Monchique Mountain Marathon: terminar o ano a caminhar no Algarve

Monchique Mountain Marathon: terminar o ano a caminhar no Algarve

Monchique Mountain Marathon: terminar o ano a caminhar no Algarve

A “Monchique Mountain Marathon” é um evento de caminhada e pedestrianismo que irá ocorrer na serra de Monchique, entre os dias 27 e 31 de dezembro. Com passagens pelo alto da Fóia e pela serra da Picota (os dois pontos de maior altitude do Algarve) e diversos percursos, de distâncias e graus de dificuldade diferentes, oferece aos caminhantes a possibilidade de visitar destilarias de aguardente de medronho e aprender mais sobre as técnicas tradicionais de fabrico do azeite.

O evento prolonga-se até à Passagem de Ano, com a maratona – o percurso maior, de 42 km – a ser efetuado no dia 30, ao longo de todo o dia. No dia 31 o evento encerra com uma festa de Ano Novo.

O evento conta com uma estrutura de apoio (pontos de refeição, etc.) e resulta de uma parceria entre associações e pequenas empresas algarvias dedicadas ao turismo, nomeadamente ao turismo desportivo e de caminhada.

Monchique town Algarve

Guias em português, inglês e alemão

A prova de que o evento é um claro “piscar de olho” ao turismo é a presença de guias falantes de inglês e alemão. O projeto conta com a colaboração de residentes estrangeiros, estabelecidos há décadas no Algarve e comprometidos com um estilo de vida ambientalmente responsável e de grande ligação à Natureza. Desta forma, assegura-se que a qualidade da informação transmitida aos caminhantes não só é factualmente correta como é transmitida de uma forma muito personalizada, como quem sente realmente o que está a transmitir.

Mais uma vez, este tipo de eventos vem demonstrar que o turismo algarvio está cada vez longe de ser uma “monocultura” de praia e sol. É certo que a Monchique Mountain Marathon não será um evento em grande escala como é, por exemplo, o Vilamoura Champions Tour, mas não deixa de ser um sinal claro para o mercado internacional: quem quiser fazer caminhadas e “hiking” no Algarve pode fazê-lo com todas as estruturas de apoio necessárias. O facto de a experiência ser enriquecida com o conhecimento das tradições locais e a degustação acentua as características de turismo de qualidade deste evento.

Banco de Portugal warns banks to keep restrictions in housing loans 

Banco de Portugal are looking at implementing some basic criteria for lending to stop and potential real estate bubble happening again.

Banco de Portugal warns banks to keep restrictions on housing loans 

The big economic news of the week in Portugal was certainly not the election of Finance Minister Mário Centeno as Eurogroup president, replacing Dutchman Jeroen Djisselbloem. Quite revered throughout Portuguese and European media, this could be a symbolic sign that austerity stage is over. However, the complying with Eurozone orthodoxy has been a hallmark of the current Portuguese government, so this is nothing substantially new or surprising.

More important has been the warning issued by the Banco de Portugal towards Portuguese banks, regarding the need to be more cautious regarding credits and loan, specifically regarding housing. The real estate market has seen a steady recovery over the last couple of years and banks are relaxing widely the criteria for giving loans for house buying. The Portuguese regulator stated that the level of debt is still high in the economy and that the banks should commit to a level of procedures. The Banco even stated that it might force the market to adopt some kind of minimum criteria for approving loans, shortly.

Banco de Portugal is shouting out loud

The Portuguese regulator has been heavily criticised over the last decade, due to its inaction in the face of sensible events in the Portuguese economy. The BPN scandal, immediately during the outbreak of the financial crisis of 2008 and before the bailout of 2011, prompted some questions. And the fall of the Banco Espírito Santo in 2014 was an even bigger event, drawing heavy criticism. Governor Carlos Costa defended himself, saying that the Banco had no legal powers to do more than strongly advise and warn when the policies were wrong. Basically, he could do no more than remind, Mr. Ricardo Salgado, that he was following a dangerous path.

Assuming this is right, one could say that Banco de Portugal is now doing everything it can to avoid the creation of a new real estate bubble. It’s good news for the Portuguese economy that this is coming to public discussion right now before things get worse of, before something in the Eurozone affects the national balance. It’s only unfortunate that Mr. Carlos Costa’s warning has received less media attention than Mr. Centeno’s appointment to the Eurogroup.

Vinho do Algarve: a caminho da internacionalização

Vinho do Algarve: a caminho da internacionalização

O NERA (Associação Empresarial Região do Algarve), em conjunto com a Universidade do Algarve, promoveu uma ação de divulgação de produtos regionais, tendo a internacionalização das PME algarvias como principal objetivo. A iniciativa teve o vinho como um dos produtos em destaque, e contou com a presença e colaboração da CVA (Comissão Vitivinícola do Algarve) e também de vários produtores locais, como a Quinta da Tôr.

Além de uma mostra de produtos regionais que aconteceu no pavilhão do NERA, em Loulé, a iniciativa (no âmbito do projeto Internacionalizar mais Algarve) incluiu também a visita de empresários do setor agro-alimentar a diversas quintas da região. Tendo como objetivo futuro a exportação para vários países europeus, como Alemanha, França e Suécia, os empresários puderam visitar as instalações “in loco”, conhece as condições de produção e armazenamento e também provar as colheitas mais recentes.

O Algarve, uma região de vinho

O Algarve é associado a praias, golfe e turismo em geral, mas não propriamente a vinho. Alguns dirão que os vinhos produzidos por Cliff Richard são apenas um devaneio ou um hobby de um estrangeiro apaixonado pela região (que até colocou a propriedade à venda, recentemente). É provável que, dadas as dimensões reduzidas das áreas de exploração, a região nunca venha a ter a notoriedade do Douro ou do Alentejo. Contudo, contudo vir a ser uma marca reconhecida pela alta qualidade dos seus vinhos raros. Algo como Bucelas ou Colares, mas numa escala maior.

Algarve Wines

A região demarcada surgiu em 1980 e dispõe atualmente de quatro regiões DOC (Denominação de Origem Controlada): Tavira, Lagoa, Portimão e Lagos. Trabalhando com várias castas, os produtores virão a dar destaque à casta Negra Mole, que sendo natural da região poderá dar origem a vinhos de grande qualidade e, acima de tudo, diferentes.

Numa entrevista recente, Mário Santos, responsável pela Quinta da Tôr, apontava que o primeiro passo seria vender ao turista, mas que a internacionalização seria o caminho a seguir.

Passo a passo, é bem possível que o Algarve venha a conseguir mais um rótulo de qualidade para o seu futuro turístico. De resto, podemos acrescentar que o trabalho de Cliff Richard deu frutos – a sua adega foi a primeira da região a conseguir medalhas no International Wine Challenge (Londres).

Espaços a Não Perder no Algarve

Os espaços Purobeach são conhecidos mundialmente pelo seu ambiente chill-out e glamoroso, instalados em cenários incríveis, obedecendo a um critério de luxo que só algumas localizações podem oferecer, tais como… Palma, Marbella , Barcelona e Vilamoura.

Espaços a Não Perder no Algarve

Os espaços Purobeach são conhecidos mundialmente pelo seu ambiente chill-out e glamoroso, instalados em cenários incríveis, obedecendo a um critério de luxo que só algumas localizações podem oferecer, tais como… Palma, Marbella , Barcelona e Vilamoura.

Se ainda não conhece, não deixe de conhecer o espaço do Puro Beach Club Vilamoura e desfrute até ao final de Agosto de uma experiência única.

O Puro Beach Club oferece

lhe dois espaços de excelência, distintos, mas com a mesma qualidade e savoir faire que este prestigiado espaço já nos habituou .

Beach Club

Beachfront junto à fantástica praia de Vilamoura e o Poolside que nos oferece uma sofisticada piscina, camas balinesas , serviço de catering premium e a melhor seleção de música presente ao longo de toda a programação deste verão apresentada por vários DJs internacionais…as festas lendárias de champanhe junto à piscina existem e podem ser vividas por si, aqui no nosso Algarve.

Portugal was announced the winner of 16th prizes at the Annual World Travel Awards

 

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Winners at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2014 have been revealed during a night of suspense at the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso in Athens, Greece.

Hailed as ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’, World Travel Awards celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade.

The brand aims to celebrate those organisations that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence.

It is with a great pleasure that after the 9 prizes achieved last year, Portugal was now announce the winner of 16th prizes of the 21st World Travel Awards, voted by travel agents worldwide.

World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said:”Europe is presently in the middle of a fast paced recovery after a couple of tough years, and the brands that have taken our awards tonight are at the forefront of this. Our voters have recognised these are the key industry players who will be leading the pack over the coming years. This is a springboard to their continued success”

Europe’s Leading Airline to South America TAP Portugal
Europe’s Leading Airline to Africa TAP Portugal
Europe’s Leading All Inclusive Resort Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Boutique Hotel Vila Joya, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Boutique Resort Choupana Hills Resort & Spa, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination Lisbon, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Cruise Port Porto de Lisboa, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Design Hotel The Vine Hotel, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Hotel Residences Pine Cliffs Residence, Albufeira, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Landmark Hotel Bairro Alto Hotel, Portugal
Europe’s Leading Island Destination Madeira Islands
Europe’s Leading Luxury Resort Conrad Algarve, Portugal
Europe’s Leading River Cruise Company DouroAzul
Europe’s Leading Tourist Board Turismo de Portugal
Europe’s Leading Villa Resort Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, Portugal
Europe’s Most Romantic Resort Vila Vita Parc, Portugal

 

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Portugal recession over!

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Portugal will not enter another recession, assured the Deputy Prime Minister Paulo Portas on Monday (July 7).

Although he acknowledged that the Portuguese economy hasn’t yet reached “great or even very good levels”, the deputy PM stressed that it is “better than it was a year ago” and that recent statistics indicate the country is experiencing an economic recovery.

a story from: http://portugalresident.com/

Moving to Portugal…

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It is always difficult to make the decision to move permanently to a different country. And the decision is #Portugal?

What considerations you may have? Here you go…

If weather is a deciding factor you need to check out regional temperatures especially in the winter. The Algarve for example, is far warmer and drier than other areas.

Do you want to live inland, or by the sea?

Do you prefer the bustle and noise of a large town, village community or a rural location?

Do you want to be part of an Expat community, or as far away from your fellow countrymen as possible?

Is public transport important?

How important is the proximity of shops and amenities?

Are you a golfer? Do you want to live on a golf complex or just within easy access?

Do you need to be near an International School or will opt for the local school?

If need some expert advise to choose the best location call us now!

Algarve Property Sales start the year strong

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The Algarve has seen a very strong start of the year with property sales returning to a very positive levels,  as well as rentals and hotel occupancy.

After more than three years of house prices decreasing due to the state of the economy, Portugal’s property market is now improving and prices are beginning to escalate.

According to Statistics Portugal (INE) property prices have increased in the first quarter of 2014 and this trend is set to continue over the next 5 years.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have also confirmed this fact as highlighted in a recent article in the British newspaper, The Telegraph. The OECD  in their latest study, they highlighted that property markets in Australia and France are overpriced yet Portugal’s properties are undervalued.

New buyers under the golden visa program have boosted the luxury real estate prices. These “new” buyers are creating a fresh perspective and a well needed boost to our market. We have seen many new shops opening up, renovations being done, new building projects being started and sold in a very short time, showing positive signs that the Algarve is recovering.

Anyone looking to buy property in Portugal should act sooner rather than later to take advantage of the improving state of the property market.

If you are still looking for a property in the Algarve, we should advise to start looking seriously at purchasing this year as the market is recovering faster than expected. There are still good deals to be found, but the discount deals are quickly disappearing.

If you have any queries on our properties , please contact one of our Property Advisors such as Teodora Aquino, Georgina, Sofia, James Hobson.

Contact us now  to discuss your current property criteria to find you a dream home under the sun.

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French invaders are welcomed by the taxman

 

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More than 2,200 French national bought house in Portugal last year and 20,000 will live in the country by the end of 2015.

This is the estimate from the Franco-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce & Industry , French retirees are moving to Portugal attracted by the golden retirement package offered by the Portuguese tax man, “there are many migrants who live eight or nine months in Portugal and the rest of the time in France. They already can benefit from new laws and not pay taxes on retirement income or on capital gains or dividends.”

The status of non-habitual resident in Portugal, in force since January 2013, allows any retired EU citizen tax exemption for ten years, provided he or she has not been a tax resident in Portugal in the last five. The laws also cover professionals pursuing a high added value job, which may benefit from an income tax reduction to an attractive 20%, somewhat more attractive than France’s top rate of 75%.

In the first Real Estate and Portuguese Tourism fair, between 70% and 75% of visitors were French, mostly retired, but the tax benefits can also be taken full advantage of by Portuguese immigrants who want to return to the country.

 

Story from: algarvedailynews.com

Visit Portugal’s Algarve on any budget!

One of the great things about a holiday in the Algarve is that it can be as cheap or as lavish as your budget will stretch to.

There is a variety of Algarve Accommodation from campsites, rooms, guesthouses and hostels, to 5* hotels, luxury resorts and villas to rent. Restaurants, bars and cafes that are popular with Algarvian locals offer amazing value for money and a literal ‘taste of Portugal’ and at the other end of the scale there are fine dining establishments, including Michelin Star restaurants.

In terms of things to do, at the top end there are spas, champagne cruises and yacht charters, but of course, the best things to do in the Algarve are free…the beaches, landscape and culture, and admission-charging historical tourist attractions are always very reasonable. Similarly with Algarve travel the public transport system is an incredibly cheap way of travelling around (and the buses and trains are both very efficient and clean) but if you’ve got the budget, you can use taxis, hire a car, 4×4, jeep or mini-van or even book a limousine!

If you are looking for a accommodation for your holidays, visit www.algarvepropertyrentals.com… great properties available for your summer holiday here

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(a story from: http://www.algarveuncovered.com/)