Monthly Archives: May 2016


The Portugal government published Law No. 19 on April 14, 2014 which defines the basis for their country’s environmental policy. This law is designed to realise environmental rights through the promotion of sustainable development. All efforts are directed to the proper management of the environment, development of low-carbon society and efficient use of natural resources. Numerous resources are made available to promote environmental awareness in the country. Portugal is now progressing in environment awareness to realise the goal of green economy and improvement of the quality of life of its citizens.

Actions were taken to increase environmental awareness through citizen education. Public participation in environmental matters is encouraged. Education and awareness efforts target all sector or society. Environmental education and awareness activities include basic education programmes in schools, adult and community education, education programmes for professional and technical people. Mainstream media and digital media are also utilised for awareness raising campaigns.

To protect the Portuguese people’s cultural heritage, defend nature and the environment, preserve natural resources, the government has been funding environmental protection projects and implementing structural changes in industrial modernisation through restructuring of land use. To ensure correct town and country planning there’s been a decline in urbanisation of agricultural land and coastal areas. Proper use of natural resources is promoted and anti-pollution campaigns through proper waste management and recycling are enforced. They learned that waste is a serious national environmental concern that must be dealt with urgently. Portugal established appropriate legislative framework for waste management and recycling. There was also an initiative on regulated dumps and sorting centres for urban waste. Different measures were taken to improve the management of industrial waste. Voluntary agreements on paper and cardboard recycling  were made with encouraging results.

Environmental awareness, training and information efforts were made between the government, companies and the public to ensure environmental policies are successfully integrated.  Environmental awareness and education is a continuous priority of the Portuguese government. Environmental protection associations, industry and unions are strengthened to help the government in its efforts to protect the environment. Regionalisation efforts were made involving the public through different participation activities.

The control of atmospheric pollution is progressing in Portugal. There is a low total volume of atmospheric emission and general good air quality in the country. The adoption of European Community legislation helps the air pollution control efforts of the government. The efforts to modernise the public transport is the first step toward less-polluting forms of mass transport. The pollution abatement investment made by the government encourages the development of less polluting facilities and cost-effective pollution control techniques which is good for the environment.

The success of Portugal’s environmental policy relies on public awareness and commitment. The government followed the following guidelines  to attain sustainable development.

  • Integrating environment and development;
  • Developing economic aspects of environmental policies;
  • Evaluation of sectoral policies in environmental terms;
  • Joint responsibility, participation, and environmental education;
  • Strengthening institutions and capacity building.

Portugal took the dual approach of environmental promotion and legislation for environmental development and improved quality of life of its citizens.


Gypsies or the Romani people can be found in Portugal and Western Europe with their own distinct cultural identity. They are known as Ciganos, Cales, Calos, Boemios and Gitanos by non-Romani ethnic Portuguese. Their presence in the country can be traced back to the second half of the 15th century. Romani population in Portugal is estimated to be more than 50,000 spread all over the country. Most of them live in Lisbon, Alentejo, Setubal and Algarve. The largest Roma communities in Algrave can be found in in the municipalities of Portimão, Loulé and Faro. Almost all Gypsies in the country have Portuguese nationality.

Romani people are more commonly called Gypsies or travellers. They are continuously on the move and have a reputation for a nomadic lifestyle and insular culture. Gypsies have been typecast as scarved fortune-teller giving gifted clairvoyant readings or a band of traveling musicians and dancers in colorfully decorated wagons. Fictional representations of Gypsies in art and literature romanticized their supposed mystical powers in fortune telling, love of freedom and the alleged tendency for stealing children and criminality.

Gypsy culture  in Portugal and Western Europe is colorful, dynamic and constantly evolving. It is constantly changing in today’s globalized world while preserving its ethnic cultural heritage. Gypsies do not have an official religion. They often adopt the dominant religion of the country which includes Catholic, Muslim and Protestant. TV shows  like “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding gives us a peek of their contemporary lives to help us understand and appreciate their culture. Gypsies typically marry in their mid to late-teens. Most marriages are arranged by the parents. Marriage is a major event where family member from all over gather numbering in the hundreds or even thousands. Weddings are huge affairs, brides are expected to show off and wear extravagant wedding gowns.

Gypsies have a strong family and community ties. They don’t want their children to learn non-gypsy ways nor be polluted with foreign tradition. Most of their children only attend public school until the age of 10 or 11 and continue their education from the home and community. Gypsy families tend to travel frequently as an extended family or with several groups. Although family members have their own homes, they still keep in constant contact with one another. Most extended family works together as an economic unit.

They have deep historic traditions, functional family structure and they have their own beliefs about the human body which are different from the culture of Western Europe. Gypsies have a strict hygiene system. They consider the upper half of the body as pure while the lower half as contaminated. A gypsy who touches his lower body must wash his hands. Anything the feet touched is considered contaminated. Gypsy women who give birth are considered contaminated so they are temporarily isolated from the rest of the family.

Gypsies have long been wandering entertainers. They are known worldwide for their singing, dancing and musical skills. In all places they become known as musicians and dancers. Gypsy music is soulful and characterised by vocals which are often declamatory. Their music often incorporates slides between notes and the instrumentation varies according to the region where the music comes from. There is no pure gypsy music, it is mostly adapted from the host country. Gypsies that move from locality to locality, learned music from people around them and blend them with their traditional music. Gypsies who travelled from Portugal to Brazil played a part in the development of Samba. Gypsy music today is blending of Rom, jazz, rock and local elements. Fado, a music genre in Portugal has gypsy music influence. Street Fado performers are frequently Gypsies.

Gypsies in Portugal tend to work at occupations that weren’t affected by frequent travel. Some of these jobs included woodworking, carpentry, metalworking and horse trading. As the times changed traditional occupations also changed. The woodworkers became furniture makers, metalworkers became jewelry craftsmen and horse traders became mechanics and used car dealers. Today, most Gypsies have settled into houses and apartments. Travelling Gypsies can still be seen in Portugal but most of them use cars and recreational vehicles to move from place to place.

Disability-Travel-in-Portugal- Information-and-Resources

Traveling enriches one’s life, it is where we experience different cultures, appreciate beautiful landscapes and relax as we savour our travel experience. Nothing should not stop people from traveling, not even disability. People with disabilities or reduced mobility should have the same opportunity to travel around the world as the rest of the population. Accessibility of transportation, accommodation, places to visit and to take their meals will make travelling experience more pleasant for them. We know that the accessible visitors need more information, that’s why we prepared a list of information and resources for disability travel in Portugal. While planning your trip, we suggest you obtain detailed information about the things and services you need.

In Portugal, people with disability are classified by the type of deficit they have: hearing impairment,  visual loss, motor impairment, cerebral palsy, health mental problems, and other impairments.

Visit Portugal – Accessibility in Portugal
Visit Portugal website gives information and advice about access, assistance and accessible transport for your journey and stay in Portugal. This is practically useful if you want to learn more about Portugal from accommodation, communications, cost of living, driving, duty and tax-free exemptions, electricity, electronic tolls, entry formalities, entry of pets, health, meals, money, official time, public and school holidays, services, smoking in public places, tax-free or VAT reimbursement, transports, useful phone numbers in Portugal to weight and measures.

Portugal Acessível / Associação Salvador 
Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo 14, 9º 1050-121 Lisboa
Tel: +351 21 318 48 51 - Fax: +351 21 357 22 60
This is a national reference guide that provides information about physical accessibility in different types of spaces in Portugal to enable interaction and exchange of experiences between people with motor disabilities and the community.  You can find information about accommodation, culture and leisure, beaches, restaurants, health services, transports, disability services for adults, children and other useful services.

Country Reports Travel Edition – Disability Access in Portugal
Accessibility and accommodation for people with disability is different in Portugal compared with other countries. This website gives information about public transportation in Portugal.

This is a resource dedicated to accessible travel information. They have a comprehensive listing of accessible travel specialist from around the world that specialises in disability travel from travel agents, tour operators, adventure companions, home exchanges and access guides for wheelchair users and people with mobility problems.

Frommers - Tips for travellers with disabilities
Portugal has many hills and endless flights of stairs, people with disability might have difficulty getting around the country. This website gives tips for visitors with disabilities to maximise their Portuguese travel experience.

Accessible Portugal
Accessible Portugal is a travel agency, tour operator and tourist entertainment company, devoted to a personalized service to people with disability. They offer a variety of tours including theme tours, adventure tours such as tandem sky diving, hot air ballooning, as well as renting manual wheelchairs, walkers, lifts, electric scooters, and accessible transportation.

Enable Holidays – Disabled Holidays Specialist
Enable Holidays specialises on disabled holidays. They can help you find, plan and arrange a holiday to suit your needs so you don’t have to worry about anything , just enjoy your holiday experience. Each resort, hotel and apartment featured in their brochure has been carefully assessed to ensure it is accessible and suitable for travellers with disability and mobility impairments.

AngloInfo - Portugal
AngloInfo provides travel and parking information for people with disabilities. Find out information about travelling options and how to use the “blue badge” disability parking permits and more on this site.

Disabled Holidays
Disabled Holidays is a helpful resource if you’re planning a holiday in Portugal. They have a list of disable friendly accommodation for different holiday types per location. You can also find information about insurance, mobility equipment hire, flights and airport assistance and adapted transfers on their site.

Come to Portugal
Come to Portugal is your gateway to Portugal and Algarve. They have helpful tips for people with disability from aid airports, disabled parking, public transport, rail travel and beach information. They have a list of accessible beaches in Portugal with amphibious chairs for people with reduces mobility and disability to enjoy bathing in the sea.


Lisbon is a spectacular city to visit in Portugal. This major tourist destination is one of the most popular in Europe because of its breathtaking landscape and unique nightlife. It has a range of hotels to choose from that will give you the Portuguese holiday experience you deserve. If you’re traveling on a budget, here’s a list of top ten Lisbon hotels which won’t break your bank.

Solaris Hotel
Praça Marquês de Pombal, nº12 2900 - 562 Setúbal Lisbon Coast
Telf: (+351) 265 541770
Solaris Hotel is located in the heart of the historical area of the city of Setúbal surrounded by the wonderful beaches, and the secret Arrabida’s Natural Park, the river Sado, the Flamings and the dolphins and the Península de Troia. This three star hotel is just a little over thirty minutes from Lisbon. It is one of the most pleasant accommodation facilities of the region. Extra bed or cot is free for children 10 years and younger at Solaris.

Hotel Principe Lisboa
Av. Duque de Ávila 201 1050-082 Lisbon
Telf: (+351) 213 592 050
Hotel Principe Lisboa is situated in Lisbon’s city centre near Marques de Pombal Park Edward VII, only 4 metro stations away from the historic city centre of Restauradores. Here you will enjoy the close proximity to the transport network. They have 70 fully renovated rooms with dynamic and professional service. Inquire about their flexible rates and save 40%.

Hotel Roma
Av. de Roma, 33 - 1749 - 074 Lisbon
Telf: (+351) 217 932 244
Discover Lisbon and its 7 hills overlooking the Tagus River at Hotel Roma. Located on one of Lisbon’s main avenues, Avenida de Roma, which is an important residential and shopping area, Hotel Roma provides a range of exclusive, unique high-quality services. This modern 3 star hotel is strategically close to the international airport and to underground and train stations. It has 2 restaurants, bar, meeting rooms, Internet access point, garage, laundry, souvenir shop and unisex hairdresser. Hotel Roma is the perfect place for those who travel to Lisbon for business or leisure.

SANA Lisboa Hotel
Telf: (+351) 210 064 300
Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 8 1069-310 Lisbon
Plan your stay at SANA Lisboa Hotel at least 30 days in advance, book and pre-pay for your reservation and benefit from a 20% discount! Good news for people on a debt free pathway  as it will provide them savings. This excellent service hotel that won’t break your bank is located in the heart of Lisbon, just walking distance from Edward VII Park and Marques de Pombal Square. Conveniences and other amenities include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and babysitting or childcare.

TRYP Lisboa Oriente
Av. D. João II, Parque das Nações, 1990-083 Lisboa
Telf: (+351) 218 930 000
TRYP Lisboa Oriente is located just a few minutes away from Lisbon International Airport. It has 207 rooms equipped with satellite TV and video system, air conditioning, a mini-bar, individual safe, direct telephone and a hair drier. There’s also a free Wi-Fi Internet access in all rooms and public areas. There’s a private garage, 6 conference rooms for seminars, meetings and other corporate events. Book now and avail of 10 to 20% discount on different restaurants, bar and boutique stores.

Ibis Lisboa Liberdade Hotel
Rua Barata Salgueiro 53 1250-043 Lisbon
Telf: (+351)21/3300630
The Ibis Lisboa Liberdade is an affordable hotel situated in Lisbon city centre and is centrally located for your business or leisure trips. This exceptionally located hotel is just 3 minutes' walk from the historic city centre and other famous districts, such as Marquês de Pombal, Bairro Alto and Chiado. It is close to two metro station and 10-15 minutes’ walk to Rossio and Barrio Alto with different public transport facilities and easy access to major highways. It has 70 rooms, indoor car park bar, and free WIFI Internet access.

Travel Park Hotel
Av. Almirante Reis 64, 1150-020 Lisbon
Telf: (+ 351) 21 810 2100
Travel Park Hotel is located just 20 minutes of walking distance from the city centre. This budget hotel has 61 rooms with WiFi, desk, and room-service available until 11pm. Alternatively you can also enjoy snacks and light meals at the Bar. For those people traveling for business, the Hotel has seven meeting rooms, with capacity up to 100 people, and parking with a capacity for 130 cars.

HF Fenix Garden
Rua Joaquim António de Aguiar, 3 1050 - 010 Lisbon
Telf: (+351) 213 717 120
HF Fenix Garden has been elected several times as the best 3 star hotel in Lisbon. This affordable hotel has unique modern design and architecture perfect for business and city break. It’s centrally located so you can visit Lisbon without worries. Praça do Marquês de Pombal and Avenida da Liberdade is just two of the tourist attractions that are near the hotel.

Albergaria Residencial Insulana
Rua da Assunção, 52, 2º, 1100-044 Lisbon
Telf: (+351) 213 427 625
Albergaria Residencial Insulana, is an excellent small hotel with 32 rooms situated right in the centre of the city of Lisbon in the zone of Baixa/Rossio. It is right in the historical centre of the city and the shopping district; here the visitor will find the best commerce as well as the opportunity to visit by foot the main points of interest of the city. This is the perfect place for people who wishes to feel the truly emotion of the historical centre of the city and to rest in the tranquillity of a city night.

Residencial Florecente
Rua Portas de Santo Antao, 99 Lisbon 1150-266
Telf: (+351) 213 426 609
Residencial Florecente is centrally located near the main shops and bars in Lisbon just 100 metres from Hard Rock Café and metro station. It’s an ideal place to start exploring the delights of Lisbon. This affordable hotel is close enough to everything else. The whole place is equipped with Wi-Fi network. All the rooms have a flat-screen satellite TV and private bathroom. Some superior rooms even have a small living room.

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Portugal is one of the major destinations for visitors in Europe. Located in the Atlantic coast, Portugal is brimming with culture and ideal tourist destination for business or leisure. Marvel the abundance in nature or the vibrance of its culture Portugal has a lot to offer for thrill seekers, social butterfly and nature lovers. The country boasts of charming locations drawing visitors from all over the world to this picturesque country. Traveling to different places in Portugal is easy because of its excellent public transport system and navigable paved streets. Whether you want to visit the beaches of Algarve or the bustling city atmospheres of Lisbon and Porto, there is something that will meet your preference.

Tourism  is a massive industry in Portugal, with local destinations and operators competing to showcase their place and capture part of the lucrative tourism market. Major tourist destinations include Algarve, Greater Lisbon, Coimbra, Portuguese Island, Alentejo, Greater Porto and Northern Portugal. Tourism in Portugal  greatly contributes to the Portuguese economy because of its capacity for job creation and wealth generation. Tourism is currently experiencing a boom, thanks to the government and tourism stakeholders working hand in hand to developing this sector. To raise more revenues, infrastructures and human resources have been launched in major tourism zones. New high quality destinations are on the rise such as the Oeste Zone, Porto Santo, Douro and Litoral  Alentejano  area, as a result of government and business community initiative.

The government through Turismo de Portugal is now promoting Portugal digitally in social media and other digital platforms.However, traditional methods of promotions are still being used to promote Portugal to the world. For operators in the Travel and Tourism industry, using promotional products is a vital part of connecting with visitors. It’s no wonder quality promotional pens persist. Portugal is right next door to where the ancient writing instrument quill pen was invented. Quill pen first appeared in Seville Spain which is Portugal’s closest neighbour.

Travel and tourism promotional products like pens are perfect for promoting  the country and getting the message out to the large number of visitors who travel all over the world. Giving away quality promotional pens as a souvenir is a great way to say thanks to the visitors. These pens are most likely be kept because it will remind visitors of their Portuguese experience.  Giving away pens as gifts keep Portugal in visitors mind whenever they see it. Tourism promotion using promotional pens might be a little gesture but it strengthens the country’s image on the visitors mind.

Portugal what a paradise, a sunny coastal oasis dating from the times of its original Celtic inhabitants. Its name ‘Portugal’ is derived from the Roman-Celtic place name Portus Cale. When the Romans defeated the Carthaginians, during the second Punic War, to take the Iberian Peninsula, they named the coastal settlement Portus Cale; which eventually evolved into Portugal sometime during the Dark Ages. Portuguese people are proud people; they work and play hard. They know how to eat and drink well, and some say they know how to love well.

The salt of the earth and the salt of the sea is the same salt that you can lick on the skin of your lover. Did you know? That salt is one of the few things that our bodies cannot produce by itself? Without enough salt we would die and with too much salt we also die. It is a bit like love and sex really, not enough, and we are yearning for it, too much and we pay the price. When the night falls upon Portugal and the natives are restless; you can hear the sounds of the living, and some say you can hear the sounds of the dead. There are dangers involved in all forms of self-abuse, even the selfie. Get out and share yourself with those who love sharing fun and adventure.

Nightlife in Portugal: Never as Wild as Spain

What of the nightlife in Portugal? Are these macho man and feisty women a match for the libidinous appetites of most comers? Nightlife in Portugal: Never as wild as Spain? I don’t know whether a stiletto blade in the guts down at the docks is as dangerous as the running of the bulls, but my bet is that most people would like to avoid both. What we all really want is ‘fireworks’, mmmm yes I like fireworks. Sun drenched escorts warming the flesh of tired travellers and stimulating them to reach the stars.

The boys and girls of Portugal are ready and waiting for your boat to arrive in their harbour. They are good with their hands, it is in their blood; and their eyes are like those of a tiger in the night. The bump and grind is a mere formality before the madness takes hold. Passion was invented in these places, by Queens of corners and holders of street front territory. They walk their talk, strut their stuff, and capture your attention. You are not looking anywhere else tonight cabrao! Hold your head high when negotiating in Portugal, because it is all about respect.