Archive for November, 2019

The pedestrian route that crosses the Algarve gets the support of Lagos City Council

Nov 29 2019 Published by under What's happening

The Via Algarviana, a three hundred km pedestrian trail, will get support from the Lagos Municipality through the association Almargem.

On the 10th anniversary of the famous Algarvian walking trail, the Almargem Associacion (for the Defense of the Cultural and Environmental Heritage of the Algarve) will receive support from the Lagos Municipality.

Thus, Lagos commits to financially help in the maintenance, administration and promotion of the Via Algarviana, allowing the Almargem Association to inspect the routes and keep maintenance of signs and painting works, indispensable tasks for the trail to be operational.

A true asset in the tourism of the low season, the Municipality of Lagos also informed that it will finance the third edition of the Algarviana Ultra Trail, also known as ALUT, a track race that has begun on November 28 and lasts until December 1st. This challenge brings 100 athletes from 8 countries, running a total of three hundred kilometres in only 72 hours.

The Via Algarviana reaffirms the region as an ideal destination for sports during low season. ALUT is organized by the Algarve Trail Running Association and the Algarve Tourism Region, in partnership with Almargem and the support of Faro Airport.

The race began in Alcoutim yesterday and will end in Vila do Bispo, crossing, with the help of the Via Algarviana, the whole region of the Algarve.

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Tavira unveils a new exhibition of sacred art

Nov 29 2019 Published by under What's happening

The parish of Tavira inaugurates an exhibition of its Sacred Art collection on December 8. The opening takes place in the church of Santa Maria do Castelo at 4 pm.

As a way to celebrate the connection between spirituality and the history and architecture of the city, the exhibition Assim na Terra como no Céu will show some of the finest pieces of religious art in Tavira.

The room where the pieces will be exhibited, in the church in front of Tavira Castle, has been closed to the public for some time, but it has been currently renovated keeping some of its historical traces and items.

Most of the religious pieces are from the 15th to the 18th century and include a description with its artistic meaning in Portuguese and English. Paintings, furniture, books, jewellery are some of the objects that one can find at the exhibition.

The 22 thousand euros that costed to fund of this project were gathered thanks to ticket prices in some religious and touristic locations in Tavira and the ARTgilão store, which organizes the showing.

The curators of the project are Marco Lopes (Director of the Faro Municipal Museum) and Daniel Santana (Patrimony technician for the City Council of Tavira).

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Accusations within the government over scandalous lithium contracts

Nov 28 2019 Published by under Local News

Lawmakers ask members of the government to explain themselves in a hearing, after authorizing exploration rights of a lithium mine in Montalegre to a three-day-old company.

In a parliamentary hearing earlier this week, lawmakers demanded more information on the case of lithium. A controversial issue in parliament, the contracts to explore lithium in the country, signed by the secretary of state of Energy João Galamba, have rose several doubts.

Portugal is the biggest producer of lithium in Europe. Miners have traditionally sell their product to the ceramics industry but now they are preparing to produce lithium for electric cars and other electronic products.

In the hearing, João Galambra guaranteed that at least 50% of the royalties from lithium exploration will be for residents where the mines are located.

Although most of the villages were lithium was found are against the exploration of the metal, the government says it is fundamental to utilize lithium in an environmentally sustainable industrial transition.

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ReFood looking for volunteers to form a group in Tavira

Nov 28 2019 Published by under Local News

The NGO will be on December 14 at the Clube de Tavira, with the participation of its founder Hunter Halder, to gather new members in the region.

The non-governmental organisation Refood will have a meeting on December 14, at 3 pm, in the Clube de Tavira, to organise a volunteer group in the city in 2020.

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The purpose of the meeting, which will count with the presence of Refood founder Hunter Halder, is to establish the first ideas to found a place in Tavira. The mission of this NGO is to eliminate food waste and end hunger locally, involving the full community in a common cause. 

Re-food is an independent, citizen-driven, eco-humanitarian community charity, working to eliminate food waste and hunger on a neighbourhood basis.

To be at this meeting you must confirm your presence until December 5, by texting the number +351 914 901 133.

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Loulé: urban transport will be free at Christmas

Nov 27 2019 Published by under Local News

Travel with us and do your Christmas shop in the local shops!”, is the motto launched by Municipality of Loulé, who wants to offer urban transports for free to all the passengers.

From November 30th to January 6th, in Loulé, Quarteira and Vilamoura, the “Apanha-me!” (“Catch Me!”) Urban transport will be completely free on all lines (Blue, Yellow, Green and Red), and at all the times during this Christmas season and to use this public transport service, users will not need any type of ticket.

This measure results from a partnership between Municipality of Loulé, Loulé Concelho Global, as the municipality’s urban transport manager, and the trade associations of the cities, with the clear objective of contributing to the increase in trade demand, at a time of great importance for shopkeepers and which is crucial for boosting the local economy.

On the other hand, and in line with other initiatives undertaken by the Municipality of Loulé in terms of urban mobility, the aim is also to promote more shared, inclusive, sustainable and ecological mobility.

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Nothing to declare: customs authorities in Faro confiscate 10 thousand euros worth in cigarettes

Nov 27 2019 Published by under Local News

The authorities at Faro airport seized 48 thousand cigarettes, distributed in three bags, worth approximately 10 thousand euros in VAT and other taxes.

The Tax and Customs officials apprehended, last Friday, 48 thousand cigarettes from a Spanish citizen at the Faro airport customs, according to a press release published in the Portuguese Finance website.

The seized tobacco was worth over ten thousand dollars in taxes and customs duties. The luggage came from Luanda and it was intended for an Angolan citizen.

In the issued statement, the authorities also stressed the growing volume of travellers in the region and “the need to supervise the supply chain”, in order to carry effective and efficient controls in the airport without disrupting legitimate travellers.

In 2018, Faro airport received 8,6 million passengers.

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Scouts help to clean seashore across the Algarve

Nov 25 2019 Published by under Local News

Mês do mar, a national clean-up project arrived last week to the Algarve, with almost three hundred Scouts cleaning the Ria Formosa and the Atlantic coast.

The beaches of the Algarve are now less polluted. In the last two weekends, two groups of Scouts plus the Oceanarium of Lisbon and the Oceano Azul Foundation brought to the South the national initiative Month of the Sea.

The project gathered almost three hundred scouts, that on November 16 cleaned the beaches of Ria Formosa, in Alcoutim, Ferragudo and Lagoa, and on November 23 cleaned Praia da Rocha and Lagoa dos Salgados.

Removing litter and plastic from the sand is crucial for the maintenance of biodiversity in oceans and in land, as tides tend to drag litter to the sea, polluting the waters and the animals in it with human waste.

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Forgotten Food Festival in the Algarve

Nov 25 2019 Published by under Lifestyle

“The Pathways to Harvest and Cook”, a festival that teaches about traditional recipes and agricultural methods of and old and lost Algarve. An opportunity to celebrate regional cuisine with those who know.

On December 8 in Tôr, Loulé, and January in Giões, Alcoutim, you will have a chance to discover the true Algarvian cuisine.

As part of the project 365 Algarve, The Pathways to Harvest and Cook are events centred around family vegetable gardens and other croplands. Here, you can harvest traditional ingredients (some less known by the public) and cook them in a workshop, accompanied by local hosts and storytellers.

The hosts guide the participants in a walk around the crop site, focusing on the ways of life, history of the place and the products of a past Algarve. The gathered ingredients are later used to cook an Algarvian traditional season meal, which all the participants will enjoy.

A great opportunity to discover and enjoy the interior of the Algarve, learning traditional activities that are slowly disappearing. On December 8 in Loulé and January 25 in Alcoutim.

You can find more information about the events and buy tickets by clicking here, or visit https://comidaesquecida.com/

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Lagos citizens condemn government as avocado monocultures grow in the Algarve

Nov 23 2019 Published by under Local News

A group of citizens in Lagos created a group to denounce cases of environmental corruption in the Algarve, as monocultures of Avocado in the region expand.

Terra Saudável calls the Ministry of Agriculture for its inertia in the case of the Avocado industry in the Algarve. This movement was launched in Lagos to fight the proliferation of damaging agricultural practices, namely the avocado monocultures.

Being water-intensive, Avocado monocultures drain the region and lead to soil erosion, two problems that the Algarve already suffers.

The group’s goal is to push these plantations to undergo Environmental Impact Assessments. Terra Saudável says that monocultures have been free of this type of assessment due to the interest of governmental entities in brining foreign companies for monetary gain.

The Portuguese Environment Agency agrees with the group, saying that Environmental Impact Assessment must be done before planting. The actions taken by foreign and national agricultural companies are destroying extensive areas of the Algarve countryside.

The group also emphasises on the lack of promotion of sustainable agricultural practices by the Ministry of Agriculture, often allowing extremely damaging techniques. An example given by the group in a press release is the monoculture in Barão de São João, which is currently draining the surrounding water and contaminating aquifers with glyphosate, since last year.

According to Terra Saudável, glyphosate levels in aquifers of the region have been shown to be twenty-five times higher than those permitted by European legislation.

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Mayor of Monchique asks for European intervention in the Algarve drought

Nov 22 2019 Published by under Local News

In a Brussels meeting, Mayor Rui André asked for a contingency plan to deal with the extreme drought in the Algarve.

Mr Rui André, Mayor of the Municipality of Monchique, participated in a meeting last Thursday in Brussels, at the Committee for Environment, Climate Change and Energy, asking for EU intervention in the drought afflicting the Algarve.

The Mayor proposed a contingency plan with structural measures, in order to solve similar situations in the future. “More and more frequent extreme drought phenomena and continued desertification of the country will continue to cause the loss of biodiversity and the disappearance of local species.”

For Mayor André, focusing on forests and their multiple uses and habitats is fundamental for a greener Europe. He emphasised how the representation of the Algarve in Commission meeting, where the co-president of the UN Panel of Resources, Janez Potocnik, was present, is “instrumental in changing European public policies on land use”.

One suggestion that came from the meeting was the creation of a seawater desalination plant. These installations are used in Andalucía, Spain, and in Madeira, the only region with this measure in Portuguese territory.

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