Murça is a village in Vila Real district famous for the legend of a threatening beast living in the woods that would scare locals in the decade of 770. When finally caught by a knight, the animal thought to be a bear was after all a pig. A statue now serves as a city symbol.
Portugal won for the second time in a row the Best European Destination title attributed by the World Travel Awards. The country took home 36 awards total, given to Lisbon as the best City Destination, Madeira as the best Island Destination and the public tourism office as the Best Official Tourism Bureau of the year, amongst other.
Comporta comes 2nd in the Top Ten selection of Condé Nast’s Traveller magazine for best holiday destination in August. Looking for the best sunshine around the world not crowded by tourists, the magazine refers to Comporta as "a region of golden-sand stretches of beach, of rice paddies, canals and fields bulging with organic courgettes"
In terms of amenities, the Grand Hotel has a total of 140 rooms, 62 of which are City View, 18 Bay View, 50 Sea View, 5 Suites and 5 Junior Suites. It also provides 4 meeting rooms for conferences, events or banquets, with capacity up to 240 people, as well as small executive meeting rooms. It also features a heated indoor pool, gym, room service, laundry service and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
FM Industries Sycrillor is to invest 5 million euro in a jewelry factory in Covilha. The city, combining good geographic conditions in the central part of the country with the public support to external investment has been growing towards becoming a industrial hub.
The vast majority of the foreign residents in Portugal feel welcomed by the Portuguese, and some of them are considering staying forever
Linking Santa Comba, in Beira Alta region, to Viseu, in the Central region, this is a 49.300km of extension railway track that got converted into a public bike road in 2007. The Ecopista do Dão project involved building a bicycle path recreating the train lane but also rebuilding the old stations and along the way.
The Chapel of Bones is a small chapel, part of the Sao Francisco church in Évora. Decorated with human bones and scalps, it represents the fragility of live and reminds the believers of their mortality. Built in the 17th century, it is now open to visitors.
The Azores led the World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations as the Best of the Atlantic. The award was given recently at ITB Berlin. The Azores and the Oeste Region (as best of Europe) were selected to the top ten from 100 sustainable destinations. An international jury picked 32 finalists before naming two regions in Portugal to the World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations 2018 list.
Reader's Digest nominated Tomar as one of the best off-radar destinations for those looking for unusual escaped. In the Portuguese central region, Tomar actually preserves part of the nations History. The Convent of Christ served as the Knights Templar headquarters for centuries and the historical sights downtown recover architecture from the Renaissance and the Manoelin period.