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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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Useful tips for those who want to visit Fatima shrine during the visit of the Pope Francis

For those who intend to visit Fátima Shrine, on the occasion of the visit of the Pope Francis, the Municipality of Ourém, thinking on the safety and comfort of all, suggests the following information and guidelines to facilitate your travel and stay in Fatima, on the 12th and 13th of May.

The Municipality of Ourém created 20 free parking spaces outside the perimeter of Fátima, with a capacity for 18 thousand vehicles. 

Parking your car in one of these spaces, one will have free transfers circulating permanently, that will bring you to the centre of Fátima and then back again to the parking.
 
See here the map: 


For detail information, please check here:
http://www.ourem.pt/Fatima visita do Papa Francisco
Only in PT:  

2017/05/05

Follow the trail in Portugal

Find the ideal setting to experience something special.

Discovering a place by bicycle is a unique experience. And in Portugal there are a number of routes and trails, many of them located in protected areas, that allow you to discover very different sorts of countryside. 




The mountain routes are challenging, but their special feature is that you go through small villages and towns where you can take a break to visit the heritage of the area and discover local arts and crafts. But you will also be surprised by the itineraries along the coast, close to the sea, with the blue horizon stretching as far as the eye can see. In the Algarve in particular, you can take advantage of a network of interlinked routes that enable you to travel throughout the region, quite literally from one end to the other: the Rota Vicentina, the Via Algarviana, the Guadiana Route and the Coastal Ecovia.

There is a wide range of outdoor activities on offer in Portugal and the mild climate all year round makes it possible to enjoy new experiences at any time, be it summer or winter. Cycling routes and walks are the most accessible, but you can also go climbing and abseiling, rafting, canyoning and canoeing. And for people who love the sea, the full range of surfing activities, sailing and paragliding are just some of the activities on offer.

Whatever the activity or itinerary, you will certainly have the chance to appreciate what the country has to offer: scenery, climate, gastronomy and Portuguese hospitality.  


Find more about activities in Portugal at:
https://www.visitportugal.com/Outdoor Activities

2017/05/04

Enjoy the good life in Portugal

Come to Portugal to enjoy the good life in every way. Just let yourself go and savour all the things we have to offer – the different landscapes, the aromas and flavours of Portuguese gastronomy, the sounds of nature, of fado and the guitar, or the rhythms of international music, or wellness treatments at our spas and thermal resorts, to name but a few.



On a trip through the country from north to south, with a short hop to the islands of the Azores and Madeira, enjoying the scenery is a pure delight. On a drive, from a viewpoint or a terrace with a view over the old houses of Porto, the castle of São Jorge in Lisbon or the beautiful beaches of the Algarve, there are numerous possibilities just waiting for you. To accompany this, ask for a glass of a good Portuguese wine from the Douro, the Alentejo or the Dão, to name just three of the demarcated regions, and enjoy every drop.

And while we’re on the subject of flavours, what about trying Portuguese cuisine? From the simplest, such as freshly caught fish, just grilled with a little salt, to traditional dishes like salt cod and Portuguese cozido, there is a huge variety. And if you prefer sophisticated dining choose a Michelin-star restaurant, where auteur cuisine is in the hands of distinguished chefs.
To take a few souvenirs home with you, wander through the shops or markets. From international clothing and accessory brands and contemporary design shops, especially in Lisbon and Porto, to traditional and gourmet products that are sold throughout the country, you will certainly be spoiled for choice. 
During such outings, you can also enjoy visiting some monuments. Start with those that are World Heritage sites. We can suggest three: the Convento de Cristo in Tomar and the Monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça; they are all located in the Centro de Portugal region, but we cannot tell you which is the most beautiful, you’ll have to find that out for yourself. You can also discover some wonderful examples of modern architecture. Some have a cultural programme that is well worth discovering, such as the Casa da Música in Porto, the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, or the Casa das Mudas in Madeira. 
There’s nothing like a spa for regaining your equilibrium and well-being. They offer personalised plans and signature treatments of the main international brands, which can be adapted to your needs. Are you seeking relaxation and stress prevention, anti-ageing, detox or beauty treatments? The Algarve and Madeira have a huge offering in this area, but all the other regions have quality facilities in hotels or at thermal resorts. And for having a good rest, the range is even bigger: 5-star hotels with every comfort you could dream of, pousadas offering the best of the region you are visiting, or Tourism in the Country, where authenticity and the welcome are second to none. Come to Portugal and take good care of yourself!

The Fátima Ways

There are various means of transport connecting Fátima to the rest of the country, but many people prefer to walk, guided by their faith, in fulfilment of pledges, in search of spirituality or simply for the satisfaction of walking as a way of finding themselves.

These routes avoid major roads, preferring rural lanes with less traffic. Four of the pilgrims' usual paths - the Tagus Way, the Northern Way, the Nazaré Way and the Coastal Way - are marked on the ground and connect Fátima to various parts of the country.
The Tagus Way between Lisbon and Fátima leaves from the Parque das Nações and passes through Santarém. There are a number of places along this route, which is about 141km long, where you can eat and sleep, rest and recharge your energies. Part of this route coincides with the Santiago Way, so the first marker, to the south of the Portuguese Pavilion, also points to Santiago.
The Northern Way coincides completely with the Santiago Way, so it is signposted with markers that allude to both routes. Within Portugal, this route runs for about 260km and starts at the Spanish border, in Valença, passing through Porto and Coimbra, always with various accommodation and eating opportunities.
The Nazaré Way connects Fátima to another shrine dedicated to Our Lady, and can be taken in both directions since many pilgrims, after visiting Fátima follow a very ancient ritual to reach the point where the earth ends and the sea begins. In this case, the nearest point is Nazaré, from whose imposing promontory - Sítio - related to another miracle, you can watch the sun plunging into the sea, a beautiful sight at the end of the afternoon.
The Coastal Way starts from Estoril, next to the Church of Santo António and, as the name suggests, it closely follows the ocean, passing through Sintra, Mafra, Óbidos and Alcobaça, areas of great historical and monumental interest, then connecting with the Nazaré Way and heading inland towards Fátima.
In addition to the pursuit of spirituality, walking along these paths of silence and tranquillity is also an opportunity to enjoy the landscapes, nature, regional cuisine and contact with the genuine, welcoming local people.

Religious Tourism in Portugal

Portugal offers a roadmap of temples, devotions and religious festivals that you can follow out of faith or driven by a more universal spirituality, whether in search of the sacred or on a journey of self-discovery.

Starting in
 Fátima, Capital of Peace and one of the world’s most important Marian pilgrimage sites, there are many reasons for visiting, whether you are following the Cathedral route or to discover the simple shrines and chapels in honour of the local patron saint. In 2017 Fatima has a special attraction for the celebration of the centenary of the apparitions that will feature the presence of Pope Francis.
The Jews have also left their mark, particularly in Central Portugal, providing another reason for exploration. And there are also many paths travelled by pilgrims today, retracing the steps taken long ago to Santiago de Compostela.
After all, we are united in the same spirit of equality in difference, joined in a common cause which is the ancestral openness to others that is characteristic of the Portuguese. Motivated by this genuine predisposition for empathy and hospitality, in which we believe, we gladly welcome our visitors, whatever their religious belief.