Portugal: 2018 World Travel Destination Award

Portugal won for the second time the World Travel Destination Award! Found out more here:

https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-worlds-leading-destination-2018

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Portugal wins Europe’s Leading Destination 2018 award

Portugal has been awarded “Europe’s Leading Destination 2018” by World Travel Awards, the entity that gives the Tourism “Oscars”. This is the second consecutive year that Portugal wins it.

More details here:

https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-europes-leading-destination-2018

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Monte Gordo, epicenter of food heaven

All the gastronomic pleasures depicted in the video below are located either in or so very close of Monte Gordo! Highly recommended!

The only thing the video is missing are the Monte Gordo’s fishermen. The ultimate secret known only to the few…. like a masonry thing.pescadores5

Portugal wins World Travel Awards

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Ontem, dia 30 de setembro, várias entidades portuguesas ganharam “Oscars” em 37 categorias no 24º World Travel Awards – European Gala Ceremony em São Petersburgo, na Rússia. Nenhum outro país ganhou mais prémios. Como país, Portugal ganhou os seguintes prémios:

  • Europe’s Leading Beach Destination 2017
  • Europe’s Leading Destination 2017
  • Europe’s Leading Tourist Board 2017

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Yesterday, September 30th, Portuguese entities won “Oscars” in 37 categories at the 24th World Travel Awards – Europe Gala Ceremony in St. Petersburg, Russia. No other country won more awards. As a nation, Portugal won the following awards:

  • Europe’s Leading Beach Destination 2017
  • Europe’s Leading Destination 2017
  • Europe’s Leading Tourist Board 2017

Electronic-only paid highways in Portugal

Are you planning to drive around Portugal and explore its wonders? If so, be aware that there are some highways that you can only pay with a predetermined wireless payment system of your choice – these include a small number of roads (though one of them is A22, the main highway in Algarve). You do not want to be caught off guard because then you may end up being charged relatively hefty fees.portagem 1There are several options you can choose from: Easytoll, Tollcard, Tollservice, or Temporary Via Verde Device. Briefly, Easytoll associates your vehicle plate with a credit card, Tollcard is a prepaid ticket service, Tollservice is a 20 euros prepaid ticket with unlimited use for 3 days, and Temporary Via Verde Device is a short-term subscription contract. Also note that “these products are only valid for roads with electronic-only tolls”. Click here for detailed information from the official website (in several languages: PT, EN, FR, ES).

More, there is a fifth option that is applicable only to vehicles with Portuguese plates (e.g. rental car): ATM payment. To use this last option you need to get an ATM reference number online from the post office website (CTT), 48 hours after you used the highway. Then you go to any ATM terminal and use the “other services” option in their menu to process the payment using the reference number for your toll bill. You can read more details by clicking here.

We recommend you consider the fees your credit card provider charges for international transactions when deciding which option is best for you (e.g. the prepaid option may end up having a lower total cost).

You can enroll on these services at the airport or at the road border. If renting a vehicle, make sure to ask your rent-a-car provider for details about how they can service you on this matter. Below is a picture of the enrollment booths at the Spanish border near Monte Gordo – note that usually there are assistants there to help you with this process.Autovia-Infante

Click here to download (pdf file) the map of Portuguese highways per payment type, as of March 2017.

Lastly, know that in Portugal any road with an A# (e.g. A1) is a paid highway. More, road quality can be usually assessed by their terminology, in the following order (best to worst): A#, IP#, IC#, N#.

Safe travels and have fun!

4€ Algarve Wine wins Award / Vinho Algarvio de 4€ ganha prémio

EN: “Al-Ria Tinto 2015” is a blend of Touriga (portuguese cast) and Syrah produce by “Casa Santos Lima” that recently won the first place at an international wine competition in Belgium. Each bottle costs about 4€ in the supermarket – why not try it?

PT: “Al-Ria Tinto 2015” (Touriga nacional e Syrah) ganhou recentemente o 1 prémio numa competição internacional na Belgica. Custa cerca de 4€ no supermercado – porque não provar?

FR: “Al-Ria Tinto 2015” est un mélange de touriga (portugaise) et de syrah produit par “Casa Santos Lima” qui a récemment remporté la première place lors d’une compétition internationale de vin en Belgique. Chaque bouteille coûte environ 4€ dans le supermarché – pourquoi pas goûtez?

Links:

http://www.jornaldoalgarve.pt/vinho-algarvio-considerado-o-melhor-do-mundo/

http://www.casasantoslima.com/pt/os-vinhos/todas-as-regioes/2691

 

 

 

Portugal still cheapest holiday destination

“The country’s perennially popular southern coastal region, the Algarve, came top in the Post Office’s annual Holiday Costs Barometer, which takes into account the average price of eight essential purchases” – in The Telegraph, Jan 13th, 2017.

Full Article:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/portugal-named-the-cheapest-holiday-destination-for-this-year/