In Portimão, a "love taxi" will distribute gifts from lovers, (Order Info Here) and anyone who wants to can send messages of love, which are then played out over the sound system of a van made available especially for this purpose by the local council.

"We made an agreement with the two cooperatives and the taxi goes to the place of purchase and will deliver directly to the boyfriend or girlfriend and that's why we call it the love taxi", said the president of the municipality, Isilda Gomes.

According to the mayor, at a time when the covid-19 pandemic generates "so much lack of affection", the initiative not only benefits those in love, but also local businesses and taxi companies, she said, revealing that she would like lovers to make "many orders to give taxi drivers work".

Around Faro, some restaurants are highlighting spicy meals, offering a special aphrodisiac Valentine's menu, but without forgetting that lockdown makes it more complicated for a romantic moment just for two.

The Portas de São Pedro Restaurant, in the city centre, proposes that you can enjoy your meal without any worries, since delivery and wine are on the house, with the possibility of including a supplementary children's menu.

Also in Faro, Restaurante Alameda proposes a Valentine's Day a menu with Algarvian delicacies that can later be delivered at home, owner Rui Sequeira told Lusa.

Rui Sequeira said that the uptake of the offer "exceeded expectations" and that he is close to reaching the "40 orders" for the two weekend days, which shows that people "are tired of cooking at home and looking for a different experience ".

In the Algarve capital, Hotel Faro decided to make an exception to its option of not aerving take away and replaced the usual Valentine's dinner with two gastronomic offers: a special 'brunch' for Sunday and themed meals for Friday and Saturday, all delivered to the home.

The hotel's general director, Sofia Hipólito, revealed to Lusa that the clients' take up "was surprising", with the orders of the brunch "selling out quickly", reaching around one hundred.