The Algarve region of Portugal, renowned for its 200 kilometres of coastline, is preparing to open its beaches for tourists on 6 June 2020, as flights resume to the region’s international airport Faro, from the UK and Ireland.
On reopening, beaches will have new safety measures and beach assistants that will help visitors with information. There will be colour coded signage indicating the level of occupancy of the beach and will be updated in real-time on the app ‘Info Praia’ and APA website. Visitors will be expected to keep 1.5 metre apart unless they are in the same household and parasols will be three metre apart. Swimming, water sports and surfing will be permitted.
João Fernandes, president of Algarve Tourism said: “With over 100 sandy beaches to choose from, and with some several kilometres in length, it will be easy for visitors to distance themselves from others, should they want to. This year 87 of our beaches have been given ‘Blue Flag’ accreditation, an award given annually based on criteria such as water quality, services and user safety.”
There are currently no quarantine requirements on entry to mainland Portugal. Portuguese Tourism officials are currently in discussions with the British government about the possibility of an ‘air-bridge’ that would negate the need for Brits to quarantine on their return from holiday. Restaurants, golf courses, marinas, car hire companies, taxis, museums, monuments, art galleries, palaces and churches are open for business already. In June 75% of hotels in Algarve are expected to be open and by July most will be open.