Portugal: much more than Fado, Good Wine and Food!

Posted by Nisa Duarte on 27-Feb-2016 21:53:14

This petite country that nowadays is a destination that is getting more and more trendy, has been proving to be an extraordinary place, with extraordinary features that go beyond fado, excellent wine and food, beaches and good weather and all the unique characteristics usually it is known for!

For instances, recently we have been discovering that Portugal was the source of inspiration for many artists and creatives, especially writers! J.K.Rowling has let Porto inspire her to create Harry Potter and all the incredible details in Hogwarts iimaginary. Yann Martel’s 'Life of Pi' Author, New Novel takes place in Portugal and was based partly in the research experiences he got to experience in Lisbon and Trás-os-montes. And a few days ago we were unfortunately remembered by Umberto Eco’s death that Portugal will also forever live through the work of this internationally renowned italian writer and philosopher!

Umberto Eco Foucault's Pendulum

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Topics: Wine & Food Culture & Heritage Getaways Inspirational journeys

The Newly Discovered Algarve, full of History and Wine!

Posted by Nisa Duarte on 18-Feb-2016 17:40:58

Have you ever visited the Algarve, the charming coastline of southern Portugal? Well, if you haven't, without a doubt, you should! But either if you had that chance or not, you most certainly have already heard about its gorgeous unusual cave beaches, splendorous weather, luxurious Resorts, Marinas and numerous top quality Golf courses!

It is only normal, since those features are the ones for which Algarve is broadly known across the globe. Andy Symington, a Lonely Planet Writer described the coast of the Algarve as "a seemingly endless series of some of Europe’s finest beaches (...) seriously spectacular stretches of sand: the climate and atmosphere are Mediterranean, but (due to the Atlantic) good waves and water sports are available alongside more sedate, family-oriented paddling zones. There are more than 150 beaches to choose from".  And as a result of that, all sorts of Resorts and Villas offering accommodations, and activities like sightseeing cruises in all kinds of boats and yachts started being available for all the world travelers that came across this secret charming Mediterranean paradise.

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Topics: Wine & Food Culture & Heritage Getaways Inspirational journeys

Portugal, Renovating Journeys and Literary Inspiration!

Posted by Nisa Duarte on 14-Feb-2016 19:51:50

The High Mountains of Portugal could be the name of a fantastic wine tour, or even better, a novel’s title…

But wait... it is! That is exactly the title of Yann Martel’s New Novel! 'Life of Pi' Author talked with Travel+Leisure about Travel as a way to re-center yourself and about Portugal and the research he made in Lisbon and Trás-os-montes!

Yann-Martel-High-Mountains-Portugal-BOOKQA0216.jpgiImage Credits: Emma Love

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Topics: Wine & Food Culture & Heritage Getaways Inspirational journeys

Bairrada: Great Wine, Food, Historic Magnitude and Love!

Posted by Nisa Duarte on 10-Feb-2016 13:00:22

Like any other wine region in Portugal, Bairrada is a place where extraordinary good wine and food are everywhere, which also has a light and a color that inspires romance. The blurred light, the green tones through the foliage of a resplendent forest that inspires poets, painters and lovers... Either you are visiting the north, the center or the south, Portugal is truly a place for Romance, since it has been inspiring it for ages!

This Region in particular manifests its cultural uniqueness through flavorful amazing typical dishes and desserts, like the famous Bairrada style roasted piglet and Santa Clara Pastry, and off course, top quality wines, but mostly through its rich historical heritage, and captivating tragic love stories of ancient Portuguese Kings and Queens. So it is not surprising that a journey to Bairrada is able to truly transport you into the middle of several epic historical movies in just 4 Days!

Bussaco Palce Hotel, Luso, PorugalPhoto credits: Rui Videira

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Topics: Wine & Food Exclusive tours Culture & Heritage Getaways Bairrada

Vinho ao Luar

Posted by Marcelo Copello on 04-Feb-2016 18:10:28

Os devotos de Baco mais fervorosos certamente já ouviram falar em biodinâmica. Este modo de fazer vinhos que beira o exoterismo tem muitos discípulos no mundo todo, segue regras estritas e recebe certificações internacionais. Entre as técnicas da biodinâmica está a substituição de agrotóxicos por misturas naturais a base de ervas enterradas em crânios de bois, por exemplo. A biodinâmica estuda e respeita o fluxo de energia entre terra, plantas e corpos celestes como sol e lua. A lista de produtores biodinâmicos é crescente, se espalha por vários continentes e é encabeçada por nomes importantes como Domaine de La Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leflaive e Nicolas Joly, todos disponíveis no Brasil.

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2016 the Year of Wine Tourism in Portugal by Nelson Carvalheiro

Posted by Nelson Carvalheiro on 02-Feb-2016 17:01:51

Believing that wine is one of Portugal's greatest exports, Wine Tourism in Portugal set out to harness, in one single portal, the very best of the wine travel reality in Portugal. Half way along the road, they picked me up to advise one of their private tours, while sharing my ideas and vision on how to transform the present wine tourism in Portugal reality into something desirable for the international wine motivated consumer.

Almost a year later and after important wine territorial journeys that allowed me to gain precious insight on what travelling through Portugal through wine is all about, I can say that wine is on the brink of becoming a major tourism product for the Portuguese Market- Comparable to food (in my opinion the most important), the diversity of Portuguese landscape, the kindness of its people, the value for money and the ever-present fair weather, Portuguese Wine is something that all travellers look forward to when coming to Portugal.

Nelson Carvalheiro Wine Cruise in Douro 

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Topics: Wine & Food Wine Experiences Wine Tourism

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