Seasun #1 em Monte Gordo

Booking rating abril 17Graças ao reconhecimento dos nossos estimados clientes, o Booking.com classifica a Seasun como o melhor alojamento em Monte Gordo – Muito Obrigado!!!

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

Thanks to our customers’ reviews, Booking.com rates Seasun as the best lodging in Monte Gordo – Thank you very much!!!

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

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

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

Electronic-only paid highways in Portugal

Are you planning to drive around Portugal and explore its wonders? If so, be aware that there are some highways that you can only pay with a predetermined wireless payment system of your choice – these include a small number of roads (though one of them is A22, the main highway in Algarve). You do not want to be caught off guard because then you may end up being charged relatively hefty fees.portagem 1There are several options you can choose from: Easytoll, Tollcard, Tollservice, or Temporary Via Verde Device. Briefly, Easytoll associates your vehicle plate with a credit card, Tollcard is a prepaid ticket service, Tollservice is a 20 euros prepaid ticket with unlimited use for 3 days, and Temporary Via Verde Device is a short-term subscription contract. Also note that “these products are only valid for roads with electronic-only tolls”. Click here for detailed information from the official website (in several languages: PT, EN, FR, ES).

More, there is a fifth option that is applicable only to vehicles with Portuguese plates (e.g. rental car): ATM payment. To use this last option you need to get an ATM reference number online from the post office website (CTT), 48 hours after you used the highway. Then you go to any ATM terminal and use the “other services” option in their menu to process the payment using the reference number for your toll bill. You can read more details by clicking here.

We recommend you consider the fees your credit card provider charges for international transactions when deciding which option is best for you (e.g. the prepaid option may end up having a lower total cost).

You can enroll on these services at the airport or at the road border. If renting a vehicle, make sure to ask your rent-a-car provider for details about how they can service you on this matter. Below is a picture of the enrollment booths at the Spanish border near Monte Gordo – note that usually there are assistants there to help you with this process.Autovia-Infante

Click here to download (pdf file) the map of Portuguese highways per payment type, as of March 2017.

Lastly, know that in Portugal any road with an A# (e.g. A1) is a paid highway. More, road quality can be usually assessed by their terminology, in the following order (best to worst): A#, IP#, IC#, N#.

Safe travels and have fun!

Dom Rodrigo – a delicious treat

Dom Rodrigo – delicious treat from Algarve

Salt of Portugal

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The most revered noble in the kingdom of Algarve does not own land or royal charters. Dom Rodrigo is a dessert that has been produced since the 18th century. It looks like a gift, wrapped in colored foil and tied with a ribbon.

Alchemists all over the world tried to turn lead into gold. In Algarve, cooks tried to turn eggs, sugar, cinnamon and almonds into joy. And they succeeded!

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Monte Gordo a favorite destination for international athletes

Monte Gordo continues to be a favorite destination for international athletes during the low season (October to May) due to the awesome weather and great facilities for training. Here is a testimony from German athletes (you can put English subtitles).

And this one does not need subtitles…

and another with just soundtrack

OK, last one!

Festas de Carnaval em Monte Gordo

http://www.sulinformacao.pt/2017/02/carnaval-volta-a-ser-festejado-em-grande-em-vrsa/

Programa:

Corsos e desfiles:
24 Fevereiro – Infantil e escolar | Vila Nova Cacela – VRSA – Monte Gordo | 9h30 > 12h00
26 Fevereiro – VRSA – Avenida da República e Praça Marquês de Pombal | 15h00 > 17h00
28 Fevereiro – Monte Gordo – Avenida Marginal | 15h00 > 17h00

Bailes VRSA / Centro Cultural António Aleixo
25 Fevereiro – Duo Reflexo | 21h30
26 Fevereiro – Vanio Show e suas bailarinas – Concurso Máscaras | 21h30
27 Fevereiro – Vanio Show e suas bailarinas – Baile Extra | 21h30
4 Março – Baile da Pinhata com Zé Aníbal | 21h30

Bailes Monte Gordo / Zona Poente
25 Fevereiro – Duo Inovação | 22h00
26 Fevereiro – Trio Gerações | 22h00
27 Fevereiro – Duo Reflexo & Concurso de Máscaras | 22h00
28 Fevereiro – Zé Aníbal | 17h00 > 20h00

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Program:

Parades:
24 Fevereiro – Infantil e escolar | Vila Nova Cacela – VRSA – Monte Gordo | 9h30 > 12h00
26 Fevereiro – VRSA – Avenida da República e Praça Marquês de Pombal | 15h00 > 17h00
28 Fevereiro – Monte Gordo – Avenida Marginal | 15h00 > 17h00

Concerts & Dancing in VRSA at Centro Cultural António Aleixo
25 Fevereiro – Duo Reflexo | 21h30
26 Fevereiro – Vanio Show e suas bailarinas – Mask Contest | 21h30
27 Fevereiro – Vanio Show e suas bailarinas – Baile Extra | 21h30
4 Março – Baile da Pinhata com Zé Aníbal | 21h30

Concerts & Dancing in Monte Gordo (next to the Casino)
25 Fevereiro – Duo Inovação | 22h00
26 Fevereiro – Trio Gerações | 22h00
27 Fevereiro – Duo Reflexo & Concurso de Máscaras | 22h00
28 Fevereiro – Zé Aníbal | 17h00 > 20h00

 

Remodelação dos bares de praia adiada para Outubro 2017 /// City Hall postpones beach bars remodeling to October 2017

A Câmara Municipal de Vila Real de Santo António anunciou que a remodelação dos bares e apoios de praia de Monte Gordo foi adiada para Outubro 2017 a Fevereiro de 2018. Contudo, o novo passadiço deverá estar pronto em Maio 2017.

http://www.rtp.pt/noticias/pais/demolicoes-de-apoios-da-praia-de-monte-gordo-adiadas-para-outubro_n980031

ENGLISH:(free translation):

The City Hall announced that the remodeling of Monte Gordo’s beach bars and esplanades has been rescheduled for October 2017 to February 2018. However, the new beach walkways are expected to be done by May 2017.

 

Portugal still cheapest holiday destination

“The country’s perennially popular southern coastal region, the Algarve, came top in the Post Office’s annual Holiday Costs Barometer, which takes into account the average price of eight essential purchases” – in The Telegraph, Jan 13th, 2017.

Full Article:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/portugal-named-the-cheapest-holiday-destination-for-this-year/

Video Monte Gordo 10/2016

foto-area-10-2016Video recente de Monte Gordo. Os nossos apartamentos aparecem aos 0m:54s no canto inferior esquerdo, na primeira linha. Clique aqui para assistir no youtube.

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Recent video of Monte Gordo. Our apartments show up at 0m:54s in the lower left corner (seafront buildings). Click here to watch it on youtube.

 

Monte Gordo: Requalificação – Requalification

Em Monte Gordo, até ao Verão de 2017: “Todos os apoios de praia vão ser demolidos e 16 novos, bem alinhados às dunas e com uma arquitetura discreta, vão ali nascer. Desde o hotel Dunamar até ao final da linha de costa do concelho será instalado um passadiço de madeira com um total de 2,5 km.” Para ler a notícia do DN clique aqui.

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By summer 2017 (free translation): “All beach facilities will be demolished and 16 new ones will be built, aligned with the sand dunes and with discrete architecture. A new walking path with 2.5km will be built along the beach”. To access the Portuguese news article by DN click here.

World Travel Awards – Algarve

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A World Travel Awards atribui todos os anos os denominados Óscares do Turismo. Este ano Portugal arrecadou 24  destas distinções, entre as quais o Algarve foi distinguido como o melhor destino europeu de praia pela quarta vez (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016). Para mais detalhes clique aqui.

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Every year the World Travel Awards gives the Tourism Oscars. This year Portugal won 24, including Algarve as the best European beach destination for the 4th time (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016). For more details, click here.