Hotel & Travel Information
ICIAR 2014 will be held at the Vila Galé AMPALIUS, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal.
Hotel AddressVila Gale Ampalius
Alameda Praia da Marina
8125-408 – Vilamoura – Quarteira
Telephone :00351 289 303 900
Fax :00351 289 303 950
Room RatesSingle room BB: 65,00 € / room / night
Double room BB: 76,00 € / room / night
How to reach the area & the hotel
Due to its peripheral location, the Algarve enjoys good transport connections, both internally with the other Portuguese cities and externally with the rest of the world. Various national airlines have regular flights to the Algarve, making Faro a busy international airport.
The Algarve also benefits from a good road network, composed of motorways, trunk roads and a range of secondary roads, making the journey comfortable and efficient whether you're travelling by bus or driving in a rented car.
Rail transport is another alternative for visitors to the region. The Portuguese rail service (CP - Comboios de Portugal) has a vast network of trains to places all over the country.
Trains – Approximate cost € 22,00 each way
"Alfa Pendular": fully equipped, fast and comfortable trains. Journey time between Algarve and Lisbon approximately 3 hours. Closest station to the Conference Venue is Loulé, a taxi from Loulé station to Vilamoura will cost around € 15,00 each way ( capacity 3 guests )
Intercity trains: connections to various cities in Portugal, such as Lisbon-Algarve. Journey time between Algarve and Lisbon approximately 3 hours. Closest station to the Conference Venue is Loulé, a taxi from Loulé station to Vilamoura will cost from € 15,00 each way ( capacity 3 guests ). Booking can be made through the secretariat.
Buses – Approximate cost € 25,00 each way
Express service: from various locations. Journey time between Lisbon and Algarve approximately 3h30 hours.
Faro international airport is a busy international airport with more than 47 destinations and around 60 routes all over many countries. Vilamoura is located at 30 minutes from Faro Intl Airport
If you are arriving to the Faro International Airport, you can take a taxi directly to your Hotel (from € 40,00). Booking can be made through the secretariat.
If you are arriving to the Lisbon International Airport, you can either take a bus or a train to arrive to Faro (approximately 300 km). You should first take the subway at the Lisbon Airport for Oriente station. There you will find the train (CP) destination Loule and then a taxi to Vilamoura. Buses (RENEX or EVA) ticket offices you can buy the connection to Quarteira Vilamoura . If you choose the train, please go for an "Alfa Pendular" or an "Intercidades" direct train (around 22 euros). Avoid the “Regional” one since it takes much more time and stops in every station.
POUSADA PALACIO DE ESTOI
The luxurious Pousada Palace of Estoi, born out of the recovery of an old eighteenth century palace, is located in the village of Estoi, only 10 km from Faro. This palace once belonged to José Francisco da Silva, Viscount of Estoi, and was opened in 1909. In 1987, it was purchased by the Town Hall of Faro, and in 1977, it was considered a property of Public Interest.
Every part of the palace surrounds the visitors in a luxurious environment, with the true treasures of our history. The terraced gardens reveal a French and Italian inspiration and the outdoor pool offers rest and a relaxing view. In “Versailles” style, the orange groves and palm trees that are part of these magnificent gardens account for an ideal setting to rest and relish.
In a region with great gastronomic traditions you can find the Visconde Restaurant, with a wide list of specialties including fresh fish and seafood. The whole menu is inspired by Portuguese cuisine and exhibits a genuine form of art for good eating. Don’t miss out on the deserts from Algarve made with figs and almonds grown locally.
Experiencing the Pousada de Estoi is a pleasant journey with a combination of the classical, Baroque and contemporary elements that will definitely be a memorable experience.
The Algarve which is the most south province of Portugal has almost 200 kilometres of coastline, between cliffs and long-stretching sands, three thousand hours of sun per year and pleasant temperatures influenced by the Mediterranean climate. The coast from the Sagres headland until Lagos, is dominated by cliffs and beaches enclosed by protective high cliffs. Al-Gharb, which means ‘the west’, was the name chosen by the Arabs for a beautiful piece of land that had long been coveted by many. The Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans all left their mark on the language, customs and lifestyle of the Algarve people. The castles, fortresses, narrow streets, roof terraces and lacework-patterned chimneys are just some of the valuable legacies from these times. It was from Lagos and Sagres that the caravels set sail under the command of Prince Henry the Navigator to discover the New World. Blessed with fabulous weather, an amazing coastline, and a rich and varied landscape, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Monchique Mountains, the region is the perfect place to turn any stay into an unforgettable one.
All year round the Algarve enjoys the best climate in Europe. The following Temperature and Rain table shows the climate evolution throughout the year.
Gastronomy of the Algarve
Being a place of fishermen ad mostly centred in the sea, the Algarve is one of the many Portuguese gastronomic paradises dedicated to the lovers of fresh fish and the best seafood quality. The base of the meals is mostly composed by fish, meat, vegetables and fruit, being the codfish considered the National dish. Because of this, around Christmas, while other countries eat turkey, Portugal eats codfish with boiled potatoes, cabbage and chickpeas, all seasoned with olive oil. One of Algarve’s unique experiences are the rich and varied gastronomies that mix recipes from both the coastal and the interior regions. Every morning boats full of fresh fish arrive to the markets. This fish is then carefully prepared at the many fine restaurants. The most popular dishes are the fish soups, octopus rice, whelks’ dish with kidney beans, the fish-stew and the shellfish açorda. In the interior regions, all dishes have a typical rural flavor, like fava beans, cherry chicken and chickpeas stew. One of the best perfected arts in all Portugal is the desserts and sweets and this finds in the Algarve one of the best places for this art. You will want to try all of them, from “Dom Rodrigos”, the Morgadinhos, or figs filled with almonds and many other goodies made with almonds, honey and fig jam.
Vilamoura has it all and we invite you to share with us the many pleasures of this unique resort. Situated in central Algarve, created around one of Europe's very finest marinas, this beautiful resort offers you everything. It's smart, stylish, welcoming, with an atmosphere of genuine Portuguese warmth and hospitality. And there's so much to enjoy. You'll immediately be at home here — whether you're over for a few days' rest in a beautiful climate, as a business delegate, for golfing or other sport activities, a family treat, or to consider a property purchase. Safe and peaceful, the whole area has a very positive feel about it, right by the ocean, and close to nature: protecting the surrounding environment is one of our main concerns.
Vilamoura offers a wide range of lodging options to meet everyone's taste and budget.
The Conference will be held at Vila Gale Ampalius where negotiated prices were arranged.
ICIAR - International Conference on Image Analysis and Recognition
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