Set just 2,000 miles east of Boston, The Azores are, without question, some of the most beautiful islands in the world… and yet they remain off the radar. The Azores’ year-round mild climate gives these Atlantic islands a fresh, spring like quality no matter when you visit. No matter what the weather back home, it’s always between 58 and 74 degrees F in the Azores. Summer arrives in June and often stays until December. The lava-rich soils, fed by volcano eruptions of the past, nurture more than 1,200 species of plants, flowers and trees. The landscape varies from open fields lined with country roads to tiny towns perched on oceanfront cliffs.
Madeira, Portugal, will see three new luxury hotels opening this June.The Savoy Palace, Les Suites at The Cliff Bay and Pestana Churchill Bay are all set to open on the Portuguese island in the South Atlantic.
So many people are looking for something beyond a hotel - and in Portugal, a land of nearly 900 years of history, you can have some fun choices! Here is a list of some of our favorite inns, set in the ruins of ancient villages - ready to give you a memorable, fun and authentic experience!
The Mayors’ Forum, organized by Portuguese government agencies, City of Lisbon and the Portuguese National Tourist Office was entitled "Cities for All: Building Cities for Residents and Visitors," and addressed the challenges presented by the growing the number of tourists worldwide.
Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá is an iconic Portuguese dish is named for Gomes de Sá, a 19th-century cod merchant who developed this cod casserole for the Restaurante Lisbonense in Porto. Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa, that is how you say Cod in Portuguese!
If you are going to Portugal, you should fly to Lisbon? Well, no. Lisbon is the destination for the majority of flights from the US, but it is one of three-airports that have non-stop service to the US. Porto and Ponta Delgada (Azores) both get flights from the New York area, and there is year-round service to Ponta Delgada from Boston.
Can I get by with Spanish. Well, this might seem like wearing a Yankee’s hat to Fenway Park – but it is not a bad idea. While younger Portuguese speak English quite well, most Portuguese understand Spanish. But the issue is, they may not speak it back to you – and Portuguese might read a little like Spanish, but it sure does not sound like Spanish.
One of the most popular songs to ever come out of Portugal got renamed, and it is a bit insulting. It started as a 1937 musical review tune by Raul Portela and José Galhardo - the team behind "Coimbra" and "Lisboa não sejas francesa." The song as a fado/march. But when Amália Rodrigues recorded it in the 1950's the unique melody caught on.
The A330neo is a true new generation aircraft building on the A330’s success and leveraging on A350 XWB technology. It incorporates the highly efficient new generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and a new higher span 3D optimised wing with new sharklets fully optimized for the best aerodynamic performance.
Madeira is a semi-tropical island rising from sea level to over 6,000 feet. Its steep pitch gives the island six distinct climate zones. The ancient Laurissilva cloud forest at the highest elevations is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In fact, 2/3rds of Madeira is conservation land. It has mountain plains, valleys, high peaks, streams, rocky coastlines, and tidal pools. The island has a unique landscape accessed by a modern roadway system of new tunnels, and the older mountain roads they replaced that wind along the hillsides.