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2017/03/28

Faro Airport Will Be Connected To More Than 100 Airports This Summer

The summer of 2017 will bring 11 new additional routes and 15 new regular services to Faro Airport. Budapest, Dresden, Erfurt, Göteborg, Lille, Muenster, Newquay, Nice, Warsaw, Maastricht and Ostend are the major highlights of Algarve in the IATA Summer of 2017.



The 17% increase in the global offering of seats to and from the region of Algarve this summer, estimated at 8.4 million seats, consolidates the recorded ongoing growth trend. This increment will represent, in the season, an estimated increase of one million seats to the regular seat offering, in comparison with the same period in the previous year (2016 summer).

In the season now beginning, Faro Airport and the Algarve region will be connected to more than a hundred airports in 20 countries, and will be served by over 50 regular airlines. Concerning the markets, the big highlight of this IATA Summer goes to the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

The United Kingdom will maintain its usual relevance and will be connected to the Algarve region by more than 30 airports. With an expected growth of 15% in the overall seat offering, this market may reach, by the end of the IATA Summer of 2017, a market share slightly above 50%.

The German market has a remarkable growth in the overall seat offering (about 26%), with three new routes (Dresden, Erfurt and Munster), served by the Germania airline, with a reinforced search for Algarve as a tourism destination of choice. Also noteworthy in this segment is the reinforcement in the connectivity to Frankfurt by Ryanair, which will ensure a new daily service to this hub, one of the main and most important hubs in Europe, and will be served this summer by three airlines from Faro: Lufthansa, Ryanair and TUI.

The French market, which in the previous season presented an unusual growth in demand for Algarve as a tourist destination, will be connected to Faro Airport via 10 airports and will consolidate a high growth, of around 30%, in the offering of seats, if we consider the same period of the previous year. There will be two new routes between Algarve and France (Lille and Nice by EasyJet) and four new regular connections will be launched: Bordeaux, Marseille and Nantes by Volotea and Paris by EasyJet.

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Source: Ana Aeroportos

From the 30th of March until the 1st of April, don´t miss the 52nd Azores Airlines Rallye

The Azores SATA Rally will be hosted along some of the most beautiful roads in the island of São Miguel.



The Azores rally has been held for over 50 years and is one of the most important legs in the ground stage of the National Championship. Its rankings contribute to the European Rally Cup organised by FIA (the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile).

This competitive event begins at the Portas da Cidade (gates of the city) of Ponta Delgada and is a genuine tourist itinerary, passing through some of the most emblematic sites in São Miguel such as the Lagoon of Sete Cidades, thus demonstrating some of the island's beauty.

Spring holidays in Portugal

With pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine to make you think of summer, a springtime mini-break is an excellent opportunity to discover Portugal. You can explore in the great outdoors, visit monuments, sample the cuisine, do some shopping, go to events or simply roam wherever the fancy takes you, appreciating a variety of landscapes you would never have suspected could exist in such a small country.  




As you travel around Portugal you will discover cities, towns and villages that offer so much for you to see and do. From historical heritage such as castles, museums and churches, veritable treasures from bygone days, to the flavours of the hugely varied cuisine that changes from region to region. And we must not forget to mention the wines of outstanding quality that taste even better when you drink them in the places where they were produced.  

At this time of year, when nature is awakening from its winter slumber, cloaking the landscape with colours and scents, it is well worth paying a visit to the parks and nature reserves, where the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. Or take a stroll along the beach in temperatures that, at times, are already warm enough to tempt you to sunbathe and swim. 

For those who prefer the big cities, Lisbon and Porto should not be missed. Both have received international acclaim and awards for their charm. They can be visited in all sorts of ways: on foot, by tram, bus, boat or "tuktuk". There are old neighbourhoods, monuments and museums to be discovered but also high quality modern architecture and the always surprising urban art that brings colour to spaces that at times are almost forgotten.

As far as shopping is concerned, there is something to suit everyone's taste, from high-end boutiques and shopping centres where you will be able to find all the latest fashions and international collections, to the street markets where genuine handicrafts are sold and the small establishments specialising in gourmet products.

And bearing in mind the time of year, why not take the opportunity to see how the Portuguese traditionally celebrate Easter in places such as Braga, Óbidos, Sardoal and Castelo de Vide? Or discover other religious festivals such as the Mãe Soberana Festivities in Loulé or the Festas da Senhora da Boa Viagem in Constância? There is also a huge variety of shows, concerts and exhibitions if you want to add some culture to your visit.  

These are just a few suggestions but, of course, there's much more to choose from depending on your own particular likes and interests. You'd better start organising your trip!

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2017/03/17

From 5-14 May, don´t miss Algarve Nature Week 2017

In May don’t miss Algarve Nature Week, an event that will draw attention to the Algarve’s natural beauty.

During this event, there will be special offers available on more than 90 outdoor activities and 8 accommodation facilities, 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 nine 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. All at friendly prices so that you can take advantage of (almost) all the activities on offer.

The Algarve Nature Week also includes an exhibition at Quatro Águas in Tavira, on the first three days of the event, of various companies that operate in nature tourism in the Algarve. This is a great opportunity to get to know them and discover the programme of experiences that they have created for you. Admission is free.

Algarve Nature Week - Loving the Algarve, naturally!


Find more information at:
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Story of a brand for Portugal as a tourism destination

The creative pathway of Portuguese artist José de Guimarães in the development of the symbol of Portugal as a tourism destination, created 25 years ago.

2017/03/13

Ryanair with new daily route Porto-Frankfurt

Ryanair has announced that this winter will operate daily flights from Frankfurt to Porto as part of the 2017 winter schedule. This route joins with other recently announced flights.

This new route of the Low Cost company joins the already extended offer for this continental hub, provided by Lufthansa. Ryanair Executive Director Michael O'Leary has been in Porto to announce the new winter routes the low-cost airline will make from Porto Airport.

The route to Naples twice a week is one of the main novelties, and join to the ten routes that are already in operation and will be kept for the first time during the winter of 2017.

The company says it will create more than 3,000 jobs in Porto, citing an ACI survey that confirms that an average of 750 jobs are created at international airports for every million passengers.


Source: Porto Travel 

TAP adds Cologne to its european network

Company reinforces its positioning in Europe with new route launched in Germany

As from now on, it is already possible for TAP customers to book flights to Cologne, Germany, the new destination to be inaugurated next Summer, to where TAP will fly twice a day, beginning on July 15. Cologne thus becomes the 8th new destination to be launched by TAP in coming Summer 2017.

With this new route to Cologne, which will operate to the Cologne / Bonn Airport (serving both cities) TAP will now fly to seven destinations in Germany in the whole: Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Düsseldorf, thereby further reinforcing its presence in the German market. 

Cologne will then be part of the new 2017 destinations already announced by TAP – Toronto (Canada), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Stuttgart (Germany), Gran Canaria and Alicante (Spain), Bucharest (Romania) and Budapest (Hungary) – thus adding to consolidate the Portuguese airline’s positioning in Europe.

The direct flights between Lisbon and Cologne will operate with the Embraer 190 aircraft, with seat capacity for 106 passengers, and two daily frequencies, departing  Lisbon at 12:30 and 19:05, and returning from Cologne at 17:20 and 06:00 (the following day) respectively.

The Cologne/Bonn Airport is strategically located between both cities, serves more than 40 airlines and reports around 11 million passengers per year.

Cologne, Bonn and Düsseldorf – to where TAP operates daily flights – are all located within the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region, the largest one in Germany, with close to 11 million inhabitants. Furthermore, with the addition of Stuttgart to TAP’s network, the company will fly to the six largest metropolitan regions in Germany as of next Summer period.

In the first weeks of 2017, TAP has already recorded a growth of 25 per cent in the number of passengers carried  in its European network, with Germany coming on top and posting an increase of 27 per cent . With the launch of operations to the new destinations, TAP will increase its offer to Europe in 12 per cent this summer, with Germany alone growing 44 per cent . 

Source: Tap Portugal