Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Sun, Sea, Sand & Football: Algarve Challenge Cup! 22nd & 24th July 2008

The Algarve Challenge Cup is the first tournament of it’s kind in the Algarve and will take place at the Estádio do Algarve (near Faro)

The competition involves FA Cup finalists Cardiff City, Scottish Premier League champions-elect Celtic Glasgow, Premier League Middlesborough and Portuguese Champions League surprise qualifiers Vitória de Guimarães.

Tuesday 22nd July
Vitória de Guimarães 1 - 2 Cardiff City (19:15PM)

Celtic 1 - 1 Middlesbrough (21:30PM)

Thursday 24th July
Vitória de Guimarães 1 - 0 Middlesbrough (19:15PM)

Cardiff City 1 - 0 Celtic (21:30PM)

Tickets can be obtained at the ticket offices of the respective clubs or from:

Tickets are available as one day passes (€38.50 for both matches);
as a tournament pass (€70 for both days; 4 matches) or;
as a tournament family ticket (€250 for both days; 4 matches; 2 adults and 2 children).

Note: The tournament will be a modified league system where teams will get 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw. In addition to this a point will be awarded for every goal scored which will promote attractive attacking football. So a 3-3 draw would get a team the same number of points as a 1-0 victory.

Venue: Algarve Stadium has capacity for over 30,000 spectators; it’s the home grounds for Farense SC & Louletano DC. The stadium was built for the 2004 European Football Championship.
The stadium is about 5 miles from Faro airport and is served by train (Parque das Cidades Station; 8mins from Faro Station)


Algarve Challenge Cup Official Web site

Cardiff City is the winner of the Algarve Challenge Cup!
1.º, Cardiff City, 9 points;
2.º, Vit. Guimarães, 5 points;
3.º, Celtic, 2 points and;
4.º, Middlesbrough, 2 points.

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Monday, 26 May 2008

Canoeing up the Arade River from Portimão to Síto das Fontes, Estômbar, Sunday 1st June 2008

Sunday 1st of June, 10AM (meet at 9AM)

Watch the canoeists depart from the Yacht Club of Portimão (Clube Naval de Portimão; Portimão’s Riverside; Zona Ribeirinha; near Largo do Dique) or take part yourself on Sunday 1st June, International Children’s Day.

Departure is at 10AM (meet at 9AM); canoeists (must be over 10 years old or accompanied by an adult if between 10 and 14) and are expected to arrive at tranquil Sítio das Fontes in Estômbar near midday.

Cost: €10, includes hiring of the canoe, lifejacket, insurance, lunch, t-shirt and return transportation to Portimão!
{€5 if you bring your own canoe}

To register you need to complete the following form:

Send or deliver the completed form with your payment by 28th May to:
Câmara Municipal de Portimão,
Pavilhão Gimnodisportivo,
Municipal – Av. Miguel Bombarda 8500-508.

Note: As part of International Children’s Day expect to see clowns, bouncy castles and other activities for young children from 10AM to 7PM; Riverside area (near Largo do Dique).

A great way to enjoy Sunday!

Further information from Portimão’s Local Council (Portuguese)

Portimão’ Yacht Club (Portuguese)

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Saturday, 24 May 2008

Two orchestras in one concert. Classical music at the Portimão Arena! Saturday May 31st 2008

Part of the 30th Algarve International Music Festival – 2008 a concert by the Orchestra of the Algarve and the Orchestra of the Extremadura

Once again these orchestras collaborate to give us a night of wonderful music with:

- Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) one of the most popular operas and;

- Symphonie fantastique (Fantasy Symphony), widely regarded as one of the most important and representative pieces of the early Romantic period, and very popular with symphonic audiences worldwide.

Saturday 31st of May, 9.30PM, Portimão Arena
Ticket prices: €10.

Note: Portimão Arena is at Parque de Feiras e Exposicões de Portimão and is an excellent venue easily accessible from the centre of Portimão and within walking distance from Portimão’s Riverside Area.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by R. Wagner (1813-1883)

Symphonie fantastique ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste…en cinq parties") H. 48 Opus 14 by H. Berlioz (1803-1869)

Samples of Music for your listening pleasure

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14

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Thursday, 15 May 2008

Vitaliy Manich: Ukrainian Painter in Portimão

The art gallery at the EMARP building is currently exhibiting the work of Ukrainian painter Vitaliy Manich. Until Friday 23rd May 2008.

Born in 1971 in the city of Harcizsk, Vitaliy completed his studies in Kiev at the Faculty of Graphical Arts.

In this exhibition we can appreciate 2 different types of work: surrealist paintings using copper tones and natural landscapes using natural tones.

Influenced by the likes of Caravaggio, Giordano, Rubens and Ribera this painter currently works and lives in Portimão.

The EMARP gallery is inside the EMARP building which is in the Rua José António Marques (near the Portimonense Football Stadium).
Please visit the gallery on weekdays. Opening times: between 8.30AM and 5PM.

Note: EMARP is Portimão's water supplier, sewage and recycling organisation.

EMARP (in Portuguese)

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Monday, 12 May 2008

Ballroom Dancing Show at Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium, Sunday 18th May, 2008

See the best couples dancing Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Slow Foxtrot, Tango, Waltz and other dance styles at Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium!

Sunday 18th May, 9.30PM

Tickets are €5

Tickets can be purchased at the box office of Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium on the day from 2PM.

Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium is excellent for musical events and is located in the centre of the city at Avenida Miguel Bombarda, near Portimão’s main tourist office. Easily accessible from Praia da Rocha, Alvor, Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Lagoa, Armação de Pêra and Lagos.

Ballroom Dancing (Wikipedia)

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Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Jazz in Portimão, 8/9/10/11 May 2008

With the Arade River as background enjoy quality jazz entertainment at Portimão’s Riverside, from 10PM:

Thursday 8th May
Quartet André Mota
Quartet Marta Hugon

Friday 9th May Quartet David Binney (USA)

Saturday 10th May Carlos Barreto, with invited guest pianist Bernardo Sassetti

Sunday 11th May Showing of the short animation film JAZZ SONG*
Didier Lockwood Trio “Tribute to Grappelli” (France)

Tickets =€5 or €15 for the 4 events. Tickets on sale from 7PM at the venue in Portimão’s Riverside

Music merchandise on sale from 9PM

Links & Clips
Didier Lockwood (Wikipedia) Didier Lockwood Stéphane Grappelli "Pent Up House" (clip)

Jazz Song – Short animated film

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Monday, 5 May 2008

What’s On in the Algarve in May 2008

During May flowers blossom and the Algarve is covered with beautiful flowers!

With temperatures in the mid to high 20s you can be forgiven for thinking that Summer has arrived.

Check out: What's on in May 2008

Note: You’ll find the above leaflet in hard copy at Faro Airport (in the Tourist Office) and in all Tourist Offices in the Algarve.

Enjoy the Algarve! There is more to it than ‘Sun, Sea & Sand’!

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