Portugal with 9 nominations for the Condé Nast Johansens 2015 Europe & The Mediterranean Awards for Excellence

Condé Nast Johansens has reveled the finalists for the 2015 Europe & The Mediterranean Awards for Excellence, and Portugal has 9 nominations.
The winners will be revealed at the 33rd annual Awards Dinner, held at The May Fair Hotel in London on the evening of Monday 3rd November '14.

From the publishers of Vogue, GQ, Traveller and Glamour, Condé Nast Johansens is the leading reference guide for those of you searching for a luxury hotel, indulgent spa, country house, boutique retreat, celebratory venue or romantic hideaway by the beach. They provide inspiration and assistance in finding the perfect place for every occasion.

Condé Nast Johansens created their Annual Awards of Excellence to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the hotels and spas in their collection, all of which have been handpicked by local experts.

Hotels and spas aspire to be the winner of one of these highly regarded Awards for Excellence. The awards demonstrate a trusted mark of quality recognised by consumers and travel professionals alike, and represent the finest standards and best value for money in luxury and independent accommodation.

This year the portuguese nominees for the Condé Nast Johansens 2015 Awards for Excellence - Europe & the Mediterranean - are:

- Best Newcomer:  Casa da Calçada, Amarante, Porto & Northern Portugal

- Best Dining Experience: The Yeatman Hotel, Porto, Porto & Northern Portugal

- Best Hotel With SPA: Vidago Palace, Porto & Northern Portugal

- Best Urban Hotel: InterContinental Porto-Palácio das Cardosas, Porto & Northern Portugal

- Best Sustainable & Corporate Responsibility: Companhia das Culturas, Algarve, Portugal

- Best for Meetings: Myriad by SANA Hotels, Lisbon & Tagus Valley, Portugal

- Best For Weddings, Parties or Special Events: Palácio Estoril, Hotel, Golf & Spa, Lisbon & Tagus Valley, Portugal

-Readers' Award: SANA HOTELS, Portugal, exclusively:
EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel
EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel

Portugal‬ is one of the "Best value destinations for 2015" according to Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, has chosen the "Best Value Travel Destinations for 2015" and Portugal is one of them.

The most recent edition highlights: "Portugal’s Algarve region trumps prices at other European resort areas isn't a surprise to regular visitors. This surf and family-friendly region remains the destination of choice for a more-than-sun seaside holiday, and it’s not all that great-value Portugal has to offer.

Lisbon, as happening as Barcelona with fewer crowds, and cheaper, is set to get a whole lot more accessible as low-cost airline Ryanair opens a base in the Portuguese capital. Head anywhere in the country off the tourist trail, and costs come down further.

For a great-value tour of Lisbon hop on tram 28, which rattles around taking in many of the city’s highlights, including the Alfama district and the views from the Miradouro de Santa Luzia for €2.85."

Check all the "Best value destinations for 2015"  here.

Source: Lonely Planet


Portugal with 24 nominations for the World Tourism Awards

After the European World Travel Awards this past August, during which Portugal received a record number of 16 awards, comes the final round of awards. 

The WTA will be hosted in Morocco on November 29. 

The nominated Portuguese destinations include Lisbon, Algarve, and Madeira and many Portuguese companies stand among the nominees, including EuroAtlantic, DouroAzul, Sintra Parks, TAP Portugal, Turismo de Portugal and some of the biggest names in the Portuguese hotel industry. In 2013, Portugal won five WTA, including the best golf destination and awards to Parques de Sintra, and The Vine, Conrad Algarve and Vila Joya hotels.
This year, Lisbon has been nominated in the categories of world’s best destination for an urban getaway, best destination and best cruise port. Algarve and Madeira – historically well represented at the WTA by dozens of hotels – are also competing for top honors. The Algarve could be the “leading beach destination for 2014,” and Madeira is in the running to be the best island destination. Once again, Turismo de Portugal has been nominated for best official organization.
Portugal has all received several nominations in the hospitality categories. Vila Joya in Albufeira is nominated in the categories of best boutique hotel and best boutique resort. The new Conrad Algarve holds nominations in three categories: resort, luxury resort, leisure resort. The list of hospitality nominees also includes The Vine, the Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon, the Algarve Pine Cliffs, Vila Vita, and Martinhal Beach Resort.
Portugal’s Nominations in the WTA 2014 are:

PestanaPorto Santo All Inclusive & Spa Beach Resort

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The McNamara Surf Trip: A documentary from the Portuguese Coast

21 days, 7 regions, 2 archipelagos, awesome food, unique experiences, singular hospitality,
waves in every corner – one of a kind surf trip. Stay tuned: a new webisode every couple of days

The McNamara Surf Trip - A web documentary from the portuguese coast. + info:

- Ep. #1: Centro de Portugal  

Garrett McNamara takes on the center of Portugal.In this trip Garrett surfed great waves, picked his own food in an organic farm and surfed the wake of a boat with wakeboard champion Francisco Martinho Lopes and instructor Nuno Almeida d´Eça.

Ep. #2: Lisbon 

"Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities I´ve ever seen”. Find out why...

In this trip Garrett surfs the amazing beaches around Lisbon with local surfers Filipe Jervis and Nuno Mesquita, experiences great food, attends a concert by local band Paus and gets to know Lisbon with local surfer and musician Frankie Chavez.

Ep. #3: Azores 
Garrett McNamara visits one of the best kept secrets in Portugal, the islands of Azores.

From visiting the local green pastures to experiencing the amazing nature walks, Garrett still finds time to catch some waves with local surfers Hugo Vau and Luís Melo. Watch this film to see why Azores is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth. 

Ep. #4: Porto and the North
Garrett McNamara visits one of the most iconic cities of Portugal, Porto.

In Porto, Garrett meets the first portuguese surfer, Pedro Lima, and surfs amazing waves with locals Patrick Jongenelen and Sebastião Furtado. The highlight of the trip is his visit to the Douro Region, the world´s first wine region to have a formal demarcation of its Port wine.

- Ep. #5: Madeira Islands 
Garrett McNamara visits the scenic islands of Madeira.

With views like Hawaii and portuguese food and hospitality, Garret gets the best of both worlds with his local contacts, artist Marco Fagundes and local surfer/tour guide Orlando Pereira. In beautiful Madeira, Garrett experiences fresh tuna just off the boat, rides a couch down a hill and tries the exquisite local, aged Madeira wine. 

- Ep. #6: Alentejo
Garrett McNamara experiences an adrenalin rush and gets a taste of the relaxed life in scenic Alentejo. 

In Alentejo, soul surfer Tarik Van Prehn gives Garrett a glimpse of the laid-back life in the countryside. Later, Garrett gets back to surfing and tries a nature path 10 meters off the ground - “give me big wave surfing any day”.  

- Ep. #7: AlgarveGarrett McNamara treads off the beaten path in one of the regions most appreciated by tourists and expats.

Garrett surfs the idyllic coast of Algarve and quickly rides shot gun in a competitive car racing circuit to realize that ‘staying in the moment’ is not the answer to all of life’s fears. See why Algarve is the expats favourite second home


In Porto Christmas starts on 28 November!

 Credits to Porto City Council
The Christmas and New Year programme will start on 28 November, earlier than usual, filling the city with light and colour!
Christmas lightings on 30 streets and venues, entertainment, ice rinks and a Christmas market, are an invitation to visit the city, to calmly stroll around its streets, to know its shops, its gastronomy specialties, and to enjoy a festive atmosphere.
The Avenida dos Aliados, the Rua das Flores and the Clérigos Tower will have special lightings.
On the Avenida dos Aliados will shine the Christmas Tree, this year accompanied by the installation “Sound Textures” by the architect Isabel  Barbas.
The regeneration works of the Clérigos Tower will be concluded on 12 December and on that day our dearest monument will shine brighter than ever.
The Rua das Flores, a walking street with a varied range of shops, will have a “special light” and those shopping at the traditional commerce will be given vouchers to use for parking and on the ice skating rinks in Praça D. João I and rotunda da Boavista (Praça Mouzinho de Albuquerque).
The novelty is the Christmas Market on Praça da Liberdade, from 4 to 14 December.
New Year’s Eve promises great and fun moments! The bands Clã and Expensive Soul will heat the scene and at midnight there will be surprising fireworks, offering a unique experience to the public!
The city awaits you! Winter, spring, summer or fall, Porto is Porto all year round, period!
Source: Porto Turismo

Art & TUR- International Tourism Film Festival, will take place in Porto from 23 to 25 October

The ART & TUR - International Film Festival of Tourism Film, one of the most prestigious worldwide and member of the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT), an NGO recognized by the World Tourism Organization, is part of a network of 17 international festivals that co-organize the annual Festival of Festivals in Vienna, electing the best tourism film worldwide.
This year Porto has the privileged of hosting this important festival, taking place in parallel to the 2nd International Conference "Porto as a Tourism Destination: Tourism and Urban Economics", from 23 to 25 October, at the Auditorium of the company Douro Azul.
In the 2014 edition of Art & Tur, a project 100% Portuguese, 37 countries participate with 166 movies, showing the best of tourism film.
The Art&Tur - International Tourism Film Festival has the support of the Porto City Council, through the Department of Tourism, represented in the jury of the contest by Maria João Nunes, of the Porto Film Commission.

Porto Airport stands on the 5th position on the ranking “Best Airports in Europe 2014”

Porto’s airport has conquered the 5th position on the “Best Airports in Europe 2014″, a ranking of the web page ‘Sleeping in Airports’, because of the amenities that make travelers lives easier, such as the existence of free trolleys, free showers, several power sockets and 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi access.
The ‘site’ highlights that Porto’s small airport is focused in doing “small” but well, positioning it for the first time on the Top 10 of the best European airports for 2014.

November Algarve Events Guide

Going to the Algarve during the month of November?
So d
iscover here what’s happening in the Algarve region.

The Algarve is known for its beaches, natural 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.

More about the Algarve at:


Six New Routes from Lisboa by Ryanair

Ryanair has announced six new routes from Lisboa and will boost the existing four. Of the six new destinations, flights to Bremen and Hamburg in Germany, to Milan and Rome in Italy, and Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, will start to operate in October and November. In April, with the launch of the IATA Summer 2015, Ryanair will also begin to fly to Warsaw, Poland.

Three weekly flights are scheduled for Eindhoven and Bremen, with daily flights to Hamburg, Milan and Rome, whilst two flights weekly are planned for Warsaw.

Existing routes from Lisboa will be boosted with flights to London and Pisa being increased from two to three times per day. Similarly flights to Manchester will increase from four to five times a week, and to Porto which will be expanded from five times per week to two daily flights. 

Source: Lisboa Inside 

Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival

The Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival celebrates Cinema as an artistic creation, setting light, above all, on its capacity to embrace each artistic field and on the fascination it exerts on the other arts.

It is under this perspective that is set the goal of exploring the Seventh Art exalting its three specific components - art, entertainment and industry – through the work of some of the most remarkable directors of our times.

But the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival also aims at turning Lisbon and Estoril into an annual meeting point, for all those to whom cinema is not merely reduced to entertainment, fascination and glamour, but is also a moment of reflexion, creation, sharing and pleasure.

More information at:

From October 30th to November 1st, don't miss the Baja Portalegre 500

Cross-country racing fans should check out the Baja Portalegre 500, to be held on the roads of the Alentejo region in November.

Over a period of almost 20 years, competitive racing tracks in the Alentejo region have hosted the Iberian peninsular’s most traditional cross-country racing competition – the Baja Portalegre, integrated within the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. This competition is organised in three categories - automobile, motor bike and quad - and its quality and competitiveness is confirmed by the annual presence of leading international pilots.

The Baja Portalegre 500 is organised by the Portuguese Automobile Association (ACP) and contributes to various competitions such as the Vodafone National Cross-Country competition, the Spanish Cross-Country Championship, the II Nissan Challenge (Spain), the Tomaz Mello Breyner Trophy and the RTP Cross-Country Trophy.

More information at:

National Horse Fair: From 7-16 November

Witness the National Horse Fair in November in Golegã, a region where the equestrian tradition is deeply rooted.

This is one of the country's most typical fairs, attracting thousands of people to the various events featuring the magnificent Lusitanian thoroughbred horse.

More info:


Win McNamara experiences

We are looking for two very lucky people… because we have two McNamara experiences to give away in Portugal!

You may enjoy a surf lesson with the legendary big-wave rider or win a VIP pass and attend the WCT event with Garrett himself!

Find out how you can win here: or here if you are on a mobile device:

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Playing golf in Portugal

Algarve - Ocean Course. Photo by Ocean Course, Vale do Lobo
Anyone playing golf in Portugal will have the experience imprinted on their memory, and they’ll be sure to want to return. Why? Excellent courses in dazzling scenery, a mild climate all year round and the hospitality and friendliness of qualified pros.

There are around eighty golf courses, with different layouts and levels of difficulty. But the greatest challenge is to resist the beauty and light of the surrounding landscape and remain focused. There are ocean-facing greens, flanked by cliffs and white sand dunes; and others framed by lakes and mountains, where the fragrances of flowers and herbs blend in a blur of sensations.

Many have been designed by famous architects, such as Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore and Arnold Palmer, and they all share environmental quality and harmoniously blend into the landscape.

The Algarve and Lisbon coasts are well-known destinations amongst more experienced players and have been awarded a number of international prizes. They host some of the major events on the professional circuits, a case in point being Madeira with its mountain courses. There’s also golf to be played in the countryside in the Azores, but it was in Porto and the North that it all started, since the oldest golf course in mainland Europe is in Espinho.

Whether matches are relaxed or hard-fought, they always end up in the Club House or the restaurant… for a “sport” in which the Portuguese excel: socialising.

More information at:

Portugal Masters 2014

Between 9th to 12th October, the world’s greatest golfers will travel to Vilamoura to take part in Portugal Masters.

Considered to be one of the leading golf events, the Portugal Masters will take place in the Victoria Golf Club, on a course designed by the mythical player, Arnold Palmer, that alternates well-positioned bunkers with lakes and waterfalls, in a continuous challenge for players.

With a guaranteed presence in the PGA’s European Circuit, Portugal Masters is sure to consolidate Portugal’s position as Europe’s finest golf destination.

Find more information at: Masters 2014

Rip Curl Pro Portugal 2014

From the 12th to the 23rd of October, journey to Portugal to watch the world’s top professional surfing competition.

With participation by the world’s leading surfers, Rip Curl Pro Portugal - a competition included within the ASP World Tour - will be held in Peniche and Cascais that at this time of year offer the best conditions for hosting surfing competitions.

The selected beaches are well known amongst surfers - Carcavelos, Guincho and in particular Supertubos - famous for its large, tubular-shaped waves.

More information at:
- Guide: Moche Rip Curl Pro 2014

Portuguese Waves Series 2014

The Portuguese Waves Series is Europe's first 3-event series, held in 3 world class surfing spots in Portugal. Part of the ASP World Tour, the WCT Portuguese Wave Series 2014 will host the best surfers of the world who will be competing for the special competition prize, the Cascais Trophy

With this 3-event series Portugal will be the official center of the surfing world in October.

Although the portuguese have long known that Portugal is one of the best surfing destinations of the world, the success of this event once agains proves how good our waves are. If you´re travelling to Portugal, then make sure you check out our Explore the Portuguese Waves section and plan your surf trip to Portugal.”


Cascais Billabong Pro 2014: 1- 11 October

Don't miss the opportunity to see the surf's world elite at Cascais Billabong Pro 2014, and on the 11th, the skate legend Tony Hawk will join the party, for an unforgettable show.

The Carcavelos Beach will be the place for the CascaisBillabong Pro, a part of Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour surfers. An unprecedented 27 members of the Top 34 will battle it out in Cascais for a piece of the prize money and ranking points purse, including the likes of World No. 4 Michel Bourez (PYF) and No. 5 Mick Fanning (AUS) among others.

The women's world championship tour will take place between 1st and 7th of October and the Men's WQSPrime Event will be between 7th and 11th of October. The first-ever Cascais Billabong Pro was in 2013, and it was graced with flawless surf on the final day to crown current World No. 29 Jadson Andre (BRA), who will return to defend both his title and his position on the WCT.

And if the red-hot action in the lineup isn’t enough for the crowds appetite for fun, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will return to Cascais as well for another epic show on the final day of the event’s waiting period, October 11.


Don´t miss the Madeira Nature Festival from 7-12 October 2014

Feel the landscape around you! Dive in it! Take a deep breath!

Surrender to the charms of an island that exhales energy and inspires emotion and adventure. 

For a week,
Madeira promotes the 4th edition of Nature Festival and celebrates its best, among its visitors. 
On land, on air or on sea, the choices are plenty and everybody can experience activities, offering a multiplicity range, designed for all age groups.
With this additional event to the Tourist Entertainment Calendar, Madeira seeks to empower and promote Active Tourism, in a sustainable approach. Interaction and discovery of Madeira value to this level, based on an appealing and dynamic programme, gathers all the necessary ingredients in order to turn this Festival into a pleasant surprise and exceed all expectations.

Nature, on its outmost pure shape, is now, more than beautiful, a challenge waiting for you in October!  

Find more information at:

Air Europa at Porto Airport from 6th October

Air Europa has announced a new operation, which will connect Porto to Madrid, from the 6th October, with a total of 24 weekly frequencies.

From Monday to Friday, the operation will have 4 daily flights and, on Saturday and Sunday, there will be two frequencies.

At this moment, Porto-Madrid route is served by TAP Portugal, Air Nostrum and Ryanair. Air Europa will be the forth airline serving this destination, and the 18th regular airline in Porto Airport.
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