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Your Algarve News Highlights - December 9th 2023

Your Algarve News Highlights - December 9th 2023

Dear Reader,

It's a brief overview this week, due to a brief trip to UK. 

Lagos is one of the 100 best sustainable destinations in the world

The municipality of Lagos is among the top 100 best sustainable destinations in the world, according to the Green Destinations TOP 100 Stories award – 2023 edition.


This is a global competition for local and regional destinations that, within the scope of sustainability, aims to encourage destinations to tell their stories, share their experiences and successes, serving as a model and inspiration for other destinations. 


“This competition offers an excellent first step for participants seeking recognition for their efforts in Sustainable Tourism, sharing and promoting stories that chronicle innovative and effective initiatives and projects from destinations working towards more sustainable development globally. Municipalities, islands, protected areas and other destinations committed to more sustainable tourism can apply for this award”, explains the municipality in a statement.


Lagos applied for the prize by telling about its good practice on the restoration of the Meia Praia dunes, with a story entitled: “Walking in Harmony – How Nature was Recovered and Valued.”


The list of the 100 best stories in the world by Green Destinations was revealed during the main annual event, the Green Destinations 2023 Conference , in Estonia, with Lagos joining this list, together with six other Portuguese destinations (namely, Alto Minho, Amarante, Braga, Castro Daire, Nazaré and Torres Vedras), which share and promote innovative and effective stories of initiatives and projects that work towards a more sustainable life globally.


This good practice in Lagos is in the TOP 6 of the Green Destinations Stories award, in the Nature and Scenery category.


Criteria such as quality, transferability, level of innovation in the stories and presence of all pillars of sustainability were considered in the selection.


The stories of each destination can be found on the Green Destinations TOP 100 2023 website and Lagos can be found here.


The Green Destinations Top 100 Stories competition has been running annually since 2014, celebrating and promoting 100 destinations and companies as inspiring examples of Sustainable Tourism for other destinations, tour operators and visitors.


The competition selects 100 Sustainable Tourism stories through an open call for proposals. Stories are judged in terms of effectiveness, innovation and transferability.


In 2019, the municipality of Lagos had already reached 7th place in the TOP 10 of the “People's Choice” category of Green Destinations internationally and 2nd place nationally.


For the municipality of Lagos “this award is, above all, recognition for the good sustainability practices that the municipality has been promoting and implementing”.


Vila Real de Santo António: Women's Padel team become national champions

The Padel Clube de Vila Real de Santo António women's team became National Champion of the Padel Club League in the Women's V category at the weekend.


The games were played between November 30th and December 3rd in Porto, at Clube da Quinta de Monserrate and at Top Padel Industrial.


The Padel Clube de VRSA team, composed of Sara Gomes, Marta Salvador, Diana Moia, Laura Martins, Ana Norberto, Ana Cristo, Inês Ferreira, Daniela Martins, Rebeca Alves and Margarida Monchique started the competition on December 1st, winning the first 3-0 game against the Padel Beat Black – Penafiel team.


On December 2, the round of 16 finals were played in the morning, where the Vila Realenses team got the better of CD Panorânicos A – Funchal (Madeira) with a 2-1 victory, in the afternoon the final quarters were played and the Vilarealenses teams eliminated Top-padel – Braga 3-0.


On the last day of the competition, at 09:00, the semi-final was played against Padel4Move/Imortal – Albufeira in a well-fought game, where Padel Clube VRSA got the better of it and achieved a 2-1 victory, passing to the final, where they became champions with a 2-1 victory against Ferraz TC – Funchal (Madeira).


The Men's Padel Clube de VRSA team also competed in the FPPadel 2023 Club League in the Men's V category, having reached the quarter finals, but were eliminated 1-2 by Ferraz TC – Funchal (Madeira).



Faro Airport: Pilot feels unwell and makes emergency landing

A Ryanair plane heading from the United Kingdom to Morocco made an emergency landing at Faro Airport this morning, after the pilot became unwell.


The flight, with just 18 passengers on board, gave the red alert at 9:19am this morning. 


The District Relief Operations Command (CDOS) of Faro confirmed that the landing was carried out "without incident", and that passengers would take off again with another pilot, as soon as possible.


Currently, there is no information available about the pilot's health status, or whether he needed medical treatment or hospitalisation.



CHUA is one of 29 hospital units to receive new "heavy" medical equipment

The executive director of the SNS has announced that 29 hospital units throughout the country, including the University Hospital in Faro, will receive new "heavy" medical equipment.


The investment package of €117 million, part of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), includes the purchase of six surgical robots, 18 MRIs, 25 CT scans, 13 angiographs, 8 gamma cameras and 11 linear accelerators.

The SNS said that hospital units will benefit from the program “during the year 2024, with the commitment to submit the respective applications”.

The ceremony, scheduled for 11:00, at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Porto, will be attended by the Secretary of State for Health, Ricardo Mestre, the executive director of the SNS, Fernando Araújo, the president of the Central Administration of the Health System (ACSS ), Vítor Herdeiro, and the coordinator of the Resilience dimension of the Recover Portugal Mission Structure, Conceição Carvalho.

In total there will be 81 pieces of equipment that will replace 75 devices “that were obsolete”, said the executive director.

The institutions benefitting includes the following SNS hospital units: Centro Hospitalar de Leiria, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Oeste, Centro Hospitalar de Setúbal, Centro Hospitalar de Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Centro Hospitalar de Vila Nova de Gaia /Espinho, Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga, Centro Hospitalar do Barreiro e Montijo, Centro Hospitalar do Médio Ave, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra, Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Norte, Centro Santo António University Hospital, São João University Hospital Center, Algarve University Hospital Center, Senhora da Oliveira Hospital - Guimarães, Braga Hospital, Loures Hospital, Santarém District Hospital, Espírito Santo Hospital - Évora, Garcia de Orta Hospital and Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando Fonseca.

The oncology institutes of Coimbra, Porto and Lisbon are also beneficiaries, as well as the local health units of Matosinhos, Alto Minho, Litoral Alentejano and Norte Alentejano.

In the information sent to newsrooms, the SNS highlights that “the introduction of technological innovation in the SNS, embodied in the acquisition of new state-of-the-art heavy medical equipment, and surgical robotization, will enhance the attractiveness and retention of healthcare professionals”.



Lagoa: 11 year old boy suffers head trauma and dies

Isaque Medeiros, fell and hit his head on a garden bench, next to the Lagoa Auditorium on Friday afternoon, and tragically died soon after in hospital.


According to Portuguese newspaper, Correio da Manhã, after the fall, the boy was taken home by his parents, but he felt unwell and vomited, so they took Isaque to the hospital.


The 11 year old sadly died soon after.


Demonstration to Breathe Clean Air- It Is Our Right!

The ‘Neighbours of the Factory’ activist group of Silves residents, against the smoke pumped out by Amorim at their factory just outside Silves, will be attending the next meeting with representatives of Amorim, Silves Camara, Pestana Golf and the CCDR on Friday 15th December at 2pm. 


The demonstration will take place outside the Corticeira Amorim factory in Vale de Lama, Silves to raise awareness of our campaign to eliminate the environmental discomfort caused by fumes and noise, resulting from the operation of this plant.


For more information, see PoluicaoSilves on Facebook or contact poluicaosilves@gmail.com


More news next week!




Twenty businessmen and experts taste wines in the Algarve

On December 2nd, 20 international businesspeople and experts tasted an unusual dish, Ris à Jack, and six wines from Ribafreixo, Alentejo. They had previously been guided by Jack Soifer to the megalithic monuments of Alcalar.



The Ball Is Over - Next The Burns Supper

The Saint Andrew’s Society of the Algarve held another successful Saint Andrew’s Ball with 120 guests at the Penina Hotel on Saturday 25th November. Our piper Malcolm MacGillivray came out of retirement again to greet guests into the hotel and then led the parade into the ball after the champagne reception.



Bella Acapella: 2023, another year of amazing singing in close harmony!

Another year passed, very quickly, for the Bella Acapella chorus, the only Barbershop chorus in Portugal with 32 members of 11 nationalities!



Currency Market Update - 5th December 2023



Sterling hovered around its highest levels in almost three months against the euro today, as markets raised their bets on rate cuts by the European Central Bank, which widened their divergence with the Bank of England.



SNAPSHOT! Art and Photography news from the Algarve - December 2023

Feliz Natal! Welcome to our jam-packed seasonal December edition. Below is a sneak peek of what's inside for you this month...



Portugal Tops Cost of Living and Real Estate Comparison

Portugal has long proved to be an irresistible draw for people seeking a better quality of life, boasting 300+ days of sunshine, low crime rates, clean air, culture, local produce and a reputation as one of the world’s top relocation destinations. However, this is in stark contrast to the cost of living in Portugal compared to other countries has been brought to light in a recent study.



Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco 1900 - 1943 (Part 2)

Pacheco is most notable for his work as Minister for Public Works and Communications, the post he occupied from July 1932 in Salazar´s first government to January 1936, when Salazar sacked him.  The reason for his dismissal was that in Lisbon there were too many powerful opponents of Pacheco´s changes. 



AlgarvePLUS Magazine - December 2023

There's more Ho ho ho than you ever imagined in this issue of AlgarvePLUS magazine. Its log fire and woolly socks time now for sure, so why not switch off the TV and take a peek at what is going on inside AlgarvePLUS this month.




Ideal Homes Portugal celebrates a successful 2023

2023 has been another busy year for Ideal Homes Portugal, having opened new offices in Lagos and Portimão, at the International Algarve Racetrack, and growing the team to over 40 members of staff.



3 Bedroom Semi-Detached Villa With Sea Views, Santa Bárbara De Nexe

Spotblue.com proudly presents an exquisite three-bedroom semi-detached villa with captivating sea views in the enchanting locale of Santa Bárbara De Nexe.



Spacious 3 Bedroom Duplex Apartment, Praia Da Luz

Spotblue.com proudly presents an exquisite three-bedroom semi-detached villa with captivating sea views in the enchanting locale of Santa Bárbara De Nexe.



For Sale: Charming 2+1 bedroom villa in Barão de São João

Nestled in the picturesque village of Barão de São João in the Algarve, this charming property offers the epitome of comfortable living in a serene environment. This beautiful single-story detached villa boasts a well-designed layout, ensuring a tranquil and enjoyable lifestyle.




Algarve History Association Events - December 2023

A reminder about our music event on Friday 8th December, together with news of the programme for Nikola Meeuwsen on 28th December.  And Peter´s presentation Before the Braganças.



End Polio: 10th fundraising bike ride raises €800

The Rotary Club of Estoi Palace International (RCEPI) organised its 10th fundraising bike ride with Activity Algarve Bike Rides on Sunday 19th November.



Hold on Teddy!

Algarve group Helping Hands, from São Brás, have kindly donated a piece of equipment for the therapy sessions for the APPC (Cerebral Palsy School, Faro).



Dec 13th - Magical Christmas Book Fair Comes to Town!

The newly formed Algarve Authors group are proud to announce their first book fair to be hosted here in the Algarve. Join them at the wonderful Pestana Vale da Pinta Clubhouse in Carvoeiro for a special afternoon of book readings and bubbly.



Amigos de Música concerts in December 2023



For the last concerts this year,on December 19th and 20th , 2023, the AMIGOS DE MUSICA will present two recitals with the Portuguese Pianist NUNO MARQUES originally from Porto,  now established in New York.



APAA Christmas Lunch - Dec 12th

The annual APAA Christmas lunch will take place at Recanto dos Mouros, Silves on Tuesday 12th December - start 12.30 for 1.00PM.



Coro Internacional de Aljezur (CIA) - Christmas Concert

As winter sets in, the town of Aljezur is gearing up for a heartwarming afternoon filled with harmonious melodies from different corners of the world.



Animal rescuer to have her final wishes

As winter sets in, the town of Aljezur is gearing up for a heartwarming afternoon filled with harmonious melodies from different corners of the world.



Festive Charity Swims in Armação de Pêra 2023

Come and join us for a fun-filled Charity Swim, have a dip in the ocean and help to raise money for local families in need, on Christmas Day, 25th December, 2023 and New Year’s Day, 2024 at 10.30- 12.00hr on the beach at Armação de Pêra - meet on the beach in front of  the Holiday Inn Algarve Hotel.



Vegetarian Middle Eastern Culinary workshop: 16th December 2023

In response to numerous requests for a culinary workshop, we are delighted to announce our first event on 16th December 2023: “Mastering Vegetarian Mediterranean Cuisine with Middle Eastern Flavours.




To see more info about events coming up in the next few weeks, check out

My Guide Algarve's event calendar


For latest information and advice regarding crime, wildfires and the Covid-19 pandemic, visit the

Safe Communities Portugal website


Everything you need to know if you are moving to, living in or visiting the Algarve.

AngloInfo website


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