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Coimbra University Tower now open to visitors

Sunday, 07 October 2012 00:00

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The Tower of the University of Coimbra, which is almost three centuries old, opened to the public after preservation work. Guided tours may now be booked in advance. And, you can climb to the top of the Tower of the University of Coimbra, the largest academic symbol of the city. From the top of the tower with 180 steps and 34 meters high, it is possible to see almost the entire city, the fields and the Mondego River and the hills surrounding Coimbra. Tickets can be purchased at the University Store (Main Library atrium, near the Porta Férrea).

 

Lisbon is a must-visit in 2012, according to readers of the Lonely Planet travel guide

Thursday, 26 January 2012 00:00

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The ranking annual Best in Travel 2012 - Readers' Choice Awards, a British publication, put the Portuguese capital as the second must-visit place for 2012. By surpassing cities such as Barcelona, London and Berlin, Lisbon is near the top of the must see list from readers. "The quality and variety of the city are the issues highlighted by the readers of Lonely Planet, which recognizes Lisbon as a city of contrasts, where you can have a unique experience, the expectation of everyone," according to Tourism Lisbon

 

Montados to apply for World Heritage

Monday, 09 January 2012 00:00

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The technical teams responsible for application for World Heritage in January are working on an application for the Montados. These cork oak woodlands, known as “montados” in Portugal, have been used to produce cork and graze livestock for centuries, making them a haven for wildlife. Forty-two bird species depend on them, including the endangered Spanish imperial eagle (with a global population down to 130 pairs), as well as rare species like the black vulture and black stork. Smaller birds, such as robins, finches and song thrushes, migrate to the Iberian Peninsula’s cork forests from northern Europe, along with blackcaps from the United Kingdom. In spring and summer, the cork forests are home to a rich variety of butterflies and plants, with more than 60 plant species recorded in just one square meter. In more remote parts of these protected lands, the rare Iberian lynx can still be found.

The cork oak is the only tree that can regenerate its bark. Natural wine corks are from the bark of these trees, which are stripped every nine years. One particular tree, known as the “Whistler Tree” because of the many singing birds attracted to it, is said to be 212 years old. It is estimated that this tree alone had produced 1,000,000 corks by the year 2000.

Alentejo Tourism is expected to have "the process of the application completed in July 2013" for the file is delivered to the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris (France).

 

The New York Times enthuses about Destination Madeira

Sunday, 15 August 2010 00:00

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The popular newspaper describes Madeira as a destination fit for the younger generation looking for nature and adventure vacations. Madeira was once popular amongst the older British generation due to their previous influence on the island, but in recent years that market has shifted. The article also comments that Madeira is favored by a spring-like climate throughout the year, spectacular cliff scenery and hundreds of miles of irrigation channels that offer long walks.

 

NY Times Highlights Portugal success in sustainable energy

Tuesday, 10 August 2010 14:55

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Today's (August 11, 2010) New York Time lauds Portugal's dramatic investment and success in sustainable energy across the board. The article says:

Five years ago, the leaders of this sun-scorched, wind-swept nation made a bet: To reduce Portugal's dependence on imported fossil fuels, they embarked on an array of ambitious renewable energy projects ‹ primarily harnessing the country¹s wind and hydropower, but also its sunlight and ocean waves. Beyond Fossil Fuels. Today, Lisbon's trendy bars, Porto's factories and the Algarve's glamorous resorts are powered substantially by clean energy. Nearly 45 percent of the electricity in Portugal's grid will come from renewable sources this year, up from 17 percent just five years ago.