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Dez companhias aéreas estreiam-se este Verão no aeroporto de Lisboa

Category : Lisbon , Portugal

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Uma dezena de companhias aéreas estreia-se este Verão no Aeroporto Humberto Delgado, em Lisboa, com destaque para o reforço da operação de empresas originárias de países da Europa de Leste.

Das dez novas transportadoras a operar em Lisboa desde 27 de Março, data que assinala o arranque do verão na aviação comercial, quatro são provenientes da Europa mais oriental – a romena Blue Air, a búlgara Bulgaria Air, a croata Croatia Airlines e a russa Ural Airlines.

Passaram a voar para Lisboa ainda a grega Aegean Airlines, com ligação a Atenas, a espanhola Air Nostrum, a brasileira Azul, a inglesa Monarch e as portuguesas Everjets, para o Funchal, e a Orbest, com voos ‘charter’ para destinos turísticos, como Cancún e Punta Cana.

Em contrapartida, segundo os dados da ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, Lisboa perdeu duas companhias também da Europa de Leste – a russa Transaero Airlines e a ucraniana Ukraine Airlines.

Do panorama geral, o aeroporto de Lisboa foi o mais atrativo para as companhias aéreas, seguido por Faro, que conquistou duas novas empresas (as ‘low cost’ espanhola Volotea e austríaca Niki), sem perder nenhuma das que já voavam para o aeroporto algarvio.

A novidade no Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro, no Porto, foi a Wizzair, companhia aérea de baixo custo da Europa Central e de Leste, com sede na Hungria, com voos para Varsóvia.

Também o aeroporto do Funchal ganhou uma nova companhia, a portuguesa Everjets, que entretanto já pôs fim aos voos regulares entre o continente e a Madeira, prometendo continuar as operações, nomeadamente para o Porto Santo, mas apenas através de voos ‘charter’.

Segundo os dados da gestora aeroportuária, o aeroporto de Lisboa é também o que oferece este verão mais novas rotas, num total de 11, sendo seguido de perto pelo de Faro, que este verão tem oito novas rotas.

O Porto tem três novas (Colónia, Copenhaga e Varsóvia), Funchal e Ponta Delgada uma nova rota (Amesterdão e Providence, no estado norte-americano de Rhode Island, com o retomar dos voos da Sata, respectivamente).

Fonte: Economico

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New flights launched between Lisbon, Bulgaria and Russia

Category : Lisbon , Portugal

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Five new flights have recently been added to operations at Lisbon’s Portela airport, between the Portuguese capital, the Bulgarian capital Sofia and the Russian capital Moscow.

The once-weekly direct flight between Lisbon and Sofia is operated by Bulgaria’s national carrier Bulgaria Air.
Launched at the end of April the weekly flight lands in Lisbon on Thursdays at 11pm, and leaves again for Sofia 50 minutes later, linking the two historic capitals with a flight of just under four hours.

National airport management company ANA – Airports of Portugal said the Lisbon-Sofia operation is “another new company and another new destination for Lisbon, which has seen its connections grow and its options for Portuguese passengers diversify as well as amplifying the entry of tourists to Portugal.”

Passengers on the inaugural flight from Sofia were welcomed to Lisbon with a party atmosphere, including cake, champagne and a celebratory selfie to take away with them, to mark the occasion.

Also on 1 May, Lisbon Airport welcomed Russian Ural Airline’s inaugural flight from Moscow, a route so far operated only by Portugal’s national flag-carrier TAP.

The Yekaterinburg-based airline is using an Airbus A320 to operate the flights, on Thursdays and Sundays, with the incoming aircraft landing in Lisbon at 11.50am and set to depart again an hour later.

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Preço das casas deve aumentar entre 2% a 3% em Lisboa, Algarve e Porto

Category : Portugal

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Nos próximos doze meses, o preço das casas deve aumentar entre 2% e 3% nos três principais mercados habitacionais do país, de acordo com o inquérito mensal Portuguese Housing Market Survey, produzido pelo RICS e pela Confidencial Imobiliário (Ci).

Lisboa deverá registar a subida mais expressiva (2,9%), seguindo-se o Algarve (2,7%) e o Porto (2%). Em termos médios nacionais, a subida esperada é de 2,5% nos próximos doze meses. Os promotores e mediadores inquiridos neste survey mensal consideram mesmo que o aumento do preço das casas vá acelerar, apontando para um crescimento médio anual de 4% nos próximos 5 anos no mercado português.

Esta subida expectável dos preços resulta do bom momento do mercado de compra e venda de casas, com as vendas a aumentarem em Março pelo terceiro mês consecutivo após a ligeira quebra registada em Novembro. A procura por parte dos novos compradores também aumentou a um ritmo sólido em Março em todas a regiões e também as novas instruções para venda (indicador da oferta) têm vindo a subir, indo ao encontro da procura.

Para Ricardo Guimarães, director da Confidencial Imobiliário, é claro que “o sentimento global do mercado é positivo, resultado de factores de natureza geral, como o facto de existir um Orçamento de Estado em vigor, mas também fatores específicos, que têm ganho dinâmica e sustentado a evolução do mercado. É o caso do aumento dos novos créditos concedidos e o ressurgimento dos vistos Gold, após meses de congelamento”.

Já Simon Rubinsohn, Economista Sénior do RICS, comenta que “a recuperação da economia portuguesa continuou a progredir a um ritmo constante até ao momento, com os inquéritos aos agentes de mercado a mostrar que a confiança se mantém sólida. Assim, a melhoria dos fundamentos do mercado deve continuar a impulsionar ainda mais o crescimento da actividade no mercado de habitação nos próximos meses”.

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Vivre au Portugal: les avantages

Category : Portugal

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Le Portugal est desormais entrain de devenir une des destinations privilégiées des français à l’heure de la retraite, au même titre que le Maroc (qui compte près de 50 000 français retraités) ou que l’Espagne. 
Près de 5 000 français ont fait le choix de vivre au Portugal en 2015 et 20 000 sont attendus dans les 2 ans à venir. Le Portugal possède en effet de nombreux avantages qui en font un pays privilégié pour passer sa retraite :

Le Portugal : proximité avec la France

La proximité avec la France et l’appartenance à la zone euro est un avantage considérable aux yeux des français qui partent vivre au Portugal, leur permettant de garder un lien avec leurs proches et d’alterner les lieux de vie en fonction de leurs envies.

Lisbonne se situe à moins de 2H30 de Paris et les désertes aériennes sont nombreuses : on dénombre près de 400 vols hebdomadaires depuis la France vers le Portugal (et autant dans l’autre sens), soit approximativement 1 vol/heure.

Il y a également des désertes directes pour Lisbonne depuis Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Marseille

Les tarifs sont accessibles (à partir de 120€ pour un aller/retour paris/lisbonne), notamment grâce aux nombreuses compagnies low-cost effectuant la liaison avec la France (Transavia, Ryannair, easyjet…)

Qualité de vie et pouvoir d’achat au Portugal

De nombreux retraités français qui décident de s’établir au Portugal y cherchent à améliorer leur qualité de vie.

En effet, le pouvoir d’achat est meilleur au Portugal qu’en France. D’une part, l’immobilier y est plus accessible qu’en France, d’autre part, le coût de la vie hors frais de logement y est en moyenne de 30% moins cher.

Ce coût de la vie moindre est à mettre en relation avec un niveau d’infrastructures (qualité des routes, des ports, des aéroports …) de très bonne qualité :

  • Classé 11e par le Word Economic Forum sur 189 pays dans son analyse « Global Competitiveness 2013-2014 »
  • Classé à la 5e place parmi les pays de l’OCDE pour son pourcentage de pénétration du Très Haut Débit ; 15,2% des connexions par fibre optique, au-dessus de la moyenne OCDE
  • 90% des services publics sont accessibles en ligne

Ainsi, même avec une pension de retraite française modeste, votre niveau de vie global pourra se trouvé amélioré au Portugal et ce tout en bénéficiant d’infrastructures qualitatives.

Le Portugal est un également un pays très sûr qui présente le taux de criminalité parmi les plus bas d’Europe.

Facilité d’intégration

Le Portugal présente de nombreux points communs avec la France, notamment culturels: origine latine, tradition catholique, culture méditerranéenne…

Le dépaysement est moins important que dans un pays de culture sensiblement différente, l’adaptation à votre nouveau mode de vie sera donc facilitée. De plus, nos 2 pays ont de nombreux liens tissés depuis longtemps : la communauté portugaise est la plus importante communauté « étrangère » en France, près de 15%, (700 000 portugais se sont installés en France dans les années 70).

La communauté française au Portugal est également très importante, notamment à Lisbonne.

Les portugais sont plus de 50% à parler une deuxième langue : un grand nombre d’entre eux (notamment les plus âgés), parlent français, les plus jeunes parlent aisément l’anglais, ce qui permet de se faire comprendre facilement et de s’intégrer rapidement.

La fiscalité portugaise avantageuse pour les retraités

La convention fiscale qui lie la France au Portugal et le décret Portugais instaurant le statut spécifique de « Résident Non Habituel » permettent aux retraités français d’être totalement exonérés d’impôt sur les revenus d’origine française (pensions de retraite du secteur privé, dividendes et intérêts), et ce pendant 10 ans, à condition de ne pas avoir été domiciliés au Portugal dans les 5 années qui précèdent.
C’est le régime des Résidents Non Habituels (RNH).

Source: My Silver Way

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UK’s Monarch opens Lisbon route

Category : Lisbon

As from this Friday, Monarch is to begin flying to Lisbon from Gatwick and Manchester, the company said Thursday.

Monarch begins flying to Lisbon from Gatwick and Manchester, the company said.

The new flights come in the run-up to the June 17 launch of flights between Lisbon and Birmingham with the Monarch statement adding that these flights would take place four times a week.

“We continuously refine and develop our network strategy looking closely at where and at what time our customers want to fly. We are delighted to announce that for Summer 16 we will launch two new destinations to Lisbon and Madrid both of which we know will be a popular choice with our customers,” said Marjan Schoeke, Head of Network Development, Monarch.

Lisbon becomes Monarch’s third Portuguese destination with flights to and from Faro and Gatwick, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds Bradford whilst Funchal, Madeira is served by flights from Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester.

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All you need to know about the Golden Visa

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STEP 1 – THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU COME TO PORTUGAL

  • Contact our consultants (info@cascaisvilla.net): provide your basic information, so we can send you an invitation for applying for a business trip schengen visa.
  • Contact the portuguese diplomatic mission that serves your region and, if applicable, obtain a valid schengen visa from the portuguese embassy or consulate in your country.
  • Obtain a copy of your criminal record from the authorities of the country in which you have most recently lived during at least one full year and have it certified by the portuguese consulate or by the apostils of the hague convention.
  • Documentary evidence of the eligibility of family member applicants other than the spouse and under 18-year old children will be required (if in doubt, please contact us about this).
  • If your documents are not in portuguese or english, obtain certified translations by a portuguese consulate-recognized translator of: (1) your passport; (2) your criminal record; (3) your health insurance policy, which must cover medical and hospital care in Portugal (you haven’t got this you may purchase it through your portuguese bank); and (4) your driving license or recent utility bill.

STEP 2 – VISIT TO PORTUGAL: PROPERTY SELECTION, LAWYERS, FISCAL REPRESENTATIVE, BANK ACCOUNT AND SEF

  • Meet with any of our consultants to find out more about the properties available in Portugal. We are currently marketing a range of properties :
    1. Residential properties: apartments and villas to live or lease
    2. Touristic apartments or villas (ideal for short-term rentals), in some cases with guaranteed return
    3. Buildings or palaces for renovation
    4. Commercial properties, including shops, and offices
    5. Hotels and resorts
    6. Wine and olive farms
  • Start your one-stop shop of real estate property. We will bring you to visit not only our properties, but also other properties from other real estate agencies.
  • Once you select a property, we will recommend you a trustable and full-experienced law company as well as a fiscal representative.
  • Lawyers will be responsible for golden visa application requirements and procedures, as well as for property due diligence, including confirming: the title of the property, if the person or company selling actually owns the property, whether there are any outstanding charges or costs associated with the property, if the appropriate building licenses or permissions are in order should you buy a plot of land or building for renovation, and that the terms and conditions stipulated by the vendor are fair and legal
  • Lawyers will be granted power of attorney to represent you and sign the promissory contract and definitive contract.
  • The fiscal representative will get you a portuguese tax number, required for the purchase, and manage your tax issues in Portugal on an ongoing basis
  • On the day of visit to the lawyers’ office, besides making the property reservation, appointing a fiscal representative, they will assist you on opening a bank account at a portuguese bank and schedule an interview at SEF (foreign exchange services) to give your biometric data and information.

STEP 3 – PROMISSORY CONTRACT, FINISH PAYMENT, DEED OF TRANSFER, AND PROPERTY REGISTRATION

  • To complete the purchase, your lawyer will need to prepare the promissory contract. This contract stipulates the details of the purchaser, vendor and property, payments, timings, etc, which have been agreed between the parties. You can either attend the signing in person or grant your lawyer power of attorney to attend and sign on your behalf the promissory contract.
  • Most of the time, investors will need some time to transfer all the money into their portuguese bank account to finish the payment. (warning: to apply for the golden visa, you must have the record of transferring more than 500k euros to your bank account).
  • After you have transferred the funds, the deed of transfer will be signed. The deed of transfer is signed in the presence of a notary who will ensure that the title deeds have been exchanged and all conditions have been understood by all parties concerned. Following the signing of the deed, the notary bears witnesses to payment, or an acknowledgment that the full payment has been made, and this fact is incorporated in the title deed.
  • Property registration: after signing the deed of transfer, your lawyer will take a notarized copy of it to the land registry for registration and payment of fees.
  • You are then an official owner of property in Portugal!

STEP 4 – GOLDEN VISA APPLICATION

After finishing the investment, the lawyer will be able to complete your golden visa application. Reminder: all documentation below needs to be delivered:

Documentation necessary:

  • Passport or travel document with a validity of at least three months.
  • Valid schengen visa
  • Proof of lawful entry in Portugal
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Request for consultation of criminal record at sef (to be declared at the time of the request)
  • Certificate evidencing that the applicant has not been found in default by any court of law (preventive)
  • Sworn affidavit by the foreign national, attesting that the same will comply with the minimum quantitative and time requirements regarding the investment activity in Portugal.
  • Declaration issued by the portuguese tax authorities and social security attesting the inexistence of any debts of the foreign national to the said entities.
  • Criminal record certificate of the country of origin and of the country where the applicant has resided for more than a year, duly recognized by the portuguese authorities (authentication by the portuguese consulate or apostille)
  • Proof of real estate property investment.
  • Documentary evidence of the eligibility of family member applicants other than the spouse and under 18-year old children will be required (if in doubt, please contact us about this).

STEP 5 – THINGS TO DO ONCE YOUR GOLDEN VISA IS APPROVED

  • Pay the visa issue fees.
  • Collect you resident permit card (the lawyers can be send them you to express mail).
  • Renew your golden visa on time. For renewal of the golden residence permit, applicants must keep their investment, and demonstrate that they have stayed in Portugal for at least 7 days in the first year, then 14 days in each subsequent period of 2 years. Therefore you should keep as proof: invoices, airplane tickets, and hotel stays. After year 5, you may apply for permanent residence.

DOCS

Provided by client:

  • Valid passport, schengen visa and travel document (all family)
  • Birth certificate (all family, apostilled and translated)
  • Marriage certificate (apostilled and translated).
  • Document that states that the children are dependent from fathers, if they’re over 18 years (apostilled and translated).
  • Absence of criminal conviction (criminal record) (all family, apostilled and translated).
  • Proof of address (e.g. utility bill, bank letter)
  • 2 passport-type picture (all family)

Law office takes care of:

  • Portuguese fiscal number
  • Proof of valid medical insurance valid in Portugal
  • Proof of legal entry and permanence in national territory
  • Declaration proving the absence of debts issued by the inland revenue and customs authority and by the social security
  • Updated property documents showing ownership of property, or
  • Signed promissory contract with payment of a deposit above € 500,000
  • Declaration from a bank in Portugal confirming the transfer of the funds
  • Absence of notice from the portuguese immigration authorities or schengen services
  • Declaration from the investor confirming compliance with the investment requirements for 5 years

Additional documentation necessary for family members:

  • For children over 18 years old, documentation proving they need their parents support
  • For elder family members, if they are not over 65, documentation proving they need their children’s support

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Lisbon – Europe´s best work-and-play capital

Category : Lisbon

Trams criss-cross the entire city (Credit: Alamy)

A city still getting back on its feet after the Eurozone crisis which battered the national economy, Lisbon’s working hard to support home-grown businesses and attract fledgling entrepreneurs from around the globe.

Over the last three years the council’s support for start-ups has helped the city win the title of 2015 European Entrepreneurial Region of the Year. At the same time, it’s also undergone a facelift: crumbling city centre properties have been renovated and new shops and cafes have opened, as workers return.

Trams criss-cross the entire city and are a great way to get up some of the steeper hills (Credit: Alamy)

“The change has been dramatic,” said Rui Coelho, executive director of InvestLisboa, Lisbon’s investment promotion agency. “We saw all-time record investment in real estate, tourism and entrepreneurship in 2015. This is fantastic. However, we’re not complacent. Unemployment is still very high and regarding rehabilitation of the city centre there is still a lot to be done.”

Although unemployment nationally has dropped from a high of 17.5% in 2013 at the end of 2015 it was still running at 12.2% of the population.

The change has been dramatic. We saw all-time record investment in real estate, tourism and entrepreneurship in 2015.

Startup Lisboa, founded in 2011 has helped create more than 250 businesses. About 30% of new entrepreneurs are foreigners. “Because of technological evolution, talented people can work and live anywhere so they choose a nice place to live and for sure Lisbon is one of these places,” he said. Among the start-ups, high-tech, tourism and creative industries are particularly well represented, he said.

Set on the Atlantic coast this port city is a relatively small capital of 548,000 people, with golden sandy beaches and 220 days of sunshine a year. Lisbon offers a work-live-surf-and-golf culture in a picturesque setting where English is widely spoken. Plus, office and staffing costs are relatively low compared with other capitals in Western Europe.

25 de Abril bridge crosses the Tagus river (Credit: Turismo de Lisboa)

25 de Abril bridge crosses the Tagus river (Credit: Turismo de Lisboa)

With practically no heavy industry, the service sector is everything. Major players who have established service centres here include Japanese IT equipment and services provider Fujitsu, French bank BNP Paribas, US IT networking equipment firm Cisco, Finnish data networking and telecommunications company Nokia Networks, and the Belgian chemical firm Solvay among others. Energy firms Subsea 7, Technip and National Oilwell Varco have their service sector operations here, as does business jet firm Netjets.

Office and staffing costs are relatively low compared with other capitals in Western Europe.

The city pulls in more than four million visitors a year, with around 40% arriving for business.

Cultural know-how

This relatively small capital operates with a subtle mix of formality and spontaneity. “Oftentimes in the States, when you ask for a meeting, people will look at their calendar and say, ‘Can we meet in three weeks?’ But in Lisbon people will say, ‘Sure, why don’t you come over this afternoon for a coffee?” said Maureen Ferguson, a consultant in food, beverages and hospitality, who recently moved to Lisbon from Philadelphia in her native US.

“People are very warm and friendly and their English is spectacular but friendship has to be earned. It takes a little while to move from talking about business to sharing personal information,” Ferguson said. The perfect icebreaker is to enquire about regional cuisine and wines, she advised.

There’s a real can-do entrepreneurial spirit in Lisbon right now.

Due partly to the financial crisis (which overturned career expectations for so many Portuguese), there’s a tangible openness to new ideas in the city. “There’s a real can-do entrepreneurial spirit in Lisbon right now. People love their traditions but they are also very open to innovation,” she said. “During the crisis lots of people found opportunities to live elsewhere and to discover different ways of doing things. Now that there’s starting to be more opportunity here they’re coming back and bringing all that energy with them.”

Airport:

About 7 km (4 miles) north of the city centre, Lisbon Portela is Portugal’s slick, modern, primary airport with direct links to 43 countries and 110 destinations. In addition to flights from many European cities, these include the African cities of Accra, Bamako, Dakar, Luanda, Maputo, and in the Americas, Rio de Janiero, Sao Paolo and Brasilia; Boston, Miami and New York; Bogota, Caracas, Panama.

Lisbon's colonial buildings have taken on a whole new lease of life (Credit: Flickr)

Lisbon’s colonial buildings have taken on a whole new lease of life (Credit: Flickr)

Terminal 1 offers a range of high end shops and restaurants, while Terminal 2 is used mainly by budget airlines and has very limited facilities.

Metro trains run directly from the airport into the city centre (Saldanha metro station) from 06.30 until late and take 21 minutes. Tickets cost 1.40 euros ($1.52).

The majority of business travellers will take a taxi to reach the town centre quickly, this will cost about 15 euros ($16.33) and take about 15 minutes, but prices are higher at night and there is also a charge for luggage. Hiring a car is also popular as it’s a low cost alternative for meetings beyond central Lisbon, costing around 30 euros per day, plus fuel, for an economy car such as an Opel Corsa.

Money matters

Amex and Visa are widely accepted, Mastercard slightly less so, but it’s useful to carry around 50 euros ($54) in cash for all small purchases, taxis and snacks. A bica (espresso) costs 60-80 euro cents (67-85 US cents) in a neighbourhood café, apastel de nata around one euro (the famous custard tarts baked in Belem).

Much of the fish and seafood is priced by weight so make sure you’re clear about the quantity you want.

It will cost more if you sit outside on the terrace or if you’re in a tourist hot spot. If service isn’t included the customary tip is around 5%, or up to 10 % in a formal restaurant. No need to tip at all if you’ve just had a snack or a coffee but if you wish, leave the change from the nearest euro.

Hotels

Popular options for business travellers include near Marques de Pombal, the 311-bedroom Epic Sana is a sleek and ‘zeitgeist-y’ five-star option, eight minutes-walk from the nearest metro station, but also offering paid-for covered parking. With 2,169 sqm (23,346 square feet) devoted to flexible event space, the hotel can host anything from a small meeting to a vast banquet. For downtime there’s a spa with indoor pool plus a rooftop outdoor pool.

Also downtown, close to Avenida da Liberdade, the 89-bedroom Inspira Santa Marta is a popular boutique hotel with feng shui styling, a wellness spa and a restaurant which prides itself on offering veggie and vegan options. There are two meeting rooms and a cinema-style auditorium. The nearest metro station is only four minutes-walk. Rooms cost from 106 euros ($115) non-refundable.

Stunning Torre de Belem, Lisbon (Credit: Turismo de Lisboa)

Stunning Torre de Belem, Lisbon (Credit: Turismo de Lisboa)

Dinner for one

Beneath the landmark 25th April suspension bridge, 5 Oceanos is an airy dockside restaurant with a market-style display of glistening fresh fish and seafood. Whether upstairs in the airy modern interior or outside on the terrace, you can enjoy painterly views over the River Tagus as you sample local specialities such as octopus a Lagareiro (oven-baked with potatoes) and razor shell clams Bulhao Pato (in garlic sauce). Much of the fish and seafood is priced by weight so make sure you’re clear about the quantity you want. Open seven days-a-week.

For a great people-watching spot, set within the elegant arcades on the waterfront square of Praca do Comercio (also known locally as Terreiro do Praco), café-restaurant Martinho da Arcada has been a favourite rendezvous since 1782 and is popular with local business people and civil servants. Used in the last century as a writing haunt by Fernando Pessoa, the renowned Portuguese poet, you can pop in for a coffee andpastel de nata (eggy custard tart) on the terrace, or head into the atmospheric interior for white-tablecloth service and hearty local fare such as sardinhas assadas (grilled sardines) orbacalhau (salted cod).

Traditional Portuguese folk music, fado (Credit: Turismo de Lisboa)

Traditional Portuguese folk music, fado (Credit: Turismo de Lisboa)

Off the clock

It would be remiss to leave Lisbon without going to hear some fado music, Portugal’s homegrown sound.

Wander through the historic districts of Alfama or Bairro Alto to discover a fado club for yourself or book at a restaurant such as Clube de Fado, a cosy stone-vaulted venue in Alfama near the cathedral. In the Bairro Alto, behind a yellow-tiled façade, the Adega Machado, founded by musician Armando Machado in 1937, also offers poignant performances, accompanied by local and international cuisine.

An ideal way to explore this city of steeply winding streets is to jump on one of the local trams.

To see where Vasco da Gama and other great navigators set sail, head to the western district of Belem, a UNESCO world heritage site where the square shaped Belem Tower has guarded the waterfront for nearly 500 years. Close by lies the sublimely beautiful Jeronimos monastery where sailors returning from the seven seas used to make confession.

Special considerations

An ideal way to explore this city of steeply winding streets is to jump on one of the local trams. Tram line 28 is particularly scenic but as an established tourist highlight it also attracts pickpockets. If you can, ride it when it’s less crowded, first thing in the morning or early evening, and however fascinating the view, keep tabs on your wallet or bag.

Credit: http://www.bbc.com/

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20 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Portugal

Category : Portugal

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Did you know that purchasing property in Portugal could enable you and your family to become Portuguese citizens? This is one of many reasons why an investment here could be a very wise decision.

So, if you’ve been considering relocating your family or making that investment in a holiday home, retirement home or a home you can rent out for extra income, you should really consider Portugal. The reasons are overwhelming:

  1. A Portuguese passport for the whole family. Our top reason for investing in Portugal has to be the fact that if the head of the household qualifies for residency, all dependents automatically qualify without any additional costs.
  2. A secure property market. Possibly the most important reason you would want to invest is that Portugal has a proven and secure property market with an average property growth of 15% per annum over the last 15 years. Not too shabby.
  3. High rental income. Rental yield in Portugal on average remains one of the highest in Europe – you could rent your house out a good few weeks of the year and even more if it is in a prime spot like Cascais.
  4. It’s a peaceful place. According to the 2015 Global Peace Index rankings, Portugal is the 16th most peaceful country in the world, boasting one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. In fact, Lisbon was recently voted the safest capital city in Europe.
  5. One word: golf. Portugal is undoubtedly one of the world’s top golfing destinations, with more than 50 world-class golf courses already built or under construction and many more in the planning phase. If you enjoy the sport, there is probably nowhere else in the world that caters better to your golfing needs.
  6. Sport is big. You can also enjoy many other sports, including most water sports, horse riding and even skiing in the north.
  7. Open space rather than crowds. Portugal has one of the lowest population-to-land densities in Europe, so even the major cities are not overcrowded and there is plenty of open space for all to enjoy.
  8. It cares about its environment. For many years, Portugal has seen a trend towards the development of the country’s renewable resource industry. It has considerable wind and river power resources, the two most cost-effective renewable resources.
  9. Relaxed immigration rules. Portuguese residents can also choose to live and work almost anywhere in Western Europe or Brazil, and can visit most countries without any restrictions.
  10. A low cost of living. Living costs, including food, drinks, gas, electricity, water and transport, are relatively low compared to most other European cities.
  11. The climate is unbeatable. Expect long, hot summer days cooled by the Atlantic breeze, and extremely pleasant winters. Short bursts of rain ensure that the landscape stays lush and green.
  12. A solid public transport system. Getting around the country is easy and pleasant, as public transport by road or rail is safe, reliable and affordable.
  13. Unspoilt countryside – both now and in the future. The Portuguese Government enforce strict planning regulations to ensure the beaches and countryside remain unspoilt – so you can be sure your investment won’t be tainted by hundreds of developments springing up around you.
  14. Life is good. Portugal has a wonderful laid-back culture of enjoying “the simple things in life” – good food, good wine, good company, sport, leisure, and plenty of natural beauty.
  15. High living standards. The life is good in Portugal is a fact! Lisbon has climbed four places in terms of living standards, according to the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey, placing it above cities like Milan, Tokyo, Rome and Madrid.
  16. Internal flights are cost-effective. With flight times of less than three hours, a great choice of airports and low-cost airlines, the whole of Portugal is close, easy to reach, and affordable.
  17. A not-so-difficult language. Portuguese is not that difficult to learn. And once you’ve mastered it, Spanish and Italian will be a breeze!
  18. Easy, quick access to and from Europe. From Portugal, the rest of Southern and Central Europe are super accessible, so you can explore even more. And friends and family in the UK will have no problem coming to visit you as often as you want them to.
  19. No language barriers. Many Portuguese residents speak English, so you won’t have to struggle with language barriers.
  20. A place to call home. And finally – the Portuguese people are truly friendly and hospitable. You will feel welcome and “at home” if you decide to make Portugal your second or even your only home!

Interested? Contact us!
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Mobile. +351 96 174 9562 /+351 96 707 0005

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World Corporate Golf Challenge Final in Cascais

Category : Events

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World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC) Final, for the second year running, will be held in Cascais, Portugal, from 21 June – 26 June 2016. Players and guests from over 50 countries will be able to enjoy the many delights that this wonderful coastal town has to offer.

The World Corporate Golf Challenge represents one of the biggest corporate golf tournaments in the world. Since its inception in 1993 WCGC has grown to such an extent that over one million golfers have taken part in more than fifty countries. The 2016 World Final represents a fantastic opportunity for players to represent their company and country against other corporates from around the world. Participating in the World Final is an experience of a lifetime. Last year’s World Final was held for the first time in Portugal, and the WCGC organising committee is thrilled to once again be bringing the event back to Cascais.

Cascais is a must-see destination for any visitor to Portugal. Offering beautiful beaches that range from sheltered coves to miles of dune-backed sands, visitors can immerse themselves in a variety of quaint villages, unparalleled history, and unspoiled forests. A former small fishing village that was regularly frequented by the Portuguese monarchy during the 19th century, nowadays Cascais is a lively and cosmopolitan town that still preserves a great deal of its earlier aristocratic atmosphere.

Carlos Carreiras – Mayor of Cascais

“Cascais is truly happy to welcome the World Corporate Golf Challenge for the second time in a row. We hope (and we are, again, seriously working for it) that all participants will enjoy their time in Cascais. A place you already know is much more than a premium venue for golfers. As we like to put it, this is simply the best place to live a day, a week or a lifetime. Be most welcome and may everybody join us in our town: Cascais.”

Jose Guerra – Chairman of WCGC

“We are delighted to once again bring the World Final to the spectacular Lisbon Coast and in particular Cascais. The 2015 World Final was a huge success thanks to the fantastic support from our Host Destination, Cascais, as well as our other sponsors and partners. We look forward to working with them once again in 2016. I am certain that the World Corporate Golf Challenge will provide a great platform to continue showing what Cascais has to offer to the global corporate golfing audience.”

Harry Lloyd –Event Director at WCGC

“I am extremely excited to be working with Cascais, as we look to produce yet another memorable World Final. Cascais is an extremely special place and we look forward to showing this to the competitors and guests in attendance, as well as the watching world, in 2016.”

Source: worldcorporategolfchallenge.com

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Cascais hosts Longines Global Champions Tour 2016

scott_sga1002The lively coastal town of Cascais, plays host to the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League for the 11th year running, from the 7th – 9th July 2016. The wonderful parkland of Cascais is transformed for two days of high-calibre show jumping which last year saw two-time Champion Scott Brash take top honors in the Grand Prix once again – his third win of the season.

Estoril has grown into a renowned international destination for world-class sport, hosting the America’s Cup sailing, golf, tennis, surfing and motorsports. Blessed with a fine climate most of the year, visitors flock to the coast to soak up the sun and enjoy the great landscape and attractions. One of Estoril’s biggest draws is the beautiful sandy bay of Praia de Tamariz.

Cascais became the summer destination of choice for Portuguese nobility in the 1900s – it has since become a lively international beach resort. Down the road, Estoril’s famous casino is thought to be where Ian Fleming came up with the idea for Casino Royale, as he stalked Yugoslav double agent Dusko Popov at its tables.

In Portugal there are palaces, museums and national parks to visit and the capital city, Lisbon, is only a short distance away with its top-class hotels, restaurants and bars. The Grand Prix of Cascais, Estoril is sure to be an exciting event, as riders fight for supremacy in the overall 2015 Championship Ranking.

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