For 5 days, between the 18th and 22nd of October, the village of Aljezur hosted the second phase of the largest nature tourism event in the Algarve, attracting the interest and presence of more than two hundred visitors, including children, adults interested in the themes , professionals and entrepreneurs of nature tourism and public entities.
Six companies exhibited their sustainable solutions for nature tourism businesses, from surfing to the rehabilitation of rivers and streams or the presentation of services to promote low-density territories. In the Workshops promoted by public and private entities and aimed at professionals in the sector, the “Sustainability Workshop: Algarve 2030 Program funding opportunities” was the one that attracted the most participants.
The 21st was entirely dedicated to the debate and had around 60 participants. The opening was in charge of the representatives of the organizing entities: José Gonçalves, Mayor of Aljezur, Aura Fraga, President of the Associação Vicentina, João Fernandes, President of the Algarve Tourism Region and, also, by Joaquim Brandão Pires, representing AMAL, and José Apolinário, President of CCDR Algarve. Under debate, the 3rd and 4th Axes of the Tourism + Sustainable Plan of Turismo de Portugal, with the problem of water in the region and the need for a vision of the tourism sector in an integrated way with other areas such as agriculture, were the themes that generated more discussion.
On the last day, the event was open to the general public with various nature tourism activities, cultural moments and handicraft workshops. The latter, for the construction of nest boxes, palm brooms and boxes to keep memories, promoted respectively by Vita Nativa, Proactivetur and Cooperativa Qrer, were the ones that captivated the interest of the youngest.
The animation throughout the event was always in charge of Algarve artists, namely, Gonçalo Pescada and Mário Marques with the “Rouge” project, Aljezur Philharmonic Band, Al-Fanfare and Mateus Verde with the “Sons do Chão” project.