Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00
Turismo de Portugal announces the launch of the book Portugal Surf Guide, the first comprehensive inventory of sites that present the right conditions for surfing and comprehensive information about surfing in Portugal. The new guide is easy to read and serves as a tool to support the work of tourism stakeholders, to provide a better understanding of the potential of Portugal as a surfing destination and the main hot spots for the sport. It also recognizes the existence of a diverse and quality sport across the country.
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 15:23
Here is a loving pair of ideas: Carnaval and Valentine’s Day. The idea of Valentine’s Day has caught on in Portugal over the past decade as the “Dia dos Namorados” or Day of Lovers. As a result, hotels and restaurants offer lots of great romantic packages and Portugal, as the closest country in Continental Europe to the U.S., is an easy trip.??The other fun reason to go to Portugal in February is Carnaval, a four-day celebration. Parades and pageants have been part of Carnaval celebrations throughout Portugal for centuries. During Carnaval, the streets are filled with parade floats, lively music, dances, colorful costumes and revelers wearing outlandish masks. Look to February in Portugal for a unique winter getaway.
1. Romance in the Douro Valley
Join aquapura douro valley to celebrate the year’s most romantic weekend. Surrender to douro’s beauty and make the most of a romantic and unique environment.
They are located in the northern part of Portugal; on the Douro River.
There are so many ways to appreciate the beauty of the Douro Rvier Valley, the first demarcated wine region in the world from exploring by car or train to even just stepping out of your room.
Two nights in a valley bedroom with buffet breakfast included
Special welcome cocktail at the bar
One 55-minute massage for two
One romantic degustation dinner with aquapura wine
2. Valentine´s Day Event in Lisbon
Three nights accommodation in a deluxe room (upgrade to Junior suite upon availability) with American buffet breakfast included;
Private transfer from and to the airport;
Welcome VIP treatment in room (Champagne, fruits, flowers and bath salts);
Romantic dinner at Grill D. Fernando Restaurant with panoramic view;
2nd day - GOCAR tour for two by Lisbon (a small yellow convertible and funny car with GPS system);
3rd day – Boat trip with dinner on board along the Tagus River (dinner on the balcony or inside depending on the weather conditions);
4th day – Private half-day driving tour at the romantic village of Sintra (Pena Palace), Cabo da Roca (the most western location of Europe). A break at the Moinho Bar with its amazing view over the ocean and Guincho Beach is on the agenda where you may enjoy a drink (not included). Return to Hotel Altis.
Total cost for two people: 910, 00€ www.altishotels.com
3. Carnaval in the Azores
This year, Carnaval is just four hours away if you opt to spend the holiday on the Mid-Atlantic Islands of the Azores, where “Shrove Tuesday” celebrations have taken place for centuries. SATA Airlines is offering travel packages at $999 per person (includes tax, double occupancy). Travelers can chose from several hotels and three islands to enjoy the festivities.
In the Azores, Mardi Gras is known as “Carnaval,” a four-day celebration starting on Saturday, February 9, 2013 and continuing through Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Parades and pageants are heart of the Carnaval festivities. There is lively music, colorful costumes, hand-made masks, and floats in this mild climate, mid-Atlantic archipelago.
On the island of São Miguel, known for its pineapples and tea, you can chose from four hotels in historic Ponta Delgada, the Azores’ main city on the island of São Miguel. Weeklong packages include six nights lodging, air transport from Boston, and breakfast.
Carnaval has a sweet taste on São Miguel; with street vendors selling fried sweet dough, called a Malassada. The festival on the Azores biggest island starts of with a black tie grand ball, and heats up with music. There is a children’s parade in the streets of the capital, Ponta Delgada, with children in costume from each school district on the island. Then, a massive Carnaval parade fills the streets into the wee hours.
Smaller towns have choir concerts, parades, and the town of Lagoa has a big fried dough festival, called the Festa da Malassada.
All SATA travel packages are available for Tuesday and Friday departures.
For more information and reservations, contact SATA at 800-762-9995, www.sata.pt.
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 00:00
Gaia-Porto Hostel is located in a privileged zone of the Historical Center of the City of Gaia, exactly in front of the magnificent City of Porto, separated only by the Douro River. The perfect location and wide range of services guarantee a fantastic stay, with high quality service and affordable prices right in the heart of Porto/Gaia. Gaia-Porto Hostel is located in the Historic Center of the City of Gaia, exactly in front of the magnificent City of the Porto, separated only by the Douro River and joined by five bridges, crossed by several ways of transport (metro, bus, train, or by foot). The house was built in the middle of the last century, and was totally rehabilitated with the purpose to give the best response to the necessities of the guests, creating a familiar environment. The city center is easily accessible by a 20 minute bus ride. The house is encircled by the Port Wine Cellars, where you can taste the real Port Wine, find the best units of this famous wine. A partnership with the hostel ensures organized guided visits at the best prices. The house has different types of rooms. Choose between shared rooms, with four to six double beds, or our double rooms, one of that is a suite, available for couples with more privacy. All the rooms connect to one garden interior balcony. Each room has a different name related to important monuments and festivities of the two cities (Gaia and Oporto), such as: S. João Dormitory; D. Luis Bridge Dormitory; Serra do Pilar(Monastery) Double Room; Douro Suite.
Monday, 07 January 2013 00:00
Nostalgia is to become a tourism product offered to those looking for roots in rural Europe. For those in the United States who trace their family tree back to rural areas, we have a treat for you. This January, tour packages developed by Genuineland (Network of Village Tourism in Alentejo) can bring American tourists to Europe to visit the province’s rural destinations. This product began with an international survey on tourism, carried out by Áurea Rodrigues, and aimed to verify that nostalgia is a key tourist attraction. By the end of the year, a website will be established that allows the dissemination of products and services associated with the product “nostalgia.” Tourists will be invited to tell what they want to know and what they would try to help Genuineland provide a travel plan tailored to individual expectations of the visitor. The researcher says that the study questionnaires were made to United States residents who traveled to rural areas of Tuscany, Italy and Portugal, having found that the visitors who travel to Portugal make more return trips and tend to be more nostalgic than those who went to Italy. "In a country like Portugal that has a number of emigrants, both first and second generation, it is regrettable that the market for nostalgia is not exploited, as in destinations like Ireland or Scotland," says Rodrigues. While Portugal is almost an emerging destination to most Americans, the culture of Tuscany is present in everyday life through restoration, food brands, books and movies. According to Turismo de Portugal, the United States was the fastest growing market in terms of entries in the country in the first six months of 2012, which makes it the ninth largest market. In the level of revenue, American tourists represent the seventh largest market. For Genuineland, are all conditions for which nostalgia can achieve greater loyalty to destinations such as the Alentejo. Source: Publico.pt
Sunday, 06 January 2013 00:00
MISS’OPO is a new guest house in the historic center of the city of Porto, with two three-room studio apartments and four two-room studio, with a café / bar and a shop / newsagent.
This is a cultural tourism project, strongly directed to the dynamics of certain more traditional values, and mostly to the promotion of all the most contemporary movement of the city of Porto, and making it known to the public.
This identity is a reflex of the personality of the promoters of the project, who, joining experiences, give birth to a Porto girl, who works to show her house, her city, and some of the people who make the city a special place.
"We believe that a house is what you feel, what you listen to, and learn in it and, therefore, we don’t want to be stagnant. Our biggest aim is to give more dynamics to our space as much as possible, working in partnership with galleries, artists and cultural institutions. Besides the lodging, we have a coffee shop /newsagent / bar zone, where you can have breakfast, snacks and light meals, as well as listen to good music and be updated with the most charismatic publishing in Portugal. The bar programme is to be eclectic according to the new trends. Workshops and exhibitions will be in our priority list, bringing tourists close to the city contemporariness. "
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