VII(I) December Weekend in Portugal – Curia 2023


VII(I) December Weekend in Portugal - Curia 2023

NEW DATES: 1-3 DEC 2023

“Dance is the timeless interpretation of life”
S A Rizvi

The ‘December Weekend in Portugal’, after long time of waiting, will return to same town –Curia – and to the same hotel – the Curia Palace – for its (seventh)eigth edition as it has already become a home for our SCD weekends in Portugal.

Curia is a spa-town on the northern outskirts of Coimbra, located between Oporto and Lisbon.

The Bairrada region, where Curia is situated, is a popular wine-growing district in Portugal, known also for its delicious gastronomy and beautiful landscapes.

The Curia Palace Hotel, with its Belle-Epoque and Art Nouveau styled rooms, is not only a beautiful place to stay, but has a magnificent wooden-floor ballroom. It is in this setting  that we will enjoy a weekend programme including two balls with live music by Muriel Johnstone,  Marian Anderson and Ian Robertson, SCD classes with Mathias Ferber and a taste of the local gastronomy and wines.

Curia Palace Hotel

The Curia Palace Hotel, located in the centre of the spa town of Curia, is a premier all-season resort set in 14 acres of gardens and parkland, with a golf course, garden estate and vineyards. What Evian stands for in France, Baden Baden in Germany, and Montecani in Italy, so does Curia in Portugal. The name ‘Curia’ from the Latin agua curiva, ‘the water that cures’, was given by the Romans who first discovered the Curia thermal springs more than a thousand years ago.

Guests enjoy the beautiful Belle-Epoque and Art Nouveau styled rooms, invigorating spa with indoor pool, fine dining in the historic restaurant, outstanding amenities and exceptional service.

Under the theme, ‘old world charm meets the 21st century’, the hotel has been spectacularly renovated without simply imitating the past, and restored to its rightful status as one of the most beautiful hotels in the Iberian Peninsula. It was re-opened in 2008, preserving and honouring its charm and magic as envisioned by its creator Alexandre de Almeida in 1926.





Getting to Curia:

Curia is located between Lisbon (200km) and Oporto (100 km), so you can choose your flight either to Lisbon International Airport or Oporto International Airport.

Getting to Curia by car from the airport:

Easy and convenient access by A1 motorway (both from Lisbon or Oporto) and exit Mealhada

(GPS :40º25’29,18″N / 8º27’46,40″W);

Getting to curia by train:

From Lisbon: trains from Santa Apolonia Station to Curia – 2h16 with one change;

On an average weekday, there are 16 trains per day travelling from Lisbon Santa Apolonia to Curia.

Tickets and information:

From Oporto:  trains from Porto Campanha to Curia – 1h20 with one change;

Tickets and information:

The Curia Palace Hotel is within 550m of the station.

As in previous weekend we will have a Happy Dancing Bus- a collective transfer -from the Lisbon Airport to the Curia Palace Hotel on Friday morning and back to Lisbon on Sunday afternoon.

 For more information please contact:    Tel. (+351)969.792.262