LAGOS,Algarve is among the first cities in Portugal to join this new movement.
The "Slow Movement" is a global and contemporary chain that calls us to live in proper rhythm for thewell-being and personal, social, community and environmental development.
Applied to cities, the movement is reflected in the motto of La Dolce Vita, looking for Slow Cities, that constitute a refuge for the frenzy of modern life. Any city wishing to join the slow movement must follow a set of principles set out in the Manifesto of the Slow Cities. A slow city should have no more than50,000 inhabitants, and therefore be a small city, and should promote policies to decrease the noise in the city, traffic control,increased pedestrian areas and defense of their local products. Not denying the influence of modernity, the goal of slow cities is toally the best of both worlds.
Bra and Greve in Chianti, Italy,were the first two Slow Cities. In Portugal, the cities of Lagos, SãoBrás de Alportel, Silves, Tavira and Vizela have joined thismovement.
The category 'Slow City' is a seal of quality and abrand that works both as a distinction, as well as a commitment and apoint of reference for residents, tourists and investors who expectthe city credibility in regard to sustainability for people and nature. "These cities want communitieswith its own identity, an identity that is recognized by those whoarrive there and is deeply felt by everyone who is part of it. Here the sense of connection between products and consumers, between people and protected environment and between residents and visitors(who should feel as residents during your stay) is maintained.”