From 5-14 May, don´t miss Algarve Nature Week 2017

In May don’t miss Algarve Nature Week, an event that will draw attention to the Algarve’s natural beauty.

During this event, there will be special offers available on more than 90 outdoor activities and 8 accommodation facilities, some of which enjoy a rural setting. There will be plenty of action for everyone who enjoys active holidays in unspoiled surroundings. And when we say plenty, we really mean plenty! 

For nine days the event will be offering walks, birdwatching, dolphin and whale watching, boat trips, cycle outings, horseback and donkey outings, and even airborne and underwater activities. All at friendly prices so that you can take advantage of (almost) all the activities on offer.

The Algarve Nature Week also includes an exhibition at Quatro Águas in Tavira, on the first three days of the event, of various companies that operate in nature tourism in the Algarve. This is a great opportunity to get to know them and discover the programme of experiences that they have created for you. Admission is free.

Algarve Nature Week - Loving the Algarve, naturally!

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Story of a brand for Portugal as a tourism destination

The creative pathway of Portuguese artist José de Guimarães in the development of the symbol of Portugal as a tourism destination, created 25 years ago.


Ryanair with new daily route Porto-Frankfurt

Ryanair has announced that this winter will operate daily flights from Frankfurt to Porto as part of the 2017 winter schedule. This route joins with other recently announced flights.

This new route of the Low Cost company joins the already extended offer for this continental hub, provided by Lufthansa. Ryanair Executive Director Michael O'Leary has been in Porto to announce the new winter routes the low-cost airline will make from Porto Airport.

The route to Naples twice a week is one of the main novelties, and join to the ten routes that are already in operation and will be kept for the first time during the winter of 2017.

The company says it will create more than 3,000 jobs in Porto, citing an ACI survey that confirms that an average of 750 jobs are created at international airports for every million passengers.

Source: Porto Travel 

TAP adds Cologne to its european network

Company reinforces its positioning in Europe with new route launched in Germany

As from now on, it is already possible for TAP customers to book flights to Cologne, Germany, the new destination to be inaugurated next Summer, to where TAP will fly twice a day, beginning on July 15. Cologne thus becomes the 8th new destination to be launched by TAP in coming Summer 2017.

With this new route to Cologne, which will operate to the Cologne / Bonn Airport (serving both cities) TAP will now fly to seven destinations in Germany in the whole: Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Düsseldorf, thereby further reinforcing its presence in the German market. 

Cologne will then be part of the new 2017 destinations already announced by TAP – Toronto (Canada), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Stuttgart (Germany), Gran Canaria and Alicante (Spain), Bucharest (Romania) and Budapest (Hungary) – thus adding to consolidate the Portuguese airline’s positioning in Europe.

The direct flights between Lisbon and Cologne will operate with the Embraer 190 aircraft, with seat capacity for 106 passengers, and two daily frequencies, departing  Lisbon at 12:30 and 19:05, and returning from Cologne at 17:20 and 06:00 (the following day) respectively.

The Cologne/Bonn Airport is strategically located between both cities, serves more than 40 airlines and reports around 11 million passengers per year.

Cologne, Bonn and Düsseldorf – to where TAP operates daily flights – are all located within the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region, the largest one in Germany, with close to 11 million inhabitants. Furthermore, with the addition of Stuttgart to TAP’s network, the company will fly to the six largest metropolitan regions in Germany as of next Summer period.

In the first weeks of 2017, TAP has already recorded a growth of 25 per cent in the number of passengers carried  in its European network, with Germany coming on top and posting an increase of 27 per cent . With the launch of operations to the new destinations, TAP will increase its offer to Europe in 12 per cent this summer, with Germany alone growing 44 per cent . 

Source: Tap Portugal 

Blue Air connects Turin to Lisbon

Blue Air, the hybrid low cost airline, announced today a new direct connection between Turin and Lisbon, becoming Blue Air’s second route to Lisbon Airport, as it began flights from Bucharest in June this year.

The new flight to Turin starts on the 1st of June 2017, three times a week and will be operated with the company fleet aircraft, Boeing 737-500 with a capacity of 120 seats. 

Interestingly, Lisbon passengers can take advantage of Blue Air’s extended offer of further connections to several Italian destinations via Turin, namely, to Alghero, Catania, Naples, Rome Fiumicino as well as Lamezia Terme. The airline flies to over 90 destinations and has eight operational bases: Bucharest, Bacau, Cluj- Napoca Constanta, Liverpool, Iasi, Larnaca and Turin.

ANA Aeroportos de Portugal is very pleased with this announcement and reinforces that this new route will contribute not only to increase Lisbon Airport’s connectivity and multiplicity of options for outbound passengers but also to the ever growing number incoming tourists to Portugal.

For more information visit the airline website

Source: Ana - Aeroportos de Portugal


Stars Route Festival 2017

Following the success of the “Stars Route” in the previous editions, the gastronomic festival will be repeated in 2017.

The Stars Route Festival takes place exclusively in Michelin-starred restaurants and it was held for the first time in 2010 with the aim of promoting Portuguese haute cuisine.
Since then, it has taken place annually, touring the country from north to south, normally from March to November, and now ventures into Spain as well.

It is currently one of the country’s most important culinary festivals, bringing the major players in haute cuisine together to interact, and promoting its national and international visibility . ..

Come and participate in this route of flavors of excellence !

Events dates:

Madeira Terroir on the 24th of March and Il Gallo D'oro on the 25th-28th of March (Funchal, Madeira Islands)
- L´and on the 21st  of April (Alentejo)
- William on the 23rd and 24th of June (Funchal, Madeira island)

- Casa de Chá da Boa Nova on the 7th of July (Leça da Palmeira)
- Eleven Rio on the on the 21st and 22nd of July (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
- Lab on the 30th of September (Sintra)
- Vila Joya on the 20th and 21st of October (Algarve)
- Eleven on the 11th of November (Lisboa)

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From March 10th to April 2nd, don´t miss the International Chocolate Festival in Óbidos

Anyone with a sweet tooth shouldn’t miss the chance to take part in the International Chocolate Festival in Óbidos

During several days the medieval town’s narrow streets will be transformed into genuine showcases of cakes and sweets that everyone can sample and purchase. 

For younger visitors, the “Kids’ Chocolate House” offers recreational and pedagogical activities and a kitchen where they can prepare several recipes. 

Adults can attend culinary classes where chocolate is always the base ingredient and also watch competitions involving professional pastry-makers, such as the “Chocolatier of the Year” and the “International Competition of Chocolate Recipes”, and also marvel at an array of chocolate sculptures – genuine works of art. 

Opening hours:
Open Friday to Sunday, from 11 am to 08 pm

Ticket Prices:
Adult General entrance ticket (over 12 years old): 6 euros
Children (06 – 11 years old): 3 euros
Ticket price for Groups (over 15 visitors): 5 euros
(Needs previously booking and payment by e-mail or by phone 262 959 231)

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