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2018/02/09

A train ride through the almonds in blossom: on the Saturdays: 03, 10, 17 and 24 March 2018

Get aboard the train for a memorable journey along the Almond Blossom Circuit, where you can let your senses delight in the vast flower-filled landscape of one of Portugal’s most green and verdant regions. 

The oldest tourist excursion developed by the Portuguese railway company CP (Comboios de Portugal), the Almond Blossom circuit takes you through some unique countryside, where history and tradition blend perfectly with the beauty of the landscapes. A journey that will literally take your breath away. 

Taking you through the region of Alto Douro and Trás-os-Montes in special trains, along the line from Porto-Campanhã to Pocinho and back, the Almond Blossom Trail is further complemented by 
a choice of three road trips that you can also choose from:

Route A – Pocinho, Museu do Côa (guided tour of the museum), Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (time for lunch), Castelo Rodrigo, Barca D'Alva, Penedo Durão (view point), Freixo de Espada à Cinta and Pocinho.

Route B – Freixo de Numão, Penedono, Trancoso (time for lunch), Marialva (guided tour of the castle), Meda (guided tour of the winery Quinta Vale D'Aldeia), Museu do Côa (guided tour of the museum), Foz Côa and Pocinho..

Route C – Pocinho, Torre de Moncorvo, Mogadouro (time for lunch and visit to the Archeology museum), Santuário de Cerejais (view point), Vila flor and Pocinho.

DatesThese trips are going to be held on the Saturdays: 03, 10, 17 and 24 March 2018.

Visit the CP website and their Facebook page to find out the train times and any other information you may require.


Source: CP

2018/02/06

Algarve Events Guide for February 2018


Going to the Algarve
 during the month of February? So d
iscover 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.


Find more information about the Algarve at:

February 2018 "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 FebruaryFollow 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:
https://www.visitportugal.com/LisboaRegião
http://www.visitlisboa.com/
- Brochure "Lisbon City Breaks"
- Brochure Lisbon: " A whole world to explore"

10 things to do and to see in Lisbon 

Portugal: a mild winter

Winter in Portugal is a very pleasant season.

With an average of more than 300 sunny days a year, winter here can sometimes seem more like spring and you always need to have your sunglasses to hand. 

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A walk along the beach is a great idea at any time of year or alternatively, you could opt for our "ecovias", such as Vila Nova de Gaia, the Estrada Atlântica or the Rota Vicentina, where you can enjoy a view of the sea as you walk or cycle
When it comes to adrenaline-packed sports, surfing is always a good choice, especially since there are always good waves along Portugal's extensive coast.  But your prefer golf, Portugal offers exceptional conditions for golfing, especially in the courses of Algarve and on Estoril Coast, voted as the best golfing destinations in Europe and the world on a number of occasions.  

Whether it's the world heritage scenery of the River Douro, or in the Azores or Madeira, a river cruise is a great way to spend some leisure time.Take the opportunity to discover our monuments and museums or our historical city centres, some of which classified as world heritage. Take a look too at the contemporary buildings and marvel at the urban art in Lisbon that has created veritable open-air galleries.  

Eat a healthy lunch of fresh fish on a seaside esplanade, and sample our convent sweets too, such as the world-famous pastel de nata (custard tart). And your meal will taste even better with one of our excellent wines

Whatever you decide to do, you will take home many lifelong memories of your time here.

2018/01/17

Good news! The Algarve was awarded 🏆 not 1 but 2 prizes by the readers of Today's Golfer Magazine

The Algarve has made it a magnificent seven after sealing another double success at the Today’s Golfer Travel Awards, and its seventh since the awards were launched in 2011. 
The Portuguese golfing hotspot retained the two major honors it landed in 2017 after readers of the popular UK golf publication voted it as Best Golf Destination – and Best Value – in Continental Europe. 
The sun-drenched region, which boasts 43 fabulous courses, claimed the top prize as Europe’s leading golf destination for the first time last year and maintained its place at the top of the pile with more than 60 per cent of the vote. 
Additionally, value for money is still a huge factor in attracting the Algarve’s visitors as it landed almost 40 per cent of the vote to land the Best Value award for the fifth time.  
Readers cast their votes in their thousands in the seventh edition of the awards to ensure their favorite courses and venues received recognition.
Today’s Golfer Courses and Travel Editor Kevin Brown said: “The annual TG Travel Awards are totally objective as it is the paying public – our readers – who make the decisions.
“Congratulations to the Algarve, which celebrated more success and continues to be recognized by our readers for its outstanding qualities as a golf destination. It remains the number one choice among UK golfers.”
Maria Manuel Delgado e Silva, Algarve tourism golf product manager, said: “It is testament to the continued hard work throughout our golf tourism industry that we have been voted as Best Golf Destination and Best Value in Continental Europe by the readers of Today’s Golfer. It remains a huge honor to be regarded so highly by UK golfers.
“We have welcomed record numbers of visiting golfers from the UK in recent years and we remain committed to delivering the excellence that golfers expect from a destination like the Algarve.
“We would like to thank everyone who has played a part in helping us win these awards and, above all, to the golfers who visit us in the Algarve.”


Carnival is back to Madeira from the 7th to the 14th of February!

Madeira Carnival festivities offer a variety of activities you can choose from, with the option to enjoy them as a simple spectator or as an active participant, in a event to be held this year between February, 7th to 14th.



Carnival officially begins on the Friday before Lent and only ends on Shrove Tuesday, with the whole island being caught up in the intense and contagious liveliness.

The Carnival festival in Madeira is one of the region’s liveliest festivals. Funchal city wakes up on the Friday morning to the sound of brass bands and carnival parades bringing their good humour to the whole of the downtown area, which is then continued at night with concerts and shows in the Praça do Município for five consecutive days.

On Saturday night, it’s time for the great procession of floats to come out into the street. After following their traditional route through the city, they concentrate in the Praça do Município, where there is much singing and dancing in a magical atmosphere of music and merrymaking.

On the day of the Carnival itself (Shrove Tuesday), Funchal explodes in a great outpouring of merriment. In the afternoon, irreverent merrymakers from all over the world parade in front of the crowd who are in turn infected by this atmosphere of playful caricature - it is time for the popular parade. Throughout this period, the streets of Funchal are decorated with patterns of lights and inundated with background music alluding to the Carnival period.


Are you ready for some fun? Join us at this time of the year and celebrate with us ;)

Find more information at:
-  http://www.visitmadeira.pt/carnival
-  https://www.madeiraallyear.com/en/events/carnival/
-  https://www.visitportugal.com/Madeira Carnival Festivities

In 2018, can’t Skip Portugal!

Recently awarded by the World Travel Awards as the World’s Leading Destination 2017, Portugal also continues to be one of the safest and most affordable countries in Europe, and the closest country to the US in the old continent. Add to that, 2018 is going to be a year full of fun events for all ages!


With winter temperatures ranging from 50 to 70 F, Portugal is the perfect spot for a mild winter trip. Climb ancient castles; discover vibrant cities filled with history but also modernity;  visit the several sites classified World Heritage by UNESCO;  indulge in delicious local cuisine and wines; play golf in the Algarve or go surfing in Nazaré, Peniche or in the Alentejo coast. 

Visit the cosmopolitan cities of Lisbon and Porto, but do not forget the enchanting towns of Center of Portugal or the breathtaking mountains villages in the North. Go island hopping in the Azores or in the Atlantic pearls of Madeira & Porto Santo.

Portugal loves guests and the whole country is embracing its popularity with new trendy hotels, award-winning restaurants, revamped museums and attractions.

As you see, you must put Portugal on your 2018 bucket list ;)