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ATOP NEWSLETTER OCTOBER- NOVEMBER 2010 Association of Travel Organizers to Portugal


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Dear Reader, In this edition of the ATOP newsletter you will find news and various exciting offers from our members! Find out all about the different members’ online promotions, and take advantage of the special offers on the ATOP website. You can now also follow us and find out all the latest news about ATOP, ATOP Members and Portugal on our Twitter and Facebook page. ATOP was created in 2003 and brings together tour operators, travel agents, airlines and the Portuguese National Tourist Office, and other Associate Members, with the aim of increasing visitor numbers to Portugal. The Association is non-political and enables industry partners to make contacts and develop important business relationships. Kind regards, Mary Anne Popoff President of ATOP e: map@destination-portugal.co.uk t: 0044 (0)7712 106395

ATOP news - ATOP - New advert within Food and Travel Magazine - ATOP - ATOP 2010 AGM - ATOP - We’re Backing Agents Campaign and Destination Dialogue Event ATOP recommends - October/November events in Portugal! News from ATOP members - ATOP Members - British Travel Awards - Keytel International - 2011 Pousadas prices - Pousadas de Pougal - Pousada do Alvito celebrates 17th anniversary - SATA Internacional - SATA suspends Ponta Delgada-Funchal-Faro route during the winter - SATA Internacional - SATA launches tender for air terminal project on Corvo island - SATA Internacional - SATA consolidates passenger growth through August - SATA Internacional - SATA and Porto Bay launch joint campaign - SATA Internacional - SATA deploys B2B solution with travel agents - TAP - Victoria establishes itself as the largest customer loyalty programme in Portugal - TAP -Tourism professionals confirm TAP as Best Airline - TAP - UP is the first “carbon neutral” in-flight magazine in the world - Archipelago Azores - Azores Birdwatching Holiday – 7 nights - Atlantic Holidays - Long stay holidays on sunny Madeira Island - Atlantic Holidays - 5* Madeira, 7 Nights from only £599pp - Castaways World Holidays - Four Seasons The Ritz - Re-energising offer - Castaways World Holidays - Hotel Palácio - One Night Free Offer - Design Holidays - Dona Filipa Hotel & San Lorenzo Golf Resort - Destination Portugal - Amazing Offer to Madeira - Destination Portugal - Monte da Quinta Resort, Quinta do Lago - Destination Portugal - October Half Term offer - Destination Portugal - Quinta da Fe in the Alentejo region - Destination Portugal - Wonderful Winter Offer at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, Algarve - Keytel International - 5 night Pousada Passport - Keytel International - Wedding Night and Honeymoon Offer at Pousadas - Kirker Holidays - Special Offer - Leisure Link Golf Holidays - Marriott Praia d’El Rey, Óbidos - Leisure Link Golf Holidays - Formosa Park Hotel in Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, Algarve - Palmer & Parker - Casa Monte Cristo Too (Algarve) - Ramblers Worldwide Holidays - Great Algarviana Route (code 2616) - Ramblers Worldwide Holidays - Walking in Madeira - Mountains & Levadas (code 2670) - Select Resorts - Monte da Quinta Suites: Super Early Booking Summer Offer - Sunvil Discovery - Free Night Offers - Portugal Holidays - Sunvil Discovery - Madeira Packages - Villa Plus - Casa Praia, Gale (Algarve) - Villas Worldwide - Ponte de Lima International Garden Festival, a Costa Verde villa holiday attraction - Villas Worldwide - Late availability villa near the beach (SPA623 - TABO 1) Other news


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ATOP New advert within Food and Travel Magazine ATOP new advert has been featured in the Aug-Sept issue of Food and Travel Magazine drawing attention to tours and travel to the whole of Portugal. The magazine also makes a super editorial feature on the Minho region. Food and Travel Magazine editor Rachel Truman says “simple pleasures reign supreme in the Minho region, where the people have a taste for vinho verde and meaty snacks. We take a meander along the river Lima, an area that time forgot, to drink in this picturesque part of Portugal where many locals have opened their doors for guests to stay and feast”. Food and Travel is an award-winning editorial covering the world’s favourite pastimes – food, wine and travel. Worldwide destinations range from Antarctica to Zambia, as well as the UK. Monthly magazine with a circulation of 26000 featuring short breaks, weekends away, adventure holidays and gourmet travel. For further information contact ATOP on general.atop@googlemail.com or visit www.discoverportugal.org.uk

-----------------ATOP ATOP 2010 AGM ATOP AGM 2010 planned to take place n the Alentejo region from 14th to 16th October, has been cancelled due to small numbers of members able to attend. For further information contact ATOP on general.atop@googlemail.com or visit www.discoverportugal.org.uk

-----------------ATOP We’re Backing Agents Campaign and Destination Dialogue Event ATOP is delighted to support the We’re Backing Agents Campaign! www.wearebackingagents.ning.com “Agents play a vital role and new initiatives to help them sell successfully are always welcome. There is no better sales tool than knowledge, well delivered!”, says Mary Anne Popoff, ATOP President Selling Short Breaks & Holidays is launching a campaign to gain greater support and recognition for travel agents who sell short breaks and short haul destinations. It’s time to stop treating this sector as the poor relation and give agents selling short breaks and short haul the status and kudos they deserve! We’re Backing Agents Campaign website has been launched to help you - the agent - sell short breaks and short haul holidays. SSB&H research has shown this sector is thriving and on this site we will champion your successes and give you a chance to share sales tips and ideas.


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The site will also act as a forum for news, views, offers, incentives and supplier initiatives to help you sell. Register as a member and start sharing... and selling! As part of the “We’re Backing Agents” campaign, Selling Short Breaks & Holidays and ATOP will be hosting a “Destination Dialogue” event focused on Portugal. Designed to brainstorm ways to support agents who want to sell the destination, the event will aim to bring together a range of Portugal suppliers and marketeers. The event will take place at The Grande City Hotel in London, on the 23rd of November! We’re hoping these events will help us help you - the agent - find out more about what’s going on in Portugal. This is a new initiative and FREE to suppliers and agents. It will allow destinations and product providers to show their commitment to UK travel agents and will help you - the agent - tap in to new ways to win business for them and for yourselves. For more information please contact ATOP. For further information contact ATOP on general.atop@googlemail.com or visit www.discoverportugal.org.uk


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October/November events in Portugal! NORTE E PORTO REGION http://norte-porto.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers International Garden Festival, Ponte de Lima 28 May - 30 October 2010 www.festivaldejardins.cm-pontedelima.pt Encontros da Imagem photography festival, Braga 18 September - 31 October www.encontrosdaimagem.com Cinanima - International Animated Film Festival, Espinho 08 - 14 November www.cinanima.pt Guimarães Jazz, Guimarães 11 - 20 November www.guimaraesturismo.com ATOP members operating in Porto & Norte Region: Archipelago Azores Ltd, Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Milestones, Pousadas de Portugal, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Sunvil Discovery, TAP Portugal, Villas Worldwide, Vintage Travel

CENTRO REGION http://centro.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers Dinosaurs invade the Naturtejo Geopark, Castelo Branco - Geopark Naturtejo 27 March - 31 October 2010 http://dinoexpo.com.pt ATOP members operating in Centro Region: Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Milestones, Pousadas de Portugal, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Sunvil Discovery, The Villa Agency, Villas Worldwide

LISBOA REGION http://lisboa.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers Tejo’s Valley Triennial, Lisbon 18 September - 10 October www.trienal.org Moda Lisboa (Lisbon Fashion), Lisbon 07 - 10 October www.modalisboa.pt Rip Curl Pro Search, Praia de Supertubos, Praia dos Belgas - Peniche 07 - 18 October www.ripcurl.com Pilgrimages to Fátima, Fátima 12 - 13 October 2010 and 12 - 13 May 2011 www.rt-leiriafatima.pt Lisbon Architecture Triennial, Lisbon 14 October - January 2011 www.trienaldelisboa.com National Gastronomy Festival, Casa do Campino - Santarém 16 October - 01 November www.festivalnacionaldegastronomia.com Quiksilver Portugal Pro, Ericeira 19 - 24 October www.aspworldtour.com Grand Prix of Portugal, Estoril 29 - 31 October www.motogp.com National Horse Fair, Golegã 05 - 07 November and 10 - 14 November www.horsefairlusitano.org Óbidos Vila Natal, Óbidos 27 November - 02 January 2011 www.obidosvilanatal.pt ATOP members operating in Lisboa Region: Archipelago Azores Ltd, Atlantic Holidays, Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Classic Collection Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Milestones, Pousadas de Portugal, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Sata International, Sunvil Discovery, TAP Portugal, The Villa Agency, Villas Worldwide


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ALENTEJO REGION http://alentejo.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers Baja Portalegre 500, Portalegre 28 - 31 October www.bajaportalegre.com ATOP members operating in Alentejo Region: Alentejo Tourist Office, Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Milestones, Pousadas de Portugal, Sunvil Discovery, The Villa Agency

ALGARVE REGION http://algarve.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers New Winds – Energy of the Discoveries, Sagres 05 September 2009 - 31 December 2010 Allgarve’10, Algarve 20 February - 31 December www.allgarve.pt FIESA 2010, Pêra 22 May - 22 October 2010 www.fiesa.org Portugal Masters, Oceânico Victoria Golf Club - Vilamoura 14 - 17 October www.allgarve.pt ATOP members operating in Algarve Region: Algarve Agency Ltd, Algarve Select, Atlantic Holidays, Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Classic Collection Holidays, Design Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Milestones, Palmer & Parker, Pousadas de Portugal, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Sunvil Discovery, TAP Air Portugal, The Villa Agency, Villa Plus Ltd, Villas Worldwide, Vintage Travel

AZORES REGION http://azores.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers AngraJazz - Angra do Heroísmo International Jazz Festival, Angra do Heroísmo - Terceira 01 - 04 October www.angrajazz.com ATOP members operating in Azores Region: Archipelago Azores Ltd, Atlantic Holidays, Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Pousadas de Portugal, Sata International, Sunvil Discovery, TAP Portugal

MADEIRA & PORTO SANTO REGION http://madeira.discoverportugal.org.uk/all-special-offers New Year festivities in Madeira, Funchal 26 November - 06 January 2011 www.madeiraislands.travel ATOP members operating in Maderia & Porto Santo Region: Atlantic Holidays, Castaways Unicorn Holidays, Classic Collection Holidays, Design Holidays, Destination Portugal, Keytel International, Leisure Link Golf Holidays International, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, Sata International, Sunvil Discovery, TAP Portugal

For further information please visit www.discoverportugal.org.uk or www.visitportugal.com


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News from ATOP members

ATOP Members British Travel Awards Recognised as the “Oscars” of the travel industry, The British Travel Awards serves to recognise all that is great about UK travel companies. Online voting were open from 3rd July to 2nd October and the British Travel Awards Gala Dinner is the climax to an eight-month awareness campaign followed by four-month post event publicity. ATOP Members Sunvil Holidays and Classic Collection are nominated for the category of “ “Best Tour Operator to the Iberian Peninsula”, Milestones is being nominated for the “Best Escorted Tours Operator” category, and Ramblers Worldwide has been sholisted as a contender for “Best Special Interest/Adventure Tour Operators” in the British Travel Awards! For further information contact ATOP on general.atop@googlemail.com or visit www.discoverportugal.org.uk

-----------------Keytel International 2011 Pousadas prices Keytel International has just launched online the prices and special offers for Pousadas de Portugal for November 2010 onwards. Please feel free to browse the prices and offers for the coming year, or call to discuss your requirements on 0207 953 3020. Keytel has just begun issuing the printed version of the new Pousada pricelists, so if you would like to receive an updated information pack by post including a new directory, please request an information pack. For further information call Keytel International on 02079 533020 or visit www.keytel.co.uk

-----------------Pousadas de Pougal Pousada do Alvito celebrates 17th anniversary Pousadas de Portugal are celebrating the anniversary of Pousada do Alvito in the Alentejo. With the restoration of an unusual 15th century castle in Alvito, the beautiful Pousada Alvito Hotel was born 17 years ago. The castle is presented as a building of military architecture and residence, where is possible to identify Islamic gothic and manuelina influences. The Pousada is a historic luxury hotel that honours the culture of the region, not only by its atmosphere, but also by its traditional gastronomy and wines. What used to be the agricultural land of a medieval castle, is now a superb garden. The village near the city of Beja (about 30 km of distance), in the past it was a very important location, having been home of a royal pousada. For further information call Pousadas de Portugal on +351 218 442 000 or visit www.pousadas.pt

-----------------SATA Internacional SATA suspends Ponta Delgada - Funchal - Faro route during the winter Regional airline SATA has decided to suspend flights between Ponta Delgada and Faro during the winter despite the route having reached an 87% take up during summer. However the airline might decide to operate the route for longer next year. Launched in June, the Ponta Delgada - Funchal - Faro route was suspended on September 13th and will only resume when high season starts. For further information about SATA Internacional visit www.sata.pt

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SATA Internacional SATA launches tender for air terminal project on Corvo island On the 15th September 2010, a tender notice for the design of a new terminal at Corvo Island Airport was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). This tender, under SATA Gestão de Aeródromos, entails a new air terminal design, including an apron equipment warehouse and building for the Emergency and Firefighting Unit (SSLCI), transformer station and standby generator, correction of the course and grade of the current terminal’s access road, outdoor landscaping including pedestrian and vehicle access to the new terminal, and a parking lot, with associated specialized work, demolition of the hill where the restaurant is located and different runway fencing in the work area. The proposal submission deadline is 19 November 2010, with a base tender amount of €250,000.00 plus VAT. For further information about SATA Internacional visit www.sata.pt

-----------------SATA Internacional SATA consolidates passenger growth through August SATA Internacional saw growth of 10.5% in the number of passengers transported through August, with 66,998 more passengers compared to the same period in 2009. SATA Internacional also experienced growth of 10.6% in the number of passengerstransported in the month of August, with 14,606 more passengers compared to August 2009. SATA Internacional also grew in the number of flights in both August and in the period between January and August. The month of August was up 9.3% in the number of flights, with 83 more flights in August 2010 compared to August 2009. There were 496 more flights in the period of January to August, up 10.1% compared to the same period in 2009. For further information about SATA Internacional visit www.sata.pt

-----------------SATA Internacional SATA and Porto Bay launch joint campaign Those travelling with SATA to the island of Madeira from 15 August to 15 November 2010 and staying at a Porto Bay Group hotel on Madeira (The Cliff Bay, Suite Hotel Eden Mar, Porto Mare, The Residence or Porto Santa Maria) will receive a zero-mile round-trip ticket voucher to the golden island of Porto Santo. This campaign, resulting from the partnership between the Porto Bay Group and SATA, is for all SATA IMAGINE members who buy a ticket to Funchal on a SATA flight with at least three nights of accommodations at one of Porto Bay’s five hotels. By strengthening this partnership, Grupo SATA is expanding its portfolio of opportunities for the more than 80,000 members of SATA IMAGINE by reinforcing the essence of this frequent flyer program’s partnerships: to allow Grupo SATA passengers to travel with premium tickets and enjoy other exclusive promotions and advantages, together with products and services from companies known for their service quality and brand integrity. For further information about SATA Internacional visit www.sata.pt

-----------------SATA Internacional SATA deploys B2B solution with travel agents As part of Grupo SATA’s innovation policy, and to improve its relationship with travel agents, SATA has begun deployment of the Microsoft Dynamics™ CRM (Customer Relationship Management) solution in its Agents’ Network Department in conjunction with Microsoft Portugal. The deployment of Microsoft Dynamics™ CRM was targeted at the following areas of the SATA agents’ network: group rates, transport opportunities, promotion, marketing campaigns and Help Desk for the agents’ network.


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The CRM solution’s advantages for SATA, among others, include: comprehensive business integration and a better understanding of the SATA/travel agent relationship; more closely monitored and updated agency portfolio and contact management; integrated communication channel facilitating and expediting internal and external communication; revision and streamlining of processes with automation of manual tasks; greater proximity between SATA and travel agents; and, in short, improved productivity and agility of SATA employees in meeting travel agents’ needs. Travel agents will also benefit from this new system, since they will now have permanent online contact with SATA for faster and easier responses to requests and questions addressed to SATA’s agents’ network, coupled with greater independence in responding to their own customers. For further information about TAP visit www.www.flytap.com

-----------------TAP Victoria establishes itself as the largest customer loyalty programme in Portugal TAP launched an exclusive promotion today for Victoria Programme customers, offering 150,000 seats for half the miles to all the airline’s destinations in Europe, Madeira, the Azores, Africa (excluding Luanda), and to Natal and Caracas. The Victoria Programme currently has more than 1.2 million members worldwide. This offer is valid for bookings made between 15 September and 15 October 2010 for flights from 1 November 2010 to 31 March 2011. TAP is also giving Victoria customers the option to purchase miles for half the usual price (offer valid from 15 September to 15 October 2010) so that persons lacking sufficient miles can buy and use the additional ones to make their intended journey. More information about this campaign can be found at www.tapvictoria.com For further information about TAP visit www.www.flytap.com

-----------------TAP Tourism professionals confirm TAP as Best Airline TAP is the “Best Airline” operating in Portugal, according to the newspaper “Publituris” readers’ choice and the “Portugal Travel Awards” jury, made up of a group of well-known figures in the tourism sector. The Publituris Portugal Travel & Trade Awards aim to single out the best companies, institutions, services and professionals who distinguished themselves in the tourism sector during 2009. This is the seventh consecutive time that Publituris readers – tourism sector professionals who come into daily contact with customers and know their preferences well – have selected TAP as “Best Airline”. For further information about TAP visit www.www.flytap.com

-----------------TAP UP is the first “carbon neutral” in-flight magazine in the world With its September issue UP has become the first carbon neutral in-flight magazine. The fruit of a partnership with E.Value, UP has become the first monthly publication in Portugal to offset the greenhouse gas emissions linked to its production and printing, therefore further progressing TAP’s sustainability policy. Every copy of UP emits, on average, about 200g of carbon dioxide equivalent (Co2e). To cancel out the climate effect, as from this issue, an equivalent quantity of carbon credits will be used selected from a portfolio of CarbonoZero®. offset projects. In the case of UP, credits will be generated for technological, agricultural and forestry projects based in developing countries, in particular in Brazil and Mozambique. For further information about TAP visit www.www.flytap.com

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Archipelago Azores Azores Birdwatching Holiday – 7 nights In the company of Dominic Mitchell from Birdwatch magazine, this tour takes in Sao Miguel, Flores, Terceira and possibly Corvo visiting all the Azores major birdwatching sites. A great trip where the endemic Azores Bullfinch and the range-restricted Atlantic Canary are the star landbirds, as well as American vagrants (both passerines and waterbirds) and some exciting seabirds. This trip is in its third year now and has proved very popular, so early booking is advisable. Departure on 16th October, 7 nights for £1275pp All prices are per person (£) based on twin sharing but we can also quote for single supplements. Price includes: All economy class air travel as per itinerary, all pre-paid airport and departure taxes, ground transport by minibus, hotel accommodation with en-suite facilities and breakfast, services of Birdwatch tour leader, pre-tour information pack and day-to-day bird checklist. This holiday is being run in conjunction with Birdwatch Magazine, visit the Birdwatch website at www.birdwatch.co.uk For further information call Archipelago Azores on 017687 75672 or visit www.azoreschoice.com

-----------------Atlantic Holidays Long stay holidays on sunny Madeira Island Escape the winter blues to the magical Portuguese island of Madeira where you can enjoy subtropical temperatures and the comforts of a quality hotel at a reduced price. With a choice of local flights for your convenience, our affordable long stay holidays will return you from your well deserve break feeling refreshed. Holiday pricesare per person and include: Return flights from Exeter; Return aiport/hotel transfers in Funchal; Inflight meals; Assistance from our local resort representative; Shared accommodation in a studio room on self catering basis; All applicable taxes; ATOL Protection. Check all prices and all details at www.atlanticholidays.net/long_stay.html

For further information call Atlantic Holidays on 01452381888 or visit www.atlanticholidays.net


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Atlantic Holidays 5* Madeira, 7 Nights from only £599pp Atlantic Holidays is offering 7 night holidays at the 5* Pestana Carlton Madeira Hotel from only £599pp on selected dates with a free upgrade to half board and a sea view room free of charge. Conveniently located within walking distance of Madeira’s capital city, Funchal, the modern Pestana Carlton Madeira Hotel provides an extensive range of facilities to its guests. Prices per person based on two people sharing a twin/double bedroom and inclusive of: Return flights from London Gatwick to Madeira; In flight meals; 20 Kilos hold luggage plus 5 kilos cabin luggage; Return transfers from Funchal airport to the Hotel; 7 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast at the 5* Hotel Pestana Carlton Madeira; FREE upgrade to half board; FREE upgrade to a sea view room; All applicable taxes; Assistance by a resort representative; ATOL Protection Flights from regional airports are available at the following supplements: Manchester and Luton £10, Birmingham, Exeter, East Midlands and Glasgow £20. Visit www.atlanticholidays.net/bp02.html?referrer=bp02 for more information. For further information call Atlantic Holidays on 01452381888 or visit www.atlanticholidays.net

-----------------Castaways World Holidays Four Seasons The Ritz - Re-energising offer Re-energising offer - Complimentary 55 minute Tranquillity Massage per person at Ritz Spa on stays of 3 nights or more. This landmark hotel, considered to be the finest in town, is elegant, comfortable and superbly located by the Eduardo VII Park, enjoying fine views. Luxuriously appointed bedrooms with satellite television and movies, minibar and marble bathroom. Famous restaurant, cocktail bar, lobby lounge. Indoor swimming pool with natural light. Fitness Centre. Garage. 3 nights from £571 per person Including standard room, breakfast and private taxi return transfers. Flights are excluded, but any flight can be added - call for current prices. Optional room upgrades per person per night: Superior £27, Deluxe £11-£51, Single (in standard room) £124-£172 For further information call Castaways World Holidays on 01737 812255 or visit www.castaways.co.uk


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Castaways World Holidays Hotel Palácio - One Night Free on stays of 7 nights or more until 31 Oct Much loved by European Royalty, this famous hotel continues to be the epitome of timeless elegance and luxury. The famous bar was a notorious hive of espionage during the Second World War. Lounges. The Four Seasons Restaurant & Grill offers traditional Portuguese and international cuisine. All the bedrooms and suites are exemplary examples of comfort and style with air-conditioning, satellite television and minibar. Attractive covered drinks verandah. Fine swimming pool and sun terraces. Sauna. Beauty Centre with massage and treatments. The golf course, designed by Mackenzie Ross, offering nine and 18-hole play, is just a kilometre away. The hotel is adjacent to superb beaches, tennis club and the international Casino. 3 nights from £408 per person Including standard room, breakfast and private taxi return transfers. Flights are excluded, but any flight can be added - call for current prices. Optional room upgrades per person per night: Park view £2-£28; Junior suite £51-£71; Junior suite/park view £51-£92; Suite £79-£98; Suite/ park view £79-£119; Single (in standard room) £69-£96; Half board £46 For further information call Castaways World Holidays on 01737 812255 or visit www.castaways.co.uk

-----------------Design Holidays Dona Filipa Hotel & San Lorenzo Golf Resort Design Holidays are delighted to offer Free Golf at the world renowned San Lorenzo Golf Course on all stays at the 5* Dona Filipa Hotel in Vale do Lobo. From £292pp for 3 nights! Exclusive to this offer also includes: Free Children’s club, upgrades from B&B to half Board, plus free night on selected dates Special offers at the Dona Filipa hotel in Vale do Lobo exclusive to Design Holidays: includes Room B&B + Free Kids Club, Free Golf at San Lorenzo & Tennis from £235 pp for any 3 nights travelling on selected dates. The Dona Filipa Hotel is set within the best of all the Algarve resorts - Vale do Lobo and is the best 5* luxury hotel in Vale do Lobo. For further information call Design Holidays on 01444 872200 or visit www.designholidays.co.uk


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Destination Portugal Amazing Offer to Madeira Pestana Bay / Gardens Hotel in Funchal (Madeira) has a magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean and direct access to the beach. There is a free transport service to the town-centre, where there are dozens of bars and restaurants! Date of departure: 16th November 2010 Departure airport: Gatwick Arrival airport: Funchal (Madeira) Duration of stay: 7 nights Type of Accommodation and Star rating: 4 star Board basis (e.g. B&B, etc.): Bed & breakfast Price per person: From £299 per person per week, based on 2 persons sharing a double studio with sea view. Saving per person or overall saving: 40% What is included in the price? Studio room with a sea view, B&B, flights ex Gatwick return and a transfer between the airport and the hotel. Car hire can be arranged at an extra charge. For further information call Destination Portugal on 01608 738286 or visit www.destination-portugal.co.uk

-----------------Destination Portugal Monte da Quinta Resort, Quinta do Lago Early booking offer for next Summer. Located in the centre of Quinta do Lago in the superb year round climate of the Algarve and bordered on three sides by Quinta do Lago, Pinheiros Altos and San Lorenzo golf courses lies the exclusive development of the Monte da Quinta Club. 3 bedroomed Townhouse with small private pool on this fabulous 5 star Resort. Book before 28th February 2011, and get a 25% discount on the normal price making it only £1540 for a week for any stay before 31st May 2011. This is only £257 per person for 6 sharing! Perfectly placed for enjoying the beaches and golf courses of the area. See more at: http://www.destination-portugal.co.uk/dp/resort.jsp?id=2 For further information call Destination Portugal on 01608 738286 or visit www.destination-portugal.co.uk


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Destination Portugal October Half Term offer The Four Seasons Country Club, established in 1986, enjoys a privileged location, nestling within the pine-woods and golfing greens of Quinta do Lago (Algarve) which is renowned as Europe’s most upmarket residential and leisure resort. The 1800-acres of the Quinta do Lago estate is partly embraced by the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a protected nature reserve of world importance. The park is the habitat for a wide range of resident and migratory birds, some a threatened species, and other rare flora and fauna. Date of departure: 23rd October 2010 Departure airport: Any airport ( price excludes flights) Arrival airport: Faro (Algarve) Duration of stay: 7 nights Type of Accommodation: Exclusive private club in Quinta do Lago golf course; 5 star Board basis (e.g. B&B, etc.): Accommodation only Price per person: From £191 pp per week, based on 6 persons sharing a 2 bed townhouse Saving per person or overall saving: 20% What is included in the price? Accommodation only, and use of the club’s 5 star facilities. Car hire/transfers/flights can be arranged at an extra charge For further information call Destination Portugal on 01608 738286 or visit www.destination-portugal.co.uk

-----------------Destination Portugal Quinta da Fe in the Alentejo region A beautifully run Portuguese Quinta where you can ride fabulous Lusitano horses. The Quinta da Fé is located 3 kms (1.9 miles) from Vidigueira, on an 11 hectares property which is crossed by a little stream. The guest house is a recently renovated farm, in the typical Alentejo style. Located in the Baixo Alentejo province, known as one of the less polluted areas of Europe Amongst other activities, the owner, a qualified horse-riding instructor, breeds and trains the famous Lusitanian horses, as well as coaches riders from the basic level (beginners) to Haute ècole Dressage level. There are also some horses at livery here... Winter promotion - Bring 2 friends and the 3rd person stays FREE on B&B basis. Valid until 31st May 2011. This is ONLY £241 per person for a week (3rd person free). Riding by arrangement. See more at: http://www.destination-portugal.co.uk/dp/search/search1.jsp For further information call Destination Portugal on 01608 738286 or visit www.destination-portugal.co.uk


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Destination Portugal Wonderful Winter Offer at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel (Algarve) A stay at Hotel Martinhal is an invitation to discover Portugal’s unspoiled western Algarve. Explore the Algarve with this fantastic offers from Destination Portugal! - BABYMOON Packages (rates valid for stays from September 2010 to March 2011) 2 Night Babymoon Experience, total package from £484 includes: Two night stay at Hotel Martinhal, free baby cot, daily breakfast, 1 body wrap, 1 compress massage 4 Night Babymoon Experience, total package from £878 includes: Four night stay at Hotel Martinhal, free baby cot, daily breakfast, 1 body wrap, 2 compress massages 7 Night Babymoon Experience, total package from £1505 includes: Seven night stay at Hotel Martinhal, free baby cot, daily breakfast, 1 body wrap, 2 compress massages, one session of water aerobics * The above Babymoon offers are for a family of two adults and one child under the age of 12 months. - HONEYMOON Packages (rates valid for stays from September 2010 to March 2011) 2 Night Honeymoon Experience, total package from £484 includes: Two night stay at Hotel Martinhal in a double room with sea view, room service breakfast, a romantic three course dinner at the Gourmet Restaurant (excluding drinks), romantic set up on arrival with sparkling wine 4 Night Honeymoon Experience, total package from £878 includes: Four night stay at Hotel Martinhal in a double room with sea view, room service breakfast, a romantic three course dinner at the Gourmet Restaurant (excluding drinks), romantic set up on arrival with sparkling wine, one couple massage in the Spa 7 Night Honeymoon Experience, total package from £1504 includes: Seven night stay at Hotel Martinhal in a double room with sea view, room service breakfast, a romantic three course dinner at the Gourmet Restaurant (excluding drinks), two couple massages in the Spa * The above Honeymoon offers are for a recently married couple sharing a room at the Hotel Carefully positioned within the grounds of Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, this luxury boutique hotel – the first five-star property in the Sagres region – sits comfortably between the land and the sea, with a protected natural park as its neighbour. The architecture combines a natural simplicity with contemporary style to create a building that appears organic, as if born to Nature. The 38 rooms, including two duplex Beach Suites, all have private balconies or terraces that afford impressive ocean views. They are ideal for couples of any age seeking an intimate retreat in hushed surrounds. Indeed, this is a hotel that inspires romance and passion. The hotel’s O Terraço gourmet restaurant offers a menu that is essentially Portuguese, but prepared with a modern flourish. Hotel guests have full access to all the other resort facilities. For further information call Destination Portugal on 01608 738286 or visit www.destination-portugal.co.uk


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Keytel International 5 night Pousada Passport The Pousada’s of Portugal are currently offering a 5-night passport, which is the perfect way to discover ‘Real Portugal’. Everyday we are booking more and more people on this offer due to the flexibility and fantastic value of this package. With prices at just £85 per night bed and breakfast (just £72 for over 55’s), it offers great value in exceptional properties. We’re delighted to see more and more British travellers heading away from the Algarve, Porto and Lisbon and discovering the more unknown areas of Portugal. Portugal with its rich historical background is densely populated with castles, monasteries and convents all of which make the Pousadas so popular. Portugal has so much to offer and this Pousada’s passport offers a great value, flexible way to stay in these remarkable properties. The ‘POUSADAS PASSPORT’ and ‘GOLDEN AGE PASSPORT’ offers are a fixed price “Go As You Please” arrangement covering the vast majority of the Pousadas, with the option of including a group ‘C’ AVIS car hire. Check rates, participating Pousadas and full Terms & Conditions and Booking Procedure at www.keytel.co.uk/index.php?module=custom_offer-view&id=77 For further information call Keytel International on 02079 533020 or visit www.keytel.co.uk

-----------------Keytel International Wedding Night and Honeymoon Offer at Pousadas Magical Wedding Nights and Honeymoons... The Pousadas of Portugal and their magnificent surroundings are the perfect choice for a wedding night or honeymoon in Europe. With over 40 unique properties to choose from you will be sure to find the perfect hotel to begin your married life. Wedding Night and Honeymoon offer: - Minimum 2 nights stay in a double room on normal rates - 1 complimentary dinner for two people - Special VIP treatment - Room up-grade (subject to availability) Promotion valid throughout the year except on public holidays. For further information call Keytel International on 02079 533020 or visit www.keytel.co.uk


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Kirker Holidays Special Offer Bairro Alto 5* Hotel in Lisbon This fine hotel opened in July 2005 after the careful restoration of a majestic yellow ochre building on one of the city’s prettiest squares in the Bairro Alto. It is under the same ownership as one of our favourite hotels, the Royal Riviera on the Côte D’Azur, and is one of the city’s most popular luxury properties. The decoration throughout is stylish and contemporary, a style that blends beautifully with the historic features of the building. The 55 bedrooms have original wood furniture, distinctive colour schemes of amber, ochre and red, plasma televisions and sumptuous beige marble bathrooms. There is a Portuguese inspired restaurant, two bars and a fitness centre on the top floor with views of the river and the rooftops of Lisbon. 3 nights for the price of 2 Price from £593 per person - SAVE £140 Valid all year For further information call Kirker Holidays on 02075 932283 or visit www.kirkerholidays.co.uk

-----------------Leisure Link Golf Holidays Marriott Praia d’El Rey, Óbidos Four nights’ B&B sharing a deluxe room, three rounds of golf at Praia d’El Rey and Golden Eagle and a hire car. The Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort is a beautiful 5-star luxury resort hotel located just North of Lisbon on the Western shoreline of Portugal. The hotel consists of 179 deluxe rooms (including 9 luxurious suites as well as PlayStation 2 systems) with breathtaking views of the ocean and the golf course. The 18-hole championship golf course will challenge and entertain any level of golfer. It is ranked #13 of the top 100 courses in Continental Europe by Golf World Magazine. Resort guests will have two restaurants to choose from with cuisine to suit all tastes. The beautiful setting offers a perfect opportunity for luxurious events such as weddings, rehearsal dinners, or corporate events. The sophisticated meeting space is ideal for conferences, business meetings, or elaborate parties. Price fr £299 per person. Offer ends 25th February 2011 For further information call Leisure Link Golf Holidays on 01708 339300 or visit www.leisurelinkgolf.com


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Leisure Link Golf Holidays Formosa Park Hotel in Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, Algarve Four nights B&B sharing an apartment for four, two rounds at Pinheiros Altos and one round at the world famous San Lorenzo Golf club, plus a hire car. Price from £275, offer ends 31st October 2010 Formosa Park Apartment Hotel, 4-star resort hotel at Ancão Beach in the heart of the Algarve’s Ria Formosa Nature Reserve close to Almancil. Formosa Park Apartment Hotel is the ideal Algarve golf hotel close to Pinheiros Altos and San Lorenzo golf courses. San Lorenzo Golf Course has become the showpiece of the Algarve, with its superbly manicured fairways maintained by the green keeper’s policy of preparing it as if for a new tournament each and every day. While much of the San Lorenzo Golf Course meanders through typical pine woods, it also opens to magnificent ocean vistas and distant mountain backdrops. A good part of the San Lorenzo Golf Course is virtually an extension of the nature reserve of the Ria Formosa Estuary with fairways that run alongside saltwater marshes and freshwater lagoons. This protected environment is the habitat of over 70 bird species, including herons, hoopoes, white storks, coots, black-winged stilts and the rare purple gallinule. For further information call Leisure Link Golf Holidays on 01708 339300 or visit www.leisurelinkgolf.com

-----------------Palmer & Parker Casa Monte Cristo Too (Algarve) Completed in June 2010, this is a very comfortable villa in expensive contemporary style on the top of the Funchal Ridge a couple of miles from Praia da Luz with views of the Monchique Mountains. Layout and comforts are ideal for a family group (sleeps up to 10). It has disabled access and one of the bedroom suites is fully equipped for wheelchair users. All rooms have air conditioning. Outside is the heated swimming pool. It has a shallow area for children and 10 sun loungers with umbrellas and small tables with plenty of pool towels. The outdoor jacuzzi takes up to 8 people. The house is on split level and has terraces on the main floor and ground floor. To the side of the living room is a large al fresco dining area. The villa is surrounded by lawns and gardens with fruit trees. Check 2010 prices at www.palmerparker.com/Portugal/Algarve/Funchal-Ridge--near-Praia-daLuz/housenum489.htm For further information call Palmer & Parker on 01494 815411 or visit www.palmerparker.com


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Ramblers Worldwide Holidays Great Algarviana Route (code 2616) Britain’s leading guided walking tours operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays has just added an Featured prominently in Ramblers Worldwide Holidays’ new brochure is the best of Portugal’s ‘Via Algarviana’ – one of the finest long-distance walks in Europe. Stretching from Alcoutim, close to the Spanish border to Cape St Vincent, the most south westerly point in Europe – this 187 mile route is a spectacular mix of walking and sightseeing across the Algarve. The base for this tour is the four star Porto Nova Hotel in picturesque Tavira. Highlights include, the many delights of Alcoutim, the working village of Cachopo, Alcaria do Cume, Silves – one time capital of the Algarve with its Moorish Castle, the historic spa town of Monchique, and finally Cape St Vincent. Highlights: We walk the best parts of one of Europe’s grand routes (The GR13); Spectacular mix of walking and sightseeing across the Algarve; The dramatic scenery of the forgotten interior, ncluding lemon, orange and almond trees, olive groves and quiet little villages. The lead in price for a one week, half board holiday in April 2011 is £1,219 per person including return flights, half-board accommodation, transfers and the services of a dedicated tour leader. For further information call Ramblers Worldwide Holidays on 01707 386755 or visit www.ramblersholidays.co.uk

-----------------Ramblers Worldwide Holidays Walking in Madeira - Mountains & Levadas (code 2670) The scenery is strikingly beautiful and readily accessible even to the moderate rambler. Some walks take us along ‘levadas’ - waterways ingeniously engineered both over and through the rock to bring water from high mountain springs. Others explore peaceful mountain valleys and follow the line of rugged sea cliffs. Our one week holidays stay for seven nights in Funchal and can be split into two groups, walking at either D+ or C grade. Our two week holidays spend three nights in Porto Moniz, five nights in Ponta do Sol and six nights in Funchal. We operate this holiday at D+ only but April and May departures have been set aside for those who would like to spend a bit more time to appreciate the flowers on the island. Meals: Half board with breakfasts taken at the hotels. Dinners will be taken at the hotels or local restaurants. Accommodation: We stay in The Hotel Windsor in Funchal (or similar) and the Moniz Sol Hotel in Porto Moniz (or similar) and Enotel Baia in Ponta do Sol. Check prices at www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/Holiday_Information.aspx?HolidayID=2670 For further information call Ramblers Worldwide Holidays on 01707 386755 or visit www.ramblersholidays.co.uk


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Select Resorts Monte da Quinta Suites: Super Early Booking Summer Offer Select Resorts are a preferred travel partner for Monte da Quinta and we have the best rates available for both the Monte da Quinta Club and Monte da Quinta Suites. 35% reduction for all bookings confirmed by 28/02/11 for the period 01/04/11 to 31/10/11. Offer valid for accommodation only, in a one or two bedroom suite. 3 Bedroom Suites are not included in the offer. The newly built Monte da Quinta Suites are located in the heart of Quinta do Lago, set against the backdrop of the Ria Formosa Natural Park and Atlantic Ocean. Monta da Quinta Suites comprises of 132 suites. Each suite has been carefully designed and decorated with a modern touch. These apart-hotel suites have self catering facilities but also include Buffet Breakfast in the Club restaurant to help start your day off in style.

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-----------------Sunvil Discovery Free Night Offers - Portugal Holidays Vila Bicuda: 4-star resort hotel, Cascais, Lisbon Coast; Airport: 30km Lisbon; Self Catering Stay 3 nights pay 2 nights between 01-31Oct10 Stay 7 nights pay 5 nights between 01-31Oct10 Viva Marinha: 5 star apart-hotel, Cascais; Airport: 29km Lisbon; Self Catering; Swimming pools; Air-conditioning Stay 7 nights pay 6 nights between 01Sep-31Oct10. Portugal Offer Terms: - Price savings are per person - Price savings are based on 2 people sharing a standard room - All offers are subject to availability - Offer cannot be used in conjunction with another offer For further information call Sunvil Discovery on 02087584722 or visit www.sunvil.co.uk


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Sunvil Discovery Madeira Packages Short break package at Quinta do Estreito, 5 star hotel, Ribeira Brava from £463pp includes: Return private transfers; Madeira wine and honey cake on arrival; One evening meal at Bacchus restaurant per person (excl. drinks); Free transfer to Funchal centre three times a day. Short break package at Quinta do Monte, 5 star hotel, Funchal from £494pp includes: Return private transfers; Madeira wine and honey cake on arrival; One free toboggan ride per person; One free cable car ride per person; One free entry to the Madeira Story Centre per person; One evening meal per person (excl. drinks); Free transfer to Funchal centre three times a day. Short break package at Quinta das Vistas, 5 star hotel, Funchal from £530pp includes: Return private transfers; Sparkling wine, chocolate and fruit on arrival; One full body massage (1 hour) per person; One gourmet evening meal at La Belle Terrasse restaurant per person (excl. drinks); One day’s car renta; Free transfer to Funchal centre three times a day. Offer valid for a minimum stay of 2 nights between 13 May-31st Oct (inclusive) 2010. Prices based on two sharing on a b&b basis, for 3 nights. Inclusions as stated above, with return scheduled flights with TAP Portugal from London Gatwick. All holidays are subject to availability. For further information call Sunvil Discovery on 02087584722 or visit www.sunvil.co.uk

-----------------Villa Plus Casa Praia, Gale (Algarve) This 3 bedroom villa with air conditioned/heated bedrooms has fabulous sea views. Set virtually on the attractive Lourenco beach with its gated private pool, this holiday villa rental is within walking distance of amenities. Casa da Praia is a comfortable, spacious villa to rent with air conditioned/heated bedrooms at no extra cost and is opposite our Villa Gregorio. This beach villa near Galé has an off-road, secure parking area in the large gardens in front of the holiday villa. The private gated pool has been sited in this part of the garden (the non beach side). Casa da Praia - House of the Beach - could not be more aptly named! Quite literally just a few steps down from this villa rental, and you are on the warm sands of the Lourenço beach - sheer bliss! This picturesque cove has lovely rock formations at each end and a pristine new bar/café overlooking it. There are a couple of restaurants within walking distance, the main Galé beach is just a short walk and a wider choice of restaurants is within a 10-minute drive. Check 2010 prices at www.villaplus.com/algarve/code/villas/villaindividual.asp?id=429 For further information call Villa Plus on 01727 836686 or visit www.villaplus.com


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Villas Worldwide Ponte de Lima International Garden Festival, a Costa Verde villa holiday attraction Ponte de Lima International Garden Festival, a Costa Verde villa holiday attraction offering inspiring gardening ideas from around the world, on the banks of the river Lima. The Ponte de Lima festival 2010 is already in full swing and building on the success of previous years. This year’s theme is Chaos which gives the exhibitors plenty of scope to be imaginative. The festival has grown in popularity over the last five years and offers a very pleasant afternoon out for families enjoying a villa holiday in the Costa Verde region of Portugal, on the Atlantic coast. The Ponte de Lima “Festival dos Jardins” is open every day from 10.00 to 20.00 during July and August and similar hours until October except with a lunch break 12.30 to 14.00 and closing earlier at 19.00. For more information view www.festivaldejardins.cm-pontedelima.pt The countryside around Ponte de Lima has much to offer, rolling hills and winding rivers offering a wealth of biodiversity and a real taste of authentic, rural Portugal, all waiting to be discovered. Furthermore the Costa Verde has a beautiful coastline and fantastic beaches. Book a luxury villa with pool in the Costa Verde, to view the Villas Worldwide selection go to www.world-villa.co.uk/costa-verde-villas-63-en-r.html For further information call Villas Worldwide on 01756 751 777 or visit www.world-villa.co.uk/portugal-villas

-----------------Villas Worldwide Late availability villa near the beach (SPA623 - TABO 1) Delightful, good value, air conditioned, modern, semi-detached villa with private pool and garden terrace set in a peaceful area. Well located just 500 metres from local shops and restaurants. The nearest beach is Vale do Lobo 1.5km which is around 15 to 20 minutes walk. Golf 3km. Faro 3km. The upper floor has a double bedroom with en suite shower room and a twin bedroom with en suite shower room. The ground floor has a spacious living and dining room with fireplace centre piece, satellite television and comfortable furnishings. Fully equipped, modern kitchen. Twin bedroom and a bathroom. The pool is surrounded by a patio terrace complemented by a barbecue and garden furniture. Steps to sun terrace with views. There are a number of championship golf courses in the area within 10 minutes drive and the Vilamoura golf links are around 20 minutes in the car. A tennis academy with a number of tennis courts, horse riding, surfing and cycling facilities are all close by along with Barrington’s spa and leisure centre which has beauty salons, hairdressers etc. For further information call Villas Worldwide on 01756 751 777 or visit www.world-villa.co.uk/portugal-villas


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Did you know that the vineyards in Portugal cover 350,000 hectares! http://fb.me/DBC9z6T0

The 2011 International Wine Tourism Conference & Workshop will take place from 30 Jan to 6 Feb http://fb.me/HqvtzX6u

5 Favourite Islands (Not Your Typical List!) http://fb.me/zFSHscmA

“Top 10 Things To Do in OPorto” by Kathryn Liston http://fb.me/x2YcIHOo

Algarve makes the “10 great fall destinations” by travel editor Jim Byers http://fb.me/F5ElrCX3

Longevity Wellness Resort (Algarve): There’s not one, two but three spas at this bold new resort http://fb.me/IDNHrrdn

Centro Region: at the heart of a country! (guide) http://fb.me/z6tf9lOw

Surf Guide from Centro de Portugal: The Centre of Portugal is a destination of excellence http://fb.me/GadC6buo

The City of Batalha will invest 3.5 million euros to reactivate the spa complex of Salgado http://fb.me/IyWPwbaK

LET´S TALK ABOUT HOUSES is the theme for the Lisbon Architecture Triennale http://fb.me/FNqtV82h

Hoteliers to offer free airfares to the Azores

Lisbon’s Electricity Museum - You don’t need to be a physicist to enjoy the exhibitions or...

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Alentejo - Discovering the golden plains (video)

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Vila da Luz Bowls Club opened

Alentejo - Places of passion (video)

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Shivers of hammerhead sharks have regularly been spotted just off Sagres coast

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Bicycle rental system implemented in Lisbon http://fb.me/Hbvqro8D

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Paragliding in the Azores! http://fb.me/zxv98Q6Q

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Perfect weekend: Madeira – Hanging gardens http://fb.me/CEw0BZIt

In the heart of the Alentejo, the Iberian Birdlife Study Centre is a sanctuary for species http://fb.me/H6Omtfcp

One of the rarest birds in the world, Pterodroma Madeira was once believed to be extinct http://fb.me/IuVNK7gb

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“Family Holidays You Will Never Forget”... Holidays in the Algarve have everything you require http://fb.me/F1FpnGJz

Lisbon’s centuries old flea market, and indeed one of the oldest in Europe, is called Thieves’ Market http://fb.me/IhbOy7ba

Forest fires in Madeira put future of Europe’s rarest seabird under threat

Garden in Madeira promotes scientific tourism

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Where to go Windsurfing in Europe? Portugal has much to offer new and experienced windsurfers

The Madeira Cultural Affairs Depament will organise the first ever Madeira Organ Festival

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Venues in Vilamoura (Algarve) have joined together to create the Vilamoura Meetings brand

Refuges in the Azores: Natural surroundings that have remained unspoilt and unchanged by the ravages of time,...

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... and for dessert: Sobremesa Deliciosa (Delicious Dessert)

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he Whaling Museum – Lajes do Pico

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Try a Portuguese recipe this weekend: Cod-aBraz (a famous Portuguese dish!)

Europe puts cork in Australian ‘Champagne’ and ‘Port’ - Australian wine-makers are officially banned from using...

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Madeira remains an uncrowned and authentic jewel of European charm

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And the winner is: Dolce Vita Tejo (Lisbon)

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Portugal: How much do you know about it? (quiz)

The Estoril Golf Coast - guide to golf in Estoril

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Trade Winds, Sound Policies Push Portugal to the Renewable Energy Forefront

The Madeira Islands amongst the preferred choices of the British market

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U.S. market is growing at double digits for the Portuguese hotel industry

Madeira International Airport receives ASQ Assured certification

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The Grande Hotel do Porto has been renovated and reopened maintaining the classic lines of the original model from...

Route Through World Heritage Portuguese Monasteries - Monastery of Jerónimos,...

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Sun in the islands: Madeira and the Azores are magical - you will want to return http://fb.me/H3nD8MBI

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Museum of Contemporary Art in Ponta Delgada will feature an exhibition each year from the... http://fb.me/tJ57Lt3g

Alentejo: Portugal’s cork country

“Lisbon Train Travel: visitors will find that the rail network eliminates the need to rent a car”

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7 killer tips to help you find good restaurants on vacation

The Jewish sites of Portugal

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Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes has won an award for best new London restaurant http://fb.me/GNWui05V

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Azores http://su.pr/Au7uFD

CN Traveller’s Readers Travel Awards 2010 - Portugal makes the top 20 DESTINATIONS http://fb.me/vyOoUMsj

Lisbon Climbs to the top of Popular Destination http://fb.me/vzVotuN6

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Robe Carroll places Ericeira in the top 5 spots in the world where even amateurs can... http://fb.me/CjcF3ZrZ

Visa reports rebound of global tourism http://fb.me/zl36KmEn

Adam H. Graham (New York Magazine) explores the volcanic trails of the Azores http://fb.me/tHpsP3hU

Top 5 least wanted hotel extra charges http://fb.me/zhSx19hk

Wine-growing Upper Douro

When getting away means staying in touch – more travellers look to plug in on vacation...

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Dulce Pontes is one of Portugal’s most influential singers, renovated Pouguese folk music...

City tips by locals (feat. Tempero de Minas restaurant in Lisbon)

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The World Heritage List includes 13 properties in Portugal forming part of the cultural and...

Try a Portuguese recipe this weekend: Portuguese Pork Clams Alentejo Style

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Planet’s last wild horses live in the Alentejo...

Oysters at sunset, massages and a “warm” summer in Praia da Terra Estreita (Algarve)

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Cinemateca Pouguesa – More than Movies… http://fb.me/yE5wkSLQ

Cliff Richard spends most of his summers in Portugal at his Algarve villa...

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Lisbon named top city break destination! http://fb.me/yprFgR3n

Secret Madeira is unveiled!

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World’s Best Spa Towns (feat. Pedras Salgadas)

CBS news correspondent Meredith Vieira in search of her roots in the Azores (video)

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Palácio Estoril, Hotel Golf & Spa (Estoril) celebrates its 80th anniversary http://fb.me/D96fbpA8

Bullfights on a Rope in Terceira (video) http://fb.me/GT7AH9Fc

World’s Most Incredible Aquariums http://fb.me/GCkgeOsq

Off the beaten Path in Portugal - 5 Places that will leave you dreaming! http://fb.me/GF0huRpr

“Portugal: High society” Portugal’s infectious cheerfulness works its magic on Peter Calder... http://fb.me/vio3VZ9P

Financial Times - ‘Like an old jacket, it fits perfectly’ by Cheryl Markosky

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Weather and value for money - Lisbon voted best for city breaks! http://fb.me/HGMOGxIC

Hotel the Vine (Madeira) listed in the “World’s Sexiest Rooftop Pools” http://fb.me/EGh2YwQU

“Expat pensioners don’t miss home as survey reveals seven out of ten Britons living abroad are... http://fb.me/GrBU3DkS

“The Pleasures of Portugal” by By Lettie Teague http://fb.me/HD3cz0OV

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (in Lisbon) typically encourages cultural exchanges http://fb.me/EvwXbTjg

Braga: European Youth Capital 2012

“While Portugal’s capital may not be renowned for having the romance of Paris or the glamour of New York, Lisbon...

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Birdwatching tourism in Portugal is growing!

UK travellers to spend £1bn more in 2010 - Lisbon should be the number one city break...

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Filipe Monte Hotel & Spa - new project http://fb.me/FDpBgzYF

Waves turned into energy - top countries of wave energy are Great Britain, Portugal and... http://fb.me/G6f4oIl8

New video release on Portugal’s clean energies http://fb.me/GbyRhgRo

All you need to know about Port! http://fb.me/yuMOYh4C

Sagres Fort gets facelift and new exhibition http://fb.me/HCHw4vKC

Lisbon’s ‘prime’ office rentals drop

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Quinta da Marinha to open Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel & Thalasso: a new luxury boutique... http://fb.me/G2BFlQfl

New species of dolphins found in Madeira... http://fb.me/AQh2zKE1

Portugal presents its architects for La Biennale di Venezia (29 August – 21 November) http://fb.me/I1Lu0hrD

... the original six painted panels from the XV century are now housed in the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga in Lisbon http://fb.me/EjRYn2F1

The Rapid Rise of Solar Power in Portugal!

“Painéis de São Vicente de Fora - Visão Poética” the most recent film by Portuguese director Manuel de Oliveira...

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... and according to Kelkoo’s latest report Lisbon beats Sydney, Rio and Capetown in city break

“Portugal: the wild west of Europe” by Simon Calder (British Airways High Life)

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More than 40% of the UK’s travel will be booked online this year

“TripAdvisor’s top 10 spa hotels in the world” Tivoli Victoria Vilamoura

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Revenue generated by tourism in Portugal during the month of June this year grew by 10%

Amado Beach in the Algarve listed in “The top 50 beaches in the world” (British Airways High Life)

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... and for dessert: Portuguese Biscuit/Rich Tea Cake (Bolo de Bolacha Maria)

The National Ancient Art Museum in Lisbon has created a “Guide For the Visitor in a Hurry”

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“Lisbon, with love” by Antonia Quirke

Ten hostels in Europe for under £15

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In early June, The Duchess of York spent 8 days at the £1,500-a-night Aquapura spa resort...

Food and Travel Magazine - “Gourmet Traveller: MINHO (Portugal)” page 54-64...

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“How Creative Can Portugal Be?”... Porto has responded in style

The Casa das Mudas Art Centre, internationally awarded for its architecture and perfect...

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Portugal’s power emissions fall 36%

Casa das Mudas As Center in Calheta (Madeira) ranks Vanity Fair’s World Architecture Survey

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Bairro Alto Hotel makes the list of top 15 selected international hotels with breathtaking rooftops http://fb.me/HX1zaU2u

“Queue waiting times” - according to the survey Portugal ranks 10th in the top list http://fb.me/w8o0PsGC

Quinta do Noval declares two vintages in a row http://fb.me/uXfPMbPC

Telegraph - “Where is the best place to retire in the world?” feat. Cascais/Lisbon in Portugal http://fb.me/AXAHYK1K

In a ranking of 20 cities worldwide based on a range of priorities including value for money... http://fb.me/t42IS2ix

“Lisbon is the new New York - and not because the shopping is better” by Shân Ross http://fb.me/G8f0iWzo

“In Portugal tourism is a matter of economics” by Elinor Garely (eTurboNews) http://fb.me/EkfIjOB6

Portugal is a holiday destination, and youth hostels are one of the way to travel http://fb.me/FSHVKqKH

Portugal ranks 4th in 4Homes “Top 10 Best Places To Buy Abroad” http://fb.me/ygF0pPxr

Before presenting “A Place In The Sun” Jasmine Harman worked in Algarve’s major radio station

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“Holiday etiquette: how not to be the guest from hell”... take some tips from Anthony Peregrine http://fb.me/Cq6SWBlc

Officials place hope in birdwatchers to boost tourism figures http://fb.me/FrCWsxxb

Borba looking to double expos with construction of new winery http://fb.me/E8YHEUjE

CCTV systems will be soon be fitted in Lisbon’s Baixa Pombalina and Bairro Alto... http://fb.me/sG1tr2Ct

Nationals outnumber foreigners in Algarve hotels http://fb.me/vR1NU9CS

... and for dessert: Baba de Camelo (Condensed Milk Mousse) http://fb.me/BB5vntqi

Try a Portuguese recipe this weekend: Portuguese Salt Cod Hash http://fb.me/GHwzZr0d

In the heart of Portugal’s wine-producing region of Ribatejo, the estate of Pinhal da Torre... http://fb.me/sFEU7SeV

The Caves of São Vicente were formed by a volcanic eruption 890 thousand years http://ow.ly/2s5JQ

“Portugal Best Towns to Explore”

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“World’s Most Amazing Palaces” feat. Palace Hotel do Buçaco (Portugal)

A Lisbon city guide, Jamie Magazine “Portuguese cuisine excels in strong flavours...”

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Photo taken a beach in Vila do Conde (Porto & Norte Region of Portugal) wins Travel’s 2010...

Beco das Farinhas in Lisbon – A Hidden Tribute

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Guardian - “Our Beloved Month of August: A sweetly delightful Portuguese comedy” http://fb.me/EtcPhzmt

Guardian - “Put a cork in it: the environmental cost of the screw cap” http://fb.me/GenyyJPB

Guardian - “Backpacking in Europe” http://fb.me/EXNTvP5O

Daily Mail - “Portugal’s Douro valley: Port vineyard Quinta do Crasto takes on the brands” http://fb.me/HzEVXgm2

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“Chapito – And it’s a Circus School!”... Chapito is always full, and for a good reason... http://fb.me/xMIXFmwP

“Winter Sun: temperatures can clients expect” http://fb.me/xYenq9Bk

“Hotel activity registers decreases in overnight stays but stable incomes” http://fb.me/Gt6ARhRe

Portugal details according to the 2010 Global Peace Index http://fb.me/FSqPgJal

Nisa (Alentejo) to get new Hotel

ANA to reduce international fuel surcharge from October 2010

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Oasis Backpackers’ Mansion (Lisbon) makes Robe Savage’s list of “10 European hostels to suit...

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“How to sleep on a plane and like it” http://fb.me/FR9fHLiM

“A Thrilling Ride in Madeira” http://fb.me/DPDXe83Y

“Feel at home abroad: Buyers are now looking for homes abroad with a social life attached” http://fb.me/xTolnLfX

“Why Portugal’s Wines Deserve a Second (or Third) Sip” http://fb.me/DRgQ2YB6

“Some 19th Century quotes on Port and Portuguese wines” http://fb.me/FLBfGCiY

“Vidago Palace is now open - A Portuguese legend is reborn” One hour’s drive north of Porto

Janelas Verdes (Lisbon) named on the Tatler Magazine’s annual list of the 101 Best Hotels... http://fb.me/GYUabxc1

The government of the Azores has unveiled a new website designed to promote the region abroad http://fb.me/zRAGnJYp

August brought a much-needed boost to Azorean tourism with an occupancy rate up to 90% http://fb.me/BRk7wk1q

World’s Most Beautiful Terraced Vineyards http://ht.ly/2oZuX

The Tivoli Victoria (Algarve) voted one of the best international hotels after figuring among the... http://fb.me/EqL5dPOY

The best hotel in Europe for relaxation?

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“Clean Cars, Green Portugal, Nanoscale Patterns”

Lonely Planet Magazine - The “Soulful Streets” of Lisbon: Europe’s Most Intriguing Capital”

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“Coimbra: a city of taverns?” http://fb.me/Hgt0lmAJ

Family fun in Costa Nova: sandy beaches and swimming in the Aveiro estuary

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Top 10 Best of Porto: what not to miss in Porto http://fb.me/GxHKfy0f

5 Things to Do in Lisbon

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There are dozens of waterfalls on the island of Flores which makes it one of the most...

New baggage handling system for Lisbon Airport - Alien Technology® and Lyngsoe Systems Awarded Lisbon Airport RFID...

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“Travel advice: The best late-season breaks Sophie Butler offers advice on where to find the... http://fb.me/EGox0nkw

Ryanair linking Portugal to Gatwick, as of Oct 31st Ryanair will being operating flights to London... http://fb.me/zd2sWStM

“Airport passengers on the up” http://fb.me/uncmtIdb

Portugal is ranked 27th out of 100 countries in Newsweek ‘World’s Best Countries’ list http://fb.me/Go32xHOF

Newsweek - Interactive Infographic of the World’s Best Countries http://fb.me/AddJ1Jl8

RE.NEW.ABLE - New Energies. Inspiring Portugal http://fb.me/FzoRxnuj

At land’s end: This is nature’s splendour at its best. Cabo da Roca is where the land ends and...

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“Portugal Now Gets 45% of its Electricity From Renewable Energy” http://fb.me/FkUEX3Cv

“A visitor’s guide to Casa Museu Frederico de Freitas in Funchal (Madeira)” by Janet Sandford http://fb.me/FaVYkgfm

“The (Recent) Travels of a Journalist - A foray into North Portugal to uncover Porto and Braga” http://fb.me/DJp40bKt

The Regional Government of the Azores has unveiled plans to build two new passenger ferries ... http://fb.me/tSYiaZG6

CNN Traveller - “24 Hours In Lisbon” http://fb.me/tQ0u1NN1

CNN Traveller - “Porto: What To Do In A Day” http://fb.me/ETdlNaW7

The Travel Editor - “Island Golf on Madeira”

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“Night Comes Alive in Madeira” by Henry Alford

Hiking Sete Cidades in São Miguel Island (Azores)

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Financial Times - “A child-friendly Mediterranean resort” By Matt Turner

Condé Nast Traveller - “The new Yeatman hotel in Portugal is a wine connoisseur’s dream”

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“Aldeia de Cidadelhe to get 5-star hotel”

“Algarve wellness resort launches”

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National Geographic World Music - Fado

Decanter World Wine Awards: 80% of entries from Porto and Madeira achieved either a bronze...

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A modern approach to Fado - Prince (The Artist) feat. fado singer Ana Moura http://fb.me/H25a59go

Luxury items made in the Algarve from regional cork are now being sold in New York http://fb.me/xEjwv4ZP

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The Wall Street Journal - “Enjoy the Ride: some of Europe’s best summer drives” http://fb.me/GKKdd7se

“The best places to go this autumn” http://fb.me/vbutwXzj


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Azores hiking trails are gaining popularity with visitors and locals alike

The NY Times Style Magazine: “Full Disclosure Comporta, Portugal” by Maura Egan

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Hilton Hotels’ Growth Continues in Portugal with Hilton Bom Sucesso Obidos http://fb.me/xflmBuER

Lagos (Algarve): Old jail cells to open “Globalfornication” and “In Jail” http://fb.me/DnGi3JyZ

New Underwater Museum Planned for the Algarve http://fb.me/CsoPv7Ie

Wine Spectator - “A Bright Portuguese White for Summer” by Harvey Steiman http://fb.me/F8qdTBO1

Brand new hotel launched in Portugal http://fb.me/yKLMRVWI

Survey reveals Portugal as best value family destination for Summer 2010 http://fb.me/xcRFp84v

World Travel Awards nominations from Madeira http://fb.me/BGjgGFBv

Ryanair has established an operational hub at Faro Airport and opened 14 new routes http://fb.me/DeaYAwZx

Serra da Estrela tourism resort gets 3 new hotels http://fb.me/EKwDjPdC

UP Magazine - Lisbon Zoo http://fb.me/BEDjfnny

UP Magazine - Douro: Tasty tales http://fb.me/Fdf6qjsI

UP Magazine - Algarve gastronomy http://fb.me/FdU3ooUC

Buy Local in Portugal By Maura Egan, T Magazine - The New York Times http://fb.me/EqpeNF

“Tourism and renewable energy are the way forward for the Azores” http://fb.me/DqBriTzI

Museu do Design e do Artesanato (Museum of Design and Craft) will open in 2011 in Evora “UK travellers‘ most popular island destinations” http://fb.me/u9OGzRyt

New York Times - “In Madeira, a youthful glee” http://fb.me/FTQBYKtX

The Daily Mirror - “Lisbon: Sun, sea and city chic” http://fb.me/DN5b6MLx

Getting the most from property in Portugal http://fb.me/CrS8a0jk

Live streaming from 10 of Portugal’s best beaches http://fb.me/Dgzw8ffc

Algarve: The most famous secret in Europe http://fb.me/CmfXay5t

Algarve gears up for Surgical Vacations http://fb.me/sC3pXMun

Recently opened Palacio da Bolsa restaurant http://fb.me/FyDWnFAW

“Madeira” by Jennifer Cunningham http://fb.me/E6oVvlu3


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