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5 movies to explore Portugal from your sofa

Mar 31 2020 Published by under Lifestyle

Portugal is in quarantine until the 2nd of April. This means that you only can leave your house in cases that are strictly necessary, such as going to the grocery or help someone who can’t leave the house. Travel and tours are strictly prohibited. We don’t want you to get bored in your quarantine and continue to visit Portugal, so we’ve collected some films made in the country.

“The house of Spirits” (1993)

The British actor, Jeremy Irons is well-known by is passion for Algarve and ‘The House of Spirits” was the reason to visit us in 1993, accompanied by Winona Rider and Meryl Streep.

This movie is an adaption of Isabel Allende’s classic takes in Chile, but it’s easy to identify the moment when the revolution happens on the stairs of Portuguese Assembly of the Republic or in the City Hall.

For the film, the setting of a mansion was built on Monte das Três Marias, in Vila Nova de Milfontes, from which the staircase only survives after destruction to which it’s subjected in history.

“Floripes” (2007)

In this film, you can explore Olhão through the eyes of Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, who choose the city and one of the most known legends of the region. 

The documentary- fiction has the participation of Catarina Barros, João Salero, João Sancho, Selma Cifka and the special participation of Hugo Bezugh, who interpret the legend of Floripes, and enchanted Moorish woman who spreads fear and suffering among the fishing community of the city of Olhão.

Evoking the legend of Floripes, also serves as a pretext for confronting one of humanity’s greatest fears: death!

“O sonho certo” (2014)

This is a film for dreamers and for all those who love Portugal and the Algarve! Filmed in the Algarve by Kristjan Knigge is a movie about Oliver Fellows, a 40 years old ex-banker, which moves from London to the Algarve planning to recover an old house and dedicate himself to planting orange trees.

According to the director, ‘ the film is proof that the Algarve is a wonderful place to shot and also an excellent alternative for making films at a lower cost than in big cities. That’s what we tried to show in this story which is  very human, about someone, that at all costs, tries to reinvent himself from the misfortunes of life.”

“De Ontsnapping” (2015)

Spoken in Dutch and filmed in Carvoeiro, Lagoa, Albufeira and other locations of the Algarve, the film is based on a well-known novel by Hellen Van Royen, residence in Porches, Algarve, for some years. The movie was supported by Tourism Association of the Algarve and by the Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa.

The movie talks about a Dutch woman who escapes from her family life in search of happiness in the Portuguese Algarve.

” That Good Night” (2017)

‘That Good Night’ is a British drama film directed by Eric Styles and Starring by John Hurt.

The movie is about Ralph, a once-famous screenwriter, is in his seventies and terminally ill. He has two final missions: to be reconciled to his son, Michael, and, secretly, to ensure he is not a burden to his wife, Anna, as he goes “into that good night”.

In addition, to have John Hurt and being Hurt’s final film, the movie stars Charles Dance, Sofia Helin, Max Brown and Erin Richards.

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Covid-19: 7 doctors and 1 nurse battle for life as 1000 more cases are confirmed

Mar 31 2020 Published by under COVID19

Portugal has now 7443 cases and 160 deaths. There are 188 patients in the intensive care unit. At least 8 of them are health workers.

Seven doctors and one nurse are among the 188 people now battling for life in intensive care units in Porto and Lisbon.

Nurses syndicate president José Correia Azevedo explains four doctors are in Porto’s Hospital São João, while one is in Hospital de Santo António, and a married couple is in Lisbon’s Hospital Curry Cabral. The infected nurse is also in Curry Cabral.

Testing in wide-scale began yesterday, particularly in old people’s homes across Portugal, to avoid a situation like the one that took place in Spain, where several homes for older people were severely affected.

The applied tests are being produced in Portugal, reducing the need for dependence on outside sources. It’s a huge operation that has started in Lisbon, Aveiro, Évora and Guarda and will son expand to Loulé and Portimão, where the first cases of the Algarve were registered.

Minister for Labour Ana Mendes Godinho said the plan is to start by testing everyone working at the homes (these being people who potentially could be vehicles of infection as they enter and leave work every day) as well as all those showing symptoms.

Today’s numbers of confirmed cases increased by 16.1%.

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5 myths about coronavirus debunked

Mar 31 2020 Published by under COVID19

As Portugal deals with the worst stage of the coronavirus outbreak, we thought about sharing with you some rumours, myths, and fake news that have been spreading like a disease here and everywhere in the world. Visit here our fact checker!


Some news outlets, looking to gather clicks from the worried citizens from all over the world, shared a conspiracy theory arguing that the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, originated in a top-secret research laboratory in Wuhan, last year.

Some said the virus was engineered in a lab by humans as a bioweapon. Other versions argued that the virus was being studied in a lab (after being isolated from animals) and then escaped due to bad safety protocols.

However, experts at the World Health Organization assure us that the virus came simply from wildlife. But from where, exactly?

Chinese officials reported that the first cases had ties to a live animal market where both seafood and other wildlife were sold as food. The market soon became the leading hypothesis for how the virus made the leap into humans, where it’s been able to spread efficiently ever since.

A preliminary scientific paper shows this is a genuinely new virus, and they guaranteed that it was not engineered by humans. The paper, which was uploaded onto in February, is written by several leading microbiologists who closely examined the SARS-CoV-2 genome.


This is not true. People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) are more vulnerable to the virus, but there have been cases where younger people have also become severely ill. Recently, a 14-year-old boy from Ovar died of covid-19, making it the youngest victim of the disease in Portugal

WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.


False, once again! From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, you should adopt protective measures and stay at home. The best way to protect yourself is by respecting the quarantine.


NO! Coronavirus tests should only be done for those who have symptoms (cough, fever, difficulty breathing). If you are living in Portugal, the main measure to adopt is staying at home as much as possible. If you have been in touch with someone infected you should call the Health Line SNS24 (telephone number: 808 24 24 24). Experts will tell you what to do.


Not true. Prime Minister António Costa announced last week that Portugal bought 500 ventilators from China, paying 9.2 million euros. Soon enough, several sources said that the same ventilators were available in Portugal at a much lower price. This was a fake news piece. The price of the Chinese ventilators was not speculated and Portugal at the time had no more ventilators available.


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Algarve launches online campaign: “Remember Me. Algarve”.

Mar 31 2020 Published by under Lifestyle

Today I don’t have you here, but I hear you by heart and I know that tomorrow I will be your kiss again. Remember me. Algarve”, is one of the messages of the campaign that has been active since yesterday on the social networks of the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA).

The Algarve region has launched a campaign to circulate on social networks that calls for the Portuguese, and all the Algarve lovers, to stay at home so that they can return to the region faster, in a hopeful future post-pandemic Covid-19.

In addition to this campaign, RTA has an initiative «Yesterday, as today, we are here to help» aimed at Algarve tourist companies, in particular SMEs, with the aim of clarifying the new support available to mitigate the economic consequences of the new coronavirus in a region that depends on tourism.

Lembra-te de mim. Algarve.

Há momentos na vida em que desejamos estar juntos. E se agora estamos separados, é apenas para depois voltarmos com ainda mais saudade. Adia as férias, mas não o coração.Afinal, haverá sempre Algarve. E é sempre tempo de voltarmos a estar juntos, aqui neste destino que será sempre teu também. Até breve,Algarve.❤️ #ficaemcasa #naocancelesadia

Opublikowany przez VisitAlgarve Niedziela, 29 marca 2020
” Delay the holidays, but not the heart. After all, there will always be Algarve ”

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Covid-19: 89-year-old Briton is the third person to die of covid-19 in Algarve

Mar 30 2020 Published by under COVID19

The third covid-19 death in the region is an 89-year-old British man, who was here on holidays. It is believed that he was already infected when he arrived in the Algarve in early March.

The man owned a home in Benagil, Lagoa, and it is believed that he was already infected before coming to the Algarve, in early March. He is the third death related to the new coronavirus in the region.

He was being treated at Faro Hospital’s intensive care unit. Luis Encarnação, Mayor of Lagoa, has lamented the man’s death and sent his condolences to his family. This is Lagoa’s second death, as it had previously lost Manuel Magalhães, a math teacher working at a Portimão high school.

The Algarve’s first victim of the pandemic was a 77-year-old man from Albufeira.

Councils in the Algarve are coming up with solutions to avoid tourism in the coming weeks, as the Easter holidays approach. Closed beaches and police patrols are some of the measures while asking people from abroad and other places in Portugal to stay home and come to the Algarve only once the pandemic is over.

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French couple finds a severed head in Pego do Inferno

Mar 30 2020 Published by under Local News

In the same day, a severed head and torso were found in different regions of the Algarve. The dismembered body is identified as a missing IT worker.

A French couple came upon a young man’s severed head at the Pego do Inferno lake in Tavira. In the same day, but over 140 km away, a decapitated torso was found in Sagres.

Police have identified the remains found in different locations of the Algarve on March 26 as missing computer technician Diogo Gonçalves, from Algoz. Diogo, 21 years old, had been missing since March 18.

His car was found near Sagres’ lighthouse, with two computers inside.

Special police were called to the scene, activating land and sea searches.  It was near a cliff that they discovered the young man’s torso, in a black plastic bin bag. Arms and legs have not yet been found.

Diogo Gonçalves worked at the 5-star Vila Vita resort in Lagoa. This is the second tragedy happening in the dead man’s family. Four years ago, Diogo’s mother was killed in a hit-and-run in Guia, Albufeira. 

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“Repugnant!” Portuguese Prime Minister launches an attack against Dutch minister

Mar 30 2020 Published by under Business,COVID19

PM António Costa considered Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra comments “repugnant” after Hoekstra said the EU should investigate the health budgets of countries where coronavirus hit harder, namely Italy and Spain.

Portugal’s prime minister António Costa launched an unexpected attack on Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra, one of the main European ministers standing in the way of a combined European plan to face the economic recession caused by Covid-19.

The moment came during the tense EU online summit that took place last week. Mr. Hoekstra said the EU “should investigate countries like Spain that say they have no budgetary margin to deal with the effects of the crisis provoked by the new coronavirus, in spite of the fact that the eurozone has grown for seven consecutive years”.

The comment was not received well by Spanish citizens and Italian as well, who felt the comments were directed at them. Afterwards, Costa told journalists that the Dutch minister discourse was “repugnant”.

“No one wants to hear a Dutch finance minister say what was said in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Spain did not import the virus. The virus hits everyone equally. If one country in the European Union thinks it can resolve the problem by leaving the virus in other countries, it doesn’t understand what the European Union is…”

Four countries are currently resisting a corona bond plan, a combined project to deal with a looming recession. President Macron has also warned this kind of political reaction to the crisis “could spell the end of the EU”.

Tensions between southern countries and northern countries are increasing. Italian PM Guiseppe Conte refused to sign his name to the final summit declaration, and Mr Costa accused the Netherlands’ minister of “absolute unconsciousness” and a “recurring meanness” that “completely undermines what the spirit of the EU is”, being dangerous for the European project.

“If the EU wants to survive, it is unacceptable for any politician, from whichever country, to give this kind of response in the context of the pandemic that we’re living through”, he stormed.

“If we don’t respect one another, don’t understand one another, lack the capacity to respond in unison to a common challenge, then no one understands anything about the European Union”.

Mr Costa comments were very well received by the Italian and the Spanish, who see the Portuguese leader standing next to them in this terrible crisis.

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Lagos prohibits walks on Avenida dos Descobrimentos and on the beaches

Mar 27 2020 Published by under COVID19,Local News

Starting today (March 27), the municipality of Lagos will block and forbid the access to the riverside, in front of Avenida dos Descobrimentos, as well as to all the council beaches, shores and parking lots.

On March 16, the municipality had already banned the circulation of tourist buses on the access road to Ponta da Piedade (from the intersection with Praia da D. Ana), as well as on Avenida dos Descobrimentos, on the section between the roundabout of D. Maria Bridge and the Pêndulo roundabout. Also, the Frente Ribeirinha Car Park has been conditioned since that date, only allowing users access with a card/pass.

The Municipality guarantees all these measures will be monitored “by the security forces”.

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STATE OF EMERGENCY. Disobedience leads to fines and prison

Mar 27 2020 Published by under COVID19

Since the State of Emergency was declared, the Republican National Guard and the Public Security Police have been developing, an intense activity of awareness, surveillance and inspection with the population.

Until yesterday, 54 people have been detained for the crime of disobedience, namely for breach of the obligation of mandatory confinement and for other situations of disobedience or resistance. In the same period, 1031 establishments were closed for non-compliance with the established rules.

The Ministry of Internal Administration reinforces the appeal to all citizens to comply with the measures imposed by the State of Emergency, thus helping to contain the spread of the pandemic, which is in its mitigation phase.


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Covid-19: GNR officer positive diagnosis in Faro shuts down the station

Mar 27 2020 Published by under COVID19

An officer of the Guarda Nacional Republicana in Faro has been diagnosed with covid-19. Half of the force in Faro station is now in quarantine.

The positive result for the new coronavirus prompted the temporary closure of the Faro station for disinfection.

The location is now fully disinfected and working, however, most of the force is in isolation. “A clinical investigation was carried out to screen people who had been in contact with the police officer” said a GNR District Command source.

“Since March 13th, the GNR’s shifts have been 12 hours, all comrades who had contact with him have been quarantined,” he added.

The Faro Unit Commander said that the GNR was able “to proceed immediately to disinfect the post and reopen it with the officers on the other shift, maintaining operational activity”.

The Guarda Nacional Republicana asks for faster results “The faster the diagnosis, the faster the professionals will return to the front line to fight this invisible enemy.”

In addition to acquiring more protective equipment, the GNR also asks for more material for those working in crime scenes, “both in the collection of traces of a crime and in the treatment of them”, as well as “the elements of intervention detachments, also required for maintenance of public order.”

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