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