Ana Paula Oliveira

Upcoming Festivals and Public Holidays in Portugal 2017

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January
1:  New Year’s Day (closures)
6:  Epiphany (Dia de Reis; bands of carolers go from house to house)

February
28. Carnaval (a.k.a. Entrudo, particularly vibrant in Lisbon and Algarve towns, some closures for Shrove Tuesday

March
19:  St. Joseph’s Day (Dia de São José), Santarém

19:  Lisbon Half Marathon, road closures in Lisbon, contact us for registration super scenic race over the bridge

March or April:  Obidos International Chocolate Festival

April
7-8: Lisbon Fish & Flavors  (a.k.a. Peixe em Lisboa, gourmet seafood festival)
10–15:  Holy Week (Semana Santa, religious processions, especially in Obidos and Porto)
14–16:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Sunday; closures)
Late April:  Music Days in Belém (classical music marathon)
25:  Liberty Day (parades, fireworks; closures)

May
1:  May Day/Labor Day (closures)
3–14: Indie Lisbon International Film Festival
8–13:  Queima das Fitas, Coimbra (“burning of the ribbons”: graduation festivities)
13 – 17 Pope Francis visiting Fatima
11–28:  Festival de Sintra (classical music and opera)
13:  Major pilgrimage to Fatima  (Peregrinação de Fátima); 2017 marks the centennial of the Apparition of Our Lady

Throughout June:
Festas de Lisboa, Lisbon (series of festivals with celebrations peaking on St. Anthony’s Day)
10:  Portuguese National Day (Dia de Camões; closures)
Early June (1 week):National Agricultural Festival, Santarém (dancing, bullfights, bull-running)
Early June 8–10: Nos Primavera Sound, Porto (indie music festival)
12–13:  St. Anthony’s Day (Dia de Santo António), Lisbon (processions and dancing)
23–24:  St. John’s Day (Dia de São João), Porto (fireworks, dancing)
29:  St. Peter’s Day (Dia de São Pedro), Évora (dancing, processions)

July
Musical Festival season – NOS Alive,Superbock, Primavera NOS, Mares Vivas, etc

August
1-5:  SudOeste Festival, Zambujeira do Mar (four-day rock festival)
11-18 (1 week): Boom Festival,  Idanha-a-Nova (Burning Man-like arts festival)
15:  Assumption Day (religious festival; closures)
September
8:  Our Lady of Nazaré Festival (procession, concerts, folk dancing, bullfights, fairs)

December
All month of December Vila Natal,  Óbidos (Christmas lights, ice rink, performances)
8:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Imaculada Conceição, closures)
24:  Christmas Eve (Véspera de Natal, midnight mass then feast)
25:  Christmas Day (Natal, closures)
31:  New Year’s Eve (Noite de Ano Novo, fireworks, banging of pots and pans)

For more information please email dmc@ir-eventos.pt

 

Direct Flights from Porto

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Direct Flights from:

Amsterdam

Barcelona
Basel
Bordeaux
Bremen
Bristol
Brussels
Budapest

Cologne/Bonn
Copenhagen

Dole
Dortmund
Dublin
Dusseldorf

Eindhoven NL

Frankfurt

Geneva

Hamburg

Istanbul

Karlsruhe

La Rochelle
Lille
Liverpool
London GTW/ Luton
Luxembourg
Lyon

Madrid
Manchester
Milan
Montreal

New York

Paris
Prague

Rome

Sao Paulo
Strasbourg
Stuttgart

Toronto

For more information please email dmc@ir-eventos.pt and book your group with us!

 

10 Reasons to make Porto your next destination

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10 Reasons to make Porto your next destination

1. The history
The city that  gives the name of the country dates back to the 4th century when, under the Roman occupation, it became an important commercial port, a status that has been maintained throughout the ages, when the city would start exporting port wine to England. But beyond all the guide books, the real history is discovered by wandering the streets. Porto is one of the oldest cities in Portugal and this is evident everywhere you go.
2. The architecture
From the old to the new there is much for you to learn and see about the vast and extremely interesting work of Portuguese architects. Our itinerary will provide an overview of rich architectural heritage of this city, and inspire you with its colourful houses and decorated with famous Portuguese azulejos (painted tiles).
3. The churches
Porto is home to many churches with an amazing facade and an even more beautiful interior.  There even is a church (turned into a museum now) with the interior made of gold, SÃO FRANCISCO CHURCH, Porto’s most Extraordinarily Lavish Church. Another one not to miss is the Cathedral SÉ de Porto a 12th-century fortress-cathedral where Prince Henry the Navigator was baptized and where King John I married the English Princess Philippa of Lancaster in the 14th century.
4. It’s affordable
Portugal is very much a country that offers value for money and Porto is no exception.
5. The viewpoints
In Porto every street could lead you to a viewpoint. Some are more hidden, some are easily found, like the famous Don Louis Bridge (Porto’s iconic bridge that was completed in 1876, designed by Gustave Eiffel before he built the famous Paris tower, and named after King Luis I’s wife, it held the world record for the largest span for seven years. It remained in service until 1991 but today it stands as a national monument – it has also been designated an “International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark” by the American Society of Civil Engineers) that offers some fantastic views over the Ribeira (the waterfront, an UNESCO World Heritage Site).
6. The Lello Book Store
Porto is home to one of the most beautiful bookstore in the world. Yes, the one that inspired JK Rowling while writing the Harry Potter novels.
7. The food and the port wine. But mostly the wine
This is where you will fall in love with the famous port wine, made with grapes from the Douro Valley vineyards and aged in the wine cellars in Gaia. When it comes to food, on every menu you will find the Francesinha, a dish that should come with health warnings A sandwich with bread, all kinds of meat mixed together (steak, sausage, bacon), covered with melted cheese, dipped in a sauce made with beer and served with french fries.
8. The coffee shops 
A must while visiting Porto is to enjoy a coffee and a cake at the Cafe Majestic, a classic European Art Nouveau cafe and city landmark.
9. The Atlantic
Take stroll by the sea and enjoy the ocean-front bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants in Foz, the most sophisticated district of Porto.
10. The Douro Valley 
The Douro valley, the wine Mecca of Portugal, is just a stone throw away. Visit the valley up river with boat, helicopter, train or car. The scenery is amazing and you will experience some of the most beautiful wineries overlooking the Douro River.

Visit Porto & Douro Valley, it’s a beautiful city full of charm and the river Douro is breathtakingly pretty!

 

E-mail dmc@ir-eventos.pt to book an on-site inspection!

Palacio Estoril  – The Hotel where history has been made!

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A Hotel where history is made & James Bond was born…

In the Palácio Estoril Hotel you travel back in time, but on a journey that also continues in the present and into the future.

Built in 1930, today’s Palácio Hotel retains many of the characteristics of that period. The ambiance of exclusiveness that pervades the Hotel makes an impression on everybody who enters it, from its imposing, entirely white facade and beautiful gardens to its elegant classic decor, which has been updated over the years but without losing its combination of timeless, luxury and sophistication.

During the Second World War, due to Portugal’s neutrality several royal families went into exile in Estoril, which became known as the “Coast of Kings”. The Hotel Palácio was the chosen home of numerous members of European royalty and was also the haunt of British and German spies, who could often be found in its bar. Later, these stories of intrigue and espionage inspired famous novelists and filmmakers and the Hotel served as the set for the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”.

The Palácio Estoril was the second home of the Spanish, Italian, French, Bulgarian and Romanian royal families, and even today remains a favourite with their descendants. In February 2011, the Royal Gallery was created in their honour, where you can view photographs of the important members of European royalty who stayed at the Hotel. The Royal Gallery is now also one of Estoril’s tourist attractions.

From the beginning, the Palácio has hosted heads of state, emperors, kings and princes, European nobility, the world’s great artists, writers, sports champions, filmmakers and actors and many politicians who have shaped the destiny of the West. Private or State visits, festivals and major summits bring to the Palácio a long list of distinguished guests who mingle in the public rooms and corridors with all the Hotel’s other patrons. In the public rooms, corridors and even at breakfast one can often come across a Crown Prince, a film director, a European sovereign, an actress or an internationally renowned musician.

The 5-star Palácio Estoril features opulent interiors in lush gardens with a golf course. Just 197 m from Congress Estoril Center, it has 4 dining outlets and an Asian-inspired spa. Rooms at Palácio Estoril Hotel & Golf are spacious and warmly decorated. They are equipped with every comfort, including a spacious work area, flat-screen TV and luxury bathroom amenities.Bar Estoril was a favorite hang-out for spies during World War II. Today the Bar Estoril has a charming, classical atmosphere where guests can enjoy a pleasant drink overlooking the poolside gardens.

Palácio Estoril Hotel Golf & Spa has a sauna and Turkish bath. Massage and beauty sessions are available at the Banyan Tree Spa and Estoril Wellness Center.

E-mail dmc@ir-eventos.pt to book an on-site inspection!

FONTECRUZ Lisboa, Autograph Collection by Marriott Hotel      

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– Prime location on Avenida da Liberdade (Lisbon’s Bond Street)

Just from the facade, you know that the Fontecruz Lisboa Hotel, Autograph Collection, is a mix between classic and contemporary which extends through the interior. Located on the city’s main boulevard, the hotel has 72 spacious rooms and suites full of natural light and offering panoramic vistas of Avenida Liberdade and the surrounding old town area. To learn more about FONTECRUZ click here

The decor aligns a desire of neatness and simplicity, coming through with a solution where comfort is its fully achieved goal. The Bar Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering fine Portuguese and Spanish cuisine paired with a selection of Iberian wines. Unique among other Lisbon hotels, the boutique-chic hotel also has an inviting open deck which is perfect for Lisbon mild climate and meeting facilities up to 250 guests. The ambiance is of sophistication for leisure and business travelers and the doors are also open to the people of Lisbon who want to meet for cocktails or a meal. Wi-Fi, business and leisure corner, room service and covered parking.

For a site visit or more information please email dmc@ir-eventos.pt 

MYRIAD by SANA Hotels  – The Bold & the Beautiful on the Tagus Riverfront 

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With a unique location in the city of Lisbon, overlooking the Tagus River, the Myriad by SANA Hotels is an innovative and a one of a kind hotel. Learn more about MYRIAD here

176 rooms and 10 suites, with unparalleled views over the Tagus River and Parque das Nações, combined with a contemporary design and unique facilities, redefine the concept of luxury hotel. The interior public spaces are continued into the infinity of the horizond by the ever present views over the Tagus River. A restaurant with river view, bar, SPA and indoor swimming pool are just a part of what the Myriad has at your disposal.

For meetings and events, the Myriad has 3 meeting rooms and, connected to the hotel by a covered aerial bridge, a modern Conference and Event Centre with another 7 meeting rooms, 5 boardrooms, foyer and terrace, in a total of 1,690 m2.

For a site inspection or more informationl please email dmc@ir-eventos.pt

LISBON & PORTUGUESE RIVIERA | Your PERFECT MICE Destination!

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With its heart and soul in the Mediterranean and a history linked to the Atlantic, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most intriguing cities with its dramatic mythical setting on seven hills that stretch along the banks of the river Tagus.

Lisbon is the perfect destination for your events
You get top-notch venues and hotels that satisfy the most demanding requirements, and a surprising and welcoming city, packed with interesting things to do, that will leave guests happy. To finf out more clickhere

Access
Lisbon is just a short flight away: 1-3 hours from most European cities and 6 – 8 hours from North America. Lisbon airport is centrally located, only a 15-minute transfer from the city center and 30-45 minutes to the Portuguese Riviera – Cascais or Sintra. The airport is served by all major airlines and with daily non-stop connections to all major European cities, as well as the US, South America and Africa (more than 50 destinations).

Weather
The climate is never too hot in summer and offers lots of warm sunshine in winter.

Events
Lisbon is among the most competitive cities for international events. Lisbon offers value for money, quality and a large variety of spectacular venues.

Accommodation
Guests will find a wide range of accommodation in Lisbon, including luxury hotels in former palaces, international and Portuguese hotel chains, design hotels and small boutique Hotels. It is easy to find the perfect option for each group.

Safety
Lisbon is a friendly and tolerant city by tradition.

Portuguese Riviera
Lisbon is a ‘resort city’ with a unique triangle: the historic and cosmopolitan center, while the resort of Cascais and the romantic village of Sintra – a World Heritage Site – are just 45 minutes away where you can relax by the sea and feel the ocean – surf, golf, horse-riding, sailing and taste some of the best fish and wine in the world.

Purpose-built venues and other venues
Lisbon is equipped with high-tech infrastructure, a wide range of conference centers and a diverse selection of multi-functional spaces.It also has a wide selection of venues available for all size of events, including historical palaces and convents, modern and trendy restaurants, traditional venues like wine cellars or quintas, modern bars, river boats, greenhouses, reservoirs, football stadiums, plus a wide range of venues that can be privately hired.

In Lisbon you  can find the best of both worlds: For work & pleasure!

For a site visit or more information please email dmc@ir-eventos.pt

THE PORTUGUESE RIVIERA – Cascais & Estoril and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Sintra

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 The Portuguese Riviera  – ‘ The land of Kings and Queens ‘

If you have never been to Cascais you have missed one of the most beautiful towns in all of Europe. To learn more about the Portuguese Riviera click here

This is truly the ‘land of Kings and Fishermen’. It was here that many of the kings of several other countries of Europe chose to live during the Second World War. Some stayed for the rest of their lives. If the natural beauty of Cascais isn’t enough to bring you back then the kindness and magic of the natives will.

Next to Cascais you’ll have Estoril where the famous Casino and the Palacio Hotel  are located, famous for being the birthplace of James Bond – Ian Flemmeng spent his time as a spy during the second world war at the hotel and got inspired to write the novel about the loved British spy James Bond.

Sintra and Queluz – Land of Kings

From Cascais, the romantic town of Sintra and Queluz Palace, a veritable jewel in the style of “Versailles”, are just a short distance away.

To reach Sintra, the best route to follow is the Guincho coast road to the Sintra hills. The scenery is both awesome and inspiring.
Arriving at the town square, head for Sintra Palace with its famous twin chimneys. This monument keeps alive the memories of medieval times in Portugal.

We recommend you  to visit the famous pastry shop “Piriquita” and sample one of the regional pastries, the delicious “travesseiros” and “queijadas”. We recommend a horse and carriage ride to take you up to Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle.

Returning to the lower part of the town, a visit to Quinta da Regaleira is an absolute must. Built in the 19th century by a rich cocoa merchant, this ornamental palace is known for its Masonic and Templar symbolism and awesome garden full of caves secret stairs and beautiful rare flowers.

The Queluz Palace is also a must to visit, situated around 15 kms from Sintra. This former royal summer residence, often compared to Versailles Palace, is nonetheless a very Portuguese building, both in terms of scale and artistic style. The palace’s exuberant gardens, with their baroque fountains, statues and quiet retreats take you back in time and are ideal for a relaxed stroll or sharing a romantic moment.

Discover Cascais (video) The Charm of Atlantic Coast

 

For a site visit or more information please email dmc@ir-eventos.pt