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Algarve Travel Guide Tour presents beautiful places in the hidden Algarve: Photos and YouTube Videos Walk down Via Algarviana and discover the Algarve.

Via Algarviana a pedestrian path that can be done on foot, horseback, mountain bike and even on motorcycle.

Via Algarviana is a project born in 1995, the result of partnership between the Association and the Algarve Almargem Walkers, with the aim of creating a pedestrian route between the Lower Guadiana and Cape St. Vicente, crossing the interior of the Algarve.

The project is led by Almargem and partnered by the Commission for Coordination and Development of the Algarve, the Association of Municipalities and the Municipal Councils of Albufeira, Castro Marim, Tavira, S. Tavira, Loule, Silves and Lagos.

"A structuring project for the Algarve"

Via Algarviana is a pedestrian route with a length of 301 km that covers the interior of the Algarve, between Alcoutim and Cape St. Vincent (in Sagres). Through several local and Cowboys, Cachopo, Salir, Alte, Silves, Monchique, Bensafrim across a total of nine counties and 21 parishes.

The main objective of this project is to promote the sustainable development of mountain regions of the Algarve, through the enhancement of their cultural heritage and environment, and consolidation of small local economic initiatives, assuming the future as the backbone of a network of Algarve rural roads, integrating and linking existing routes (eg in Cachopo, Barranco do Velho, S. Bartolomeu de Messines or Monchique), thereby enhancing the creation of similar projects elsewhere.

Similarly, the Milky Algarviana to encourage and enhance the practice of hiking in the region as a component of ecotourism, thereby helping to diversify the tourism offer in the region, creating a new product but also fighting the seasonality of tourism. The project also aims to help mitigate the effects of desertification (human) that affects the interior of the Algarve, promoting the improvement of quality of life of the mountain.

Via Algarviana link will be a number of other routes, thus ensuring the possibility of hikers select routes according to their interests and physical abilities. Along this route, you can select the section to go according to the degree of difficulty, length, landscape, botanical richness and fauna, the cultural offer, the conditions for accommodation and catering, etc..

In future it is that Via Algarviana was constituted as a Grand Line (GR13), and while that may be aa part of the Trans-European routes, connecting in Tarifa (Spain), the E4 (the route of the great mountains starts on the coast of the Peloponnese, Greece) and E9 (which connects St. Petersburg, Russia).

The trip by Steps

01 - Alcoutim the Balurcos 24.20 mi

02 - Balurcos the Furnazinhas 14.30 mi

03 - the Cowboys Furnazinhas 20.30 km

04 - Cowboys to Cachopo 14.88 mi

05 - Cachopo the Barranco do Velho 29.10 mi

06 - Barranco do Velho to Salir 14.90 mi

07 - Salir the Alte 16.20 mi

08 - Alte the São Bartolomeu de Messines 19.30 mi

09 - São Bartolomeu de Messines Silves 27.60 mi

10 - Silves, Monchique 28.20 mi

11 - Monchique to Marmelete 14.70 mi

12 - Marmelete the Bensafrim 30.00 mi

13 - Bensafrim Vila do Bispo 30.19 mi

14 - Lagos to Cape St Vincent 17.65 mi

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Internet fraudsters are raking in thousands of dollars a day with an elaborate scam selling magnetic perpetual motion machines that are claimed to produce infinite free energy.

Since spring this year an operation called Magniwork has been selling a $50 DIY guide to building a perpetual motion device at home. On their web-site the fraudsters claim the materials are available in any local hardware store for less than $100. One estimate puts sales of the guide as high as 5,000 copies a month, making the scam worth up to $3m a year.

The claims for Magniwork are advanced via an extensive Google advertising campaign, and a network of blogs, web-sites and reviews endorsing the product. They are given further credibility by a clip of film from Sky News Australia about plans for a similar product made by a legitimate if optimistic research company called Lutec. Lutec patented its technology in 19 countries in 1999, but the product has still not seen the light of day. Off-Grid has discovered that the clip is over 8 years old.

Perpetual motion machine

Magniwork which describes its product as ‘a magnetic power generator’ claims to have invented a revolutionary off-grid power source that uses magnets to “power itself and create energy by itself, without requiring solar energy, heat, water, coal or any kind of resource.” The web-site promises the device will generate perpetual energy which will “fully power your home for free.”

However even the idea of such a device is dismissed by trained physicists. “The little explanation they give on their website makes no sense to me,” said Gunnar Pruessner, a lecturer in physics at Imperial College London. “For starters it breaks with all we know about quantum physics since Dirac, which says that we cannot tap into zero point fluctuations or virtual particles.”

Priceless IP

He observed that if the claims were true, they would mark the biggest advance in science ever. “It would bring a world-wide socio-economic revolution with incalculable political consequences. So you have to ask why are they scuzzing around selling their priceless IP (intellectual property) for a few dollars?”

Made in Macedonia

The site gives no way of contacting Magniwork -other than to order the guide. But its legal disclaimer reveals that despite the .com web address which suggests a US-based company, Magniwork is in fact located in Macedonia, a tiny republic on the northern border of Greece in Europe. “This Agreement shall all be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Macedonia applicable to agreements made and to be performed in Macedonia,” it reads. It has similarly proved difficult to identify the individuals behind the scheme. But one researcher claims to have written to the site’s web-master who referred in his reply to a man simply called “Igor”, the manual’s publisher.

Kernel of truth

Angry customers admit that the guide does contain kernels of truth. “Some of the suggestions in the e-book can reduce your home power consumption. For example, checking for air leaks, have better home insulation, servicing your air-conditioning unit or heate etc,”wrote one. But is it essentially amateurish and misleading, they say. “The whole “document” is 57 pages long and looks like something a kid in high school put together. The final “generator” is basically a magnet that is 2″ high sitting on a turntable that is 4″ high! They claim that its output is 24.5 Watts! That is 1/100th of what my house uses when the AC is on. It wouldn’t put out enough power to light up a standard light bulb,“ wrote another angry blogger. Fraudulent

Alternative energy expert Sterling D. Allan founder of The New Energy Congress has examined Magniwork’s claims. “Most of the 50+ page manual contains energy conservation tips that are based on well-established principles,” he said. But he points out that plans for the device are freely available elsewhere, they are based on other people’s work and he claims to have tried to contact people offering testimonials, without success. “The wording on their site still gives the reader the idea that the plans will result in a working free energy device but that is not the case. Such representation is fraud,” he concluded.

Although highly implausible, the idea of somehow harvesting magnetic power has intrigued scientists for over a century. It was first suggested by pioneering physicist Nicola Tesla in the nineteenth century. Australian company Lutec is still trying to perfect such a device. And U.S based based Magnetic Power Inc, headed by Mark Goldes, has claimed to be on the verge of launching a ‘Magnetic Power Module’ for at least six years. There is no suggestion that either Lutec or MPI are part of the scam.