December 30, 2005

World's Largest Fireworks Display

World's Largest Fireworks Display.
Nations Park in Lisbon will host the world's largest firework's cascade at midnight on New Year's Eve.

The titanium burst will last for two minutes with a 150 m column of flame from the top of the 140 m Vasco da Gama Tower into the Tagus River below, followed by a 10 minute display of conventional fireworks lit from eight floating platforms on the river.

Nations Park, which was built for Expo 98, hopes to beat its own world record for the biggest firework cascade.


Take the metro to the spectacular Gare do Oriente.

December 2, 2005

Lisbon-Dakar Rally

The Lisbon-Dakar Rally

The Lisbon-Dakar rally will depart from the Portuguese capital on December 31, 2005.

27 Portuguese teams will participate with a record number of 240 motorbikes, 188 cars, 80 trucks and 240 assistance vehicles.

After traveling through Portugal, Spain and Morocco, the rally will pass through Mauritania, Mali, Guinea-Conakry and Senegal with the climax on January 15 in Dakar, Senegal having traversed the 9,043 km (5,606 miles) route.

Portugal will host the start of the rally until 2008.

Scotland's Team Braveheart

November 13, 2005

Expo-Chocolate Porto

The first Chocolate Fair of Oporto (Feira de Chocolate do Porto), held November 12th - 20th, will include an attempt to create a new Guinness World Record by producing a Nativity scene with12 tons of chocolate.

The Expo-Chocolate, Portugal's first chocolate fair is part of Porto's 3rd Christmas Gastronomy and Confectionery Fair, with Xmas foods on display.

Leça da Palmeira
tel. 808 30 14 00


November 9, 2005

World Golf Championships

World Golf Championships

World Golf Championships The USD 4 million World Golf Championships will be held November 15-20, 2005 at the Victoria Clube de Golf, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

The two-man, team competition will consist of two days of four-ball and two days of foursomes.


Thurs November 17 Four-ball
Fri November 18 Foursomes
Sat November 19 Four-ball
Sun November 20 Foursomes

Competing Nations & Teams

Argentina (Angel Cabrera/Ricardo Gonzalez)
Australia (Mark Hensby/Peter Lonard)
Denmark (Anders Hansen/Soren Hansen)
England (Luke Donald/David Howell) [current holders]
France (Thomas Levet/Raphael Jacquelin)
Germany (Alex Cejka/Marcel Siem)
Holland (Maarten Lafeber/Robert-Jan Derksen)
India (Jyoti Randhawa/Arjun Atwal)
Ireland (Padraig Harrington/Paul McGinley)
Japan (Yasuharo Imano/partner to be announced)
Paraguay (Carlos Franco/Marco Ruiz)
Portugal (Jose-Filipe Lima/Antonio Sobrinho)
Scotland (Stephen Gallacher/Scott Drummond)
South Africa (Tim Clark/Trevor Immelman)
South Korea (K.J. Choi/partner to be announced)
Spain (Sergio Garcia/Miguel Angel Jimenez)
Sweden (Henrik Stenson/Niclas Fasth)
United States (Stewart Cink/Zach Johnson)
Wales (Stephen Dodd/Bradley Dredge)

These teams came through the qualifying round.

Colombia (Eduardo Herrera/Diego Vanegas)
Mexico (Pablo Del Olmo/Alejandro Quiroz)
Singapore (Mardan Mamat/Lam Chih Bing)
Taiwan (Wang Ter-chang/Chang Tse-peng)
Venezuela (Carlos Larrain/Manuel Bermudez)

World Golf Championship

Golf in Portugal

November 7, 2005

Funchal Film Festival

The first International Cinema Festival of Funchal (FICF '05) will take place at the Teatro Nacional Baltazar Dias in downtown Funchal, Madeira from November 5-13th.

International Cinema Festival of Funchal
The festival will be held annually from 2005 on.

The program includes:

* seven days of films in four daily sessions (tickets EUR 2.50)including a tribute to the Madeiran director, António da Cunha Telles & a retrospective of Spanish cinema

* amateur videos in the Video Zoom at the Municipal Garden

* Animarte children's films in the morning (tickets EUR 1.00)


Funchal Film Festival Official Site


Madeira from

November 6, 2005

Portugal TV Channels

Portugal TV Channels.
Media in Portugal

There are 4 main TV stations in Portugal (RTP1 & 2, SIC & TVI).

RTP (Radio e Televisao de Portugal) is Portugal's state broadcaster and began nationwide broadcasts in the late 50s. RTP has regional programming for Madeira and the Azores and an international satellite channel broadcasting globally.

SIC (Sociedade Independente de Comunicacao) launched in 1992 and is one of two independent, commercial channels in Portugal, the other being TVI (Televisao Independente) which started out in 1993 and broadcasts a mix of racy reality shows and dubbed US dramas in between lengthy commercial breaks.

There are many imported programs on Portuguese TV including shows from the US and UK, which are usually sub-titled rather than dubbed for RTP and SIC, lots of football and the ubiquitous Brazilian telenovelas (soaps).

RTP1 - state broadcaster
RTP2 - (a dois:) - society and culture channel

RTP Açores (Azores only)
RTP Madeira (Madeira only)

SIC - commercial broadcaster
TVI - commercial broadcaster

Radiodifusao Portuguesa (RDP) is the state-owned radio broadcaster and broadcasts the following programs.

RDP Antena 1
RDP Antena 2
RDP Antena 3
RDP Internacional
RDP Africa
RDP Acores
RDP Madeira

Portugal at Amazon UK

November 2, 2005

Newspapers in Portugal

The Press in Portugal

Newspaper readership in Portugal is fairly low when compared to other countries in the European Union (EU). 1999 figures show only 73.5 people per 1000 take a daily paper compared to over 600 people per 1000 in the UK. During the Salazar dictatorship, the press was heavily censored and post-revolution newspapers filled with revolutionary propaganda putting many Portuguese off the newspaper-reading habit. The Correio da Manha is the largest selling tittle-tattle tabloid.

Newspapers in Portugal.

Circulation (2000 figures)

Correio da Manha (89,021)
Diario de Noticias (65,544)
Jornal de Noticias (101,448)
Expresso (136,845)
Publico (53,222)
A Bola (100,000+)
Record (100,000+)

There are also literally 100's of mostly low-quality regional newspapers.

Travel Guides To Portugal

October 19, 2005

Festivals in Portugal

Festival at Fatima
© Dias dos Reis

There is probably a festival of some sort going on every day somewhere in Portugal.

Attending a traditional festival (festa) is a great way for any visitor to Portugal to absorb something of Portuguese popular culture and get to know better the local people and their way of life.

Portugal's strong Catholic heritage, allied to the many local pagan customs which were integrated into the average person's religious convictions, has lead to a popular culture rich in a firm belief for many Portuguese in saints, miracles, lucky charms, healing springs, shrines, offerings, magic, cults and superstition.

Every town and village in Portugal has a patron saint, whose saint's day is celebrated with gusto by the whole community, thus fostering a sense of communal identity and local pride, long lost in many other parts of Europe. The main themes of these festas is a procession of a statue of the patron saint after Mass from the local church, accompanied by fireworks, music, dancing and joyous merrymaking involving copious consumption of wine.

Portugal is not just about traditional festivals - new ones are springing up all the time. From 13 October to 6 November see a modern festival - The National Gastronomic Festival in Santarem.
The festival is 25 years old this year and each day of the event is dedicated to a region and its food.

Guide To Portugal's Festivals

October 12, 2005

UNESCO Portugal World Heritage Sites

Here is a list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Portugal and the year they were inscribed to the list.

Batalha Dias dos Reis

copyright ©Dias dos Reis

Alto Douro Wine Region (2001)
Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores (1983)
Convent of Christ in Tomar (1983)
Cultural Landscape of Sintra (1995)
Historic Centre of Evora (1986)
Historic Centre of Guimaraes (2001)
Historic Centre of Porto (1996)
Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture, Azores (2004)
Monastery of Alcobaca (1989)
Monastery of Batalha (1983)
Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belem in Lisbon (1983)
Prehistoric Rock-Art Sites in the Coa Valley (1998)
Laurisilva of Madeira (1999)

Source: UNESCO

UNESCO Portugal World Heritage Sites, Porto

October 11, 2005

Madeira Wine Museums

Portuguese Wine
A new Wine and Vineyard Museum has opened in Santana, Madeira.

The interactive museum is housed in a restored former wine cellar. The museum exhibits traditional tools used in wine production such as wine presses, casks and barrels.

There is also information on vineyards and the wine cycle as well as a variety of local wines on sale.

In Funchal there is an older wine museum - the Madeira Wine Institute Museum - located in a property that used to belong to a 19th-century British consul. The museum presents the history and techniques of wine production on the island.

Instituto do Vinho da Madeira
Rua 5 de Outubro, 78
9000 Funchal
Tel: (351) 91 22 46 00

Admission Free

Guide To Madeira