Archive for January, 2019

Algarve with 3.3 Richter scale earthquake

Jan 31 2019 Published by under Local News

An earthquake measuring 3.3, on the Richter scale, made various parts of the Algarve tramble this Thursday. According to the IPMA, which has already confirmed the concussion in a statement, there is no record of personal or material damages. The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) reported that on January 31, at 12:24 a seismic earthquake of magnitude 3.3 (Richter) was recorded at the stations of the Seismic Network of the Continent. The epicentre was located northwest of Silves. As reported by IPMA on their website, “This earthquake, according to the information available to date, did not cause personal or material damage and was felt with maximum intensity III (modified Mercalli scale) in the Portimão region”.

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More than 100 events happening in the Algarve in the shortest month of the year

Jan 30 2019 Published by under What's happening

Those who think that “Algarve is only summer”, are very mistaken. The Algarve Tourist Region (Região Turismo do Algarve) published the “Algarve Guide” that shows where and when every day of February something interesting will be happening, with in total more than 100 events to occupy your days and nights.

From music, theatr, exhibitions to dance, sport and fairs, the suggestions of the «365 Algarve» program give you a wide range activities both for big and small groups as well as for singles.

One of the events featured in the guide published by the Tourism Region of the Algarve is the 45th Tour of the Algarve on a bicycle, from February 20 to 24, bringing the winning formations of the 2018 World, European and Portuguese rankings to the roads of several Algarve locations.
Many music events will take place in February as well. One of them will be the V International Festival of Baroque Music of Faro (V Festival Internacional de Música Barroca de Faro) wich will take place from 2nd to 23rd February in various places of the county (all beginning at 9.30), or the Chinese opera The Generals of the Yang Family, 11.02, at 9.30 PM in the Center of Arade Congresses (Lagoon). Another event we would recommend is the 18th Al-Mutamid Music Festival ( Festival de Música Al-Mutamid ), from 8th to 23rd of February, in Silves, Loulé, Lagos, Albufeira and Olhão, always at 9.30 PM.

The International Piano Festival of the Algarve (Festival Internacional de Piano do Algarve), will take António Rosado to play West Side Story (09/09 at 9:30 pm at the Portimão Municipal Theater) and Pedro Burmester to revisit the Beethoven Symphonic Choral Fantasy for piano, choir and orchestra (16 9:30 pm, at the Teatro das Figuras in Faro).

We also suggest to enjoy the cool season by warming the body with …. Chocolates in the Chocolate Week (Semana do Chocolate), from 9th to 17th of February, from 9 AM to 8 PM at the Loulé Municipal Market.

These are only few of the more than 100 proposals from the Algarve Guide for the 28 days of February. The publication in Portuguese and English can now be downloaded here.

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Volta ao Algarve em bicicleta, in the female

Jan 27 2019 Published by under What's happening

Volta ao Algarve by bicycle, which will take place from 20 to 24 February, counts this year with a Bicycle Tour exclusively for women.

Participation in the Volta ao Algarve Feminina – Passeio de Bicicleta – free and reserved exclusively for women – is a way to attract women to practice cycling and joining in a movement of cyclist.

This initiative will take place in Albufeira – at the same place as the professional race – on February 23 and starts at 09:30. According to the Tour of the Algarve, it is open for participation to people of all physical conditions.

Enrollments are already open and are free, but signing up is mandatory, guaranteeing the right to participate, insurance and gifts offered by the sponsors.

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Algarve Oncology Association wants to put Faro moving

Jan 27 2019 Published by under Lifestyle


“For you, for health and for life”, this is the motto that the Algarve Oncological Association (AOA), the Forúm Algarve and the Municipality of Faro want to bring on the World Day of the Fight Against Cancer, to the city of Faro.

On Saturday, February 2nd, the Forum Algarve will host the MOVE.Faro event, to mark the World Day Against Cancer. The event organizers want to promote healthy lifestyle and alert the citizens of the Algarve about the prevention of cancer.

During the event visitors of the Forum Algarve will be able to participate in various sport activities. The day will end with a concert by the Portuguese band The Black Teddys, and an indie rock band from Olhão.

This event also aims to raise funds for the work of the AOA, for the benefit of cancer patients and their families.

Registration is until January 31 and can be done at the AOA headquarters, Forum Algarve (as of January 28), Gymnasium Faro or Online.

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Lagos will have measures to support private lease

Jan 26 2019 Published by under Local News

The City Council of Lagos will move forward with the process of drafting the Regulation to Support Private Leasing, thus putting into practice one of the measures included in the “Housing Program for the Municipality of Lagos 2018-2021/ Programa Habitacional para o Município de Lagos 2018-2021”, approved in December.

The Regulation was born out of the need to diversify housing policies in order to respond to households that, despite not experiencing extreme economic and housing shortages, face great difficulties in paying for private housing rent or even autonomization process.

The Regulation, and the measures already announced by the Municipality, such as the construction of new municipal enterprises , aims to combat the imbalance between demand and housing supply that is registered in the municipality of Lagos, due to the growth of tourism, the reduction of housing for lease and the increase in the values ​​of both the real estate market and rents.

An excerpt from the diagnosis prepared in 2018, where it became clear that “the difficulty of accessing housing is no longer only found in the most vulnerable social strata, although these constitute one of the focal points to which the administration is especially attentive, but also in other segments of the population, among them the youngest, the oldest and also those who seek Lagos to live, work or cement their roots, which they find difficulties in obtaining housing at a value they can afford. “

For the most serious social and economic situations, the Municipality continues to have the Housing Program, which comprises a housing stock of 385 public fires, in which the supported income system is practiced, a response that is expected to be expanded with a further 195 new fires, representing an estimated global investment of 15 million euros, to be phased in by 2021 and geographically deconcentrated.

The Housing Program is based on 5 priority axes and includes a series of measures aimed at boosting the private rental market, encouraging rehabilitation, promoting the construction of new fires of public initiative and the provision of lots for self-construction, as well as implementing other models of management.

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For the 2nd time Tavira will host the National Handball Meeting for Intellectual Disability.

Jan 24 2019 Published by under What's happening

The National Meeting of Handball for Intellectual Disability will again be held in Tavira, between April 5 and 7 and will unite the sporting side with the social. In 2018, Tavira hosted the first National Adapted Handball meeting, in 2019 it will receive the second edition.

The event is scheduled for April 5, 6 and 7, 2019 and, according to the organizers, will have many new features “in addition to the competitive side (will be in action both levels of competition of Handball-5) that will take place in the Tavira Municipal Pavilion, also has a relevant social aspect, since other initiatives are planned parallel to this Meeting. “, can be read on Clube Vela Tavira Facebook Page.

Information and news about the event can be followed through the Facebook page of Clube Vela de Tavira, which is joined by the Irene Rolo Foundation, the Municipality of Tavira and ANDDI-Portugal to promote this event, with the support of the Andebol4All Project Handball Federation of Portugal, Association of Handball of the Algarve, IPDJ and the National Program of Sport for All.

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Santo Estevão start “Acordes na Aldeia” with JP Simões and Miguel Nicolau

Jan 24 2019 Published by under What's happening

The Casa do Povo de Santo Estevão is already known for its music nights among the local community. Who could have imagined that in a small village in the county of Tavira, so many beautiful sounds of the most renowned Portuguese artists could sound.

This winter the village hosts the “Acordes na Aldeia” cycle, an organization of the Casa do Povo de Santo Estêvão, which has the support of the Municipality of Tavira, the Parish Council of Luz and Santo Estêvão, the Regional Directorate for Culture the Algarve and Quinta Soria Moria.

The cycle begins this Saturday, 26th at 10:00 pm, with JP Simões, accompanied by Miguel Nicolau (Memórias de Peixe). JP Simões is a singer, songwriter, lyricist, short story writer and playwright. He has been involved in several projects, namely Pop Dell’Arte, Belle Chase Hotel and Tati Quintet. In 2013, he edited, in his own name, the album Roma (that deserved a long national and international tour) and, in 2016, Tremble Like a Flower under the pseudónimo Bloom. More recently, in 2018, he presented the song “Alvoroço” at the Song Festival, returning to the road from north to south of the country, with a repertoire that crosses different facets of his career.

“Chords in the Village” runs until March 9 and includes the following programming:

February 9th: Vítor Bacalhau

February 23: Man in Catarsis

March 9th: Frankie Chavez

Find out more at the City of Tavira page.

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Quarteira wants to discover which family is more ECO

Jan 24 2019 Published by under Local News

Do you live in Quarteira and your family is dedicated to a greener world? Then this contest is for you!

Quarteira is promoting “Eco-Familias XXI”, a project developed by the ABAE and the Parish Council of Quarteira. The project aims to inform the general population about the most sustainable living options. It also intends to distinguish and reward the families who demonstrate a higher standard, through their participation, their concerns about the environment, the territory and the community.

The competition, which runs until 31 January, is open to all families residing in the parish of Quarteira-Loulé. The prizes, which will be bio bundles, will be allocated to 3 families, the first in the amount of € 250, the second in the amount of € 150, and the last in the amount of € 100.

According to the Parish Council of Quarteira, the participation in the “Eco-Families XXI Contest in Quarteira” contributes to the application of the parish to Eco-Freguesia XXI, a national competition.

Discover how to participate in the website of the Parish Council of Quarteira.

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Marine Police confiscated half a ton of cockle in Ria Formosa

Jan 24 2019 Published by under Local News

On the 22nd of January, as part of an inspection action, the Faro Maritime Police intercepted two recreational vessels and one vessel registered in the professional fishery, in full harvesting cockle activity. The vessels were in the secondary spring channel of access to the Barra de São Luis (Barrinha), in the Ria Formosa.

According to the release made by e Maritime Police on the site of the National Maritime Authority, the arrest happened by navigation in protected area and by excess of the captured quantity and transport of the same in recreational boat. Further advancing that the bivalves, because they are still alive, were returned to their natural habitat in the Ria Formosa.

The operation had five elements of the Maritime Police, supported by two 4×4 bikes and one vessel of the Maritime Police of Faro.

Earlier days, the Local Command of the Maritime Police of Tavira also confiscated on the beaches of Tavira, Barril and Barra da Fuzeta, 80 kg of cockle, 25 kg of clams, four illegal hand pickers and a xalavar, as part of a policing action directed at fishing gear.

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