Fire burns as protesters stand off against riot police during a protest in the Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, China.
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The United States raised its travel warning for Hong Kong, urging travelers to exercise increased caution in the Chinese territory due to what it termed civil unrest after months of sometimes violent street protests.
The protests in the Asian financial hub began with opposition to a now-suspended extradition law and have evolved into a direct challenge to the government and calls for full democracy.
“The protests and confrontations have spilled over into neighborhoods other than those where the police have permitted marches or rallies,” said the advisory, which was posted on the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau’s website on Wednesday.
“These demonstrations, which can take place with little or no notice, are likely to continue,” it said. The advisory was raised to level two on a four-point scale.
Australia also warned its travelers in an updated advisory on Wednesday.
The protests pose the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. Xi is also grappling with a debilitating trade war with the United States and a slowing economy.
Hong Kong is facing its worst crisis since it returned to China from British rule in 1997 because of the protests, the head of China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office said on Wednesday.
More protests are planned in several districts across the city this weekend, starting on Friday, with demonstrators also planning a three-day rally at the city’s international airport.
Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam visited Hong Kong districts on Wednesday to speak with residents and inspect a police station that had been the target of recent protests.
She said in a statement after the visit the government would put forward measures to improve people’s livelihoods.
More demonstrations in Hong Kong
Young people have been at the forefront of the protests and are angry about broader problems that include sky-high living costs and what they see as an unfair housing policy skewed towards the rich.
The normally efficient and orderly city has seen its transport network besieged and shut down by demonstrators, while protests across the city have also shut big-brand stores and popular shopping malls.
Hong Kong police have arrested 589 people since the protests began in June, the youngest aged 13.
Several thousand Hong Kong lawyers, dressed in black, marched in silence on Wednesday to call on the government to safeguard the independence of the city’s department of justice.
They fear the justice department’s prosecutions of arrested protesters are taking on an increasingly political slant. Many of those arrested have been charged with rioting, which carries a 10-year jail term.
Protesters have started to use increasingly diverse tactics to evade capture, shifting quickly from place to place and using online platforms such as Telegram to direct hundreds of people.
They also circulated brightly colored pamphlets for tourists ahead of the airport demonstrations to help them understand what was happening. The pamphlets said the protesters would never surrender.
“Dear Travellers, please forgive us for the ‘unexpected Hong Kong’. You’re arrived in a broken, torn-apart city, not the one you have once pictured. Yet the city you imagined is exactly what we are fighting for,” the pamphlets said.
Exposure to chronic, low dose radiation — the conditions present in deep space — causes neural and behavioral impairments in mice, researchers report in eNeuro.
These results highlight the pressing need to develop safety measures to protect the brain from radiation during deep space missions as astronauts prepare to travel to Mars.
Radiation is known to disrupt signaling among other processes in the brain. However, previous experiments used short-term, higher dose-rate exposures of radiation, which does not accurately reflect the conditions in space.
To investigate how deep space travel could affect the nervous system, Charles Limoli and colleagues at the University of California, Irvine, Stanford University, Colorado State University and the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine exposed mice to chronic, low dose radiation for six months. They found that the radiation exposure impaired cellular signaling in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, resulting in learning and memory impairments. They also observed increased anxiety behaviors, indicating that the radiation also impacted the amygdala.
The researchers predict that during a deep space mission approximately one in five astronauts would experience anxiety-like behavior and one in three would experience certain levels of memory impairments. Additionally, the astronauts may struggle with decision-making.
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When you’re loading for a household trip or a ladies getaway, it is essential to have a tote bag that’ll fit your beach checks out, sunscreen (do not forget to reapply!) and … the very best sun hat. Not just will it finish your charming summer season attire, but it’ll also help obstruct the rays and perhaps avoid age spots. Not to discuss, a glam floppy hat looks great on the ‘gram. Whether you want an easy packable visor or declaration woven straw hat, these choices will have you booking your next escape.
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Hit the beach in design this season with these trendy summer season fundamentals, cool devices, and high-tech gadgets indicated to take your bright escape to the next level. If you have already selected your destination, it indicates it’s time to tailor up for your next trip to the ocean. Sure, you will keep in mind to pack a classy swimsuit and a cool pair of sunglasses, however don’t forget to bring along those little bonus that make all the difference.
From swimsuit, bags, and flip flops to the most recent beach gadgets, we have actually got you ready for a stylish, exciting summertime in the sand.
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Make the many of your journey to the beachfront with CGear Sand-Free MultiMat, a sandless beach blanket which keeps you and your personal belongings clean. Including two separate dual-weave layers, the innovative ground sheet keeps dirt and dust away, guaranteeing an unworried sand-free experience on the coastline. Unquestionably, this beach device is one of the smartest developments ever!
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Summer season is here and we’re already preparing our next kayaking journeys or beach party. One of the things you shouldn’t ignore when making plans is picking a good hat, whether it’s for a trip or for day to day use.
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A travel blogger with nearly 27,000 followers on Instagram says she regrets not portraying her trip to the Dominican Republic in a more honest light, as she claims she was actually assaulted and nearly kidnapped during her stay.
Cora Smith, who makes up one half of the team behind @The_greatescape.blog along with her husband Jay, recently told Insider that they were initially wary of documenting the negative aspects of their 2018 trip online.
“We were very worried about bashing anyone or anything,” she told Insider. “In all honesty, influencers are too scared to tell the truth and feel they need to show the beautiful side. Most people only want to hear the positive things.”
The couple had spent three months in the Dominican Republic – between March and June 2018 – but Smith says she was accosted twice within the first few weeks.
The first incident, as she told Insider and recounted in a 2018 blog post, occurred while out on a jog along a boardwalk in Santo Domingo. Smith says the driver of a car attempted to force her inside and even stopped in her path before she ran off in the other direction.
And later, in Punta Cana, Smith says three men on a motorbike stopped her while she riding a bike before proceeding to grope her.
“The man on the back of the scooter reaches out and grabs my butt,” she recounted. “I was completely shocked and furious. He started to laugh at me in my face.”
Smith says she attempted to kick over the men’s bike, but when she did, “the guy reaches out and grabs my chest” and “full on groped” her.
“They were violating me in every way you can except being raped,” she told Insider, explaining that she kept repeatedly kicking them until she was able to break free and away toward Jay, who was biking up ahead.
Even while they were in the Dominican Republic, Smith says she feared telling local authorities about the incidents after a run-in with police, during which they were more interested in trying to take her husband’s cash.
Smith had even shared part of the story in a blog post shared in 2018, but photos from the couple’s trip focus on the beaches, architecture, landmarks and murals the couple encountered.
“I didn’t tell my story, and I think it’s out of fear,” Smith said.
She added that she wanted to share her experience after hearing the story of Tammy Lawrence-Daley, a Delaware woman who claims she was attacked by man wearing a hotel uniform of the Majestic Elegance resort in Punta Cana and left for dead.
Police in the Dominican Republic are said to be investigating the incident.
“I feel like I can’t sit here and listen to the prime minister and say ‘Our country is safe,’ because it’s not safe,” Smith said.
Associated Press Published 12:45 p.m. ET June 4, 2019 | Updated 3:15 p.m. ET June 4, 2019
President Donald Trump and his administration announced it will be imposing restrictions for Americans traveling to Cuba. Time
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by U.S. citizens, banning stops by cruise ships and ending a heavily used form of educational travel as it seeks to further isolate the communist government.
The Treasury Department announced that the U.S. will no longer allow cruises to Cuba or the group educational and cultural trips known as “people-to-people” travel to the island. The sanctions will take effect on Wednesday after they are published in the Federal Register.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the measures are a response to what it calls Cuba’s “destabilizing role” in the Western Hemisphere, including support for the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.
“This administration has made a strategic decision to reverse the loosening of sanctions and other restrictions on the Cuban regime,” Mnuchin said. “These actions will help to keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of Cuban military, intelligence, and security services.”
Cruise ships have brought thousands of Americans to Cuba since the U.S. began restoring full diplomatic relations with the communist government in December 2014 and have provided an important economic lifeline to the island.
Along with the cruise ships, the U.S. will also now ban most private planes and boats from stopping in the island.
“Consequently, private and corporate aircraft, cruise ships, sailboats, fishing boats, and other similar aircraft and vessels generally will be prohibited from going to Cuba,” according to the new rules published by the Commerce Department.
The new restrictions take effect Wednesday, but the government will allow anyone who has already paid for a trip to go ahead with it.
In a statement to USA TODAY, Megan King, a spokesperson for Cruise Lines International Association said the industry group is working through details of the ban.
“CLIA and its cruise lines are currently reviewing and working through the details of the Administration’s Cuba policy announcement made earlier today to assess the scale and timing of its effect on cruise sailings from the U.S. to Cuba,” she said.
USA TODAY contacted several cruise lines that visit Cuba for comment.
The new measures end cruise travel from the U.S. to Cuba, a highly successful new line of business for U.S. cruise lines that also has become the most popular way for American leisure travelers to visit the island. Cuban government figures show that 142,721 Americans arrived on cruise ships between Jan. 1 and April 30, more than the 114,832 who came by plane. The figures exclude Cuban-born Americans visiting family on the island.
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Commercial airline flights appear to be unaffected and travel for university groups, academic research, journalism and professional meetings will continue to be allowed.
“It kills the people-to-people category, which is the most common way for the average American to travel to Cuba,” said Collin Laverty, head of Cuba Educational Travel, one of the largest Cuba travel companies in the U.S.
The new restrictions had been previewed by national security adviser John Bolton in an April speech in Miami to veterans of the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion but details of the changed were public until Tuesday.
Los Perales de Mishahuaca is one of the most attractive places in the district of Canchaque, in the province of Huancabamba (Piura region).
The falls is a natural resource where its waters fall from the height of the hills, shaping the bedrock and has formed holes where visitors can bathe.
The name of Paroles is due to the variety of holes that it presents, wherein three of these holes, in the shape of a perol, you can refresh yourself in its crystalline waters, while you delight with the beauty of its waterfalls and the surrounding landscape.
Due to the difficulties of the entrance, towards the resource, the views are recommended in any season of the year, except during the winter, since the rains in this epoch impede the entrance to the lagoons. Likewise, it is recommended that visits to this natural resource be made in the mornings and until four in the afternoon.
How to get
To access Los Paroles de Mishahuaca, visitors must first go to Canchaque, which is located 3 hours from Piura.
To travel by bus, you must take it at the land terminal of Castilla. The ticket has a value of 12 soles and the bus must travel 142 km until reaching Canchaque with a duration of three hours. Once in Canchaque, you must continue for 4 more kilometers in a car, bound for Los Paroles.
In a private vehicle you must take the old South Pan-American Highway, and at kilometer 65 you must turn off towards the Antonio Raymondi road, towards Huancabamba. Once there, drive for 40 more minutes towards Los Paroles, 4 kilometers northwest of the city.
* Climate: tempered. with a diversity of flora and fauna.
* Location: The district of Canchaque is located in the province of Huancabamba, in the Piura region.
The Christian religion has been banned in the eastern country for over 250 years
The Oura Church in Nagasaki became a World Heritage Site in 2018 and is the symbol of the revival of Christianity in Japan. The place is a must-stop for anyone who wants to know the history of “hidden Christians” who declared their faith in that place and put more than 250 years of clandestinity.
Considered to be one of the oldest in Japan, the Oura is one of 12 places of hidden Christians recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Nagasaki and the Amakusa region.
The church was built in 1864 by the French missionary Bernard-Thadée Petitjean shortly after the port of Nagasaki was reopened along with the borders of Japan more than two centuries of isolation afterward.
With the veto that had been imposed on Christianity in the country in 1614 and the presumption that the Japanese Christian community had disappeared after the brutal persecution suffered in the 17th century, the temple turned to the foreigners who lived in the city.
Less than a month after the inauguration, something amazing happened. On March 17, 1865, a group of peasants from Urakami went to church and said that they always pretended to profess local faith and that, in fact, they were Catholics.
This event, dubbed “The Discovery of Hidden Christians,” was immortalized in a mural that today decorates the church garden.
The revelation, led by Elizabethina Yuri Sugimoto, caused Japanese authorities to resume repression against Catholics until international criticism lifted the ban in 1873.
With the reintroduction of Christianity in Japan, some Kakure Kirishitan – descendants of the Catholics who hid in the Shimabara Rebellion in 1637 and 1638 – rejoined the church, even though Christians are still less than 1% of the population today.
Centuries of concealment and isolation, however, have turned religion into a totally different cult. Proof of this is some of the relics exhibited in the Museum and Monument of the Twenty-Six Martyrs, which is next to the church.
When the Japanese became without a priest, tortured for refusing to renounce their faith and murdered, those who resisted created their own authorities and hid their images of devotion.
The museum brings together, for example, several images of Our Lady depicted as Kannon (Maria Kannon), the Buddhist representation of mercy, with which the faithful tried to disguise and avoid being discovered, and the staves that religious leaders should use in ceremonies.
In addition, several crosses, whose meaning was often unknown to these devotees, are being found in ancient villages and it is believed that there may be more than 200 of them scattered throughout the region.
“The people who kept the faith celebrated when the ban on Christianity was withdrawn and now they are again happy with the designation of these spaces as patrimony. This means giving value to what they have stored, “Efe Minako Uchijima, a museum researcher, told EFE.
The halls also prove the persecution of Catholics by the shamans, feudal Japan military who acted in the country between 1603 and 1868.
All of Nagasaki was forced to submit to “Fumi-e,” a practice designed to identify who was and who was not Christian by stepping on an image of Jesus or Our Lady. Many believers have agreed to do this not to be killed, but it is believed that about 5,500 Christians died at that time.
One of the most striking episodes was the crucifixion in February 1597 of 26 martyrs – 9 European and 16 Japanese – on a hill in Nagasaki. On the altar of the Oura Church is a handkerchief that resembles this case.
Father Petitjean’s intention was to build the temple there, but the authorities did not allow it. He then chose the current location and walked the church facing the hill.
They are eight of the largest and most beautiful cities in the world which, in common, have urban, natural attractions and incredible views.
Have you thought about making a script for one of the cities that give the characters the name of La Casa de Papel? It’s like going around the continents of the world. Get inspired by the list of tips made by Kayak, a travel planning tool, in the EFETur Tours gallery.
Highlighted in the series, Tokyo is a modern woman and attitude. Its eccentric personality blends perfectly with the city that gives it its name, urban and energetic. With a mixture of religions, the city concentrates on important Buddhist temples. The Sensoji is perhaps the most famous and ancient temple of Tokyo. Meanwhile, the Meiji Jingu Shrine is a famous Shinto shrine, which can be enjoyed along with a walk through Yoyogi Park. The nostalgic lanes of Japan are a hit with locals and tourists alike, OK Yokocho – also known as OK Alley – is a bustling street with about 30 bars and unique restaurants, for those looking to get to know Japanese culture in depth.
The city’s newest attraction is Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world with a 360 ° view of the capital’s skyline. The Okutama area, away from the hustle and bustle centers, is filled with mountains, limestone caves, camping sites and hot springs, for an outdoor adventure filled with Japanese and American nostalgia.
The city has well defined seasons and the trip will be a unique and different experience in any of them. For those who want to save money, November is the month with average prices for lower airfares, according to Kayak history.
Berlin is a city that offers plenty to do, no matter the time of year – a mix of attractions to suit all tastes. The museum at Checkpoint Charlie, part of the former Berlin Wall, as well as the bustling Holocaust Memorial, located near the Brandenburg Gate, are not to be missed programs to get to know the history of the city. Lovers of culture can visit the Museum Island, which houses the Berlin State Museums and works of art from around the world.
he Charlottenburg Palace, located in the heart of Berlin, has a gold gallery and a collection of porcelains that talk a lot about the history of the country. The East Side Gallery is the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall, where more than 100 artists from more than 20 countries decorated the stretch of the interior wall with its artwork.
The Berlin Television Tower is the tallest building in town, where visitors can enjoy a unique 360 ° panorama of the city. For those who want to enjoy a more hectic trip, summer (June to August) is the best time. For those who like the chill, autumn (September to December) has milder temperatures and, on November, November is usually the month when tickets there are at the best average prices.
Nairobi – Kenya
Charismatic and moving, the character Nairobi is guided by a strong maternal instinct, which combines with the capital of Kenya, which gives it its name – a city that mixes colors, flavors and a fauna that make it the ideal place to see nature closely. Tours around Nairobi usually include visits to Nairobi National Park, home to animals such as zebras, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffes, lions, leopards, hippos, rhinos and more than 400 species of birds. Inside it is the Nairobi Animal Orphanage and the Nairobi Safari Walk, an Educational Center where visitors learn about wildlife and habitat conservation. The Mamba Village park is home to ostriches and crocodiles and visitors have the chance to interact directly with the crocodiles and even hold young, always guided by an experienced team.
The Kenyan Bomas, on the Lang’ata Road, is a reservoir of Kenyan culture, where visitors can view exhibitions of traditional Kenyan houses – artifacts, dances, songs, and songs. The best time to visit Kenya is between January – the month when tickets are cheaper on KAYAK – and March, at the beginning of the year, and between June and September, when the probability of rainfall is lower.
Rio de Janeiro Brazil
One of the most beloved characters in the series, Rio is the youngest and shares the same lively energy as the capital of Rio. Who wants to know one of the most sought-after destinations in the country cannot fail to do some classic tours around the city. Leaving Praia Vermelha, the cable car takes you to the top of the Sugar Loaf hill, where you can enjoy the scenery from above. The Maracanã, which was once the scene of the most important classics of Brazilian football, offers a tour behind its scenes. At the top of Corcovado’s hill is Christ the Redeemer, one of the most classic and unforgettable tourist spots for those who visit the city.
The Museum of Tomorrow, with a pioneering proposal, is a wide space for debate and study about the future. Whoever wants to escape from the scorching heat of the Rio in summer, can travel to the city from June to August, when the temperature is milder and rains less. Due to the low season, August is the month when air tickets to the city are cheaper. For those who want peak season, January and February are the best requested!
Denver – United States
With its urban location, the Denver Union Station Plaza may seem like an unlikely place to find fresh local produce. However, the station houses an urban beekeeping program, where it is possible to order sweets, drinks and other delicacies made with locally produced honey. The 16th Street Mall offers 42 outdoor cafes along the mall, making it the perfect place to eat and enjoy good coffee. Denver is the fourth busiest downtown in the United States and features such attractions as the LoDo Historic District, the oldest neighborhood, and home to some of the city’s top restaurants, galleries, shops, and boutiques. At the Colorado State Capitol, you can have a panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks.
The Denver Museum of Art is comprised of two impressive architectural buildings – one of which is a fortress structure of the Italian architect Gio Ponti and the other a structure reminiscent of a titanium crystal with peaks and shards designed by Daniel Libeskind. Inside is the largest collection of indigenous art in the world and works by European masters, Old West classics, and traveling exhibitions. Summer (June to August) is the most popular time to get to know the city, with warm afternoons and cool nights. For those who have the price as the main factor, the month of March presents the cheapest ticket prices, according to Kayak history.
Moscow – Russia
Moscow, the capital of Russia, is up because of the world football. To take advantage of the city, a walk around Red Square is a must-see and one of the most popular tourist spots in the city. The area houses important buildings, such as St. Basil’s Cathedral, and is part of the history of the destination. As you walk through Moscow you can see some of the seven famous skyscrapers known as Stalin’s Seven Sisters, with an iconic architecture, built to celebrate the victory of the Soviet Union in World War II.
The Kitay-Gorod neighborhood has bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, suitable for travelers who want to enjoy Moscow’s nightlife. The Bolshoi Theater, located in the heart of Moscow, is one of the largest opera and ballet theaters in Russia and the world, where more than 800 operas have been performed. Winter in the city (December to March) is very strict. Already the mild temperatures take place from June until September, when it is possible to enjoy more. To enjoy lower prices, March is the best requested.
Helsinki – Finland
The capital of Finland, Helsinki is a vibrant coastal city with beautiful islands and large green parks. The pace of the city is quiet and, at the same time, invigorating, with great restaurants and nightclubs. Design, architecture, culture, and shopping are cool things to explore on site, plus natural areas like parks, forests, lakes and the coast. A third of Helsinki is covered by green areas and offers possibilities for outdoor activities and relaxation.
The Restaurant Day is celebrated every year with a major worldwide festival of food every third Saturday of May. In that period, anyone can set up a restaurant anywhere. This means that ordinary people can be chefs and sommeliers, ensuring plenty of fun and food, as well as wonderful encounters and memories. The best time to visit the city is between spring and summer, from May to September, when temperatures are milder, as winter has very cold temperatures – as is the character temperament of the series that got its name. In January, in the offseason, on the fly tickets prices fall – along with the temperature.
Oslo – Norway
Oslo is a place full of energy, with a modern gastronomy, in addition to much fashion and art. Iconic buildings are changing the face of the city, but it still maintains ties with nature. No wonder it was named Green Capital of Europe in 2019 for its dedication to the preservation of natural areas. Walks through the forest dives on the fjords and musical concerts are part of the city’s energy. All of Oslo’s neighborhoods offer something special and are easily accessible on foot, by public transport or by bicycle.
During the winter, it is possible to look for activities such as ice skating and skiing. Oslomarka, the huge forest on the slopes of the hills surrounding the city, offers an immense network of public trails for cross-country skiing. The Oslo Winter Park is the largest ski resort in the city and is just 30 minutes from downtown, with slopes for children, beginners, and experienced skiers. Between May and September, the temperatures are milder, which guarantees a more peaceful journey. To save money, the best month is March, when airfare there is cheaper in Kayak.
Until the late twentieth century, the Troia peninsula was occupied by apartment towers that stained gray their kilometers of coast. Neither endless cement towers nor crowded beaches. The Troia peninsula, about 50 kilometers south of Lisbon, is committed to sustainable tourism, nature and exclusivity to become a small paradise that begins to attract international attention. Located in a privileged place, in the Sado Estuary Reserve, until the end of the 20th century the oasis of nature of this peninsula was occupied by tall towers of apartments that stained gray their miles of coast.
But in 1997, the largest Portuguese business group, Sonae, decided to end the tourist model of “popular” capitalism in Troia and to focus on a more sustainable vision that exploited the natural charm of the location. Part of the ugly cement towers were demolished in 2005, giving rise to a new chapter in the history of Troia, where Sonae invested 400 million euros to obtain 65% of the peninsula. Following in the footsteps of Sonae, the Portuguese hotel group Pestana and the Rosp group of Sandra Ortega, the daughter of the Spanish businessman Amancio Ortega, also invested in Troia and at the end of 2015 bought part of its property for 50 million euros from Sonae.
The Sonae project, which is part of the Troia Resort, has around 15,300 beds, including the portion now owned by Rosp, of which some 8,300 are already built. “Being optimistic, in five years time we will probably see a large part built. Between five and ten years I believe it is a reasonable period, if economic conditions continue, to end the project, “the director general of Tróia Resort, João Madeira told EFE. The complex, which opened in 2008, includes hotels, apartments, lodges and building plots, properties that started to go on sale at the end of last year and of which more than 400 units had already been sold in June.
Madeira explains that 65% was sold to Portuguese and the rest to foreigners of 29 nationalities, among which the Spanish stand out as the main European market. Clients are divided into similar parts among those who buy apartments for their own use, those who rent them and those who make mixed use. “The Spaniards that we have normally use their home as a second residence, do not rent it,” according to Madeira, who believes that the destination “is not yet known at all by the Spaniards,” although it has gained recognition in that market in the last year. Foreign clients who fill Troia hotels and buy their apartments do not stop growing – when they opened they represented only 15% of the total, but already reach 40% – and that is why Sonae is concentrating its efforts in international markets, such as the French or the Scandinavian.
The qualities of Troia thus begin to be known beyond the Portuguese borders, where not only the 15 kilometers of uncultivated beaches of the peninsula but also its natural surroundings are promoted in a reserve and next to the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park. In fact, the density of construction throughout the tourist development area is very low, only 6% of the more than 1,000 hectares of the peninsula. The proximity to Lisbon, with its airport and its cultural offer, and tourist attractions that are less than an hour and a half by car, such as Comporta, the wine growing of Setúbal or even the city of Évora, are other spells who seek to attract more tourists to Troia.
To combat seasonality, Sonae also bets on sports facilities and has just inaugurated the José Mourinho Sports Center, with which it hopes to attract football teams in the offseason, a center that is sponsored by the famous Portuguese coach, who also bought a property in Troia. “It’s a very important element. It serves to attract international clients and also to work seasonality, one of the themes that still affects Troia and any destination in which the main attraction is the sun and the sea, “said Madeira. The Pestana group completes the tourist offer of the peninsula with its own project, the Pestana Troia Eco-Resort & Residences, with close to 955 beds provided and more than 50% of its space dedicated to the nature reserve. Although not many of Sandra Ortega’s plans in Troy are known, it is known that she has in mind a luxury complex that maintains the low density of construction followed by Sonae and Pestana.
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