Tourism: Porto takes top Lonely Planet award

Tourism: Porto takes top Lonely Planet award

Lonely Planet has chosen Porto as the best of 10 holiday destinations in 2013. The list included destinations its editors considered “hot spots” to visit.

Tourism: Holiday package to feature language and cookery classes

The packages are described as opportunities for “unique cultural and gastronomic experiences” and feature visits to wineries, markets and salting facilities to show the range of Portuguese products.

Beaches: Portugal scores high in EU bathing water survey

Portugal came sixth among the ten countries listed as having excellent quality values, with 87% of the country’s bathing waters meeting environmental standards.

HIPPOtrip: Big water and land adventure in Lisbon (video)

PDV went to check out Lisbon’s most recent tour company. What at first looks like an ordinary school bus soon reveals an adventurous twist, as it plunges into the waters of the Tagus, offering sightseers the opportunity to see the city both from land and water.

Video by Magda Wallmont

Azores: Storms to continue after deadly landslide, flights cancelled

Five of SATA’s flights have been cancelled, namely between São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa and São Jorge, according to airline spokesman José Gamboa.

Campaign: AICEP launches “Choose Portugal” promotional film (Video)

The promotional film focuses on the best that Portugal has to offer in several sectors, from tourism to business, and includes several national talents such as football manager José Mourinho, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and award-winning architect Souto de Moura.

Events: Óbidos International Chocolate Festival starts Friday

The festival is one of the country’s most popular with Portuguese and foreign tourists, despite its relative newness.

Azores: Adventure and slow food in São Miguel

Imagine a place where you can go hiking, see volcanoes, do some whale and dolphin watching all in the same day. You can even have your lunch cooked in a pit oven under the hot volcanic soil – the real slow food. Welcome to the Açores (or Azores)!
By Célia Pedroso

Surfing: CNN dubs Ericeira “super swell” surf town

To “keep office depression at bay while the rest of the world has fun”, CNN listed 4 of the world’s best surf towns – and included Portugal’s Ericeira.

Nazaré: The world’s new big-wave Mecca

Foreigners could be starting to wake up to Nazaré’s potential thanks to American surfer Garrett McNamara, who recently caught there the world’s biggest wave.