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The market of Brazilian tourists is one of those that presents a “growing interest” in the Algarve. The conclusion is proven by the National Statistics Institute (INE) which indicated a cumulative growth of 42.5% in the number of guests in March 2018, compared to the last year.

The data presented by this entity also enable us to conclude that the “Brazilian market is already the eighth market in terms of the number of international guests in the Algarve”.

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This growing demand had already been revealed by the INE data for the general statement of 2017 and in relation to the previous year: a 58% increase in arrivals of Brazilian tourists.

The Tourism Association of the Algarve (ATA) classifies the tourist of Brazil as “a very interesting visitor”, since, besides the high purchasing power, it reveals “an increasing desire to know the destination outside the high season and to explore the diversity of your tourist destination “.

In addition to the sun and sea, tourism promoters work to present other alternatives such as a greater appetite for weddings and honeymoons, theme parks and water sports, the qualities of the cycling & walking routes or the Autodromo de Portimão.

Albufeira is the county with the most beaches awarded Blue Flag and classified with Gold Quality, but also has the countryside to explore on foot. Thinking of all those who enjoy direct contact with nature, the City has launched an application that puts pedestrian routes within reach of a click.

In all, there are 29.3 kilometers of footpaths in Paderne and the Via Algarviana, which also offer a journey through the world’s of biology, fauna, flora and geography, not forgetting a passage through history with Paderne Castle.

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Around this iconic centennial heritage, there are three routes: the Castle, the Cerro Grande and the Cerro de São Vicente. The three intersect with the route that links Albufeira to Via Algarviana, departing at the local tourist office and passing at Ferreiras railway station to the village of Centieira.

To know these routes, as well as useful information and points of interest, you can access through the computer or search the application for smartphone through the keywords ‘Pedestrian Paths of Albufeira’. Applications are available in Android and IOS versions and are multilingual.

The Ria Formosa is one of the natural wonders not only of the Algarve, but also of Portugal. That’s why we invite you to take a walk to get to know the corners and corners of this Natural Park that stretches along 60 kilometers of the coast of the Eastern Algarve.

To begin this trip, we invite you to visit the Miradouro de Santo António do Alto or the Arco da Vila, both in Faro, to have a wide panoramic view over the Ria Formosa. And Vila Adentro deserves some time for it.

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Without losing sight of the Ria, we proceed to Olhão, a city that seems to have been brought from North Africa to the Algarve leeward. It is worth visiting the typical neighborhoods and the Market, where you will find some of the best flavors that the Ria offers.

From Faro or Olhão, you can take the connections made by boat to the islands of the Ria: Barreta, Culatra and Armona. From there, you can enjoy the healthy coexistence between the man, the landscape and what the Ria can offer. And if it’s good weather, rest on the long sands.

Outside of the urban center of Olhão, there is the Marim Environmental Education Center, where you can visit the Marim tide mill, archaeological remains or recovered traditional dwellings. The Center has a walking path, easy to reach, where you can still see the wild birds.

Continuing towards this, it is worth visiting the Tower of Aires, a tower of circular plant in masonry, that is supposed to have Arab origin. The tower had the function of guarding the coast of possible pirate attacks and is still a fine example of the defensive system that existed in the Region.

During this tour, Santa Luzia, the fishing village near the Ria Formosa, also deserves a visit and a stop to taste the traditional octopus recipes, or else it was not the only national port dedicated exclusively to the fishing of this mollusk.

In Tavira, take some time to discover the alleys of the historic center, the castle, the Roman remains and the reminiscences of the Arab presence. Looking at the view, the treasure roofs give a rare architectural identity, before long and cut salinas can be glimpsed, from where salt and salt flower with Protected Denomination of Origin are extracted. To watch the salt collection, it is best to come in late summer. If you have time, be sure to visit one of the more than 20 churches in the city.

We arrived, then, to the last point of this tour: Cacela-Velha. Village classified as Property of Public Interest will leave you gaping with the view over the Ria Formosa. The small village encaved on the cliff is also of interest for the archaeological findings and its heritage value. Romans and Arabs settled here and there made a point of great interest. Down below is one of the few beaches that still remain almost in the wild: Fábrica Beach, which was once considered one of the best in the world.

This tour can be done by car, but also by bicycle. In some areas, there are even routes intended for bicycles. And you can always go for the rails and discover many other beauties of the Ria Formosa Natural Park.

In Portugal mainland and islands there are 390 beaches with Gold Quality and, of these, 98 are in the Algarve. The classification is given by Quercus, based on the information provided by the Portuguese Environmental Agency (APA).

As in the case of the Blue Flag, Albufeira is once again the municipality with the largest number of award-winning beaches: 22. With 13, Vila do Bispo is the fourth Portuguese municipality with the highest number of beaches with ‘Quality of Gold ‘and the second at the regional level. Third in the Algarve ranking are Lagoa and Loulé 10.

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They follow Aljezur and Portimão, both with 8, Lagos and Vila Real de Santo António, with 5 each, Faro and Tavira, both with 4, and Silves, Olhão and Castro Marim, with 3.

To this award, is important the criteria of “excellent water quality in the last five bathing seasons, from 2012 to 2017” and “all analyzes performed, without exception, in the last bathing season should have values ​​lower than 100ufc / 100ml for Enterococci intestinae, less than 250μg / 100ml for Escherichia coli “.

“The aim of Quercus is to highlight the beaches that, over a period of years, consistently offer excellent quality bathing water” and which “thus offer greater reliability with regard to water quality”, justifies the environmental association.

List of award winning Algarve beaches:

  • ALBUFEIRA – ALEMÃES COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – ARRIFES COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – AVEIROS COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – BELHARUCAS COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – CASTELO COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – COELHA COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – EVARISTO COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – FALÉSIA AÇOTEIAS COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – FALÉSIA ALFAMAR COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – INATEL-ALBUFEIRA COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – MANUEL LOURENÇO COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – MARIA LUÍSA COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – OLHOS DE ÁGUA COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – OURA COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – OURA-LESTE COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – PENECO COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – PESCADORES COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – ROCHA BAIXINHA COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – ROCHA BAIXINHA-NASCENTE COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – ROCHA BAIXINHA-POENTE COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – S. RAFAEL COSTEIRA
  • ALBUFEIRA – SANTA EULÁLIA COSTEIRA
  • ALJEZUR – AMADO COSTEIRA
  • ALJEZUR – AMOREIRA-MAR COSTEIRA
  • ALJEZUR – ARRIFANA COSTEIRA
  • ALJEZUR – BORDEIRA COSTEIRA
  • ALJEZUR – MONTE CLÉRIGO COSTEIRA
  • ALJEZUR – ODECEIXE-MAR COSTEIRA
  • ALJEZUR – VALE DOS HOMENS COSTEIRA
  • ALJEZUR – VALE FIGUEIRAS COSTEIRA
  • CASTRO MARIM – ALAGOA-ALTURA COSTEIRA
  • CASTRO MARIM – CABEÇO COSTEIRA
  • CASTRO MARIM – PRAIA VERDE COSTEIRA
  • FARO – BARRETA COSTEIRA
  • FARO – CULATRA-MAR COSTEIRA
  • FARO – FARO-MAR COSTEIRA
  • FARO – ILHA DO FAROL-MAR COSTEIRA
  • LAGOA – BENAGIL COSTEIRA
  • LAGOA – CANEIROS COSTEIRA
  • LAGOA – CARVALHO COSTEIRA
  • LAGOA – CARVOEIRO COSTEIRA
  • LAGOA – COVA REDONDA COSTEIRA
  • LAGOA – MARINHA COSTEIRA
  • LAGOA -SENHORA DA ROCHA COSTEIRA
  • LAGOA – VALE DO OLIVAL COSTEIRA
  • LAGOA – CALOURA COSTEIRA
  • LAGOA – ZONA BALNEAR DA LAGOA COSTEIRA
  • LAGOS – BATATA COSTEIRA
  • LAGOS – D. ANA COSTEIRA
  • LAGOS – LUZ COSTEIRA
  • LAGOS – MEIA PRAIA COSTEIRA
  • LAGOS – PORTO DE MÓS COSTEIRA
  • LOULÉ – ALMARGEM COSTEIRA
  • LOULÉ – ANCÃO COSTEIRA
  • LOULÉ – FORTE NOVO COSTEIRA
  • LOULÉ – GARRÃO-NASCENTE COSTEIRA
  • LOULÉ – GARRÃO-POENTE COSTEIRA
  • LOULÉ – LOULÉ VELHO COSTEIRA
  • LOULÉ – QUARTEIRA COSTEIRA
  • LOULÉ – QUINTA DO LAGO COSTEIRA
  • LOULÉ – VALE DE LOBO COSTEIRA
  • LOULÉ – VILAMOURA COSTEIRA
  • OLHÃO – ARMONA-MAR COSTEIRA
  • OLHÃO – ARMONA-RIA COSTEIRA
  • OLHÃO – FUSETA-MAR COSTEIRA
  • PORTIMÃO – ALVOR-NASCENTE COSTEIRA
  • PORTIMÃO – ALVOR-POENTE COSTEIRA
  • PORTIMÃO – BARRANCO DAS CANAS COSTEIRA
  • PORTIMÃO – CARIANOS COSTEIRA
  • PORTIMÃO – PRAINHA COSTEIRA
  • PORTIMÃO – ROCHA COSTEIRA
  • PORTIMÃO – TRÊS CASTELOS COSTEIRA
  • PORTIMÃO – VAU COSTEIRA
  • SILVES – ARMAÇÃO DE PÊRA COSTEIRA
  • SILVES – PRAIA GRANDE-NASCENTE COSTEIRA
  • SILVES – PRAIA GRANDE-POENTE COSTEIRA
  • TAVIRA – BARRIL COSTEIRA
  • TAVIRA – CABANAS-MAR COSTEIRA
  • TAVIRA – ILHA DE TAVIRA-MAR COSTEIRA
  • TAVIRA – TERRA ESTREITA COSTEIRA
  • VILA DO BISPO – ALMÁDENA-CABANAS VELHAS COSTEIRA
  • VILA DO BISPO – BELICHE COSTEIRA
  • VILA DO BISPO – BOCA DO RIO COSTEIRA
  • VILA DO BISPO – BURGAU COSTEIRA
  • VILA DO BISPO – CASTELEJO COSTEIRA
  • VILA DO BISPO – CORDOAMA COSTEIRA
  • VILA DO BISPO – FURNAS COSTEIRA
  • VILA DO BISPO – INGRINA COSTEIRA
  • VILA DO BISPO – MARETA COSTEIRA
  • VILA DO BISPO – MARTINHAL COSTEIRA
  • VILA DO BISPO – SALEMA COSTEIRA
  • VILA DO BISPO – TONEL COSTEIRA
  • VILA DO BISPO – ZAVIAL COSTEIRA
  • VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO – FÁBRICA-MAR COSTEIRA
  • VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO – LOTA COSTEIRA
  • VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO – MANTA ROTA COSTEIRA
  • VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO – MONTE GORDO COSTEIRA
  • VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO – SANTO ANTÓNIO COSTEIRA

From this Tuesday (15th), the beach season of 2018 is open on the beaches of Albufeira and in some of Lagoa. From now until October 15, the bathing areas enjoy all the services of bathers.

In Lagoa, the anticipation of the bathing season happens in the beaches of Benagil, Carvoeiro, Pintadinho, Senhora da Rocha, Vale Centeanes, Vale do Olival and Cova Redonda. In the others, Albandeira, Carvalho, Marinha and Ferragudo, happens from June 1 to September 30, respecting the country’s regular season.

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As has already happened in other years with the earliest start of the bathing season, Albufeira, the county with the highest number of blue flags (25 in total), officially opens the bathing season, which runs until October 15.

The Snack Route will return, but with many new features. This year will be 13 municipalities in the Algarve that will host the largest gastronomic event in the region that takes place in just one month and simultaneously.

It is from October 4 to November 4 that the 8th edition of the Route takes place. In addition to the places where it has already unfolded in previous years, Aljezur, Vila do Bispo, Lagos, Monchique, Portimão, Silves, Lagoa, Faro and Olhão, the event now extends to Albufeira, São Brás de Alportel, Tavira and Castro Marim.

In all counties the formula will be the same: innovative recipes, but with a regional brand, which can be in the use of traditional products or in confection mode.

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The menus presented and the price are maintained: the modality ‘Petisco’ with drink has a cost of 3 euros and the ‘Doce Regional’ version with drink is for 2 euros.

In addition to the gastronomy, this is also a way for the adhering localities to present an offer of social and cultural animation. Registration is open until May 31 on the Route online page.

The four Algarve lighthouses will be open for nine days and can be visited by all for free. The goal is to open this maritime heritage, which arouses curiosity and imagination, to commemorate the Navy Day, which marks the 20th of May.

In the Algarve, you can see the lighthouses of Cabo de São Vicente, Sagres, Alfanzina, Lagoa, Santa Maria, Culatra Island, and Vila Real de Santo António. The headlights are open from today until May 20 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to know its importance in the protection and control of navigation.

May 20 was chosen to mark the Day of the Navy as the day of the arrival of the Vasco da Gama Armada to India in 1498. In addition to the opening of lighthouses, there will be other activities to ‘discover’ the sea.

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The Dragon boat at the Naval Support Point in Portimão and the Scorpion boat at the Vilamoura Navy Pier will be the point for sea baptisms on May 19 and 20. This vessel will also be open for visits between 15 and 18 hours, such as the Cassiopeia launch in Portimão, which will open to the public even during the morning.

The Algarve wines are already known for their quality and part of this recognition comes from the successive prizes won. This time there are 27 labels that can be proud to bear distinctions won at the XI Algarve Wine Competition, organized by the Algarve Wine Commission (CVA) in Silves.

A jury constituted by 20 members had the arduous task of analyzing 85 wines that were presented to the competition. And the Gold Medal, which awards the Algarve‘s Best Wine, went to the 2012 Grace Vineyard Marquis of Quinta dos Vales.

The Gold Medal was awarded to 14 Algarve wines, while the Silver Medal went to 12 labels (check the list of winners below). Again, the panel of judges did not award any bronze medal, since the average score reached by these wines exceeded 84 points.

Besides the quality of the wines, confirmed by the high scores, the modern look of the brands was another factor highlighted by the experts, who underlined the care of the producers in the presentation of their wines.

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Final list

XI – Algarve Wine Competition 2018

Great Gold Medal: “Best Wine of the Algarve
• Marquês dos Vales Grace Vineyard – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2012
Quinta dos Vales

  • Gold Medal:
    • Allma Garve – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2017
    Herdade dos Pimenteis
    • Alvor Mitto – Vinho Regional Algarve Rosé 2017
    Quinta do Morgado da Torre
    • Alvor Sauvignon Blanc – Vinho Regional Algarve Branco 2017
    Quinta do Morgado da Torre
    • Barrocal – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2017
    Casa Santos Lima
    • Cabrita Reserva – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2015
    José Manuel Cabrita
    • Convento do Paraíso – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2015
    Convento do Paraíso
    • Marchalégua – Vinho Regional Algarve Rosé 2015
    Agrolares
    • Marquês dos Vales DUO – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2015
    Quinta dos Vales
    • Marquês dos Vales Grace Touriga Franca – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2015
    Quinta dos Vales
    • Marquês dos Vales Grande Escolha – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2014
    Quinta dos Vales
    • Quinta do Barradas Selecção – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2016
    Rotas Seculares
    • Rabo de Galo – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2017
    Casa Santos Lima
    • Tapada da Torre Reserva – Vinho Regional Algarve Branco 2016
    Quinta do Morgado da Torre
    • Vale de Parra – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2016
    Quinta da Malaca

Silver Medal:
• Esquerdino Colheita Selecionada – Vinho Regional Algarve Branco 2017
Quinta do Canhoto
• Euphoria – Vinho Regional Algarve Branco 2017
Convento do Paraíso
• João Clara Negra Mole – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2015
Quinta João Clara
• Malaca Sauvignon Blanc – Vinho Regional Algarve Branco 2017
Quinta da Malaca
• Marquês dos Vales Grace Syrah-Viognier – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2015
Quinta dos Vales
• Marquês dos Vales Seleta – Vinho Regional Algarve Rosé 2017
Quinta dos Vales
• Paxá Reserva – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2015
Paxá Wines
• Porches – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2015
Única – Adega Cooperativa do Algarve
• Quinta da Tôr Algibre – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2015
Quinta da Tôr
• Quinta da Tôr Syrah – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2016
Quinta da Tôr
• Quinta de Ferrel Reserva – DOP Lagos Branco 2017
Herdade dos Seromenhos
• Sentidos Tato – Vinho Regional Algarve Tinto 2016
Quinta dos Sentidos

Why is the Algarve the most fashionable beach destination in Europe? The question is not ours, but rather the title of the Spanish newspaper ‘El Mundo’ about our region. “The reasons are abundant” and can be found throughout the Algarve.

The newspaper begins by evoking the most valuable and best known heritage: the more than 200 kilometers of coastline with many magnificent beaches for all tastes. And there are also nature parks, vineyards, orange orchards, golf courses, not to mention the small villages painted white. All this to visit over the 300 days of sunshine per year.

“For all these reasons, it is the moment to discover (or rediscover) the Algarve”, read in the article that makes a script for places like Praia Verde, the interior from Castro Marim to Loulé, stopping in Faro, “woven to the base of medieval streets and alleys and dotted with neoclassical buildings such as the Arco da Vila “.

The Algarvian nature also has a lot to discover, such as boat trips to see the dolphins, bird watching, hiking routes or cycling or horseback riding. And Tavira, with its “28,000 souls”, is “a good starting point for getting to know the Algarve’s architecture, with its white facades, cobbled streets, balconies with bars and its castle”. And if it is not enough, not even Tavira is missing an Islamic museum to revive the Arab past.

“In the gastronomic chapter, we must talk about shellfish, since the Ria Formosa is the largest oyster production area in the country,” writes El Mundo. Reason enough to make a stop in the traditional village of Fuseta or to go to Santa Luzia, the capital of the octopus.

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From this small village near Tavira, which can be traversed by the Ria Formosa, with its 18,000 hectares of “dunes, salt marshes and forests”, a natural area protected by UNESCO. The first stop is Barril beach, a former fishing village of tuna, where it finds “an anchor cemetery created in the sand”. Another option is to take the boat and go through the channels of the ria until arriving at an oyster nursery or a deserted beach, like the Barreta.

The Roman mosaic of God Ocean, the most emblematic piece of the Municipal Museum of Faro, was classified as national interest – National Treasure – at a meeting of the Council of Ministers.

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The classification comes after the proposal presented by the Municipality of Faro, with the favorable deliberation of the Section of Museums, Conservation and Restoration and Intangible Heritage of the National Council of Culture, and a proposal of the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage to the Ministry of Culture.

The Roman mosaic of the Ocean God was first discovered in the Infante D. Henrique and Ventura Coelho Streets in 1926 and rediscovered and explored in 1976 by archaeologists Manuel Maia and Maria Maia. After having been restored in the Monographic Museum of Conímbriga, it started to appear in the Guide of Municipal Museums, from 1981. It has its own room in the Municipal Museum of Faro.

The Mayor of Faro has already been very pleased with the classification. “We are all welcome, in particular the staff of the Museum that recovered the mosaic and sought patrons to help them – with our support, of course,” said Rogério Bacalhau, in statements to the newspaper ‘Sul Informação’, pointing that so far Faro “I had never had a National Treasure.”

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