With Portugal having stepped up its internal COVID-19 protocols
to one of the strictest in Europe, it comes as no surprise that
despite an eerie August, Portugal's own little slice of heaven, the
Algarve, is more than ready to take on your holidays.
Nonetheless, it is important to prepare in advance as know what to
expect upon arrival and what the environment is really like among
the Portuguese, so we would like to present to you our top (number)
advices on how to best navigate your way in the Algarve.
Everyone is following the rules
You may have heard on the news all the commotion about how
Europe has implemented strict rules regarding public spaces, but it
seems that not everyone is following the new guidelines.
The Portuguese, however, seem very committed to this. Everyone
is very mindful and strict about public health safety, and they
would like to keep it that way. We strongly advise you to follow
the mandatory law regarding face mask usage, and the 6 feet
distance between strangers indoors.
At Quinta Rentals we
follow all the health and safety procedures to make sure you have
the safest stay possible in the Algarve.
When you arrive at Faro Airport you will find a more rigorous
disembarking process than usual. This is because the Portuguese
national airports have been practicing a series of control checks
to every passenger that arrives in Portugal, so be prepared to have
your temperature checked with an infrared thermometer. You will
also be informed that face masks are of mandatory usage in every
indoor space, such as stores and restaurants.
Exclusiveness and seclusion
Unlike other touristic hotspots in Europe, the Algarve is in
fact very secluded and even during the summer it does not have many
Despite being very secluded, you will find one the best resorts
with amazing luxury villas and apartments. If you are looking for a
unique experience in a luxurious apartment (link to one property
you really want to book) than you will find San Lorenzo. It is inside Quinta do Lago and
has an amazing view to a beautiful lake. There is a stunning golf
course around San Lorenzo that you are more than welcome to play
This is secluded and comfortable area that will allow you to
relax quietly and safely.
Look for the Clean & Safe Seal
Authority of Tourism (Turismo de Portugal) has created
the Clean & Safe Seal, a safety measure that
promotes an adequate cleaning and maintenance of commercial and
rental businesses in order to provide an official safety check in
the face of our current situation. Every item that is used by
people (i.e tables and chairs at restaurants) is thoroughly cleaned
and disinfected after every usage.
So, if you want to make sure the places you visit are safely
maintained, look out for that safety seal!
Indoors means limited, outdoors means
Everywhere you go in Portugal you will hear about how all indoor
spaces, like restaurants and stores have reduced their client
capability accordingly. This means that only a certain a few people
are allowed inside each time.
In order to tackle this, business owners have created new
outdoor spaces, like restaurants with a terrace or a lovely garden
to dine in, which allows for a wonderful and safe experience. The
views in the Algarve are gorgeous, so restaurants like the Bamboo
and the Parilla Natural have awesome food and provide outdoor
dining spaces for your enjoyment.
Enjoy the real Algarve
Your vacation does not have to come to a stalemate so soon! This
is the perfect opportunity to visit more than the sunny beaches and
the exclusive nightlife the Algarve is known for. Enjoy the local
traditional cuisine on family owned restaurants inland or take some
time off to walk through the lovely natural park of the Ria Formosa
or the stunning natural trail in the Fonte da Benémola. The
Portuguese are eager for tourists, so rest assured your holidays
are in good hands.
To make sure you have a unique experience while visiting the
Algarve, we made a list with the best luxury villas. These properties have the
best location, quality and the safety seal to make sure you do not
have to worry about anything except enjoying your holidays.