28 Michelin Stars.
This Gala usually welcomes around 500 guests and experiences noticeable media coverage, from many Portuguese and Spanish media.


Turismo de Portugal launched “Portugal. The Summer” campaign

The official launch of the “Portugal. The Summer” campaign, took place last 6th of November, at Pavilhão de Portugal during the Web Summit  2018 conference.

Its main goal is to boost Portugal as the best summer destination while, at the same time, extending the great summer feeling throughout the year. Visitors can feel the warmth of the Portuguese people and the summer heat any time of the year.

In this spirit, Turismo de Portugal partnered with U.S. band Portugal. The Man to bring an original idea to life: create five versions of the song Live in the Moment, one of the band's biggest hits.

Turismo de Portugal challenged bands and artists worldwide to play their version for Portugal, inspired by the five key characteristics of a Portuguese summer:

    The touch and heat of the summer sun, one of the sunniest countries in Europe


The versions were chosen by Portugal. The Man themselves and were used as the soundtrack for 5 music videos produced by Bruno Ferreira, a Portuguese director who has a large body of work in the music field.

The results were nothing short of amazing. We shortlisted 24 songs from the more than 300 submissions received from the five continents, and then picked five winners of very different styles.

The artists will get to chance to perform their songs LIVE in 2019 at one of the biggest music festivals in the country.

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From November 5 to 8, Lisbon hosts another edition of Web Summit.

From 5th - 8th November 2018, Lisbon will be hosting another edition of Web Summit. It is a great opportunity to catch up with the latest IT trends... and an excellent opportunity to get to know Lisbon.

Not to be missed in Lisbon

Lisbon is a city that really makes you want to explore and discover it. Safe and friendly, it is easy to visit and has lots to see and do. It is the perfect place to spend a few days. It is both ancient and modern and it is invariably surprising.

Start with the city centre area known as the Baixa. This is the heart of the city, where you will find the monumental square Praça do Comércio that opens on to the River Tagus. For an aerial view, your best bet is to go up to the historic neighbourhoods of Alfama and St. George's Castle. Other good options are the viewpoints on the city's other hills, such as São Pedro de Alcântara, Graça or Santa Catarina.


For a city tour, there's nothing like a tram ride, but there are other options too: Segway, "tuk-tuk", hop-on-hop-off buses or even a boat, if you want to see Lisbon from the river. Take a look at the urban art painted on the walls of buildings or at street details, and discover a veritable open-air art gallery.

Once you've seen the historic centre, the next thing on your must-see list is Belém, the neighbourhood of the Portuguese Discoveries and the 16th-century seafarers. This is where you will find the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, both of which are World Heritage sites. And then there is the original Coach Museum and the contemporary Berardo Museum in the Belém Cultural Centre. Be sure to sample one of the famous Portuguese custard tarts, called "pastéis de nata" and, with it being November, it will be hard to resist the hot roast chestnuts on sale in the street.
Other museums worth mentioning in Lisbon are the National Museum of Ancient Art, the National Tile Museum and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, where various art treasures from Portugal and around the world are kept.

Save the Bairro Alto and the Chiado for the end of the day. In the evening, a host of bars and restaurants open their doors and the nightlife starts to buzz. The same is true of Cais do Sodré, closer to the river. For a dinner with a difference, try a fado house and listen to a performance of the Portuguese song that has been declared World Heritage. 

Web Summit will be held in the Parque das Nações. Boasting a prime riverside location, this neighbourhood is, in itself, a success story, since it was created by revitalising an industrial zone. The Oceanarium is definitely worth visiting with its exhibits representing the oceans of our planet. And alongside the river, you can admire examples of contemporary architecture and enjoy the open-air leisure areas.

A visit to Lisbon can also include a trip to the beach, whether on the Costa da Caparica, the Estoril and Cascais Coast or, a little farther north, the fishing town of Ericeira. Portugal averages 300 sunny days a year and generally has an agreeable climate. Even on rainy days, you can still sometimes spot a bit of blue sky. In November, the weather is quite pleasant and you are likely to get the chance to enjoy some walks by the shore.

The climate and a coast with great waves have combined to make Portugal a favourite spot for surfing. Surfers come here from all over the world and further proof lies in the various amateur and professional competitions held in early October. So why not take the opportunity for some surfing lessons?

With so much to see and do in Lisbon, why wait? 

For the fifth year in a row, Portugal‬ considered the World's Best Golf Destination for 2018

For the fifth year in a row, ‎Portugal takes the title of World's Best Golf Destination in the 5th Annual World Golf Awards ceremony that took place last Saturday 3rd November in the La Manga Club, Spain (Cartagena, Murcia).

Portugal also won the title of Europe's Best Golf Destination 2018, after winning the same award in 201720162015 and 2014 , and in the Word Travel Awards in 2013 the title of World's Leading Golf Destination 2013.

World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations through their annual awards programme .World Golf Awards™ is part of World Travel Awards.

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