The Algarve in the Portuguese Discoveries

Double accolade for Algarve Tourism film

«The Algarve in the Portuguese Discoveries» received the «Best Documentary Award» and the «Special Jury Award» last month.

The video documentary «The Algarve in the Portuguese Discoveries», produced by New Light Pictures for the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA), received two top awards at leading national tourism film festivals.

Last Friday, October 27, the film was distinguished with the «Best Documentary Award for Tourist Destinations – Regions» at the 16th edition of the ART&TUR International Tourism Film Festival.

The Film Festival, which took place in Caldas da Rainha, showcased the best tourism audiovisual productions made in Portugal and the world, bringing together 262 films from 47 countries.

Two weeks earlier, on October 12 in Sesimbra, the film won the «Special Jury Prize» at the Finisterra – Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival in the «Short Documentary» category.

«The Algarve’s historical connection to the Portuguese Discoveries is an asset that is still underused to promote the region as a cultural tourism destination. Therefore, it is with great satisfaction that we receive the news of this film’s double distinction”, says André Gomes, president of RTA, which is set to enhance this cultural offer to attract unique visitors, sharing the Algarve’s role in this historical context.


«It’s been more than 500 years, and the memory of the great Portuguese Epic still echoes in the present. Any of us Portuguese, if we close our eyes by the shore, can hear the adventure, courage and bravery of these men, built differently. Of these men of will and intent, whose boldness and faith made them believe in the possibility of going further», says the video documentary’s narrator.

This is because it was precisely in the Algarve that many of these adventures began, as recalled in the script of the award-winning film, which lasts around 13 minutes and is available in Portuguese, English and Spanish on the VisitAlgarve YouTube channel.

The film, produced as part of the EXPLORATERRA application, co-financed by the INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) programme, can be viewed here.