Portugal summer holidays guide: 2014

Source: The Telegraph

Mary Lussiana, Telegraph Travel Portugal expert, has put together a complete guide for a summer holiday in Portugal.

“There is much to discover in Europe’s most westerly country, for while golfers and sunseekers flood to the southerly Algarve, swathes of the rest of Portugal remain unexplored. Regions vary enormously in their weather, cuisine, architecture and wines, so a journey from north to south yields a rich bounty of different experiences.”

Source: The Telegraph
Source: The Telegraph

The reporter explores locations and activities for all tastes, from Golf to Surf, Fado to River Cruises, etc.

The guide groups the suggestions under the categories “Coast & Country”, “Beach”, “Villas”, “Art & Culture”, “Food & Wine” and “Activities”.

You can read all the suggestions here.

Portuguese Consumers award Health and Hospitals for the first time

The HPP Saúde Group – that partners with Medical Port in providing access to medical procedures and treatments abroad in Portugal -, with its hospitals Hospital dos Lusíadas, Hospital de Cascais and Hospital Dr. José de Almeida, were distinguished with the “Consumers Choice” award.

This important award recognizes and consolidates once more a culture built on quality and safety thru the adoption of the best international practices in terms of clinical protocols, monitoring and internal control of indicators, investment in human capital and continuous improvement of the global performance of HPP Saúde Group’s hospital units.

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The main novelty this year relates to the evaluation of private hospitals, a category in which Hospital dos Lusíadas, Hospital de Cascais and Hospital Dr. José de Almeida have won.

“The Consumers Choice recognition consolidates the culture of health care excellence provided by the Group. Quality is part of our DNA and the distinctions received, like the important quality accreditation from the Joint Commission International, prove so. We were the first private health care provider in Portugal distinguished by the biggest company in accreditation of health units at an international level”, reinforces José Carlos Magalhães, President of the Group.

The “Consumers Choice” initiative aims to know the degree of satisfaction and acceptability of the consumers towards certain products or services, helping them to make a purchase in an informative and proper manner.

This years initiative involved 40.712 consumers that have evaluated 441 brands in several categories, resulting in 108 awardees.

If you’re considering having surgery or medical treatments abroad, visit Medical Port’s website for more information about procedures, hospitals and doctors available in Portugal.

Mediterranean diet wins UNESCO seal of approval

The Mediterranean Diet was classified intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO on Wednesday in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Mayor of Tavira, in Portugal’s Algarve region, told Lusa News Agency.

The decision was taken at the 8th session of the Intergovernmental Committee to Safeguard UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, where there is a Portuguese delegation, led by Tavira town council, which submitted the transnational application in conjunction with Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Spain, Italy and Morocco.

After Fado music was classified two years ago, Portugal is once again back on the list of Intangible and Cultural Heritage with the Mediterranean Diet and this is the first time that the Algarve region has seen its heritage recognised by UNESCO.

The Mediterranean Diet is a life style passed down from generation to generation, that includes productive practice, namely agriculture and fishing, ways of preparing, cooking and eating, festivities, oral traditions and artistic expressions.

The diet itself is poor in red meat and meat in general and rich in vegetables, pulses, some fish and dried fruits, olive oil and just a splash of red wine.

Mediterranean Diet
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Note: taken from The Portugal News

Finding a Global Groove in Lisbon

Foto: Francisco Seco for The New York Times

What a great title for this article from The New York Times.

From Praça da Alegria to Travessa da Galé, stoping at Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodré, the journalist discovered some hip spots in Lisbon showing us that Portugal isn’t just fado.

Over the last couple of years, innovative new music spots have been popping up around Lisbon, and defunct and departed iconic music venues have been rising from their ashes, literally or figuratively. From intimate supper clubs to warehouse dance halls, the new generation of hangouts is enriching the Portuguese capital’s sonic spectrum and expanding the array of places where music aficionados and bands of all stripes can converge. These days, a spin around town is a journey across continents and styles, from indie jazz to African beats to American retro rock to electronic experiments.

Foto: Francisco Seco for The New York Times
The club Vynil in Lisbon. Francisco Seco for The New York Times

The article gives you a pretty great starting point for a night out in the portuguese capital. You can read it in full here.

Sun and soul in Portugal

Ilha de Faro ("Faro's Island), Portugal

Faro: Fascinating history, fine cuisine make picturesque city a unique getaway

Elisa Mala from the Canadian “The Province” just published an article uncovering Faro, the Algarve’s capital.

The initial paragraph makes you want more about the city, don’t you think?

Nestled on the southern coast of Portugal, Faro is the heart of the country’s Algarve region, where cerulean waters and mouth-watering cuisine rival those of the French Riviera or Italy’s Amalfi coast.

Ilha de Faro ("Faro's Island), Portugal
Ilha de Faro (“Faro’s Island), Portugal

You can read the full article here.

Europe, boosted by Spain, Portugal and Greece, records best tourist season in years

Ericeira, Portugal

Despite the economic crisis, Europe remains a favourite destination, the European Commission said in a recent statement, states the “The Portugal News” in its website.

International tourist arrivals in Europe grew by five percent during the first half of 2013, with best results recorded in Central and Eastern Europe (up nine percent) and Southern and Mediterranean Europe (up six percent).

Tourism in Portugal grew 8 percent, a healthy growth.

Praia das Maças, Sintra, Portugal
Praia das Maças, Sintra, Portugal

You can read the full article here.

Finding some sleepy beauty along Portugal’s coast

Salema, Algarve

Rick Steves just wrote a great article for the Seattle Times about his “favorite stretch of Iberian coastline”, the Algarve.

The Algarve was once known as Europe’s last undiscovered tourist frontier. But it’s well discovered now, and if you go to the places featured in most tour brochures, you’ll find it paved, packed and pretty stressful. Still, there are a few great beach towns left along the coast, perfect for soaking up rays from May through early October.

Salema, Algarve
Robyn Stencil/Rick Steves’ Europ

Rick made a point of revisiting his favorite hideaway, the little fishing town of Salema.

You can read the full article here.