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Preparing the future

Both Algarve and Portugal are taking these difficult times to prepare the future, taking steps in a positive direction. Let’s check five different news from the last few days.

EasyJet sets up a base in Faro

EasyJet employs 325 people in Portugal and holds 17 routes from Faro. Amazingly, despite the current economic climate, the company announced the opening of a new base in Faro Airport, creating 100 jobs. Current employees might request a transfer, and after that, new people will be hired.

The Portuguese Minister of the Economy was at the press conference and stated that this is a clear sign of trust in the future.

Desalination thoughts

A study, brought by a team of Portuguese experts in water resources, recommends the building of two desalination plants in Algarve, one in the west (“Barlavento”) and another in the east (“Sotavento”). There is some political hesitation regarding this subject, due to the costs and also due to environmental impact of brine. However, the Algarvians are conscious that climate change might reduce the available freshwater in the future.

Tolls to be cut

The Minister for Territorial Cohesion, Ana Abrunhosa, has recently announced that the Portuguese government is seriously thinking about reducing tolls in several highways, throughout the country. The reduction will be mainly directed at the so-called SCUT highways, which were designed not to have tolls in the first place. In most cases, those tolls came as a consequence of Portugal´s bailout of 2011, in the wake of the European Debt Crisis.

Although not explicitly mentioned, the Algarvian A22 (locally known as Via do Infante, as a tribute to Henry the Navigator) will surely be among the SCUT highways and see it’s tolls reduced.

Citizens environmental cleaning at Praia de Faro

A miscellaneous group, composed mainly by environmental activists and students, proceeded to the cleaning at the Beach of Faro (Praia de Faro), at the Ria Formosa, to the south of the Algarvian capital. The effort involved different organizations, from the public Centro de Ciência Viva do Algarve to Association of Brazilian Students of Algarve University.

New bridge linking Portugal and Spain

In Northeastern Algarve, away from the beaches, the lovely Guadiana towns of Alcoutim (Portugal) and Sanlúcar de Guadiana (Spain) will be connected by a road-cycling-walking bridge.

The towns are already connected by the amazing Tirolina, a slide cable allowing people to cross the Guadiana river and go from Spain to Portugal at 50 mph.