Douro Valley Half Marathon: On 19th of May at 11 o`clock

In May, come to the Douro wine region and take part in one of the world’s most beautiful races!

Starting at the lake formed by the dam of the Barragem de Bagaúste in the municipality of Armamar and ending in the Avenida do Douro in Peso da Régua, this half marathon covers a distance of roughly 21 kilometres along the banks of the River Douro, passing through some truly breathtaking countryside. This sports event has gradually earned a firm reputation both nationally and internationally and brings together thousands of competitors from all kinds of different countries.

Besides the half marathon, there will be other events designed to make your stay in the region an unforgettable experience, such as concerts, exhibitions or special wine tasting sessions, all taking place in what is the world’s oldest demarcated wine region, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.

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TAP wins “Gold” with new Safety Video

TAP's new safety video has won the "Gold" award in the Prémios Meios & Publicidade Media and Advertising Awards, Corporate Communications category. The film can be viewed on the company's Facebook and YouTube pages and is played on all flights in the TAP fleet.

With a view to reinforcing its market positioning of "With arms wide open", TAP has once again shown its innovative capacity and invited its passengers to star as the main characters in the safety video.

To do this the airline built a hangar at Lisbon Airport housing a set depicting the interior of an aircraft and over a period of eight days invited all the passengers present to participate.

More than one thousand passengers from different nationalities were approached and this led to about 250 people participating in the process. Out of these about 50 people were then selected to be the "stars" in the new TAP safety video.

McCann Erickson was the agency responsible for the creativity, development and implementation of this pioneering project at global level.  
Source: Tap Portugal


Madeira Flower Festival: 9th to 15th May

Thinking about planning your Spring holidays? We have the perfect suggestion for you!

From the 9th to 15th of May, the city of Funchal will stage the annual Madeira Flower Festival. This year the grand Flower Festival will run under the motto "The Route of Flowers".

This magical event begins on Saturday morning with the Children's Parade, which runs along the main streets of Funchal to the Town Hall Square for the construction of the "Wall of Hope".

On Sunday afternoon the streets of downtown Funchal will be filled with music and fun as the parade passes by, with colourfully decorated floats with all kinds of flowers.

There will be many other entertaining activities going on at the same time: the creation of delicate floral carpets in the main squares of Avenida Arriaga, music concerts, performances by regional folklore groups, contests for shop windows decoration and the Flower Exhibition held in the Largo da Restauração.

The programme includes the preparation of typical floral carpets, a flower market, flower sculptures, a wall adorned by children known as the “Wall of Hope”, an allegoric parade, the performance of folklore groups and plenty of entertainment on the main streets of Funchal.

Take benefit of the mild climate, enjoy the island floral scents and discover an exuberant and passionate nature.

Read further about the Flower Festival at da Flor


SAL- Surf At Lisbon Film Fest 2nd Edition: 27-30 June 2013

After the first and very successful edition of SAL- Surf At Lisbon Film Fest 2012 at the prestigious São Jorge Cinema in the heart of beautiful Lisbon, the annual Surf at Lisbon Surf Film Festival has officially started the preparations for its second edition.

The Surf at Lisbon Film Festival is a four days event hosted in the European Surf capital. Featuring screenings of independent surf films from well known and young filmmakers it's a one of a kind event that celebrates surf art, culture and lifestyle, so popular in Portugal.

Just as in 2012, both local portuguese audience aswell as the international audience are expected at the event.

The SAL competition is open to feature-length and short surf film. Submissions are open through May 15th, 2013.

 The online submission form and complete information regarding eligibility and entry rules for the 2013 SAL Surf At Lisbon Film Fest are available on the website at

Our mission is to provide filmmakers the opportunity to present their work to a larger audience and an opportunity for the surf community to view quality surf movies on a big screen in one of the most beautiful capital cities in Europe. SAL put Lisbon on the map as a surf friendly European capital just as surf culture becomes more and more popular all over the world.

SAL | Surf At Lisbon Film Fest | 2012 | Re·Cap from SAL | SURF AT LISBON FILM FEST on Vimeo.

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Porto and the Gaia wine lodges

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In Porto, toast the ancient and the modern over a glass of one of the world’s most respected wines.

Walk through the historic city centre and discover the strong character of this city and its people.

Take in the bustle of the Ribeira. Look to the skies and discover the towers of the fortress Se looming above.

Visit the Clérigos tower, the fine D. Luís bridge and admire the impressive historic centre, granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Pick out examples of the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Neo-classical and Industrial – architectural styles that sit side by side, and are now complemented by the designs of such buildings as the Porto School of Architecture.Visit the Serralves Museum and the Faculty of Architecture.

And all trips to Porto have to involve one of the world’s most famous wines: port. Visit the places that defined the history of port, such as the Vinho do Porto manor house and the Museum.

In Gaia, there are more than fifty companies that make this wine. Visit them and see the aged wooden barrels in which the port is slowly matured. And the best news of all? You’ll even get a free taste or two.

See here the list of Port Wine Cellars

More suggestions about Porto here


Free Apps about Madeira

When you travel to the Archipelago of Madeira, discover some of the free mobile apps available for the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo.

For Android or iPhone, you can download applications at no cost to facilitate your leisure or business trip.

Discover in the following list all the available apps which requires no payment and that you can easily install on your mobile phone and iPhone, in order to learn more about this destination.
Click here to see the list of the all the available Apps about Madeira Island.

Source: Madeira Tourism


Lisbon Fish & Flavours starts today!

Don’t miss the “Lisbon Fish and Flavours” festival from 4th to 14th April,- the chance to enjoy innovative gastronomic dishes created from fish and seafood.

For eleven days, "Lisbon Fish and Flavours" will offer all its visitors the chance to enjoy innovative gastronomic dishes created from fish and seafood, in a relaxed atmosphere where spending time with friends and family is a genuine delight. You can take part in the demonstrations of gourmet food, get to know some of the region’s best restaurants and the work of their great chefs, delight in the live music and entertainment provided, read a book or taste a fine wine.

If you enjoy good food and gourmet cooking, this is the place for you!

Place: Pátio da Galé
Located in Terreiro do Paço, at Praça do Comércio plaza, near the  Tejo river, at a prime area of the Portuguese capital city. After been recovered, Pátio da Galé receives again the Lisbon Fish & Flavours, as it happened in its first edition, in 2008.  

 Event Schedule:

- 4 April / 6:00 p.m. - 24:00 
- 5 - 13 April / 12:00 - 24:00
- 14 April / 12:00 - 04:00 p.m.  

Click here to download the programme and here for the Press Kit

See detailed information here

Further Information at:
T.: +351 222 088 499


Free Golf Club Carriage With Flights to the Algarve – The Ultimate Golf Destination

The airline has teamed up with the Algarve Promotion Bureau to offer golfers FREE golf club carriage on all flights* to Faro from 8th April to 31st May 2013. has got great golfing down to a tee with an exciting offer! While the weather has been bitterly cold in the UK, avid golfers can really get into the swing of things this spring with free golf club carriage.

To take advantage of this fantastic offer, golfers simply need to book via the website. Once they have added golf club carriage to their booking, all they need to do is enter promo code FREEGOLF at the checkout stage.

This exclusive offer for spring makes playing golf in Portugal's sunshine region even more cost effective. Spring has certainly not been very green in the UK, which is why is ensuring golfers have another shot at enjoying some fantastic fairways this season.

The Algarve is famed for its beautifully manicured golf courses, complete with sparkling water features, great swathes of forestry and amazing Atlantic views. It's these, coupled with a range of gorgeous golf resorts and hotels to suit different budgets that make the Algarve all good for golf. The vibrant blue skies and calm winds only add to the perfect conditions for beginners and experienced players alike looking to practice their pitching.

The region receives around 300 days of sunshine a year and with the UK stuck in a continuing cold snap, there's no time like the present to book a golfing break to the Algarve. Just a three-hour flight away, the region is one of the most accessible golf destinations in Europe offering the perfect escape for golfers looking for a sterling sporting experience. offers flights to Faro from:
-East Midlands
-Leeds Bradford

-Belfast (starting 25th May)

To book this unmissable offer, please visit:  and enter promotion code FREEGOLF

For further information on golf in the Algarve visit:  

Terms and Conditions:
•One discount per booking applies
•Offer is valid on new bookings only made from 8th April and applies to travel from this date returning on or before 31st May 2013
•Free golf carriage applies for all passengers on flights to the Algarve operating within the specified travel period excluding flights originating from or flying to Edinburgh
•The offer is only available online at
•To claim your discount: add golf carriage to your booking and enter promo code FREEGOLF at the checkout/payment stage of the booking
•Offer does not apply for bookings including infants
•Customers must be aged 18 or over to place a booking
•If dates are changed by customer after the promotional period, or to flight dates outside of the promotional period the discount will no longer apply
• reserves the right to amend or remove this promotion at any time prior to customer booking
•All other terms and conditions as per the website apply

To redeem against a group booking, please quote FREEGOLF immediately to the groups department team once your booking is confirmed. Discounts cannot be applied if you add golf bags separately online

Notice: Free club carriage is subject to Jet2 terms and conditions for this promotion, details of which are available on the relevant airline website. Club carriage is subject to availability and it is not the responsibility of the Algarve Tourism Bureau

Source: Algarve Tourism Bureau


New website of Ô Hotels & Resorts

Ô Hotels & Resorts have launch a new website, with simple, direct navigation and access to all the essential and necessary information to get to know all of the Hotels and Thermal Centres from this hotel group.

Now, you can access in one place to all of their products, promotions and experiences with detailed and updated information.

The Ô Concept
In 2010, four character hotels, all located in sunny regions with secular heritage, decided to gather under a unique, single standard. Ô Hotels & Resorts was created to promote the cultural charms of the Portuguese regions of Vimeiro and Monfortinho. The hotel chain offers a perfect balance between adventure, discovery and well-being, lying at the heart of a rich heritage of protected landscapes.

Hotels & Resorts Group
Praia do Porto Novo
2560-100 Maceira - Torres Vedras
Tel.: +351 261 980 800 | Fax: +351 261 984 621

Source: Ô Hotels & Resorts