Latest COVID-related travel rules (Links to Portuguese Government)

In October 2021 Portugal has reduced significantly its rules related to Covid-19 and the economy is now fully open, though some precautionary rules still apply (e.g. face mask indoors or in large public gatherings). If you are looking for the latest information about travel rules and COVID-19 requirements per country of origin, these are two essential sources of information in Portugal:

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office:

https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police:

https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/covid-19/faqs/#1596230859073-a1cdfe6a-4ada

Algarve wins again: 2021 Europe’s Leading Beach Destination

The Algarve won the 2021 Europe’s Leading Beach Destination award attributed by the World Travel Awards. This is the 3rd consecutive year that Algarve wins such “oscar of tourism”. Algarve has won 8 times this award so far.

Link: https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-europes-leading-beach-destination-2021

Nearby Golf course ranked Best in Portugal

The nearby golf course of “Monte Rei” ranks 1st in Portugal by “Today’s Golfer“, while “Quinta de Cima e Ria” course ranks 7th. Both are located about 20 minutes by car from our apartments (approx. 14km or 9 miles). Come visit and combine the green with our endless white sand beach!

Here is a link to a media article:

550 Flamingos born in natural reserve near Monte Gordo

This June/July there were about 550 newly born flamingos in the Natural Reserve of Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo Antonio, located about 2km north of Seasun’s apartments. Here is the video:

Here is a link to an article in English:

https://www.portugalresident.com/hundreds-of-flamingos-hatch-in-algarve-a-first-for-portugal/

Here is an article in Portuguese about it (you can use google translate for your language):

Website of the Natural Reserve: https://natural.pt/protected-areas/reserva-natural-sapal-castro-marim-vila-real-sto-antonio?locale=en

Portugal awarded “Safe Travels” seal by WTTC

Portugal has been the first European country to receive the ‘Safe Travels’ seal awarded by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).  Such recognition certifies “destinations that comply with hygiene and safety rules and aims to give confidence to those who travel after restrictions to avoid the spread of covid-19”.

Description of the “Safe Travels” seal: https://wttc.org/News-Article/WTTC-unveils-Safe-Travels-new-global-protocols-to-restart-the-Travel-Tourism-sector

Articles about Portugal

English: https://world-today-news.com/portugal-was-the-first-european-country-to-receive-the-safe-travels-seal/

Português: https://expresso.pt/coronavirus/2020-06-04-Portugal-e-o-primeiro-pais-europeu-a-receber-o-selo-Safe-Travels

 

Praias abertas desde 19 Maio / Beaches open since May 19

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Foi com grande alegria que recebemos a notícia que desde segunda-feira, 19 de Maio, já se pode ir à praia, estender a toalha na areia e dar uns mergulhos! – embora mantendo as regras de distanciamento.

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O avô Vitor e o neto Augusto foram logo dar um mergulho quando souberam da notícia!

“A diferença entre ir à praia agora ou a partir do dia 6 (de Junho) é que, nessa altura, as regras serão mais apertadas, a vigilância policial aumentada e os nadadores-salvadores já estarão de serviço. Será a abertura oficial da época balnear.” – como menciona o artigo do jornal Público, que também explica as regras em mais detalhe

Lei: Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 38/2020

Embora com cuidados adicionais, cá vos aguardamos para umas merecidas férias em MONTE GORDO!

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The Portuguese Government has lifted the prohibition to access beaches, effective on May 19th. Until further notice, people can now go to the beach, put down their beach towels, enjoy the sun and dive in the ocean.

The first link above is an article from a premier Portuguese newspaper  (Público), describing the new law (second link).

The picture shows grandpa Vitor and grandson Augusto immediately going to the beach once they heard the news!

Despite the additional precautionary measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we look forward to welcome you for a well deserved vacation in MONTE GORDO!

Booking.com 2020 Guest Review Awards / Prémio dos Hóspedes

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Graças ao reconhecimento dos nossos estimados hóspedes, o Booking.com continua a classificar a Seasun Vacation Rentals como um dos melhores alojamentos em Monte Gordo e por conseguinte galardoou-nos com o 2020 Guest Review Awards. Muito obrigado! Vamos continuar a dar o nosso melhor para vos proporcionar bons apartamentos para umas excelentes férias em Monte Gordo!

Reconhecimentos do Booking.com (comparativamente a outros alojamentos em Monte Gordo):

  • “Favorito dos hóspedes”
  • “recomendado pela boa relação preço/qualidade em Monte Gordo! Os hóspedes têm mais por menos dinheiro em comparação a outros alojamentos nesta cidade. “
  • “situa-se numa das localizações com melhor pontuação em Monte Gordo! Os hóspedes adoram-na em comparação com outras propriedades nas proximidades. “
  • “Informação fiável: Os hóspedes dizem que a descrição e as fotografias deste alojamento são muito precisas.”

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Thanks to the feedback of our guests during 2019, Booking.com continues to rank Seasun Vacation Rentals has one of the best lodging in Monte Gordo, and consequently it has awarded us the  2020 Guest Review Awards. Thank You! We will continue to do our best to offer you great seafront apartments for excellent vacations in Monte Gordo!

Booking.com acknowledgements (relatively to other Monte Gordo lodgings):

  • “Guest Favourite”
  • “rated for the best value in Monte Gordo! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.”
  • “one of the best-rated locations in Monte Gordo! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.”
  • “Reliable info: Guests say the description and photos for this property are very accurate.”

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Gebaseerd op recensies van klanten, Booking.com richt Seasun als de beste accommodatie in Monte Gordo – Veel Dank!!!

Gracias al reconocimiento de nuestros estimados clientes, Booking.com continua a clasificar Seasun como el mejor alojamiento en Monte Gordo – Muchas Gracias!!!

En raison de la reconnaissance de nos chers clients, Booking.com continue a évalue Seasun comme le meilleur hébergement à Monte Gordo – Merci beaucoup!!!

Grazie al riconoscimento dei nostri stimati clienti, Booking.com continua a classificare Seasun come la migliore sistemazione a Monte Gordo – Grazie mille!!!

Beach workout sessions during winter

Monte Gordo has seen a growing number of activities during the winter. Besides the cultural agenda offered by the City Hall of Vila Real de Santo António, there are now regular workouts at the beach during the week that you can join – or just replicate while you are watching the group exercising. The targeted audience tends to be the retirees that choose Monte Gordo as their winter destination (mostly foreigners from Northern Europe).

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Algarve and Portugal win World Travel Awards, again!

The Algarve won the 2019 Europe’s Leading Beach Destination award attributed by the World Travel Awards. This is the 6th time that Algarve wins such annual honor since 2012.

https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-europes-leading-beach-destination-2019

More, Portugal (as a country) won the 2019 Europe’s Leading Destination award attributed by the World Travel Awards. This is the 3rd consecutive year that Portugal wins such honor.

https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-europes-leading-destination-2019

 

 

Autarquia renova frente mar / City Hall renovates seafront

A autarquia de Vila Real de Santo António anunciou no dia 23 de Maio de 2019 que iniciou a obra de requalificação da frente marítima de Monte Gordo. A intervenção irá renovar os jardins e espaços verdes, implementar novo mobiliário urbano e criar novas zonas de estadia. Durante a requalificação os acessos à praia, restaurantes e estacionamentos manter-se-ão em pleno funcionamento. A obra tem uma duração estimada de quatro meses, devendo estar concluída “até ao final de Setembro”.

Leia mais aqui:

https://www.sulinformacao.pt/2019/05/monte-gordo-ganha-dois-novos-jardins-na-frente-de-mar/

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The City Hall announced on May 23td 2019 that it has begun to remodel the seafront of Monte Gordo. This work will renovate the gardens and place new urban furniture (e.g. benches)  and equipment. During the work the access to the beach, restaurants and parking will remain fully open. The work is estimated to last 4 months and end “late September”.

The link above provides a link to a news article recently release about this matter. You may want to use google translate to learn more details.