Golf Resorts in The Algarve

Aѕ the Algаrvе іѕ оnе of thе tор gоlfіng dеѕtіnаtіоnѕ of Europe, mаnу оf the superb gоlf resorts, hоtеlѕ аnd hоlіdау соmраnіеѕ оffеr ѕоmе great golf расkаgеѕ, ѕо whеthеr уоu аrе booking a futurе golfing hоlіdау оr a lаѕt mіnutе one, there are ѕоmе grеаt Algarve golf packages аvаіlаblе.

Many of thе рорulаr hоlіdау расkаgеѕ are the lаѕt minute bооkіngѕ and уоu саn gеt ѕоmе fantastic dеаlѕ. One оf thе best рlасеѕ tо get thеѕе dеаlѕ іѕ оn-lіnе whеrе there аrе рlеntу of websites tо choose from.

Portugal Golf 2015 IMG 6727 (19883748445)Thеѕе ѕіtеѕ will offer you рlеntу оf сhоісе, frоm Sрrіng расkаgеѕ tо Wіntеr packages аnd thеу will аdvіѕе уоu оn thе bеѕt courses and рrісеѕ available аt thаt time, so уоu саn take аdvаntаgе оf whаt іѕ оn оffеr.

An еxаmрlе оf a last minute booking іѕ 3 nіghtѕ, іnсludіng bеd & brеаkfаѕt at thе Dona Fіlіра Hоtеl which іnсludеѕ 2 rоundѕ оf golf оn the Sаn Lorenzo соurѕе оr 3 nights bеd & brеаkfаѕt at Lе Mеrіdіеn Penina with 3 rounds оf golf оn twо dіffеrеnt соurѕеѕ оr Hеrdаdе dоѕ Sаlgаdоѕ offering cheap last minute gоlfіng packages whісh іnсludеѕ 3 nights аnd 3 rоundѕ оn three dіffеrеnt gоlf соurѕеѕ, Álamos; Mоrgаdо and. Salgados – thеrе аrе рlеntу оf сhоісеѕ tо bе hаd.

Fоr thоѕе whо wаnt to рlаn their golf расkаgе іn thе future thеrе аrе plenty of gоlf packages with accommodation tо choose frоm, ѕоmе еvеn оffеrіng tо lеаrn to рlау gоlf fоr frее ѕuсh as аt the Gоlf Clіnіс аt CS Salgados Gоlf whісh іѕ ѕеlf-соntаіnеd resort that features a comprehensive range of lеіѕurе facilities.

Thеrе are рlеntу оf gоlf расkаgеѕ, Algаrvе tо сhооѕе frоm and mаnу travel companies will оrgаnіѕе the whole hоlіdау fоr you, frоm booking your flights, hоtеl аnd саr hire tо booking уоur Tее Tіmеѕ. Thеѕе соmраnіеѕ wіll аlѕо include extras such as gоlf buggіеѕ and рrасtісе lessons with a golf professional оr оn thе drіvіng range. Make sure you fіnd out what thеу hаvе tо оffеr whеn bооkіng.

If уоu book on-line mаnу of thеѕе gоlf расkаgеѕ wіll іnсludе rеduсеd grееn fееѕ аnd use of thе hotel’s fасіlіtіеѕ.

Anоthеr way to book уоur gоlf package, Algаrvе is tо bооk directly with a hotel that caters for gоlfеrѕ. Thіѕ gіvеѕ уоu the added advantage оf tаlkіng to the hotel bооkіngѕ ѕtаff with whom уоu саn then discuss аnу ѕресіаl оffеrѕ thеу mау hаvе, thе tіmе оf уеаr уоu decide оn going and уоu саn рlаn tаіlоr made packages tо ѕuіt уоu and уоur party, іnсludіng уоur preferred tее tіmеѕ. Thеу саn аlѕо bооk уоur hіrе car and anything еlѕе уоu mау require.

Happy Gоlfіng in thе Algаrvе!

 

 

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The Algarve, Portugal – Deep In The South Of Europe

Originally, this website was focused completely on golf in the Algarve region, but it’s now expanded simply due to the richness and beauty of the region. It used to be a place where Northern Europeans would come to get some sunshine, particularly in the off-seasons, but now more and more are settling here permanently.

Map of the Algarve

Algarve Map

People on a pension find that their money goes further (although that may not last!) and the overall life-style is very relaxed. Crime figures are low and the people are welcoming – what more could you want? Of course, the golf scene is still very much alive and growing, together with the expat community. For other people, it’s a great place to launch or take over a business, so we’ll be including some resources that help in this quest.

Lastly (or maybe firstly?), the Portuguese people have a warmth that has to be experienced. It isn’t false, although for sure some might get a tad annoyed with some tourist behaviors, but who wouldn’t? The influx of cash from the tourist industry has been a boon to the region and has resulted in big improvements in some ares, and an unfortunate growth in concrete hotels in others – it’s difficult to win-win, I suppose. Welcome to the site.

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What Is Chi Kung

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What Is Chi Kung – The recognition of Chi energy’s role for good health and healing has emerged through acupuncture, Reiki, and Polarity Therapy. But all of these therapies require a practitioner. There is a method to generate and orient Chi or prana (life force) by yourself on a daily basis. It’s known as Qigong (Chi-gong).

As the efforts to diminish access to supplements and herbs in Europe and within the States increase, you can still take charge of your health by practicing Qigong. With Qigong, you can influence the subtle life energies that affect your health.

Qigong History

The art of Qigong goes back 5000 years in China. The ancients were intuitively more aware of the subtle Chi energies and how they influence our bodies. Over the years, several forms of Qigong have emerged, all based on the same principles. Even Tai Chi, which the Chinese government considers a martial art, was developed from Qigong.

Qi (Chi) means life force, and gong means daily effort. But one form, Zhineng Qigong, was officially declared the best for healing by the 1997 Chinese book China’s Exercises for Health: Medical Qigong. It was also declared the best health enhancing form of Qigong by the Chinese Sports Bureau.

Zhineng Qigong was introduced to the public and clinically tested by Dr. Pang Ming, an MD who had studied under different Qigong masters from childhood until he was declared a Qigong Grandmaster. Prior to that, all forms of Qigong were very esoteric and limited. Dr. Pang Ming decided to form a large accessible center to cure and train people as well as prove Qigong’s medical efficacy.

What Is Chi Kung. During the period of over a decade from 1988, thousands were drawn to the the Zhingeng Qigong Healing and Training center without the benefit of public advertising. Orthodox medical doctors were present for emergencies and to diagnose patient/students before and after their stay. No medicines, herbs, or special diets were used. But the days were filled with lots of Qigong practice!

 

 

From a report by Qigong Master Luke Chan, “According to Summary of Zhineng Qigong’s Healing Effects on Chronic Diseases, published by the Center in 1991, data of 7,936 patients showed an overall effective healing rate of 94.96%. (15.20% cured; 37.68% very effective; 42.09% effective.)” (Emphasis added) Those results were verified by orthodox medical doctors.

Unfortunately, the Center was closed down for political reasons in 2001, mostly because of China’s over reaction to clashes with the banned Falun Gong group. It has become illegal for any type of Qigong group to assemble more than 100 students and teachers in one place.

Zhineng Qigong is still practiced with smaller groups in other locations in China, and Master Luke Chan brought over that practice with a different name to the USA (source below), while other teachers migrated to Malaysia and Europe introducing Zhineng Qigong under various names to millions.

What Is Chi Kung – The Practice

Phase One has three main movement sequences in this form of Qigong for improving health and healing. They are all done slowly and mindfully. To achieve “gong” (daily effort), one has to practice daily for 100 consecutive days. Miss one day and you start all over again!

While the obvious point is to get you into the discipline of daily practice necessary to achieve positive results, there seems to be another feature of this 100 day discipline. Most of us are out of touch with the Chi in and around our bodies. After several consecutive days of practice, Chi awareness arises while practicing.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/028162_Qigong_energy_healing.html

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Exercices Qi Gong

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Exercices Qi Gong – The recognition of Chi energy’s role for good health and healing has emerged through acupuncture, Reiki, and Polarity Therapy. But all of these therapies require a practitioner. There is a method to generate and orient Chi or prana (life force) by yourself on a daily basis. It’s known as Qigong (Chi-gong).

As the efforts to diminish access to supplements and herbs in Europe and within the States increase, you can still take charge of your health by practicing Qigong. With Qigong, you can influence the subtle life energies that affect your health.

Qigong History

The art of Qigong goes back 5000 years in China. The ancients were intuitively more aware of the subtle Chi energies and how they influence our bodies. Over the years, several forms of Qigong have emerged, all based on the same principles. Even Tai Chi, which the Chinese government considers a martial art, was developed from Qigong.

Qi (Chi) means life force, and gong means daily effort. But one form, Zhineng Qigong, was officially declared the best for healing by the 1997 Chinese book China’s Exercises for Health: Medical Qigong. It was also declared the best health enhancing form of Qigong by the Chinese Sports Bureau.

Zhineng Qigong was introduced to the public and clinically tested by Dr. Pang Ming, an MD who had studied under different Qigong masters from childhood until he was declared a Qigong Grandmaster. Prior to that, all forms of Qigong were very esoteric and limited. Dr. Pang Ming decided to form a large accessible center to cure and train people as well as prove Qigong’s medical efficacy.

Exercices Qi Gong. During the period of over a decade from 1988, thousands were drawn to the the Zhingeng Qigong Healing and Training center without the benefit of public advertising. Orthodox medical doctors were present for emergencies and to diagnose patient/students before and after their stay. No medicines, herbs, or special diets were used. But the days were filled with lots of Qigong practice!

 

 

From a report by Qigong Master Luke Chan, “According to Summary of Zhineng Qigong’s Healing Effects on Chronic Diseases, published by the Center in 1991, data of 7,936 patients showed an overall effective healing rate of 94.96%. (15.20% cured; 37.68% very effective; 42.09% effective.)” (Emphasis added) Those results were verified by orthodox medical doctors.

Unfortunately, the Center was closed down for political reasons in 2001, mostly because of China’s over reaction to clashes with the banned Falun Gong group. It has become illegal for any type of Qigong group to assemble more than 100 students and teachers in one place.

Zhineng Qigong is still practiced with smaller groups in other locations in China, and Master Luke Chan brought over that practice with a different name to the USA (source below), while other teachers migrated to Malaysia and Europe introducing Zhineng Qigong under various names to millions.

Exercices Qi Gong – The Practice

Phase One has three main movement sequences in this form of Qigong for improving health and healing. They are all done slowly and mindfully. To achieve “gong” (daily effort), one has to practice daily for 100 consecutive days. Miss one day and you start all over again!

While the obvious point is to get you into the discipline of daily practice necessary to achieve positive results, there seems to be another feature of this 100 day discipline. Most of us are out of touch with the Chi in and around our bodies. After several consecutive days of practice, Chi awareness arises while practicing.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/028162_Qigong_energy_healing.html

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Tai Chi Und Qi Gong

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Tai Chi Und Qi Gong – The recognition of Chi energy’s role for good health and healing has emerged through acupuncture, Reiki, and Polarity Therapy. But all of these therapies require a practitioner. There is a method to generate and orient Chi or prana (life force) by yourself on a daily basis. It’s known as Qigong (Chi-gong).

As the efforts to diminish access to supplements and herbs in Europe and within the States increase, you can still take charge of your health by practicing Qigong. With Qigong, you can influence the subtle life energies that affect your health.

Qigong History

The art of Qigong goes back 5000 years in China. The ancients were intuitively more aware of the subtle Chi energies and how they influence our bodies. Over the years, several forms of Qigong have emerged, all based on the same principles. Even Tai Chi, which the Chinese government considers a martial art, was developed from Qigong.

Qi (Chi) means life force, and gong means daily effort. But one form, Zhineng Qigong, was officially declared the best for healing by the 1997 Chinese book China’s Exercises for Health: Medical Qigong. It was also declared the best health enhancing form of Qigong by the Chinese Sports Bureau.

Zhineng Qigong was introduced to the public and clinically tested by Dr. Pang Ming, an MD who had studied under different Qigong masters from childhood until he was declared a Qigong Grandmaster. Prior to that, all forms of Qigong were very esoteric and limited. Dr. Pang Ming decided to form a large accessible center to cure and train people as well as prove Qigong’s medical efficacy.

Tai Chi Und Qi Gong. During the period of over a decade from 1988, thousands were drawn to the the Zhingeng Qigong Healing and Training center without the benefit of public advertising. Orthodox medical doctors were present for emergencies and to diagnose patient/students before and after their stay. No medicines, herbs, or special diets were used. But the days were filled with lots of Qigong practice!

 

 

From a report by Qigong Master Luke Chan, “According to Summary of Zhineng Qigong’s Healing Effects on Chronic Diseases, published by the Center in 1991, data of 7,936 patients showed an overall effective healing rate of 94.96%. (15.20% cured; 37.68% very effective; 42.09% effective.)” (Emphasis added) Those results were verified by orthodox medical doctors.

Unfortunately, the Center was closed down for political reasons in 2001, mostly because of China’s over reaction to clashes with the banned Falun Gong group. It has become illegal for any type of Qigong group to assemble more than 100 students and teachers in one place.

Zhineng Qigong is still practiced with smaller groups in other locations in China, and Master Luke Chan brought over that practice with a different name to the USA (source below), while other teachers migrated to Malaysia and Europe introducing Zhineng Qigong under various names to millions.

Tai Chi Und Qi Gong – The Practice

Phase One has three main movement sequences in this form of Qigong for improving health and healing. They are all done slowly and mindfully. To achieve “gong” (daily effort), one has to practice daily for 100 consecutive days. Miss one day and you start all over again!

While the obvious point is to get you into the discipline of daily practice necessary to achieve positive results, there seems to be another feature of this 100 day discipline. Most of us are out of touch with the Chi in and around our bodies. After several consecutive days of practice, Chi awareness arises while practicing.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/028162_Qigong_energy_healing.html

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Algarve Culture

Lagos-town-centreYou might not know the Algarve, but you definitely need know this region of Portugal. The Algarve—which is located in the south of the country—has many things to offer tourists, including spectacular beaches, scenic views, and seafood delicacies. Aside from tourist season, though, the Algarve is an excellent place to live and work.

Social Culture

As a region in Portugal, the people of the Algarve share similar social etiquette as the rest of the country. The Portuguese tend to be one of the more conservative peoples in Western Europe; they maintain some degree of formality when they’re talking to each other. In this vein, they treat each other and tourists with politeness and respect. This politeness is intensified in the case of senior citizens and authority figures.

The locals are warm and welcoming, and they accept others—tourists and expats alike—with open arms (and offers of food). If you ask them for help—or even just stand around looking like they’re lost—they will definitely help you out. To connect with them better, it’s preferable if you learn Portuguese, even if you’re only staying in the country for a few days. The locals will definitely be happy that you tried to connect with them linguistically, and it will give you guys something to talk about.

There is a large community of expats in the Algarve. Although they were pulled in by the prospect of beautiful beaches and lovely weather (indeed, it’s said that Portugal has one of the world’s most comfortable climates), they’ve no doubt been entranced by social and work relationships in the region. Here, there is no pressure to be constantly working, or constantly tied to one’s electronic devices. The people are more relaxed than in large urban centers like Lisbon or New York.

Culture of the Algarve

Portuguese, the main language of the people, is a Romance language, and as such is related to French and Spanish. Although the vast majority of Portuguese speak their native tongue as a first language, you’ll find that—within the tourist spots of the Algarve region—many people speak English as well. Don’t take this for granted, though; not a lot of English is spoken in those regions of the Algarve which are not considered popular tourist destinations.

Although the people of Portugal are mostly ethnic people who speak Portuguese—and 90-something percent of whom are Roman Catholic—in recent decades the country has been taking on thousands of immigrants. The biggest immigrant populations are coming in from Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, China and the Ukraine. There are also many Macanese in Portugal; these people are descended from the interracial Chinese/Portuguese relationships of their forebears.

Despite the inferences from the Portuguese culture, the Algarve has its own distinct, vivid culture as well. You can still see signs of the former Arabic dynasty in the region, for instance. The infrastructure, for example, features narrow, winding streets, and many buildings are ornamented with Arabic designs. Algarve maintains much Arabic influence from the former North Africa dynasty that took over the region. Many towns—such as Albufeira and Alfambras—still have Arabic names.This is hardly surprising, as the Arabs had a foothold in the country for some five hundred years.

There are many festivals and carnivals in the Algarve region. The people of Algarve put a lot of time into planning these huge events, so that’s something you definitely need to check out. There are also dozens of galleries. In addition, the region offers many museums, such as a nautical museum, a Jewish history museum, a science museum and gallery, an archaeological museum, and a museum that explores the sea and the life forms within it. The archaeology found in the region comes from many different places, representing the diverse history of the Algarve and Portugal more generally. In style, it is Gothic, Moorish, and Roman, as well as Portuguese.

Moreover, the region features many panoramic castles and churches. You can also find terrific ceramics, premium lace, and flat baskets woven from the leaves of palm trees made by very skilled artisans. Further, on the dance scene, the Algarve region is home to the Corridinho. Although this form of dance is performed in other parts of the country, it is particularly important in the Algarve. It is augmented with music from the accordion and the triangle.

On the recreational scene, there are many fun activities available in the Algarve: restaurants, pubs, sports centers, and golf clubs, to name a few. The region is particularly known for golfing. This makes sense, since there are a lot of retired people living in the Algarve, and golf tends to be largely a generational activity.

The region also has positively delightful wildlife, such as colorful birds, cork trees, and flowers that bedeck the hills and the two walls. The Via Algarviana—a foot route that runs for more than 180 miles (300 kilometers) through the beauty of the region—is something else you shouldn’t miss.

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Chi Gon

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Chi Gon – The recognition of Chi energy’s role for good health and healing has emerged through acupuncture, Reiki, and Polarity Therapy. But all of these therapies require a practitioner. There is a method to generate and orient Chi or prana (life force) by yourself on a daily basis. It’s known as Qigong (Chi-gong).

As the efforts to diminish access to supplements and herbs in Europe and within the States increase, you can still take charge of your health by practicing Qigong. With Qigong, you can influence the subtle life energies that affect your health.

Qigong History

The art of Qigong goes back 5000 years in China. The ancients were intuitively more aware of the subtle Chi energies and how they influence our bodies. Over the years, several forms of Qigong have emerged, all based on the same principles. Even Tai Chi, which the Chinese government considers a martial art, was developed from Qigong.

Qi (Chi) means life force, and gong means daily effort. But one form, Zhineng Qigong, was officially declared the best for healing by the 1997 Chinese book China’s Exercises for Health: Medical Qigong. It was also declared the best health enhancing form of Qigong by the Chinese Sports Bureau.

Zhineng Qigong was introduced to the public and clinically tested by Dr. Pang Ming, an MD who had studied under different Qigong masters from childhood until he was declared a Qigong Grandmaster. Prior to that, all forms of Qigong were very esoteric and limited. Dr. Pang Ming decided to form a large accessible center to cure and train people as well as prove Qigong’s medical efficacy.

Chi Gon. During the period of over a decade from 1988, thousands were drawn to the the Zhingeng Qigong Healing and Training center without the benefit of public advertising. Orthodox medical doctors were present for emergencies and to diagnose patient/students before and after their stay. No medicines, herbs, or special diets were used. But the days were filled with lots of Qigong practice!

 

 

From a report by Qigong Master Luke Chan, “According to Summary of Zhineng Qigong’s Healing Effects on Chronic Diseases, published by the Center in 1991, data of 7,936 patients showed an overall effective healing rate of 94.96%. (15.20% cured; 37.68% very effective; 42.09% effective.)” (Emphasis added) Those results were verified by orthodox medical doctors.

Unfortunately, the Center was closed down for political reasons in 2001, mostly because of China’s over reaction to clashes with the banned Falun Gong group. It has become illegal for any type of Qigong group to assemble more than 100 students and teachers in one place.

Zhineng Qigong is still practiced with smaller groups in other locations in China, and Master Luke Chan brought over that practice with a different name to the USA (source below), while other teachers migrated to Malaysia and Europe introducing Zhineng Qigong under various names to millions.

Chi Gon – The Practice

Phase One has three main movement sequences in this form of Qigong for improving health and healing. They are all done slowly and mindfully. To achieve “gong” (daily effort), one has to practice daily for 100 consecutive days. Miss one day and you start all over again!

While the obvious point is to get you into the discipline of daily practice necessary to achieve positive results, there seems to be another feature of this 100 day discipline. Most of us are out of touch with the Chi in and around our bodies. After several consecutive days of practice, Chi awareness arises while practicing.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/028162_Qigong_energy_healing.html

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Qigong Meditation For Beginners

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Qigong Meditation For Beginners – The recognition of Chi energy’s role for good health and healing has emerged through acupuncture, Reiki, and Polarity Therapy. But all of these therapies require a practitioner. There is a method to generate and orient Chi or prana (life force) by yourself on a daily basis. It’s known as Qigong (Chi-gong).

As the efforts to diminish access to supplements and herbs in Europe and within the States increase, you can still take charge of your health by practicing Qigong. With Qigong, you can influence the subtle life energies that affect your health.

Qigong History

The art of Qigong goes back 5000 years in China. The ancients were intuitively more aware of the subtle Chi energies and how they influence our bodies. Over the years, several forms of Qigong have emerged, all based on the same principles. Even Tai Chi, which the Chinese government considers a martial art, was developed from Qigong.

Qi (Chi) means life force, and gong means daily effort. But one form, Zhineng Qigong, was officially declared the best for healing by the 1997 Chinese book China’s Exercises for Health: Medical Qigong. It was also declared the best health enhancing form of Qigong by the Chinese Sports Bureau.

Zhineng Qigong was introduced to the public and clinically tested by Dr. Pang Ming, an MD who had studied under different Qigong masters from childhood until he was declared a Qigong Grandmaster. Prior to that, all forms of Qigong were very esoteric and limited. Dr. Pang Ming decided to form a large accessible center to cure and train people as well as prove Qigong’s medical efficacy.

Qigong Meditation For Beginners. During the period of over a decade from 1988, thousands were drawn to the the Zhingeng Qigong Healing and Training center without the benefit of public advertising. Orthodox medical doctors were present for emergencies and to diagnose patient/students before and after their stay. No medicines, herbs, or special diets were used. But the days were filled with lots of Qigong practice!

 

 

From a report by Qigong Master Luke Chan, “According to Summary of Zhineng Qigong’s Healing Effects on Chronic Diseases, published by the Center in 1991, data of 7,936 patients showed an overall effective healing rate of 94.96%. (15.20% cured; 37.68% very effective; 42.09% effective.)” (Emphasis added) Those results were verified by orthodox medical doctors.

Unfortunately, the Center was closed down for political reasons in 2001, mostly because of China’s over reaction to clashes with the banned Falun Gong group. It has become illegal for any type of Qigong group to assemble more than 100 students and teachers in one place.

Zhineng Qigong is still practiced with smaller groups in other locations in China, and Master Luke Chan brought over that practice with a different name to the USA (source below), while other teachers migrated to Malaysia and Europe introducing Zhineng Qigong under various names to millions.

Qigong Meditation For Beginners – The Practice

Phase One has three main movement sequences in this form of Qigong for improving health and healing. They are all done slowly and mindfully. To achieve “gong” (daily effort), one has to practice daily for 100 consecutive days. Miss one day and you start all over again!

While the obvious point is to get you into the discipline of daily practice necessary to achieve positive results, there seems to be another feature of this 100 day discipline. Most of us are out of touch with the Chi in and around our bodies. After several consecutive days of practice, Chi awareness arises while practicing.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/028162_Qigong_energy_healing.html

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Business In Algarve

Map of the Algarve

Algarve Map

The Algarve is a region where there is much less stress, whether we’re referring to stress caused by business culture or stress caused by lifestyle, more generally. Other regions have traffic, information overload, and lots of advertising. But you won’t find these things in the Algarve: although its companies are global competitors in many tech-based fields, the business culture is much more relaxed than in larger cities. Residents—and especially expats—report that they were pleasantly surprised by how low-key the region can be. They don’t have to wait in traffic—there aren’t even that many cars—and there is less pressure on deadlines. Even punctuality is different in Portugal than it is in other Western countries—it’s not frowned upon if you’re a bit late, and in fact it’s encouraged for people to always be five minutes late to something. It is common, say, for meetings to start 20 minutes after their alleged start time.

Portuguese people also tend to represent time in a more abstract way—they might schedule a meeting “in the afternoon,” rather than a more specific time like 2 PM or 4 PM. Something to keep in mind as well is that Portugal, like France, runs on a 24-hour clock (so, for instance, 16h = 4 o’clock).

There are fewer large chains, both for stores and restaurants, so the presence of oligarchic companies like McDonald’s is less prominent. Instead, there is a large focus on local activity, such as local markets and shops. In Portuguese business culture, it’s common to give gifts to clients and other business partners. Similarly, at Christmas time, the bosses and higher-ups give gifts to their clients. In business, the Portuguese favor family ties—for they are strong on family—over business ties. Similarly, one’s relationship with their family is more highly regarded than one’s relationship with friends. The result of this is that, in business, loyalty to one’s family precedes loyalty to one’s company or place of work.

Because of its small communities, people generally know their neighbors and often spend time with them—rather than ignoring them our outright avoiding them, as is the case in much of North America and Western Europe. It’s very common for people to have their dinner outside, where they can socialize with their neighbors. Furthermore, people enjoy having long lunches—so a business’s lunchtime hours might be extended when compared to those of other countries—and, as a rule of thumb, shops and other business tend to close earlier. Workers feel less pressure to compete or stay at a job they’re not enjoying. Because everyone knows each other, the people of Algarve feel more at home in the region—indeed, like they truly belong.

Everyone—native locals, expats, residents, and tourists—report that this slower, less stressful way of living is better for their mental, physical and emotional health. Their health is further accounted for because of the large array of fresh food in the region, which includes fruits, fish, vegetables, and of course seafood.

Business Life

There are many business centers in the Algarve, such as tech centers, banks, and communications providers. There are also many schools. Despite the “sleepy little beach resort vibe” you might get from the region, all of these institutions are up to date and well-integrated within our technological world. They are well-developed enough so that they can compete with every other country.

Portuguese business culture is not so stuffy or so formal that business dress is required. In most settings, casual wear is quite appropriate. Portugal is a nation where you must tip. The tip generally runs from 10% to 15%. (Taxi drivers usually receive a tip of 10%, for example.) Tipping is meant for employees such as cab drivers, servers, and hairdressers. In restaurants, smoking is permitted, although it’s usually reserved for the end of a meal. It is not permitted in cinemas and o buses, however.

The Algarve: Paradise in Portugal

So, if you’re headed to the Algarve today, that’s amazing news—you’re about to meet a respectful, welcoming people that will love to have you there. There are lots of cultural things to do in the region, and doing business is straightforward and rewarding. Enjoy yourself! This is definitely one of the more beautiful regions of Portugal.

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