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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

The 2nd edition of the 365 Algarve programme has started!

365 ALGARVE – A sun-filled region for the arts (2nd edition) 
Visit the Algarve and do not miss the programme of events that energises the region throughout the year.

Dubbed 365 Algarve, this cultural programme crowns the region’s traditional offer with music, dance and theatre performances plus exhibitions, activities involving the local heritage, gastronomy and cinema. The second edition will run from October 2017 to May 2018 and the events that will take place all across the Algarve invite you to visit the region.
Because every day counts!

New Route to the Algarve in Summer 2018: Faro-Verona by Volotea

The Spanish low-cost airline Voloteawill start a direct flight between the Algarve and Italy in June 2018. 

This will be the only direct air link between the Algarve and Italy, and will offer one weekly flight between Verona to Faro , from June to September and a total of 5,400 seats.
“Italy is a market that has registered interesting growth levels in the last few years,” said ATA  (Algarve Promotion Bureau) Director Dora Coelho, adding that 2016 saw 108,000 overnight stays by Italian tourists in the region. “This is why we consider this market to be strategically relevant to the region,” she added.
Source: ATA - Algarve Promotion Bureau

2017/10/06

Madeira Nature Festival 2017: October 3rd to 8th

The Madeira Nature Festival promotes for a week tourist activities based on nature thus encouraging a direct contact with the rich natural heritage of the archipelago of Madeira, an event that will be held between October, 3rd to 8th. 
It’s the newest event of the official tourist entertainment calendar, held for the first time in October 2011.

Whether on the land, in the air or in the sea, the choices are multiple and visitors can experience a wide range of different activities suitable for all ages. In addition to these activities there are many more as part of this festival celebrating sport, entertainment, culture and Madeira
 traditions.
Other initiatives that are included in this event:

Entertainment activities - Largo da Restauração

In the downtown Funchal area, at Largo da Restauração will be held a small “arraial” typical religious festivity, an occasion which will integrate a display of local the regional gastronomy, apart from performances by folk dancing groups.
This venue will serve as setting for a photographic exhibition. In addition, those interested in partaking in the activities programmed for this festival can book these services at a stand located in this venue.


Source: Madeira Tourism 

Portugal won the award for Europe’s Leading Tourism Destination at the World Travel Awards

Portugal won the award for Europe’s Leading Tourism Destination at the World Travel Awards, the most prestigious tourism awards. 
This prize was awarded on last Saturday, September 30
th, during a ceremony held in St. Petersburg, Russia, in the presence of the Secretary of State for Tourism in Portugal, Ana Mendes Godinho.
The fact that Portugal won this award for the first time is evidence of the progress Portugal has made in terms of visibility and prestige as a quality destination (only during 2017 Portugal received more than 2,300 prizes and distinctions).
The diversity of landscapes, the strengthening of air accessibility, the ease of travelling within the country and the friendliness and welcoming spirit of the Portuguese people towards the ones who visit Portugal were definitely excellent arguments that motivated this important distinction.
This award is also the recognition of the commitment of all in making Portugal a tourism destination of excellence, with unique offer that extends throughout the territory, from north to south, from the coast to the interior.
Portugal was also the country that received the most awards in this gala, held in St. Petersburg, with 37 distinctions ranging from Europe’s Leading Cruise Port: Lisbon, Europe’s Leading Island Destination: Madeira Islands, Europe’s Leading Beach Destination: Algarve or Europe’s Leading Tourist Board: Turismo de Portugal.
Portugal won 37 of the Oscars of Tourism, 13 more than last year, which reinforces not only the image of the 3rd most peaceful country in the world but also the 14th most competitive country in the world in Tourism that every year receives over 21 million visitors.

About the World Travel Awards:
Established In 1993, the World Travel Awards™ acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Thousands of industry professionals identify the selection of nominees at an international level and choose their favorites every year.

2017/10/03

Monarch Airlines: Information for passengers

Information for customers of Monarch:







"We are sorry to announce that Monarch has suspended flights and holidays. Please check the new website monarch.caa.co.uk for further advice and information.

If you are currently abroad and due to fly back in the next fortnight you will be brought back to the UK at no cost. Please check monarch.caa.co.uk for details of your new flights which will be available a minimum of 48 hours in advance.

For more information, call the helpline on 0300 303 2800 (UK) or +44 1753 330 330 (overseas)"


For more information please check the following links:
https://monarch.caa.co.uk/ ceased trading
https://monarch.caa.co.uk/
https://www.gov.uk/monarch-collapse
https://www.facebook.com/Monarch/
http://www.inac.pt/vPT/ComunicadodeImprensaMonarchAirlines (Only in PT)


Source: Civil Aviation Authority; Monarch Airlines; www.gov.uk