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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




2018/12/03

Visitportugal.com was considered for the second year in a row 🏆🏆 the "World's Leading Tourism Authority Website 2018" by the World Travel Awards


In the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2018 that took place last December 1st  in Lisbon’s historic Pátio da Galéthe Visitportugal.com was considered for the second year in a row the "World's Leading Tourism Authority Website 2018


Visitportugal is the official website for Portugal as a tourist destination, and is developed by Turismo de Portugal, I.P., the national tourist board.


Forming an integral part of the Ministry of Economy, Turismo de Portugal, I.P., is responsible for the promotion, development and sustainability of tourist activity. It thus unites in one single body all the institutional powers relating to the development of tourism, in all areas ranging from supply to demand.

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