Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal: 9-20 October 2013

After last year's incredible display of barrel riding at Supertubos, the world's greatest surfers will once again return to the mythical shores of Peniche.
The Moche Rip Curl Pro, the 9th event of ten on the ASP World Championship Tour, will run from 9-20 October at the most hollow beach break in Europe.

Supertubos is a powerful wave that is fuelled by the long and deep swells coming from the North Atlantic, which can reach up to 4 to 5 meters in height. Because the throating barrels here look so similar to Hawaii's Banzai Pipeline, many surfers have nicknamed this wave "The European Pipe."
While the event is mobile around the town of Peniche, this year we also have the option of running in Cascais. If the swell is out of control, the bright lights of Lisbon city may be calling as we search for the most prime conditions for the world's best surfers.

If you haven't been to Peniche, Portugal then put it on your travel to do list. Or, to see what we are on about, join us this October for the live broadcast. Non-stop action as the world's best surfers pull into one of the world's best beach breaks.

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Source: Rip Curl

Portugal: The Home of European Surfing

Surfing in Portugal is a unique experience. No other coast offers such a high number of surf spots within such a short distance.

With a wealth of exceptional points and reefs along the coastline, the Moche Rip Curl Pro may be surfed at a variety of locations.

Supertubos, known as the "European Pipeline," is the most popular wave in the region. Each fall the sleepy village of Peniche swells with thousands of surf fans who pack the beaches to witness the best surfers in the world perform in the flawless barrels of Supertubos.

 While the event is mobile around the town of Peniche, this year we also have the option of running in Cascais. If the swell is out of control, the bright lights of Lisbon city may be calling as we search for the most prime conditions for the world's best surfers.

 This year's Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal from 9-20 October will again be timed perfectly to coincide with the start of the winter swells.

Source: Rip Curl

RC44 Cascais Cup: 2 - 6 October 2013

After an exciting debut in 2012, which saw the RC44 fleet challenged with a whole range of conditions, from howling winds to a light shifty sea breeze, the class once again returns to the picturesque bay of Cascais, Portugal.

Overlooked by the historic fortress of Stª Maria and surrounded by a charming village, Cascais is the home of the Clube Naval de Cascais.

The Clube Naval de Cascais was first founded in 1938 by sailing enthusiasts and has long been dedicated to promoting sailing in Portugal. Frequented by global yachting eventsincluding the America’s Cup World Series in August 2011, the Med-Cup, the Dragon Gold Cup, the TRANSAT Classic and many more, due to the reliable nature of the wind conditions and challenging race area.

The Clube Naval de Cascais offers stunning berthing conditions, as well as an outdoor shopping centre, charming 70 room hotel, Club-House with a private entrance, varied social calendar and the vibrant nightlife in the picturesque and sophisticated Village of Cascais.

Race Programme:
30th September
Registration  & Weight In
1st October
Registration  & Weight In
Practice Race
2nd October
Match Race Briefing
VIP Morning Show
1st Match Racing Race  
Press Conference
Catering & Open Bar
3rd October
Fleet Race Briefing
VIP Morning Show
1st Fleet Race of the Day
Boat Captain Meeting
After Sailing
Catering & Open Bar
4th October
Fleet Race Briefing
VIP Morning Show
1st Fleet Race of the Day
After Sailing
Catering & Open Bar
5th October
Fleet Race Briefing
VIP Morning Show
1st Fleet Race of the Day
Official Dinner & MR Prize Giving
6th October
Fleet Race Briefing
VIP Morning Show
1st Fleet Race of the Day
Last Warning Signal
Prize Giving Ceremony

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Source: RC44


Visit the Convent of Christ


UNESCO has classified this unique monument as a World Heritage site.
It is a symbol of both Western history and the history of Portugal.

Walking through the ancient streets of Tomar or the leafy park by the river, the Templars’ Castle always remains in sight.

Gualdim Pais, Master of the Order of the Temple in Portugal, chose the hill on which to build the fortress in 1160. It was around this time that work began on the Charola or Rotunda (octagonal church,) modelled on the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The convent buildings grew up around it when the Order of the Temple was transferred to the Order of the Knights of Christ, which took over all its property. At the same point in history, Prince Henry the Navigator was to lead the Portuguese nation to the maritime Discoveries, taking the Templar Cross to the seven corners of the world.
In the reign of King Manuel I, a new series of art inspired by the sea was created at the monument. The Templars’ Church is decorated with paintings and sculptures of exceptional quality. The west façade of the chapter house contains an amazing window, depicting waves, ropes, fantastic animals, angels, kings, armillary spheres and the Cross of the Order of Christ, all carved in stone.

Take your time to look around this grand convent and discover its fascinating history.

Useful Information:
Convento de Cristo
Igreja do Castelo Templário
2300-000 Tomar
Video of Convent of Christ:

Visiting hours:
- October to May: From 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last entry at 5 p.m.)
- June to September: From 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (last entry at 6 p.m.)
Recommended circuit: Henry the Navigator cloisters (Cemetery and Laundry), church, main cloister, Santa Bárbara cloister, Hostelry cloister and Micha cloister. Exit: 5:30 p.m.
It closes on 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December.

How to get there:
A1 Lisboa/Porto Motorway – Torres Novas exit; A23 motorway – Tomar exit – IC3 or EN 110 (main road)
Main Road – EN13 from Leiria; EN 110 from Coimbra.
The Tomar Tourist Train includes the Convent of Christ in its route.



Lisbon Week: 21st-28th September, 2013

Once again, Lisboa becomes a stage for discovery, with a program that offers unique meetings between the city's Arts and Heritage, from Marquês de Pombal to the Tagus River. Lisbon Week cultural event returns to showcase the most fascinating parts of Lisboa, in the most diverse areas: Art , History , Music, Food, Environment, Architecture, Innovation, Tradition, and much more from September 21 to 28.

During Lisbon Week a series of events, mostly free access, will be held which will show the city from different perspectives. From the top of Parque Eduardo VII to the river Tagus, with its epicentre in Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, the general public is invited to discover Lisboa through several thematic routes: the Green route, which runs along the Monsanto Green Lane, and starts at Jardim Amalia, in the heart of Parque Eduardo VII.

Similarly a journey through Art, made on the Lisbon Week Bus, which begins at the intersection between Parque Eduardo VII and Marques de Pombal. Finally, the History guided tour, which will unlock the secrets of the Rua das Portas de Santo Antao area, and departs from Lounge Lisbon Week.

Stay tuned for programming details to be announced soon, as well as all the activities that - during all the event days will keep the city full of life.  

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Sagres Birdwatching Festival: 4 to 6 October 2013

Plan your visit to Sagres and do not miss the Birdwatching Festival!

In October, Sagres in the Algarve will host the largest birdwatching event held in Portugal: the "Bird Watching Festival" .

At this time of the year, Sagres is the main crossing point in Portugal for migratory birds, in their trip to Africa.

The first days of the festival will be addressed to specific audiences, being the last three days opened to general public.
The diverse program includes activities such as field trips, boat trips, short-courses, environmental education workshops, bird ringing and monitoring sessions, and much more. The participants will enjoy discounts at local lodgings, restaurants and shops that are partners
of the festival.

Sagres Birdwatching Festival from Paulo Margalho on Vimeo.

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EuroSurf 2013: 13 to 22 September in Azores

Azores will host the 2013 European Surfing Championships scheduled to take place from the 13 to 22 September. 

Eurosurf 2013 will be staged at Ribeira Grande on São Miguel’s north shore, the largest of nine islands that compose the Azores archipelago.

São Miguel, also known as "the green island", is the largest and most populated island of the Azores. It has a surface area of approximately 293 square miles (759 km2) with a population of 150.000 inhabitants (aprox.)

The north shore of São Miguel it’s the most consistent all year round, with summer swells averaging 3/5 feet, reaching up to 15 feet during the winter season. Under the influence of the Gulf Stream, a warm water current that heads north east from the Gulf of Mexico, the Azores enjoy a mild temperate climate throughout the year. 

During the summer you can expect lovely warm sunny days with average 
outside temperatures between 15 and 26°C, and mild water temperatures from 20º to 24º C. Being so far out in the Atlantic, the islands are prone to  rainy days at any time of year, and without these showers of course, you could not enjoy the beautiful flora on the islands.

EuroSurf Press Press Release here

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Park and Palace of Monserrate winner of European Garden Award 2013

Park and Palace of Monserrate ©Parques de Sintra
The Park and Palace of Monserrate won the European garden Award 2013 in the category of "Best Development of a Historic park or Garden".

"The decision of the jury for the Park Monserrate as the winner of the European Garden Award in the category for "Historical parks" was made not least because of the magic and romantic atmosphere that is emanated by it still today. Meanwhile it should really say "again today" as the comprehensive redevelopment and reconstruction of the park was only completed in the past 20 years. In 1995 the park was thereupon recognised by the UNESCO as World Heritage Site as a part of the palaces and parks in Sintra.

For this outstanding result, to which the association of "Friends of Monserrate" had made a great contribution, the park and all people involved were honoured this year. Monserrate owes its establishment to an English tradesman, who had his residence in Portugal built there. He and a some more English owners as well as the architects and gardeners contracted by them have created a park in the course of many years, in which the various eras of its history - and also its intermittent oblivion - can to this day be traced and experienced in diverse layers and garden areas.
Light and shadow, exotic and rare plants, winding paths and breath-taking views, but even new garden sections, such as the rose garden that was opened in the year 2011 by the Prince of Wales, make a visit to Monserrate, in spite of the many other wonderful parks in Portugal, an unique, fascinating and therefore "prize worthy" event."

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Source: European Garden Heritage Network - EGHN

Douro Film Harvest: 14-21 September

From the14th to the 21st of September, come and see the Douro Film Harvest in the region where the world famous Port wine is produced.

This international film festival will be attended by internationally famous actors and directors and coincides with the time of the grape harvest, a period that brings great life and excitement to the Alto Douro Wine Region.

For five days, the festival will screen previously unseen films, independent films and others that have already been awarded prizes, which will be competing for the Turismo do Douro prize. The films are selected in accordance with very strict criteria and will be in perfect harmony with the romanticism of this wine region’s natural landscapes. 

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Portugal won 9 World Travel Awards for Europe

In the World Travel Awards (WTA) for Europe ceremony that took place last Saturday, August 31, in Antalya, Turkey, Portugal won 9 out of 41 nominations and besides the repeated victories from last year, these were the 9 awards attributed to Portugal:

-Europe's Leading Beach Destination: The Algarve, Portugal

-Europe's Leading City Break Destination: Lisbon, Portugal  

-Europe's Leading Golf Destination: Portugal  

-Europe's Leading Island Destination: Madeira Islands  

-Europe's Leading Boutique Resort: Vila Joya, Portugal  

-Europe's Leading Design Hotel: The Vine Hotel, Portugal  

-Europe's Leading Golf Resort: Hotel Quinta do Lago, Portugal  

-Europe's Leading Luxury Resort: Conrad Algarve, Portugal   

-Europe's Leading Villa Resort: Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, Portugal

The WTA are considered the "Oscars" of the tourism industry and celebrate 20 years in 2013.
See the full list of winners here


Wines from Douro and Porto

Discover the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. The Douro awaits you. Let the Port Wine Route surprise you!

The Douro Region is the oldest demarcated wine region, having had the 'title' since 1756. Stretching along the River Douro valley, a UNESCO world heritage site, the excellent wines produced here include the famous port wine.

The Port Wine Route offers the particular advantage that it can be done by car, train or boat, the river is navigable from Porto to Barca D'Alva, on the border with Spain.

Let yourself be enchanted by the Douro landscape, the valleys, the winding river, the terraced vines, the pure air... And take the opportunity to visit some of the estates that produce the Douro and port wine, such as Quinta do Noval, Quinta do Seixo, Quinta do Vale Meão and Quinta do Crasto.
For a trip up the river, take a barco rabelo (flat-bottomed, square-sailed boat) from the quay at Gaia and go as far as Régua, where you can make a historic journey on the old steam train. At Pinhão, visit the famous azulejo panels in the station, cross over the bridge and follow the winding roads that run alongside the river.

Combining quality with sophistication, stay the night at the Solar da Rede, in Mesão Frio, or at the Vintage House hotel, in Pinhão. An atmosphere that you will not want to leave!

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On the Santiago Route

The Routes of Santiago, crossing towns and countryside, link important places of worship all over Portugal and have been walked by pilgrims for centuries. Walk the Routes of Santiago and embark on a journey to discover Portugal and yourself!

The final destination of these routes is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where the remains of the apostle James are buried. Before his death Saint James evangelized the Iberian Peninsula which at that time was a Roman province. The Saint has been venerated since the IX century and his worship spread during the Middle Ages, giving rise to numerous pilgrimages of devotees from all over Europe.

In Portugal there are several routes according to the pilgrims’ point of departure; however it’s possible to single out three major routes. Along the various routes there were pilgrim's hostels providing accommodation and hospitality in general, built by order of the Portuguese kings who where themselves devotees of Santiago.

The North Way path, the most ancient, starts in Porto or in Braga and is very fascinating since it passes through the places where Santiago was, like Rates (where he ordained Peter as the first bishop of Braga, who then gave his name to the Romanesque church), Guimarães and Braga, this last a contender with Compostela for the title of the Center of Christianity in the peninsula. This route split into two, one along the coast, the original path which cut through the region in a straight line, the other in the east: the Route of Geira Romana (the ancient Roman road), which crosses Gerês up to Portela do Homem.

The Inland route links Viseu to Chaves, and is increasingly taken on account of the new signs marking the way and the opening of pilgrim’s hostels. Passing through Lamego and Vila Real, it converges on Via da Prata, the ancient Roman commercial road which crosses the west of Spain from North to South and was used by pilgrims coming to reach Santiago from Seville.

Further south, the Tejo Way was also known as the Central Portuguese Route. It starts in Lisbon and there are two traditional routes from here, one along the coast which passes through Sintra, Alcobaça and Batalha, and the other one along the banks of the river Tejo with a stop in Tomar, the Knights Templars’ headquarters.

Nowadays this route which crosses Coimbra, is also the crossroads with pilgrimages to Fatima, and is one of the most frequently-used pilgrim paths.

Whether inspired by the faith of the Pilgrim or simply out of love of adventure and contact with nature, all lovers of hiking and trekking will respond to the Routes of Santiago.


Until September 8, don't miss the SATA Airlines Azores Islands Pro

Come and see the exhibitions of the world’s best surfers during the SATA Airlines Azores Islands Pro, 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. 

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