In June, don´t miss the Festivities of Lisbon 2015

With a whiff of summer in the air, the Festivities of Lisbon offer a welter of entertainment activities that will invade Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods, luring lure thousands of people into the streets. 

Santo António - Lisbon’s patron saint - overseas the city’s festivities that reach their highpoint on the evening of June 12, with a procession of popular marches through the 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. 

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From May 22 to 31, don´t miss the Video Mapping - Lisboa, city of the sea

"Lisboa, City of the Sea" is a multimedia spectacle which shows the close links between Lisboa and the Sea.

From the era of the Discoveries to sailing competitions, the calls of the fishwives to the fishing boats, from architecture to leisure activities, the city's pace of life is intertwined with the waves that lap upon its shores.

Let yourself be guided by the compass needle that revolves around the cardinal points of ancient compasses in a dizzying journey that transports you to different historical and contemporary eras, representative of this intimate connection Lisboa shares with the sea.

From May 22 to 31, in Terreiro do Paço (Metro station: Terreiro do Paço), at 9.30pm, 10.30pm and 11.30pm. 

Duration: 15 minutes

Free entry
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Riders from 5 nationalities will be competing in 2* show of Ponte de Lima, from 5-17 May

Riders from Spain, France, UK, Sweden, Brazil and Portugal will be competing next weekend at the CSI Ponte de Lima

This 2 star show will distribute a total amount of  49.000 euros (prize money). The show is taking place in EXPOLIMA an excellent show ground with one of the best facilities from Portugal, 200 meters away from village main place.

In charge of the jumps will be the prestigious Spanish course designer Javier Trenor Paz for the first time in Ponte de Lima.

CSI Ponte de Lima is part of Ponte de Lima - international Equestrian Destination, a project from the municipality, that together will several other equestrian events, will establish the city as one of the most important regarding the Equestrian Sport in Portugal.

The excellent weather conditions all over the year are for sure an attraction for horse lovers and general public to visit Ponte de Lima and their Equestrian events.

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Ponte de Lima Horse Fair


The historical train returns between June and October

Riding on the historical train is like travelling back in time. 

The route runs along the bank of the river Douro, between Régua and Tua, on a unique trip back into the past through beautiful landscape that is classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.


One-day programme leaving Régua at 15:22 and returning at 18:32 with a stop at Pinhão, and then on to Tua and back. On-board entertainment with regional singers and musicians and a toast with a glass of Port. You can also try the Régua candies, a tradition for everyone who comes to this part of Portugal.

You can buy just the historical train trip, or you can op+t to buy a Combined Package, which includes a return trip from anywhere in the country on Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, Regional and Oporto urban trains.

Dates and times for the 2015 edition:

Saturdays, between 6 June and 31 October 2015.
Sundays, between 16 August and 4 October 2015.
Outward: Régua 15:22>Tua 16:37

Return: Tua 17:20> Régua 18:32

Historical train (Régua - Tua)

Incluides: Historical train journey Régua/Tua and back.
Adult €35
Children €15 (5 to 12 years old inclusive)

Packs (Historical train + journeys all over the country – return)

Information and bookings

Ticket offices
Online ticket office*
Customer care line (707 210 220)*
Requests for information:

The combined packages are only sold at ticket offices.

* Seats attributed randomly. If you want to choose your seat, buy your ticket from a ticket office.

Tickets can be bought up to 60 days in advance

More information at CP website

Volvo Ocean Race – Lisbon on the route of the round-the-world yacht race

From the 25th of May to the 7th of June, Lisbon will once again be a stopover on the transatlantic leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15. This is a great opportunity to see the world's top sailors and to get to know the city.

For 14 days, the Pedrouços Dock will be welcoming one of the most important sailing events in the world. Lisbon is the only European capital on the route of the competition, which is being held for the 12th time. 

Lisbon was an obvious choice when you consider what a close connection Portugal has had with the sea for many centuries. Belém, the competition venue, is in itself symbolic of the period of the Discoveries, as the setting-off point for the great Portuguese sailors, such as Vasco da Gama (15th century). But the competition is also an opportunity to visit and become acquainted with two monuments classed as UNESCO World Heritage, the Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery). 

In this historical quarter, you can also visit the Museu dos Coches (National Coach Museum), which from May onwards will be housed in a new building designed by architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha; the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries); the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia (National Museum of Archaeology); the Museu de Marinha (Maritime Museum); and the Centro Cultural de Belém (Belém Cultural Centre), which houses the Museu Berardo (Berardo Museum), with its impressive contemporary art collection.

From Belém, it takes no more than half an hour by car or tram alongside the river to reach the city centre. The "Baixa", "Chiado", "Bairro Alto" and "Alfama", where the Fado Museum is to be found, as well as the Castelo de São Jorge (St George's Castle) are the city's main attractions and are a must for any visitor to Lisbon. A good way to see the sights is to choose one of our suggested itineraries.
At dinner time, the riverside setting of the huge Praça do Comércio Square, the "Chiado" or the "Bairro Alto" are a good choice, because of the vast array of restaurants, lounges, open-air terraces and viewpoints offering panoramic views of the city.

But the Pedrouços Dock will also be very lively during the event. A "small city" is to be set up in the surrounding space and there will be activities to entertain visitors of all ages while they admire the yachts and rub shoulders with the world's top sailors. The competitors set off for Lisbon from the port of Newport, in the United States, on the 17th of May and will subsequently leave Lisbon for Lorient on the French coast, where they are expected to arrive between the 9th and the 12th of June.

For more information about the Volvo Ocean Race, see


Algarve Chefs Week: From 26 April to 3 May do not miss this luxury culinary week in the Algarve.

Ten Chefs, Ten Restaurants, Ten Hotels, 1 Price

The annual Algarve Chefs Week culinary festival will return for a mouth-watering fifth edition from 26 April – 3 May 2015. 

Dubbed “Algarve Chefs Week 5.0”, this year’s event brings together 10 top Chefs from the Algarve’s finest hotels to create one-off celebratory menus inspired by five of the region’s most characteristic products: Flor de Sal, dried figs, carob, fava beans and oranges.

The week-long gastronomic event sees each of the 10 participating chefs create their own special menus, pairing unique flavours with regional wines in a celebration of the Algarve’s most characteristic products. 

Following the official launch of Algarve Chefs Week at the Mercado de Loulé on 25 April, this year’s special menus will be available for dinner in the restaurants of the participating hotels from 26 April – 3 May. Prices start from €30 per person excluding drinks, and once again €1 from each meal will be donated to the homeless charity CASA.

For the first time, this year’s Algarve Chefs Week will be preceded by a series of gastronomic workshops, hosted by the 10 participating chefs. From 3pm on the afternoons of 4, 11 and 18 April, visitors to the Mercado de Loulé can learn how to make a variety of dishes based on the best Algarvean ingredients and flavours. Algarve Chefs Week 5.0 will also be marked by the publication of a special cookbook including some of the best dishes created for the event over the past five years.

Algarve Chefs Week 5.0 will feature:
-Chef Andrew McGuie – Restaurante Louro, Conrad Algarve
-Chef Bruno Rocha – Restaurante EMO, Hotel Tivoli Victoria
-Chef Jan Stechemesser – Restaurante À Terra, Praia Verde Boutique Hotel
-Chef José Leitão – Restaurante Moonlight, Nau Salgados Palace
-Chef Luis Mourão – Restaurante Alquimia, Hotel Epic Sana Algarve
-Chef Miguel Lourenço – The Olive Tree, Hotel Vale d’Oliveiras
-Chef Miguel Teixeira – Restaurante Koi, Vidamar Resort Algarve
-Chef Osvalde Silva – Restaurante O Grill, Pine Cliffs Residence, a Luxury Collection Resort
-Chef Ricardo Ferreira – Restaurante Pepper’s, Hotel Tivoli Marina Vilamoura
-Chef Vitor Monteiro – Restaurante L14, Nau Salgados Dunas Suites

Gastronomy Workshops – Mercado de Loulé (Loulé’s Market):
- April 4, Saturday:
3:00 PM (José Leitão): Starters
4:00 PM (Vitor Monteiro): Main Course
5:00 PM (Osvalde Silva): Dessert

- April 11, Saturday:
3:00 PM (Miguel Lourenço): Starters
4:00 PM (Luis Mourão): Main Course
5:00 PM (Bruno Rocha): Dessert

- April 18, Saturday:
3:00 PM (Andrew Mcggie): Starters
3:45 PM (Ricardo Ferreira): Fish
4:30 PM (Miguel Teixeira): Meat
5:15 PM (Jan Stechemesser): Dessert

Source: Algarve Chefs Week


New reservation portal for Tourism in the Country

As part of its Portugal – Country and Sea campaign, Turihab and Center have launched a new portal for Tourism in the Country accommodation units, bringing together the brands “Solares de Portugal”, "Aldeias de Portugal" and “Casas de Campo.”

The portal lists accommodation offerings in the 7 Portuguese tourism regions and has been completely rebuilt with a new, modern image, attractive colours, simple language and facilitating more effective searches.

The new portal was created keeping in mind new market trends and needs, which are increasingly more dynamic, more demanding and thirsty for excellence in products and services.

Please visit