Summer has arrived. The nights are hot and the drinks cold. The Assembly of the Republic ceases its functions. You finally get the courage to pick up on the romance we’ve avoided during the year. The bodies dive into the sea and the eyes dive into new people. The beaches, the rivers, the terraces, the houses fill up – the new filling. The Portuguese see the sun and throw themselves out the door; and politicians, of course, are no exception. Gone are the days when these joined at Praia dos Tomates and Falésia or were divided between Meia-Praia and Manta Rota in Vila Real Santo António. There is also the fashion for holidays abroad. In times of pandemic, Portuguese politicians choose, above all, to spend holidays in the country – from Vila Pouca de Aguiar to the Azores. There are, however, those who look for more cosmopolitan places and there are still those who refuse to answer, saying that it is “a private moment”.
Marcelo, on his way, will be to the Algarve or Douro
If there is something that distinguishes Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa from other politicians, it is his proximity to the people. Every summer we see their strokes in the sea or rivers and their tête-à-tête or their selfies on the beach, on the street, wherever. This, incidentally, is cause for international astonishment.
To the Sunrise, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa guarantees that he still hasn’t decided anything about his summer vacation. He explains that because it has “very busy July” and “commitments until mid-August that run together” he will only decide “at the last minute” . If you unlock them, it will be “in the last week of August: from 22 or 23 until no later than 28 or 29,” he says. As for the location, it could be Lisbon – “if I have to do things in the capital” – or, in case there is more time, in the Douro – “to harvest” – or Algarve.
Iron in Height, environmentalists in the North
With Marcelo in Portugal, he does not need to hand over his duties to the President of the Assembly of the Republic, who usually spends his holidays at Praia da Altura, in Monte Gordo. Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, by the way, was seen there precisely on the weekend when Portugal faced Belgium in Seville – where he ‘summoned’ the Portuguese ‘en masse’ in the middle of the pandemic.
And the deputies?
Interestingly, the two main environmentalists of the Assembly of the Republic will start their vacation in the dark green of the north, and then jump to the yellowish coast of the southwest.
Inês Sousa Real, a PAN deputy, explains that her vacation will begin in August in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, where she goes “hoping to be able to observe some Iberian wolves and their cubs in their natural habitat”. adds to Sunrise that her holidays are always spent with the family, and this does not only include her husband but also her “companion animals (the cat and the dog), who are never left behind”. He also welcomes the existence of “pet-friendly destinations and accommodation”, noting that this time is marked, “year after year, by the increase in the rate of abandonment of pets”.
José Luís Ferreira, leader of the PEV, also told the Sunrise who will take his holidays in August, when he will head to his homeland – Vila Pouca de Aguiar – «to be with his family, take hikes in the mountains and drink water from the fountains». Then, he heads to Setúbal, where, for two weeks, “he will fulfill some political agenda, as he is a candidate for the Presidency of the Municipal Assembly of Barreiro”. Finally, he will spend a week in the Algarve «to go to the beach, read and write».
Further along the center, other Members will walk.
João Oliveira, leader of the PCP parliamentary bench, will spend his holidays at home, where he will “finish works” and “take a few dips in the beaches of Arrábida”.
Sérgio Sousa Pinto, on the other hand, will visit the land of his ancestors, Cinfães do Douro, and will go to New York “if covid permits”. The rest of the vacation will be at home, in Fontanelas, where he likes to spend time «reading and gardening», he told the Sunrise.
On the right in the Parliament, André Coelho Lima explains that his vacation will start «from the second week of August», something designed to be able to go to the festivities in his city, in Guimarães, which take place in the first week of the month. “The parties are over and I’m going on vacation,” he explained to Sunrise. He then heads to the Algarve – more precisely to Praia do Gigi, where he has been “for more than twenty years with his family”. Returning to the north, try to enjoy a few days at Praia de Ofir. He prioritizes, «without exception», family time, confessing that «working 350km away» from his four children means that he doesn’t have many moments «to be with the family for a longer period».
Mayan will race in the Azores
Tiago Mayan from IL has a fun vacation planned. He will go to the Azores for ten days, traveling “between islands with friends”, and then “be part of the crew in a regatta”. Returning to Porto, he will start «working the campaign ahead».
Marques Mendes, on the other hand, will go “to the Algarve with his family”, where he spends time with friends, does “a lot of beach”, “a lot of reading” and comments on political activity: “I can’t fail to comment”, he said.
Miguel Pinto Luz will sail in the first half of August to Óbidos, to celebrate his mother’s birthday, from where he will set sail for the north of Spain, where he will spend four days with his wife – herself Spanish – and their children.
Also at the PSD, MEP Lídia Pereira admits that the fact that there are “some doubts” about how the summer will be meant that her plans “did not remain indifferent”. Despite spending most of his holidays in Portugal, “as usual”, he will “spend a few days in Southern Europe”.
Carlos Guimarães Pinto is sure he won’t have them: to Sunrise, the professor and former leader of the Liberal Initiative explained that he will spend the month of August “working for September”, namely for the Instituto + Liberdade, which he directs. He admits, however, taking a vacation in November.
The prime minister’s office refused to divulge when and where António Costa will spend his vacation, saying it is a private matter.