Following being given the distinction at a European level, the Algarve has beaten off competition from around the world to be crowned the best beach destination, coming ahead of 18 other nominees which included destinations in the Maldives, Thailand, Jamaica, Mexico and the USA.
The award is being considered as a remarkable achievement, which takes on an even greater relevance in a year which has been particularly challenging for the travel industry, leading to destinations having to provide new solutions to encourage tourism while maintaining safety and security.
“Receiving this double distinction is, this year, more important than ever, since, as soon as the confidence levels for travel begin to increase, tourists will want to choose the destinations that offer the best guarantees”, said João Fernandes, president of Turismo do Algarve.
Reproduced from www.theportugalnews.com
Loulé animal charity ARA – standing for Animal Rescue Algarve – has become the first Portuguese activity to receive hosting platform WorkAway’s “International Host of the Month” award.
The unique shelter and all those who work within it are delighted.
As volunteer coordinator Tiago explained, the WorkAway programme has given ARA “the chance to change the lives of hundreds of dogs and cats for the better, as well as connecting people who share the same love and respect for animals”.
Reproduced in part from ThePortugalNews
PORTUGAL - HELPING TO DEFEAT COVID-19 SAFETY CHECK LIST
With Portugal now experiencing larger increases in confirmed cases, (but thankfully hospitalisation and those in ICU are less than a half and a quarters respectively compared to April), it is an appropriate time to remind everyone of the importance of hygiene, face masks and social distancing. The following will help you stay safe and keep our country safe.
Think beyond residency when planning your life in Portugal
By Mark Quinn -8th August 2020
As a general rule, on arrival to mainland Portugal you don’t have to self-isolate, however, there are a few bits and bobs to consider:
▪️Upon arrival at the airport, your body temperature will be checked.
▪️If your body temperature is normal, you can leave the airport normally.
▪️If your body temperature is high or you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to the health authorities at the airport (you will need to provide them your contacts and personal information) where you will be subjected to a new body temperature control and you will be required to take a Covid-19 test and to self-isolate at your accommodation until the test results are known.
▪️If the Covid-19 test result is negative, you can enjoy your holidays (although you will still, of course, have to comply with the standard measures in force such as using a mask in certain areas), but if the test is positive you will need to comply with mandatory self-isolation until your flight back home or until a new Covid-19 test shows a negative result.
▪️Anyone arriving from outside the Schengen Area or the EU, must present a negative test to Covid-19 carried out in the last 72 hours. If you don't, and you are Portuguese, you have 48 hours to do so. If you are a foreigner, you need to return home and the airline is fined.
▪️The above refers to mainland Portugal. Madeira and Azores have specific rules.
See more info here:https://www.sns24.gov.pt/tema/doencas-infecciosas/covid-19/prevencao/prevencao-dos-viajantes/viajar-de-e-para-portugal/?fbclid=IwAR3HaynB67IUMY1a2lb9jMzvCFJLhWDWKshZDxECA4aMLa_vyQMCrXpQ8x0