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2012/08/31

Favaios: Douro finest sweet nectar

The Moscatel do Douro Doc's 1980 from Favaios Cellar is the third best in the world, a position he reached in the contest "Muscats do Monde 2012." And it is the only Portuguese in the Top 10, among more than 232 muscat of about 24 countries in a competition known only to evaluate the best in the world.

It is the second consecutive time that Favaios enters the Top 10 of this competition that is already on its 12th edition.

The Moscatel do Douro Doc 1980 can and should be tasted alone, but also goes well with Portuguese convent dessert.

Source: Muscats du Monde.com

Tours with Fado: September and October 2012 at Museu do Fado

Come learn about the history of fado from its nineteenth-century roots to the present day: their protagonists, the presence in vaudeville, film and television, the story of the portuguese guitar and still hear the songs of Margarida Bessa, José da Camara, Luísa Roca, Miguel Capucho, Gisela João, António Rocha, Filipa Cardoso and Cristiano de Sousa.

Saturdays and Sundays at 4.30 pm
Requiring previous booking
Price: 5€

Museu do Fado
Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, nº1
1100-139 Lisboa
Tel: +351 218 823 470
E-mail:
museudofado@egeac.pt
Website: http://www.museudofado.pt/



Source: Museu do Fado

New Cooking and Nature and Emotional Hotel

Against a backdrop of mountains enfolding an enchanted valley nestles a truly special hotel where emotions flow freely both inside and out, where colours and textures mingle, and the sounds of birdsong and the caress of the breeze invites us to be at one with nature.

Enjoy the freedom to explore a menu of 12 emotions, savouring them slowly one by one - the Hotel Cooking and Nature welcomes you.



Contacts:
Rua Asseguia das Lages nº 181
2480-032 Alvados
Tel: +351 244 447 000
Email:
info@cookinghotel.com
Website:
http://www.cookinghotel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CookingAndNature  

2012/08/30

Mobile application for walks in Madeira – WALKME | Levadas Madeira

This mobile application aims to be a guide to all hikers in Madeira Island, providing useful information about the levada trails of the Island.

Unleash your explorer’s spirit and come discover the natural wonders of Madeira Island!

It offers information about several walks in Madeira, and it’s possible to visualize useful information about the trail, as distance, difficulty, description and other as well as pictures and recommended equipment. Furthermore it provides information of directions to guide hikers by indication several alternatives to get to the start / end of the course.

This first version of WalkMe app has been published and is now available for download at the Google Play.

Created by a team of software engineers from the University of Madeira, the WalkMe app has awarded the 5 stars reviewers’ choice by the software distribution site – FileDir.

This applivation is available in English, Portuguese and Spanish

New trails will be added in the coming weeks

Website: http://walkmeguide.com
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/WalkMe.Guide

Source: Associação de Promoção da Madeira

Madeira gastronomy


© Bolo do Caco by APMadeira

There is a vast range of natural products on this island, making it possible to produce a wide variety of gastronomic delights.


As the island is in close contact with the sea, you will find excellent seafood dishes and all kinds of fresh fish at most restaurants - limpets, shrimps, octopus, tuna steaks and fillets of the Madeiran black scabbard fish, are just some examples of the many regional specialities.

You must also try the typical regional dishes, such as tuna steak with fried corn, the delicious "espetada" of beef grilled on a spit of laurel and the special bread cake known as bolo do caco.

Fruit lovers will find a real paradise in Madeira! There is an abundance of tropical fruits such as mango, banana, avocado, custard apple and passion fruit, offering you exotic flavours to round off a delicious meal. They can be eaten either in their natural state or in puddings, mousses and ice-creams.

If you have a sweet tooth, then you’ll love the island’s rich variety of cakes and pastries.The most typical sweets are the Madeiran honey cake (Bolo-de-Mel) and the smaller honey cakes known as broas de mel, flavoured with various spices and made from sugar cane honey.

You also have a varied range of drinks to choose from. There are exotically-flavoured fruit juices - such as passion-fruit, papaya and guava - as well as the famous "poncha" (a punch made of sugar-cane brandy and lemon). You can also enjoy the famous Madeira wines - Malvasia (Malmsey), Sercial, Boal and Verdelho - which can be enjoyed with coffee or drunk as aperitifs.

Don’t miss the opportunity to savour these gastronomic specialities and delight in the range of tasty things to eat. You’ll find it well worthwhile!

More information about Mdaeira Gastronomy  at Madeira Tourism Website


Check here some vídeos about Madeira Gastronomy.

2012/08/28

TAP among finalists in the 3rd annual SimpliFlying Awards

TAP is one of seven finalists for the award “Best Use of Social Media to Drive Customer Service” in the prestigious SimpliFlying Awards for Excellence in Social Media.

SimpliFlying.com is considered one of the most important blogs on aviation, and its Twitter account dedicated to airlines is one of the most influential of its kind, with more than 10,000 followers.

Online voting is currently underway and runs until 25 August, and the public’s votes count 50% towards the final decision. The awards ceremony will be held inAmsterdam on 3 October 2012.

Once again, TAP is being recognised for its excellent work in the area of customer service using social media, with approximately 252,657 “likes” registered on its Facebook page.

Source: TAP Portugal

SATA launches check-in kiosk service at Lisbon Airport

SATA passengers now have yet another way to "check-in", there are now "self-check-in" kiosks installed at Lisbon Airport.

This new service of SATA allows passengers, through these "self-check-in" machines, to control the entire process of data entry themselves, without third party intervention, which will bring advantages, with an emphasis on speed and autonomy in obtaining a boarding pass.

The "check-in" kiosks, which are installed in various locations at Lisbon Airport, are available for SATA flights from now on, in this way granting greater proximity and autonomy for the passenger, in addition to avoiding the traditional queues for check-in associated with the traditional system.

For this new model of "check-in", SATA provides specific support through its employees who will be on hand to help overcome any difficulties that may arise for passengers who opt for this new method of getting a boarding pass.

Through this new "check-in" service, which is now available to SATA customers, the passengers themselves, in the period between 48 hours and 1 hour before the flight, can choose or change their seat on the plane, enter information from their frequent flyer card and get their boarding pass, and should, where applicable, deliver their luggage to the counter made available for this purpose.

The "check-in", which can now be done at kiosks at Lisbon Airport is available for all routes operated by SATA, although, similar to what happens with other forms of electronic "check-in", for certain types of passengers, printing a boarding pass is subject to conditions.

Limitations in the printing of a boarding pass relate to student passengers, whose fare requires proof of attendance at an educational institution; to residents travelling between the Azores and the mainland and when at the start of a trip, due to the need to confirm this status; and finally, to those traveling U.S., Canada and UK routes, on flights departing from Ponta Delgada, for reasons related with the security procedures for these countries.

Notwithstanding the limitations that are imposed on these passengers, the whole "check-in" process can nevertheless be done at these kiosks, with the boarding pass being collected afterwards, at the counter available for these cases.

The first phase of the implementation of this new electronic "check-in" model, which begins tomorrow, includes only Lisbon Airport, with the month of September foreseen for the extension of this service to the airport in Ponta Delgada.

SATA, through intense technological development activity and innovation in their services, now offers its customers other electronic formats for "check-in", as in the case of "Mobile check-in" and "Web check-in", which puts the Azorean airline in the group of the most innovative airlines worldwide.

Source: SATA

Carriage rides in Parque da Pena


© Parques de Sintra

Visitors to Parque da Pena can now enjoy carriage rides in Sintra's lush green landscape and enjoy an experience similar to the way King Ferdinand II and his guests did.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday,visitors can buy a ticket to ride in a carriage between the Lakes of Parque da Pena and the Condessa d'Edla Chalet, in close contact with the Ardennais horses living in the park, whilst discovering Quinta da Pena (and the animals that inhabit it) and the Condessa d'Edla Garden, included in the tour.

On this trip, visitors may also request an expert guide on the Sintra Parks, and thus learn about the history of the park, its botanical species, and several historical sites that form part of the route.

For more information about Pena Palace click here.

Source: Lisboa Inside


2012/08/27

Sado estuary to host the 4th ObservaNatura Fair

ObservaNatura returns to the Sado estuary on the weekend of 13-14 October. The 4th edition of the event will take over the Moinho de Maré and the land around it for two days.

ObservaNatura has been held every year since 2009. It is currently the only fair in Portugal dedicated to Ornithology Tourism, a subgroup of nature tourism focusing on birdwatching, either directly or using binoculars or telescopes. It also includes photography, painting and drawing associated with nature.

The growing interest in nature tourism resources, and particularly birds, could become an important advantage for preserving nature and biodiversity. Experiencing birds' environment first-hand and observing them in their natural setting draws visitors' attention to the value of the resources directly and indirectly linked with the bird species in question and their habitat. This type of tourism, which is potentially sustainable in protected areas, also brings significant advantages to local communities, by introducing them responsibly to the natural treasures which surround them, at the same time as they provide an excellent experience for visitors.

The extensive programme for the "ObservaNatura" fair includes workshops, mini-courses, guided birdwatching tours through the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve on foot and by boat, and bird banding sessions., It is a chance for nature tourism companies, non-governmental organisations, visual material companies and tourists interested in birdwatching to meet, based on the values of biodiversity. Herons, spoonbills and flamingos are just some of the species which can be observed at this time of year.

The fair has free entry, and is organised by the Institute for the Preservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF)/Sado Estuary Nature Reserve and Tróia-Natura, with many partners, including the Portuguese Tourist Board, Setúbal City Coucil, the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds, the Setúbal Bay Association and Birds & Nature.

Throughout ObservaNatura 2012, the ICNF, the Portuguese Tourist Board and the Lisbon Tourism Association will be promoting a fam trip for Dutch, Spanish, British and Belgian tour operators.

International tour operators will be present at the fair on the morning of the 13th for speedtrading, and to meet and do business with Portuguese tourism companies who have signed up for the event.

See the full programme at http://www.observanatura.com

Source: Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e da Biodiversidade, I.P.



2012/08/21

Portuguese Wines

Discover the Portuguese wine routes and learn about an art-form that has taken centuries to perfect.

Wherever you are in the country, there’s a chance to find out about the people and places involved in making Portuguese wine. It’s an opportunity not to be missed.

Lose yourself in the stunning landscapes of the wine-making regions: from the charming, verdant Minho where the vinho verde grapes grow on trellises, to the terraces of the Douro, the oldest demarcated region in the world and home of the famous port wine.

In Centro de Portugal region meanwhile, the wine routes run not through the countryside, but through towns.Each is brimming with history. Venture further south and the routes near the capital have a close connection to water. Along the River Tagus, the Ribatejo Route travels through fertile fields irrigated when the river bursts its banks.

Finally, the Alentejo Wine Route stretches out over plains scorched by the powerful sun.

For more suggestions about Portuguese wines click here.


Follow the Wines of Portugal website to get the latest news.

Walking in Centro de Portugal

© Centro de Portugal - Loriga - Glacial Valley
The simple pleasure of an invigorating walk allows you to discover the secrets hidden in the mountains of Beira Alta.

Pack your rucksack and set off on an adventurous trek around the Serra da Lousã and the Serra do Açor, where you can discover the Mata da Margaraça, part of the European Network of Biogenetic Reserves.


Walk at your own pace and breathe in the pure, fresh air. In the middle of these mountains, which were once owned by bishops, visitors can see the fabulous group of waterfalls that make up Fraga da Pena.

The sound of crashing water is all around, inviting you to take a swim in the lakes and rivers that you’ll find around here.

As you enter the forest, you will be struck by the lushness of the original vegetation, which still remains largely intact in the mountains of central Portugal.Visit the historic village of Piódão which caprtures the balance between the natural world and the region’s traditional customs.

Replenish your energies in one of the rural houses that are open to tourists in the mountain villages. When you come down for dinner, treat your taste buds to a hearty dish of migas de bacalhau (cod, breadcrumbs and garlic), followed by cabrito assado (roast kid), and then round off your meal with a tigelada (a baked dessert made of eggs, milk and cinnamon).

Allow yourself to be seduced by the simple pleasures of life in the mountains.



More information about Centro de PortugaL Region at http://www.visitcentro.com/en/


Click here to see the Centro de Portugal brochure.

Alentejo Nature

Discover the whole palette of colours and aromas that make up the Alentejo.

Trees, flowers, surprising fauna, water like a balsam for the soul - fill your senses with the scents of nature in an Alentejo that has more to offer than the gold of the cornfields.

Walk through the green countryside of the Serras d’ Ossa and Monfurado, where various species of flora and fauna live in peace, and appreciate the views.

Explore the Serra de São Mamede Nature Park, where you will find the landscapes that characterise the south and north of Portugal.



Deer, foxes and eagles - so many reasons to learn the secrets of the Serra that marks the highest point south of the Tagus.

A wealth of bird life lies hidden amid the fields and fallow ground, in the endless open plains.Go to Castro Verde and discover ecological circuits that will introduce you to the world of observing birds that are real prodigies of nature.

Near the River Sado, among pine forests and salt marshes, beaches and rice fields, go for walks that will appeal to all your senses. Take the chance to appreciate the elegance of the flamingos. Go on a boat trip that will be made unforgettable by the estuary's porpoises.

Whenever the heat closes in as you cross the Alentejo, remember that there is always water nearby. The dams, essential for the preservation of the rural world, spread from north to south, inviting you to relax while you bathe, have a picnic or take part in water sports.


See here more suggestions to discover Alentejo Nature.

2012/08/10

Sounds of Summer liven Lisboa

© VisitLisboa
In August, the city's events calendar is filled with hundreds of cultural and musical events that liven Lisboa's public gardens, museums and historic neigbourhoods.

Once again, the prestigious Jazz in August festival, organized by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, brings historical figures and new trends of this genre to the Portuguese capital. The 29th edition of this event runs from August 3 to 12 with six concerts at the Foundation's Open Air Amphitheatre and film sessions, extending out to Teatro do Bairro (Bairro Alto) for more concerts. You can also listen to jazz at Ajuda Botanical Gardens (JBA) where visitors are invited to spend their evenings to the sound of great music from August 2 to 30.

There are also Choral Visits in Mouraria, which take visitors on a tour of this neighborhood with strong links to Fado, accompanied by the voices of its singers.

Right next door in Martim Moniz, other musical genres liven the Lisboa's most multiethnic public square. On Thursdays & Fridays from 3pm to 10pm and Saturdays from 3pm to midnight, DJ's liven up the square and get you in a party mood for the weekend.

And until September, the gardens of Principe Real and Campolide, Largo do Intendente, Reservatorio Mãe d'Agua and Alameda D. Afonso Henriques are just some of the city's public spaces that become the perfect settings to listen to the works of the most classical composers, through to jazz and pop, that form part of the "Lisboa na Rua" (Lisboa on the Streets) Festivities calendar.

More information at http://www.visitlisboa.com/

Source: Lisboa Inside

Medieval Days in Castro Marim

At the end of August, Castro Marim returns to the Middle Ages, in a highly rigorous historical recreation.

During four days and nights, the castle of Castro Marim once again plays host to kings and queens, knights in shining armour, jesters, buffoons, noblemen and ladies, as the entire Court make a procession before the admiring gazes of many visitors that travel to the event every year.

Jousting tournaments, on foot and on horseback, street theatre performances, banquets accompanied by medieval music and a handicrafts and merchandise fair, complement the entertainment activities of these Medieval Days, enabling us to relive the magic and mystery of times gone by.

Date: Thursday, 23 August 2012 - Sunday, 26 August 2012   More info at Algarve Tourism Website and at Algarve With Events

Passenger rights: new smartphone app to give you all your rights while travelling this summer

© Photos: European Commission - iStockphoto.com

Passengers stranded at airports or awaiting missing luggage may now use a smartphone application to check their rights immediately and on the spot.

Just in time for the summer holidays, the European Commission has launched an application for smartphones which covers air and rail transport and works on four mobile platforms: Apple iPhone and iPad, Google Android, RIM Blackberry and Microsoft Windows Phone 7.

The app is available in 22 EU languages. It currently covers air and rail transport and will be extended to bus / coach and marine travel in 2013 when these rights come into force.

European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport said: "How many of us have stood in an airport and felt the frustration of people telling you that you have no rights when you know you have! With this application millions of travellers can have easy access to the right information about their passenger rights when they most need it, when unexpected situations arise."

When a journey does not go as expected, it is often a stressful experience. Whether a flight is cancelled, a package holiday hotel is not as advertised or a train time is changed – the situation is much easier to deal with if the passenger knows his or her entitlements.

For each potential problem, the app explains the passenger’s rights. For example, if a flight is cancelled and the passenger is consequently denied boarding, he or she may be entitled to compensation of between €125 and €600. If your luggage is damaged as a result of an accident, you may also be entitled to compensation. It is also good to know that rail and air companies are obliged to provide transparent information on pricing and assist passengers with reduced mobility.

If you feel that your rights have not been respected, the app also provides information on who to contact in order to complain.

During a large-scale emergency, such as experienced following the Icelandic volcanic ash crisis in 2010, the app may also display travel information and advice from the European Commission.

The application is part of the Commission’s Your passenger rights at hand campaign.

All smart phone users will be able to access the download pages for all devices through the QR code:


For more information on passenger rights, see here.
Source: European Commission and ANAM



2012/08/02

Elvas new UNESCO World Heritage Site

© Municipality of Elvas
Author: Raul Ladeira & Domingos Bucho
© Municipality of Elvas
Author: Raul Ladeira & Domingos Bucho

In 2012 the World Heritage Committee has added the garrison border town of Elvas and its fortifications to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

According to UNESCO the site "represents the largest bulwarked dry ditch system in the world. Within its walls, the town contains barracks and other military buildings as well as churches and monasteries. While Elvas contains remains dating back to the 10th century A.D., its fortification began when Portugal regained independence in 1640.

The fortifications designed by Dutch Jesuit Padre João Piscásio Cosmander represent the best surviving example of the Dutch school of fortifications anywhere. The site also contains the Amoreira Aqueduct, built to enable the stronghold to withstand lengthy sieges".


With its 843 arches, the aqueduct was begun in 1498 and is one of the most impressive of its kind in southern Europe.

 For more detail information and photos, please check the Unesco website
(available in several languages):
- English
- Spanish
- French 



Come to Portugal and discover the fascinating Elvas and its stunning surroundings.

Source: UNESCO- World Heritage Committee

New Magic Art Hotel in Nazaré

Located in the beautiful picturesque town of Nazaré, the Magic-Art Hotel is a contemporary building with 17 thematic bedrooms combining art, culture and sophistication with regional traditions in a family environment.

This building boldness and enchantment was designed to fill a gap in Nazaré and give the town an invigorating breath of fresh air.

Very well located, the Magic hotel has two different wings, one of which is restored and the other totally built from the ground.

Its right wing boasts the Indie Shelter with 6 bedrooms and a studio flat. A Low Cost option for the younger generation where the rooms combine a relaxing atmosphere with the building’s traditional traits.


The left wing, although totally remodeled, stands out for its resemblance to the architectural history of Nazaré. The 10 bedrooms in this wing are all different but have a common refined and welcoming atmosphere that characterizes them so well.

The hotel’s privileged location and easy access to the coast, historical areas, religious route and industrial estates make it a reference point and a tourist destination and business venue for both customers and the region.

Right in the heart of the Historic Centre of the typical Nazaré beach, the Magic Hotel promises to provide you with a personalized high quality service in an atmosphere full of charm and sophistication, whose magic is worth experiencing.

Come and discover this place of refuge beside the sea and fall in love with the enchantments of one of the most impressive and picturesque towns in Portugal.


Hotel contacts:

Rua Mouzinho de Albuquerque, 58
2450-253 Nazaré

Telephone: +351 262 569 040
E-mail: info@hotelmagic.pt  
Website: http://hotelmagic.pt/





Source: Magic Art Hotel

Resort Quinta de Lorde: Opening November 2012

A new luxury tourist complex in Caniçal, Madeira, is due to open its doors for the first time in November 2012.
Linking nature and the human spirit, the Quinta do Lorde Resort Marina emerges from the crystalline ocean waters of the Pearl of the Atlantic, Madeira Island, only 20 minutes from the capital - Funchal - and 10 minutes from the Madeira International Airport.The Quinta do Lorde Resort is located on the peninsula of Ponta de São Lourenço, Madeira Island.

Ponta de São Lourenço is a unique area of the island, due to its terrain and unique vegetation. It is considered one of the calling cards of the region, where the blue of the sea blends into nature on land.

Located adjacent to the existing marina of the same name, the Quinta do Lorde resort will consist of a 106-room five-star hotel spread across five buildings, apartments, townhouses, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa, various bars and restaurants, a wine shop, gourmet food store, mini golf course, putting green, tennis court and children's club.

Contacts of the hotel:
Sítio da Piedade
9200-044 Caniçal – Madeira
Portugal
Phone: +351 291 969 600
E-mail: geral@quintadolorde.pt  
Website: http://www.quintadolorde.pt
https://www.facebook.com/quintadolorde

https://twitter.com/quintadolorde  
Click here for the hotel Brochure.

Source: Quinta do Lorde

MYRIAD by Sana Hotels - Opening: 20th September 2012

The countdown has started for the opening of Myriad, Lisbon's most awaited hotel. From now onwards you can experience the river Tagus in all its splendour, from water level up to cloud level.

The hotel at the height of your dreams has arrived. With its unique location in the city of Lisbon, right beside the Tejo river, MYRIAD by SANA Hotels, is a unique hotel that is unsurpassed!

176 rooms and 10 suites, with stunning views over the Tejo and Parque das Nações, together with a contemporary design and unique facilities, redefine the concept of a luxury hotel.

The interior public spaces are continued into infinity by the ever present views across the Tejo. Two restaurants – one at the top of the hotel, with panoramic views over the city and the river - , bar, Spa, and indoor pool, are just some of the facilities the MYRIAD has to offer.

For meetings and events, the MYRIAD has 3 meeting rooms, linked to the hotel by an aerial covered bridge, a modern Events and Conference Center with a further 7 meeting rooms, 5 boardrooms, foyer and terrace, all set in a total of 1690 square meters.

Press here for the factsheet of the hotel.

Contacts:
Cais das Naus, Lote 2.21.01
Parque das Nações
Lisbon 1990-173
t. +351 213 827 270
f. +351 213 827 275
E-mail: info@myriad.pt
Website:
http://myriad.pt/

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Source: Sana Hotels

2012/08/01

New flight from Paris to Porto Santo


The french operator Thalasso nº 1 offers Porto Santo as a new destination in 2012.

The new flight from Paris to Porto Santo started last April the 5th and is operated by Enter Air, with a B737, once a week, until the end of October.

The flights are scheduled on fridays as follows: CDG-PXO-FNC-CDG.

Thalasso nº1 is one of the major french tour operators specialized in wellness tourism.

More info at http://www.thalassonumero1.com/ and at http://www.enterair.pl

Source: ANAM