May 15th, 2014
The England football team again is off to the Algarve, viewing it as an ideal training ground as the squad prepares for the World Cup.
The Football Association said that Vale do Lobo has been chosen for a five days session between 19 and 23 May.
The president of the Algarve Tourism Board, the omnipresent Desiderio Silva, said today “this is great news for Vale do Lobo, for the Algarve and for Portugal,” and noted that the decision definitely puts the destination high on the list of top training venues.
The resort’s management also expressed delight at being selected for a second time, the first was in 2006, for the training of the England team, and hoped the players “will take advantage of all the amenities and services at Vale do Lobo.”
The arrival of the bulk of the England squad is scheduled for Monday but some players are arriving early as they have property in the area and will get in some relaxation over the preceding week, or indeed use the time to get over injuries such as Wayne Rooney who is already in Vale do Lobo.
Story From: http://www.algarvedailynews.com/news/2309-england-squad-back-at-vale-de-lobo
May 14th, 2014
BMW chose the sunny Algarve, to bring a group of journalists to stage in the Algarve International Circuit in Portimão, two of its newest and hottest models: the fifth-generation M3 and the 4-series-based M4, which replaces the previous M3 coupé.
“Both of these M-cars are hysterically fast, engaging and outrageously good to drive. In other words, worthy M-successors.”
2014 BMW M3/M4 specifications
On sale: June 2014 Price: £56,175/£56,635 Engine: turbocharged, petrol, 2979cc, six-cylinder Power: 425bhp @ 5500-7300rpm Torque: 405 lb ft @ 1800-5500rpm Transmission: 7-speed M DT Fuel: 32.1mpg CO2: 204g/km Acceleration: 0-62mph, 4.1sec Top speed: 155mph
May 1st, 2014
The only restaurant in Portugal to feature among The World’s 50 Best list, Vila Joya has also become a destination for international chefs, who attend its annual International Gourmet Festival.
The restaurant at this luxury spa and beach resort on the Algarve, overlooking the rugged Atlantic coastline, truly is a ‘house of joy’ thanks to the culinary talents of executive chef Dieter Koschina. Originally from Austria, he honed his skills in leading establishments in Vienna and Germany before settling in his adopted country of Portugal more than two decades ago. These countries’ contrasting food cultures continue to inspire Koschina with fabulous Portuguese produce combined with northern European cooking techniques to create truly original and delicious dishes.
Story from: http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners/vila-joya
April 21st, 2014
Permission for the resort was signed off last week by Pires de Lima and a secretary of state acting for Agriculture Minister Assunção Cristas.
The project lies between Vilamoura Marina and Açoteias, Albufeira and side-steps normal planning requirements as it has been deemed of “relevant public interest” by the government.
The project envisages 3,000 beds in villas, hotels and apartments in a lagoon setting on what currently is farmland which will be dug out and flooded to provide watery views from much of the accommodation, 300 units of which will have their own berths. An inevitable shopping area is planned around the main lake.
Almargem (eco-group) says this action will adversely affect one of the most important wetlands of the Central Coast of the Algarve, which few can dispute.
The project calls for the diversion of a river, the construction of a dam for flood protection and an awkward crane system for transferring boats between the existing Vilamoura marina and the new lagoons.
Cidade Lacustre is planned to include the usual environmental sops for wildlife and habitat, and the preservation and protection of the Roman ruins at Cerro da Vila.
The whole ‘sea world’ type project was dreamt up by Vilamoura developer André Jordan in 1999 when he was involved with Lusotur which owned the Vilamoura resort area.
Story from: http://algarvedailynews.com/news/2090-vilamoura-development-360-hecatre-resort-given-the-go-ahead
April 8th, 2014
A Quinta do Lago é conhecida por ser um dos empreendimentos turísticos mais luxuosos de toda a Europa.
Envolvida por cinco campos de golfe, entre os quais, o bem conhecido campo de Golfe de São Lourenço, restauração, atividades desportivas e de um turismo ecológico em desenvolvimento. A observação da fauna natural abraça atividades ao ar livre, equitação, ciclismo, entre outros.
A Praia da Quinta do Lago está ao “atravessar da ponte” – um momento de puro contacto com a natureza e de reflexão.
Aproveite o dia maravilhoso de hoje e faça uma caminhada ao ar livre?
April 3rd, 2014
Faro, cidade com história, a capital do Algarve. Está localizada numa paisagem lindíssima, entre o Oceano Atlântico e o Parque Natural da Ria Formosa.
O centro histórico da cidade é um dos destinos de atracão turística cujo alguns dos monumentos visitados são a Catedral (de origem Romano-Gótica), O Convento de Nossa Senhora da Assunção (Renascimento) e a Igreja de São Francisco (séculos 16 e 18), entre muitos outros. Existe um comboio que percorre a cidade.
A Ilha de Faro (também conhecida por Praia de Faro) está a 8 km da cidade e tem todo o esplendor do Parque Natura da Ria Formosa. Poderá disfrutar da praia, com restaurantes e bares mesmo á beira-mar, ou de caminhadas ao longo da Ria Formosa. Existe um trilho que poderá seguir e que orienta informações acerca das espécies protegidas. Este trilho, dependendo da direção, irá dar encontro ao tão conhecido “Golden Triangle”, que engloba Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo e Almancil.
Não deixe de visitar….