Spanish radio to promote the Algarve’s Barlavento

For the fifth time, Spanish radio station Cadena Cope Extremadura will be promoting the Algarve as a tourist destination. But this time, the focus will be the Barlavento (western Algarve) area.

Journalists from the radio station visited the region earlier this week (September 15 and 16) to record spots about three towns – Lagos, Portimão and Silves.

Their visit was accompanied by the local mayors and regional tourism boss Desidério Silva.

“We planned a Barlavento tour so that the journalists could enjoy the culture and food of this part of the region,” Silva said.

The trip included stops at the Santo António church, Ponta da Bandeira fort and the Science Centre in Lagos on Tuesday morning, and at the Portimão museum in the afternoon.

The following day involved visits to Silves’ archaeology museum and castle, as well as several tastings of local food and wine.

The journalists’ experiences will be broadcasted on the ‘A cuerpo de rey’ programme, yet to be given an air date.

In 2012, the Cadena Cope journalists visited Albufeira. A year later, the team travelled to São Brás de Alportel, Olhão and Tavira and last year there were two trips, the first including stops in Aljezur, Vila do Bispo and Monchique and the other in Alcoutim, Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António.

Radio publicity is seen as a way of bolstering the Spanish market, which between January and July accounted for 450,000 overnight stays at Algarve hotels.

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Photo by: Helio Ramos