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2017/08/21

From August 27th to September 10th, don´t miss the Madeira Wine Festival

From August 27th to September 10th, take part in the festival that's dedicated to one of the most famous products from Madeira island.

The Madeira Wine Harvest Festival is always the perfect excuse to visit Madeira. In Funchal, the allegorical light, sound and music shows are the high points of the celebrations that take place at other points on the island.

For a start, in the Estreito de Câmara de Lobos parish, 12 km from Funchal, the live wine harvests are an excellent opportunity to take part in one of the oldest local traditions, whether picking grapes or following the grape harvester groups.




To follow up all the activities integrated in the Madeira Wine Festival official program go to:
- http://festasdovinhomadeira.visitmadeira.pt
http://www.visitmadeira.pt/
https://www.visitportugal.com/Madeira Wine Fest


Medieval Days in Castro Marim


From the 23rd to the 27th  of August, Castro Marim, in the Algarve, returns to the Middle Ages, in a highly rigorous historical recreation.

During four days and nights, the castle of Castro Marim once again plays host to kings and queens, knights in shining armor, jesters, buffoons, noblemen and ladies, as the entire Court make a procession before the admiring gazes of many visitors that travel to the event every year.

Jousting tournaments, on foot and on horseback, street theater performances, banquets accompanied by medieval music and a handicrafts and merchandise fair, complement the entertainment activities of these Medieval Days, enabling us to relive the magic and mystery of times gone by. 


Find more information at:
https://diasmedievais.cm-castromarim.pt/site/
https://www.facebook.com/municipio.castromarim

2017/07/19

Madeira Wine Rally: From the the 3rd to the 5th of August



The European Rally Championship is hosted in the spectacular landscapes of the island of Madeira in August.


The European Rally Championship is the oldest international competition organised by organised by FIA (the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), and includes 10 events in 10 European countries. The Madeira Wine rally is one of the most important events in the championship and is the region’s biggest automobile event, attracting thousands of spectators to mountainous areas in search of a better place to watch the vehicles as they thunder by.

The rally is named after one of the main products in Madeira, the liqueur wine that was already highly popular in European courts in the 18th century due to its unique aroma and flavor.


Find more about at:
http://ralivm.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ralivm/
https://twitter.com/ralivm/
https://www.instagram.com/RVM_ralivinhomadeira/

http://www.visitmadeira.pt/madeira-wine-rally

Until the 23rd of July, don´t miss the AgitÁgueda

Every year in July, the Agitágueda Festival brings a lot of colour and animation to this city in the heart of Portugal.



This event, held in the city center along the river, is world renowned for the originality of the Umbrella Sky Project, where over 3000 colorful umbrellas covered four of its main streets in an event of great visual impact.

In addition to this and other facilities that allow urban art to be their distinguishing feature, the AgitÁgueda program includes performances, concerts and many amazing initiatives that make of it a unique event.


Find more about at:
https://www.agitagueda.com/
https://www.facebook.com//AgitAgueda/
https://twitter.com/AgitAgueda_pt
https://www.instagram.com/agitagueda/

http://www.centerofportugal.com/agitagueda/

Special flights connecting Portugal and Japan for the first time

©Ana Aeroportos de Portugal
The first of four special flights from Japan landed today in Lisbon. This is a charter operation managed by a group of Japanese tourism operators led by the JTB – Japan Travel Bureau, the largest Japanese tourism operator.

Of the four scheduled flights, three will have their arrival and departure in Lisbon, and the fourth will arrive at Lisbon Airport and depart from Porto Airport. The first three flights will be carried out in Boeing 777-200 aircraft with 245 seats from JAL – Japan Airlines, and the fourth will be carried out by ANA – All Nippon Airlines in a Boeing 777-300ER with 264 seats. This will be the first time that both airlines operate commercially in the airports of Lisbon and Porto.

Despite being sporadic and short-lived, this charter operation takes on some relevance due to its experimental nature in a market as important as the Japanese. This is the first direct operation between Japan and Portugal, and its success will surely be a lever for other operators and airlines to consider the possibility of new direct operations in the future.

It should be noted, as an anecdote, that the first flight (on 15 July) connects the two biggest airports of the VINCI Airports network (Lisbon Airport and Kansai International Airport), and that this has been a project very closely followed by both airports as to ensure the success of this experimental operation.

VINCI Airports and JTB are already working to ensure the execution of an expanded version of this operation in the summer of 2018, already considering the possibility of the traffic not being solely inbound – Japan-Portugal, but also outbound – Portugal-Japan.

Source: Ana Aeroportos 

Portugal and China connected by direct flight from Beijing Capital Airlines

The Chinese airline Beijing Capital Airlines (BCA), from the Hainan Airlines group (HNA), is today hosting a presentation event for the new route between Beijing and Lisbon (direct flight), in partnership with ANA Aeroportos de Portugal (VINCI Airports) and Turismo de Portugal, I.P. (Portuguese tourism board), bringing together multiple entities and partners connected to aviation and tourism.

The new route, which begins on 26 July, will consist of a direct flight between Beijing and Lisbon. The flight, however, will originate in the city of Hangzhou, with a stopover in Beijing. At the same time, BCA will also inaugurate the Beijing – Macao route, thus increasing Lisbon Airport’s connection with China.


This connection, long desired by both countries, will start with three flights per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, until the end of the IATA summer, and will be flown using an A330-200, an aircraft with a seating capacity of 260. In the winter, there will be an additional flight on Sunday, increasing the frequency to four flights per week.


By the end of 2017, around 40,560 seats will have been made available. Over the next year, the operation is expected to maintain four flights per week, providing approximately 76,800 seats in 2018.

Beijing Capital Airlines has two major operational bases in Beijing and Hangzhou, with a network of 198 routes and carrying out 230 scheduled flights per day. It was established in 2010 and has now a fleet of 65 passenger aircraft, all from Airbus, namely A319 (24) and A320 (32). Last year it opened its first route to Europe: two flights per week with alternating departures from Beijing and Hangzhou to Copenhagen (Denmark). This year, it has already announced the launch of flights to Australia and to Canada, Helsinki (Finland) and Zagreb (Croatia).

Source: Ana Aeroportos de Portugal 

2017/07/18

Sketch Tour Portugal – Azores

On the Azores challenge of the Sketch Tour Portugal, Alexandra, native Azorean, had the chance to show her own hometown to German artist Jenny Adam and see familiar places with new eyes.

Join us on this visual stroll through the beautiful and magic islands of São Miguel, Terceira and Pico and check some of the sketches Alexandra and Jenny have created during their trip:




Find more about at:
https://www.visitportugal.com/Sketch Tour Portugal

Portuguese Music Festivals: Follow the sound and rhythms in Portugal

Music, sun and sea, partying every night and 850 km of beaches: it is one of the best combinations in music festivals in Portugal. But there are other programs where the calm richness of sound blends perfectly with historical heritage or rural environments.


In addition to good music, festivals afford an opportunity to get to know these sites in an atmosphere of total relaxation and fun. Lisbon and Porto have been recognised year after year as perfect mini-break destinations and have very lively nights that are the natural continuation of the party atmosphere. In these two cities, the spotlight falls on NOS Alive and Super Bock, Super Rock, in Lisbon, and NOS Primavera Sound and NOS em D’Bandada in Porto.

In Porto and the North region, Vodafone Paredes de Coura on the river beach at Taboão is a good example of a heavenly setting in the midst of nature. Bike rides, trekking, canoeing and river bathing are just a few of the suggestions that can perfectly complement a few truly well spent days. In the centre of the country, near Tomar, the Bons Sons Festival shows how a village can be mobilised to organise an event that offers the best of Portuguese music and traditions.

On the coast, the concerts combine with the beaches, friendly people and nights that last until the next day dawns. The famous MEO Sudoeste festivals in Zambujeira do Mar and Músicas do Mundo (World Music) in Sines, the Sumol Summer Fest in Ericeira or the RFM Somnii in Figueira da Foz are near the beach with everything that’s good about it. It is an excellent time to take the plunge and have some surf lessons in the best spots on the Portuguese coast.

In Funchal, the NOS Summer Opening unites music with nature to provide experiences the enable you to discover Madeira with plenty of adrenaline. In the Algarve, the Festival Med in Loulé and the Festival F in Faro transform the historic centres of the cities into stages for various artistic events.

Those who go for classical or jazz sounds can opt for the Festival Terras sem sombra (in English, ‘lands without shade’) in Alentejo, where classical music concerts invade churches and convents and are beefed up with programmes that showcase local activities and traditions. For jazz, go for Angrajazz, which takes place every year in October on Terceira Island, in the Azores. 

From shows, featuring big names to important events in the international calendar there will always be a programme somewhere in the country that will suit you. Nothing like checking the schedule to see who will be here and then ... just follow the melody!

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2017/06/23

Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit 2017: 14-23 July

The 11th edition of Santa Cruz Ocean Spirit  will be held from July 14th to 23rd in Santa Cruz beach and returns with an even greater concern for the environment.

This event includes national and international competitions in several wave sports such as Surf, Bodyboard, Kitesurf, Bodysurfing, Surfkayaking, Skimboard, Swimming in open water, Waveski, Adapted surf and Stand Up Paddle. It takes place every year since 2007, at Praia de Santa Cruz, Torres Vedras.

2017/06/20

From 7-16 of July, don´t miss the event "Jardins Efémeros" in the city of Viseu.

This year the 7th edition of the event Jardins Efémeros – literally translated “ephemeral gardens” – will take place from July 7th to 16th in the city of Viseu, Centro de Portugal region.

It consists of a multi-disciplinary project that deeply engages local community.


For a week the city is transformed in an incredible garden , where several art expressions take place. International and national artists will perform in the event. Concerts, conferences, installations, exhibitions, debated and cool pop-up book stores.


Sound, visual arts, architecture, city interventions, cinema, workshops, flea markets, theater and dance: everything mixed for a new interpretation of the city!

The city as a  huge garden of creation !


Find more information at:
http://jardinsefemeros.pt/

https://www.facebook.com/jardinsefemeros
https://www.instagram.com/jardinsefemeros/
http://www.centerofportugal.com/viseu/
http://www.centerofportugal.com/tourism-office-viseu/


2017/06/14

New UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Portugal : Castro Verde, in Alentejo Region


The Castro Verde Reserve situated in the Alentejo region, was classified today, June 14th, as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

"Located in southern Portugal, in the hinterland of the Baixo Alentejo region, this biosphere reserve covers an area of almost 57,000 ha. It encompasses the most important cereal steppe area in Portugal, one of the most threatened rural landscapes in the Mediterranean region. It has a high degree of endemism in its flora. There is a bird community of around 200 species, including steppe birds such as the great bustard and endemic species such as the Iberian Imperial eagle, one of the most endangered birds of prey in the world. The population of about 7,200 habitants lives from the extensive production of cereals and livestock rearing."

Find more information at:
http://www.unesco.org/nportugal/castro-verde-biosphere-reserve/
https://www.facebook.com/manandbiosphere/CastroVerde
https://twitter.com/UNESCO/CastroVerde
https://www.visitportugal.com/ecotourism-castro-verde
https://www.visitportugal.com/Centro de Educação Ambiental de Vale Gonçalinho



Source: UNESCO


2017/06/07

Sketch Tour Portugal - Fátima

A trip to Portugal with notebooks, pencils, graphite, Indian ink and watercolours.

Fátima is one of the most important sanctuaries of the Marian cult cherished by the Vatican. It is built on the site where Our Lady appeared to three little shepherds, Lúcia, Jacinta and Francisco, in 1917. The celebration of the Centenary, in 2017, is therefore a very special date. When you enter the sanctuary you feel an air of silence, tranquillity and great spirituality. Of the various religious occasions during the year, the 13th of May is the most important date and the Candlelight Procession on the night of the 12th is one of the most impressive ceremonies.

These particularly special moments were captured in a drawing by Kasia, from Poland, Rob Sketcherman, from China, and Eduardo Bajzek, from Brazil, accompanied by Portuguese sketcher Fernanda Lamelas. Drawing while in the midst of the thousands of pilgrims from all over the world who were in attendance at the Sanctuary was a unique experience for the sketchers, who allowed themselves to be touched by the energy and by a spirit of universal bonding.

Discover Fátima through the drawings of these four sketchers
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Cascais Dragon World Championship: 9 to 17 June 2017

The Dragon World Championship is one of the most important circuits in the world of sailing regattas and this year the competition is being staged for the first time in Cascais. Don’t miss it!



This event, which is held every two years, will be contested by the finest national and international sailors of this class, who compete to lift the trophy of one of the toughest regattas in the world of sailing.

The nine days of the competition are expected to be attended by around 5000 visitors who will enjoy a star-packed event with 72 boats from various countries participating. The spotlight is on the UK team of 12 Dragons, the German team with 8 and the Australian and French contingents, each with 7 boats. In total, the Clube Naval de Cascais will host 18 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Monaco, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

Find more information at:
http://www.cncascais.com
https://www.facebook.com/CNCascais
https://www.visitportugal.com/cascais-dragon-world-championship

Until the 24th of June 2017, don´t miss the Atlantic Festival in Madeira Islands

In June, a sense of liveliness joins forces with tradition to transform the Madeira capital into an attractive and fun-filled venue where visitors are offered a series of unforgettable concerts and shows. 

The Atlantic Festival, which takes place throughout the month of June 
(3rd,10th,17th to 24th.), is a cultural and fun-packed event, consisting of three distinct components: the Atlantic Roots Festival, the Pyromusical Shows and various street performances

Every Saturday night, there are concerts. Combined with the fireworks, these provide unique moments in which the splendor of the firework display blends harmoniously with the music to provide unique moments of happiness and color.

The month of June thus transforms the Madeiras capital into an attractive and fun-filled venue where visitors are offered a series of unforgettable concerts and shows, not only because of their artistic and musical quality, but also because of the magical atmosphere that they provide.


Find more information at: 
http://festivaldoatlantico.visitmadeira.pt
http://www.visitmadeira.pt/atlantic-festival
https://www.visitportugal.com/Atlantic Festival

Extreme Sailing Series back to Madeira Islands

From June 29th to July 2nd , Madeira Island hosts for the second time, the 3rd. Stage of the Extreme Sailing Series ™ "Stadium Racing" sailing championship.



The Extreme Sailing Series ™ is one of the most important and spectacular sailing circuits in the world. It features 6 teams: Land Rover BAR Academy, Alinghi, SAP Extreme Sailing Team, Oman Air, Red Bull Sailing Team and NZ Sailing Team. Board sailors who have already passed through the America's Cup or the Olympic Games, a competition that will have for main stage the bay of Funchal.


This stage presents some novelties to this competion with the debut of the Flying Phantoms, in a total of 16 super fast and light catamarans (weighing 165 kg approximately).

The entrance to the Race Village area, where the entertainment, food and beverage, and setting area facilities will be placed, is located at Pier 8 an event which will be open to all.

2017/06/05

Popular Saints’ Festivals in Portugal

June is the month of celebrations and festivities for the Popular Saints throughout the country on the nights of St. Anthony, St. John and St. Peter.

The main ones are the Festas de Lisboa, on 12 and 13 June, St. Anthony’s day, and in Porto on the night of 23/24 June when St. John is celebrated. These are enormously vivid celebrations, during which the people take to the streets eating, drinking and having fun in the old neighbourhoods, that are bedecked with arches, colourful balloons and the aroma of sweet basil.

In Lisbon, people from every neighbourhood parade down Avenida da Liberdade, filling this major road with colourful characters in costume, folk music, and throngs of spectators. But the crowds and liveliness also fill the narrow back streets, particularly in Alfama, but also Graça, Bica, Mouraria and Madragoa. In the mediaeval squares and alleyways, people eat cabbage soup and grilled sardines, singing and dancing the whole night long. Another highlight is the procession of St. Anthony, which leaves on the 13th from the church of S. António in Alfama, near the Cathedral, where the saint was born in around 1193.


The festivities are just as colourful and lively in Porto, in the more traditional neighbourhoods that include Miragaia, Fontainhas, Ribeira, and Massarelos. But Porto has other habits and customs: the old tradition was for revellers to beat each other on the head with a leek, but now they use plastic hammers; and besides the firework display at midnight on the River Douro in the centre of Porto, people also release colourful hot air balloons into the sky, making one of the most beautiful spectacles in these popular celebrations. For many, the night ends on the beach, to see the sun rise, and some still follow the tradition of taking an early morning dip in the sea.

St. Peter is celebrated on 29 June, also with popular festivals in various parts of the country, such as Sintra and Évora, both on the World Heritage list. Évora, incidentally, has the distinction of celebrating two popular saints, since it has held the St. John Fair since the 16th century, one of the largest in southern Portugal, as well as celebrating the feast of St. Peter as a municipal holiday.

In all these festivals, there is also the tradition of jumping the bonfire and offering your girlfriend or boyfriend pots of aromatic basil, containing four-line verses often speaking of love, especially because these feasts are linked to the summer solstice and ancient fertility rites.


Find more about this at:
http://lisboanarua.com/festasdelisboa/
https://www.visitlisboa.com/lisbon-festivities-17
https://www.facebook.com/festasdelisboa

- São João 2017 Events Programme 

São João - A five-week Festival
https://www.visitportugal.com/Feast of São João

São João Festivities 2017

Celebrate the São João Festivities, the most revered saint of Porto, held on the night of 23rd June. 

This year, the São João celebrations will be on the streets for 5 weeks, bringing over 300 events to the city of Porto between the 25th of May and the 25th of June. 



Find more information at:

2017/05/25

Czech Airlines launched new regular scheduled service between Prague and Lisbon

On the last May 10, 2017, Czech Airlines, flag carrier from Czech Republic, launched operations on the new Prague – Lisbon route, using Airbus A319 OK-PET in the SkyTeam Alliance colours to operate the inaugural flight. 

Czech Airlines will offer 4 return flights a week on the route: on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flights between Prague and Lisbon take about 3 hours.

The Prague – Lisbon connection can be combined with another Czech Airlines‘ regular scheduled flight between Prague and Porto. Thanks to that, passengers can plan a comfortable cruise around two largest Portuguese cities and enjoy both of them without the need of returning to the original place of arrival.

Prague has been a very popular destination for the Portuguese market and TAP already operated direct flights from Lisbon Airport, so the connectivity of the airport is now even wider.
For Lisbon Airport this sustainable passenger growth is very important, since the Airport has been working hard to welcome all the new airlines that are now interested in Lisbon, so that the demand keeps on growing and new options also become available for the Portuguese passengers.

A video and photographs from the inaugural flight to/from Lisbon can be viewed on the CzechAirlines' Facebook and Instagram profiles and on YouTube.

For further information and reservations, check: http://pt.csa.cz/

2017/05/24

Festas de Lisboa 2017

With a whiff of summer in the air, the Festivities of Lisbon offer a full program of entertainment activities that will invade Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods, luring thousands of people into the streets.

Santo António, highly respected and worshipped in Lisbon and treated as a true patron of the city, sets the mood for the festivities that reach their highpoint on the evening of June 12, with the parade of popular marches along Avenida da Liberdade. On the afternoon of June 13, a procession in homage to the popular Saint - who is believed to foster marriages - winds its way through the streets around the Sé cathedral and provides a special religious flavour to the festivities.

Evenings are animated by traditional festivities in Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods - from Castelo to Mouraria, Graça, Alfama, Ajuda and the Bairro Alto - with lots of music and dance to the rhythm of popular songs. Decorated with coloured globes and garlands, the city’s streets are invaded by the smell of roasted sardines and sweet basil accompanied by paper carnations and paintings that allude to Santo António.

June is the main month of these festivities, but they also extend throughout the summer, including a wide variety of events such as fado, jazz and other musical performances, fado in the city’s trams, cinema and theatre festivals, sports events and exhibitions.


Find more about at:
http://lisboanarua.com/festasdelisboa/
https://www.visitlisboa.com/lisbon-festivities-17
https://www.facebook.com/festasdelisboa
- Discovering Lisbon
- Lisbon in a day
- 10 things to do and to see in Lisbon 



2017/05/17

On the 28th of May, don´t miss the Douro Valley Half Marathon 2017

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.

Festivals of the Lord Jesus Christ: 19 - 25 May 2017

In São Miguel, in the Azores, witness the Festivals of the Lord Jesus Christ (Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres).

The image of the Convento da Esperança, in Ponta Delgada, is paraded on the fifth Sunday after Easter, with much fanfare and torchlight.




Find more information at:
http://www.visitazores.com/Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres
Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres
https://www.facebook.com/Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres 2017

Rally de Portugal 2017: 18-21 May

Come and witness the great skill and expertise of the world’s top drivers, who will be racing along the roads and tracks of Portugal, competing in the Portugal's Rally.

The Portugal’s Rally is the sixth stage of the International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) World Rally Championship, and it is expected to be one of the most hotly disputed events of the season on the European continent.




Find more information at:
http://www.rallydeportugal.pt/
https://www.facebook.com/rallydeportugal/
https://twitter.com/rallydeportugal
https://www.youtube.com/acprallydeportugal
https://www.instagram.com/rallyportugal/

Mértola Islamic Festival 2017: 18th to 21st of May 2017

In uneven numbered years, Mértola recalls its Arab past in the Islamic festival that fills the town streets with color in the month of May.

During the Festival, Mértola returns to an era located between the 8th and 13th centuries in which it was the capital of a Taifa kingdom and an important commercial port in the routes between the Iberian peninsular and North Africa.

Arab dancers and musicians exhibit their arts, artisans produce and sell their artifacts in a busy market and chefs prepare tidbits from traditional Muslim gastronomy, such as couscous accompanied by mint tea. 


Anyone who wants to extend their knowledge about Arab culture may also take part in calligraphy ateliers or observe exhibitions and colloquia dedicated to this theme.

Download the program here.

Find more information at:
http://www.festivalislamicodemertola.com/

Arco Lisboa 2017

When ARCO, a major international contemporary art fair, decided to stage the event outside its country of origin for the first time, it chose Portugal as its venue. Yet another indication that "choosing" is indeed an art!

In 2017, the Madrid contemporary art fair outside Spain will be staged in Lisbon. The event, at which 40 international galleries will be exhibiting, will be taking place at the Cordoaria Nacional from the 18th to the 21th of May.




This will be a unique opportunity for those who enjoy contemporary art, and will also be a good excuse to get to know Lisbon. Known as the city of light, Lisbon's special luminosity and welcoming ambience mean it is greatly appreciated by artists, photographers and film producers.


If you enjoy contemporary art, you will definitely like Lisbon. It is a centuries-old city with historical neighbourhoods that you simply must visit and where the recent works of architecture give you a new perspective of the space.

In Belém, the neighbourhood filled with memories of the voyages of the Portuguese Discoveries in the 16th century, close to the iconic monuments of the Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery), you must be sure to visit the Belém Cultural Centre, which houses the Berardo Museum. This collection of contemporary art features exhibits representing the most important artistic movements from the 20th century through to the present day. You can admire works by Duchamp, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman and Cindy Sherman, to name but a few. This is also the neighbourhood where the Museu dos Coches (National Coach Museum) is located. This unique collection is now housed in a modern building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha.


In the city centre, between the Chiado, the Bairro Alto and São Bento, you will find the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea (National Contemporary Art Museum) and the Júlio Pomar Atelier-Museum, alongside many art galleries and antique shops. Nearby, in the Amoreiras neighbourhood, a now-renovated former silk factory building houses the surprising collection belonging to the foundation set up by Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva, a notable 20th-century Portuguese artist.

To the north of the city now, in the Avenidas Novas neighbourhood, you will find the Gulbenkian Foundation. This noteworthy 1950s building stands in a large garden where the principles of modern architecture are clearly in evidence. The main building features auditoriums and offers a programme dedicated to classical and contemporary music. It is also where you will find the museum housing the collection of Armenian millionaire Calouste Gulbenkian, who so adored Lisbon that he made it his home. At one end of the garden is the Centro de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Centre). Ten minutes' walk away, Culturgest is a space where the most recent trends in the plastic arts are given pride of place.


Anyone choosing to stay in nearby Cascais will have the opportunity to visit the Paula Rego collection. Paula Rego is another Portuguese artist who has made a significant contribution to the history of art. She currently lives in England. The uniquely-shaped building called "Casa das Histórias" ("House of Stories") was designed by another Pritzker-Prize-winning architect, Eduardo de Souto Moura.

But just as importantly, you should be sure to simply spend some time strolling around the streets of the city, admiring the tiled façades and the various works of urban art created by designers and graffiti artists; for Lisbon is a veritable open-air museum where a surprise awaits around every corner.

Sketch Tour Portugal

On your next trip to Portugal don’t forget to bring your notebooks, pencils, graphite, watercolors and India ink…

We invited 22 urban sketchers from all around the world to visit Portugal and share with us their drawings and talent, showcasing Portugal from a different perspective. In black and white or in colour, they will have a lot to explore: landscapes, nature, world heritage, gastronomy, people and the corners and details that often go unnoticed.

Let yourself be surprised with these art moments and get inspired for your next trip to Portugal.


For now, check out the video about what will be happening in the next few months and stay sharp! On our website and social media we will be releasing details and content on the different challenges and resulting sketchbooks with a new look on Portugal.


International Museum Day 2017: 18th and 20th of May

On the 18th and 20th of May Portugal will be joining in the commemorations for International Museum Day and Museums at Night, along with many other countries around the world.

The theme chosen for this year is “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”. As usual it invites us to think about the role of museums in local communities and society in general. Are museums places that harbour controversial stories? Will communities of professionals, scholars and friends of museums be ready and willing to tackle issues that are socially contentious? And can the approach to these themes contribute to the greater participation and importance of museums in the community?


These issues have inspired the organisation of many activities in museum spaces across the country, targeting a variety of interests and very different audiences and inviting people to visit museums on the 18th of May, and on the 20th, the Night of Museums. It will be a unique opportunity to see the exhibitions outside the usual hours. Visitors will also be amazed by theatre and dance performances, musical and other performances, guided and staged tours, and many other interesting cultural experiences.



Check the programme of activities at http://w3.patrimoniocultural.pt/museus2017 and follow the news as it is being announced on the International Museum Day Facebook - www.facebook.com/Dia.Internacional.dos.Museus.

2017/05/11

Can’t Skip Portugal

How would you like to feel today? Cheerful? Energetic? Creative? Inspired? Or adventurous? The time for visiting Portugal is now. Don’t put off till tomorrow, to another life, what can happen today.

Check the wheel of emotions at www.cantskipportugal.com. Follow our tips for your trip and be inspired by Jack, Chloe and Klaus.




Leave routine and stress behind, meeting rosters and your packed schedule. Feel the breeze of the sea as you sail along the Alentejo coast, walk along the green landscapes and the calm waters of the old volcanic craters on the Azores Islands, explore the waterways along the Levada walks in Madeira, or take a bracing dip in the warm water at the Algarve beaches.

Free yourself, like Jack did:




When every day seems the same as the day before, it’s time for you to take off and visit other cities and new places, to learn about new customs and mores, to unwind and charge your batteries. Lisbon and Porto are two cities with a river and a sea, plenty of attractive sites, shops and, of course, lots of entertainment. Learn about Portuguese art and be surprised with the new contemporary architecture trends, design and street art.

Be inspired and follow Chloe:

 

When you feel like making a fresh start or a change in your life, there is nothing else to do but travel! Travel to discover Portuguese art and culture, visit the Historical Villages and Schist Villages and learn from the details of old traditional crafts. Travel to taste Portuguese typical food and to experience new flavours. Travel to be in harmony with nature at the natural parks like Serra da Estrela and Peneda-Gerês National Park. Travel to experience new things. Who said you’re too old to learn to surf?

Feel unique again and live new challenges. Follow Klaus’s advice:




If something good happens, travel to celebrate it. If something bad happens, travel to forget it. And if nothing happens … go somewhere and make it happen! Don’t let life slip through your fingers. Don’t skip Portugal.

Note: these films were shot in Portugal in December, during the winter.



2017/05/08

Portugal rises in the ICCA ranking, moving up to the 10th place worldwide

Further to the 2016 ICCA - International Congress and Convention Association, statistics report released today, 8th of May 2017, it’s relevant to outline the performance of Portugal on the meeting industry segment with a progressive and positive world soaring of 2 positions joining the world Top Ten and maintain the 2015 European ranking, on the 7th place.

The foremost cities of Portugal either maintain or soar the performance on the 2016 ICCA statistics:


·         Lisbon still is on the top ten either on the European as well as on the World Ranking.

·         Porto with a very positive performance soars 4 positions on the European ranking
          (20th) and 11 positions on world ranking (31st ).

·         Cascais also achieved a very good performance and moved upward 2 position on the
           European ranking.

·         Coimbra a new Portuguese destination is upraising  among the leading cities with an             75 position rising on the European ranking (116th ) and 155 on the world ranking                   (218th ).

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