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A 29ª edição do Festival Jazz em Agosto decorre entre 3 e 12 de Agosto com seis concertos no Anfiteatro ao Ar Livre da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, irradiando até ao Teatro do Bairro, para três concertos no espírito dos clubes de jazz.
Sunny Murray Trio, Led Bib, Misha Mengelberg & Evan Parker, Matthew Shipp Trio, Marilyn Crispell & Gerry Hemingway, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Chicago Sextet são alguns dos músicos que vão estar presentes este Verão nos jardins da Gulbenkian.
O Hotel Açores Lisboa é mais uma vez o hotel oficial do JAZZ EM AGOSTO
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“Refuges in the Azores
Natural surroundings that have remained unspoilt and unchanged by the ravages of time, where lush green vegetation contrasts with volcanic formations and the blue of the sea. The nine volcanic islands that form the archipelago of the Azores offer you an irresistible week of romance.
Idyllic landscapes, with enormous two-tone lakes, immense valleys and fields brightly decorated with hydrangeas, the islands of the Azores are the perfect refuge for two people in love.
On the island of São Miguel, be sure to stroll through the volcanic landscape of Vale das Furnas and don’t forget to enjoy a swim in the lake’s warm water. And why not sample the famous “cozido das Furnas”, a stew that is cooked in pans buried in the ground? At Lagoa das Sete Cidades, you can’t fail to be moved by the love stories that are frequently told here, and you’ll certainly enjoy the sunset seen from the top of the Serra da Tronqueira.
On the island of Faial, go for a boat ride and photograph whales and dolphins, or take a trip over the almost lunar landscape of the Capelinhos volcano, which emerged from the ocean in 1957.
As night begins to fall, relax in Peter’s Café, the famous bar where you can experience all the colour and excitement of the marina of Horta, a frequent port of call for boats crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
You should also include in your programme a visit to the islands of São Jorge and Pico, each of them only 30 minutes from Faial. On São Jorge, you’ll have the chance to sample the island’s famous cheese and admire the peculiar fajãs (seemingly flat surfaces on the sea) lying at the foot of high cliffs.
On the island of Pico, visit the vineyards planted in fields of lava, which have been classified by UNESCO as world heritage, and don’t leave without tasting the local wine that was once famous in the court of the Tsars.”
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Die Azoreninseln sind heute weniger bekannt als andere häufiger besuchte Reiseziele.
Selbst unter ähnlichen Zielen haben diese zwischen zwei Kontinenten gelegenen
Inseln nicht denselben Stellenwert wie viele andere. Wir denken häufig an den Ausdruck „Unbekannte Inseln“, der von dem Schriftsteller Raúl Brandão stammt.
Ein solches Etikett kann jedoch auch von Vorteil sein.
Die Azoren werden immer häufiger als eines der bestgehüteten Geheimnisse der Erde bezeichnet. Ihre Lage, die lange Zeit hindurch den Zugang zu den Inseln und
einen größeren Bekanntheitsgrad erschwerte, wird heute als Vorteil betrachtet,
da so die Ursprünglichkeit der Natur erhalten wurde.
Die Zeitschrift National Geographic betrachtete die Azoren als die zweitbesten Inseln der Welt im Hinblick auf die Nachhaltigkeit. Tatsächlich sind die Azoren ein Reiseziel für alle, die in der Wiederentdeckung der wirklich wichtigen Dinge des Lebens eine einmalige Erfahrung suchen.
Daher haben die Hotels Bensaude schon früh alles das umgesetzt und sogar verstärkt, was die Azoren einmalig macht, und so ein einzigartiges Angebot erstellt, das den echten „Geist der Azoren“ widerspiegelt.
Ein Beispiel dafür ist die Erhaltung und Pflege des Botanischen Gartens Terra Nostra, der vom Condé Nast Traveller als eines der zehn besten „Grünen Refugien“der Welt bezeichnet wurde. Im Februar wurde eine Website im Internet eingerichtet, die all denen, die schon einmal dort waren, einen unmittelbaren Kontakt zu den verschiedenen Sammlungen bei jeder Jahreszeit ermöglicht.
In dem Park befindet sich das Hotel Terra Nostra Garden, ein Charme Hotel vom Beginn des vorigen Jahrhunderts im Art Deco-Stil. Ein Erlebnis, das wir wärmstens empfehlen. Zu einer Zeit, in der es nur noch wenige unberührte Landschaften gibt, bieten die Azoren, wie kein anderer Ort auf dieser Erde, gleichzeitig Ruhe und Spannung, aber mit dem ganzen Komfort der Hotels Bensaude.
Lassen Sie sich verzaubern – wir laden Sie ein zu einem Abenteuer. Sie sind in guten Händen…
O Bar Mercator, na Rua dos Mercadores, em Ponta Delgada, é um ponto em volta do qual gira toda a vida da maior cidade dos Açores.
Localizado na Rua dos Mercadores, uma das mais antigas artérias da velha cidade, e integrado num antigo solar que combina a traça oitocentista com a fachada moderna do Hotel Avenida, o Mercator é um lugar de referência para quem está em Ponta Delgada.
“Como temos muitos hóspedes regulares, é frequente já sabermos de que é que o cliente gosta, o que aprecia, e também acho que isso acaba por fazer com que eles voltem sempre, de cada vez que vêm a São Miguel”, diz António ….., chefe de sala do Bar Mercator. “Muitas vezes, vêm em negócios durante o ano e no Verão aproveitam para vir com a família. Ficam no Hotel Avenida e vêm cá ao Bar para um cocktail ou para jantar”.
Os cocktails, alguns deles inspirados em temas regionais, são extremamente procurados, assim como as refeições ligeiras, como a Club Sandwich, e o Prego no Pão, clássicos do Mercator. É um hábito cada vez mais enraizado entre muitos micaelenses tomar uma bebida no Bar Mercator depois de um espectáculo no Teatro Micaelense, falar sobre o que se viu, o que se gostou mais e menos.
Por isso, quem visita o Bar Mercator, ao lado do Hotel Avenida em Ponta Delgada, acaba por voltar sempre.
“Original Diving is offering divers the chance to cut their air miles to tropical islands like the Maldives and experience manta rays and other exotic sea life closer to home.
The company now organises trips to the Azores, a group of nine volcanic islands 1,000 miles west of Portugal, a mere 3.5 hour flight away, where you can see the magnificent ‘winged’ fish.
Manta rays can be found in the blue 40 miles off shore from the main islands; divers drop down, holding onto a line from the boat to wait for the ocean giants to appear. Divers can also hop around the islands, searching for blue and mako sharks, tuna and barracuda below the waves, and, in the right season, spot dolphin and sperm whales breaching above.
Advanced divers can explore dive sites Ilhéus das Formigas and Dollabarat Bank, where underwater volcanic mountains make a striking backdrop, and strong currents attract larger fish species. Walls, rock formations and caves all over the islands provide a habitat for sea creatures like nudibranch, moray, grouper and parrotfish, and make for easy diving. Chances of spotting other divers are slim: the islands are still relatively undiscovered as a diving destination.
Each dive safari is tailored, and there are a number of luxury boutique accommodation options, from a charming B&B with a freshwater swimming pool on Pico, to a converted 16th century fortress on Faial. As most of the action takes place from the largest island, São Miguel, where the dive centre is based, we recommend basing yourself at Convento de Sao Francisco, a converted convent in Vila Franca do Campo. The 10-room boutique is minimal in design, making the most of its impressive original cloisters and gardens. Breakfast is served each morning but you’ll have to venture into town for lunch and dinner, or have food delivered.
The Azores islands aren’t just for divers: São Miguel is nicknamed the ‘green island’ for its verdant woodland and patchwork fields broken by clear-water lakes and hot water pools; there’s plenty of wildlife to see on foot, and bike trails run across the island. On Pico, with its ominous volcanic peak, vineyards flourish on fertile soil around natural caves. And whale-watching excursions run from most of the islands March to May.
The best months for diving are June to October; September is the best time to see manta rays. Visibility can be up to 20 metres.”
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The Archipelago of the Azores is made up of nine volcanic islands situated in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately 1300 km west of Portugal and 3900 km from the North American coast. The Azores is self governed as an Autonomous Region, with the Regional Government located in the city of Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel. The population of the nine islands totals 237,000 people.
The islands are divided into three groups; the Eastern group including Santa Maria and Sao Miguel, the Central group including Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial, and the Western group including Flores and Corvo. The minimum distance between two islands is 6 km (Pico and Faial) and the maximum distance is about 600 km (Santa Maria and Corvo).
Influenced by the Gulf Stream, the islands provide a convenient resting place for the world’s largest pelagic species, whilst the underwater arches, tunnels, caves and cliffs provide a haven for sub tropical fish and stunning silhouette photography opportunities.
The Green Island – Sao Miguel
Of the nine islands in the Azores, Sao Miguel is known as ‘Ilha Verde’ or the Green Island. Part of the Eastern group of islands, Sao Miguel provides a fantastic introduction to what is on offer both above and below water in this fascinating Atlantic outpost. Hosting the islands’ largest town, Ponta Delgada, the coastline boasts a number of dive sites.
Experienced divers will enjoy challenging sites such as Ilheus das Formigas and Dollabarat Banks. Formed from volcanic mountains rising from the sea bed, pelagic encounters in strong currents are frequent in the summer months. Closer to shore, the shallow sites of Vila Franca form channels and canyons where octopus, gray triggerfish and sardine lurk.
Beaked whales, sperm whales, fin whales, humpbacks, false killer whales, spotted and bottlenose dolphins, risso’s, turtles and more are spotted from the surface May to October. Whilst rare to see them when diving, it is not unknown to hear them. On land, enjoy Terra Nostra Gardens, the hot springs village of Furnas and Gorreana Tea estate.
The Grey Island – Pico
Rising dramatically from sea level to peak, Pico’s volcanic tip at 2351m dominates the beautiful land and seascape of the central island group. The island’s steep slopes continue underwater, and it is these deep waters close to the island’s shores that make Pico the diving, whale and dolphin spotting destination that it is.
The Lilac Island – Terceira
Terceira’s unique underwater rock formations, walls and an anchor graveyard offers something for divers searching for a selection of shore dive sites, as well as RIB diving.
Angra do Heroismo, the island’s main town, was given World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1983. The east of the island, close to Praia da Vitoria, offers sheltered coves and small rough sand beaches.”
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“Portugal’s capital retains a firm sense of its past while looking to its future.
The Portuguese city of Lisbon has been a hub for culture, commerce and exploration for centuries. The well-kept remnants of its colorful past make it an interesting addition to anyone’s Iberian itinerary. Even compared to other European metropolises, Lisbon has retained much of its Old World charm. The narrow lanes, historic buildings (some dating back over 500 years), and laid-back pace of life make this a worthwhile destination for people who want to do more than simply cross the major European sightseeing spots off of their bucket list.
While Lisbon‘s classic urban charms are the main reason to visit, Earth-conscious travelers will find plenty to make their stay green. Portugal’s rustic, sea-centered cuisine relies heavily on locally caught or grown ingredients. Widespread public transportation, newly expanded bicycle-friendly features, and a high degree of walkability make it possible to explore the city without having to worry about leaving a huge carbon footprint. For those who want to leave the city behind, the rugged natural beauty of coastal Portugal is less than an hour away.
Despite not having the same population numbers as Europe’s mega-cities, Lisbon has a very useful public transportation system. Buses, trams, a metro system and commuter rail lines make this a surprisingly easy city to traverse without a car. Great pedestrian facilities in the middle of the city and newly developed bike lanes make it easy to go green in Lisbon.
The four-line metro system, buses and trams (called electrico in local vernacular) can be paid for by a stored-value card. These cards make any public transit trip more than half the price of regular one-ride tickets sold in transit stations. The metro can get commuters to most central places, and the 160 bus and tram lines cover the rest of the city nicely. Announcements on public transit are in Portuguese, but the metro has English signage and ticketing info, and bus and tram routes have a color-coded system that makes it easy to get around the city. Bike rentals are available in Lisbon, and newly built bike paths make it possible to get around by pedal power, something that is not always easy, especially in the hilly, narrow-streeted sections of the city.”
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