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

 

 

Agenda Monte Gordo Events

Visite nossa página no Facebook para uma lista atualizada de eventos em Monte Gordo e nas proximidades.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/seasunvacation/events/

ENGLISH: Visit our Facebook page for an updated list of events in Monte Gordo and nearby.

Onda de Calor de 1 a 5 de Agosto

Aviso de Onda de Calor de 1 a 5 de Agosto em Portugal (e Espanha). 

“O Algarve vai estar sob aviso amarelo, emitido pelo Instituto Português do Mar e Atmosfera, devido às altas temperaturas, esta quarta-feira, enquanto, na quinta, o nível será elevado para laranja.”

“A Autoridade Nacional de Proteção Civil (ANPC) coloca o distrito de Faro em alerta laranja a partir da meia-noite de quarta-feira e também emitiu esta tarde um aviso à população.”

Para mais detalhes use estes links:

1)

http://www.sulinformacao.pt/2018/07/onda-de-calor-poe-algarve-sob-aviso-laranja-e-obriga-a-cuidados-especiais/

2)

http://www.prociv.pt/bk/IMPRENSA/AVISO/Documents/AP_27_DCS_2018_07_31.pdf

 

 

Portugal wins Europe’s Leading Destination 2018 award

Portugal has been awarded “Europe’s Leading Destination 2018” by World Travel Awards, the entity that gives the Tourism “Oscars”. This is the second consecutive year that Portugal wins it.

More details here:

https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-europes-leading-destination-2018

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Monte Gordo, epicenter of food heaven

All the gastronomic pleasures depicted in the video below are located either in or so very close of Monte Gordo! Highly recommended!

The only thing the video is missing are the Monte Gordo’s fishermen. The ultimate secret known only to the few…. like a masonry thing.pescadores5

Agenda Monte Gordo Events

A Seasun fornece gratuitamente na sua página do facebook uma compilação de eventos em Monte Gordo e áreas circundantes

https://www.facebook.com/pg/seasunvacation/events/

Seasun freely disseminates on its facebook page a list of events in Monte Gordo and surrounding areas

2018 Algarve Cup – Women’s Soccer

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The 2018 Algarve Cup will be held across Algarve (at least 2 games in Vila Real de Santo Antonio) from February 28th to March 7th. It will feature the European Champions, the Netherlands, as well as Japan, the World Cup winners in 2011, and Iceland.

GROUPS:

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Here is the full schedule:

28 fevereiro 2018 | Quarta-feira

Estádio Municipal de Lagos
15h00 
– Portugal x China (Grupo A)
18h30 – Dinamarca x Islândia (Grupo C)

Estádio Municipal da Bela Vista, Parchal
15h40
 – Japão x Holanda (Grupo C)
19h00 – Canadá x Suécia (Grupo B)

Estádio Municipal de Albufeira
15h00 
–  Coreia do Sul x Rússia (Grupo B)
18h30 – Austrália x Noruega (Grupo A)

2 março 2018 | Sexta-feira

Estádio Algarve, Loulé/Faro
15h00
 – Portugal x Austrália (Grupo A)
19h00 – Rússia x Canadá (Grupo B)

Estádio Municipal da Bela Vista, Parchal
15h25 
– Japão x Islândia (Grupo C)
19h00 – Suécia x Coreia do Sul (Grupo B)

Complexo Desportivo de Vila Real de Santo António
15h00 
– China x Noruega (Grupo A)
18h30 – Dinamarca x Holanda (Grupo C)

5 março 2018 | Segunda-feira

Estádio Algarve, Loulé/Faro
15h40 
– Japão x Dinamarca (Grupo C)
19h00 – Portugal x Noruega (Grupo A)

Estádio Municipal de Lagos
15h00
 – Coreia do Sul x Canadá (Grupo B)

Estádio Municipal de Albufeira
15h00 
– Islândia x Holanda (Grupo C)
19h00 – Austrália x China (Grupo A)

Estádio Municipal da Bela Vista, Parchal
15h40
 – Suécia x Rússia (Grupo B)

7 março 2018 | Quarta-feira**

Estádio Algarve, Loulé/Faro
18h30 – Final

 

LINKS for more details:

http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/2018-algarve-cup-groups/

http://www.fpf.pt/pt/News/Todas-as-not%C3%ADcias/Not%C3%ADcia/news/14614/contextid/1111

 

Portugal wins World Travel Awards

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Ontem, dia 30 de setembro, várias entidades portuguesas ganharam “Oscars” em 37 categorias no 24º World Travel Awards – European Gala Ceremony em São Petersburgo, na Rússia. Nenhum outro país ganhou mais prémios. Como país, Portugal ganhou os seguintes prémios:

  • Europe’s Leading Beach Destination 2017
  • Europe’s Leading Destination 2017
  • Europe’s Leading Tourist Board 2017

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Yesterday, September 30th, Portuguese entities won “Oscars” in 37 categories at the 24th World Travel Awards – Europe Gala Ceremony in St. Petersburg, Russia. No other country won more awards. As a nation, Portugal won the following awards:

  • Europe’s Leading Beach Destination 2017
  • Europe’s Leading Destination 2017
  • Europe’s Leading Tourist Board 2017

Free App: Algarve Events (iOS & Android)

A Região de Turismo do Algarve providencia uma aplicação gratuita que divulga eventos no Algarve – concertos e festiviais, arte e cultura, gastronomia, desporto, feiras e mercados e muito mais. Use estes links para fazer o download gratuito:

Sistema iOS 
https://itunes.apple.com/pt/app/algarve-eventos/id1087303748?mt=8Sistema 
Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pt.turismodoalgarve.eventos

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The Portuguese Government Agency “Região de Turismo do Algarve” provides a free web-based application that announces events in the Algarve – concerts and festivals, art and culture, gastronomy, sports, fairs and markets and more. Use these links to download it for free (the app provides English and Portuguese versions, only):

iOS 
https://itunes.apple.com/pt/app/algarve-eventos/id1087303748?mt=8Sistema 
Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pt.turismodoalgarve.eventos

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!