Don´t miss Rock' n' Roll Lisbon - Marathon in the next October 15, 2017

The Lisbon Marathon will take place in the 15th of October which is always competed for against a backdrop of panoramic views by the river or seaside.

The 42 kms distance Marathon sets off from Cascais and follows the Coastal Road (Estrada Marginal), firstly by the sea and then along the river until the finish line at Lisbon's Parque das Nações.

The event also includes two shorter distance races which are within the reach of all those taking part. The Half Marathon sets off from the Vasco da Gama Bridge and charts a 21kms course that also finishes up at the Parque das Nações. It provides the opportunity to cross one of the longest bridges in Europe on foot on the one day when cars have to give precedence to people.

At the same time there is the Mini Marathon which is about 8 kms and corresponds to the last stretch of the two races. Very popular with the locals in general, the Mini Marathon is taken by each one in their own stride, whether running or walking, since the main objective is taking part and meeting people.

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The 2nd edition of the 365 Algarve programme has started!

365 ALGARVE – A sun-filled region for the arts (2nd edition) 
Visit the Algarve and do not miss the programme of events that energises the region throughout the year.

Dubbed 365 Algarve, this cultural programme crowns the region’s traditional offer with music, dance and theatre performances plus exhibitions, activities involving the local heritage, gastronomy and cinema. The second edition will run from October 2017 to May 2018 and the events that will take place all across the Algarve invite you to visit the region.
Because every day counts!

New Route to the Algarve in Summer 2018: Faro-Verona by Volotea

The Spanish low-cost airline Voloteawill start a direct flight between the Algarve and Italy in June 2018. 

This will be the only direct air link between the Algarve and Italy, and will offer one weekly flight between Verona to Faro , from June to September and a total of 5,400 seats.
“Italy is a market that has registered interesting growth levels in the last few years,” said ATA  (Algarve Promotion Bureau) Director Dora Coelho, adding that 2016 saw 108,000 overnight stays by Italian tourists in the region. “This is why we consider this market to be strategically relevant to the region,” she added.
Source: ATA - Algarve Promotion Bureau


Madeira Nature Festival 2017: October 3rd to 8th

The Madeira Nature Festival promotes for a week tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira, an event that will be held between October, 3rd to 8th. 
It’s the newest event of the official tourist entertainment calendar, held for the first time in October 2011.

Whether on the land, in the air or in the sea, the choices are multiple and visitors can experience a wide range of different activities suitable for all ages. In addition to these activities there are many more as part of this festival celebrating sport, entertainment, culture and Madeira
Other initiatives that are included in this event:

Entertainment activities - Largo da Restauração

In the downtown Funchal area, at Largo da Restauração will be held a small “arraial” typical religious festivity, an occasion which will integrate a display of local the regional gastronomy, apart from performances by folk dancing groups.
This venue will serve as setting for a photographic exhibition. In addition, those interested in partaking in the activities programmed for this festival can book these services at a stand located in this venue.

Source: Madeira Tourism 

Portugal won the award for Europe’s Leading Tourism Destination at the World Travel Awards

Portugal won the award for Europe’s Leading Tourism Destination at the World Travel Awards, the most prestigious tourism awards. 
This prize was awarded on last Saturday, September 30
th, during a ceremony held in St. Petersburg, Russia, in the presence of the Secretary of State for Tourism in Portugal, Ana Mendes Godinho.
The fact that Portugal won this award for the first time is evidence of the progress Portugal has made in terms of visibility and prestige as a quality destination (only during 2017 Portugal received more than 2,300 prizes and distinctions).
The diversity of landscapes, the strengthening of air accessibility, the ease of travelling within the country and the friendliness and welcoming spirit of the Portuguese people towards the ones who visit Portugal were definitely excellent arguments that motivated this important distinction.
This award is also the recognition of the commitment of all in making Portugal a tourism destination of excellence, with unique offer that extends throughout the territory, from north to south, from the coast to the interior.
Portugal was also the country that received the most awards in this gala, held in St. Petersburg, with 37 distinctions ranging from Europe’s Leading Cruise Port: Lisbon, Europe’s Leading Island Destination: Madeira Islands, Europe’s Leading Beach Destination: Algarve or Europe’s Leading Tourist Board: Turismo de Portugal.
Portugal won 37 of the Oscars of Tourism, 13 more than last year, which reinforces not only the image of the 3rd most peaceful country in the world but also the 14th most competitive country in the world in Tourism that every year receives over 21 million visitors.

About the World Travel Awards:
Established In 1993, the World Travel Awards™ acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Thousands of industry professionals identify the selection of nominees at an international level and choose their favorites every year.


Monarch Airlines: Information for passengers

Information for customers of Monarch:

"We are sorry to announce that Monarch has suspended flights and holidays. Please check the new website for further advice and information.

If you are currently abroad and due to fly back in the next fortnight you will be brought back to the UK at no cost. Please check for details of your new flights which will be available a minimum of 48 hours in advance.

For more information, call the helpline on 0300 303 2800 (UK) or +44 1753 330 330 (overseas)"

For more information please check the following links: ceased trading (Only in PT)

Source: Civil Aviation Authority; Monarch Airlines;


Happy World Tourism Day 2017

Today we celebrate the World Tourism Day!

It is said that tourism is the world's peace industry, as it drives tolerance and understanding towards every nation.

Turismo de Portugal is deeply honoured to play a role in this world, as everyone in Portugal is committed to welcome others in a loving way.

Know more about the story behind a brand that has been around for 25 years.