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Algarve Motorsports Martim Longo Rally Selenia Mix Cup Trophy

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Algarve Tours Travel Guide: recommended attractions and sport events to visit in the Algarve, on the outskirts of the village of Querença the municipality of Loulé.

Martim Longo Rally Trophy Selenia MixCup Pictures, photos and YouTube Video of the spectacular trophy TT 4X4.

Algarve - Portugal Motorsports - Martim Longo Rally 2009 - Selenia Mix Cup Trophy Rally.
Organizer: Automobile Club of Algarve
Video - Jose Charata / Nelson Martins / Nuno Fontainhas = Rally Edition south, Algarve Portugal
YouTube Video Trophy Cup Mix Selenia who joined: Motorcycles, Cars, Buggies and Quads Speedway in an exciting proof 4X4 TT.






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Albufeira City County Algarve Portugal

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Albufeira City and County

Albufeira is a Portuguese town in the district of Faro, the region and subregion of the Algarve, with around 13 600 inhabitants and bordering the east and NE with the Municipality of Loulé and Silves with the NE. The name Albufeira comes from the Arabic word البحيرة (al-Buħayra = "lagoon").

Although altered by tourism, which leaves too full in July and August and almost deserted during the rest of the year, worth a visit Albufeira.

Once a peaceful fishing village, still retains its narrow streets in the old town and whitewashed houses perched over a charming beach where, when tourism allows it, you can stroll among the colorful fishing boats ornamented with eyes, animals and stars.

Shops, bars and restaurants on every corner, but there is also the old castle, the buildings which still preserve the arches of the time of Moorish and interesting churches, like St. Sebastian.

From Albufeira to Faro (district capital), the coast is full of tourist resorts and villages with apartments or villas and hotels, and well known beaches such as Praia da Oura, Albufeira, Praia de Santa Eulalia, etc.

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Downhill World Championship Cup São Brás Alportel Algarve Portugal

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Algarve Tours Travel Guide: recommended attractions and sport events to visit in the Algarve, on the outskirts of the village of Querença the municipality of Loulé.

Downhill World Championship Cup - São Brás Alportel, Algarve Portugal Sports Photo and Video.

Cycling in the Algarve - Portugal Cup DHI - São Brás de Alportel Portugal cup downhill mountain biking.

Emotion downhill joined more than three hundred pilots in São Brás de Alportel in the first race of the Cup of Portugal discipline. Inaugural event of the international calendar of biking in Europe, returned to rely on extensive foreign participation.

A track flanked by hundreds of people, the thrill of downhill back to Sao Bras de Alportel.



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Alcoutim Situated Between Loulé And Spain

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Alcoutim is a Portuguese town in the district of Faro, and region and subregion of the Algarve, about 1 100 people. Until the administrative division, established in 1832, belonged to the province of Alentejo.

It is the seat of a municipality with 576.57 kilometers ² and 3 272 people, divided into 5 districts. It is bounded on the north by the city of Beja in the east by Spain, Andalusian cities of El Granado, Sanlúcar de Guadiana and San Silvestre de Guzmán, southeast of Castro Marim, Tavira in southwest and west of Loulé and Almodovar.

 
Away from the crowds and the bustle of tourist resorts in the Algarve coast, the lovely town of Alcoutim is about 15 kilometers from the Alentejo and has a natural border with Spain, which lies across the river Guadiana. The road that snakes along the river offers beautiful views of the countryside, with its orchards and orange groves, and rural way of life of the county remains almost unchanged.

 
Alcoutim Monuments, it is worth visiting the fourteenth century castle and the simple church of the sixteenth century, São Salvador church situated near the river and near the main square.

 
The region is proud of his craft, from the traditional pieces of wool and linen (like towels and blankets), the pottery, etc.. The food here is also quite different from the coast, based on pork and lamb, olive oil and homemade bread. Beans, beans and peas are also very much used and are delicious game dishes, hare, partridge and wild boar. Confectionery reflects in large part, the abundance of figs and almonds in the Algarve.


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Tavira Algarve Portugal Monuments São João da Barra Fortress

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Algarve Travel Tour Guide Presents: Culture, National Monuments and History of the Algarve
Monuments to visit near Querença


São João da Barra Fortress, or Forte da Conceição Inforation and Photo
Tavira Municipality
Town Cabanass
Location Gaza land adjacent to the lagoon of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, a small hill, NE of Cabanas, east of Olhão and Faro, and Loulé SE.
Access the EN 125 to the access and then by Cabanas in 1238, around the urban core
the southern boundary and then access path.
Classification - Property of Public Interest, Dec. 43,073, July 14, 1960 (IPPAR).
Construction season Century - reign of King Joâo
Use initial and Architecture military, defense.
Current use - Housing, Private Property.
Notes: In 1670 underwent a renovation and expansion. In 1783, while much ruined was again rebuilt.

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Silves City County Algarve Portugal Information

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Silves City and County

Silves is a Portuguese city of Faro in the district, region and subregion of the Algarve, with around 10 800 inhabitants. Silves was once the capital of the Algarve, but lost that status in part due to siltation of the river Arade.

It is the seat of a municipality with 680.02 kilometers ² and 36 165 people (2008 [1]), divided into 8 parishes . It is bordered to the north by the Municipality of Ourique northeast by Almodovar, east of Loulé, Albufeira by southeast, southwest by Lake, west of Portimão and Monchique, northwest and south of Beja has coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.

The town of Silves, rising on a fertile valley of orange groves and is dominated by the castle, which dates mainly from the time of Moorish occupation.

 
Indeed, Silves thrived under the Arabs, and became their capital in the Algarve, under the name of Chelb, until conquered by the Knights of Santiago in 1242.

 
The towers of the castle are obtained spectacular views over the city and the fields and meadows that surround it.

 
Inside, the Cistern Moura Encantada is a huge deposit of five ships and bulging dome that provided water to the city.

 
Besides the castle, is worth visiting the cathedral, which dates from the thirteenth century, and the small church of Mercy, with a door Manueline side and an altarpiece.

 
On the coast, Armação de Pêra, originally a fishing village, became a popular holiday resort full of hotels, resorts and restaurants and surrounded by lovely beaches.

 
Not far away, Porches is known for its artistic it is manufactured there and that seeks to preserve ancient Iberian and Arabic.
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Algarve Ria Formosa Natural Park Ludo Site

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Algarve Tour Travel Guide. Fotos and information of Hidden Luxurious and paradisiacal landscapes of the Mediterranean near Querença Loulé - Algarve - Portugal
Natural Park of Ria Formosa - The Ludo Site: Located in the municipalities of Faro and Loulé in the parish of Almancil

The Ludo is a sanctuary of nature. The diverse ecosystem that is currently characterized as a rare event in the Algarve, as it still draws woodland, agricultural, coastal and marine in a closely balanced, enriched by a significant occurrence of wild fauna and flora.


Algarve Tour Luxurious Places


Querença Fonte da Benémola Paradise Video


Algarve Querença Menalva Fountain

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Olhão Town and County Algarve Portugal

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Olhão Town and County

Distance of about 7km of Faro and Loulé 20Km, therere is one of the major fishing ports in the Algarve, and the Center for canning tuna and sardines, Olhão has square house, whitewashed, terraced plans to serve as a roof and chimneys that are evocative of Arabic architecture.

 
Behind the parish church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário, from the seventeenth century, the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows is where the wives of fishermen gather to pray for their safety when the storm.

 
But the city's main attraction is its market, one of the most animated and picturesque of the Algarve, with a huge variety of fish and seafood but also local farmers selling such products as fruit, honey and live chickens.

 
Nearby, the village of Fuzeta is like Olhão a smaller scale, and is well appreciated by windsurfers.

 
Inside, Moncarapacho is proud of its church of Santo Cristo, with a beautiful doorway and painted arches.

 
In this region, the Natural Park of Ria Formosa is considered the most important wildlife sanctuary in the Algarve.

 
Its lagoons, channels and islets are abundant in shellfish such as cockles, clams and oysters, and house numerous species of birds such as the white stork, the sultana hen, the gray heron, the curlew, etc. .

 
The reserve stretches along 60 kilometers, covering the municipalities of Vila Real de Santo António, Tavira, Olhão, Faro and Loulé, where we have the Natural Park of Ria Formosa and its rich ecosystem is ideal for the development of fauna and flora.

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World Rally Championship Loulé Algarve Portugal Motorsports

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Algarve Tours Travel Guide: recommended attractions and sport events to visit in the Algarve, on the outskirts of the village of Querença the municipality of Loulé.

World Rally Championship - Loulé, Algarve Portugal Motorsports Photo and Video. Some of the best moments of the 2009 Rally de Portugal WRC CNR Images of some of the teams in the Rally de Loulé and sections of the Sierra League of the Cauldron: Pass areas of São Brás de Alportel, Querença and Salir - Algarve Automobile Club - pecs : Loule 1 and 2 / Sao Bras de Alportel 2 / 1 Cortelha - capturing images and video = Pedro Correia - Nuno Fontainhas - Nelson - YouTube Video


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São Brás de Alportel Town History

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Places near Querença, Loulé: São Braz de Alportel Town Photos and History 




São Brás de Alportel is a Portuguese town in the district of Faro, the Algarve region, with about 10 000 people.

It is the head of a municipality with 150.05 kilometers ² and 10 032 habitants (2001), one of five municipalities in Portugal with only a single parish. It is bordered to the north and east by the Municipality of Tavira, on the southeast by Olhão, Faro in the south and west of Loulé, bordering Loulé, in the parishes of Salir, Saint Sebastian and Querença neighborhood which is the parish seat nearest.

Sao Bras has been identified with the Muslim village mentioned in chronicles as Šanbraš (Xanbrache).

The first documentary reference on Alportel date of 1518, when he was Grand Master of the Order of Santiago, Dom Jorge, illegitimate son of King John II. São Brás was then a chapel attached to the Church of Santa Maria de Faro. In the reign of King John II, São Brás goes for the direct control of the Crown, entering the assets of the queens, as the King Dom Afonso III has not confirmed the the donation of the location to the Order of Santiago, which had been made by King Sancho II.

In 1591, Bishop Francisco Cano ordered that the Church of São Bras to put a tabernacle, which is essential for the temple could be raised to church. Thus were born the village of Sao Bras. In 1601, a bull granted by Bishop Jonathan Moniz de Mascarenhas, Sao Bras is no longer referred to as a temple or church, but as a place. Years before, since 1577, the dictionaries chorography call it neighborhood or place. In the year 1607 gives the separation of some villages that belong to the county, their regions of origin.


The contemporary history of São Brás de Alportel has its origin in 1912 when Mr Machado Santos presented to Congress a draft law for the creation of the county de Alportel, who was then a rural village's most populous municipality of Faro (which would be subtracted) and even the whole country, both in the area, both in population (at the time was about 12 500 inhabitants). Machado Santos, who was a great friend of John sambrasense Rosa Beatriz, engaged in doing great work until he reached the realization of their desires.

On June 1, 1914 is published in the Government's lifting of arms municipality of São Bras with the name of de Alportel municipality established in the village of Sao Bras, hence the name of São Brás de Alportel. The first administrator of the new county was the alportense John Rosa Beatriz, who was later Consul in Morocco.

In São Brás de Alportel there is also an Ethnographic Museum of  Algarve traditional clothes, which is installed in the house António Bentes.




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Corridinho Algarve Traditional Dance Music

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CORRIDINHO: Traditional dance music of Algarve - The portuguese Folk YouTube Video and Photo of The Corridinho Dance in front of Querença Church.

 
In the Algarve the rythm is fast and there are no heat to make slow the corridinho fans. Go on the wheel, go on the wheel, the wheel will not stop ...

Is given the order by the ruler and immediately the couples follow as if the rythm is running in their veins.You can see it all over the Algarve, particularly in the traditional festivals of the Algarve Barrocal,like in the Loulé Municipality festivals, as the party of the Benémola Water sorce (Fonte da Benémola, and other parties, like Tôr and Querença festivals.

From the mountains to the coast, everyone dances the corridinho. Thus for many years. No one knows how began the tradition of this fast dance of Algarve.

Some suggestion hypothetical influences of the dances of Central Europe, the Algarve people has adopted according to their way of being and even the environment in which they live.

There are still those who believe that these influences may have come from Scotland. This is because in the Algarve mountains is still common to ask a scot in dance parties. Scot is in some places of the region means precisely the same meaning as corridinho, what makes you think its possible relationship with Scotland. But mere assumption.

What matters is that the corridinho is alive and well in the "soul" of the Algarve. Seven steps forward three steps to the right and three steps to the left, turn and follow the dance.

This is the basic corridinho markup. It's  a round dance that started out this simple markup and then evolved to more complex. Developments that began to check from the almost triumphal arrival of the accordion. Their players have emerged as people full of skills, giving a new impulse to Algarve music and dance.


YouTube Video of Corridinho of Algarve - The Portuguese Folk Traditional Dance Music.



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Ria Formosa Natural Park Dune Vegetation

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Tour Algarve Travel Guide Algarve beautiful places to visit in the vicinity of the parish of Querença the municipality of Loulé: Information and photos of the Nature of the Algarve Portugal


Covering Cocelhos of Vila Real de Santo António, Tavira, Olhão, Faro and Loulé, we have the Natural Park of Ria Formosa

Natural Park of Ria Formosa - Dune Vegetation

The conditions of formation and dynamics of geomorphological dunes show that these structures are unstable. The proximity of the sea acts as a highly selective factor in the establishment and growth of vegetation. Apparently simple, this medium is actually quite complex and precarious. It is no coincidence that on the side facing the sea, is seen as very poor flora: the coastal plants are subject to strong winds laden with salt particles, the luminosity, the temperature ranges that go from the scorching sun of summer to the bitter cold winter. This causes considerable transpiration in the plant, which, combined with high permeability soil dune, leaving quickly infiltrate the water that falls on it, irremediably condemned to a hostile xerophytic, ie an environment where conditions prevail dryness. To this we must resist, to survive. And indeed psammophytes plants that live in the sand near the Beaches, because they have developed adaptations to survive more or less great as to prevent excessive losses above the water. However, not only against drying the plant to fight, she also has to deal with the burial, when strong winds or constant from the sea, pushing the sand from the beach inland.

A first dune facing us, or call anteduna dune age, relatively low and highly unstable, show, the part facing the sea and near the upper limit of the tides, an association of Cakile maritima Scop. and Salsola kali L.; have more to the top, Elymus farctus (Viv.) RUNEMARCK EX MELDERIS and sometimes paralias Euphorbia L. and E. Peplis L. The vegetation in this narrow band is very sparse and the wind moves easily with sand, which drags the interior, despite the short distance implemented at the new location where they are deposited is more welcoming, less severely suffer the effects of wind and the breeze gets there less salt. Conditions are created, if not favorable, at least more favorable for the establishment of other plants, in turn, these will, in various ways, retain more sand. Along with Elymus farctus now comes another great edifying of dunes and pioneer in its colonization: Ammophila arenaria (L.) LINK, commonly called chargeback. Accompany it even Euphorbia paralias and can already see here in the lambs from the beach, Otanthus maritimus (L.) Hoffmanns. & LINK. So the dune grows, the floristic composition rich and varied.



Reversal (Ammophila arenaria)



lambs to the beach (Otanthus maritimus)

Reached the top can be found Calystegia soldanella (L.) R. BR., Whose seeds, very heavy, they penetrate easily, thus offsetting the adverse conditions for the survival of the species, Lotus creticus L., Eryngium maritimum L., L. Crucianella maiítima Pancratium maritimum L., together with Ammophila arenaria which, incidentally, grows all over the side, stands more or less dense, as the area where he settled.

On the inside of the dune and interdune following it, on land already finally determined, along with some of the other species already mentioned are in addition to the list of psammophytes: Helichrysum italicum (Roth) G. DON FIL., Pseudorlaya pumila (L.) GRANDE, Thymus carnosus Boiss., Armeria pungens (Link) Hoffmanns. & LINK, Artemisia campestris L. subsp. maritima ARCANGELI, Anthemis maritima L., Corynephorus canescens (L.), Beauv., Linaria lamarckii Rouy and L. pedunculata (L.) Chaz., Reichard Cadiz (Willk.) COUT. Silene nicaeensis or ALL., that to mention only the most abundant and conspicuous. It will not be emphasized enough that Thymus carnosus is a Portuguese endemic, that is, this plant is only in Portugal and here only in the Alentejo and Algarve. It's that little green tuft of dark-sized amoitado that, more than any other plant of the dunes, where crushed leaves around an intense and pleasant perfume somewhat similar to lavender.



Thymus carnosus

The set of interdune sands provide good conditions for the growth of prostrate, the root system rather short, generally smaller leaves, which spread in large round spots. Examples Paronychia argentea Lam., Ononis variegata L., Medicago littoralis Loisel. Polygonum maritimum L. or Hypecoum procumbens L., another species that occurs only in the Algarve. No limit on the understory should be highlighted monelli Anagallis L., prostrate beautiful flowers bright blue, sparta Linaria (L.) Willd., Scrophularia frutescens L., Cleome violacea L. Corrigiola littoralis L. Aetheorhiza bulbous (L .) CASS. and Pycnocomon rutifolium (VAHL) Hoffmanns. & LINK, this also confined to the Algarve and a few more places on the Mediterranean Europe.



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Faro City of Algarve Portugal

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Places to visit near Querença and Loulé - The City of Faro.


Information and Photos of the City of Faro in Algarve, Portugal

The capital of the Algarve boasts of a lively center filled with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants as well as monuments and museums of great interest and fine architecture buildings, dating mainly from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The reason is that although Faro has become an important port and center under the Romans, having been a fishing village in prehistoric times, has been the domain of the Moors, was looted and burned by the British in the sixteenth century and greatly damaged by the earthquake of 1755.

 
Faro was largely rebuilt, and the best architectural examples can be seen between the city center and the Largo do Carmo, such as the Palace Bivarin. Many sites are worth visiting: the Cathedral Square, with beautiful buildings, the bishop of the eighteenth century and the rich cathedral, the church of St. Peter's, dedicated to the patron saint of fishermen and a magnificent Baroque altar, the curious Cemetery of the Jews of the eighteenth century, the Arco da Vila, built at the entrance of a medieval castle in the nineteenth century, the Arc Home, of Arab origin, etc..


Tourists can also visit the Municipal Museum, a former conventry and displaying local archaeological discoveries, the Maritime Museum, a curious collection of ship models, and the Ethnographic Museum, devoted to the Algarve's traditional customs.

Other places to visit in Faro:

Faro Belmarço Palace (Palacete Belmarço)

Faro Doglioni Palace (Palacete Doglioni)

Faro Cathedral

Faro City Arch (Arco da Vila)

Fao Lethes Theathre

Dom AfonsoIII Statue

Faro Old City (Cidade Velha)

Faro Bank of Portugal Building

Faro Captain Major Solar (Solar do Capitão Mor)

Faro Carmo Church (Igreja do Carmo)

Milreu Roman Ruins (Ruinas Romanas de Milreu)

Faro Algarve Monuments And Panoramic View São Miguel Chapel

Desert Island beach

Algarve Viewpoints Cerro de São Miguel Mountain

Praia de Faro Island beach

















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Algarve Monuments Loulé Saint Clemente Church

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Monuments to visit in Loulé: Igreja de São Clemente (Saint Clement Church)  and Igreja de Querença (Querença Church).

The Church of San Clemente is located opposite the Garden of Grumpy, and was built on the site of an ancient mosque. Originally from the thirteenth century Gothic archaeological features present.

Like many buildings of the time, was subsequently amended, notably in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.

It should be noted that this Church, though larger, has architectural features similar to those of the
Curch of Querença (centuries XII, XIII), twin sister of this den and features former Mosque. Features that are well visible in the bell producers of both Churches. The Church of Querença, unchanged in centuries XVI and XVIII.

On the main façade is the portal with pointed arch, and laterally, is visible a Gothic portal. The bell tower was adapted from the old Arab minaret, with Baroque decorations.

The interior consists of three naves separated by arches.

The altar, with carved and gilded, is decorated with images of the eighteenth century.

In the various side chapels, are those of Our Lady of Consolation for the beautiful tile flooring, and the Chapel of the Souls, from the seventeenth century.

It is also worth mentioning the Chapel of Saint Braz with its arch built in the sixteenth century and a fine statue of the patron saint of the same century.

Images of the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, of St. Crispin, Our Lady of Grace and Our Lady of Mount Caramel, are the group of religious sculptures of the church.


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Discover Algarve on Via Algarviana

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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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Magniwork Energy internet scam



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.