Don´t miss between May 17-20 2018, the WRC Vodafone Rally de Portugal

Come and witness the great skill and expertise of the world’s top drivers, who will be racing along the roads and tracks of Portugal, competing in the Portugal's Rally.

The Portugal’s Rally is the sixth stage of the International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) World Rally Championship, and it is expected to be one of the most hotly disputed events of the season on the European continent.

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Botanical Garden of the National Palace of Queluz wins Europa Nostra Award 2018

The winnersof the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were announced last 15th of May, by the European Commission and EuropaNostra, the leading European heritage network. 

The 29 laureates from 17 countries have been recognised for their impressive accomplishments in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising. The rehabilitation of the Botanical Garden of theNational Palace of Queluz is among this year’s winners. 

As a contribution to the European Year of Cultural Heritage, this year’s Awards put special emphasis on the European added value of the selected heritage achievements. The winners will be honoured at a high-profile Award ceremony on 22 June in Berlin, during the first ever European Cultural Heritage Summit.

Citizens from around Europe and the rest of the world can now vote online for the Public Choice Award and mobilise support for the winning achievement(s) from their own or another European country.

The winners will be celebrated at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony, co-hosted by European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics and Maestro Plácido Domingo, on the evening of 22 June at the Berlin Congress Centre. Seven Grand Prix laureates (each of whom will receive €10,000) and the Public Choice Award winner, chosen from among this year’s winning projects, will be announced during the Ceremony.

The Botanical Garden of the National Palace of Queluz
The Botanical Garden of the National Palace of Queluz, built in around 1770, was destroyed by catastrophic flooding in 1984. In 2012, work began on a research project studying the feasibility of the informed reconstruction of the garden based upon the documentation available and the identification of the ornamental and constructed features displaced during the flooding along with the restoration of the other remnants. The botanical collection was established with support from Botanic Gardens Conservation International and involved various European partners. The restoration was entirely self-financed by Parques de Sintra through recourse to funding obtained exclusively from that generated by the welcoming of visitors and ticket sales.

Jardim Botanico do Palacio Nacional de Queluz | PSML_Luis_Duarte
«This project was highly successful in rediscovering and recovering a garden otherwise thought lost. To this end, recourse was made to archaeological research, analysis of the remaining garden fragments and of the existing documentation», the jury noted.

The archaeological excavation to obtain further information took place prior to beginning with the restoration of each aspect of the garden, which enabled the conservation team to make informed choices in terms of the landscape design and architecture. 

The works included the reconstruction of four greenhouses and the restoration and conservation of the painted tiles and other stonemasonry features, such as the ornamental fountain and its surrounding statues. These pieces were returned to their original places in the garden. The process of restoration included working on the walls, the pavements and the introducing of new power supply, water management and security systems. Work also extended to producing an educational and interpretative project.

Jardim Botanico do Palacio Nacional de Queluz | PSML_Luis_Duarte
«The project is an excellent example of interdisciplinary collaboration that also involved the local community. The dissemination of results was strong and enabled the conclusion of the project. This shall create greater awareness as regards the results and guarantee their sustainability», the jury highlighted.

Queluz hosted one of the four botanical gardens built in Portugal in the 18th century, with connections to some of the longest established botanical gardens in Europe during the Enlightenment period, such as Padua (Italy), Madrid (Spain) and Amsterdam (Holland). The discovery of the index of the species originally cultivated in 1789, a list of all the plants known to the botanists of that period, completed the research and drove the researchers to enter into contact wtih botanical gardens across Europe in order to source plants from their seed banks and plant collections.

The meticulous studies and research of the archaeological features and the recovery of the remains, the detailed examination of the existing structures and the absolute respect for the original layout turn the reconstruction of the Botanical Garden of the National Palace of Queluz into a European case study for the methodology applied to the rebuilding of a historical garden in the wake of a natural disaster.


The prestigious ARCO contemporary art fair returns to Lisbon from 17 to 20 May

In 2018, Lisbon will host the ARCO contemporary art fair, from May 17 to 20, at Cordoaria Nacional. This will be a unique opportunity for those who enjoy contemporary art, and will also be a good excuse to get to know Lisbon. 

Known as the city of light, Lisbon's special luminosity and welcoming ambience mean it is greatly appreciated by artists, photographers and film producers.

If you enjoy contemporary art, you will definitely like Lisbon. It is a centuries-old city with historical neighbourhoods that you simply must visit and where the recent works of architecture give you a new perspective of the space.
CCB | Turismo de Lisboa

In Belém, the neighbourhood filled with memories of the voyages of the Portuguese Discoveries in the 16th century, close to the iconic monuments of the Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery), you must be sure to visit the Belém Cultural Centre, which houses the Berardo Museum. This collection of contemporary art features exhibits representing the most important artistic movements from the 20th century through to the present day. You can admire works by Duchamp, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman and Cindy Sherman, to name but a few. This is also the neighbourhood where the Museu dos Coches (National Coach Museum) is located. This unique collection is now housed in a modern building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian | Fundação Gulbenkian 
In the city centre, between the Chiado, the Bairro Alto and São Bento, you will find the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea (National Contemporary Art Museum) and the Júlio Pomar Atelier-Museum, alongside many art galleries and antique shops. Nearby, in the Amoreiras neighbourhood, a now-renovated former silk factory building houses the surprising collection belonging to the foundation set up by Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva, a notable 20th-century Portuguese artist.

To the north of the city now, in the Avenidas Novas neighbourhood, you will find the Gulbenkian Foundation. This noteworthy 1950s building stands in a large garden where the principles of modern architecture are clearly in evidence. The main building features auditoriums and offers a programme dedicated to classical and contemporary music. It is also where you will find the museum housing the collection of Armenian millionaire Calouste Gulbenkian, who so adored Lisbon that he made it his home. At one end of the garden is the Centro de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Centre). Ten minutes' walk away, Culturgest is a space where the most recent trends in the plastic arts are given pride of place.

Casa das Histórias | Turismo de Lisboa
Anyone choosing to stay in nearby Cascais will have the opportunity to visit the Paula Rego collection. Paula Rego is another Portuguese artist who has made a significant contribution to the history of art. She currently lives in England. The uniquely-shaped building called "Casa das Histórias" ("House of Stories") was designed by another Pritzker-Prize-winning architect, Eduardo de Souto Moura.

But just as importantly, you should be sure to simply spend some time strolling around the streets of the city, admiring the tiled façades and the various works of urban art created by designers and graffiti artists; for Lisbon is a veritable open-air museum where a surprise awaits around every corner.

Visit a museum on 18 May and celebrate International Museum Day

This Day, 18th of May, promoted by  ICOM - The International Council of Museums, is marked in Portugal with a great many initiatives and activities designed to raise awareness about museums in a different way from usual.

On this day, when admission is free and the opening hours are extended, take time to discover and learn about areas that are normally restricted. Join in a guided tour, take part in a workshop, atelier, theatre or dance show, performances among many other activities that invite you to come and enjoy a different experience.

On 19 May,  continue to celebrate during European Museum Night, an initiative that many museums are involved in as they open their doors to visitors  outside of normal hours.

This year the programme has been organised with the challenge set by ICOM in mind, the theme being "Hyperconnected Museums: New Approaches, New Publics." The aim is to respond to the interest museums have in strengthening their link with different sectors of the public, either by publicising their collections or by making people aware of the safeguarding and enhancement of cultural heritage by inviting them to participate in the events that museums organise.

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Lisbon wins Global Traveler award for Best Leisure Destination in Europe

Global Traveler, the only monthly magazine for business and leisure luxury travelers, announces the winners of its sixth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards at a cocktail reception in Los Angeles this evening, including that Lisbon, Portugal has been named Best LeisureDestination in Europe.

Portugal has been enjoying a recent slate of global recognitions recently.  Earlier this year, it was named ‘Most Welcoming Country’ by InterNations’s annual Expatriate Insider Survey.

In December, Portugal was named World’s Leading Destination at the2017 World Travel Awards, the first European country to win the title.

Travelers are also voting for Portugal with their passports and travel plans. In 2017, the country welcomed a record 20 million visitors, with 685,000 originating in the USA, also a record high.

Source: Global Traveler Magazine


Eurovision Village: From the 4th - 12th of May, 2108, in Terreiro do Paço, Lisbon


2018 Eurovision Song Contest: 8-12 May, Lisbon

With the slogan "All aboard", the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place in May in Lisbon, with 43 countries scheduled to take part. 

The inspiration for the choice of slogan comes from the link between Lisbon and the ocean, a historical connection, because Lisbon was the centre of the most important world maritime routes that linked Europe to the rest of the world. 

Today, Lisbon is a city of diversity, respect and tolerance, sharing the values that Eurovision represents. Through the sea, Portugal invites the international community to come together and celebrate Europe and music in this year’s competition.

Welcome aboard!

The Festival, which takes place at the Altice Arena, will have two semi-finals on 8 and 10 May followed by the Grand Final on 12 May. If you don’t manage to get a ticket, you can experience this unique environment in the Eurovision Village. Here, admission will be free, and it will be open to the public between 4 and 13 May from 3 pm to 11 pm. 

Praça do Comércio - Lisboa ©Turismo de Lisboa
This space is located in the Praça do Comércio, the most iconic public square in Lisbon; it is open to the River Tagus and during the golden age of the discoveries it was the nerve centre of maritime trade. 

Every day you will find here a lot of entertainment in which music plays a leading part, and you can watch as the DJs perform or follow the broadcasting of the festival performances. 

If you want to watch other musical shows, you will find that the musical programme is packed and varied throughout the year, in both Lisbon and the rest of the country. In addition to shows by national artists, Portugal is part of the tours of the most highly acclaimed foreign artists and is increasingly known for the quality of its Music FestivalsFrom urban settings to festivals in the heart of the countryside, in a field or beside the sea, or even in historical sites, the choice is huge. From rock to classical music, from jazz to dance music, there are sounds to suit all tastes.

Take the chance, too, to get to know unique expressions of Portuguese music that have been recognized by UNESCO as intangible heritage of humanity. Two examples are Fado, which conveys the Portuguese soul so well, sung brimming with feeling, accompanied only by a guitar, and the Cante Alentejano [Alentejo singing] in which groups of men and women sing in chorus, without any instrumental accompaniment.

Alfama - Lisboa © CML | DPC | José Vicente
 But as you're in Lisbon, please take the chance to get to know this safe and friendly city which is easy to visit, but has a lot to see. From the Castelo to Belém, from the historic districts such as Alfama or Bica to the late 20th century architecture in the Parque das Nações, you will find a city that is at once ancient and modern, and without doubt, always fascinating. Follow our suggestions on 10 things to see and do in Lisbon and lose yourself in this city. 

There is also plenty to see and find out about in the outskirts, too. The coast of Estoril and Cascais, a small fishing town, the romantic Sintra with its palaces and farms, and Mafra with its majestic Convent are places you really shouldn't miss. And if you prefer wave sports like bodyboarding and kitesurfing, you’ll find the perfect conditions for them very close by, on the Costa de Caparica or in Ericeira, Europe’s 1st surfing reserve.

Palácio da Pena - Sintra © Turismo de Lisboa

Lisbon is also a good starting point for travelling around the country because there are excellent transport links to all parts of the country. Do the same as the competitors in the Festival, who have been filming their postcards in several places in Portugal and venturing out into our country. You’ll find that you won’t regret it. In addition to the diversity of landscapes, a wealth of experience awaits you that will ensure great moments to remember.

Starting in Portugal’s Centro Region, try a trip on the colourful moliceiros (boats used to gather seaweed) in Aveiro and taste the delicious cheese in the Serra da Estrela. Further north, next to Oporto in Gaia, you absolutely have to visit the port wine cellars to enjoy this delicious nectar, and if you want to get to know some of our most traditional folklore, go a little further up, to Viana do Castelo. In addition to the music and dance, you will be entranced by the wealth of costumes and Portuguese jewellery.

Gaia e Porto ©Turismo Porto e Norte
If you head south, you’ll see the pure blood Lusitano horses in Alter do Chão and can try a balloon flight in Alentejo. By now in the Algarve, a boat trip through the jagged caves or a round of golf with a view of the sunset over the sea are images you will not forget.

Ponta da Piedade - Lagos © Algarve Tourism Bureau
And you can also visit the islands in the middle of the Atlantic, discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century and now less than a two-hour flight from Lisbon. In Madeira, experience the adrenaline rush as you take a ride down from Monte to Funchal in a traditional wicker basket sled, or go diving on the golden island of Porto Santo and discover the wonders and diversity of the seabed. And then, in the Azores, go whale watching or venture down into the depths of these islands of volcanic origin to discover the beauty that also lurks in their interior.

Come to Portugal to fall in love with other places and with new melodies. All aboard!

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