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Uber Eats – Portuguese and International Cuisine delivered to your door.

By portugalresident 2019-09-26 Posted  2019-09-26 InFood

Uber Eats expands to Lagos, Portimão and Albufeira

Uber Eats expands to Lagos, Portimão and Albufeira

After arriving in the Algarve in May, food delivery service Uber Eats has announced that it has expanded to Lagos, Portimão and Albufeira.

The service initially only covered Faro, Olhão, Loulé and Quarteira.

Uber Eats will also be available in the parishes of Olhos de Águas, São Sebastião, Santa Maria, Luz, Alvor and Ferragudo (which is technically part of Lagoa and not Portimão).

The company says that customers will now be able to order food from “favourites such as Maria do Mar, PimPamPum and Borda do Cais in Portimão; Poké Lagos, Tasca do Jota and Al-Bravo in Lagos; and Jaipur, Sr. Frogs, Pita Gourmet and Nikaia in Albufeira”.

Uber Eats promises quick deliveries, usually no longer than 30 minutes, at a cost of €2.90.

It currently covers “35% of the Portuguese population”, offering its services in 24 Portuguese cities and towns.

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Is summer over? Not in the Algarve!

October to be “warmer and drier than usual”

October to be “warmer and drier than usual”

Autumn has arrived but there is good news for those who are still looking to enjoy some nice weather as meteorologists are predicting that October will be “slightly warmer and drier than usual”.

In fact, it will feel more like the kind of weather you’d expect in September, meteorologist Ângela Lourenço from Portugal’s sea and atmosphere institute (IPMA) told Diário de Notícias.

This does not mean that there won’t be days when it rains or when it is cold, the meteorologist stressed. But according to IPMA’s forecasts for the month, October will be generally more summer-like than usual.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com

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Vilamoura Marina named world’s top marina again!

Vilamoura Marina named world’s top marina again

Vilamoura has been named the world’s top marina again, receiving the award for ‘International Marina of the 2019/2020 Year’ from the Yacht Harbour Association at the Southampton Boat Show.

As the marina’s management points out, the award is based on the votes of clients who visit the world’s best ‘5-anchor’ marinas, “which reflects the high level of satisfaction regarding the infrastructures and services provided by Vilamoura Marina”.

This is just the latest distinction for the marina, which was named ‘International Marina of the Year’ for three years in a row, between 2015 and 2017. This also led the marina to be singled out with the title of ‘International Marina of Distinction 2015-2017’.

It was also named ‘International Marina 2018/2019’, proving that it has remained at the top of its game for many years.

In a statement, the management says the marina was a “pioneer in Portugal” and is this year celebrating its 45th anniversary.

Vilamoura Marina has 825 berths for boats ranging from six to 60 metres, a shipyard, a training centre, shops and restaurants and has played host to several major nautical events, such as the 420 World Championship.

“It is a huge honour to receive this award,” said the marina’s managing director Isolete Correia.

“It is especially gratifying because it is based on client votes. The Vilamoura Marina team looks at this award as motivation to reinforce our commitment to meeting the expectations of our clients.”

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com

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The Algarve, Portugal Takes Top Honors for the 4th Year In A Row…

The Algarve, Portugal Takes Top Honors for the 4th Year In A Row…

Portugal’s Algarve remains the best place in the world today to retire overseas.

A view of the coast of the Algarve region in Portugal, with blue and green water and bright trimmed houses.
From health care to beaches, the Algarve has something for everyone in Portugal

The Algarve has got everything the would-be retiree could want—great weather and lots of sunshine year-round; an established and welcoming expat community; top-notch medical facilities and health care; an affordable (that is, downright cheap) cost of living, especially when you consider the quality of life on offer; undervalued and bargain-priced property buys, including right on the ocean; endless opportunities for fun, adventure, and enjoying rich, full, varied days out-of-doors; a great deal of English spoken thanks to the longstanding British presence; First World infrastructure; a new retiree residency program that rolls out the welcome mat for foreign pensioners; and easy access both from the United States and to and from all Europe.

The soaring greenback helps. At the current rate of exchange between the euro and the U.S. dollar, our figures show that a retired couple could live comfortably on the Algarve coast on as little as US$1,700 per month, give or take.

You could rent a two-bedroom apartment in this region for as little as US$720 per month. Or, if you were so inclined, buy an Algarve pied-à-terre of your own today for US$150,000 or even less. Portugal’s property market remains nicely undervalued, and, again, if you’re shopping with dollars, you’ve got super-charged buying power right now.

Source: https://www.liveandinvestoverseas.com/best-places-to-retire/

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British lead real estate deals despite Brexit

British nationals continued to lead foreign property investment in Portugal in 2016 despite concerns that Brexit would stem interest in purchasing real estate.

New figures from SIR-Turismo Residencial show Britons were responsible for almost a third of all transactions in Portugal.
According to Confidencial Imobiliário, which manages SIR-Turismo Residencial, the area between Albufeira and Loulé was the most popular, with British buyers being responsible for almost half of all property deals in that area.
Chinese investors also made their presence felt in this sought-after part of the Algarve, with 13 percent of all international deals.
Overall, Britons accounted for 31 percent of all real estate purchases involving foreigners.
On a national level, French buyers were the second biggest foreign investors with just under a fifth of all property
purchases.
According to researchers, the number of transactions by British nationals actually rose during the second half of 2016, but said that the weaker pound, a result of Brexit, did see a drop in the amount spent by British investors.
Source: http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/brits-lead-property-purchases-despite-brexit/42773
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For the Elite, It´s tee time at the Algarve´s golf resorts!

Courtesy of Reserva at Quinta do Lago

Quinto do Lago covers nearly 2,000 acres between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Pictured: Quinta South.

Portugal—an underrated nation of picturesque countrysides, pine forest reserves, and oceanside resorts. Its southernmost Algarve coast sprinkles a savory mélange of sunshine, manicured golf courses, sandy beaches, limestone caves, and glowing grottos. The region’s Mediterranean climate lures 10 million annual visitors, especially European tourists, nature adventurists, celebrities, and high net-worth golf enthusiasts craving an exclusive escape. Here, the luxury amenities and investment opportunities are as enticing as a hole-in-one on a Par 3, only more accessible.

Courtesy of Reserva at Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago is one of Europe’s premier golf and residential destinations.

Courtesy of Reserva at Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago boasts three premier 18-hole golf courses.

While the Iberian nation doesn’t claim a highly ranked professional golfer, its courses are world class (and in some cases, for sale). Famed Quinta do Lago (frequent site of the Open de Portugal) consistently ranks as one of Europe’s premier golf and residential destinations, with three prominent 18-hole golf courses—Quinta do Lago North, Quinta do Lago South and the Laranjal Golf Course.

Courtesy of Reserva at Quinta do Lago

Ria Formosa, a UNESCO protected nature reserve in the Algarve region.

Courtesy of Reserva at Quinta do Lago

The Algarve region is renowned for its natural cliffs, caves, beaches and water sports. Quinta do Lago is a lakeside paradise.

Quinta do Lago Resort covers about 2,000 acres between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a UNESCO protected nature reserve in Algarve. Now, amid a $58.2 million upgrade, the resort is expanding with a new residential development—Rerserva at Quinta do Lago, a luxurious lakeside complex and private club at a coveted location near the resort’s links, restaurants and activities.

Courtesy of Reserva at Quinta do Lago

Rendering of Reserva Penthouses which will include expansive terraces and pools.

Courtesy of Reserva at Quinta do Lago

Model of Reserva Penthouses

Designed by local architect João Cabrita, the D-shaped development will include 26 residences inspired by natural surroundings—13 penthouses and 13 ground floor Garden Residences (each with three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and private swimming pools with lake, sea and dune views). Reserva at Quinta do Lago prices start from $2.33 million and up.

Courtesy of Reserva at Quinta do Lago

Reserva at Quinta do Lago will feature 26 three-bedroom residences with en suite bathrooms.

Reserva Penthouses will boast expansive roof terraces with pools, decks, open-air lounges, and the latest home security and technology (sustainable solar roof panels, climate control and hydraulic under-floor heating). Garden Residences will feature subtropical landscaped gardens and lawns. All residences will be outfitted with contemporary interiors, open layouts, natural stone and phenolic wood finishes, Bulthaup kitchens, premium appliances, and Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware in bathrooms.

Courtesy of Reserva at Quinta do Lago

Rendering: the private resident club will offer a heated outdoor pool, gym, treatment rooms and members lounge.

Courtesy of Reserva at Quinta do Lago

Model aerial view of private club at Reserva at Quinta do Lago.

The private resident-only club will include a 24-hour concierge, heated outdoor pool, members lounge, private gym with treatment rooms, and lakeside sun terraces—a short walk from the beach, fine dining and, of course, golf courses.

7 Portugal Golf & Holiday Resorts Hit The Market

Aside from Reserva at Quinta do Lago, seven other golf or holiday resorts hit the Portugal market recently, courtesy of the Oceanico Group and real estate firm Savills. Six of seven sites are in the Algarve region and ripe for investment.

Courtesy of Oceanico Group

In Portugal, seven golf and holiday resorts hit the market.

The portfolio includes two signature golf courses, over 300 holiday properties, leisure facilities, and development land—featuring Amendoeira Golf and Leisure Resort; Belmar Spa and Beach Resort; Baia da Luz Residential Resort; Estrela da Luz Leisure Facilities; Jardim da Meia Praia Leisure Facilities; Flor do Mar Holiday Resort development site; and Royal Obidos Holiday Villa development site (located on Portugal’s west coast, by prominent Royal Obidos Spa and Golf Resort).

Courtesy of Oceanico Group

The portfolio includes two golf courses, over 300 holiday properties, leisure facilities, and development land.

This portfolio and established businesses can be acquired together with capital receipt generated through ongoing sales of the holiday units. Amendoeira Golf and Leisure Resort, the portfolio’s largest property near Alcantarilha, covers 630 acres, 241 holiday homes, two 18-hole golf courses, and additional sporting facilities such as a nine-hole par 3 course, a clubhouse and expansive development land.

Courtesy of Oceanico Group

Six of the 7 sites for sale are in the Algarve region.

“In the last three years we have seen a surge in our golf course and holiday business performance driven by the quality of our resorts and the enduring appeal of the Algarve as a European and International holiday destination,” said Chris Howell, chairman of Oceanico Group.

Algarve’s popularity and investment surge is most visible on Portugal’s beaches, lakes, runways and copious fairways.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/keithflamer/2017/07/28/for-the-elite-its-tee-time-at-portugals-algarve-resorts/#6aaff1ba6187

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These are the five most peaceful countries in the world

93 countries recorded higher levels of peace in 2017, resulting in a slight improvement in world peace according to the annual Global Peace Index report. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, this 11th Global Peace Index report found that while 93 countries recorded higher levels of peace, 68 deteriorated. The improvement in peace was mainly driven by lower levels of state-sponsored terror, extra-judicial killings and torture – and the prior withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan by all but four of the 50 countries that provided military assistance. Read the Global Peace Index 2017 report here and view the Global Peace Index interactive map here. Find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Source: http://visionofhumanity.org/global-peace-index/top-five-most-peaceful-countries-world/
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Can’t Skip Portugal

How would you like to feel today? Cheerful? Energetic? Creative? Inspired? Or adventurous? The time for visiting Portugal is now. Don’t put off till tomorrow, to another life, what can happen today.

Check the wheel of emotions at www.cantskipportugal.com. Follow our tips for your trip and be inspired by Jack, Chloe and Klaus.

 

Leave routine and stress behind, meeting rosters and your packed schedule. Feel the breeze of the sea as you sail along the Alentejo coast, walk along the green landscapes and the calm waters of the old volcanic craters on the Azores Islands, explore the waterways along the Levada walks in Madeira, or take a bracing dip in the warm water at the Algarve beaches.

Free yourself, like Jack did:

When every day seems the same as the day before, it’s time for you to take off and visit other cities and new places, to learn about new customs and mores, to unwind and charge your batteries. Lisbon and Porto are two cities with a river and a sea, plenty of attractive sites, shops and, of course, lots of entertainment. Learn about Portuguese art and be surprised with the new contemporary architecture trends, design and street art.

Be inspired and follow Chloe:

When you feel like making a fresh start or a change in your life, there is nothing else to do but travel! Travel to discover Portuguese art and culture, visit the Historical Villages and Schist Villages and learn from the details of old traditional crafts. Travel to taste Portuguese typical food and to experience new flavours. Travel to be in harmony with nature at the natural parks like Serra da Estrela and Peneda-Gerês National Park. Travel to experience new things. Who said you’re too old to learn to surf?

Feel unique again and live new challenges. Follow Klaus’s advice:

If something good happens, travel to celebrate it. If something bad happens, travel to forget it. And if nothing happens … go somewhere and make it happen! Don’t let life slip through your fingers. Don’t skip Portugal.

Note: these films were shot in Portugal in December, during the winter.

Source: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/cantskipportugal

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A city break and beach holiday in one: Travelling around picture-perfect Portugal

The Tower of St. Vincent, also known as Belem Tower, on the Tagus River. Lisbon, Portugal (iStock)
The Tower of St. Vincent, also known as Belem Tower, on the Tagus River. Lisbon, Portugal (iStock)

AS a first-timer to Portugal, I was keen to experience both sides of the country – city life and a much-needed beach break.

And it certainly offers each in droves.

My first stop during a short four-day visit was Lisbon.

It may be one of the oldest capitals in Europe, but often goes unnoticed when it comes to deciding on a destination for a city break.

However, things are changing and it’s slowly becoming a hotspot for those in search of a getaway that offers plenty of culture and things to do.

Lisbon (iStock)

You can’t help but feel frozen in time as century-old wooden trams rattle their way through the hilly streets of Lisbon.

Those streets offer beautiful views of the shimmering Tagus River at almost every turn, not to mention the nostalgic Fado performers you’ll find belting out the mournful tunes that the city is famous for.

First things first upon arrival in Lisbon, I headed straight to my hotel, the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade. If you’re looking for a luxurious, modern and nothing less than exceptional hotel in the heart of the city (just 15-20 minutes from the airport), this is the one for you. I was greeted at the door by a welcoming member of staff who escorted me to the check in desk, which was quick and simple – exactly what you need after a day of travelling!

I headed up to my room to freshen up and to say it was a struggle to leave the room would be an understatement. The newly refurbished bedroom was spacious and although it was modern, it still maintained that cosy classic feel – almost like a home away from home. The room was complete with a Nespresso machine, which proved to be the perfect pick me up for the night ahead.

Glad rags on and ready to make the most of the busy hotel atmosphere, I made my way to the Skybar for a much-needed aperitif. As I browsed the extensive cocktail menu and soaked up the stunning views over Lisbon rooftops, I realised just how wonderful the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade really was.

After an exquisite dinner in the hotel restaurant (complete with plentiful sharing dishes to start and a delicious lobster main course), I decided it was time to retire to the marshmallow-like bed in my room. And judging by my plans for the next day, this was one of my better ideas…

The following day, we opted to explore the city by tuk-tuk, a method of transport that originated in Thailand but has become extremely popular here – so much so that many souvenirs now give a nod to the auto-rickshaw.

As we made our way round the steep, narrow streets, the beauty really shone through.

Pastel-tiled buildings add charm and character, while the rooftops that tumble down the hillsides result in multiple lost hours, simply because you just can’t stop gazing out.

But be warned, no matter how great a photographer you are, capturing the depth of these stunning scenes is no mean feat, as I discovered while trying to snap unsuccessfully from every possible angle.

Tram near Lisbon Cathedral (iStock)
Tram near Lisbon Cathedral (iStock)

In order to enjoy more of Lisbon’s breathtaking views, we climbed to the top of the Rua Augusta Arch.

After some delightful, albeit thigh-burning, sightseeing, we unwound with a tipple – the local’s liqueur of choice, Ginjinha.

It’s a sweet, syrupy, cherry-flavoured drink and can be found in the tiniest of bars which are dotted all over the city – many of them are tucked away, so blink and you’ll miss them and they are usually only big enough to hold three or four customers (you’ll find most queued down the street).

For our next sweet treat, we indulged in some of Portugal’s famous custard tarts in a bakery that was built 150 years ago.

If you want to experience the best of Lisbon’s nightlife, Bairro Alto is the place to be. It’s where the bars and restaurants come alive, but only at dusk.

They offer a variety of options from cheap and cheerful to extravagant tasting menus.

Algarve, Portugal (iStock)

As I sipped on a cocktail and grazed on tapas dishes, I realised that it’s Lisbon’s blend of ancient history and modern vibrancy that makes it so appealing.

Next, I headed to the Algarve in search of some much-needed sea, sand and uninterrupted sunshine.

Upon arrival at the Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort, it became apparent that Carvoeiro had something in common with Lisbon – the views on offer were simply spectacular.

Flanked by cliffs, rocks and glimmering sea water, relaxation seems top of the agenda at the resort.

But if sipping on drinks poolside (or at the hotel’s newly refurbished Skybar) isn’t for you, the most popular beaches in the area are no more then a 20-minute car ride away.

If you’re set on getting under the skin of the Algarve to find some off the beaten track gems, a coastal walk is the ideal way to do so.

Tivoli Carvoeiro bedroom

I spent an afternoon exploring the gorgeous limestone rocks, staring out to the glittering, blue sea and chatting to locals as I walked from my hotel to the local village.

Here you’ll find souvenir shops aplenty and endless bars/restaurants – some authentic Portuguese, but also some that cater to the masses of British tourists that visit the area every year.

This is also where you’ll also be able to purchase some of the finest Portuguese wine.

I’ll be honest and say, from the outset, I wasn’t completely sold the idea of combining a city break and a beach holiday.

But, with just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the capital to the Algarve, it would be a shame to miss out on experiencing the different sides of Portugal.

It strikes the perfect balance for both the beach bum and city slicker.

Well, I for one can’t think of a better way to rest those achy thighs after all that sightseeing than chilling by the side of the pool with a nice, cold beer!

FACT BOX

Monarch operate year-round flights to Lisbon from Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester with fares from £42.

Flights to Faro from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester airports with fares starting from £43. For further information or to book visit monarch.co.uk

Nightly rates at Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve start from £198 and at the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade, Lisbon, from £170. Visit tivolihotels.com.

Author: Rosie O’Neill, 11 July 2017

Source https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/picture-perfect-portugal/

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Is Portugal the New Iceland?

Are a lot of your friends in Portugal right now, Instagramming beaches and sardines? Here’s why—and what to see when you eventually make your own trip.

 

What’s up with Portugal? Like, all my friends are going there.
Congratulations, you have very hip friends. Portugal is a great place to visit if you like warm weather and fresh seafood. (The country is famous for its sardines!) Portugal is also pretty affordable, especially right now while the dollar is strong against the euro.

Why is it peaking now?
The truth is a little bleak. It was only a few years ago that the European financial crisis threatened to bankrupt Portugal. But post-EU bailout, the country has become newly revitalized. A combination of new local businesses and a burgeoning arts scene has made Portugal more vibrant than ever.

So I… should go?
Yes! Especially if you want to lounge on some truly stunning beaches. Portugal offers the scenic beauty and culinary delights of southern Europe at a good price.

Is there any reason not to?
Maybe the idea of doing a lot of walking uphill on cobblestones is not your ideal vacation. (It’s a good workout though!) Or maybe you’re someone who’s just not into seafood. Or you have a rare disease that makes you go into a blind rage every time you see a Cristiano Ronaldo jersey.

Okay, I’m convinced. Where should I go in Portugal?
The capital of Lisbon is an obvious go-to. It’s compact, meaning you can basically get everywhere on foot, whether you’re taking in the cultural activities like the National Tile Museum or stumbling out of the clubs on the Bairro Alto. Lisbon is an extraordinary city to wander. Every corner reveals a gorgeous church with a baroque facade or a bakery with delicately-made sweets.

I’d also highly recommend hitting the southern coast. From Lisbon, it’s a short flight to Faro, where you can experience the country’s best beaches. About an hour drive west takes you to the town of Lagos where the beaches are tucked into rugged coves with magnificent rock formations. For just a handful of euros, you can rent a covered lounge chair and chill all day.

Also, an easy train ride north will take you to Porto, where you can admire the rich Douro Valley and sample of city’s famous namesake dessert wine. If you’re looking to relax, you might end up enjoying Porto more than Lisbon—especially if you sneak into the pool at the Yeatman Hotel.

Any advice on accomodations?
The hotels are great, but entire-home Airbnbs are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. Find one with a terrace and drink wine while gazing upon the city. In Lisbon, I had no trouble finding one that was centrally located in Rossio for less than a hundred bucks a night.

 

 What should I eat and drink?

Sardines! Eat a lot of them, especially if you’re there in the summer. Whether you’re eating them on a bun or over a bed of fries or just on there own, sardines are the country’s main culinary attraction.

The local beer is alright, but you’ll want to try vinho verde, a crisp young wine that originates in Portugal’s Minho province. It’s sharp and bright—perfect when you’re feeling sticky and hot.

Indulge in Portuguese pastries too! I recommend starting every day with one of Portugal’s famous egg custard tarts, pasteis de nata, which will pair perfectly with your morning espresso.

High-end dining in Lisbon doesn’t have to be expensive either. A meal at one of Lisbon’s hottest spots, Taberna da Rua das Flores, for two people—three shared plates and two bottles of rosé—only cost us 50 euros. Similar terrific is Cantinho do Aziz, where you can enjoy Mozambican food in a quiet alley. And if you want to sample every kind of cured meat and wine the city has to offer, stop by the Mercado da Ribeira for an abundance of stalls and small restaurants in one place.

 

What should I Instagram?
Really?

I do it all for the ‘grams.
Sintra probably has the best ‘gram game. Just a 40-minute train ride away from Lisbon, Sintra is a UNESCO-protected heritage site with a beautiful palace and a Moorish castle set atop a very tall mountain. The photo ops will be plentiful. Instead of the tourist bus, take a local buggy up the mountain for five euro to get a view of the entire valley. It’s been touristy though, so probably best to stick to weekdays for your visit.

You can also turn that day into a beach trip by taking another easy 40-minute bus to Cascais (they come every hour). It’s not quite as gorgeous as the beaches in Lagos, but you can enjoy a beer and some grilled sardines on the sand, then take a train directly home from Cascais to Lisbon when the sun’s worn you out.

 

So I should pack sunscreen.
It’s one of the sunniest places on Earth. Definitely pack sunscreen.

Source: http://www.gq.com/story/is-portugal-the-new-iceland-probably?mbid=social_facebook