New Year in Lisboa'17

Lisboa will welcome in the New Year at the Terreiro do Paço

A spectacular firework display will light up the skies over the Portuguese capital as the square also hosts concerts by several Portuguese artists.

Come and celebrate with good music and lots of fun with a fabulous view over the river Tagus.

29 dec:  22h00 - Ana Moura
30 dec: 22h00 - Lura & Bonga
31 dec: 
22h00 - Marta Ren & the Groovelvets
23h00 - Capitão Fausto
00h00 - Fireworks with original music by Beatbombers
00h15 - Portuguese Pop/rock hits with Ana Bacalhau, Ana Deus, Lena d'Água, Luís Portugal Oficial, Miguel Angelo, Rui Pregal da Cunha, Samuel Úria, Viviane and Xana

Source: VisitLisboa

Madeira Conquest again a World Travel Award

For the third year in a row, the World Travel Awards has recognized Madeira Islands as the World’s Leading Island Destination of 2017!

Competing alongside with other emblematic and exotic island destinations, Madeira again collected the annual award that recognizes excellence in the stand-out tourism brands and locations around the world, distinguishing itself as the best island tourist destination on the globe since 2015.

The “Tourism Oscars” were awarded at a ceremony held on December 10th, in Vietnam.

New Year´s Festivities in Madeira

If there’s a place to come and celebrate life, then that place is Madeira. As each year draws to a close, the end is commemorated of yet another cycle of 365 days that have been lived as intensely as our memory allows us to recall. 

The Christian traditions of Christmas time combine with the displays of rejoicing at the arrival of the New Year, in a rich and extensive programme of cultural, ethnographic and artistic events that continue throughout the month of December and carry on till Twelfth Night.

The specific conditions of Funchal’s naturally-formed amphitheatre transform it into a giant crib lit by the thousands of lights placed up and down the city’s main avenues, resulting in a most extraordinary scenario. Allow yourself to be tempted by the wares in the shops of Funchal and give yourself up to the frenzied activity of shopping. Here you can buy anything from the latest international brands to the most diverse handicraft articles. Funchal is like a giant outdoor shopping centre.

An island in festival, both at the hotels and in the restaurants, bars and streets, where, in order to mark the transition to the New Year, the skies of Funchal are lit up with a gigantic firework display that lasts for a good ten minutes. This is undoubtedly the dawning of a whole new life! 

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Hurray! was considered the "World's Leading Tourism Authority Website 2017"🏆 by the World Travel Awards

In the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2017 that took place last December 10th in the Vietnam, the was considered the "World's Leading Tourism Authority Website 2017" 🏆. 

Visitportugal is the official website for Portugal as a tourist destination, and is developed by Turismo de Portugal, I.P., the national tourist board.

Forming an integral part of the Ministry of Economy, Turismo de Portugal, I.P., is responsible for the promotion, development and sustainability of tourist activity. It thus unites in one single body all the institutional powers relating to the development of tourism, in all areas ranging from supply to demand.

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Portugal was the great winner of the World Travel Awards 2017 final, winning 7 awards

Portugal was the great winner of the World Travel Awards 2017 final, having won World’s Leading Destination award.
Congratulations to all ;)

Portugal wins World’s Leading Destination at the World Travel Awards

Portugal is the great winner of the World Travel Awards 2017 final, having won World’s Leading Destination award.

After winning the Europe’s Leading Destination award earlier in September, Portugal joined the list of 17 nominees at the grand final, which took place on November 10 in Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Among the nominees, there were destinations such as Brazil, Greece, Maldives, United States of America, Morocco, Vietnam or Spain, and others.

This is the first time that a European country has won this distinction. The destination with the largest number of awards is Dubai (six awards) and in Europe only the cities of London and Paris won World’s Leading Destination in the past.

According to Ana Mendes Godinho, Secretary of State for Tourism, "we are facing a unique moment for tourism in Portugal. This is the recognition of the work that has been developed over the years by all of those who are in some way connected with the tourism industry, but it is also the acknowledgment of the country that we have. An authentic, innovative, reinvented country that combines a wide variety of experiences and landscapes, a country that combines cosmopolitanism, history, tradition, sun, nature and gastronomy. A country that knows and enjoys to welcome everyone. We must now continue this work of showing all the diversity of what Portugal has to offer and which makes us a tourism destination of excellence ".

Other than the World’s Leading Destination, Portugal also won World’s Leading Tourist Board (for Turismo de Portugal) and World’s Leading Tourism Authority Website (for

Luís Araújo, President of Turismo de Portugal, mentions that "this is the first time, after 10 years of Turismo de Portugal's history, we have been recognized with global awards. Not 
only is Turismo de Portugal distinguished as the World's Leading Tourist Board, as the official destination information portal is considered the World's Leading Tourism Authority Website, on an international level. These distinctions are only possible thanks to the efforts and dedication of a cohesive team, which professionalism, rigor and organizational ability prevail. It is with pride that we see our tourism strategy distinguished and gives us an increased motivation in pursuit of our goals until 2027, in order to affirm Portugal as a tourist destination of excellence."


UNESCO: Craftsmanship of Estremoz clay figures is Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Craftsmanship of Estremoz clay figures just inscribed on the UNESCO´s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

"The Craftsmanship of Estremoz Clay Figures involves a production process lasting several days: the elements of the figures are assembled before being fired in an electric oven and then painted by the artisan and covered with a colorless varnish. 

The clay figures are dressed in the regional attires of Alentejo or the clothing of religious Christian iconography, and follow specific themes. The production of clay figures in Estremoz dates back to the seventeenth century, and the very characteristic aesthetic features of the figures make them immediately identifiable. 

The craft is strongly attached to the Alentejo region, since the vast majority of the figures depict natural elements, local trades and events, popular traditions and devotions. The viability and recognition of the craft are ensured through non-formal education workshops and pedagogical initiatives by the artisans, as well as by the Center for the Appreciation and Safeguarding of the Estremoz Clay Figure. 

Fairs are organized at the local, national and international levels. Knowledge and skills are transmitted both in family workshops and professional contexts, and artisans teach the basics of their craft through non-formal training initiatives. Artisans are actively involved in awareness-raising activities organized in schools, museums, fairs and other events."

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Source: UNESCO, Turismo do Alentejo and Municipio de Estremoz  


December 2017 "Follow Me": Lisbon monthly tourist Guide for visitors

Before you visit Lisbon, check "Follow me Lisboa" and discover what´s happening in the Lisboa region during the month of December. Follow Me Lisboa is a monthly tourist Guide for visitors.

A bilingual publication in Spanish and English, it is a pocket-sized publication containing the main cultural and other events to interest to the tourist and a complete itinerary to museums, monuments, parks, gardens, hotels and restaurants.

Find more about Lisboa region at:
- Brochure "Lisbon City Breaks"
- Brochure Lisbon: " A whole world to explore"

Algarve Events Guide for December 2017

Going to the Algarve during the month of December? So discover 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.

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