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2017/12/11

Hurray! Visitportugal.com was considered the "World's Leading Tourism Authority Website 2017"🏆 by the World Travel Awards



In the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2017 that took place last December 10th in the Vietnam, the Visitportugal.com was considered the "World's Leading Tourism Authority Website 2017" 🏆. 

Visitportugal is the official website for Portugal as a tourist destination, and is developed by Turismo de Portugal, I.P., the national tourist board.

Forming an integral part of the Ministry of Economy, Turismo de Portugal, I.P., is responsible for the promotion, development and sustainability of tourist activity. It thus unites in one single body all the institutional powers relating to the development of tourism, in all areas ranging from supply to demand.


More info on visit Portugal:
http://www.visitportugal.com
http://www.facebook.com/visitportugal
http://www.twitter.com/visitportugal
http://instagram.com/visitportugal
http://pinterest.com/visitportugal
https://www.youtube.com/VisitPortugal

https://visitportugalblog.blogspot.pt/

Portugal was the great winner of the World Travel Awards 2017 final, winning 7 awards


Portugal was the great winner of the World Travel Awards 2017 final, having won World’s Leading Destination award.
 
Congratulations to all ;)

Portugal wins World’s Leading Destination at the World Travel Awards

Portugal is the great winner of the World Travel Awards 2017 final, having won World’s Leading Destination award.

After winning the Europe’s Leading Destination award earlier in September, Portugal joined the list of 17 nominees at the grand final, which took place on November 10 in Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Among the nominees, there were destinations such as Brazil, Greece, Maldives, United States of America, Morocco, Vietnam or Spain, and others.

This is the first time that a European country has won this distinction. The destination with the largest number of awards is Dubai (six awards) and in Europe only the cities of London and Paris won World’s Leading Destination in the past.

According to Ana Mendes Godinho, Secretary of State for Tourism, "we are facing a unique moment for tourism in Portugal. This is the recognition of the work that has been developed over the years by all of those who are in some way connected with the tourism industry, but it is also the acknowledgment of the country that we have. An authentic, innovative, reinvented country that combines a wide variety of experiences and landscapes, a country that combines cosmopolitanism, history, tradition, sun, nature and gastronomy. A country that knows and enjoys to welcome everyone. We must now continue this work of showing all the diversity of what Portugal has to offer and which makes us a tourism destination of excellence ".


Other than the World’s Leading Destination, Portugal also won World’s Leading Tourist Board (for Turismo de Portugal) and World’s Leading Tourism Authority Website (for visitportugal.com).

Luís Araújo, President of Turismo de Portugal, mentions that "this is the first time, after 10 years of Turismo de Portugal's history, we have been recognized with global awards. Not 
only is Turismo de Portugal distinguished as the World's Leading Tourist Board, as the official destination information portal is considered the World's Leading Tourism Authority Website, on an international level. These distinctions are only possible thanks to the efforts and dedication of a cohesive team, which professionalism, rigor and organizational ability prevail. It is with pride that we see our tourism strategy distinguished and gives us an increased motivation in pursuit of our goals until 2027, in order to affirm Portugal as a tourist destination of excellence."




2017/12/07

UNESCO: Craftsmanship of Estremoz clay figures is Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The Craftsmanship of Estremoz clay figures just inscribed on the UNESCO´s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.



"The Craftsmanship of Estremoz Clay Figures involves a production process lasting several days: the elements of the figures are assembled before being fired in an electric oven and then painted by the artisan and covered with a colorless varnish. 

The clay figures are dressed in the regional attires of Alentejo or the clothing of religious Christian iconography, and follow specific themes. The production of clay figures in Estremoz dates back to the seventeenth century, and the very characteristic aesthetic features of the figures make them immediately identifiable. 

The craft is strongly attached to the Alentejo region, since the vast majority of the figures depict natural elements, local trades and events, popular traditions and devotions. The viability and recognition of the craft are ensured through non-formal education workshops and pedagogical initiatives by the artisans, as well as by the Center for the Appreciation and Safeguarding of the Estremoz Clay Figure. 

Fairs are organized at the local, national and international levels. Knowledge and skills are transmitted both in family workshops and professional contexts, and artisans teach the basics of their craft through non-formal training initiatives. Artisans are actively involved in awareness-raising activities organized in schools, museums, fairs and other events."



Find more information at:

https://ich.unesco.org/craftmanship-of-estremoz-clay-figures
http://www.cm-estremoz.pt/bonecos-de-estremoz
https://www.visitalentejo.pt/figurado-em-barro-de-estremoz-e-patrimonio-cultural-imaterial-da-unesco/
https://www.facebook.com/turismodoalentejo


 
Source: UNESCO, Turismo do Alentejo and Municipio de Estremoz  

2017/12/06

December 2017 "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 December. Follow 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/en/destinos/lisboa-regiao
http://www.visitlisboa.com/
- Brochure "Lisbon City Breaks"
- Brochure Lisbon: " A whole world to explore"

Algarve Events Guide for December 2017

Going to the Algarve during the month of December? So discover 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
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2017/11/27

Lisbon officially opened its new cruise ship terminal

©Porto de Lisboa
The new Lisbon Cruise Ship Port terminal officially opened on last Nov. 10, after a two year construction process. 
This new terminal is a key structure for the city that will respond to the growing demand for Lisbon as a tourist destination for leisure cruises. Lisbon is now prepared to welcome more than 2 million visitors per year in the new terminal. During 2016, Lisbon received 523.000 passengers and it is expect to growth for the forthcoming years.

©Porto de Lisboa
The new terminal is located on the east side of Lisbon in front of Alfama, one of the most picturesque neighbors of the Portuguese capital, and was designed by Portuguese architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça. The key consideration of the terminal design was sustainability and ensuring the smooth onward flow of tourists, to avoid congestion elsewhere in the city. Public transportation is also available, since in front of the new terminal you will find Santa Apolónia metro station (blue line).

Covering 13,800 square meters over three floors, the new terminal will provide around 1,500 meters space of pier to cater for a wide variety and size of ships. It will feature two fully-automated gangway systems, on-site equipment including cranes and forklift trucks, and be able to supply vessels with check-in facilities, water supplies and other provisions while in dock.




For the fourth year in a row, Portugal‬ considered the World's Best Golf Destination for 2017

For the fourth year in a row, ‎Portugal takes the title of World's Best Golf Destination in the 4th Annual World Golf Awards ceremony that took place last Saturday 25th November in the La Manga Club, Spain (Cartagena, Murcia).

Maria de Lurdes Vale, Turismo de Portugal team coordinator in Spain, receives the two awards for Portugal



Portugal also won the title of Europe's Best Golf Destination 2017, after winning the same award in 20162015 and 2014 , and in the Word Travel Awards for Europe in 2013 the title of Europe's Leading Golf Destination.


World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations through their annual awards programme .World Golf Awards™ is part of 
World Travel Awards.


https://www.visitportugal.com/Best of Portugal 

Source: World Travel Awards

2017/11/23

Michelin Star Restaurants in Portugal for 2018

Yesterday evening Michelin announced the Michelin stars and Bib Gourmands 2018 for Spain and Portugal. 

Portugal won two more single Michelin Stars restaurants, making now a total of 23 awarded restaurants and 28 Michelin Stars.

The two new awarded restaurants are both situated in the Algarve region: Gusto by Heinz Beck at Conrad Algarve Hotel in Almancil earned a star ✶, and Vista Restaurant at the boutique Bela Vista Hotel &Spa in Praia da Rocha, also received a star .


The Michelin guide Spain & Portugal 2018 also listed the Bib Gourmand restaurants that offer excellent value for money (until  €35), having Portugal 37 of them

The Restaurants with two star designation remained the same for 2018, with Benoit Sinthon at Il Gallo d’Oro in Funchal (Madeira Island), Ricardo Costa at The Yeatman in Vila Nova de Gaia, José Avillez of Belcanto in Lisbon, Hans Neuner of Ocean and Dieter Koschina of Vila Joya in the Algarve.
Retaining their one star for another year are: Luís Pestana (under the signature of Joachim Koerper) for Restaurant William in Funchal, Rui Paula at Casa de Chá da Boa Nova, Pedro Lemos at Pedro Lemos and Vitor Matos at Antiqvvm in Porto; Tiago Bonito at Casa da Calçada in Amarante, João Rodrigues at Feitoria, Henrique Sá Pessoa at Alma, Joachim Koerper at Eleven and Alexandre Silva at Loco in Lisbon; Sergi Arola at LAB in Sintra, Miguel Rocha Vieira at Forteleza do Guincho in Cascais, Miguel Laffan for L’And in Alentejo, Rui Silvestre at Bon Bon, Willie Wurger at Willies, Henrique Leis at Henrique Leis, and Leonel Pereira at São Gabriel, all in the Algarve. 


Check here the full list of results for Portugal Michelin Stars 2018:

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- Belcanto (Lisboa), José Avillez 
Ocean (Armação de Pêra), Hans Neuner
Vila Joya (Albufeira), Dieter Koshina
Il Gallo d’Oro (Funchal, Madeira) - Benoit Sinthon 
The Yeatman  (Vila Nova de Gaia), Ricardo Costa 

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Casa de Chá da Boa Nova (Leça da Palmeira| Porto), Rui Paula 
Antiqvvm (Porto),  Vitor Matos 
- Pedro Lemos (Porto), Pedro Lemos
- Casa da Calçada (Amarante), Tiago Bonito
Eleven (Lisboa), Joachim Koerper
Feitoria (Lisboa), João Rodrigues
Alma (Lisboa),  Henrique Sá Pessoa 
Loco (Lisboa), Alexandre Silva 
Fortaleza do Guincho (Cascais), Miguel Vieira
LAB (Penha Longa, Sintra), Sergi Arola 
L’And Vineyards (Montemor-o-Novo, Alentejo), Miguel Laffan 
Henrique Leis (Almancil, Algarve), Henrique Leis
São Gabriel (Almancil, Algarve) , Leonel Pereira 
Willie’s (Vilamoura, Algarve), Willie Wurger
Bon Bon (Carvoeiro, Algarve) / Rui Silvestre
Gusto by Heinz Beck (Almancil, Algarve) /Heinz Beck (New)
- Vista (Praia da Rocha, Portimão, Algarve) / João Oliveira 
(New)
William ( Funchal, Madeira), Luís Pestana  

Source: Michelin

2017/11/02

Portugal with 3 more cities in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

After in 2015, Óbidos (literary town category) and Idanha-a-Nova (music town category) were designated as UNESCO Creative Cities, now in 2017, more three Portuguese cities achieved this designation:

Amarante  – Music category
- Barcelos – Crafts and Folk Art category
- Braga – Media Arts category





Source: UNESCO

National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest 2017: From the 1st to the 3rd of December 2017

Aveiro will be the main stage of the Exodus Aveiro Fest 2017


The National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest is an International Travel and Adventure Photography and Video Festival that gathers some of the best photographers and videographers in the world. It is the first event in Portugal of this genre, and it aims to become a recognizable brand both nationally and internationally, with yearly editions.

The Festival takes place on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of December at Centro de Congressos de Aveiro, with photographic exhibitions, speaking sessions, travel talks, masterclasses, activities of creative enrichment, brand stands, late night sessions and several networking moments.

There will be ten world renowned names under the spotlight, and they will be in Aveiro to present, teach and inspire other travellers and creatives to see the planet with enhanced wisdom. They come from various parts of the world and work regularly with companies and institutions like National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Time Magazine, Red Bull, among many others. They will bring to the audience images and videos of faraway expeditions, stories of ordeals and extreme misery, impossible challenges and breathtaking adventures. But they will also share the humanity and the umbilical cord that connects us to earth and the animals, breaking old prejudices and opening new horizons. They will teach us to see and observe, to assimilate and then to capture and make it eternal.

Names of the invited guests:
Elia Locardi (FujiFilm Ambassador - www.elialocardi.com)
Shams (RedBull and DJI Videographer - www.shams.fr)
GMB Akash (World Press Photo e Travel Photographer of the Year - www.gmb-akash.com)
Ami Vitale (National Geographic and Nikon ambassador - www.amivitale.com)
Pete McBride (National Geographic - www.petemcbride.com)
Mário Cruz (World Press Photo e Magnum Under 30 - www.mario-cruz.com)
Michael Clark (20th Century Fox - www.michaelclarkphoto.com)
Konsta Punkka (500px.com/kpunkka)
Jody MacDonald (National Geographic - www.jodymacdonaldphotography.com)
Oliver Astrologo (www.oliverastrologo.com)

A Road Trip around Portugal will take place on the five days following the event (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th of December), leading the invited guests on a tour through some of the most beautiful and characteristic places in the country. It’s a way of presenting Portugal to an elite group of ambassadors, creating a channel of understanding and promotion of its geographic and cultural richness. During the Road Trip, there will be a video and photographic record of the journey by a multimedia team, and many opportunities for the guests to make their own recordings, capturing Portugal through the lens of their extensive knowledge and creative experience. A collection of the captured images will be made available to the public.

As a non-profit association, Exodus Aveiro Fest has also an environmental and humanitarian component, diverting all the profits to special campaigns promoting social awareness, named Exodus Causes.

All the information about the website and ticket sales can be found at: 






2017/10/26

In 2018, the Algarve Bike Challenge is back again!

From the 2nd to the 4th of March 2018, don´t miss another edition of the Algarve Bike Challenge 2018.



The Algarve Challenge, is a race involving the elite of the mountain bike world, but which is also open to ambitious amateur cyclists. Sign up and participate!´

The Algarve Bike Challenge is an S2 category event that is part of the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) calendar, and is the most important mountain bike event staged in Portugal, that brings together the best cyclists in the world.

This event is a challenge, an experience that is exciting for any mountain biker and includes two competitions: the Algarve UCI Bike Challenge – a UCI category 2 race exclusively for Elite cyclists with a UCI licence and whose regulations are based on the UCI rules for this type of event (XCS);  and the Algarve Bike Challenge Open Race, a race open to federated and non-federated cyclists, with specific regulations.


All stages of the race begin and end in the historical centre of Tavira, but all the routes between them will be different. Participants race in teams of two, testing the team spirit, crossing hills and valleys and going through streams, on the best tracks along the coast, the Barrocal and the Serra do Caldeirão. The real challenge of the Algarve Bike Challenge is not only to win, but to share the true spirit of the mountain biker and to overcome boundaries in constant contact with nature in its purest state.


Find more information at:
http://www.algarvebikechallenge.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AlgarveBikeChallenge/
https://twitter.com/algarvebc
https://www.visitportugal.com/cycling-and-walking-algarve
http://www.visitalgarve.pt/Mountain Biking



2017/10/24

Web Summit 2017 - What to do near Lisbon?

From November 6th to 9th, 2017, Portugal will be hosting the Web Summit for the second time in a row, one of the top events on the technology calendar, where new trends and innovative projects are unveiled. It is an excellent opportunity to get to know Lisbon and places nearby.



Lisbon
Lisbon is a modern capital with excellent accessibility. Start with the city centre area known as the Baixa. This is the heart of the city, where you will find Santa Justa elevator and the monumental square Praça do Comércio that opens on to the River Tagus. Climb to the Castle of São Jorge and stroll through Alfama to listen Fado. Take a tram ride to the Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém. Don’t forget to try the delicious Pastel de Belém (custard tart).
Learn more: 10 things to see and do in Lisbon



Sintra(Half-hour drive, about 40 minutes by train)
Romantic and mysterious, the town of Sintra is truly unique. With its picturesque village, majestic palaces and fairy-tale castle, against a backdrop of mountains and lush forests, Sintra stands out as one of Portugal’s most enchanting places. And guess what? It’s only 30 mins away from Lisbon.
Learn more: Discovering Sintra


Cascais and the Estoril Coast
(Half-hour drive)
Since the 19th century, Cascais and Estoril have been among the most cosmopolitan locations and of greatest interest to tourists. Take the coastal road from Lisbon to Cascais. It’s a pretty and pleasant trip with ample views of the river and ocean. You can visit the historic centre of Cascais, discover amazing restaurants or simply enjoy a lovely walk with friends and family.
Learn more: Visit Cascais and the Estoril Coast


Troia
(1h drive)
The Troia Peninsula is a must-see destination with its extensive, highly prized beaches. There is a range of activities that can be enjoyed in a single day or over a weekend in Troia: outdoor sports such as golf or cyclin on dedicated paths, nautical sports such as windsurfing and sailing, boating, dolphin watching and walks on the beach, all while enjoying views sure to be etched forever in the memories of all visitors.
Learn more: A weekend in Troia



Óbidos
(One-hour drive)

The medieval town of Óbidos is a real time capsule. Recently recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature, Óbidos has become synonymous with romance and literature. History, crafts, great cafés and restaurants, churches and monuments, beautiful architecture, all just a few steps away. Learn more: Visit Óbidos

Find more information at:
https://www.visitportugal.com/en/destinos/lisboa-regiao  

Lisbon by Tram

Trams are the ideal means to explore some of the most interesting spots of Lisbon’s historical and architectural heritage, or simply to tour the city.

The most widely known is Tram no. 28 that runs from Martim Moniz to Campo de Ourique. Although you can hop on at any point, the route starts in the historical centre, Largo Martim Moniz (square), heading to the Graça quarter and continuing to the Church of São Vicente de Fora. It then heads to Alfama, past some of mediaeval Lisbon’s most picturesque streets and squares, such as Rua das Escolas Gerais and Largo das Portas do Sol, a lovely viewpoint over the hillside down to the river. From here, you can walk to the São Jorge Castle in no time at all.




The route continues to the city centre, past the Cathedral, with its austere Romanesque façade, the Church of Santo António, and down the busy Rua da Conceição, a traditional shopping street known to the Lisbon people for its haberdasheries.


The tram then heads to the elegant Chiado hill, almost certainly stopping outside the famous Pastry Shop A Brasileira. It’s worth noticing throughout the route the architecture of the buildings, and the tiles cladding some of the façades, at least in brief Art Nouveau friezes, usually close to the roofs.

Past Largo do Camões, just outside Bairro Alto, where you can dine later and have fun in the Lisbon night, the tram goes back down the cobbled street. Further ahead, the main highlight is the Parliament building, former Convent of São Bento, at the top of an imposing set of steps.

Past the Basilica and Estrela Garden, Tram 28 continues, crossing the traditional residential area of Campo de Ourique, in the direction of Largo dos Prazeres.

This is the end of the line, but the tram will reverse and you can retrace your route to the city centre. You will pass the same spots, but the perspective is different and you will always find new details and points of interest.

Yellow is the signature colour of the trams, and the 28 is the most well-known, mentioned in all the tourist guides. But there is a historical red version too, which is more comfortable and offers a guided tour to ensure you don’t miss any detail along the route.


Other trams, other routes
Tram No. 12 follows a circular route from Praça da Figueira, past Martim Moniz, and climbs to the Castelo quarter. From Largo das Portas do Sol, the route is identical to the 28’s, taking you back to the city centre.

You can also take Tram No. 15, from Praça da Figueira in the city centre, to Algés, which is usually a good way to get to Belém. Moreover, it travels alongside the river, which makes the tour all that more interesting. This is a more modern and faster tram.

From Cais do Sodré, Tram No. 18 will take you to Ajuda, the quarter in the upper part of Belém. It is one of the public transport options to get to the Ajuda National Palace, the last official residence of the Portuguese royal family, today converted into a museum.

Tram No. 25 links Praça do Comércio to the Campo de Ourique neighbourhood. On the way, it goes past the Santos and Lapa quarters and the Estrela Basilica. It’s an optional route for those who want to visit the National Museum of Ancient Art. If so, hop off at the “Santos” stop and walk for a few minutes.


There are also 3 lifts and a tram, considered National Monuments that help you climb the hills of the city. At Restauradores, you can take Elevador da Glória to get to Bairro Alto, Príncipe Real and the viewpoint of Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara quicker. Across Avenida da Liberdade, halfway along the parallel Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, the Elevador do Lavra takes you up to Jardim do Torel. Close to Chiado, Elevador da Bica connects two old neighbourhoods that are a nightlife reference of Lisbon, Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré.

One of Lisbon's attractions, in the heart of Baixa (downtown), is Elevador de Santa Justa, an excellent viewpoint over the city centre. A reference in architecture using iron in Portugal, constructed at the beginning of the 20th century (1902), by the Frenchman Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, a disciple of Eiffel.

For more information on routes and fares, see www.carris.pt

Algarve Classic Festival: 27-30 October in Portimão Circuit

Don’t miss the biggest classic cars event in the south of Europe that takes place at the Algarve between the 27th and the 30th October.  


Algarve Classic Festival 2017 from Motorsponsor on Vimeo.

Benefiting from the excellent weather at this time of the year in southern Portugal, this event gathers over 500 international drivers from 25 nationalities, and 300 cars. 

This Algarve Classic festival has all the ingredients to be a “must do” for all European gentlemen drivers. According to the organization, in the public point of view, this event is targetted to the true enthusiasts, like club members, those who can appreciate the beauty and the unique quality of hearing an Aston Martin DB4 Zagato or a Ferrari 512M racing at full throttle.

Find more information at:
http://www.algarveclassicfestival.com/
https://shop.autodromodoalgarve.com/ALGARVE-CLASSIC-FESTIVAL2017/
https://www.visitportugal.com/algarve-classic-festival

2017/10/10

Don´t miss Rock' n' Roll Lisbon - Marathon in the next October 15, 2017



The Lisbon Marathon will take place in the 15th of October which is always competed for against a backdrop of panoramic views by the river or seaside.

The 42 kms distance Marathon sets off from Cascais and follows the Coastal Road (Estrada Marginal), firstly by the sea and then along the river until the finish line at Lisbon's Parque das Nações.

The event also includes two shorter distance races which are within the reach of all those taking part. The Half Marathon sets off from the Vasco da Gama Bridge and charts a 21kms course that also finishes up at the Parque das Nações. It provides the opportunity to cross one of the longest bridges in Europe on foot on the one day when cars have to give precedence to people.

At the same time there is the Mini Marathon which is about 8 kms and corresponds to the last stretch of the two races. Very popular with the locals in general, the Mini Marathon is taken by each one in their own stride, whether running or walking, since the main objective is taking part and meeting people.


Find more information at:
http://www.runrocknroll.com/lisbon/
https://www.facebook.com/RnRPortugal