Sunday, 03 February 2013 00:00
The village of Montoito, in the Alentejo, is the home to a tourism project considered unprecedented in Portugal: one dedicated to the world of horses and bullfighting, an investment of more than 700 thousand euros. The Lusitaurus Equestrian and Bullfighting Center is set on a small farm in Montoito near Redondo. The owner of the center, António Martins, calls the project "unprecedented" in Portugal, and that this market segment is "not yet explored" in the country. "It's an area with little or no competition and as the horses and bulls are quite entrenched in Portugal’s culture, so we decided to focus on this aspect," he said. The Lusitaurus Center will offer all kinds of equestrian activities, such as riding lessons, workouts for riders, lessons in bullfighting on foot, Forcado training (the art of bull wrestling) equestrian touring and horseback riding. The space is equipped with a swimming pool bar, restaurant and eight apartments with 10 rooms. “This is bold investment that is unique,” Martins said.
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 00:00
The cork, as a 100% natural product, is the natural landmark throughout the main building of the hotel, as well as throughout the surrounding landscape abroad. Thus was born the ECORKHOTEL, an Eco-Hotel in which the use of cork, in its outside, is one of the rare buildings in the world using this feature. The use of cork in the main building, such as thermal and acoustic insulation, allows exceptional energy efficiency and a unique natural environment. The entire hotel was designed and built with maximum energy efficiency. For this purpose, it uses geothermal heating for the main building, and solar panels to hear the hot water in the rooms and pools.
This Eco-Hotel is the latest 4-star superior hotel in the city. It offers 56 private suites surrounded by cork trees, holm oaks and centennial olive trees. With a modern design and contemporary design, the hotel offers a relaxing setting in the middle of the typical countryside, only five minutes from the historic center of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage city since 1986. It is a one-hour drive from Lisbon’s city and airport. It combines the ideal conditions to break away from the daily routine for a weekend escapade, a few vacation days with family, or as a quiet and restful stay during business trips.
The Ecorkhotel, Évora Suites & Spa offers facilities and innovative infrastructures differentiated from any other hotel or resort of the region. Among the most notable there is the outdoor pool raised on the 1st floor, “the pool of Heaven/Skypool,” with a gorgeous, breathtaking view of the Alentejo landscape and of the town. The Ecork-Spa offers an indoor pool, sauna circuit and Turkish bath, as well as treatment and relaxation rooms. The gym, with class lessons, invites to well-being of body and mind. The on-site restaurant “Cardo,” overlooks the typical Alentejo landscape in a quiet and exquisite ambience, with a menu of Mediterranean flavors and traditional Portuguese cuisine. Here you will enjoy a unique gastronomic experience.
Saturday, 12 January 2013 00:00
Vidigueira has won the title "City of Wine" next year, with several planned initiatives related to viticulture in the Alentejo. The town will also focus on promoting scientific ideas through technical meetings, discussions and trainings for professionals and enthusiasts in the world of wine. The program is also part of a series of gastronomic events combining cuisine, winemaking, local products and various cultural, sporting, recreational and environmental events.
Monday, 07 January 2013 00:00
Nostalgia is to become a tourism product offered to those looking for roots in rural Europe. For those in the United States who trace their family tree back to rural areas, we have a treat for you. This January, tour packages developed by Genuineland (Network of Village Tourism in Alentejo) can bring American tourists to Europe to visit the province’s rural destinations. This product began with an international survey on tourism, carried out by Áurea Rodrigues, and aimed to verify that nostalgia is a key tourist attraction. By the end of the year, a website will be established that allows the dissemination of products and services associated with the product “nostalgia.” Tourists will be invited to tell what they want to know and what they would try to help Genuineland provide a travel plan tailored to individual expectations of the visitor. The researcher says that the study questionnaires were made to United States residents who traveled to rural areas of Tuscany, Italy and Portugal, having found that the visitors who travel to Portugal make more return trips and tend to be more nostalgic than those who went to Italy. "In a country like Portugal that has a number of emigrants, both first and second generation, it is regrettable that the market for nostalgia is not exploited, as in destinations like Ireland or Scotland," says Rodrigues. While Portugal is almost an emerging destination to most Americans, the culture of Tuscany is present in everyday life through restoration, food brands, books and movies. According to Turismo de Portugal, the United States was the fastest growing market in terms of entries in the country in the first six months of 2012, which makes it the ninth largest market. In the level of revenue, American tourists represent the seventh largest market. For Genuineland, are all conditions for which nostalgia can achieve greater loyalty to destinations such as the Alentejo. Source: Publico.pt
Thursday, 29 November 2012 21:08
The art of chocalheira (bell making) of Alcáçovas, Arraiolos rugs, tapestries of Portalegre, the popular festivities of Campo Maior and rafts of SaoTorpes are cultural expressions that Alentejo Tourism wants to see recognized by UNESCO.
The president of the Regional Tourism Office (ERT) Alentejo, said that the region has already underway a candidacy relating to the Montado cork Forests and and Alentejo song.
The project aims to safeguard the art of making the typical bells of Alcáçovas (near Viana do Alentejo), the Arraiolos rugs and tapestry Portalegre, the party of the people of Campo Maior, when the streets of the village are "bedecked" with flowers paper, and rafts SaoTorpes (near Sines), which is a vessel of Phoenician origin and used in artisanal fishing spot.
“They are decisive. Therefore, it is essential to value and protect these intangible assets, which belong to the identity of Alentejo, so that they can bear the “seal” of UNESCO, which will contribute to boosting tourism and economy of the region,” he said.
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