Algarve's ocean vistas await Rotarians attending Lisbon convention
The whitewashed towns and golden beaches of Portugal’s southern coast make it a favored destination among Europeans. Separated from the rest of the country by two mountain ranges, the Algarve region has a Mediterranean climate and a distinct identity. It was the last Portuguese territory ruled by the Moors, and that influence is evident from the architecture to the almond trees.
Rotarians who attend the 2013 RI Convention in Lisbon, 23-26 June, will be hours away by bus, train, or car from the Algarve’s ocean vistas and natural wonders. (Save US$50 when you register before 31 March) The coastline of Ponta da Piedade, south of the village of Lagos, is a stunning collection of rock formations. Lagos is a popular spot to explore Portugal’s maritime history: It was the launching point for many expeditions during the Age of Discovery.
Quinta do Lago, Almancil, and Quarteira, known as the “Golden Triangle,” specialize in luxury accommodations, top-notch golf courses, and high-end shopping. Vilamoura is the area’s largest resort. Its 4,000 acres contain three golf courses, along with tennis courts, shops, a casino, and a bustling marina. A bit further inland, Silves is home to the well-preserved Castelo de Silves, a Moorish fortress.
Sagres is situated near Cabo São Vicente, once considered the end of the world. The ancients believed that the sun sank right into the ocean each night.
Register for the 2013 RI Convention by 31 March for a special rate.