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Portugal is shaking up the wine world

Sexta-feira, 19 de Dezembro de 2014

LISBON, Portugal — The world’s greatest wine region? If you’re thinking Bordeaux, Burgundy or Napa Valley, it may be time to think again. Wines from Portugal’s Douro Valley claimed three of the top four places in Wine Spectator’s 2014 top 100 ranking — including the No. 1 spot awarded to Dow’s 2011 Vintage Port. “It’s been famous for producing extraordinary ports for over 300 years and it’s got a unique beauty all its own,” says Paul Symington, whose family produces the top wine. “There are many superlatives that you can apply to the Douro. Many of us argue it’s the most beautiful wine-growing area in the world.” Although the Douro is still best known for its ports — wines fortified with brandy traditionally served before or after a meal — the region’s table wines are also generating excitement in the world of wine. Third on Wine Spectator’s list is the Chryseia red wine, also produced by the Symington family in collaboration with French winemaker Bruno Prats. In fourth place came another red from higher up the Douro River: the Quinta […]

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Quinta-feira, 20 de Novembro de 2014

  Monocle magazine is highlighting Portugal in a 36-page pullout section of its December-January edition. It will be on newsstands starting on Thursday, November 20th, and focuses on a tourist destination beyond the sun and the sea. With the title “Portugal: A Monocle Travel Guide,” the magazine travels the country from north to south, from the new Nadir Afonso Museum designed by Siza Vieira in Chaves to the beaches of Algarve, with Arrifana being considered the best of them all for surfers. Lisbon is given the largest number of pages (a total of six), with a selection of restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops and other attractions. The magazine returns to Portugal in April for the “Quality of Life” conference in Lisbon.   SOURCE: LisbonLux

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Cascais, A Destination In Portugal You Haven’t Explored

Sexta-feira, 10 de Outubro de 2014

    Cascais, a small resort town near Lisbon, left me with the most inspiring photographs in my phone library. As you walk through the city, it is difficult not to bump into tourists, who stop every next step to capture the scenery. At the same time as being overcrowded, you can find complete peace by reading a book and listening to the waves. Everywhere you go there’s something more to discover: small paths leading to little cafes by the ocean shore, old castle stones to touch or rocks to climb up top. Moreover, it’s a surfer paradise. At Guincho beach, a place where surf classes are held day and night, you can snap an amazing photograph of the ocean, catch an amazing breeze while tanning under the hot, burning sun. Could anything feel more wonderful? The salty water and clean, bright yellow sand kept me smiling. The weather remains great until about mid- October, which is why you can still make your way there! It is a little difficult to navigate and find taxis, but the beach is a […]

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Sexta-feira, 12 de Setembro de 2014

Rua Heliodoro Salgado/Rua Ilha do Príncipe The historic Mouraria neighborhood is not very far away, but this viewpoint is found off the beaten path, and is not even mentioned in guidebooks. It’s therefore Lisbon’s least known hilltop terrace, but locals know that it offers a beautiful sunset view.                                                                                                                           Created in 1950, it has two nondescript entrances — on Rua Heliodoro Salgado (next to number 81) and on Rua Ilha do Príncipe (through a flight of steps next to number 5) — and was cleaned up in 2009, now offering an outdoor café. The atmosphere is always serene, with the scent and in the shade of pine trees. The panoramic view goes from the waterfront to the Avenidas Novas district, […]

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Portugal’s growing number of young entrepreneurs

Sexta-feira, 5 de Setembro de 2014

Magda Tilli and her husband run an estate agency specialising in rental properties  When Portugal was hit by an economic crisis in 2011, Magda Tilli and her husband Miguel realised that if they wanted to make a decent living they would have to set up their own business. At the time Mr Tilli was working as an estate agent, but with the Portuguese housing market in free fall, he was earning next to nothing. And with Portugal’s government needing a 78bn euro ($103bn; £62bn) international bailout, in exchange for putting in place a number of austerity measures, the wider Portuguese economy was mired in its worst recession for more than 40 years. With the jobs market having ground to a halt, and four children to look after, Magda and Miguel Tilli decided they had no option but to take a chance on starting their own company. “It became a cool thing to rent a house through us” Magda TilliHome Lovers Ms Tilli, 37, recalls: “We were at the beach, brainstorming about what we could do.” Tapping into Mr Tilli’s knowledge […]

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Sexta-feira, 29 de Agosto de 2014

    The abundant sunshine, mild temperatures and long stretches of sand make Lisbon one of Europe’s most blessed cities. It’s the only European capital facing the sea, just minutes away from the sand, and with such a varied and beautiful coastline nearby (most of it flying the European Union’s Blue Flag meaning cleanliness and water quality). You can head west to the resort towns of Cascais andEstoril, or go south to the Caparica coast, but you’ll always find plenty of sand for yourself. Just remember that this is the Atlantic, not the Mediterranean, so water temperatures are often just around 15 to 20C degrees (60-68F), inviting long swims only on the hotter summer days. This is however, one of Europe’s major surfing zones. The most accessible beaches for tourists are those of Cascais and Estoril, reached by train from Cais do Sodréstation in the center of Lisbon. A abundância de sol, as temperaturas amenas, e os extensos areais fazem de Lisboa uma das cidades mais abençoadas da Europa. É a única capital europeia virada para o mar, a poucos minutos de distância de uma bela […]

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Portugal voted top destination once again

Sexta-feira, 11 de Julho de 2014

For the second consecutive year Portugal has been chosen as the best country in the world to visit by one of the world’s most prestigious travel magazines, Condé Nast Traveller. Online voters of the luxury travel publication chose Portugal for its winning combination of culture, gastronomy, excellent wines, beaches, history, golf courses, and for its friendly, open and very sincere people. Readers also described Portugal as having an impressive variety of landscapes. This distinction comes a month after Portugal’s capital city scooped another accolade when the Post Office City Costs Barometer 2014 revealed a trip to Lisbon is the best for value in the Eurozone, being half the price of a visit to Paris, Amsterdam or Rome. While a three-course evening meal for two with a bottle of wine in Lisbon would set visitors back £34.48, a similar meal would cost twice the price in Paris, at £68.97, £89.35 in Stockholm (Sweden), or £99.06 in Copenhagen, Denmark, it said. Thirsty travellers can expect to pay an average of £1.12 for a bottle of beer in Lisbon, with the same costing […]

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World’s 15 Best Waterfront Cities

Sexta-feira, 4 de Julho de 2014

In most large cities around the world, waterways are the norm, not the exception–but some places capitalize on their location more than others. These 15 cities all have unique personalities centered around their waterfronts, where visitors can stroll along bustling harbors, sample the catch of the day, and climb to the city’s best vantage points to take in panoramic views of the water. From the winding canals and historic grandeur of Venice, to the seaside splendor of Cape Town, here are our picks for the world’s best waterfront cities. by Emily Wasserman   VENICE Photo Credit: © Duki84 | Dreamstime.com Shimmering canals, sprawling palaces, and historic ambiance make Venice one of the world’s most enchanting waterfront destinations. Stop by the Piazza San Marco to browse the area’s best boutiques, and don’t miss the Basilica di San Marco, a Byzantine monument that doubles as the city’s religious center. Take a picnic to Torcello, a secluded island with a magical ambiance and hauntingly beautiful cathedral. End the day at one of the city’s bacari, or wine bars, for traditional Venetian tapas and a taste of local wines. Plan […]

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