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Looking for events and activities around Lisbon? Check out our staff’s top picks. From interesting events to famous attractions, we’ll give you an insider’s look at all the best the area has to offer.

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    March to the West

    If you prefer the pool to the smell of sardines!

    In June the fine weather is finally here to stay and it's time to enjoy the long summer days in the best possible way.
    All over the country popular festivals take place. Lisbon, only a 30-minute ride from our resort, becomes the city of celebrations. If you like traditional dancing, you just need a 30-minute ride to be in the heart of all the amusement. However, our suggestion is not about sardines and basil.

    Leave the crowds behind and march towards the Oeste where you will find all you need to rest. Start by getting tanned in one of our 2 outdoor swimming pools. You can choose the main pool at the hotel with bar service and a wonderful outdoor jacuzzi, the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail. If you're bringing children along, we suggest the Sunset swimming pool, located next to Welly Kids Park!

    Now that you have the perfect tan, pamper your skin at Mandalay Spa, shortlisted for best resort spa in the World Luxury Spa Awards 2019 and winner of best spa opening in the 2017 edition of the same award. Do you want to know the best part? Access to water circuit is free for all guests!

    If you prefer sports activities, we also have something for you. The gym is open 24h a day, with all the equipment you need for your fitness routine. Also, try golf, footgolf or tennis, all of these available within the resort!

    If you're looking for something more extreme, try one of the activities at Dolce Clube Aventura. What about a drive in a UMM Jeep through the surrounding mountains? Or a BTT tour to know the forts of Torres defence lines?

    After all this excitement, you will need a drink. Try one of our signature cocktails at Wellington Bar, perfect as a starter for the tasting menu available in Grande Escolha restaurant.

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    Summer Days at CampoReal

    Would you like to make the most of this summer? Then, follow the tips we have for you and benefit from the long sunny days in the West of Portugal.

    It may sound obvious, but we have to tell you about our wine heritage! Surely you have already heard about the wonderful wines and the various farms that organise wine tastings where you can delight yourself with the region's refreshing white wine.

    But the Oeste is more than just wine. Summer is the perfect moment to visit the wonderful beach in Santa Cruz, only 20 minutes away from Dolce CampoReal Lisboa. If you visit us in July you can attend the most famous sports event in Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Open Spirit, which combines the emotion of water sports with activities on the beach. Don't miss it!

    If you prefer going for a stroll with the family, you can visit Bacalhôa Budha Eden, a nearby garden located in Carvalhal. We know you're not easily impressed, but this is just the biggest oriental garden all over Europe! It's certainly worth a visit.

    Once started, go as far as the medieval town of Óbidos and enjoy a nice ginjinha, so typical of this region.

    On the way back to Torres Vedras, and after enjoying a nice dinner in one of our restaurants, you can also visit São Pedro Fair, the biggest and oldest agro-industrial and trade event of the Oeste region, taking place between 27th June and 7th August.

    Book your stay now, and you won't miss any of these opportunities to enjoy summer!

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    See Lisbon from Above

    In Portugal, May is the doorstep to summer. So get a bird's-eye view of the city in waiting by climbing Rua Augusta's Arch. It rises from the heart of downtown Lisbon, originally built to commemorate the reconstruction of the city after a devastating earthquake in 1755. What many may not know is that in 2013, the interior of the arch was opened to the public. That means you can climb the spiral staircase or ride the elevator and take photos from a perspective you just can't achieve from anywhere else. Time it just right to catch the sunset before continuing on to Praça do Comércio. Rua Augusta is closed to traffic but is bustling with colorful shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars to sit at and watch the world go by... and to look up at the top of the arch you just climbed! Tickets sold at the arch, just bring your walking shoes and a sense of adventure.

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    Celebrate Freedom

    Grab a carnation and celebrate freedom! April 25th is a national holiday in Portugal that has its roots in the year 1974 when soldiers took to the radio calling for an end to the dictatorship and a beginning to democracy. "Fighting" to the tune of the then government censored music, a revolution was born, but with many brandishing carnations in lieu of bullets. Soldiers put them in the barrel of their guns, and the civilians on their chest. It's also why the 25th of April got to be known as the “Revolução dos Cravos” or Carnations Revolution.

    Ever since, a parade has taken place on that historic day, starting at the Praça Marquês de Pombal and ending at the Praça dos Restauradores. All ages and persuasions take part, but everyone has a flower. So grab yours, and celebrate the hard-earned freedom you have to explore this fabulous city.

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    Dress for the Opera at Teatro São Carlos

    Once you've seen all of Lisbon's beautiful exteriors, from its historic cobbled curves and romantic river cruises to its craggy hilltop castles, treat yourself to a ticket inside one of its most glamorous artistic venues. Teatro São Carlos is the sparkling refurbishment of Lisbon's original Opera House leveled by an earthquake way back in 1755. It reopened its doors in the city's Chiado neighborhood in 1793 and has played host to world-renowned operatic and symphonic performances ever since. Lauded as the city's theatrical masterpiece, Teatro São Carlos maintains its historical integrity while welcoming the best and brightest the stage has to offer. Performances are scheduled every season. Looking ahead to summer, tumbling into the square in front of the Teatro São Carlos, will be outdoor classical music concerts and performances. These are free to the public and a must-go during the warmer months when daylight lingers well into the evening.

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    Cruise the Tejo River at Sunset

    Though warmer weather begins to brighten Portugal in February, it's still considered to be an off-peak tourist month. So get ready for good news. Prices for activities are cheaper and with fewer foreigners to rub elbows with, you and the locals will practically have the city to yourselves!

    So after winding through the streets bursting with their colorful cafes and boutiques, why not roll up to the dockside for a different perspective and cruise the Tejo river. BYX is one boating company that offers sunrise and sunset tours that, ride after ride, shine a romantic light on Lisbon's photogenic landmarks. Both boat cruises last about two hours with a drink, each included in the ticket price. At 69,90 euros for two, the river tour could make for a very special Valentine’s Day memory for you and your sweetheart. Find the boat at Belém and climb aboard for an unforgettable ride.

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    Stroll Through Bairro Alto

    Spend a day in Bairro Alto! Trade your winter coat for a light sweater and get lost in Lisboa's charming central district. Tuck into any number of inviting bars and cafes to sip with the locals. Mix in by sampling local spirit to whet your appetite for a photogenic stroll through some of western Europe's most colorful alleyways. Take your time to admire the tiled houses and seemingly ancient buildings lining the sloping, elevated streets.

    You'll get a workout in the hilly city so don't despair if you can't decide between treats in those tantalizing cafes. Try them all! To reach a spectacular scenic overlook, and to save a few steps, rise above Bairro Alto in the Santa Justa Elevator. For €2.80, you can reach what some call the best view in Lisboa. Then again, climbing Bairro Alto's back streets will take you to the same viewpoint, if with a little extra effort.

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    Sample Portugal's Seasonal Sweets

    Don't miss some of the holiday season's sweetest and most festive treats unique to Portugal. Almost anywhere you dine, you'll find these winter favorites decorating cafe menus. Read our list of the top three holiday treats to try so that you can prime your taste buds first. 

    “Bolo-Rei," or “king-cake” in English, is a traditional Lisbon dessert served only at Christmastime. Its name refers to the Three Wise Men who visited Jesus when he was born. Studded with candied fruits and dusted with sugar, it even looks like royalty.

    Rabanadas are another Christmas delicacy. A cousin to French toast, this Portuguese egg bread is practically pastry. Indulge in a variety of flavors from chocolate and cinnamon to lemon and orange.

    Finally, aletria, or sweet pasta is a dessert made from vermicelli. The tried and true recipe includes egg yolks, milk, sugar, lemon or orange peel, and cinnamon.

    Save room and try all three!

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    Walking in the Footsteps of Royalty

    If the sun fades during your Autumn sojourn to Torres Vedras, trade sand for castles to explore a history that predates Portugal itself. Forte de São Vicente hugs the highest hillside within Torres Vedras. A younger site by Portuguese standards, it was built to defend against Napolean’s army in the early 19th century. Castelo de Torres Vedras dates back to Roman rule and rises above the steep forestland north of the city center. Portugal’s first king lived here, succeeded by several others. By clearing the trees and terra-cotta rooftops, you’ll enjoy panoramic views back over the city. Both sites mark points of interest along the Grande Rota das Aldeias Históricas, a walking trail that covers 600km. Hop on the trail to join the backpackers or hire a guide to lead your journey. The trail is divided into 12 parts to make it accessible to all. Click here for more information.

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    Exploring Lisbon’s Wine Country

    After you’ve sipped and savored a few new favorites in our restaurants, get out to explore the wineries in and around Torres Vedras. Wines here capture the unique characteristics of the Lisbon Region which was once known as Estremadura. It runs alongside the wind-swept Atlantic Ocean and stretches inland to the DOC regions of Torres Vedras, Óbidos, and Alenquer, where some of the region's leading wineries are located.

    Famous for its traditional whites and easy drinking reds, this picturesque countryside west and north of Lisbon boasts a total of nine DOC regions growing indigenous and international grapes, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet. Many of the region's wineries are open to the public for tours and tastings, including Torres Vedras' stunningly architectural Adega Mãe and the award-winning Casa Santos Lima, which is said to be the largest producer of “Vinho Regional Lisboa” and “DOC Alenquer.”

    À sua saúde!