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World Corporate Golf Challenge Final in Cascais

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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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Marchas Populares 2012

This year the Marchas Populares takes place during the night of the 13th of June. The Marchas Populares is one of the peaks of the one month long Festas Santos Populares.

It’s officially called the Desfile das Marchas Populares, a colourful parade on the Avenida da Liberdade. The parade is a competetion between the various ancient neighbourhoods (Bairros) of Lisbon. Each neighbourhood is competing for the best representation of their neighbourhood through dances, music and beautiful songs. The songs are about the history and traditions of the Bairro often referring to the ocean, fisherman and famous people from the regarding bairro.

Approximately 10 days before this big nights, each bairros presents their performance to a pannel of judges in the Pavilhão Atlântico. This combined with the celebrations on the nig night decides which bairro wins. The grand prize is the victory over other bairro’s.

Our villa’s are located 25 minutes from Lisbon in the tranquille Cascais natural park, providing the ideal balance between the festivities and relaxation. Send us an e-mail now to enquire about our special Marchas Populares offer.

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Lisbon’s art scene comes alive

A few years back an interesting article, about Lisbon’s upcoming art scene, featured in the NY Times. The city of Lisbon forms a great transcultural platform for the creative industries because of the good weather, food and number of unused spaces. It’s a nice meltingpot of architecture, art, photography and literature, mixed with a rich history. Also the city is relatively cheap compared to other South-European places.

Around 2008 a  long-disused facility was reborn as Lisbon’s most ambitious new cultural venue. What used to be the place where weapons were made during the dark years of dictatorship in Portugal, was replaced by concert rooms, exhibition spaces, a sprawling bookstore, a cinema, a restaurant and various bars. Fábrica Braço de Prata’s typically diverse offerings: a jazz combo, a reggae outfit, a Leonard Cohen documentary and a 1 a.m. after-party featuring D.J.’s and alternative bands visited by a wide variety of people such as a buzzing crowd of tweedy academics, tattooed cool kids, bourgeois couples and bespectacled grad-student types.

Fábrica Braço de Prata’s transformation is emblematic of the city’s sudden cultural emergence. Like the factory, Portugal languished for much of the 20th century on Europe’s geographic and cultural margins. From the 1920s until the 1970s, a repressive dictatorship smothered the nation, sending the creative classes fleeing to London and Paris and severely stunting any potential arts scene. The economy also slumped. Once the center of a global trade empire, Portugal sunk into notoriety as Western Europe’s poorest nation.

Lisbon is avidly making up for lost time. All over the city, an upstart generation is laying waste to the sepia-toned stereotypes and gleefully constructing edgy and forward-looking ventures amid the time-worn monuments and quaint cobbled lanes.

Lisbon is great to explore from a more ‘tranquil’ Cascais villa, as it is only a 25 minute car drive from the buzzing city. Providing a great balance between beaches, nature (Cascais natural park) and a roaring cosmopolitan city of Lisbon.

To learn more, please check the complete article at the NY Times.

 

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ATP Estoril Open 2012

This month the ATP returns to Portugal for its annual event. From the 28th of April until the 6th of May some of the worlds best players will be fighting for the title in Estoril, next to Cascais. It’s together with Roland-Garros and Rome one of the three clay-court tournaments in Europe, featuring both men and woman tours at the same event.

Every year, since 1990, the Estoril open takes place at the National Tennis Center at the Estádio Nacional. The tournament attracts 50,000 visitors throughout the week. An exhibition area is set up for entertainment, shopping and dining. However, all of the action and excitement takes place in the 7000-seat Centre Court. The Estoril open has been home to many great names. In 2007 the tournament was won by Novak Djokovic and in 2008 Roger Federer triumphed.

This year top players like Juan Martin del Potro, Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet will be present and ensure some thriller matches.

To make most of the tournament, rent one of our Cascais villa’s.

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Weather in Cascais

Cascais has throughout the year a comfortable climate for outdoor activities. Especially during the summer temperatures are great. The days are long, warm and the beaches are windy and therefore ideal for water sports.

The Guincho wind is a thermal wind, caused due to an extreme temperature difference between the sea and land creating a difference in pressure above the beach. This means that if there are clouds above the land the thermal effect will be less strong. During the summer months Cascais has lots of sun, ensuring a very strong wind almost every day! Not only kitesurfers and windsurfers enjoy these strong winds, also natorious sailing cups, such as the America’s Cup, have discovered the famous thermal winds of Cascais. This spectecular event is definately worth visiting. Rent your villa in Cascais in time!

Usually the wind is less strong at the golf courses located further from the sea. A gentle breeze will keep your round of golf pleasant though.

In the table below the temperature, rain, wind and wave averages are displayed.

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Spring events

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Spring is approaching quickly and Cascais has some good events lined up! Book your villa now to make sure you will not miss your favourite events!

March 2012- Lisbon Fashion week

28th Apr-6th May – Estoril Open

26th Apr/6th May- Indie Cinema Festival Lisbon

4th May/6th – Portugal Moto Grand Prix (Moto GP)

25th MAy/ 3rd June. Rock In Rio Lisbon

31st May/3rd April- Equestrian Jumprin Tournament

31st May/10th June- Volvo Ocean Race

Lisbon Marchas Populares (very big event in Lisbon)- Night of 13th June

Estoril-World Touring Car Championship- 2nd June/3rd June

Festival Internacional do Cavalo Lusitano- 15th/17th JUne

Concurso Internacional de Saltos- estoril- 13th/14th July

Optimus Alive festival- 13th/15th July

Tall Ship Races 2012- Lisbon- 19th /22nd July

Rip Curl Pro Portugal- Peniche- 10th/21st Oct

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