Please Click the link below for our 2020 brochure.
Please Click the link below for our 2020 brochure.
Cyber Monday is here!!!
Tour Azores have a great deal for you, we are offering $100 per person off a land package with the purchase of airfare.
The travel packages included on the cyber Monday are all our;
We are also offering a discount of $200 per person on the following escorted tour:
Do not hesitate to contact us and do not lose this opportunity, enjoy this Monday and make it a better one, with plans!
We have exciting news as Tap Air Portugal opens new routes to Portugal that will certainly benefit our clients. Montreal-Lisbon and Boston-Ponta Delgada are TAP’s new routes, all starting next year (2020).
From 2020, Boston will have, from Lisbon and Ponta Delgada, two direct routes to Lisbon. Boston is the hub city of TAP partner JetBlue, which will allow the Portuguese company to carry even more passengers from various points of the US.
Hint: this route will operate 5 days a week starting the first week of June and we will be able to book you starting Monday, November 25th, 2020.
Canada’s second largest city is TAP’s newest North Atlantic destination.
The Airline will operate six weekly frequencies between Lisbon and Montreal. Flights depart to the new destination in North America from the Portuguese capital every day, except Wednesdays, at 2:55 pm and arrive in the Canadian city at 5:40 pm. And will be available for sale from November 25, with operations beginning next year.
Need help in booking your flight to Portugal? Give us a call at 1-888-678-9093, as we are one of the top sellers of Portugal in the U.S. and we are Tap Air Portugal partners.
One of the unique dishes of the Island of São Miguel in the Azores is the traditional “cozido das Furnas“, a geothermal meal. The cozido is a very complete dish that consists of various meats (Chicken, chouriço, pork, mourcela blood sausage) and vegetables (cabbage, potatoes, kale, carrots, etc). Its popularity doesn’t rely on its ingredients, but in the way, it cooks naturally.
The meal usually is seasoned and prepared one day before. In addition, the locals cut the ingredients in medium portions and place them in a pot, making sure to alternate layers of meats and vegetables. The last and top layer includes the blood sausage and chouriço, rolled in a cabbage leaf. Afterward, they cover the pot with the lid and tie it with a rope. Experts recommend to put it inside a plastic bag, to preserve its juices.
Early next morning, they place the pot inside a hole at the “Caldeiras” from Furnas. For 5 to 7 hours the meal cooks slowly by the volcanic steam, as a result, its texture and flavor are very unique. The experience of watching the process and then trying the food is something we can assure you have probably never experienced before. Definitely something worth trying and something we make sure our clients try on their visit to the Green Island!
Here is a video of the process of the cozido:
Furnas is located in the easternmost of three active volcanoes on the island of São Miguel, therefore all its historically Volcanic activity. The village is dotted with boiling water springs and mud springs. It has a strong sulfuric smell and clouds of vapor that emerges from the hot bubbling springs. Something very impressive to watch!
We know our clients love the experience and the “cozido” so much that we make sure to include them as a full day tour in the following tours:
São Miguel Island Tour
Lisbon’s Pink Street is one of Lisbon’s hottest nightlife spots. During the day it is a quiet street in which you can take very nice colorful photos and at night it becomes the perfect place for those who want to experience Lisbon’s nightlife. You can bar-hop among several popular bars, such as Pensão Amor and Sol e Pesca or go dancing at Music Box, one of the city’s hottest dance clubs.
According to the New York Times it is one of the top 12 favorite streets in Europe.
Lisbon’s “Pink Street”, originally known as “Rua Nova do Carvalho” had some shady origins. Located near the river Tagus, the street was known for decades as the street of the red light district.
Sailors and criminals would go by to enjoy the company of women at the brothels and bars, named after European capitals, like Copenhagen, Oslo or Roterdão. As you can imagine, the street had a terrible reputation. But starting in 2011 it had a complete makeover. The city closed down the brothels and the shabby bars in order to open new cafes and a different kind of nightlife. As a result, the street now attracts locals and tourists from all over the world.
As you can see in the photos, the pavement between the terraces, bars and clubs is painted pink. The old scandalous buildings have turned into art works and the street is now one of Lisbon’s most popular destinations.
A unique experience that we recommend our clients while visiting Madeira, is to enjoy the afternoon tea at the Belmond Reid’s Palace.
The historic hotel is located on top of a cliff, therefore it has a magnificent view of the Funchal Harbor and is surrounded by lush subtropical gardens. Since its construction in 1891 by Scotsman William Reid, it quickly became an attraction to European royalty and English aristocracy.
Winston Churchill, Emperor Karl Von Habsburg, Roger Moore, Gregory Peck, dramatist George Bernard Shaw and more recently Jean-Marie Le Pen and Stephanie of Monaco, are some of the important guests the luxury hotel has welcomed.
“Anticipate a truly timeless affair.”
Certainly, the afternoon tea is a unique and very special experience that you shouldn’t miss!
The 36€ Menu includes delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and homemade pastries, all accompanied by your choice from a selection of 24 teas (green, black or infusions). For the champagne lovers, you can also request a glass of champagne for 18,50€ more.
Tea is served in the hotel’s beautiful terrace with a breathtaking view over the City Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. If you want, you can also enjoy a botanical tour of the hotel subtropical gardens. The stroll through the gardens happens twice a week.
The afternoon tea is available daily from 3pm to 4:30pm. The hotel dress code for the afternoon tea is smart casual dress, as a result, no sportswear or shorts allowed.
To visit the Hotel’s Afternoon Tea Menu, click here.
Have you experienced the afternoon tea at Belmond Reid’s Palace in Madeira? Tell us about it!
Every year, June 10 marks officially the Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities.
Portugal Day is an official holiday only observed in Portugal, but the Portuguese communities all around the world celebrate the National Holiday. The date commemorates the death of Luís de Camões (June 10, 1580). The reason why it is celebrated on his death date is due to the fact that his birth date is unknown.
Camões was an adventurer, fighter and a literary icon that wrote “Os Lusíadas”. The Lusíadas is a national epic poem that celebrates the15th-century Portuguese Explorations and achievements, that brought fame and fortune to the country. This poem became a symbol of the Portuguese Empire and is considered one of the most important works in Portuguese literature. When he died, in 1580, the Portuguese succession crisis happened resulting in Phillip II of Spain claiming the Portuguese throne. After this, for three decades Portugal was ruled by three generations of Spanish kings. It was until 1640 when the country regained its independence and John of Bragança, became King John IV of Portugal.
During the Carnation Revolution, Portugal Day celebrations were officially suspended in 1974. The celebrations resumed after 1974 and were expanded to include the Portuguese Communities, Portuguese emigrants and their descendants living in communities all around the world.
We wish you a very happy Day of Portugal! If you are Portuguese, tell us in the comments how do you celebrate it where you are?
By: Elisa C. De Melo
If you are not Portuguese, and have never been to Madeira, chances are you probably have never heard of a “levada walk”. Since you are probably wondering what is this “thing” that we are suggesting for you to do, please allow us to clarify first what is a “Levada”. “Levada” is a Portuguese word that comes from the word “levar” (which means to carry). To be more accurate, a levada is a small canal that carries water.
These mini canals were developed long time ago, they date back to the 16th century. Built as irrigation systems to distribute water from rainfall and wet regions to the drier regions of the Island. Still today, these narrow water canals continue to deliver water to vineyards, banana plantations, fruit and vegetable gardens and the hydro-electric power stations around Madeira. The irrigation system now comprises more than 200 levadas, with an impressive 1,864 miles of mini canals and 25 miles of tunnels.
Now you can assume what a “levada walk” is. The famous “levada walks” are walking trails in narrow paths beside the Levadas. They are the perfect activity for the explorer and nature lover that wants to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing walk away from the city. Levadas are inaccessible by car. They allow you to disconnect and venture into the island, without being afraid of getting lost.
If you want to learn more about the Islands fauna and flora, admire panoramic and breathtaking landscapes and reconnect with yourself, then levada walks are for you. They are definitely one of the most unique experiences that you can have while visiting the Island!
Keep in mind that Levada walks range in difficulty, so if you are not an experienced walker you can choose an easy one, and if you are experienced then you can venture in one that would be more challenging.
We recommend to bring proper walking shoes, socks and clothes, camera or phone, binoculars, hat, a light rain jacket and a light backpack loaded with water, a mix trail, snacks and a sandwich. During your walk you will surely find a place to sit down, take a bite and relax. It could even be next to a waterfall!
As with any place that you visit, we would like to cordially ask to pick up your trash and carry it with you until you can dump it in a proper garbage can. We want to preserve the beauty and nature of these places so that they continue to be enjoyed by future generations.
Are you ready to discover the best of Madeira by foot? Then let’s go for a levada walk!
We have several tours to Madeira where you can add a levada walk tour:
If you want to be authentic and eat like a local, you should definitely go to a “Tasca”. And what is this thing that all the Portuguese people love so much?
“Tascas” are known to be inexpensive, most of the times they are tiny spaces that serve home-style food in large portions at affordable prices. The only risk here is that you might feel so comfortable that it would seem like you’re at home. These traditional places are great to learn more about Portuguese culture because for us Portuguese, having a meal is an important part of our daily routine.
Here are some of the ones that I highly recommend:
This is the kind of place that feels like home, it is very typical and familiar. Even the paving (floor) is typical from Portugal, the Calçada Portuguesa, one of the oldest features of the city, it is one of Lisbon’s trademarks.
Contacts: Tv. do Sequeiro 38, 1200-259 Lisboa, Portugal. +351 21 347 9243.
This is the best place for “petiscos” (typical tasty delicacies similar to tapas) like moelas or pataniscas. This is the typical Tasca, where you have the traditional environment of a tavern, with the aluminum display case and the enormous jugs of wine.
Contacts: Rua dos Sapateiros, 230 Lisboa 1100-581.213425135. https://www.facebook.com/Merendinha-do-Arco-363697533735831/
Contacts: R. do Diário de Notícias 39, 1200-141 Lisboa, Portugal. +351 961 339 696. http://www.tascadochico.com/
The best dish to eat here is the “bacalhau” (codfish), this restaurant, located in Mouraria has tasteful traditional Portuguese food.
Contacts: R. João do Outeiro 24, 1100-584 Lisboa, Portugal. +351 21 886 5436.
This place has all the traditional Portuguese food you can think of, the pleasant atmosphere allows you to taste some of the best wines of Portugal. It’s the perfect combination between a restaurant and a tavern.
Contacts: Rua dos Fanqueiros, 161, Lisboa. 218 870 290.
This is definitely an affordable place that you don’t want to skip. The barbecue, especially the entrecosto (pork ribs) is great and served in big portions so that you can share it.
Contacts: Beco dos Surradores, 3, Lisboa. +351 218 869 641.
The “picanha”, “maminha” and “bitoque” steak are a must try, this restaurant has great beef and well-grilled strips that you should not miss. It is in Marvila, a neighborhood that is becoming a hot spot.
Contacts: Rua Zofimo Pedroso 33, Lisbon 1950-290, Portugal. +351 21 868 9300.
Tascas are very simple, cheap and typical but the pleasant flavor is appreciated by everyone. The food is well served, looks homemade and the dishes are typical Portuguese foods. It’s a great way to know more about Portuguese Culture without breaking the bank!
Written by Ines Andrade e Sousa, Master in Tourism and Communication.
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Pastel de Nata or “Portuguese custard tart” is one of the most known delicacies of Portugal. It is a delicious Portuguese egg tart pastry with a history behind.
The traditional Pastéis de Nata were created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon.
Years later, when the Pastéis de Nata began to become famous, the original recipe was sold to the bakery Antiga Confeitaria de Belém (located in Belém, a district of Lisbon). Then they renamed them “Pastéis de Belém”.
This delicacy is made with puff pastry (massa folhada) and the custard is a simple mixture of flour, milk, sugar, cinnamon, water, vanilla, and egg yolks.
So, in practical terms which are the major differences between Pastéis de Nata and Pastéis de Belém?
My personal choice goes to………… PASTÉIS DE BELÉM!! Mostly because of the crust, they are delicious!
However, both Pastéis de Belém and Pastéis de Nata are a cultural treasure of Portugal. To go to Lisbon and not try them is a crime!
Inês has a Master’s degree in Tourism and Communication. She is a native Portuguese, born and raised in Lisbon who has a passion for tourism, traveling and Portuguese heritage.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of TourAzores, any other agency, organization, employer or company.