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Posts from February, 2009

Lenny Kravitz tour to visit Portugal

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Rock ‘n’ roll fans will be booking their Lisbon city tours soon to see a gig by American music legend Lenny Kravitz.

The popular singer-songwriter will bring his European tour to the Atlantico Pavilion in Lisbon on May 5th this year.

Other venues on Kravitz’s tour of Europe will include the Marseille Dome (April 26th), La Caja Magica in Madrid (May 8th), the Palalottomatica in Rome (June 5th) and the Innsbruck Olympiahalle.

Fans who make it to one of these gigs will be able to hear live performances of a number of songs from the singer’s latest album, It’s Time For a Love Revolution, which was released in February 2008.

Other shows that people on Lisbon city tours can see at the Atlantico Pavilion this year include a concert by Il Divo on April 6th and a gig by Beyonce on May 18th.

As well as seeing gigs by pop and rock superstars from around the world, visitors to Lisbon can see local sights such as the Hieronymites monastery and the Lisbon Botanical Garden.

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Visit Essaouira to enjoy world music

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People who enjoy discovering world music can visit Essaouira in Morocco this summer for the Gnaoua and World Music Festival.

Set to take place between June 25th and 28th, the festival has become one of the most significant and popular fixtures in Morocco’s cultural calendar.

It provides a meeting point for representatives of all forms of music, from jazz, pop and rock to contemporary world music.

The festival is named after the gnaoua people, slaves originating from black populations in Africa who formed brotherhoods and played music with spiritual and religious connotations.

Instruments traditionally played by gnaoua musicians include the three-stringed percussive lute, large metal castanets and drums.

As well as attending the Gnaoua and World Music Festival, travellers on Essaouira tours can explore the city and visit its numerous traditional houses or head to the beach to try some windsurfing or kitesurfing.

The Essaouira medina is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.

Why not book the Essaouira tour before you travel?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19050209-ADNFCR

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Work of Portuguese artists on display in Portimao

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Holidaymakers taking Algarve tours will be able to visit an exhibition this year offering the opportunity to learn more about the artistic culture of their holiday destination.

Entitled Gosto de Mulheres, the showcase will be open at the Galeria do Arade in Portimao from March 21st until May 24th.

Female artists from Portugal will be the main focus of the exhibition, which will feature everything from painting, sculpture and photography to pieces of music, cinema and literature.

There will also be examples of work by international artists, along with a recreation area offering educational activities for younger visitors.

Holidaymakers in the Algarve can visit a number of venues that host exhibitions and events exploring local culture, such as the Portimao Municipal Theatre and the Faro Municipal Museum.

An altogether more relaxing experience is on offer at the region’s many beaches, which can be found in popular coastal destinations such as Lagos, Albufeira and Quarteira.

Why not book the Best of the East tour before you travel?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19049273-ADNFCR

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Jack the Ripper Tour in London: a great dark, cold and rainy night

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When is the perfect time to go on a Jack the Ripper tour in London? In a dark, cold, awfully rainy night, of course! This is the extreme weather we found when trying out the Jack the Ripper tour by Premium Tours, on Sunday evening. The tour started perfectly on time at 5.40 pm at the Grosvenor Victoria Hotel. We were a total of 8 people – not a small number considering the season and especially the rain! We know that during summer the group can grow as big as 40.jack the ripper tour spitafields

As usual, it’s the guide who makes the quality of the tour. We were lucky: Derrick, our guide (not the inspector! ;) was quite perfect: a perfectly radiophonic voice, low-pitched and clear, a good rhythm, a vivid narration full of macabre and scary details, and some always-working jokes. Besides that, he was attentive to the group needs, careful not to leave us too much out in the rain and adjusting the walking tour accordingly. continue reading

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Visit Marrakech to check out Moroccan fashion

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People with an interest in fashion will be able to see the latest styles and trends emerging in Morocco during Marrakech tours this year.

The Caftan 2009 Moroccan Fashion Show will be held at the Palmeraie Golf Palace at Marrakech’s Palais des Congres on May 2nd.

According to the organisers of the show, Caftan is "where glamour and elegance reign".

The occasion provides an opportunity for experienced designers and young talents alike to meet and showcase the best that Moroccan and African haute couture have to offer.

Every year, the show is given a particular theme, with last year’s event based on the concept of ‘glam rock’ and consequently showing off a host of dazzling colours, bold designs and striking accessories.

Caftan 2009 is one of many events that people taking Marrakech tours will be able to attend this year, with alternative options including the 44th Festival of Popular Arts in July.

This cultural celebration will feature more than 36 folk groups from all over Morocco and over 550 artists in total.

Why not book a Full Day visit of Marrakech in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19047794-ADNFCR

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Powerboat racers to visit the Algarve

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Holidaymakers taking Algarve tours in April will be able to visit Portimao as the coastal town plays host to the Formula One Powerboat World Championship.

The 2009 season of powerboat racing will kick off with a contest in Portimao on April 5th before heading to Russia for an event in St Petersburg on June 6th.

Travellers will be able to catch up with the competition in destinations including Lahti, Finland; Shenzhen, China; Doha, Qatar and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates before it comes to an end in December.

According to the organisers of the Formula One Powerboat World Championship, the sport can be described simply as "the most spectacular watersport in the world".

Spectators will be entertained by the sight of catamaran boats accelerating from 0 to 160km/h in less than four seconds and reaching top speeds of 225km/h as they fly across the surface of the waves.

People on Algarve tours who are interested in trying out some watersports for themselves can go scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing or kayaking in Portimao, with other activities available elsewhere in the holiday region.

Why not book the Eastern Algarve and Spain tour in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19047436-ADNFCR

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Algarve to host World Rally Championship

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Algarve tours could well prove popular with motorsport fans in April as the region plays host to a leg of the World Rally Championship (WRC).

The Portugal Rally will see some of the world’s best drivers visiting the Algarve between April 2nd and 5th as they compete for this year’s world title.

Covering no more than 1,000km, the route taken by the rally will include fast, open stretches of land as well as more technical and challenging areas to test the drivers’ skill.

The closing ceremony of the contest will take place at the Algarve Stadium near Faro airport, which will also serve as the operational centre for the event.

Portugal will be the fourth country to host the WRC this year, with races already having taken place in Ireland and Norway and Cyprus set to host its leg of the championship between March 13th and 15th.

Motorcycling fans will be able to head to Estoril in Portugal in October this year when it hosts one of the final races of the MotoGP season.

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Take an Ouarzazate tour to see the Sand Marathon

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Visitors to Marrakech will be able to book Ouarzazate tours at the end of March to be spectators at the 24th Sand Marathon.

Known as the Marathon des Sables in French, this gruelling event sees competitors embark on a 150-mile race through the desert outside Ouarzazate.

The contest includes a full marathon on one day as well as a 50-mile race and other events of varying lengths on different terrains.

Set to take place between March 27th and April 6th this year, the Sand Marathon will see more than 850 competitors on the starting blocks ranging in age from 16 right up to 71.

This will break the record of 801 runners that was set last year, all but 50 of whom completed the race despite its length and difficulty.

Visitors on tours of Ouarzazate and the nearby Ait Ben Haddou can see sights including the valley of the Draa river and the oasis town of Zagora, which is surrounded by palm tree plantations.

Why not book the Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate tour in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19045151-ADNFCR

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Visit Sevilla for Real Madrid clash

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Football fans visiting the Algarve in April will be able to set off on a Seville tour to see how the top local Primera Liga side get on against the league’s reigning champions.

Sevilla will play Real Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on April 26th in what could prove to be a highly significant game as the 2008-09 La Liga season approaches its conclusion.

After 24 matches, Madrid are second in the table on 53 points, while Sevilla are nine points behind in third place.

The reigning champions could still be in the chase for the title at the end of April so will be eager to pick up every available point, while Sevilla will want to secure one of the prized top-four Champions League places.

Sevilla’s other home games over the coming months will see them take on Valladolid on March 22nd, Getafe on April 12th and Deportivo la Coruna on May 24th.

During their Seville tours, holidaymakers can also take in local sights such as the city cathedral and the Torre del Oro watchtower.

Why not book the Seville Tour in advance?ADNFCR-1652-ID-19045119-ADNFCR

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The Telegraph Business Club Film: isango! in a 5 min nutshell!

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So…what exactly is isango! all about? Many have asked.  Better still, many 1000s have already experienced and found out. But now, for the viewing pleasure of all, the five minute video explanation!

isango! was kindly invited by the recently launched Telegraph Business Club, to join a select group of companies to be profiled on their site for a ‘video masterclass’ feature. As such, we had a quick tidy around the office and invited the film crew in to invade our space and quiz us on our business. And herewith, the result!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-h0Io6ands [/youtube]

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