May 5th, 2015
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Explore Vale do Lobo by moonlight during an exciting 11km walk or run taking place on 22nd May from 20:30h.
Let’s Go Run Vale do Lobo is a free initiative, organised by Let’s Go Run in partnership with the not for profit Corridas á 6ª Feira running group and Vale do Lobo.  The event has been designed to encourage everyone to slip on their trainers and follow a unique trail around the resort, including sections on the beach, over the golf courses and through the woodland.
The Corridas á 6ª Feira running group has seen the number of people taking part in their regular events rising steadily over the years and hundreds of keen runners and walkers are expected to come to Vale do Lobo to take advantage of this unique route.
Vale do Lobo Let’s Go Run is open to everyone to take part in and complete at their own pace.  If you are a regular runner, then see how fast you can complete the course, while if you would prefer to take the route at a brisk walking pace, then this is an ideal opportunity to enjoy some open air exercise while passing through some of the most stunning areas of the resort.
Registration for this free event is essential for insurance purposes, for further information please visit the event’s facebook pages:
Alternatively, contact the Vale do Lobo Resort Reception to sign up and take part.
Story from: Vale do Lobo

Local Lodging

May 5th, 2015

 

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With the new local lodging (Alojamento Local) regulations now in effect, a seminar was jointly organized by Turismo do Algarve and Safe Communities Algarve with the aim of “promoting high standards in Local Lodging in support of the Algarve as a Safe Destination.

The seminar is open to property letting agencies, property management companies and individual property owners who let their properties to encourage compliance.

Introductions at the seminar was gaven by: Secretary of State for Tourism; President of Turismo do Algarve; President of Safe Communities Algarve; President of AMAL and the Mayor of Faro.

There were presentations from Tourism of Portugal, the Authority for Food and Economic Security (ASAE), the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), the Judicial Police (PJ) and the GNR.

We wanted to make sure you were aware of a new law, Decree-Law Nr. 128/2014, which requires that all Portuguese holiday homes be registered through the Balcão Único Electrónico directed to the President of the competent Municipal Council.

Registering your property will help reassure travellers and give your listing more credibility, which will in turn lead to better performance.

The presentation papers are available on Safe Communities Algarve’s website:

http://www.safecommunitiesalgarve.com/crime-prevention-advice/property/

April 25 Portugal “Freedom Day”.

April 24th, 2015

 

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Since 1974 “Freedom Day” is celebrated in Portugal — April 25 –  as a national holiday to mark the bloodless military coup, supported by the civilian population, bringing democracy and civil liberties to the Portuguese people.

After almost five decades of dictatorship (1937-1974), the Carnation Revolution, ended the Estado Novo regime, the longest dictatorship in Europe, changing the Portuguese political system from an authoritarian dictatorship to a democracy.

The revolution was undertaken by the Armed Forces Movement (MFA) led by General Antonio Spinola and other prominent civilian and army figures.  In a matter of hours, General Spinola received the surrender of overthrown Prime Minister Marcelo Caetano who was forced into exile in Brazil.

Spinola took charge of a Provisional Government which promised to restore civil liberties and hold democratic general elections.  Hundreds of political prisoners were released.

In 1974, more than half of Portugal’s government budget was spent with its armed forces engaged in wars in three of Portugal’s African colonies.  The new regime implemented a swift decolonization program granting independence to Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Cape Verde Islands, Sao Tome and Principe, and Angola.

Over the course of the next decade a stable two party system was established.  Soon after, in 1980, the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores became autonomous regions to enjoy self-government.

Under the constitution of 1976, which established a parliamentary republic, Portugal has been governed by a constitutional democracy with a president, a prime minister, and a parliament elected in multiparty elections.  The Portuguese constitution was amended in 1982, 1989, 1992, and 1997.

Because the 25th April is a major event in Portugal History and to People, Loulé, with our leadership, will always celebrate the April Revolution with the greatest dignity. But, considering it is a month rich in other events which have great importance to people and region. We have to make a very special reference to the Sovereign Mother Festival, with its multiple approaches, understood as a sociological case, particularly when the religious devotion gives way to the called pagan Festival. April is also “opened” to the germination of crops and culture.

Alte receives another Cultural Week, while it hosts one of the most competitive races in the difficult sport of BTT, which is part of the sporting events related to Loulé ” European City of Sport” this year. As well as innovation, new ideas, cultural proposals, it is mandatory to look at the program of the “cine-teatro”, where music will be presented for different tastes and audiences and dance.

 

 

Quinta do Lago – A Premium Golf Destination

April 24th, 2015

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The North Course is the newest addition to Quinta do Lago’s five-star golf facilities, the totally revamped course has been one of the most talked about golf projects in 2014 and is set to be one of the new stars of European golf and the new number one course at Quinta do Lago.

Redesigned by renowned American architect Beau Welling in close collaboration with European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, the new layout has been built to the highest specifications with a €9.6m investment. The North Course has been redeveloped with the emphasis firmly on precision and strategy.

Among the changes introduced on the 6,776-yard course which has been closed since last December, all greens, tees, bunkers, irrigation and drainage systems and cart paths have been rebuilt using the latest state-of-the-art technology. Four sets of tees have been introduced on each hole to accommodate players of all levels and golfers will be challenged by a combination of undulating greens, well-positioned bunkers and water hazards.

A low-cut Bermuda grass approach has been introduced around greens to create a myriad of recovery shot options for increased satisfaction on all levels of play. The aesthetics of the par-72 course have also significantly improved through the introduction of a cool season rough grass and the select planting of native grasses and specimen trees to help the environment. The renovation has also allowed Quinta do Lago to further reduce the impact on the environment by using recycled water and solar energy to maintain the course. The reduction of grassed areas will lessen the impact on the environment and the new design will include the creation of some new animal and plant habitats.

McGinley said: “I’ve been coming to Quinta do Lago with my family for many years now and it keeps getting better and better. The new design will test golfers in many different ways and I believe this is a great addition to Europe’s leading destination.”


For more details and to book to become one of the first people to play the new-look North Course:

Call +351 289 390 705
E-mail golf@quintadolago.com

Story From: Quinta do Lago Resort

 

Exhibition Show Of Plastics Arts By The Culture House Of Loulé

April 24th, 2015

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” The Collective Show of art has the objective to continue to gather artists from different generations, regardless of their artistic or training journeys.”

The Culture House of Loulé, in collaboration with the City Hall of Loulé, will hold the 26th Collective Show of Plastics Arts from the municipality of Loulé. The intention is to continue encouraging the artistic creation and promoting direct contact between artists.

This year the Show will be open to the public at the building C.E.C.A.L / Culture House of Loulé, at the municipal park, until the 02nd May.

CECAL – Loulé – Until 2nd May

Tue to Fri : 10am to 01pm / 02pm to 06pm

Sat: 10 am to 04:30pm

A Quinta dos Vales

April 13th, 2015

 

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A Quinta dos Vales terminou ontem  a 12ª edição do “Porta Aberta”.
Para entretenimento de todos, houve espetáculos ao vivo, apresentação equestre, feira de produtos regionais, desporto, arte e muito mais. A diversão continuou com visitas guiadas à adega.
Este evento tem provado ser a melhor plataforma para o lançamento dos novos vinhos. Desta vez foi apresentado  o “Selecta” Branco 2014 e três novos Rosés 2014 (“Selecta Castelão”, “Primeira Selecção Touriga Nacional” e o nosso Rosé premium “Duo Castelão & Touriga Nacional”).
Houve ainda provas de vários vinhos da  marca “Marquês dos Vales”.  Para quem esteve presente, houve a oportunidade de provar o “Grace Vineyard” Tinto 2009, selecionado como “O Melhor Vinho do Algarve” no ano passado e nomeado recentemente como um dos “Melhores Vinhos de Portugal” pela “Revista de Vinhos”.
Mais uma vez, a Quinta dos Vales está de Parabéns pelo excelente trabalho, e pela contínua divulgação dos vinhos portugueses além fronteiras.

Algarve Rugby Festival returns at Browns

April 13th, 2015

 

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Browns Sports & Leisure Club in Vilamoura will again be hosting the Algarve Rugby Festival 2015 this month, which will include the participation of world-class teams including the British Army (Forces World Champions), Worcester Warriors XV and a Portuguese Premiership Team.

All games will be held on Browns’ official pitch located on Caminho dos Golfes. With free entrance, the event will promote rugby in the Algarve by providing fans a unique opportunity to watch top class rugby matches.

Just as last year, a pitch-side bar will be set up for all of the games followed by live music and barbecue.

Games are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, April 18 at 4pm
British Army vs. Portuguese Premiership Team (to be announced)
Tuesday April 21 at 4pm
Worcester Warriors XV vs. British Army

 

Story from: Portugal Resident

Quinta do Lago – Easter Entertainment

April 2nd, 2015

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From the 26th March to the 12th April Quinta do Lago has prepared a range of activities for all ages.

From a Movies in the Park, to the usual Easter Sunday Activities at the Driving Range, children and adults of all ages can participate.

Learn more about the Quinta do Lago Easter Programme.

ACTIVITY VENUE S

Pilates class

Yoga class

Pump class

Core Control

Box Circuit session

Insanity class Bottom Sculpting class LTB & Zumba class

Junior Camps

Mini Golf Family competition

Sunday Fun Golf

Foot Golf

Movies in the Park

Easter Sunday

Golf Fitness SeminarTalk and Demo

Paddle Board Fitness

Beach Boot Camp

Live at the Shack

Casa do Lago Seafood Fest

Easter Team Challenge

The Shack Sunset Party

Dog Lovers Charity Stand-up Paddle

Family Fun Run

Jazz at Casa do Lago

Family Afternoon at The Shack

Lago Watersports Activities

 

For more information/reservations please contact  +351 289 390 700

«Algarve Chefs Week” 2015 will be anticipated by culinary workshops in the Loulé Market

April 1st, 2015

 

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The 5th ‘Algarve Chefs Week’ edition will be opening with a series of workshops, that will take to the Loulé Municipal Market ten renowned Chefs, who lead top restaurant kitchens, from some Algarve Luxury Hotels.

Culinary demonstrations, available to the general public, will be held on Saturdays 4th, 11th and 18th April at 3pm. A day before the official opening of the “Algarve Chefs Week ‘, which runs from April 26 to May 3 in the selected Restaurants, there will be a release of a book of commemorative revenues of the 5th anniversary of this event in the Loulé Market.

The workshops will take place in Loulé and will gather the following Chefs:

José Leitão (“Moonlight” Restaurant – Nau Salgados Palace)

Victor Monteiro (“L14” Restaurant – Nau Salgados Dunas Suites)

Osvalde Silva (“O Grill” Restaurant – Pine Cliffs Residence, a Luxury Collection Resort)

Michael Lawrence (“The Olive Tree” Restaurant – Vale d’Olives Hotel)

Luis Mourão (“Alquimia” Restaurant – Epic Sana Algarve Hotel)

Bruno Rocha (“EMO” Restaurant – Tivoli Victoria Hotel)

Andrew Mcggie (“Louro” Restaurant  – Conrad Algarve Hotel)

Ricardo Teixeira (“Pepper’s” Restaurant – Tivoli Marina Vilamoura Hotel)

Miguel Teixeira (“Koi” Restaurant – Vidamar Resort Algarve)

Jan Stechemesser (“Á Terra” Restaurant – Praia Verder Boutique Hotel).

All these Chefs will be presenting dishes composed with five of the most characteristic products of the region – sea salt, dried fig, carob, beans and orange – that can be purchased at the Loulé Market, added the Loulé Municipality in a press release.

On April 25th, also a Saturday – at 10 am, the book which compiles the dishes created over 5 years of “Algarve Chefs Week” will be presented. “At this time, the guests Chefs will offer a tasting of some of the specialties created for the culinary week following, to all people present – revealed the Loulé Town Hall.

The “Algarve Chefs Week” runs from April 26 to May 3 and those who join will enjoy unique and innovative creations of these renowned Chefs in the selected restaurants, special menus that will enhance the Algarve products.

“Algarve Chefs Week” menus will be available only at dinner with prices of 30€ per person – drinks not included.

From the total amount of each meal, 1€ will be donated to the HOME Association – Homeless Centre.

Workshops schedule in Loulé Municipal Market:

Saturday 4th April:

3pm – José Leitão: Starter

4pm – Vitor Monteiro: Main Course

5pm – Osvalde Silva: Dessert

Saturday 11th April:

3pm – Michael Lawrence: Starter

4pm – Luis Mourão: Main Course

5pm – Bruno Rocha: Dessert

Saturday 18th April:

3pm – Andrew Mcggie: Starter

3:45pm – Ricardo Ferreira: Fish dish

4.30pm – Miguel Teixeira: Meat dish

5:15pm – Jan Stechemesser: Dessert

 

An event highly recommended!

 

 

Algarve expecting more than half a million tourists this Easter holiday

April 1st, 2015

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The Algarve is expecting more than half a million tourists this Easter period.

Compared to last year, the occupancy rate is expected to rise 5-6%, according to statistics from various Hotels.

In addition to the Portuguese and Spanish, the British market is also growing. The good weather awaits tourists who choose the south of Portugal.

“There are many Hotel units already fully booked and another number of them will have occupancy rates close to 100%,” says the CM Elidérico Viegas, Algarve’s Tourist Association President (AHETA), adding that “Easter is the second most popular holiday for tourists coming to the Algarve, following the month of August”

One reason for the increased demand of Portuguese is related to exchange rate variations. Accommodation and services are much affordable here now which makes “International destinations more expensive for the Portuguese”, said the President of AHETA.

Exchange rate changes also helps to entice more British – the main market of the Algarve’s tourism. The pound gaining strength against the euro, makes the Algarve a cheaper and much attractive destination.

Thus, with the resident population in the region, the Algarve will have in the Easter holiday about 1 million people. In addition to tourists staying in hotels, there are many Portuguese who have second homes in the region with some already coming to the Algarve this weekend. With the forecast of temperatures reminiscent of the summer, owners of businesses by the beach do not hide the optimism:

“Expectations are very good”, says Rui Rodil – Restaurant owner -adding that, “in the last couple of days he has noticed a significant increase.

“I hope many people come to the Algarve. Since the end of winter, we expect the arrival of sun and tourists,” highlights, in turn, Sandra Rizo, artisan with a sales stand located by Fisherman’s Beach in Albufeira

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