New air links to Spain Increase Algarve’s tourism expectations for 2015

March 11th, 2015



The Algarve will be closer to Spain during the summer with direct flights from Faro to Madrid operated by Air Nostrum – announced the Iberia Airline group.

The reopening of this route, simultaneously with the new direct connection from Faro to Barcelona, operated by Vueling, raises the expectations of the President of the Algarve Tourism Board (RTA) regarding the increase of the Spanish market in the Algarve  in 2015.

“This is excellent news that the region aspired for almost a decade and is also the result of all the hard work from the Tourism Board to ensure direct flights between Faro and the main Iberian airports” says Desiderio Silva.

According to ANA – Airports of Portugal – from 1st June to 30th September the Faro-Madrid route will have three flights per week in each direction, approaching the Algarvian airport to other national and international destinations from the Iberia network.

“We ended the year 2014 with over 25.5 percent of Spanish tourists hotel overnight stays, which was a remarkable growth, and in 2015, with these two new routes we may even exceed the barrier of a million overnight stays,” quotes President Desidério Silva.

Air Nostrum will operate the route from Madrid with aircrafts fitting upto 100 passengers, offering approximately 8500 seats. During June, July and September flights will be sceduled for  Mondays, Fridays and Sundays and from 21st July to 1st September on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The Vueling link to Barcelona ​​will have two weekly flights with departures on Tuesdays and Saturdays, from June 20th  and until September 12th.

According Desiderio Silva, this is “a first step” towards the consolidation of both air routes and the future expansion of operations during the year.

Open Day at the spa from hotels SANA

March 4th, 2015


This next 7th March, the SANA Hotels’s Spas will organize events with several free activities.

The spas Sayanna Wellness of the Hotels Myriad and the EPIC SANA in Lisbon and in Albufeira – award winner for “Best Tourist Real Estate Development”, will be open to the public with the initiative of “relaxing and exercising the body,” reveal the Hotels in a statement.

In addition to free access to the heated swimming pools, sauna and Turkish bath, there will also be activities such as fitness classes, yoga or bootcamp (military-style class) and also lectures on nutrition.

The times of the Open Day can vary between hotels and each activity has a limited number of people and requires advance booking.



Female’s Portuguese football team faces World Champion Japan in Algarve Cup

March 4th, 2015



The 22nd edition of the Algarve Cup women’s football starts today, this year as the first without restrictions in the draw and, therefore, Portugal will play against Japan, the defending champion of the world.

Three-months from the World Cup 2015, the Algarve tournament will serve as preparation for the competition that will be held in Canada, especially for teams like the Japanese, but also to the United States, Germany, France, Sweden and Brazil – with its first debut in this competition.

The encounter with the world champion, scheduled for March 6 in the Algarve Stadium, is the most expected on this first round.

In group C, the Portuguese team will also face France, the last World Cup semifinalist, and Denmark, 16th in FIFA ranking. Portugal occupies the 42 place and never qualified for the finals of a major tournament.

In the group of ‘stars’, this will be the first time for Brazilian Marta, one of the greatest figures of female soccer – winning best player of the FIFA award five times.

In group A, the Brazilian team will face Germany, current leader of the world rankings and holder of the Algarve Cup. The German team, which was dominant in the tournament last year, won’t count with Nadine Kessler, who earlier this year was considered the best player for today’s FIFA.

The German team is considered as the big favorite to win this edition of the Algarve Cup, as well as the United States, which holds the record for the tournament with nine victories.

The 22nd edition of the Algarve Cup starts today and ends on 11th March.

Go Portugal!


Gastronomy, nature and other events enliven the Algarve stand at BTL

February 25th, 2015



The traditional products tasting begins today at the Algarve stand in the Lisbon Tourism Fair (BTL) – 2015 edition- at the “Parque das Nações”.

For the next five days, there will be more than 30 initiatives promoted by the Algarve Tourism Board (RTA), Municipalities and Companies from the Algarve to gain more visitors on the most popular gastronomy event in the country.

There are plenty of temptations already on the first day: The delicacies of the Ria Formosa, presented by Olhão city. The flavors of the Vincentian coast, coming from Lagos, passing through the tasty oranges from Silves or the sweets of Alcoutim for those with a sweet tooth. There will still be time for a cocktail served by an Albufeira tourism team.

Tomorrow, the table will be set with regional preserves – courtesy of Portimão tourism and local hospitality school. There is also scheduled some wine tasting offered by the Algarve Wine Commission and also the Adega do Cantor, which will join the creations of chef Dieter Koschina – the famous restaurant Vila Joya (two Michelin stars), and a cocktail served by the equally luxurious Vila Vita Parc (Porches).

The Mediterranean Diet, classified by UNESCO as Intangible Inheritance of Humanity, wins its role on the 27th with the launch – from the municipality of Tavira, of a book and a tasting of olive oil and herbs. On Saturday 28th there will be a culinary demonstration organized by Lagos Municipality serving Ria de Alvor oysters.

The Algarve stand at BTL also hosts an every day workshop of Algarvian Cataplana (mixed or octopus with sweet potato) led by chef José Nice from Tertúlia Algarvia Restaurant, who will reveal the secrets of this regional dish to all guests and visitors.
The 27th edition of BTL reserves the first two days (25 and 26) for industry professionals, between 10.00 and 20.00.

On the 27th the fair will run between 10:00 and 23:00 with general public allowed to enter from 18:00 onwards.

Over the weekend it will be open to all public between 12:00 and 23:00 on Saturday (28th) and between 12.00 and 20.00 on Sunday (March 1st)





Cycling Tour of the Algarve: Final Victory for Geraint Thomas

February 24th, 2015

Tour Down Under - Stage Two

The British Geraint Thomas (Sky) confirmed the victory in the 41st edition of the cycling tour of the Algarve. After the fifth and final stage, won the ‘sprint’ to the German André Greipel (Lotto Soudal).

The 2014’s most successful cyclist got the first win in 2015 on the course of 184.9 kilometers between Almodovar and Vilamoura, fulfilled in 4: 15:40 hours, beating the Belgian Tom van Asboreck (LottoNL-Jumbo) and the Dutch Raymond Kreder (Roompot).

Geraint Thomas came integrated into the squad and confirmed the victory in the race, succeeding the Polish Michal Kwiatkowski in the history winners (Etixx-QuickStep), who finished second for 27 seconds, while the Portuguese Tiago Machado (Katusha) was third for 1:11 minutes.

Vilamoura Marina Best International Marina 2015

February 11th, 2015


Vilamoura Marina, in a ceremony realized in London, received the award for The Best International Marina, a prize that rewards only the best of the best in the category of ” International Marinas”.

The vote was held exclusively by the owners of vessels which, during the year of 2014, visited the Marinas classified with 5 anchors.

As with Hotels, Restaurants, Automobiles, etc., Marinas are sorted and ranked depending on the quality and versatility of the services they provide. The classification is made of 1 to 5 anchod (maximum level of excellence and quality).

Vilamoura Marina has held, since many years, the “Sanchors” maximum score by TYHA, THE YACHT HARBOUR ASSOCIATION, with the support of the British Marine Federation.

It should also be mentioned that, from 2011 to 2014, consecutively, the Vilamoura Marina has been winning the prize awarded by Publituris trade award for the ” Best Portuguese Marina”.

Having celebrated 40 years of existence in 2014, this MArina is the pioneer, the largest and oldest in Portugal, strategically adapting its infrastructure to every new needs that arise in this área. ISO 14001 and 9001 certified, respectively for environment and quality management, the Vilamoura Marina also displays the European Blue Flag recognition.

The award now received, “Best International Marina 2015″, is the recognition of all the hard work and effort of a team that remains committed to clientes and the services it offers, and who takes pride in a Marina always young, renewed and betting on tourism of the future.

Well done!

The 41st International Tournament Carnival Sailing Regatta – Vilamoura

February 11th, 2015




For 41 years, the Carnival is celebrated with the greatest proof dinghy that takes place Portugal.The International Tournnament Carnival sailing takes place in the coming days 14, 15 and 16 February and promises to be one of the best editions ever.

For 41 years, the Carnival Tournament is celebrated without interruption, as part of the international ISAF calendar since 1997. The organization of the event is of CIMAV ,(Clube Internacional da Marina de Vilamoura) responsability that has already ensured that this special edition will “book surprises” to hundreds of sailors participants.

Crews from Switzerland, England and Ireland have already confirmed their presence, as well as 3 hundred sailors coming from clubs around the country, that will attend this great celebration of dinghy sailing.


41º Torneio Internacional de Vela do Carnaval em Vilamoura

February 11th, 2015

41º Vila Vela Fotos Vilamoura

O Clube Internacional da Marina de Vilamoura (CIMAV), com o apoio da Federação Portuguesa de Vela, anuncia a realização do 41º Torneio Internacional de Vela do Carnaval, que será disputado no Campo de Regatas de Vilamoura – Quarteira, Algarve, Portugal, de 14 a 16 de Fevereiro de 2015.

A prova é aberta aos barcos das seguintes classes:

420, (II PAN)
Snipe, (Campeonato Regional Sul)
Dart 18,
Laser 4.7 (Prova do Critério Nacional de Selecção),
Laser Radial (Prova do Critério Nacional de Selecção),
Laser Standard (Prova do Critério Nacional de Selecção),
Formula Windsurfing,
49er FX

Portugal property: embrace a lifestyle of sun, sea and sport

February 6th, 2015




There are golden opportunities to be had when buying a home in Portugal

“If you are the sort of person who enjoys spectacular white beaches, organic food, excellent local wine, golf resorts, watersports and an extremely pleasurable climate – and if you are in favour of snapping up an overseas bargain – you could do worse than buying a property in Portugal.

“The rat race doesn’t exist here as such,” says Keely Kapel, 30, who sold her maisonette in Windsor five years ago and bought a three-bedroom villa in Vilamoura, a town in the Algarve. “People take time out for friends and family, to relax and enjoy themselves. And the locals are very friendly to the British.”

Whereas many Britons buy second homes in Portugal, Keely was so attracted to the country that she took the plunge and moved there permanently. She used to work as a recruitment consultant in London, and has a similar job in Portugal. But the atmosphere, she says, is completely different.

“I do work hard here,” she says, “but I have better quality of life. I can go to the beach on Saturday afternoons, go to a very good fish restaurant and spend €10 (£8.50) instead of £100, that type of thing. I wake up to blue skies every morning instead of clouds. It’s like heaven.”

The financial crisis of 2007 left the Portuguese economy reeling. It became very difficult to get a mortgage, investors lost confidence, and scores of new developments stood empty. Now, however, the economy has stabilised, but the house prices are much lower than they were before. This means good deals for British buyers” …but keep in mind that prices are now increasing and properties are selling quick, leaving less options around.

So what you are waiting for!

Story from: The Telegraph

Portugal a new track and a new country for the European Le Mans Series

February 6th, 2015



Estoril the 18.10.2015

For the final round of the European Le Mans Series season, the competitors will discover a new track and a new country. In fact Portugal has welcomed endurance races in the past. First in Portimao (2009 and 2010) and the last Le Mans Series event took place at Estoril in 2011.

Located near the Atlantic coast about thirty km from Lisbon, the Estoril circuit was born in 1972 and has undergone numerous transformations since its creation. It offers a unique configuration: a long straight followed by a series of highly technical sequences. It will require a versatile car, with a good top speed and agility in a series of fast bends.

In 1984, the Estoril circuit was also the scene of a great moment in the history of motor sport: Niki Lauda recaptured the the position of World Champion in Formula 1 after two years of retirement, beating McLaren team-mate Alain Prost by a half-point.

Most recent endurance results (2011) :

LMP1 : Rebellion Racing – Lola Toyota B10/60 – Emmanuel Collard / Julien Jousse

LMP2 : Greaves Motorsport – Zytek Z11SN – Karim Ojjeh / Tom Kimber-Smith

FLM : Pegasus Racing – FLM09 Oreca – Julien Schell / Mirco Schultis / Patrick Simon

LMGTE Pro : AF Corse – Ferrari – Giancarlo Fisichella / Gianmaria Bruni

LMGTE Am : IMSA Performance Matmut – Nicolas Armindo / Raymond Narac

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