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2015/03/18

Instagram @visitportugal "Eyes of Portugal" competition: Win a stay in Portugal!


Win a stay in Portugal. All you need is an Instagram account and a unique view of one of the seven beautiful Portuguese regions! Enter this competition between 25 February and 14 April.

This is Centro de Portugal week, so you have until the 23h59 of the 24th of march to upload a photo to your instagram account, taken in the Centro de Portugal, with the hashtags #EyesOfPortugal and #Centro. In a week, we'll move to another region!

Rules: http://bit.ly/eyesofPT

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2015/03/11

New routes for Faro Airport for Summer 2015


For this summer Faro Airport announces the following new routes, new operations and route increases:

New routes:
Barcelona: Vueling (June to September) with two weekly frequencies  
Madrid: Air Nostrum (June to September) with 3 weekly frequencies
Aberdeen: Thomson (May until October) with 1 weekly frequency 
Cardiff: Flybe (June to October) with 3 weekly frequencies​

New operations:
Düsseldorf: Germanwings (April to October) with 1 weekly frequency
Zürich: air berlin (April to October) with 2 weekly frequencies
Stockholm, Arlanda: SAS (April to October)  with 1 weekly frequency

Increases on current routes:
Brussels: Brussels Airlines (1 additional weekly frequency)
Paris, Orly: Transavia France (3 additional weekly frequencies)
Luxemburg: Luxair (1 additional weekly frequency during Jun/Jul/Aug)
Rotterdam: Transavia (1 additional weekly frequency)
Basel: easyJet​ (1 additional weekly frequency during Jul/Aug)
Zürich: Edelweiss (2 additional weekly frequencies)
Leeds: Monarch (2 additional weekly frequencies)
London, Gatwick: Monarch (1 additional weekly frequency)
London Gatwick: British Airways (1 additional weekly frequency)
London, Gatwick: easyJet (2 additional weekly frequencies)
Nottingham, East Midlands: Jet2.com (1 additional weekly frequency)​

This information is subject to changes without notice. We recommend for further information to check with the airlines. 

Source: ANA Aeroportos de Portugal

2015/03/10

Holy Week in Portugal

With pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine to make you think of summer, Easter is ideal for a springtime mini-break, giving you an excellent opportunity to discover Portugal. 

Évora by Turismo do Alentejo
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.

Alentejo by Turismo do Alentejo
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.

Lisboa by ATL
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!

Find more information at https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/holy-week-portugal



Algarve Nature Week 2015: 11 -19 April 2015

The first edition of Algarve Nature Week will start on 11th April 2015, running until 19th April.





Experience the Algarve this spring with a whole host of activities.
Europe’s most beautiful scenery and its most wonderful climate come together in the Algarve – and this spring is the perfect time to enjoy everything the region has to offer.

For those looking for an active outdoor break, Algarve Nature Week brings together the best of nature tourism in the region with a whole host of activities and special events taking place throughout the period.

Special accommodation offers in rural settings, hiking, bird-watching, donkey riding, biking, boat trips, balloon rides and even under water diving can all be experienced during this special week in one of Europe’s most recognized destinations.

Although the region is justly famous for its sun and sea, the Algarve has much more to offer in the way of natural beauty, and several Nature Week activities, both coastal and inland, have been designed to take advantage of this. Check out these unique experiences by visiting www.algarvenatureweek.pt and enjoy a very special week.

Follow this link for a detailed Nature Guide provided by the Tourism Board of the Algarve.

Find more information at:
http://www.algarvenatureweek.pt/pt/
www.facebook.com/algarvenatureweek

2015/03/09

New VisiPortugal Travel Guide APP


Organize your itinerary in Portugal, online or offline, with the new VisitPortugal travel guide APP.

The Visit Portugal official travel guide allows you to organise your itinerary, obtain real time touristic information, access your personal account and your favourite content and search national databases. You may download information to access offline as well.

Available for smartphone and tablet, on iOs and Android operating systems, from App Store 
http://apple.co/1zXE202 and Google Pay http://bit.ly/18NUsBJ

Main reasons to use the Visit Portugal Travel Guide:

- It is free

- It is available in 10 languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin.

- It is available both online or offline, with no roaming expenses
Download information you need for your trip with access where and when you´d like.

- It has Augmented Reality
Use your device to have immediate access to real time touristic information.

- It has geo referenced information
While you are in Portugal, you can see what is closest to you from your geographic location.

- It provides touristic information
Touristic information and holiday suggestions at your disposal, according to your interests: Sun and Ocean, Mini holidays, Art and Culture, Religious Tourism, Nature, Outdoor Activities, Surfing, Golf, Nautical Tourism, Gastronomy and Wines, Health and Well Being, Romance, Family, Golf, Youth.
Free access to a database with 12000 equipments, distributed throughout 7 Portuguese regions: Oporto and North Region, Centre of Portugal, Lisbon Region, Alentejo, Algarve, Azores and Madeira.
Information about accommodation, touristic service companies, golf courts, museums, monuments and places, beaches, protected areas, useful telephone numbers, among many others.

- Provides access to Visitportugal´s personal account
Wherever you´d like, access your Visit Portugal account online and consult your favourite content


More Information at: http://bit.ly/1GqaSxY

2015/02/20

Porto’s Airport is the third best in Europe

The Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro is once again among the three best European airports, after Keflavik, in Iceland, and Moscow.
This positioning is the result of the inquiries applied by the ACI-Airports Council International, which represents 450 airports from 45 countries, responsible for 90% of the commercial air traffic in Europe and for the handling of around 1.7 thousand million passengers per year.
On its press release, ANA – Airports of Portugal considers this distinction to be another positive factor for Porto’s international attractiveness, remembering that the city had also conquered in 2014 the
 European Best Destination Award.
Porto airport was in the top three between 2006 and 2011 and was voted by passengers as the best European Airport in 2007.

2015/02/18

Step by step with Art and Science - Between Amoreiras and the Chiado

Visit eight Lisbon museums stopping at eight metro stations

The metro is not just the quickest form of transport in Lisbon. It has stops at key points on the route between Rato and the Baixa-Chiado, along which are eight iconic Lisbon museums:




- Museu Arqueológico do Carmo (Carmo Archaeological Museum)
- Museu do Chiado (Chiado Museum)
- Museu da Farmácia (The Pharmacy Museum)
- Museu Nacional da História Natural e da Ciência (National Museum of Natural History and Science)
- Museu Geológico (Geological Museum)
- Museu da Água da EPAL - Reservatório da Mãe d'Água e Reservatório da Patriarcal
(EPAL Water Museum - Mãe d'Água Reservoir and Patriarcal Reservoir)
- Museu Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva (Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Museum)
- Museu de São Roque (Museum of São Roque). 

Visit eight Lisbon museums, stopping at eight metro stations. On the route between Amoreiras and the Chiado, one of the most culturally dynamic in the city of Lisbon, there are eight museums with collections as diverse as archaeology, history, art history, the fine arts and the sciences. What's more, the metro is itself a museum of modern and contemporary art, with amazing spaces which surprise for the boldness and artistic quality of their tiled walls. 

To complement the art and science tours, between January and August 2015 on the last Saturday of each month, there will be a free guided tour, by prior reservation, to each of the eight museums located between Rato and the Chiado to discover the close relationship that exists between the metro stations and the museums.


More information at http://arteeciencia.wix.com/