The Azores Airlines Pro 2019 starts today in São Miguel Island!

Between the 17th to the 22nd of September, come and see the exhibitions of the world’s best surfers during the Azores Airlines Pro 2019, which takes place in São Miguel.

This event is part of the World Qualifying Series of the Professional Surfers’ Association and has been classified as a Prime Event, which is the highest grade awarded in this sport. 

The setting that has been chosen for this tournament is the beach of Santa Bárbara, close to Ribeira Grande on the northern coast of São Miguel island, whose waves are greatly appreciated by the many aficionados of this sport.

Find more information at: Airlines Pro 2019


Portugal will host the BikingMan World Championship for its first time, featuring the cycling potential of Algarve and Alentejo regions

Portugal: the 5th stage of the BikingMan World Series: 950 kilometers, 11,500 meters of elevation gain, 1 stage!

BikingMan Portugal is the 1st unassisted ultracycling race of the Lusitania region. 80 top endurance athletes from around the globe (20 different countries) will be gathered to race in complete autonomy from Faro to Faro. 

Starting and finishing at Jardim Manuel Bivar (Faro, Algarve) on September, Monday 23rd at 5:00 am, all participants will cycle Solo or as teams of two.

The race course has been designed to explore the Algarve, the many fortified cities of the
Alentejo along the Spanish border, the Atlantic coast to reach the most extreme Western point of Europe and finally the Monchique mountain range. All participants will have to follow a mandatory course with two checkpoints to be reached in a limited time to avoid disqualification:
- KM 333 : Checkpoint 1 Pousada de Vila Viçosa
- KM 689 : Checkpoint 2 Pousada de Sagres

They will ride non-stop (unstaged race), carry their water/food/repair on their bicycle, manage their rest time and will need to remain unassisted from the start to the finish. As they will ride day and night, they will have to face the challenging terrain of the Algarve mountains, the wind of the western Atlantic coast and isolated roads. The 950 km need to be completed under 120 hours.

20 different countries gathered around a manpowered extreme adventure!

From elite to passionate cyclists, the BikingMan is open to everyone who loves riding a bicycle and exploring new territories. Still, the competition will be intense with the leaders of the championship attending and who are targeting a 40 hours objective to complete the 950
kilometers without sleeping. The performance of the first athletes who will reach Faro will most likely be a world record time for covering such a distance in Algarve and Alentejo. 10 women and 70 men will be on the starting line. From USA to South America and Asia, athletes from around the world will soon explore Portugal.

The “unsupported” element of the event limits the number of cars on the road and help to
promote a growing need for eco and sports tourism in the region. All participants need to search, find and buy food/water/hotel on the road which will guarantee:
- an exploration of the typical Portuguese lifestyle in rural areas
- the experience of the Portuguese gastronomy on the road
- the discovery of some of the most epic architectural cities such as: Faro, Estoi, Mértola,
Vila Viçosa, Evora, Sagres, Monchique…

Each participant will be equipped with a GPS tracker, which will allow to livetrack her/his position on the race website at all time: 

The race village at Jardim Manuel Bivar is open to the public and to everyone willing to witness the amazing feat of the participants. The fastest cyclists will reach Faro by Tuesday 24th at 8:00 PM!


TAP Air Portugal launches direct flights from Porto to Munich

TAP Air Portugal began direct flights between Porto and Munich, Germany’s third-largest city,  since last Sunday, 1 September 2019. Daily flights to the Bavarian city depart Porto at 11:30 a.m. and arrive at 5:45 p.m. 
Porto-Munich flights are available from €42 (one-way price including taxes) on the Airline’s website TAP Miles&Go customers can purchase the Porto-Munich flight from 7,500 miles.

Find more information at: in a few days

The sixth edition of Festival F 2019 in Faro, it´s starts today. Take a look at the programme and decide what you don't want to miss!

At the beginning of September, do not miss the last big summer festival that for two days livens up the historic centre of Faro, the capital of the Algarve.

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 programme for children and a ticket policy designed for families.

Find more information at:


Caramulo Motorfestival: 6-8 September 2019

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. 

Find more information at: Motorfestival

Between the 20th to the 22nd of September, don´t miss the Algarve Nature Fest 2019

The Algarve Nature Fest, is an event dedicated entirely to nature tourism that will remind everyone of the beauty of the Algarve

During this event, there will be special offers available on many outdoor activities some of which enjoy a rural setting. There will be plenty of action for everyone who enjoys active holidays in unspoiled surroundings. And when we say plenty, we really mean plenty! 

For two days the event will be offering walks, birdwatching, dolphin and whale watching, boat trips, cycle outings, horseback and donkey outings, and even airborne and underwater activities that you try for free.

Find more information at:

The 10th edition of the Algarve Spa Week returns for the second week during the 5th and 13th October 2019

The 10th edition of ALGARVE SPA WEEK, under the theme of Be Active & Be Well, invites you to experience the best Spas of 5 star hotels in Algarve with 50% discount on the ASW treatments menu.

In 9 days make a sensory journey through the Spas in Algarve, discover places of absolute relaxation and pleasure to revigorate body and mind.

We are waiting for you in the participant Spas: Salgados Palace Spa, Atlântico Spa, 7Seven Spa, Almond Tree Wellness Spa, Spa by Blue&Green, Tivoli Spa Marina Vilamoura, Tivoli Spa Carvoeiro, Lisvaýa Spa, Anantara Spa, Alma Spa and Osmos Wellness Center.


Don´t miss the Superbike World Championship from 6-8 September 2019, in Portimão International Circuit

Vibrate with the vertiginous speed of the superbikes which will take part in one of the stages of the Superbike world championship in the Portimão International Circuit, in the Algarve.

Renowned for its competitive edge, the SBK championship has its traditional centre is in Europe and is also hosted in various parts of the globe such as Australia, Qatar and the United States. 
This competition is even more thrilling because no prototypes are used - only bikes built from commercial models.

As in other motorsports, each event counts for two simultaneous championships – pilots and brands.

Find more information at:

Algarve events guide for September 2019

Going to the Algarve during the month of September 2019? So discover here what’s happening in the Algarve region.

The Algarve is known for its beachesnatural 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 Map

September 2019 "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 August. "Follow 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 


From the 27th to the 31st of August, the Festival do Crato 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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The 2019 edition of the Medieval Days in Castro Marim, returns between the 28th of August and the 1st of September to the Algarve

In the end of August and beginning of September, Castro Marim, in the Algarve, 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. 

Find more information at:

EasyJet will launch its new direct route between Porto and Montpellier on December 14th

The easyJet airline has announced another strategic route opening from Porto, to the French Mediterranean city of Montpellier.

Coming to join the six routes already inaugurated this year by the carrier, the first trip from 
Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport to Montpellier - Méditerranée is scheduled for December 14th.

This new easyJet bet for the upcoming season in
Portugal is part of the company's growth strategy, so it will be possible to fly Porto - Montpellier until 28 March 2020, on Mondays and Saturdays. It will be a two weekly flights operations.


Between August 25th to September 8th, don´t miss the Madeira Wine Festival 2019

From August 25th to September 8th, take part in the festival that's dedicated to one of the most famous products from Madeira island.

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.

To follow up all the activities integrated in the Madeira Wine Festival official program go to:

- Download the Madeira Wine Fest Program here. Wine Fest


August 2019 "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 August. "Follow 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 

Until the 4 of August don´t miss the Óbidos Medieval market

From the 18th of July to the 4th of August, visit the Óbidos medieval market, and back in time.
©Município de Óbidos
Surrounded by its high town walls, Óbidos 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.

©Município de Óbidos
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.


Two new UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in Portugal: Royal Building of Mafra and Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has inscribed two new cultural sites in Portugal:
The Royal Building of Mafra: Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (tapada) and the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga.  As of today Portugal has 17 tangible cultural heritage sites.

- Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (tapada)
Located 30 km northwest of Lisbon, the site was conceived by King João V in 1711 as a tangible representation of his conception of the monarchy and the State. This imposing quadrangular building houses the king’s and queen's palaces, the royal chapel, shaped like a Roman baroque basilica, a Franciscan monastery and a library containing 36,000 volumes. The complex is completed by the Cerco garden, with its geometric layout, and the royal hunting park (Tapada). The Royal Mafra Building is one of the most remarkable works undertaken by King João V, which illustrates the power and reach of the Portuguese Empire. João V adopted Roman and Italian baroque architectural and artistic models and commissioned works of art that make Mafra an exceptional example of Italian Baroque.

-Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, in Braga

The site, a cultural landscape located on the slopes of Mount Espinho, overlooking the city of Braga in the north of Portugal, evokes Christian Jerusalem, recreating a sacred mount crowned with a church. The sanctuary was developed over a period of more than 600 years, primarily in a Baroque style, and illustrates a European tradition of creating Sacri Monti (sacred mountains), promoted by the Catholic Church at the Council of Trent in the 16th century, in reaction to the Protestant Reformation. The Bom Jesus ensemble is centred on a Via Crucis that leads up the western slope of the mount. It includes a series of chapels that house sculptures evoking the Passion of Christ, as well as fountains, allegorical sculptures and formal gardens. The Via Crucis culminates at the church, which was built between 1784 and 1811. The granite buildings have whitewashed plaster façades, framed by exposed stonework. The celebrated Stairway of the Five Senses, with its walls, steps, fountains, statues and other ornamental elements, is the most emblematic Baroque work within the property.

Source: UNESCO


Marvão International Music Festival: From 19-28 July 2019

In July the magic of classical music invades the dream-like setting of Marvão, in Alentejo.

With a focus on quality, through a carefully constructed programme and the selection of peerless musicians from various parts of the world, the Marvão International Music Festival has been making its mark on the European itineraries of summer festivals of classical music.

At the same time, this event aims to open up to a new audience and new experiences as it harmoniously links together various musical styles and other forms of artistic expression, such as the visual arts and dance, thus becoming an excellent stage for creativity.

Find more information at:ão-international-music-festival

From the 6th to the 28th of July the Agitágueda Festival brings a lot of colour and animation to this city in the heart of Portugal

The Agitágueda event, held in the city centre along the river, is world renowned for the originality of the Umbrella Sky Project, where over 3000 colourful umbrellas covered four of its main streets in an event of great visual impact. 

In addition to this and other facilities that allow urban art to be their distinguishing feature, the AgitÁgueda program includes performances, concerts and many amazing initiatives that make of it a unique event.

Find more about at:

Don´t miss from 5-7 of July 2019, the FIA WTCR Race of Portugal in Vila Real

From the 5th to the 7th of July 2019, travel to Vila Real and prepared to be thrilled by the high-speed vehicles competing in the World Touring Car Cup

A street circuit oozing history and intrigue, racing has been held on Vila Real’s demanding hillside roads since 1931, when Gaspar Sameiro and Ercilio Barbosa conquered the original 7.150-kilometre course in a Ford Model A. The 4.785-kilometre layout now used is a challenging blend of fast turns, climbs and descents. While a handful of chicanes were installed for safety reasons, the spectacle remains unaltered with speeds exceeding 200kph on the final downhill section.

Included within the annual timetable of the FIA – the International Automobile Federation, this event will be attended by the world’s finest touring car drivers and involves car manufacturers such as BMW, Seat or Chevrolet.

Find more information at:
- Portugal Race Timetable



Algarve events guide for July 2019

Going to the Algarve during the month of July 2019? So discover here what’s happening in the Algarve region.

The Algarve is known for its beachesnatural 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 Map

TAP begins flights to Washington DC

Portuguese airline completes series of new route launches to North America this year:

- First direct TAP flight between Lisbon and Washington-Dulles is in the air- Five flights a week between Lisbon and Washington
- Fourfold in 16 of crease in the number of North American destinations served

Last 16th of June 2019, TAP flight TP231 left Lisbon, launching the direct service between the Portuguese capital and Washington DC. This is the last of three American destinations the Portuguese airline has launched this summer.

The new direct route between Portugal and Washington-Dulles consolidates the airline’s commitment to the North American market and enhances the growth it has recorded so far. 

Flights between Lisbon and Washington DC, will operate five times a week, leaving Lisbon at 16:30 and arriving at Dulles at 19:40 local time. The flights then leave Washington at 22:40, arriving in the Portuguese capital at 10:50 the next day. 

On 1 June, TAP launched its service to Chicago, then on 10 June – Portugal Day – it began operating flights between the Portuguese capital and San Francisco. The launch of these three new routes to the USA was completed on June 16 with the inaugural flight between Lisbon and Washington DC.

The airline will launch flights to another five new destinations this summer: to Conakry and Banjul from Lisbon, and to Brussels, Lyon and Munich from Porto. With these new routes, the TAP network will grow to 91 cities in 37 countries. 


Qatar Airways Touches Down in Lisbon for the First Time

Qatar Airways’ first ever passenger flight to Portugal landed at Lisbon Airport on Monday 24 June 2019, as the airline adds to its rapidly expanding European network. Operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, flight QR343 was greeted with a water cannon salute on arrival.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said
“We are delighted to launch direct services to Lisbon, the latest addition to Qatar Airways’ rapidly expanding European network. Lisbon is renowned for its extensive history and culture, boasting a rich artistic and gastronomic heritage. We look forward to welcoming business and leisure travellers alike on board so that they may experience this vibrant destination, one of the oldest capitals in Western Europe. 
The new route confirms our commitment to the Portuguese market and will provide passengers travelling from Lisbon access to Qatar Airways’ extensive global route network of more than 160 destinations around the world.”
The new daily direct services to Lisbon will be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. 
It will be operated seven times weekly services in summer 2019 and five times weekly service in winter 2019/2020.
The service opens up a world of connectivity for Qatar Airways customers travelling from Lisbon to destinations across Africa, Asia and Australia, such as Maputo, Hong Kong, Bali, Maldives, Bangkok, Sydney and many more.
Lisbon has also joined Qatar Airways’ air freight network, with the carrier’s cargo arm offering a total capacity of 70 tonnes to and from Portugal each week, and a direct connection to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas via Doha. 
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide.  

For further information contact: 
LinkedIn Airport

Source: Qatar Airways


Portugal awarded again Europe's Leading Destination in the World Travel Awards, Europe's 2019 Ceremony

The 26th edition of the European World Travel Awards for 2019 was held in Madeira, at Belmond Reid's Palace, last 8th of June 2019, and Portugal won 27 European awards, plus 15 in the country category/Portugal, making a total of 42 awards.

Portugal was rated “Europe’s Leading Destination” and Lisbon Europe’s Leading City Break Destination” for the third year in a row. Lisbon was also considered “Europe’s Leading Cruise Port” for the fourth time in a row. For the sixth time the Algarve was chosen as the “Leading Beach Destination”, an award it has already won in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, such as Madeira that was chosen as the “Europe’s Leading Island destination”, an award it has already won in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. 
To these distinctions, we can add that of the Institute of Tourism of Portugal, deemed to be “Europe’s Leading Tourist Board". It should be noted that in 2019 Portugal was represented with more than 140 nominations, in 70 different categories. 
These were the 27 awards attributed to Portugal:
Europe's Leading Tourist Board 2019

Europe's Leading Destination 2019

Europe's Leading Beach Destination 2019
Europe's Leading Island Destination 2019

Europe's Leading City Break Destination 2019
Europe's Leading Cruise Port 2019

Europe's Leading City Tourist Board 2019
Europe's Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2019

Europe's Leading Tourism Development Project 2019

Europe's Responsible Tourism Award 2019
Europe's Leading Airline to South America 2019

Europe's Leading Airline to Africa 2019

Europe's Leading Inflight Magazine 2019

Europe's Leading River Cruise Company 2019

Europe's Leading Business Hotel 2019

Europe's Leading MICE Hotel 2019
Europe's Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2019

Europe's Leading Beach Resort 2019

Europe's Leading Design Hotel 2019

Europe's Leading Boutique Hotel 2019
Europe's Leading Lifestyle Resort 2019

Europe's Leading Luxury Hotel & Villas 2019

Europe's Leading Resort Villas 2019

Europe's Most Romantic Resort 2019

Europe's Leading Island Resort 2019

Europe's Leading Luxury Lifestyle Resort 2019
Europe's Leading Boutique Hotel Operator 2019

Besides the Europe awards, Portugal also won 15 awards in the country category/Portugal, here is the list:
Portugal's Leading Boutique Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Lifestyle Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Business Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Conference Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Car Rental Company 2019

Portugal's Leading Family Resort 2019

Portugal's Leading Design Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Destination Management Company 2019

Portugal's Leading Green Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Hotel 2019

Portugal's Leading Hotel Residences 2019

Portugal's Leading Hotel Suite 2019

Portugal's Leading Resort 2019

Portugal's Leading Serviced Apartments 2019

Portugal's Leading Villa Resort 2019

Created in 1993, the World Travel Awards recognition the work done in the area of the tourist industry worldwide in order to stimulate competitiveness and quality in tourism. The nominees are selected on a worldwide scale by thousands of industry sector professionals who choose their favorites every year.