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Travelling to and staying in Algarve

 
 

Visa Requirements

 

Citizens of the European Union, Andorra, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Romania and Switzerland need only an identity card to enter Portugal.

 

In addition to their identity card, minors must also present authorisation from their parents to travel.

For visits of less than 90 days, a passport valid for at least three months after the end of their stay is necessary for visitors from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela and Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China in Hong Kong and Macao.

 

Citizens from countries not mentioned above need a visa to enter Portugal, which may be requested at the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate of their country for stays of up to 90 days.

Under the terms of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement, flights between Schengen states are considered to be internal flights and passengers do not need to obtain another visa.

 

Related links:
Portuguese embassies
http://www.mne.gov.pt/mne/en/infocidadao/pestrangeiro/consulados/
www.secomunidades.pt/web/guest/PostosConsulares

 

 

Local Airport


Algarve is served by the International FARO Airport with connections to most airports in Europe; participants from other continents should search for connections through Lisbon, London or any other international airport in Europe.


The forum venue and hotels are at very convenient distance from Faro airport, 16miles/24 km.


For further information visit their website: http://www.airport-faro.com/ Directions and photos

Transfers


A shuttle transfer service will be available between the airport of Faro and hotels in Vilamoura, running from the 30th of May till the 4th of June. A special shuttle transfer service will be available from Sevilla RENFE station on the 1st of June.

Accommodation


Participants are requested to make their own travel arrangements, including hotel booking (quoting the registration number for special Forum rates). Rooms at special Forum rates are available to participants at the following hotels:

 


FORUM SPONSOR HOTELS:


Tivoli Marina *****
http://tivolihotels.com/
Contacts:
E-mail: reservations.htm@tivolihotels.com
Address: Marina Vilamoura, 8125-901 Vilamoura
Tel.: (+351) 289 303 303
GPS: N 37º04'25.80" W 08º07'12.91"
Special forum rate: single and double room – 150 Euros

 

Vitoria Tivoli *****
http://tivolihotels.com/
Contacts:
E-mail: htvictoria@tivolihotels.com
Address: Av. dos Descobrimentos, 8125-309 Vilamoura
Tel.: (+351) 289 317 000
GPS: 37º 06' 15. 66" N, 08º 08' 30. 41" W
Special forum rate: single and double room – 200 Euros

 

 

Other hotels with special rates:

 

Dom Pedro Golf Resort*****
http://www.dompedro.com
Contacts:
E-mail: algarve.reservations@dompedro.com
Address: Rua Atlântico, Vilamoura, 8125-478 Quarteira
Tel.: (+351) 289 300 780
Special forum rate: single room – 95 euros; double/twin room – 100 euros

 

Dom Pedro Marina Hotel****
http://www.dompedro.com
Contacts:
E-mail: algarve.reservations@dompedro.com
Address: Avenida Tivoli, Lote H4, Vilamoura, 8125-410 Quarteira
Tel.: (+351) 289 300 780
Special forum rate: single room – 95 euros; double/twin room – 100 euros

 

Vilagalé Marina****
http://www.vilagale.pt
Contacts:
E-mail: Tânia Rodrigues - marina.grupos@vilagale.pt
Address: Av. da Marina, 8125-401 Vilamoura
Tel.: (+351) 289 300 000
GPS: N37º 05' 33.91" W8º 07' 02.99"
Special forum rate: single room – 90 euros; double/twin room – 105 euros

 

Hotel Dom José***
http://www.hoteldomjose.com
Contacts:
E-mail: reservas@hoteldomjose.com
Address: Avenida Infante Sagres, 143, 8125-157 Quarteira
Tel.: (+351) 289 310 210
GPS: N 37.06630º; W 8.09778º
Special forum rate: single room – 50 euros; double room – 60 euros

 

Hotel Zodiaco***
http://www.hotel-zodiaco.com
Contacts:
E-mail: hotel@hotel-zodiaco.com
Address: Fonte Santa; 8125-298 Quarteira
Tel.: (+351) 289 381 420
Special forum rate: single room – 35 euros; double/twin room – 40 euros

 

Vila Sol
http://www.pestana.com/hotels/en/hotels/europe/AlgarveHotels/
Contacts:
E-mail: reservas.portugal@pestana.com
Address: Morgadinhos, 8125-307 Vilamoura
Tel: +351 282 240 001
Fax: +351 282 414 473
Special forum rate: single and double room –

 

Luna Olympus 4*
http://www.lunahoteis.com//homepage/hotels/?cod_hotel=9
Contacts:
E-mail: olympus@lunahoteis.com
Address: Avenida da Marina, Lote H1, 8125-401 Vilamoura
Tel: + 351 289 302 528
Fax: + 351 289 302 698
Special forum rate: T1 Apartamento com Pequeno-Almoço (máx. 4 pessoas): 2 Pessoas – 103,28 euros/noite; 1 Pessoa – 82,62 euros/noite; Cama Extra – 41,31 euros. T2 Apartamento com Pequeno-Almoço (máx. 6 pessoas): 4 Pessoas – 185,90 euros/noite; Cama Extra – 41,31 euros.

 

Hotel Quarteirasol 4*
http://www.hoteisalgarvesol.pt/pt/hotels/quarteirasol.aspx
Contacts:
E-mail: quarteirasol@algarvesol.pt
Address: Avenida Sá Carneiro, 8125-145 Quarteira
Tel: + 351 289 381 460
Fax: + 351 289 381 469
Special forum rate: single room – 54.50 euros; double/twin room – 77.50 euros

Restaurants


The Vilamoura area has some of the finest restaurants in Algarve.
Please check at www.visitalgarve.pt

Moving Around

 


Vehicles drive on the right in Portugal. Unless otherwise indicated, vehicles coming from the right have priority in squares and at intersections. At junctions with roundabouts, vehicles already on the roundabout have right of way.
Road signs comply with international rules.

 

Compulsory papers:
- Personal ID
- Driving licence
- Motor insurance certificate
- Vehicle registration or equivalent
- Vehicle logbook (livrete) or equivalent

 

On the spot fines are issued.

 

Speed limits for cars without trailers and motorcycles:
50 kph - in built-up areas
90 kph - on normal roads
100 kph - on roads restricted to motor vehicles
120 kph - on motorways

 

It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.5 grams per litre or more.

 

All occupants must wear seat belts.

 

The Portuguese Highway Code forbids the use of mobile phones while driving, unless you’re using hands-free equipment or an earphone.

 

 

There are car rental services at airports, international rail terminuses and in the main towns and cities.
Drivers with mobility difficulties, or anyone who prefers to, can rent automatic or adapted vehicles.

 


To rent a car you must:
- be at least between 21 and 25 years old, depending on the company’s rental policy
- show identification (identity card for EU citizens or a valid passport for other nationalities)
- with a driving licence for more than one year

 

 

Taxis are usually cream in colour, although there are still some painted black with a green roof in the traditional Portuguese style.
The fare is shown on the taximeter. The prices are affixed inside the car or you can ask the driver about them.
If you phone for a taxi you have to pay an extra 0.80 euros. There is a charge of 1.60 euros for luggage, regardless of weight or the number of pieces.
Carry cots, pushchairs, wheelchairs and walking aids are carried free of charge.
Outside towns, taxis charge by the kilometre and the driver and passenger agree on the fare in advance. Where they exist, the passenger has to pay the road tolls there and back.
Tipping is at the passenger’s discretion, though it is normal to tip 5-10% or round the amount up to the nearest euro.

Pratical Tips

 

 

Telephones
In public telephone booths, coins and special cards can be used. They are sold in Portugal Telecom shops, post offices and some kiosks and news-stands (with a sign indicating this).
All telephone numbers in Portugal are composed of nine digits. To call from abroad to Portugal, it is necessary to dial the international access code 00 and the country code 351.
To call abroad from Portugal, dial 00, the country code, the area code and then the number wanted. The dialling codes of the various countries are affixed in public telephone booths.

 

Mobile phones
There are three network service providers - TMN, Vodafone and Optimus – that have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone companies and provide users with a good coverage nationwide.
The Portuguese Highway Code forbids the use of mobile phones while driving, unless you’re using hands-free equipment or an earphone, and there are established penalties that can be applied in the event of any infringement.

 

Internet
Internet access is available on payment in some cafés and in numerous post offices that have the Netpost service.
In various hotels and public facilities, like Airports, Conference centres, Restaurants, Service Areas in motor-ways and Shopping centres, there are duly marked "wi-fi" areas where it is possible to access wireless Internet.

 

 

Banks
Banks are open from 8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. five working days a week.
Portugal has a national network of cash machines (ATMs) identified by the symbol MB (Multibanco), from which you can withdraw cash 24 hours a day.

 

Post Offices
In general, post offices are open from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Central and airport offices have extended opening hours and may be open on Saturdays and in some cases also on Sundays.
Stamps are sold in post offices and vending-machines in the streets.
Many post offices have the Netpost service that on payment allows access to personal e-mail and the Internet.
More detailed information about opening hours and services available at each office can be found on www.ctt.pt

 

Pharmacies
In general, pharmacies are open on weekdays between 9am and 7pm (some close for lunch from 1 to 3 p.m.) and on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm.
They display an illuminated green cross outside when open at night.
All of them have information posted on the door indicating the nearest pharmacies that are open at night.

 

Shops
Traditionally, shops are open from Monday to Friday, from 9 or 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some close for lunch from 1 to 3 p.m. On Saturdays from January to November, shops generally close at 1 p.m. though in city centers some are open in the afternoon.
Shops tend to stay open on Saturday afternoons and sometimes even on Sundays in December for Christmas shopping.
There are plenty of shopping centers inside and outside the cities that are usually open from 10 a.m. to midnight every day of the week. They generally have stores with the main international brands.
However, traditional shops with Portuguese products can be found particularly in the streets of the older neighborhoods of towns and cities.

 

 

Travelers coming from non-EU countries may only benefit from exemption from VAT and special duties liable on the goods transported within their baggage, provided that these are for personal use and do not exceed the following limits:

 

Tobacco products (1):
Cigarettes - 200 units
or
Cigarrillos (small cigars with a maximum weight of 3 g/unit) - 100 units
or
Cigars - 50 units
or
Smoking tobacco - 250 grams

 

Alcoholic beverages (2):
distilled drinks and spirits with strength over 22% vol. – total of 1 litre
or
Spirits and alcoholic beverages, aperitifs with a basis of wine or of alcohol, tafia, saké or similar beverages of an alcoholic strength by volume not exceeding 22% vol; sparkling or fortified wines, liqueurs – total of 2 litres and still wines – total of 2 litres.

 

Perfumes:
50 grams of perfume
and
250 ml toilet-water

 

Coffee (1):
500 grams
or
Coffee extracts and coffee essences - 200 grams

 

Tea:
100 grams
or
Tea extracts and tea essences - 40 grams

 

Other goods:
Travelers benefit from an exemption provided that the value of the goods does not exceed 175 euros.
This amount is reduced to 90 Euros for persons aged less than 15 years.

 

(1)  Travellers aged less than 15 years do not benefit from any exemption in relation to these products.
(2)  Travellers aged less than 17 years do not benefit from any exemption in relation to these products.

 

Transport and circulation of money
Travellers who enter or leave the European Union territory carrying amounts with them equal to or higher than €10,000, should declare this amount to the Customs authorities, in compliance with the stipulations of Regulation (EC) nº 1889/2005, that has been in force since June 15, 2007. This imposition aims to reinforce the EU’s efforts to counter criminal activity and reinforce safety, by combating money laundering, terrorism and other criminal practices.

 

 

Traveller's luggage - from European Union countries

Travelers arriving from European Union countries can carry items for personal use in their luggage that do not exceed the following limits:

 

Tobacco products:
- 800 cigarettes
- 400 cigarillos (cigars weighing not more than 3 grammes each)
- 200 cigars
- 1 kg of loose tobacco.

 

Alcoholic beverages:
- 10 litres of distilled beverages and spirits with an alcohol content over 22% vol.
- 20 litres of distilled beverages and spirits, wine- or alcohol-based aperitifs, tafia, sake or similar drinks with an alcohol content of up to 22% vol.
- 90 litres of wine (including a maximum of 60 litres of sparkling wines)
- 110 litres of beer.

 

Transport and circulation of money
Travellers who enter or leave the European Union territory carrying amounts with them equal to or higher than €10,000, should declare this amount to the Customs authorities, in compliance with the stipulations of Regulation (EC) nº 1889/2005, that has been in force since June 15, 2007. This imposition aims to reinforce the EU’s efforts to counter criminal activity and reinforce safety, by combating money laundering, terrorism and other criminal practices.

 

 

The electric current in Portugal is 230/400 volts at a frequency of 50 hertz and sockets comply with European standards.
You will need a 230 volt transformer and an adaptor to use American-style flat-prong plugs.

 

 

Passengers need a common set of principles, so that they can be more easily aware of their rights if something goes wrong with their trip, regardless of the mode of transport they use or whether a journey takes place wholly within a single Member State or goes through an intra-Community or external frontier.
In the light of this, the EU has committed itself to placing users at the heart of transport policy.
Your passenger rights at hand in http://ec.europa.eu/transport/passenger-rights.

 

 

Since 1 January 2008, smoking has been prohibited in enclosed public spaces in Portugal.

 

This ban extends to all government buildings, work places, public transport, healthcare establishments, laboratories and pharmacies, schools and other educational establishments, indoor sports facilities, museums, shops selling food and drink, indoor car parks, concert and theatre halls, libraries, hotels, and service stations.

 

Restaurants, bars and discotheques with a floor area of more than 100 m2 must clearly mark out areas where smoking is allowed, which must have adequate ventilation and may not amount to more than 30% of the total area.
The owners of restaurants, bars and discotheques with a floor area of less than 100 m2 can choose whether these are to be smoking or non-smoking areas, and must clearly display this information so that it is visible outside the building. These areas must have good ventilation.

 

Penalties for infringements:
- From €50 to €750 euros for smokers who do not respect smoking bans.
- From €50 to €1,000 for the owners of private establishments;
- From €2,500 to €10,000, from €10,000 to €30,000 or from €30,000 to €250,000, depending on the nature of the offence, for corporations, companies or associations, governing bodies or heads of organisations, establishments or government services that are in breach of the regulations.

 

 

Tipping

Service is included in the bill in restaurants, though it is customary to leave an additional tip of about 5-10% of the total.
It is also normal to tip taxi drivers 5-10 % or rounding up the amount paid to the nearest euro.

 
         
 
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