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Associated Press Exclusive Video Scuba Diving in the BP Gulf Oil Spill

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According to British Petroleum all the oil floats to the surface and there are no underwater clouds of oil, but this video shows what its really apening in Gulf of Mexico.


The AP’s Rich Matthews joined a dive team who explored how the oil is impacting the Gulf of Mexico, and shows an exclusive look about whats apening under water.


Every nation on Earth should be concerned. We don't know how huge the Gulf oil field is... We have to think about the worst case scenario may become.

If these companies would stop worrying about shoving thier pockets full of money, and worry more about the safety of thier employees, we wouldnt have this problem. It happens all over the World, Companies defying  regulations, for the sake of making a few extra bucks

This disaster needs to be the last straw. It is time for the people of the world to say "enough." Vote out leaders who do not take their commitment to their citizens seriously. Boycott brands that refuse to conduct their business safely and responsibly. Above all, raise your voice! Speak out for your rights, the rights of your community and for the rights of future generations.

Algarve Events Feira Da Serra São Brás Alportel

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Algarve Tour Travel Guide, information and YouTube Videos and Photos of Historic Towns, National Monuments, Culture, Tradition and Handicraft, Fairs, Festivals and Events Local Históricoss of Portugal, Algarve, near the municipality of Loulé and next Querença

On the bridge between tradition and innovation. Feira da Serra (Mountain Hills Fair Event) of São Brás de Alportel

On the last weekend of July, São Brás de Alportel becomes the scene of a festival of food, crafts and entertainment, with the completion of the Feira da Serra, the event is already a reference in the country and a must see mandatory for those who live or visit the Algarve.
For three days, colors, skills and flavors of the mountain blend back in time, to our own roots, the stories made of traditions, legends and customs, which carve the stone with mastery, which are weaved in looms, which are painted on the screen, which bring in the corner and danced with soul.


The Feira da Serra (Mountain Fair Event) of São Brás de Alportel was born of a joint organization of the Association SPOT with the City in the summer of 1993. Sierra Cauldron (A Serra do Caldeirão) down to São Brás de Alportel, in its wealth, human and cultural heritage, visible for 3 days that are filled with food, folklore, crafts and live entertainment. This takes in approximately one hundred craftsmen from all over the Algarve and Baixo Alentejo.
 
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The Serra do Caldeirão hills traditional skills

In the village, you can purchase parts of the most genuine handicrafts made with materials of the region, with hands that know the mastery of time, and enjoy the great products the Caldeirão such as regional sweets, honey, brandy, liqueurs, homemade ice cream, bread, walnut, onion or seed, an endless world of aromas, flavors and textures.

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The kingdom of taste

Good food is also present at the Fair, at the Meeting Flavors of Serra do Caldeirão, with 7 dining types restaurant and 1 Portuguese Tavern, where you can enjoy the aromas and tastes of traditional Algarve and Alentejo gastronomy. Accept the invitation and be sure to taste the dishes of pork, the Xarém, chicpea dinner, soups, migas and many other snacks

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Knowledge and affairs of other times.

The site of the Handycrafts gives us a tour of the past. Live, you can watch the making of other times: the grinding of wheat, flax spinning, the work and the palm, and esparto, repairing footwear ... the traditional occupations which are a valuable cultural treasure that must be preserved passage of voracious journey of the time

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The Arts corner

In the culture's Square, there are arts and knowledge. The Algarve artists bring their works and live show his talent

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The world of make-believe

This is the area's favorite of the small. An area of children's entertainment, ready for the younger visitors, with a world of games and activities awaiting them. In this magic place, under the guidance of education professionals, children can play and learn, with many activities

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Passion for horses

In Riding, horses and riders will delight all lovers of equestrian art. Every day, different times of animation. Visitors can even make their "tipping" rodeo, which is what we call the riding baptism, for those who want to try to ride these wonderful animals

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Open door to nature

The animals have a very special place in Feira da Serra. The Animals site, our meeting the with nature, we observe and learn about some species of the region.

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The bridge between the past and the future of the cork

This is the ideal place to meet this precious raw material of nature, inviting a journey through time from the past to the future of the cork industry: from the beginning of the century, when the cork sector played a key role in economic progress of São Brás de Alportel parish who raise county in 1914, to the most innovative projects, the new challenges of Cork, in its many applications.

In this space, you can visit the manual production of cork stoppers and more interesting on the cork industry, discover new trends in cork fashion, and enjoy live, the more curious Cork Arts.



The Cork site also hosts an area dedicated to ROUTE OF CORK, an interesting thematic route that awaits your curiosity

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Carob Industry, potential and challenges

The 12s area of the Fair came in the 2007 edition, dedicated to this mysterious fruit of the Algarve: carob. Mysterious and numerous applications, the Carob site reveals the nature, tradition, industry, the challenges and potential of one of the most important Algarve industrial sectors.
Over time, the locust had many uses, having started off as a yardstick, then moving on, when using its gum, used as thickener, stabilizer, emulsifier, with multiple uses in the food, pharmaceutical, textile and cosmetics, for the use pulp, where you are sweet and prepare numerous products, and even the use of flour obtained by grinding and subsequent roasting ...
In the
site Locust site we can know why, because of its the dietary characteristics, the carob is the chocolate of the hills

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Soil management

Between tradition and innovation, this is an area devoted to agriculture, traditional art of land preparation, who lives now in future challenges. Here, you can purchase useful agricultural tools or get to know some innovative projects in the area of organic farming



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WRC 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.

Rally de Portugal: On the Roads of the Algarve and Baixo Alentejo 27 to 30 May

Best World Rally

The biggest names in World Championship rallies are present at this year's Vodafone Rally of Portugal, which takes place 27-30 May in roads of Alentejo and Algarve.

The race will count for five championships: The WRC (world of brands and pilots), the SWRC (S2000 cars), JWRC (Junior), and the Portugal Rally Championship and the Ford Fiesta Sporting Trophy International.

The chronic world champion Sebastien Loeb, the Finns Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen and Armindo Araújo, world champion of production, part of the list of participants.

"The proof will have three stages, a total of 1223.07 km and includes 18 classification tests with 355.32 kilometers," he said yesterday at the presentation in Loulé, Pedro de Almeida, director of the competition.

"At the Algarve Stadium, dispute are two super-special, the May 27 to 20:30 and 30th at 13h55," the leader said.



Tickets on sale at BP, cost 28 euros.
Seruca Emidio, Mayor of Loulé, said that the rally "is already an international flag of the region" and stressed "the fundamental importance of security."

Nuno Aires, president of the Algarve Tourism Region, drew attention to the importance of proof to the hotel and catering.

"These are events that help to anchor mark the Algarve in the foreign market," he said.
The importance of the rally was clearly in a study by the University of Algarve. "The proof is estimated at about four million, and the study realized a turnover of 60 million to the region," he said Pedro de Almeida.

Algarve Typical Villages Villas Architecture Edificio Junta de Freguesia de Querença Parish Board Building

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Edificio da Junta de Freguesia de Querença Parish Board Building
Algarve Tour Travel Guide, information and photos of historical sites, typical villages, architecture and heritage of Portugal, Algarve, near the municipality of Loulé, near Vilamoura, Quarteira, Quinta da Ombria, Querença, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo and Faro

Algarve's Tourist Guide - Historic sites, typical villages, architecture and heritage sites in the Algarve
Loulé Tourist Guide - Historic sites, typical villages, architecture and heritage of Loulé

Edificio da Junta de Freguesia de Querença Parish Board Building

The building of the Parish Council of Querença, is an eighteenth century manor house, where we can observe a typical Algarve chimney, blue bars, regional tile and masonry features.

Location: Querença ZIP CODE - 8100-129 Querença,  Loulé, Algarve, Portugal
Telephone: +351 289 422 337
Fax: +351 289 422 337
Email: op5495@mail.telepac.pt

Praia do Forte Novo Beach Quarteira Vale Do Lobo Loulé Algarve Portugal PineWood Resorts Beaches

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Algarve Tour Travel Guide, information and photos of Wonders of Nature, beaches and parks, Portugal, Algarve, near the municipality of Loulé, near Vilamoura, Quarteira, Quinta da Ombria, Querença, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo and Faro
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Tourist Guide Loule - Nature, Environment and Natural Wonders of Loulé Parks, Viewpoints, Beaches, Heritage of Loulé

Praia do Forte Novo beach Quarteira Loulé Algarve Portugal beaches

Surrounded by red cliffs, at near of which lies one of the most famous golf courses in the Algarve, and one of the best marinas in the world, Praia do Forte Novo beach beach, situated close the tourist city of Quarteira, mid way fom the village of Vilamoura to Vale do Lobo, is one of the best known internationally.


The main beach at east Quarteira border (to the west of the Vale do Lobo), called the Forte Novo, is beautiful, very clean and has been awarded the blue flag.
The extensive beach that stretches for miles connecting it to the nearby beaches are excellent for long walks, complemented by a wide range of sports and leisure, which includes water sports, golf, tennis, a well-tended space between pine trees and garden areas. Equipment and Services: restaurant and cafe on the beach, rent umbrellas and chairs, water sports, beach lifeguard for the captaincy, flagged, lifeguards, Blue Flag


Location: Forte Novo, Quarteira parish, municipality of Loulé


Nearby: Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loule, Querença

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Lagoa City County Algarve Portugal History Heritage Architecture Monuments Culture Traditions Beaches RoadMap

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Algarve Tour Travel Guide, information and photos of National Monuments, Historical Sites, Architecture of Portugal and Museums to visit in the Algarve, when in Quarteira, Querença, Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo, Faro, Portimão and Loulé
Algarve's Tourist Guide - Architecture, Monuments and History of the Algarve
Lagoa, Algarve, Portugal Monumental Roadmap

Lagoa City and County

Lagoa is a Portuguese city of Algarve, Faro District, with about 6 100 inhabitants.
It is home to a small municipality with 88.50 km ² and 23 835 inhabitants (2006), divided into 6 parishes.
The municipality is bordered to the northeast by the municipality of Silves, Portimão is on the west, and by the Atlantic Ocean at south.


  • History

Long before the reported achievements of the knight templar Dom Paio Peres Correia (1242-1246) the land of Lagoa have been conquered from the Arabs and consequently integrated into the kingdom of Portugal, being attached to the end of Silves.
On January 16, 1773 by a charter of the king El Rey Dom Jose was established the Lagoa County, having been elevated to town status after its principal settlement - Lagoa.
According to historical sources the original settlement of Lagoa born around a pond, where swamps have been dried in order to create fertile land and homes where people of the Muslim empire eventually settled.

The natural resources of the region contributed greatly to the current economic structure based on the following activities: agriculture, fishing, small industry and tourism.
The fishing activity (communities of Ferragudo, Benagil, Carvoeiro and Senhora da Rocha), the cultivation of vines and traditional culture were rainfed until a few decades ago, the main sources of revenue of the municipality.

Driven by fishing, canning, early last century, devastated these stops bringing great prosperity and wealth.
However, from the 60s, tourism was the main driver of the county, creating the structures necessary for the growth of the economy, with important consequences in the labor market, particularly in terms of creation of work.

This activity quickly established itself as a motor of the local economy, the great lever of development, becoming a permanent and structural nature of the county's economy.
Along with tourism, has grown a whole range of activities, especially in services, construction, commerce and industry.


  • Lagoa Today

Lagoa is now as a tourist area of the Algarve.

There are several factors contributing to this recognition, particularly the variety of offerings (the beauty of its beaches - backed by magnificent hotels, golf courses, cultural heritage), the correct land use in terms of planning, the social stability and the friendliness of its people.

With a renewed cultural view, advocated by tourism, lagoon embracing several ancestral techniques, linked to pottery, to desserts, with the aim of maximizing the value and as a component of the tourism product.

As proof of this promotion is a great craft show, held annually at Exhibition Park Pond - FATACIL.

Some heritage buildings have been the target of initiatives to make them living spaces of culture, including the Municipal Library and the Convent of St. Joseph - Cultural Center of the City of Laguna - which carries out performances of various kinds and origin, exhibitions among other activities.

Furthermore, it should be noted also, the many cultural activities take place at Parque Municipal das Fontes, in Estômbar, throughout the year, including theater, dance and traditional singing.

Over the past 15 years, Lake has one of the highest rates of economic development in all municipalities in the Algarve region.
Today is endowed with numerous facilities in health, education and education, sport, leisure and tourism.


  • Parishes

The 6 villages of Lagoa are:

Praia do Carvoeiro
Estômbar
Ferragudo
Lagoa
Parchal
Porches
All parishes have the status of towns, except Lagoon, which has the status of a city.


  • Beaches
Lagoa is a region rich in beaches.

It has beaches in visible growth, both infrastructure, both water quality and surrounding environment, now beginning to compete with the attractive beaches of Portimão and Albufeira.

From the beaches of this county, there are the following:

Praia de Albandeira (Albandeira beach)
Praia da Angrinha (Angrinha beach)
Praia do Barranco
Praia do Barranquinho beach
Praia de Benagil beach
Caneiros Beach
Praia do Carvalho
Carvoeiro beach
Praia da Cova Redonda
Praia de Ferragudo
Praia Grande Ferragudo (Ferragudo big beach)
Levante Beach
Praia da Marinha beach
Praia do Mato
Praia do Molhe beach
Praia Nova
Praia da Senhora da Rocha
Paia do Pintadinho
Praia dos Lupines
Praia do Vale de Centeanes (Centeanes Valley Beach)

Heritage

Igreja Matriz de Lagoa (Lagoa Mother Church)
Igreja Matriz de Estômbar (Estômbar Mother Church)
St. Joseph Convent
Convento de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
Fort St. John Arade

Natural Curiosities

Algar Seco Grottos
Sítio das Fontes

Castro Marim Town County Algarve Portugal History Heritage Architecture Monuments Culture Traditions Beaches RoadMap

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Algarve Tour Travel Guide, information and photos of National Monuments, Historical Sites, Architecture of Portugal and Museums to visit in the Algarve, when in Quarteira, Querença, Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo, Faro, Portimão and Loulé
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Castro Marim, Portugal Monumental Roadmap

Castro Marim Town and County

Castro Marim is a Portuguese town belonging to the district of Faro, the Algarve region and subregion, with about 3 000 inhabitants.
It is the seat of a municipality with 299.83 km ² in area and 6 493 people (2006) [1] divided into 4 districts.

The municipality is bordered to the north and west by the Municipality of Alcoutim, east by Spain, south by Vila Real de Santo António (mainland) and the Atlantic Ocean, southwest by the parish of Vila Nova de Cacela (Vila Real de Santo António ) and west by Tavira.
The county charter was granted in 1277.
It was the seat of the Order of Christ between 1319 and 1356, the only period in which this order (created from the Portuguese Templars) was not based in Tomar.


The castle of Castro Marim was founded by the Templars, after the extinction of the Order, became one of the headquarters of the Order of Christ in Portugal.

Heritage in the county

Castelo de Castro Marim
St. Anthony's Church - with an altar evoking the saint's miracles Forte de São Sebastião - an important seventeenth-century fortress Church of St. Sebastian - with seventeenth-century altarpieces and tempera paintings of the eighteenth century
Church of Our Lady of Martyrs - Although dating of the eighteenth century has a picture of the Archangel Gabriel of the fifteenth century.
Has an interesting dome.

The parishes of Castro Marim are:
Altura
Azinhal
Castro Marim
Odeleite

The beaches in Castro Marim are:
Praia Verde (Castro Marim
Beach Head - Retur
Beach Alagoa

Portimão City County Algarve Portugal History Heritage Architecture Monuments Culture Traditions Beaches Sports RoadMap

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Algarve Tour Travel Guide, information and photos of National Monuments, Historical Sites, Architecture of Portugal and Museums to visit in the Algarve, when in Quarteira, Querença, Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo, Faro, Portimão and Loulé
Algarve's Tourist Guide - Architecture, Monuments and History of the Algarve
Portimão, Portugal Monumental Roadmap

Portimao City and County

Portimao is a Portuguese town in the district of Faro, the Algarve region and subregion, with about 36 000 residents (2001). The center is located about 2 km from the sea and is a major center for fishing and tourism.


It is the seat of a municipality with 182 08 km ² and 49 881 inhabitants (2008), divided into 3 parishes. The municipality is bordered to the north by the Municipality of Monchique, Silves and the east by Lake, west of Lagos and the south coast is the Atlantic ocean.

Parishes of the municipality


  • Alvor Parish
  • Mexilhoeira Grande Parish
  • Portimão Parish

Portimão History

Archaeological remains show the human presence in the area since the Neolithic.
Alcalar zone is an important Neolithic burial ground, which remains the "monument No. 7" composed of a chamber of circular plates of shale that is accessed by a corridor, like similar monuments scattered all over West Europe, especially the monuments found in Ireland.

The floor is of limestone shale and sandstone.
The vault, with two lateral niches rituals, was topped by two slabs, and protected by a mound.
Near Alcalar there is another cemetery in Monte Canelas.

Roman Times

The most striking vestige still exists, is located near the village of Figueira in the area of Abicada at the confluence of two rivers, where you can find a Roman archaeological site with several rooms.
Also in the area of Coca Wonderland was discovered a cistern that period, which is presented in excellent condition.
Arade were found in various archaeological finds, including gold coins.
Belinho Castle

Fifteenth century

The height of King Dom Afonso III is a charter that says the site of Portimão. Under King Afonso V at the request of 40 residents, born St Lourenço da Barrosa that result in the Vila Nova de Portimão.

Twentieth Century

Portimão at the beginning of the century due to its industrial development has become one of the great bastions of working-class struggle, and Joseph Buísel (anarcho-syndicalist) one of its top leaders.
In 1924, two events of special importance, namely 11 December, when the "new town" is a city by the then President of Manuel Teixeira Gomes and founding the first Christian Community Assembly of God in Portugal, through missionary José de Matos, also responsible for the founding of other churches of the same name in the Algarve, in Santarém and Alcanhões.


After the peak and decline of the canning industry in the 50 to 70, chose a development model, similar to the Algarve, the tourist center, featuring a wide selection of hotels, restaurants and local shops.

Became popular holiday destination mainly due to the famous Praia da Rocha and is also considered a city with great potential for lovers of big game fishing (eg, swordfish) and other water sports like jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving or deep sea fishing.

Current Times

In recent years, the river mouth Arad has been the scene of major events. It is also the place of proof Portuguese League international Formula 1 powerboat racing. Portimão is today a municipality in the Algarve. Pole anchor the western Algarve is distinguished for its tourism, its pulse and dynamism, very own, and a variety of activities that make your day-to-day life is lived, at various levels, so intense and marked by a rhythm that is maintained throughout the year.


Portimão because of its large tourism development, is today a city, like others in this region (eg, Quarteira, Armação de Pêra) characterized by its chaotic urban landscape.

Today you can access Portimão from anywhere in the country.

The city is served by modern, well equipped accessibility, whether by car, plane, train and boat.
Faro International Airport 63 km
Municipal Aerodrome Portimão Buses with National and International
Railway Station (Line Algarve)
Cruise Port
Marina de Portimão
Key Distances
Alvor: 4 km
Airfield Hall: 6 km
Mexilhoeira Grande: 9 km
Praia da Rocha: 2 km
Faro International Airport: 63 km
Algarve Stadium: 57 km
Lisbon: 297 km
Querença Typical Village 63 km

Places of Interest in Portimão


  • Inside Portimão Parish
Bivar palace - built in the last decade of the eighteenth century.Neoclassical style with baroque.
Current City Hall. Sárrea Garfias - Palace of the neoclassical style, with baroque, built in the late eighteenth century. On December 11, 2008 was opened in space formerly occupied by the palace, the TEMPO (Teatro Municipal de Portimão), a modern building with respect to a large extent the facade of the old building.

Largo December 1 - Garden with fountain and benches in tile panels depicting scenes from the history of Portugal.

Casa Manuel Teixeira Gomes - Where was Manuel Teixeira Gomes, President of the Republic who signed in 1924, the ordinance that raised the Portimão city.

Praça Manuel Teixeira Gomes - As in the early twentieth century, this square continues to be the meeting point of the people of Portimão.

Santa Isabel Street, Father Philip, Júdice Fialho, Serpa Pinto - nineteenth century buildings with architectural elements sixteenth century.

Jardim Visconde Bivar - 1905.
One of the oldest gardens in Portimao.

Former fish market in Portimão

Bridge Road (Old Bridge) - Opened in April 1876.

Railway Bridge - 1922

Largo da Barca - Site of the connection was made by boat, the two banks of the River Arade before construction of the bridge.
Chapel San Jose - Century XVII. Longitudinal nave and chancel rectangular.

Church of the Immaculate Conception - the fifteenth century.
Has one of the most beautiful late Gothic porticoes of the Algarve and an altarpiece in the chancel walnut wood thoroughly worked.

Jesuit College - an imposing building from the seventeenth century, with a facade with high walls and geometric trim at the main doors and pediment of undulating lines.

Ismat Building (former Industrial School) which was placed uncovered a cistern, probably from the seventeenth century.

Building Railway Station - Top 20s (century).
Red Cross building.
Marion Crane - 1947. Single copy in the Algarve engineering iron post World War II.

Museu de Portimão  - Old Factory Feu, 1902
Convento São Francisco - XVI Century

Viewpoint and Fortaleza de Santa Catarina - seventeenth century. Afforded protection from Vila Nova de Portimão from pirate attacks. Inside is the Chapel of Santa Catarina.
Overlooking the beach at Praia da Rocha, bar, marina and village of Ferragudo.
Miradouro dos Três Castelos - View of the beach at Praia da Rocha and the clipping of the cliffs on the beaches of the Three Castles and Vau



  • Town of Alvor

Sculpture tribute to fisherman - Designed by the master John Cutileiro, inaugurated in 2000.
Antiga Lota (Old Fish Market)
Marabout of St John Morabito and St. Peter's - Architectural remains of Arab civilization.
Quadrangular architecure buildings, with four pinnacles at each corner and a cupola crowning the dome.
At present there are chapels dedicated to Christian worship.

Viewpoint of Alvor - View of the Ria de Alvor, the most important wetland in the western Algarve.
Alvor Castle - the castle rebuilt in the twelfth century, there are only four sections of wall.
Inside is a playground.
Abreu Palace - Restored in the early nineteenth century.
Inside, the walls are plaster with frescoes.
Chapel of Mercy of Alvor - Building of simple construction, with a door and a window with stone smooth and straight lines.
Ethnographic Museum - Playback aspects of the lives of people of Alvor over time.
Alvor Mother Church - the sixteenth century Composed of a body with three aisles and five altars in addition to the chancel.
The main portal is a magnificent example of the Manueline in the Algarve.



  • Town of Mexilhoeira Grande

Church - Fifteenth Century
Church of Mercy - XVII Century
Pre-historic Alcalar - End of fourth and third millennia BC Visitors will be received at the interpretation center can visit the Monument No. 7. Roman Villa of Abicada - Century II to V AD One of its outstanding features are the polychrome mosaics of geometric motifs.
Autodromo Internacional do Algarve



  • Portimão beaches

Praia da Rocha - Located in the city of Portimão, Praia da Rocha is one of the most popular beaches in the Algarve, with international fame.

Described as a series of sandy rocks accompanied with whimsical forms.
The bars that are on the beach have recently been refurbished giving a greater attraction for tourist visits.
Recently it is also a favorite place to perform many commemorative celebrations.
Three Castles - Beach sand with thinner, but with excellent water surrounded by rocks with great potential for underwater fishing

Praia do Vau - After the coast of the Three Castles closer, there is the Vau.

It is a smaller beach but quite cozy and family-oriented, surrounded by clay cliffs that are attributed medicinal qualities.

Praia João Arens beach- A small stretch of sand between cliffs of difficult access, very quiet and less crowded, surrounded by islets.
It is often sought after by lovers of naturism.

Praia do Alemão (German Beach) - Beach which is located next to John Arens.
It is a secluded beach, and is one of those chosen by Mário Soares for leisure, one of the reasons for his choice, the fact of owning a villa in the same place.

Prainha beach and Praia Três Irmãos beach - Situated in Alvor parish, these beaches are following the coastline, separated by rocks with tunnels dug by the sea.
Alvor - A long sandy beach out of sight to the estuary of the Ria de Alvor.

The presence of large hotel complexes and various equipment make this beach an important and popular international tourist center.



  • Sports

Portimão is also a city much marked by sport.
It is here that take place in summer, the Beach Football Cup and Step Portuguese League European Beach Soccer.

Sometimes Cycling Tour of Portugal and was the scene of the Lisbon-Dakar Rally, which also tend to practice water sports like surfing and kite surfing and other action sports like BMX and Skate.

Portimão also has several sports clubs such as the Portimonense, Portinado or Bicross Club of Portimão.

Sport in Portimão was marked by the date November 2, 2008, because that day was inaugurated, officially, the Algarve International Circuit

Praia da Falésia Beach Marina de Vilamoura Touristic Golfe Resort Quarteira Loulé Algarve PineWood Cliffs Beaches

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Algarve Tour Travel Guide, information and photos of Wonders of Nature, beaches and parks, Portugal, Algarve, near the municipality of Loulé, near Vilamoura, Quarteira, Quinta da Ombria, Querença, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo and Faro
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Marina de Vilamoura Touristic Complex Golfe Resort Praia da Falésia Beach

Surrounded by red cliffs, at near of which lies one of the most famous golf courses in the Algarve, and one of the best marinas in the world, Praia da Falésia Vilamoura Marina beach, situated close the tourist village of Vilamoura, is one of the best known internationally.

The main beach at Vilamoura (to the west of the marina), called the Falesia, is beautiful, very clean and has been awarded the blue flag.
The extensive beach that stretches for miles connecting it to the nearby beaches are excellent for long walks, complemented by a wide range of sports and leisure, which includes water sports, golf, tennis, a well-tended space between pine trees and garden areas. Equipment and Services: restaurant and cafe on the beach, rent umbrellas and chairs, water sports, beach lifeguard for the captaincy, flagged, lifeguards, Blue Flag


Location: Falésia Vilamoura, Quarteira parish, municipality of Loulé


Nearby: Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loule, Querença

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Loulé RestaurantWeek

Loulé prepares to receive a week of haute cuisine - the RestaurantWeek
Cappucino of green soup with crispy chouriço (traditional tipycal saussage), black pork cheeks with vegetables and sweet potatoes, ice cream with coriander and chili-pepper.
The Chef Martijn Carte, and more 28 other Carte to prove in the best restaurants in the municipality of Loulé.


RestaurantWeek is the name of the initiative that was born in the U.S. in 1992.
Today, all American cities have RestaurantWeek annually. In Portugal, the RestaurantWeek already exists in Lisbon and Oporto.
Now comes to Loulé, begins on April 22 and ends on May 2. The RestaurantWeek with 29 restaurants to choose from.
The idea is to give everyone the chance to enjoy fine dining by a unit value of 20 euros (drinks not included), being sure that each meal, one euro goes to the Diocese of Madeira.
The event was officially presented on Tuesday in one of the participating restaurants, L'Olive, with the  Chef Martijn Carte, in the Vila Sol Algarve, Quarteira, in the presence of Jose Borralho responsible for undertaking proactive event, the Tryp Network, and the alderman of the House of Loulé, Joaquim Guerreiro.
After the success achieved in Lisbon and Porto, the Municipality of Loulé has contacted the Tryp Network to carry out the initiative in this county. Agreement signed. Joaquim Guerreiro argues that Loulé "has some of the best restaurants in the Algarve and Portugal, and it is very important to recognize this food."

It will be a week of haute cuisine based on typical products of the Algarve, as well as agricultural products produced by the region, and the fish caught around here.

José Borralho did point out that this initiative is not a form of balances in the restoration of high quality, as you say have seen so construed
"These restaurants have no such need. Join because they like the project and supportive of your hand, "he said.

In this first edition, the expectations are not very high, but still advanced the second councilman from the City Council, "there are already good signs, because there are already reservations to be made, despite the RestaurantWeek does not have great promotion."

Lunch or dinner at one of 29 participating restaurants require reservations to develop, which can only be made through the site (www.loule-restaurantweek.com) website where information is made available on the restaurants and your letters
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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.