Loulé coffee shop wins European cultural tourism prize

By Cristina da Costa Brookes, in Algarve · 06-11-2020 01:00:00 · 4 Comments

Café Calcinha, the historical cafe situated in the heart of Loulé since 1929, has won the award for “Transnational thematic tourism product” given by the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN).

Café Calcinha in Loulé is a part of the Association of Cafés with History in Portugal and was put forward for the award by the association which was created to help promote tourism through cultural heritage, and has created a network between Portugal and Spain which has established a list of historic cafés.

In Portugal, a Route of Cafés with History was created so that these spaces, with historical references, become officially part of the tourist itineraries of the cities where they are located. The idea of creating this Route of Cafés with History came from Vítor Marques, manager of Café Santa Cruz, in Coimbra.

“Historical cafés represent heritage, history and identity and show the living memory of our society and our cities. Due to their commercial longevity, it can also be said that, they express the values, traditions, memories and social experiences of our cities, our countries and undoubtedly, Europe”, said Vítor Marques.

The Mayor of Loulé Vítor Aleixo, congratulated the Portuguese historical café association for the “incredible amount of research, appreciation and placement of these historical cafés in an international context which highlights our intangible cultural heritage in tourist guides.”

These historic cafés have been found to contribute to the economic, social, cultural, tourist and gastronomic sustainability of Portugal. The Rota dos Cafés Históricos of the Iberian Peninsula, a transnational route, is an opportunity to travel, to discover and learn about the history, cultural heritage and social diversity of Portugal and Spain.

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Hi guys, here is the web site. It's not that up to date as the only two cafés I could see in the Algarve were Faro and Loulé (both without any images) http://www.cafeshistoricos.pt/index.php/cafes

By Nick Robinson from Algarve on 10-11-2020 07:20

The café Calcinha is at the Praça de Republica in Loulé. There is a statue of the poet António Aleixo in front of the building.
More historical cafés in Portugal can be found here:

By Alentejo fan from Other on 09-11-2020 02:39

So, good idea. But where does this association publish a list of such cafes? Is there a website? Or a booklet? If so, how can one obtain it? Don’t you thing this info is important to readers, and wouldn’t it further this initiative? Come on, writers and editors. Think!

By Jude Irwin from Beiras on 08-11-2020 05:44

Where is this ?
A link to a map, phone number or website would enhance this article, and maybe attract more business to the area.....

By Alan St clair from Algarve on 06-11-2020 09:16
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