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2016/11/30

Until January the first, don´t miss Óbidos Vila Natal 2016

Visit Óbidos – Christmas Town – and enter a truly magical world!


From, the beginning of December, Óbidos fills up with light, colour and fantasy - transforming into a dreamlike setting where everyone – children and adults – can enjoy magical experiences, amongst a wide array of attractions and amusements.

Father Christmas’ House, the crib, performances, games, ice rink, inflatables – are just some of the many attractions that Óbidos has in store for you, offering special moments ideal for the whole family.


Find more information at:
http://obidosvilanatal.pt/
https://www.visitportugal.com/Óbidos Vila Natal

What about some Christmas Shopping In Portugal?

Do you already have your Christmas list for family and friends? The Christmas season is great for a mini holiday in Lisbon or Porto as it is not very cold and there are still some sunny days. This is great for going for a walk in the city and starting to do your Christmas shopping.

The streets are filled with lights and the decoration changes over the weeks with stars, balls of different colours, Christmas trees, and other decorations and traditional nativity scenes. 
The fact that it gets dark earlier, as we are already in winter time, is a good reason to get to know a livelier city. And the historic centres are places of excellence to find the last trends in fashion and great ideas for Christmas presents.

Make the most of the promotions from airlines and hotel Christmas programmes which always have special offers during this season.
Unique Chistmas presents for all
We suggest Portuguese souvenirs which can be found in the usual shopping areas: quality clothing, shoe brands that can be found around the world, bags and accessories made of cork (the latest trend) or articles made from pure wool from the centre of Portugal, in sackcloth. And you can of course choose the small Christmas markets, fairs and sales where you can always find a unique gift for everybody.
Portuguese cuisine also has products of excellence which are a great source of inspiration for Christmas presents: wines, olive oils, preserves (traditional industries that currently have gourmet specialties), sweets, jam or dried fruit. And during this season, traditional sweets are a temptation! You must try the Bolo-rei (King's Cake), "sonhos" (traditional deep fried sweet soft pastry normally eaten at Christmas), "rabanadas" (type of French toast) and "filhós" (traditional deep fried sweet pastry sprinkled with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon).
While shopping, roast chestnut venders on the streets are always a good excuse to take a break and try this seasonal delicacy.

And why not give a trip for the New Year in Portugal?
Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas! 
Find more information at https://www.visitportugal.com/en

Christmas Holidays in Portugal

No plans yet for your Christmas holidays? We have some suggestions for you!
Funchal

With so many trips on offer and at such reasonable prices you're sure to find something appealing. What are you waiting for? Book your flight and in about two hours you could be landing in Portugal for a well-deserved break – 
Lisbon, Porto, Faro, the Azores or Madeira could be the start of your explorations...
At this time of year, the entire country comes to life with Christmas entertainment, starting with the lights that bring sparkle and colour to the city centres. Here you can enjoy shopping in the many shops and markets, watch choirs singing Christmas carols and sample some of the foods traditionally eaten at this time of year, such as Bolo-rei ("King cake"), "filhoses" (traditional deep fried sweet pastry sprinkled with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon) or "rabanadas" (type of French toast). And once you've taken your first step in Portuguese gastronomy, you'll want to keep going! From sweet treats such as our famous “pastel de nata” (custard tart) to some of the best fish in the world, our cuisine features many hallmarks of the World Heritage Mediterranean Diet.
Lisboa - BelémAnd what about some family fun? With an average of over 300 sunny days a year, winter here can sometime seem more like spring, with sunshine up and down the country and temperatures rarely dropping below 10ºC. Days like this make you want to explore the streets of Lisbon on foot, or walk up to the castle or some other viewpoint to admire the view over the rooftops and the River Tagus. But a tram ride is fun and so too is a visit to the monuments and museums, many of which have cosy tea rooms where you can recharge your batteries. From Belém to the Parque das Nações there's loads to see. And outside Lisbon, places like Cascais, EstorilSintra and Mafra should definitely not be missed.
If you hire a car, a short drive will take you from Lisbon to EriceiraPeniche or Nazaré, well-known for their waves that attract surfers of all levels. Other options include UNESCO World Heritage sites such as TomarAlcobaça, Batalha and Coimbra.  If you point your GPS southwards, the Alentejo region has many not-to-be-missed sites, including ÉvoraElvasMarvão and the huge Alqueva lake.  
Gerês - Caniçada
In the opposite direction, the northern city of Porto, famed for the wine that takes its name, has its own special charm. This granite city, where old monuments contrast with the contemporary architecture of Serralves or the Casa da Música, has a great deal worth seeing from Ribeira to Foz. Perhaps you could take a boat trip along the river and discover the marvellous scenery of the Douro Valley. Even farther north there are other cities which should also not be missed, such as GuimarãesViana do Casteloand Braga. Or the well-preserved natural surroundings in the Peneda-Gerês National Park and the Trás-os-Montes region, synonymous with authenticity and tradition.   
Ferragudo - AlgarveIf you are heading to Faro in the Algarve, you can admire the beauty of the uncrowded beaches or play a round of golf on one of the region's many courses. Other options might include boat trips, bicycle rides, a relaxing spa or some lively nightlife. If your preference is culture, there is plenty to be explored in Faro, LagosSagresSilves and Tavira, for example.

With direct flights to the Azores, there are no more excuses for not getting to know this mid-Atlantic archipelago. There are nine completely unspoiled islands to visit at a leisurely pace. Start with São Miguel and discover all the tones of green in its landscapes and lakes, or with Ilha Terceira where Angra do Heroísmo is a landmark in terms of architectural heritage.  
Funchal - Férias de Natal
And then there is Madeira, a favourite destination for New Year festivities. The entire island is decorated with myriad multi-coloured lights and a huge fireworks display heralds the New Year, attracting cruise ships and visitors from all over the world. Another big surprise is the climate. The temperatures ranging from 20ºC to 25ºC are ideal for appreciating all the charm of the local landscapes.  


Can you think of a better way to start the New Year?
Find more information at https://www.visitportugal.com/

2016/11/24

Good news for Portugal: More Michelin Stars for 2017

Yesterday evening Michelin announced the Michelin stars 2017 for Spain and Portugal, in a ceremony in Girona and Portugal gain 9 new Michelin stars. 

From 14 awarded restaurants with 17 Michelin stars from last year, now Portugal has 21 awarded restaurants and 26 Michelin Stars.

The big news for Portugal was that now we have two new two star restaurants – Ricardo Costa at the Yeatman in Vila Nova de Gaia and  Benoit Sinthon at Il Gallo d'Oro in Funchal, Madeira Island – making five in total, because all three existing two star restaurants have retained their ratings: José Avillez of Belcanto in Lisbon, Hans Neuner of Ocean and Dieter Koschina of Vila Joya in the Algarve region.

The new single stars have been awarded to Rui Paula at Casa de Chá da Boa Nova and Vitor Matos at Antiquum, both in Porto, Henrique Sá Pessoa at Alma and Alexandre Silva at Loco, both in Lisbon, Sergi Arola at LAB in Sintra and Luís Pestana (under the signature of Joachim Koerper) at William in Funchal, Madeira Island.  Miguel Laffan earns back a star for L’And in Alentejo. 

Retaining their one star for another year are: Pedro Lemos at Pedro Lemos in Porto; André Silva at Casa da Calçada in Amarante, Joachim Koerper at Eleven and João Rodrigues at Feitoria in Lisbon; Miguel Rocha Vieira at Forteleza do Guincho in Cascais, and Rui Silvestre at Bon Bon, Willie Wurger at Willies, Henrique Leis at Henrique Leis, and Leonel Pereira at São Gabriel, all in the Algarve region.

Check here the full list of results for Portugal Michelin Stars 2017:

**
- Belcanto (Lisboa), José Avillez 
Ocean (Armação de Pêra), Hans Neuner
Vila Joya (Albufeira), Dieter Koshina

Il Gallo d’Oro (Funchal, Madeira) - Benoit Sinthon (New)
- The Yeatman  (Vila Nova de Gaia), Ricardo Costa (New)


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

Source: Michelin Guide

2016/11/17

Program 365 Algarve


365 Algarve” is a cultural program that is intended to complement the traditional range of tourist activities on offer in the region. The program comprises over a thousand presentations of music, dance, theater, exhibitions, activities involving the region’s heritage, and much more. 

The first edition will be taking place from October 2016 until May 2017, and the events will be staged all across the Algarve. Because Every day counts! 

All events are free of charge apart from the ones marked with an * (costs to be confirmed on site)

Download the program here:
- In Portuguese
- In English
- In Spanish 


Find more confirmation at:
https://www.facebook.com/365.Algarve.EveryDayCounts/

2016/11/14

In Porto, don’t miss the exhibition ‘Joan Miró: Materiality and Metamorphosis’ at Casa de Serralves

Don’t miss the exhibition ‘Joan Miró: Materiality and Metamorphosis’ at Casa de Serralves (Porto), that presents to the public for the first time the works acquired by the Portuguese State untill the 28th of January 2017.

The exhibition covers a six-decade period in Joan Mirós's career - from 1924 to 1981. It focuses in particular on the transformation of pictorial languages that the Catalan artist first developed in the mid-1920s. The exhibition considers his artistic metamorphoses across the mediums of drawing, painting, collage and work in tapestry.

Miró’s visual thinking and the ways in which he negotiates between optical and tactile modes of sensation is examined in detail, as are the artist’s working processes.

The exhibition comprises around 80 works by Joan Miró from the collection of 85 works, most of which have never previously been seen by the general public, including six of his paintings on masonite produced in 1936 and six "sobreteixims" (tapestries) of 1973. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with a lead essay by the curator.

This important exhibition is curated by Robert Lubar Messeri, a leading world expert in Miró's work. Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira will be responsible for the exhibition’s architectural design.

Find more information at:
http://www.serralves.pt/
http://www.serralves.pt/exhibition
https://www.visitportugal.com/joan-miro-materiality-and-metamorphosis

Cycling: Algarve Granfondo

If you enjoy cycling and don't like to miss out on a challenge, take part in the Algarve Granfondo, a competition that travels through the beautiful countryside of the Algarve in February 19th, 2017. http://voltaaoalgarve.com/

Regarded as one of the best early-season cycling challenges, the Algarve Granfondo is held on the final day of the Volta ao Algarve road cycling competition (19th February), coinciding with the final stage. 


The Algarve Granfondo is open to everyone who wants to take part; participants can choose between three options depending on their stamina and physical preparation – the Granfondo (140 km), the Mediofondo (83 km) and the Minifondo (50 km).

The start will be in the city centre of Loulé at 8.30 a.m., at the same place from where the peleton of international stars contesting the Volta ao Algarve will set off some hours later. The finish will be at the iconic Loulé cycling track, in time for the participants to go up to the Alto do Malhão, where the Volta ao Algarve will come to an end.

And, if you want to watch the other stages of the Volta ao Algarve, which travels through the whole region over five days (between 15th and 19th February), you should be aware that this competition comprises five stages: the first between Lagos and Albufeira (163 km), the second between Lagoa and Alto da Fóia (198 km), the third in the Sagres area (18 km), the fourth between São Brás de Alportel and Tavira (194 km) and the final one between Almodôvar and Malhão (Loulé), covering about 169 km. 

Find more information at:
http://voltaaoalgarve.com/
https://www.facebook.com/algarvegranfondo
https://twitter.com/valgarve2017
https://www.visitportugal.com/Algarve granfondo_cycling

https://www.visitportugal.com/cycling-and-walking-algarve