Our History

The Rotary movement expands across the world through new Rotary Clubs. To form a new Rotary Club is called to Charter a Club.

Rotary Club Estoi Palace International was set up by three founder members and some past Rotarians who between them decided to charter a new International Rotary Club in The Algarve. The founders chose Estoi Palace as its base for a variety of reasons, including its convenient location and facilities.

Estoi Palace
Estoi Palace

The formal inauguration was held on 26th October 2008 when we received the Charter Letter, presented by the Rotary District Governor, Teresa Mayer.

Our Meetings

Amongst the 100,000 foreign nationals resident in the Algarve, many have had Rotarian experience in their home countries. Some would like to continue their Rotarian engagement but, because of language barriers, may feel uneasy about joining a local Portuguese Rotary Club. There are also other expatriates without any Rotarian background but with a strong desire to contribute to the local (and wider) community. The Rotary Club Estoi Palace International represents an opportunity for both groups of people.

We meet every Tuesday, at 13:00 at the renovated Estoi Palace, formerly belonging to the Viscount of Estoi, José Francisco da Silva, but is now the Pousada de Faro – Palácio de Estoi.

As well as conducting club business we often have interesting guest speakers. A list of planned speakers and other events can be found on our Programme of Events.

We are always delighted to welcome Rotarians and non-Rotarians, but please contact us in advance if you plan to attend any of our meetings. Check out our Discover Our Club page which gives more details about how we conduct our meetings.