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Almargem Lagoon


The Almargem Lagoon is located in the municipality of Loulé approximately half the distance between Quarteira and Vale do Lobo, just south of Fonte Santa, east of Praia do Cavalo Preto (Black Horse beach) pine forest, west of Forte Novo beach and pine forest, and nortth of the Almargem beach.

Situated on the old Almargem Marshes, Lagoa do Almargem plays an important role in terms of landscape, recreational and ecological, and has become one of the local bird watching most visited in the Algarve region. The Almargem Lagoon is part of a series of small lakes on the coast of the Algarve.


The characteristic red cliffs of this stretch of coast stop to give way to the mouth of the Ribeira do Almargem that flooding the surrounding land and form a calm water lagoon, very inviting to waterfowl. It is thus possible to be on the beach and quietly observe the sea birds dives in search of food in the pond water. The wetland vegetation, reeds and rushes, is mixed with the reversal of incipient dunes of sand. The small pond is surrounded by a vast forest of pine and oak trees, home to plants such as thyme and stubborn, exclusive to this region of the Algarve. This is a very quiet place, a small natural paradise next to the nearby beaches of Quarteira


Beach surrounded by pine widely used for picnics. It is a place where tranquility reigns. With good infrastructure support, its calm waters are monitored. Ease of Parking: car parking.

Support services are available: Disabled Access, Restaurant, Beach with lifeguard, toilets, light vessels without engine

Location and access: Road Quarteira, Almancil.
By car from Quarteira: Drive down the road that goes towards Almancil, pass the Camping and take the next road on the right, signposted "Beach Almargem. Follow the road towards the sea, leading through the pine forest.

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The City of Quarteira

Quarteira is a Portuguese city and a parish, located in the municipality of Loulé, situated between the Albufeira Almancil, with a population of 25,000 inhabitants (sourcee: Junta de Freguesia de Quarteira)and a total area of 37.78 km².
Quarteira was elevated to Villa in June 28 of 1984 and to city in May 13 of 1999.

Quarteira is a great place to be visited, by this small sample, it is intended that the visitor stay with an idea of the enormous opportunities and potentials that the city of Quarteira has at its disposal.

It has 2 Km. of beaches with Blue Flag and became a popular holiday destination in the sixties, mainly because of it’s extensive beach and unique climate. With later development comes Vilamoura, considered a tourist destination with great potential for lovers of golf and water sports, such as jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing, diving and fishing.
Vilamoura Marina, is considered one of the best marinas in the world


Regarding the food, there are excellent restaurants in Quarteira, who have the best fresh fish and seafood of Algarve region.

Quarteira is a city characterized by being virtually in the sea where the ocean access is done in minutes. For this reason there has always been surfing, bodyboard and other water Sports in Quarteira and Vilamoura.



Among the attractions is the Aquashow, water park that has existed for more than two decades and which is located at the entrance of Vilamoura, in the road Loulé-Quarteira, the national road N396.


About night life and entertainment, there are a lot of pubs, clubs, bars and Night Clubs for all tastes and styles, and if you like gambling, you have the Vilamoura Casino option





  • Quarteira Beaches






    Quarteira and Quarteira border beaches ordered East to West:

    Praia de Faro Island beach 1 hour walk (on the border)

    Praia da Quinta do Lago East beach 1 hour walk

    Praia da Quinta do Lago Central beach

    Praia da Quinta do Lago West beach

    Praia do Ancão beach

    Praia do Garrão beach

    Praia das Dunas Douradas beach

    Praia de Vale do Lobo East beach

    Praia de Vale do Lobo Central beach

    Praia de Vale do Lobo West beach

    Praia do Trafal and Praia do Loulé Velho beaches

    Praia do Cavalo Preto (black horse beach)

    Praia do Almargem beach and Almargem Lagoon

    Praia de Quarteira Forte Novo beach

    Praia de Quarteira Pé do Coelho beach

    Praia de Quarteira Bola Nivea beach

    Praia de Quarteira central beach

    Praia dos Pescadores beach

    Praia da Marina de Vilamoura beach

    Praia da Marina de Vilamoura Falésia beach

    Praia da Falésia Pine cliffs beach (on the border 30mn walk)

    Praia dos Olhos de Água beach (on the border 30mn walk)
  • Querença Loulé Algarve Typical Villages Architecture HeritageTraditional Villas Chimneys Chaminé Algarvia

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    The Algarve Chimneys of Querença (Chaminés Algarvias de Querença)

    Querença is a typical village belonging to the municipality of Loulé in the Algarve region, full of natural beauty, architecture and tradition.
    This is a region of human occupancy since remote periods, different people and cultures was here.
    At the top of the hill, 270m high, this beautiful village of white houses and beautiful Chimneys, typical architecture of the Algarve traditional Villas, unpretentious homes with color bars and traditional chimneys, where there we find the  influences of Arabic architecture, forming a set of great beauty, providing a warm environment and peace of mind.


    A architectural and ornamental legacy present in most cities and towns of southern Portugal and visible in the narrow streets, the structure of the houses with stylish minarets pointing to the the sky, the chimneys (as chaminés) adorning the roofs.

    Cylindrical or prismatic, square or rectangular, simple or elaborate, the chimneys of the Algarve are a symbol of the region and evidence of the influence of five centuries of Arab occupation.

    There was a time, that in the Algarve, you could'nt find two equal chimneys, because more or less elaborated, the decorative motifs always depended on the days of construction, prestige, pride and possessions of the owner. Indeed, it was customary among the master masons, ask the owners, how many construction days for the chimney to make the price of the chimney to be built, which translated in time that it took to build.

    The predominant color was the whitewash, but honorable exceptions still show some colorful motifs,

    especially in blue and ocher. The chimney, was a symbol of status, and this one of the main reasons why the Algarve chimneys bearing all kinds of forms, from simple grooves, to intricate and beautiful tracery, or miniature representation of clock towers or houses. But always a visible symbol of folk art, a test of skill for each builder and a source of pride for any owner

    More than pure utility, the chimneys of the Algarve played a decorative role, as evidenced by the presence of two chimneys in the cottages, in a region where climatic conditions did'nt justify it.

    The chimney of use and also the simplest and most functional at home, was situated in the oven house, where it was customary to eat meals, while the smaller and personified chimneys, occupied a prominent place in the kitchen of their home, apartment place, used only to receive visits or organize parties

    In practical terms, the chimney was considered a sign of the presence of people in the houses, a good indicator of the weather and the location where was marked the date of construction of the houses.


    The interior of the Algarve, especially Querença, is one of the places where they can best address these secular chimneys of the Algarve, the art of geometric shapes and different tracery, topped lime, reflecting the prestige and pride of the owners.



    If you go to Querença, you will enjoy, and should also visit the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption (igreja da Nossa Senhora da Assunção), blending architecture, a mixx of Arabic, Gothic and Baroque styles. Its a earth friendly people, where traditional food is free of chemicals and at fair prices.



    Zone of much water, streams and fountains, where in August, the tops of the trees show a bright green, unusual in the region. Among the hills, the river Fonte da Benemola streams, and the river of Mercês, through valleys lined with lush vegetation, reeds, poplars and olive trees.

    In the midst of the vegetation, the water sources: Benémola Natural Water Source, Fonte da Esparrela, the Fonte Filipe Natural Water Source and other water sources and natural springs that join the streams, a true oasis in the arid hinterland area.



    These eyes of water, which served the people of the parish, beautiful and seductive, almost in wild state, are perfect for dating.

    Walking, or cycling, or riding an horse, are the best ways to knows better this paradise, where you see some owls, nightingales and bee. Nearer the river frogs newts and turtles also give the air of grace.

    You can take advantage and climb to the Cerro dos Negros, 406meters hight, the view is magnificent. You can see mountains and coast, including, Monchique and the FOIA.

    As a reminder, you can buy a basket of handmade cane and stay the evening with family or the girlfriend, enjoying a pleasant well spent day.

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    Praia do Barraquinho a lost Paradise Bay

    The Praia do Barraquinho Beach is located in the site of Caramujeira, in the area of Porches in Lagoa, Algarve, between Armação de Pera and Carvoeiro, just at west side of Praia de Albandeira beach.


    It is known to be a small rocky bay, its also known, because its strong waves, who are frequently used for surfing, and its towering rocks, afford a magnificent coastline view to its visitors.
    Barraquinho Beach was a lost paradise from the chaos of Armação de Pera and Carvoeiro.
    A lost paradise, that wasn't so noticed if it had not begun to be frequented by some football players, such as Luis Figo.


    On Barraquinho beach, there are a wide diversity of very curiously shaped rocks, such as: arches, undercutting at the base of the cliffs, potholes and isolated groups of rocks, shapes and forms resulting from the combined action of the mechanical force of the waves on the cliffs and of the rainwater which dissolves the limestone.

    In the area around the Barraquinho beach are green patches of pinewoods and enormous mastic trees, hanging over the deeply furrowed and fissured cliff tops. On the sand and exposed to the marine environment is an abundance of sea orachs, a plant that, so to speak, transpires salt, it being possible in the morning or early evening to see salt crystals glittering on its leaves. When the water is sufficiently clear, you can see the mysterious outlines of the submerged rocks, so that a little snorkelling is recommended to discover the abundant marine life in this section of the coast.


    The whole Caramujeira area, has many caves, some as large, that ships can fit in there.
    One of these caves was the salvation of a fisherman of Armação de Pêra. Fell asleep in the boat, and when he awoke, he was inside one of these caves.

    It is a small beach, which to be reached, we descend through rocks and natural tunnels.
    On top of the cliffs there are two viewpoints that allow you to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
    To reach the Barraquinho beach, leave the EN 125 (National Road) near the International School of the Algarve, drive to South Then, just follow the road signs.

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    Praia de São Rafael beach Albufeira

    Praia de São Rafael beach, is situated near Sesmarias, in Albufeira, it's a beautiful large sandy beach set amidst warm coloured limestone cliffs, full of furrows and crevices.

    On São Rafael beach, there are a wide diversity of very curiously shaped rocks, for example the Ponte Pequena (small bridge) and Ninho das Andorinhas (swallows’ nest): arches, undercutting at the base of the cliffs, potholes and isolated groups of rocks, shapes and forms resulting from the combined action of the mechanical force of the waves on the cliffs and of the rainwater which dissolves the limestone.


    In the area around the beach are green patches of pinewoods and enormous mastic trees, hanging over the deeply furrowed and fissured cliff tops. On the sand and exposed to the marine environment is an abundance of sea orachs, a plant that, so to speak, transpires salt, it being possible in the morning or early evening to see salt crystals glittering on its leaves. When the water is sufficiently clear, you can see the mysterious outlines of the submerged rocks, so that a little snorkelling is recommended to discover the abundant marine life in this section of the coast.


    The beach is reached by walking down some wooden steps or down a wooden ramp. Traffic is strictly controlled on the top of the cliff in order to minimise destabilisation of the cliff. When you’re on the beach, particular care is recommended when walking near the cliffs due the possibility of falling stones or rocks. Access: There is a tarmac road signposted to the beach from the road between Guia and Galé. The beach has a fairly large and organised car park and basic support facilities (restaurant and toilets), as well as being supervised during the bathing season. The beach faces south.

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    Praia da Batata beach

    Praa da Batata beach (potatos beach) is located, East of Praia dos Estudantes (students beach), and West of the Ribeira de Bensafrim steam,  Cais da Solaria, and  Fortress Ponta da Bandeira, a few hundred meters from the historic center of Lagos. This beach is very crowded due to its proximity to the urban center and providing some natural sheltered spots, offering shade and protection to the prevailing winds. This beach is the setting for one of the most genuine expressions of the traditional neighborhood, the "Banho 29", popular festival which takes place on the evening of August 29. The beach have support and surveillance.

    Querença Loulé Algarve Natural Wonders Medicinal Water Sources Fonte Férrea da Esparrela

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    Fonte Férrea Medicinal da Esparrela de Querença

    Located near the Parque Natural da Fonte da Benémola Source Benémola amidst lush countryside, inside the nature, a unique natural environment, is the iron water source, Fonte da Esparrela, and worth a visit. Directions: At the bridge over the river of Mercês, 3 km from Querença, Loulé direction, follows the path towards the West, 1 km is the source of the Mercês, near the old bridge. Continuing in the same way walk 20m to the west, you'll meet the source of the Mercês.


    Indications
    Anemia and liver disease
    Treatments / characterization of users
    Facilities / built heritage and environmental
    Water Supply of Esparrela is collected from the soil in a pit covered by a vault. The Fountain of snare is a Impounding by dabbling or source of diving, with medicinal properties since ancient times.
    History
    In chronic Arabs, the source is described as the source of remedy for many diseases.
    General data
    District Faro
    Loulé Municipality
    Town Querença
    Place Ribeira das Mercês, Esparrela site
    Location
    Esparrela site, Querença
    Province hydromineral A / catchment area of the Guadiana River
    Geologically
    Massif Hesperis - South
    Fund geological (factor Geo.) Group Flysch Baixo Alentejo (schists).
    Environment cleft average permeability.

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    Church of San Lorenzo de Almancil


    In early 18th century there was a small late medieval church on this place. It was basically a ruin though. Its doors were destroyed after centuries of usage and the roof was in awful condition.

    On September 1722 the inhabitants were desperated due to a severe shortage of water. They decided to dig the earth, looking for fresh water, and promised to build a new temple if the attempt was sucessfull. They found a strong source of the precious liquid and so was started the church of São Lourenço of Almancil..

    Since then the brotherhood of São Lourenço (St. Lawrence Chapel) has grown in importance, and begin to have as Judge Protector one of the leading figures in the Algarve region, Dr. Manuel de Sousa Teixeira, Vicar General of the Bishopric.

    With the contribution of local citizens the construction was firmly developed, special attention given to the
    decoration and aesthetics of the new church. The best craftsmen were contracted. The inside was covered with blue tile artwork which is still the main attraction.

    The two Borges brothers, natural of Lisbon, Antão, master mason, who lived in Faro and Manuel, master tile, residing in Lisbon, should be undertaken to build the church, since then, with the purpose of the tiled.

    These two artists were responsible in the Algarve for several works, which stand out in Faro, flooring tiles of the Church Order of 3rd St. Francisco and the construction of the choir of the Cathedral

    In November 1729 these builders have committed with Dr Manuel de Sousa Teixeira to arrange the tiles for the new temple and seat them as soon as possible.


    The carved altar and the rest must have been designed and implemented, around 1735, by the best artist in the region, the master Manuel Martins.

    The gilding contract was only assumed on February 16, 1742 by the Algarve painters, Clement Velho de Sarre and Francisco Correia.
    The earthquake of 1755 almost did not damage it, only five tiles fell from the top of the dome.

    In 1849 was removed the parish of São Joã Batista (St. John the Baptist) and established the parish of Almancil. The headquarters of the parish was then transferred to the Church of São Lourenço (St Lawrence), with the designation of São João Batista (St. John Baptist) de (of) Almancil.

    On the side walls of this temple there are eight figurative panels depicting the life of São Lourenço (St. Lawrence). Both of ousia represent the Saint delivering  for the poor the goods that the church trust him for
    this purpose and a miracle doned near the Tiber river, restoring sight to two blind men.

    The six panels of the nave of the church are presented in chronological order, beginning with the letter side, next to the chapel and elongate the side of the gospel from the door.

    1 - São Lourenço talks to Pope Sixtus, when it would be martyred, lamenting not go with him. The Pope encourages him by saying that "three days later it's your turn".

    2 - The Saint was arrested and charged of possession of great wealth, but it's the goods that Pope Sixtus sent him to distribute to the poor.

    3 - São Lourenço presents to the Roman emperor, Valerian, the treasures of the Church, namely the poor.

    4 - The Saint was is intimidated to abandon faith in Christ and accept the Roman gods.

    5 - Sâo Lorenço is placed on a grid to be burned over a slow fire to be his greatest punishment, hoping to divest before the pain.

    6 - The Saint is comforted in is martyrdom by an angel of God who takes is soul to heaven.

    The faithful people, in the middle of the eighteenth century, was much flocked to the chapel of São Lourenço two days before and the day before the feast of the Sain -10 August.


    More than two or three thousand people was moving on pilgrimage not only for seeing the devotion to St. Lourenço, as the greatness of their festival and fire blazing in the night of the Holy and besides the many dances and the harp of the people who help thee there.


    In a book manuscript with the music and lyrics of the hymns sung in praise to the patron, highlights the illumination of the Saint, ascending to heaven with several angels. It is likely to have been held in the 2nd quarter of the eighteenth century by an artist of Faro, perhaps, Clement Velho de Saarre.
    The tiles of the dome of the nave and the chancel, including the dome, were made in 1730 by Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes.

    However, the notarial contract was concluded between the Judge of the Brotherhood and the brothers Manuel and Antonio Borges, committing them to give by his account, all the tiles needed to tile the chapel of São Lourenço, both walls and the half orange and base all the tiles with all the perfection and the best possible paints that could be.

    It is noteworthy in the scene of the coronation of St. Lawrence, the subject of the central dome of the nave, a technical feature of Policarpo in the shadows and brands are loaded with blue obtained by crossing noticeable different strokes.

    The decoration of the sacristy was also part of the remodeling done in this temple in the 2nd quarter of the eighteenth century. The walls were lined with a great square of tiles with baroque motifs: acanthus leaves, Albarradas, etc...

    In the middle was placed the most interesting baroque chest of drawers throughout the Algarve region, highlighting the ornamentation carved doors, drawers and the backs. The latter housed the image of the saint.


    As the carving of the church, the great chest and the Processional image of São Lourenço must have been made by the master carver and sculptor of Faro, master Manuel Martins.

    Baja Terras DEl Rey Rally Portugal MotorSports National OffRoad Championship Tavira Algarve

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    Baja Terras d'el Rei with open enrollment

    Missing two weeks for the next round of the Portugal's cross-country vehicle that meets in Tavira the various aspects of this modality.

    Cars, motorcycles, quads and buggies are together for the first time on home soil this year.

    Tavira becomes, thus meeting the best in the TT national.

    The title match in the file begins seriously at 20 and 21 March with Miguel Barbosa, three-time national debut in the richly with the Racing Lancer which promises to fight the reigning champion.

    Filipe Campos continues with the same team in a BMW X3 that has given him many joys.

    The competition starts on Saturday with a double pass through an unprecedented super special after the Official Race Start, front of Mercado Municipal de Tavira (Tavira City Market).
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    Portugues OffRoad National Motorsports Championship starts in Tavira
    The Baja Terras d'el Rei opens the OffRoad Portuguese National Championship of the Motorcycling Federation of Portugal, 20 and 21 March with motorcycles, quads and buggies.
    A proof renewed 2010 edition brings changes in all aspects, starting, with the host of the event.

    Everybody ready in Tavira to receive this inaugural CNTT (CNTT = Campeonato Nacional de Todo o Terreno, means, National OffRoad Championship) step. The Hotel Vila Galé receives the Secretariat and the Press Office of Baja Terras D'El Rey.

    New paths in the municipalities of Tavira, Castro Marim, Loulé, Vila Real de Santo António, Moura, Beja and Alcoutim

    The Baja Terras d'el Rei will have a more reduced program than in 2009, passing the checks for Saturday morning, a prologue and go without recognition twice in Saturday afternoon. On Sunday early morning, a selective section of 320 kms with three areas of assistance, complete the sports program.
    The Baja Terras D'El Rey Motorsports Championchip podium ceremony and consecration of the winners are held in the early afternoon at the Republic square in Tavira.

    Please note eligibility for KTM Trophy.
    For the firt time,
    the buggies will leave after the autos and not after the quads as usual.
    The Baja Terras d'el Rei has the support of Carmi - Cooperativa Agrícola de Reguengos de Monsaraz with wines Terras d'el Rei and Monsaraz, of Camara Municipal de Tavira, Solverde, Vila Galé Tavira Hotels, Porta Nova and the Radio Gilão, as the Official Radio of the Event and XesEquipa - Xerox.

    Moinho Bengado WindMill São Brás de Alportel Algarve Architecture Traditional History Heritage

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    Visit Bengado Windmill (Moinho de Vento do Bengado) in Bengado site, São Brás de Alportel

    The Bengado WindMill is located at Bengado site, about 600m from the EN 270 and 4km of São Brás de Alportel.

    To get there, starting in São Brás de Alportel, we enter the EN 270, take the direction of Tavira and at Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo, in the square of the church go to the Lavadouro street (Lavadouro is a public washing place) and find a panel with two faces: one about the range of the 6 Walks of the Parish and the other about the Route of mills and gardens, then, just follow the instrutions.


    At the top of hills, the old windmills are a constant presence.


    Recently restored, the Bengado Windmill awaits you, to tell the old stories of the time when their candles gave the people the bread and butter. This mill was built in 1850, Mediterranean-type, fixed, built in stone and shape and an area of 42.50 m2, is an example of mill halter, the oldest drive system by means of rope and use of milestones for the rotation of the roof in search of the best quarter.


    Guide Visiting times / Hours
    Wednesday 09h00 - 12h00 Thursday 09h00 - 12h00 Visit Free
    Contact: City of São Brás de Alportel
    Rua Gago Coutinho, n º 1
    8150-151 São Brás de Alportel Tel: +351 289 840 000 - Fax: +351 289 842 455
    Url: http://www.cm-sbras.pt Email: camara@cm-sbras.pt

    Coordinate location for Bengado Windmill: 37 ° 9 '14.00 "N 7 ° 50' 33.00" W

    Monte Gordo MarshLands Reserve Pine Forest Algarve Natural Wonders Vila Real de Santo António

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    The forest of Monte Gordo


    As in all the Algarve region, the municipality of Vila Real de Santo Antonio is now more geared to tourism. The beach of Monte Gordo, which was one of the prime tourist attraction in the region of 60, remains one of the national tourism destination, prized for its wide stretch of beach and the warm waters of the Mediterranean temperatures. Other beaches, such as the German, Adam and Eve, the mound and the Manta Rota, complement the beaches of this area of Algarve.

    Within the framework of these sand features, are the woods of Monte Gordo and other pines, which although less extensive sporting a green vegetation, and are full of wild scent which is pleasant, breathing the air of a climate almost unique in the world.
    During these tranquilizers walks through the pine trees, often find, the most common inhabitant of this area and all the pine trees of the Algarve coast is the chameleon.

    Lovers of birds and plants have in Marshland Nature Reserve of Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo Antonio, and also on the all area of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, a lot of perfect places to apreciate it. Both have centers offering advice and information.

    The cool shade of pine trees from the Forest, which connects Vila Real de Santo António with Monte Gordo are an invitation to invigorating walks, to the knowledge of its fauna and flora.


    Access points and coordinates location: In order to enjoy a great walk on this forest, I recommend you to park the car at west of Monte Gordo in the coordinates N 37° 10,736 W007° 27,529 and then just follow the trails and enjoy. As an alternative, you can park close to the  ' Adao & Eva ' beach, at the GTM coordinates N 37º10,693 , W 007° 28,204. This option will be a nice choice too.
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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.