The ‘Algarve Pass’ is a loyalty card that tourists who will spend the holidays have power and that will give them access to experiences, services and products in the region.
The initiative is the Algarve Tourism, in partnership with the Association of Commerce and Services of the Algarve Region (ACRAL) and Processcard company.
The card will be on sale later this year, probably after the summer, and will provide access to a wide range of products and services in the region with special discounts.
In a single card, visitors can enjoy tours of the Algarve region, including tourism offer reasonable prices, while having access to health or safety and a ‘call center’, available 24 hours a day to support emergencies.
Visitors can enjoy tours, access to health or safety and a ‘call center’, available 24 hours a day for support in emergency situations.
Visitors will be able to purchase the card at tourist offices throughout the Algarve and at other authorised sales outlets. The website http://www.algarve-pass.com is currently inviting those interested to subscribe free for more information.
The information of the tourist experience in the region will be stored, including points accumulated during the use of the card at the end of the visit can be exchanged for local products.
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Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, has been named the fourth most beautiful city in the world by travel website Urban City Guides, which places it in the top 10 of the most alluring cities on the planet.
At the top of the ranking of the top ten destinations to visit, Venice comes first, followed by Paris and Prague. The election of the Portuguese capital is described thus; “Magnificently sited on a series of hills running down to the grand Tagus River, Lisbon is one of the world’s most scenic cities.
Beautiful unexpected views are found at every turn down its colourful, picturesque streets, and especially from strategically-placed viewpoints or terraces at the top of each hill. The city has an unpolished, seductive appearance; an effortless beauty with captivating details such as cobbled designs, tiled façades, and pastel-coloured buildings blending together to give it a singular atmosphere now lost in so many other cities.”
Lisbon is highlighted as one of the most scenic cities in the world, with its attractive old architecture, hills and picturesque streets – a city of “effortless beauty with captivating details” says the website.
Fado music, which was inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in November 2011, also makes Lisbon one of the world’s most soulful and inspiring cities.
The portal also recalls the period of the Discoveries; “In a place as beautiful as this is not strange that many of the world’s greatest explorers have been asked about what beauties were beyond the horizon. Was here that departed in the fifteenth century.”
In the rankings from 5th are Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, Florence, Rome, Budapest and Bruges.
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Lisbon airport became the first in Europe to host a one-top Passport Shop where citizens can order and pick up the document, the country’s immigration and border control agency said.
According to the SEF statement, both ordinary and temporary passports will be available at the airport counter.
In comments to Lusa News Agency, SEF director Jarmela Palos described this as “a pioneering experiment, in European terms” that would “make life easier for all those who intend to travel and want to get a passport”.
Counters may also be opened at other of the country’s airports.
The move is part of a broader effort to increase the number of places where passports can be requested and picked up.
Until 2011, they were only issued by district government offices in the respective capitals, but since then they have been available in registry offices in every borough.
The Passport Shop at Lisbon airport is to be inaugurated by the minister of home affairs, Miguel Macedo.
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