Thursday, 03 November 2011 00:00
Thursday, 06 October 2011 00:00Portugal was voted by British travelers as the 9th best country for family vacations, according to the ABTA 2011 Consumer Trends Survey. The study asked consumers what country they think as being the best for a family vacation.
Saturday, 10 September 2011 00:00
Near Arraiolos, Oficina da Terra recently inaugurated its brand-new Earth Village on June 30t, 2011 – a city created by two artisans (Tiago Cabeça and Madga Ventura), crafted entirely of terra cotta.
Imagine an entire town, made up of little houses, little people and little cars, all in clay. It is a constant source of surprise and amazement to each visitor and even the Ministry of Culture, who has declared it a Cultural Interest project. The town is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the dry season. In the winter, over 200 characters are pulled from the scene, but nearly 160 buildings created are weather-resistant. This “most Portuguese village” even incorporates a learning element for kids, who are invited to create their own pieces. Earth Village, as the name indicates, is made entirely of clay and a helping of good fun. It is the product of over two years of work and continues to grow everyday. It is well worth a visit. The mayor of Arraiolos hopes and believes that projects such as this will reinvigorate tourism in the area.
Admission: Children under 2 years - Free when accompanied by a paying adult. Children’s price when with school group. Children under 12 - 3€. Adults (13 to 64)- 5€. Seniors (over 65) or handicapped entry 3.50€.
Thursday, 11 August 2011 00:00
As of June 15, 2011, Mangualde has a beach with sand and salt water. 500 people developed the project in 3 months, by the exact date it had been planned for, says the “Público” today. The entry fee is 5€ and discounts are available. The first artificial salt-water beach in Europe was inaugurated today in Mangualde. About 500 people worked over the past 3 months to turn over 20 thousand square meters of abandoned land into this so-called Live Beach. The waves did not make it this year though. That is a feature to be added on in the 2nd year of operation. The company Live It Well – which established protocol with the town hall of Mangualde – said that they chose Mangualde due to a study which proved Viseu to be the only district in the country with a significant increase in population in the summer months, a time at which the population of the area reaches 1 million, and being only 700 thousand during the rest of the year. The beach is open from June 15th to September 15th, daily until 7 p.m.
Thursday, 07 July 2011 00:00
The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art (EPAE), installed at the National Palace of Queluz performs from May to October, during which the public has the opportunity to admire the work done by riders and horses. On Saturdays at 11 a.m., enjoy spectacles of Equestrian Art (15 euros per person), and on Wednesdays, at the same time (10 euros per person), while in the remaining days of the week are for training, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (7.5 euros per person). The horses are used in EPAE the old Lusitano Stud of Alter Real, founded in 1748 by D. John V.
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