The 'Tree of the Year' annual competition promoted by EPA looks for trees with stories. It was the first time Portugal was participating and The Whistler took away the first prize just on the International Forrest Day.
In the foothills of the Centro de Portugal Region lies an ancient secret. The town of Belmonte there was the center of community life for “crypto” Jews a people who, for centuries, practiced their religion in secret after it had been banned by the Inquisition. Judaism was abolished in 1496 in Belmonte and other Portuguese towns, but the Jewish people kept their rituals and faith alive in secret for centuries. As generations died away, the origins of these rituals were lost to memory.
On the coast, you have some amazing places, washed by the Atlantic Ocean – Nazare, with its beaches, colorful fish boats, and high cliffs is delightful any day of the year, but is also offers the biggest wave\s and the most intense surfing. Up the coast you have beach resorts like Figueira da Foz and Mira. And the city of Aveiro, with is canals and bright boats is a must visit, as is its sandy coastline-with saltpans and some of the freshest fish anywhere.
Forget the day-after-Christmas sales at the local mall. Fly to Portugal where boutiques and stores will mark fine crafted items down by as much as 80 percent from January 7th to February 28th. Only 4 to 5 hours from the United States, Portugal is the closest European country to our shores. If you go at the right time, you can find tremendous values on all types of fine luxury items.
In 2016, 58% of all power produced in Portugal came from renewable sources. That was an increase of 8% over the previous year. Portugal has vast wind facilities and solar arrays, and not a single nuclear plant. In comparison, about 15% of the energy generated in the US is from renewable sources.
, Lisbon’s newest attraction is the Experiência Pilar 7 – Centro Interpretativo da Ponte 25 de Abril (Pillar 7 Experience – Ponte 25 de Abril Interpretive Centre). See the bridge as you’ve never seen it before, through the construction and with an elevator ride to a panoramic viewing platform located about 80 metres above the river and offering unique views of the city, and of Belém and the River Tejo in particular.
Portugal, the nation on a roll interns of accolades and awards, was just named Europe’s leading destination, and the archipelago of Madeira was voted Europe’s leading island destination by the World Travel Awards 2017.
Portugal is the next big place. So, what is next? What’s opening? What’s new? Here are a few travel secrets in Portugal that only insiders know...
The wild and romantic Centro region contains more contrasts, history and natural wonders than most entire countries. From the colorful beach houses of Aveiro…to the majesty of baroque Coimbra…to the Roman remains of Conimbriga…to the castles, fortresses and ancient cathedrals of Castelo Branco and the interior.
Few nations can claim to be founded by the courage and vision of just one person. Even ancient Rome had Romulus and Remus…but as to Europe's oldest nation-state, Portugal, it owes its existence to the stubbornness, perseverance and skill of one man: Dom Afonso Henriques.