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Tourists increase visits to Algarve's cultural sites

sagresfortTourists and locals have been visiting the Algarve’s monuments in increasing number as the region’s Culture Directorate announces a 17% rise so far this year.

The monuments under the care of the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve are the Sagres Fortress, Ermida de Guadalupe in Raposeira, Vila do Bispo, the Megalithic monuments of Alcalar, Portimão and the Roman ruins of Milreu in Estoi, Faro.

In the first half of this year, 197,142 visitors have taken the time to get some culture in addition to the Algarve’s traditional offerings. This compares to 168,033 to the end of June last year.
"The influx of visitors to our monuments is not across the board when compared to the previous year," says the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve.

In some of the sites, "the trend has been maintained or slightly reduced compared to last year's figures, but once again it was in the Fortaleza de Sagres where we saw the most significant growth," add the Directorate.

What remains the same is the split between locals and visitors. Foreigners make up 88% of the grouping, versus 12% of nationals.

This split was not in evidence at the Megalithic monuments of Alcalar where the number of nationals was 55% of the total.

Comments  

-2 #5 Ed 2018-07-10 15:04
Quoting Laurel:
I have become used to living in genteel poverty since this clown and his pro-Brexit colleagues convinced the UK's moronic majority to vote in favour of leaving the EU. No doubt as this mess continues to unravel and the £ reaches parity with the € my standard of living will reach a new low - Bas**rds.


Yes, this is completely off topic - and putting ** does not mask poor language.
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+1 #4 Ed 2018-07-10 15:02
Quoting Maxwell:
Fascinating that foreigners value Portugal's historic sites so much more than the nationals.
But then many of these sites were nominated as important in Salazar's time so come with heavy memories that us foreigners will be unaware of. Much sadder is the vandalism of so many sites discovered and yet unprotected since Salazar's passing. The unquestioned rights of the landowner to do more or less what he likes superceding the national and European valuation as historical. Totally unreal is the 'secret database' kept by the Portuguese Government; giving them the preference to take your historic site over - in theory, anyone living in or on an older property, should check this before offering for sale. Actually connecting the listing of a historic property / site and the ownership paperwork still not being enforced.


There are millions more tourists visiting the region in a year than there are residents (450,000) so the locals' 'performance' in visiting their own sites is a good one by comparison.
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-1 #3 jobroco 2018-07-10 14:54
Quoting Laurel:
I have become used to living in genteel poverty since this clown and his pro-Brexit colleagues convinced the UK's moronic majority to vote in favour of leaving the EU. No doubt as this mess continues to unravel and the £ reaches parity with the € my standard of living will reach a new low - Bas**rds.

Wrong topic!
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0 #2 Maxwell 2018-07-10 09:11
Fascinating that foreigners value Portugal's historic sites so much more than the nationals.
But then many of these sites were nominated as important in Salazar's time so come with heavy memories that us foreigners will be unaware of. Much sadder is the vandalism of so many sites discovered and yet unprotected since Salazar's passing. The unquestioned rights of the landowner to do more or less what he likes superceding the national and European valuation as historical. Totally unreal is the 'secret database' kept by the Portuguese Government; giving them the preference to take your historic site over - in theory, anyone living in or on an older property, should check this before offering for sale. Actually connecting the listing of a historic property / site and the ownership paperwork still not being enforced.
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0 #1 Laurel 2018-07-10 09:02
I have become used to living in genteel poverty since this clown and his pro-Brexit colleagues convinced the UK's moronic majority to vote in favour of leaving the EU. No doubt as this mess continues to unravel and the £ reaches parity with the € my standard of living will reach a new low - Bas**rds.
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