With more than 20 years transporting passengers through the air, Sevenair assures its clients a fast and safe travel to 5 destinations across Portugal on regular schedules. Discover the nature of the north and its landscapes surrounded by mountains in Bragança and Vila Real, or walk through white sand beaches of the south in Algarve – Portimão.
- Vila Real
Bragança lies on a branch of the Sabor River south of the Culebra Mountains, 255 km northeast of Porto, 515 km from Lisbon and 22 km from the Spanish border.
The climate in Bragança (the north-eastern most district capital Portuguese city) is Mediterranean, influenced by the distance from the coast and the elevation. It is very similar to the continental climate of the Spanish Meseta, which means cooler winters and shorter hot summers. Snow in winter is very common and can last for several days. The high in January is around 8.5 °C (47 °F) while the August and July high is around 28.5 °C (83 °F). The January low hovers around the freezing point. It has been known to snow in May, and winter temperatures can fall to as low as −11.6 °C (11 °F). However, the temperature of -17.5°C has been recorded in 1983 in the station of a local institute. The annual mean is around 12 °C (54 °F).
Located in a promontory, formed by the gorges of the Corgo and Cabril rivers, Vila Real has an elevation of 460 m. The Alvão and Marão mountains overlook the town on the North and West side, respectively, rising up to 1400 m.
Due to the geographical location, its climate is a mix between Temperate and Mediterranean. Winters are long, with negative temperatures and frequent frosts. Snowfalls usually occur at least 4 times a year. In Summer, it is common to reach temperatures near 40 °C.
Situated in a zone of transition, the concelho has several micro-climates. The Serra do Caramulo, located to the west of the city, plays an important role in climatic terms by lessening the influences of the western air masses (although the Mondego rive’s basin makes the penetration easier). Consequently, Viseu’s climate is characterised by the existence of high-temperature extremes, with cold and wet winters and hot and dry summers.
Cascais is situated on the western edge of the Tejo estuary, between the Sintra mountains and the Atlantic Ocean; the territory occupied by the municipality is limited in the north by the municipality of Sintra, south and west by the ocean, and east by the municipality of Oeiras.
Today, there is a large yacht harbour and several small sand beaches in and around town. Cascais is easily reached from Lisbon by car, (A5 Lisboa-Cascais highway, or the scenic “marginal” road), or by frequent inexpensive commuter trains. It has the ruins of a castle, an art and sea museum, as well as parks and the charming cobbled streets of the historic centre. The town has many hotels and tourist apartments as well as many good restaurants of varying cost. It is a fine base to use for those visiting Lisbon and its environs who prefer to stay outside of the city yet in an equally urban and sophisticated environment.
Portimão is the most important urbanised city in the Barlavento Algarvio (the western Algarve), supporting a sizeable population with harbour and a small airfield (Aerodromo de Portimão) of its own (the larger Faro International Airport is in the nearby district capital of Faro. Administratively, the municipality is divided into 3 civil parishes.
The Portimão coastline has also been host to the sport of powerboating. The Portuguese Grand Prix of the Sea run by Powerboat P1 as part of its international championship is also held in Portimão.
In the hills near Portimão stands the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. Finished in October 2008, it is a race and test circuit officially recognised for the highest categories both for cars and motorcycles. Superbike races, Le Mans Series races and F1 tests are scheduled.