Porto will become Emirates' second destination in Portugal after its capital, Lisbon

Emirates announced last 19th February,  that it will launch a four times weekly service between Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, and Dubai, from 2 July 2019.
Porto will become Emirates’ second destination in Portugal after its capital, Lisbon, which the airline currently serves with two flights a day. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three class cabin configuration, offering eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.

The flight between Dubai and Porto will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and depart Dubai as EK197 at 0915hrs and arrive in Porto at 1430hrs. The return flight, EK198, will depart Porto at 1735hrs and land in Dubai at 0415hrs the next morning. 
Situated along the coast and on the Douro River, Porto is world famous for its Port wine production and historical city centre, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides offering a rich cultural heritage and variety of tourist attractions, Porto is also an important trade and industrial city, attracting business travellers.
“Porto is currently enjoying increased levels of tourism, which is also reflective of the growth in the number of visitors to Portugal as a whole. The introduction of this new flight, along with our twice daily Lisbon service, will help meet this growing demand from both leisure and business travellers, as well as provide them with more choice, flexibility and connectivity when travelling to and from Portugal,” said Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline.
Source: Emirates


European Cycle Tourism Week 2019

At the end of June, Portugal will host the European Cycle Tourism Week, a major event promoted by the European Cycling Federation, represented in Portugal by the Portuguese Cycling Federation (Federação Portuguesa de Ciclismo).

In 2019 Belmonte will be the base for this event, whose purpose is to promote leisure cycling, unhurriedly and without races, where the intention will be to discover the extensive region of Historic Villages showing Portugal as an important destination for those who like cycling, whether professional or not.

All week long, there will be three daily rides - short, medium and long - which will start and finish in Belmonte; 10 in-line routes to the Historic Villages furthest away; 2 harder challenges including mountain stretches and long distances, and 1 GPC [‘Grande Percurso de Cicloturismo’], a Long Cycle Touring Route of the Historic Villages, covering about 600 km.

In addition to the rides there will be another programme with activities for children and tours of the Historic Villages.

Find more information at: Semaine Européenne de Cycloturisme 2019