NEWSLETTER MAY 2019

PORTUGAL

THE ALENTEJO

The Alentejo is the region that lies between Lisbon and the Algarve. It’s actually Portugal’s largest region, covering a third of the country. With its huge cork plantations, wheat fields, and vineyards it is often referred to as the “garden” of Portugal.  From a MICE point of view the UNESCO-listed city of Evora has great hotels and an improving range of activities for groups.

PORTO

Fabulous hotel in Porto

Porto is flourishing as a destination and rightly so, and this June it will be in the international spotlight as host city for the finals of the inaugural UEFA Nations League. The upsurge in interest in this UNESCO-listed city has been accompanied by a hotel boom – mainly small, boutique properties in the historic centre. One of our favourites is a 5* hotel which opened at the end of 2018.

It has an unbeatable location in the heart of the city, super stylish Art Deco design and three restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred chef Julien Montbabut. The property has 63 bedrooms and 13 suites, plus an indoor pool and meeting space – ideal for a high-end trip to experience the best that Porto has to offer.
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Fabulous hotel in Porto

Porto is flourishing as a destination and rightly so, and this June it will be in the international spotlight as host city for the finals of the inaugural UEFA Nations League. The upsurge in interest in this UNESCO-listed city has been accompanied by a hotel boom – mainly small, boutique properties in the historic centre. One of our favourites is a 5* hotel which opened at the end of 2018.

It has an unbeatable location in the heart of the city, super stylish Art Deco design and three restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred chef Julien Montbabut. The property has 63 bedrooms and 13 suites, plus an indoor pool and meeting space – ideal for a high-end trip to experience the best that Porto has to offer.
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View from a bridge

A View from a Bridge: Porto has some great bridges! The Arrábida Bridge was the world’s largest concrete arch bridge when it was completed in 1963.  Arcing 270m in a single swoop over the Douro River it links Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia.  From the top you can gaze across the jumbled old city on one side and the river mouth and ocean on the other.

LISBON

Hidden treasure: Queluz Palace

Queluz Palace is probably the least visited of the palaces in the Sintra area.  It has recently been totally restored to its former glory. The Palace dates back to the 18th century and is considered an excellent example of Portugal’s Rococo architecture. Its sprawling gardens, fountains, and statues have earned it its nickname as the Versailles of Portugal.  It is also available for hire for private dinner events.

Visit of the “Stadium of Light

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, and perhaps contrary to popular belief, S.L. Benfica is the world’s most widely supported football club. We can combine a visit of the “Stadium of Light” with a flight of the club’s eagle and a cocktail in the players’ tunnel.   For those wanting more action we can organise penalty shoot outs.

Make your own “PastĂ©is de Nata”!

The Portuguese love their pastries and as “PastĂ©is de Nata” are now seem to be appearing in cafĂ©s and supermarkets around the world why not learn how to make them yourself! Did you know that they were first made in the 17th century when monks used leftover egg yolks they used to starch their habits. The “pastĂ©is” were sold to passers-by outside the monasteries to generate extra revenue.

THE ALGARVE

Algarve Off-The-Beaten-Track
. By Scooter!

There is so much more to the Algarve than beaches and the sun! On this trip we head to the hills and see the region from a totally different perspective. The scooters are 125cc and so can be ridden by anyone with a “normal” drivers’ licence. A possible additional extra, for a group of this size, would be to have a police escort!

New cooking school

Ideal for groups of up to 20 people, the fully participatory cooking experiences can be based around local Algarvian cuisine, or typical Portuguese dinners, or perhaps learning some Michelin-style wackiness with “spherifications” and foam!