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    Faro Presents Official Bid to Become 2027 European Capital of Culture

    Faro Town Hall is hoping to capitalise on the Algarve region’s rich cultural diversity by being named European Capital of Culture in 2027. The decision is not due to be made until 2023, but the process – overseen by the European Commission – takes several years.  Officially announcing Faro’s candidacy, mayor Rogério Bacalhau said the council… Read more about Faro Presents Official Bid to Become 2027 European Capital of Culture The post Faro Presents Official Bid to Become 2027...

    Castle in the Algarve
    Visit Portugal (Photo Joo PauloSilves Castle)

    Faro Town Hall is hoping to capitalise on the Algarve region’s rich cultural diversity by being named European Capital of Culture in 2027. The decision is not due to be made until 2023, but the process – overseen by the European Commission – takes several years. 

    Officially announcing Faro’s candidacy, mayor Rogério Bacalhau said the council had been working on the project for over a year, studying what other cities had done, visiting former European capitals of culture, and working with the region’s partners.

    He also stressed that, even though the candidacy criteria stipulated that an individual town rather than a region had to be nominated, Faro was keen for the whole Algarve to be closely involved with the project.

    To that end, the bid is backed by regional institutions including the Algarve Municipalities Association (AMAL). 

    The official European Capitals of Culture website notes that the initiative is designed to: 

    • Highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe
    • Celebrate the cultural features Europeans share
    • Increase European citizens’ sense of belonging to a common cultural area
    • Foster the contribution of culture to the development of cities

    In addition, the event is considered to be an excellent opportunity for:

    • Regenerating cities
    • Raising the international profile of cities
    • Enhancing the image of cities in the eyes of their own inhabitants
    • Breathing new life into a city’s culture
    • Boosting tourism

    European Capitals of Culture are formally designated four years before the actual year. “This long period of time is necessary for the planning and preparation of such a complex event. The panel, supported by the European Commission, has a continuing role during these four years in supporting European Capitals of Culture with advice and guidance and taking stock of their preparations.

    “At the end of this monitoring period, the panel will consider whether to recommend or not that the European Commission pays the Melina Mercouri Prize (currently €1.5 million funded from the EU Creative Europe programme).”

    The initiative was developed in 1985 and has been awarded to more than 50 cities across the European Union. The 2019 European Capitals of Culture are Matera (Italy) and Plovdiv (Bulgaria). 

    Cities designated until 2023 are:

    2020 – Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland)

    2021 – Timișoara (Romania), Elefsina (Greece) and Novi Sad (Serbia)

    2022 – Kaunas (Lithuania) and Esch (Luxembourg)

    2023 – Veszprém (Hungary)

    To discover why the Algarve is considered one of the most culturally fascinating regions in Europe, check out our Area Guides section.

     

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    Relaxing Autumn Season in the Algarve

    For many local residents, autumn in the Algarve is their favourite season. The boisterous high season is over for another year, the pace becomes more chilled-out, and the lead up to the Christmas-New Year festive season is full of attractive cultural events and leisure activities that are popular with both residents and visitors. Here we… Read more about Relaxing Autumn Season in the Algarve The post Relaxing Autumn Season in the Algarve appeared first on Faro...

    Churches in the Algarve
    Visit Portugal (Photo by Antonio Sacchetti)

    For many local residents, autumn in the Algarve is their favourite season. The boisterous high season is over for another year, the pace becomes more chilled-out, and the lead up to the Christmas-New Year festive season is full of attractive cultural events and leisure activities that are popular with both residents and visitors.

    Here we mention just a few of the dates you should put into your diary if planning to visit the Algarve over the next few days – but first a look back at the conclusion of another successful summer tourist season.

    According to tourism officials, the Algarve’s hotels welcomed approximately 445,000 guests in September, or 1.9 million overnight stays, which represented 3.9 and 1.3 per cent rises, respectively, compared with the same month in 2018.

    The total number of holidaymakers (including all tourist accommodation) was 624,000 and the number of overnight stays, 2.5 million; with increases among British, Irish Spanish and French visitors.

    September was becoming “one of the most popular high season months in the Algarve”, said Algarve Tourism Association president João Fernandes. The Algarve accounted for 33.8 per cent of overnight stays at Portuguese hotels, he noted, 1.1 million passengers used Faro Airport, and more than 135,000 rounds of golf were played in the region.

    Forthcoming Events

    Now in its fourth edition, 365 Algarve continues with the Trails for Spoon and Cook session on 30 November in Alcoutim; while the Aljezur Sweet Potato Festival begins on 29 November and runs until 1 December.

    The 12th edition of the Algarve Organ Festival returned to Portimão, Faro, Boliqueime and Tavira in November, with 12 free evening classical music concerts held at local churches. Still coming up are Javier Artigas and Ministriles de Marsias performing at Igreja de Santiago in Tarifa on 29 November and the Sé church in Faro on 30 November.

    Tree-Planting Project

    On another note, in addition to cultural attractions, the Algarve is also well-known for its residents’ strong sense of civic pride and responsibility. 

    That was on magnificent show this month when people from eight municipalities across the region joined forces for a tree-planting initiative of “epic proportions”. More than 4,000 volunteers planted over 42,000 trees to help the region recover from serious wildfire damage.

    First held in 2016, “Operação Montanha Verde” has grown from 1,250 participants in 2018 to nearly four times that number this year. It covers the municipalities of Portimão, Silves, Lagoa, Monchique, Loulé, São Brás de Alportel and Tavira.

     

     

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    Surprise Visit by Justin Rose to Quinta do Lago

    He might have won the 2013 US Open (one of golf’s coveted “majors”) and be the reigning Olympic golf champion, but Justin Rose hasn’t forgotten his roots in the sport. This year, the 39-year-old globe-trotting star decided to sponsor and give his name to the annual Telegraph Junior Golf Championship, held at Quinta do Lago… Read more about Surprise Visit by Justin Rose to Quinta do Lago The post Surprise Visit by Justin Rose to Quinta do Lago appeared first on Faro...

    Champions Ben Schmidt and Mimi Rhodes
    Champions Ben Schmidt and Mimi Rhodes

    He might have won the 2013 US Open (one of golf’s coveted “majors”) and be the reigning Olympic golf champion, but Justin Rose hasn’t forgotten his roots in the sport.

    This year, the 39-year-old globe-trotting star decided to sponsor and give his name to the annual Telegraph Junior Golf Championship, held at Quinta do Lago in November.

    “When I won this tournament as a 16-year-old,” he recalled, “it acted as a springboard to me realising my dreams. This is an unofficial major in junior golf and you can see that by the quality of those who have previously won. In front of the TV cameras, this is their chance to put their marker down. People will take notice.”

    Inaugurated by The Daily Telegraph in 1985, the championship has become a “signing post for future champions”, including European Tour winner Matt Fitzpatrick (victorious in 2012) and Solheim Cup star Melissa Reid ­(who won in 2004). Both agree that it was “huge” for their impending careers.

    The 2019 event was contested over three days on the North Course of the Algarve resort, featuring 12 players in each category.

    On the first day, they were focused on starting the competition strongly and putting themselves in contention for the last 36 holes.

    All that changed in the evening, however, when Rose made an unannounced appearance at Quinta do Lago to share his experience and impart valuable advice. He returned to the course the next day to watch the action and provide further first-hand encouragement – causing a few self-confessed nervous moments among those under his friendly scrutiny.

    Justin Rose (Homna)
    Justin Rose (Homna)

    Record Final-Day Performances

    Much of the attention in the boys competition was focused on a 17-year-old from Rotherham, Ben Schmidt, the world amateur number eight who had already won the Brabazon Trophy and Carris Trophy in 2019. 

    True to form, and expectations, he went in to win the title by a record 15 shots. Schmidt carded 68-69-69 for a 10-under total and went through the final 36 holes with only one bogey – in seriously windy conditions. 

    Later, he said, “I did feel very much in control and I can’t tell you what this means to me. To win this title at any stage would’ve been a huge honour, but to do so in the year when Justin Rose has first put his name to it and sponsored the championship with his own money makes it extra special.

    “It’s been a fantastic year for me, with the Brabazon Trophy and Carris Trophy already on the mantelpiece and now this as well. It gives me so much confidence going forwards.”

    Schmidt said he had decided not to sign up to a US college and would instead play an elite amateur schedule in 2020. “I’m in the top 10 in the world amateur rankings and my immediate aim is to become number one. As soon as I do that, I will look to the next stage.” 

    The girls’ competition was much closer. On the 16th green, Mimi Rhodes was level with her playing partners, Darcey Harry and Carmen Griffiths, but then the Somerset 17-year-old reeled off a spectacular birdie-birdie-eagle finish, something that had never been achieved before in the tournament, for a four-stroke victory (75-77-71).

    “Grandma is suffering from cancer and has been through a bad time, but she was so proud of Patience (her sister, also competing in the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship) and I qualifying for these finals. I wanted so much to do it for her and when I finished and hugged my sister I knew I would cry. Grandma said she knew I would win, but even she was surprised That I closed my round like that.”

    A senior England international, Rhodes said she was committed to going to Wake Forest, the North Carolina University where Arnold Palmer also studied on a golf scholarship, from next year. After that, she been tipped by many following her career to be a success in the professional ranks.

    To help you gain maximum pleasure from your trip to the Algarve, in addition to golf, check out our Area Guides.

     

     

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    State-of-the-Art Golf Academy at Dom Pedro

    Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection has inaugurated a new €120,000 golf academy at at its Pinhal course. The academy was officially inaugurated during a gala celebration on the eve of the Portugal Masters, including an exclusive golf clinic with the 2017 champion, Lucas Bjerregaard. During the clinic Bjerregaard, a two-time European Tour winner, said,… Read more about State-of-the-Art Golf Academy at Dom Pedro The post State-of-the-Art Golf Academy at Dom Pedro appeared first on Faro...

    Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection has inaugurated a new €120,000 golf academy at at its Pinhal course. The academy was officially inaugurated during a gala celebration on the eve of the Portugal Masters, including an exclusive golf clinic with the 2017 champion, Lucas Bjerregaard.

    During the clinic Bjerregaard, a two-time European Tour winner, said, “All amateur golfers should consider custom fitting. Small changes can make a big difference. Adding 15 yards to your tee shots or reducing strokes from your round, something as small as two grams in weight can completely change your ball flight.”

    Latest equipment on offer at the top-of-the-range facility includes TrackMan 4 to provide feedback during lessons and custom fittings within the new Titleist Regional Fitting Centre. 

    Golf lessons can be taken in small groups or individually. For those under 21, there will also be several weekly after-school classes as well as weekend tuition, in addition to a schedule of courses and programs run by the onsite PGA professionals throughout the year.

    In addition, Dom Pedro has partnered with GolPhin to help drive participation in the region. Originally launched in Scotland, the brand develops equipment designed specifically for beginners aged three to 12 years.

    The Dom Pedro Golf Academy will also be available for corporate groups and parties, where golf can be incorporated with instruction, tournaments and clinics “to strengthen employee relationships”.

    Announcing the initiative, Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection chairman Stefano Saviotti, “This is a major step in our strategy for the future of Dom Pedro. We have established ourselves as one of Europe’s premier golf destinations for the calibre of our courses, but now we can offer first-class tuition too. Better still, we can now encourage juniors into the game, whether tourists or local Portuguese kids. We cannot wait to get up and running – maybe we’ll even uncover a European Tour player of the future.”

    Added head of golf operations Simao da Cunha, “We are committed to delivering a complete golf experience, no matter the standard of player, and our new academy is the latest step in that journey. Not only is it one of the best in the region, we hope it will one day be considered one of the finest in Europe, delivering an expert junior programme that grows the game in the Algarve and becomes a hub for everyone in Portugal.”

    The Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection is a Portugal-based, international brand of hotels and resorts in Portugal and Brazil. Its resort in Vilamoura comprises five championship golf courses, all within a three-kilometre radius: Victoria (which hosts the Portugal Masters on the European Tour), Old Course, Pinhal, Pedro Laguna and Millennium. The five golf courses are complemented by 634 hotel rooms and apartments at three four-star hotel properties: Dom Pedro Vilamoura, Dom Pedro Marina and Dom Pedro Portobelo. 

    Commitment to Sustainability

    Earlier this year, Dom Pedro Hotels and Golf Collection installed an innovative new water management system that is 23 per cent more energy-efficient than before.

    Working closely with Grundfos, a market leading supplier of water pump solutions, Dom Pedro is “saving water, energy and man hours – all while keeping the five championship courses in top shape”.

    Called Whole-in-One by Grundfos, the new, more sustainable system controls how the water is collected in the lakes and, with the correct pressure, can irrigate the property using a fraction of the normal power.

    The Algarve has plenty of leisure activities to enjoy away from the golf fairways. Check them out here.

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    Ryanair Passengers Support Renature Monchique Project

    In 2018, the Serra de Monchique landscape was destroyed by a devastating wildfire. Subsequently, the Renature Monchique project was set up with the aim of restoring Natura 2000 Network’s key habitats, supporting local welfare and mitigating future impacts of climate change, while helping the local community to recover from the disaster. Among those coming on… Read more about Ryanair Passengers Support Renature Monchique Project The post Ryanair Passengers Support Renature Monchique...

    In 2018, the Serra de Monchique landscape was destroyed by a devastating wildfire. Subsequently, the Renature Monchique project was set up with the aim of restoring Natura 2000 Network’s key habitats, supporting local welfare and mitigating future impacts of climate change, while helping the local community to recover from the disaster.

    Among those coming on board to support the project was Ryanair, with a partnership, launched in March 2019 as part of airline company’s carbon offset initiative, to help revitalise the ecology of the Monchique region’s ecology and support the restoration of forest habitats in these fire-devastated areas in the Algarve.

    Ryanair donated €250,000 to Renature MonchiqueAs a result of this initiative, Ryanair donated €250,000 (funded by customers) to Renature Monchique. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary presented the cheque to Renature Monchique and a group of Portuguese tourism and forestry partners.

    Ryanair claims to be Europe’s greenest airline, “operating the youngest fleet with the highest load factors, and the most efficient fuel burn per passenger. Ryanair delivers industry-leading CO2 emissions per passenger-km of just 66 grams, which is up to 50 per cent lower than Europe’s other four big airlines.”

    Announcing the donation, O´Leary said, “Ryanair, our people and our customers are proud to support this reforestation initiative in the Monchique region of the Algarve. Thousands of hectares of trees were destroyed by forest fires in 2018. We’re very happy to provide these funds to help restore the region’s forests and the unique natural beauty of the Monchique region.”

    Restoring the Algarve’s “Lung”

    According to Marlene Marques, president of the environmental defence association GEOTA, “This commitment from the private sector provides the opportunity for civil society to support the restoration of important and unique forest habitats… Renature Monchique will help restore the ‘cultural landscapes’ of this area, an important national and international tourism destination.

    “We therefore welcome Ryanair’s and its customers’ support for this initiative as we return these vital habitats to this area, not only for the species that flourish in these habitats, but also to return the devastated woodlands, forests and river bank vegetation that make up this culturally important place. In so doing, Ryanair is also supporting the local council to meet their requirements under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, by preventing further land degradation and supporting the climate change mitigation efforts of carbon sequestration by planting trees.”

    Added João Fernandes, president of the Algarve Tourism Region, “As the Algarve is a region internationally renowned for the outstanding quality of its beaches and golf courses, a commitment to nature conservation is extremely important for tourism in the area. 

    “Without the commitment of all involved parties – environmental NGO GEOTA, the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests, the Algarve Tourism Board and other local entities, in addition to Ryanair – it would not be possible to promote the ecological restoration of Monchique’s land and forests in harmony with the remaining territory of the Algarve, which is still the main holiday destination in Portugal.”

    Concluded Monchique mayor Rui André, “The forest, its management and planning as well as the way people relate to their rural and forest territory are undoubtedly the great challenges of our collective future. Climate change that frighteningly makes us look to the future with great apprehension requires real changes in everyone’s daily action, seeking a carbon balance, for which the essential role of our forest will be fundamental.

    “The challenge is global, but the necessary relation between policy makers with civil society, allied to corporate social responsibility, scientific knowledge and local populations, makes projects like these an invaluable contribution to the necessary change. The recent wildfire is a challenging opportunity for us to draw a new landscape, productive and environmental, but also to enable man to live in harmony and safety, in a more resilient environment that continues to make Monchique a true garden, but above all the ‘lung’ of the Algarve region.”

    The Algarve has a rich diversity of natural landscapes. Find out more about the region in our Area Guides section.

     

     

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    Engrossing Finale to Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf

    It rarely gets as nail-biting as this. In what was fittingly described by the European Tour as the “Battle on the Bubble”, several pros arrived in the Algarve with their immediate careers on the line. The Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria was the last regular event of the season, and players wanting to maintain… Read more about Engrossing Finale to Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf The post Engrossing Finale to Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf appeared first...

    Relieved Portugal Masters champion
    Photo courtesy of European Tour

    It rarely gets as nail-biting as this. In what was fittingly described by the European Tour as the “Battle on the Bubble”, several pros arrived in the Algarve with their immediate careers on the line.

    The Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria was the last regular event of the season, and players wanting to maintain their playing cards for 2020 – and qualify to compete in the lucrative end-of-year Race to Dubai final series – needed to finish among the top 115 in the annual rankings. 

    During an exciting, and emotional, roller-coaster on Sunday, the various scenarios provided joy for some, and anguish for others.

    The happiest man at Vilamoura was Englishman Steven Brown, who entered the event 150th in the rankings, needing a top-three finish to hold on to his playing privileges, and expecting he would be off to the Qualifying School in November. He passed the test in grand style, winning his first Tour title at 32.

    Of his surprise victory, he said, “You just never know with this game. I never thought this was going to happen. I was just counting down the days until Tour School to get my game ready for that. The last few weeks I’ve had a calmness in my head. Even today, I liked the fact that I had to go for it and I wasn’t just trying to have a good result. That’s probably the difference.”

    South African Justin Walters was also delighted – albeit with mixed feelings – for the second time in six years. In 2013, just weeks after the death of his mother, he holed a 30-metre putt on the 72nd hole to secure second place and his Tour card. Six years later, Walters arrived in Portugal 121st in the Race to Dubai rankings, after sadly losing his father in August. Again, a runner-up finish enabled him to keep his card and move up to 79th. If he hadn’t bogeyed the 18th he would have been in a play-off with Brown, and who knows what could have happened. 

    “It’s very satisfying just after what we’ve been through,” he said. “It’s about finding a bit of perspective after the loss of my dad. I just felt lost, I was trying to get too much out of the game and looking at that to solve my problems and issues.”

    In addition to Brown and Walters, other players who started the weekend outside the bubble but managed to keep their cards were Jeugnhun Wang and Jack Singh Brar, who finished sixth and eighth, respectively.

    Not so fortunate, however, were Clément Sordet (113th) and Lee Slattery (115th), who had faced an anxious weekend after missing the cut, as did Paul Dunne (118th).

    Golf is just one of the many great leisure options in the Algarve. Check out our Area Guide section to find out what else you can enjoy away from the fairways.

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