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Your Algarve News Highlights - April 27th 2024

Your Algarve News Highlights - April 27th 2024

Dear Reader,


Here are your weekly news highlights…

'Tourist tax' comes into force in the Lagoa municipality

Lagoa has joined the 5 existing Algarve municipalities charging tourist tax, as of April 13th, reportedly to "allow improvements to be made to municipal public and private assets".


Vila Real de Santo António, Faro, Olhão and Portimão were already charging the tourist tax. Albufeira's mayor, José Carlos Rolo, has revealed plans to start charging a tourist tax in May this year.


In a statement released by the Lagoa municipality, the tourist tax, "is configured as a new source of financing that, in a complementary logic, will allow improvements to be made to municipal public and private assets, in the provision of public information and support services to tourists and cultural and recreational services, in a municipality where tourism plays a fundamental role in the economy".

The tax, whichi is 1 euro per night, per person in low season (between 1 November and 31 March) and 2 euros per night, per person in high season (between 1 April and 31 October), is charged, up to a maximum of seven nights in a row, to all guests aged 13 years or over, staying at tourist resorts and local accommodation establishments, such as: hotels, inns, apartment hotels, tourist villages, tourist apartments, tourist complexes/resorts, residential tourism enterprises, tourism enterprises in rural areas, camping and caravan parks, and local accommodation (house, apartment, accommodation establishments, including hostels).

According to the municipality, those that are exempt from the tax are:

  • 12 year olds and under
  • guests with disabilities, with a disability equal to or greater than 60%
  • national and foreign students who enter the University of Algarve and who use tourist resorts and local accommodation establishments at the beginning of each academic year, up to a maximum of 60 consecutive days
  • guests whose stay is motivated by medical treatment, including an accompanying person
  • guests whose stay is the subject of a proven offer by a tourist enterprise or local accommodation establishment


The collection of the fee, which is then paid to the Municipality of Lagoa, is done by tourist establishments on an electronic platform created by the municipality for this purpose. For this service they are owed a commission of 2.5%, plus VAT at the legal rate in force.



Vila Real de Stº António: Man seriously injured in a collision between car and moped

A collision between a moped and a car yesterday afternoon on the municipal road 511, known as Estrada da Mata, near the Vila Real de Stº António lighthouse, has seriously injured a 53 year old Portuguese man.


The alert was given at 5:14 pm, resulting in an INEM helicopter being dispatched to the scene, in which the seriously injured man was transported to Faro Hospital.


The other driver, a 49 year old Spanish woman, was slightly injured and was transported to the same hospital unit, in a Tavira Fire Department ambulance.


In total, 20 emergency crew were involved in the relief operation, supported by 7 vehicles from the Vila Real de Stº António / Castro Marim Volunteer Firefighters, Tavira Municipal Firefighters, INEM, PSP and the Municipal Civil Protection Service.



Olhão: Woman arrested for stabbing her partner to death

A woman was arrested and detained after, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, fatally attacking her partner with a knife last Friday, in Olhão.


Believed to be drunk, she accused her partner of having a lover and stabbed him with a knife, causing his death.


“The Public Prosecutor's Office requested the preventive detention of the detainee, which was granted by the Criminal Investigation Judge”, according to a statement from the Public Prosecutor's Office of the District of Faro.


This decision was taken after the Public Prosecutor of the Olhão section of the Department of Investigation and Criminal Action (DIAP) presented the first judicial interrogation of the 35 year old woman to the Criminal Investigation Court of Faro, who indicted her for a crime of qualified homicide of her 50 year old partner.


According to the Public Prosecutor's report, last Friday, in a house in Olhão, “the detainee bit her partner on the forehead” and then, at around 11:00p.m., after accusing him of having a lover, the suspect “equipped herself with a knife and, under an apparent alcoholic state, struck her companion in the right pectoral region and left dorsal region, causing his death”.


After the crime, “the woman left the scene” and the following morning “surrendered herself to the PSP police station” in Olhão.


After the attack, the victim was rescued at the scene by emergency teams, but it was not possible to perform resuscitation, and death was declared at the scene by the doctor from the National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM).



Silves council allocates half a million euros to local institutions and associations

The Municipality of Silves has signed contracts worth 508,000 euros with almost 100 local institutions and associations, including various local cultural support programs; social, sporting and youth associations.


During the ceremony, the president of Silves City Council, Rosa Palma, thanked the institutions present for the "extraordinary work" they have carried out in the municipality.

"In addition to the logistical resources provided by the municipality to the associative community, the total value attributed, through municipal support programs, has been increasing annually, a very positive factor in leveraging local associations, which is strengthened", said the mayor.

More news next week!




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URGENT: Updating your S1 form - official information

Many people have assumed the recent information on social media regarding updating your S1 data is a scam, however we have been informed by the British Consul that this a pilot project by the Department of Health and Social Care. It is legitimate and it is not a request to re-register one’s S1 – it is to inform the DHSC of any changes in address/phone/email that may have happened since first registering your S1.



Is religion relevant today?

Our modern society likes to proclaim itself to be multicultural and secular, and the direction seems to be a future without old-fashioned religious ballast where science is the tool for constant progress and prosperity, happiness for everything and everyone.



Discover the Algarve: Summer Adventures in the South of Portugal

Summer is coming and that means it's time to enjoy the beautiful beaches, delicious food and exciting activities in the enchanting Algarve! Whether you are a sun worshiper, an adventurer or a foodie, the Algarve has something for everyone.



Currency Market Update - 23rd April 2024

The recent dovish sentiment from BoE on their stance on interest rates has seen GBP fall sharply, in particular to the USD. After both Bank of England members Bailey and Ramsden last week announced a different path for BoE on their monetary policy, suggesting that inflation levels have fallen steeper than anticipated.




Olhos de Água: 4 Bedroom villa with tennis court and pool, on a large plot

An impressive 4-bedroom villa set amidst quiet countryside nestled near the vibrant town of Albufeira, in the heart of the Algarve.



Simplex 2024 - New planning and urban laws

As part of the ongoing process to reduce bureaucracy and simplify administrative processes in Portugal (known as Simplex), a series of alterations have been implemented at the start of 2024. Some of these changes came into force immediately, with the other alterations being phased in over time.



Charming Townhouse With Secluded Garden in Historic Centre of Silves

This charming traditional house provides a rare opportunity to own a property in the sought-after historic heart of the medieval town of Silves. Located in a superb position on a quiet cobblestone street, just steps from the cathedral and the castle, this lovely 2-bedroom home boasts a beautiful, secluded courtyard garden and there is even space for a jacuzzi or plunge pool.



Serene 2 Bedroom Single Storey Villa, São Bras de Alportel

This exquisite two-double-bedroom single-storey villa is nestled in a fully enclosed, easy-to-maintain garden. Boasting the luxury of a swimming pool and a generously sized garage, this property is a testament to refined living in the heart of São Brás de Alportel.



Lisbon Apartment: 1 bedroom modern apartment, Lapa

Combining the privacy of a house and the convenience of a centrally located apartment this is an independent property located in the smart Lisbon location of Lapa very close to the river Tagus.



Fabulous 3 bedroom villa with pool and garage, with sea and golf course views

This very spacious 2+1 bedroom villa is situated on the Parque da Floresta Golf Course and offers views over the sea and the golf course.




Algarve History Association Events - April 2024

Algarve History Association has two events this month. Please see details below.



Business wine-tasting in Alvor - "when will the next one be?"

On April 9th in Alvor, Jack Soifer arranged a new dinner with wine-tasting for 26 business men and women and top professionals from five countries, for charity for Banco Alimentar Algarve.



Seminar: How US-connected citizens in the Algarve can optimise their investments and income

In response to the growing interest in tax optimisation and investment strategies among US-connected individuals in the Algarve, Portugal Pathways is hosting a webinar titled "How US-connected citizens in the Algarve can optimise their investments and income."



Calling all Charities, Volunteers, Charity Enthusiasts - let's get together!

Hello all Charities, Volunteers, Charity Enthusiasts and those who want to know more about Charitable efforts! 



"The Colours of Spring" Painting Workshop - 27th April 2024

Spring is coming with its vibrant colours that inspire us and awaken our creativity. This is the perfect season to celebrate life, nature and, of course, art!




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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