This magazine is about local life, here, in the Amoreiras, in Alentejo. Please let us know if you would like to contribute a story that you feel may be of interest to the community.
New Market in Sao Martinho das Amoreiras
For the purpose of this article I sat down with Sao Martinho’s Mayor Nuno Duarte a few days ago, to find out more about one of the Parish’s new initiatives, the monthly flea market. After sitting with him for only a few moments, it was immediately apparent that the Mayor sees his Freguesia (Parish) as a place where all are welcome. He sees the movement of people to the Amoreiras as positive. More families moving to the area means more children attending the local schools, he explained, to mention just one of the ways in which new comers affect an area. More people, more opportunities, more needs to be fulfilled. The Flea Market is one such endeavor by the Mayor, to attract people. He said that unlike the new stretch of Rota Vicentina around Sao Martinho, which took three years to be approved, the market was easy. “We just had to decide which day of the month to do it, and let people know,” he explained. “Anybody can come and sell, it’s free.” The market in June is going to be a little different though,” he continued. “There will be a bouncy castle for children, face painting, music … it […]
Via Verde – motorway charges
If you own a car with a Portuguese license plate then it it is well worth getting a Via Verde device. When using the toll roads in this country some sections (like those on the Algarve) have cameras that scan your registration and then appropriately charge you for using that section of motorway. You may think that you pay nothing but you are meant to go to the post office and pay or face a fine. This will mean, that if you forget, you will eventually receive a letter with a bill that aggregates all your charges with added late payment fines. A Via Verde device is linked to your bank account so all charges are paid automatically and you will never get a fine. To get need you need to Go to Ourique or Odemira post office Provide proof of identity (and address), your vehicle registration document, your fiscal number, Portuguese bank account details and €20 for the device. Once they have given you the via verde device then go to an ATM, select the ‘via verde’ option and follow the instructions to allow direct debiting. stick it inside your windscreen as shown in the above photo. never […]
Pharmacy in Sao Martinho das Amoreiras (close to church) opening times Monday 11:00 – 13:00 Tuesday 11:00 – 18:00 Wednesday 11:00 – 13:00 Thursday 9:00 – 13:00 Friday 11:00 – 13:00 Saturday closed Sunday closed