Artes @ the Spa

We love finding new and different things to share with you on our blog – and this little artisan gift shop at Caldas de Monchique really caught our eye and we thought it was worth some further investigation .. and it was also a great excuse to go shopping!

Artes @ Spa Caldas de Monchique Algarve Blog

We love finding independent and artisan shops that have unique gifts and crafts – and the Artes@Spa shop was a real treat. It’s also in one of our favourite places – regular readers may remember our feature in 2014 entitled Keeping Cool on a Hot Day in the Monchique when we dropped off en route to the top of Foia to explore the pretty little village of Caldas de Monchique. Continue reading

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Wine Tour and Tasting at the Adega do Cantor

We had the pleasure this week of visiting the winery that produces Sir Cliff Richard’s award winning Vida Nova & Onda Nova wines – the Adega do Cantor (Winery of the Singer)

Adega do Cantor - Winery of the Singer Algarve Blog

It’s actually hard to believe that the vineyard is situated directly behind the busy N125 at Guia Shopping, the views from the entrance are so peaceful and rural:

Adega do Cantor - Winery of the Singer Algarve Blog

The entrance is wide and impressive and leads to the estate which includes the Cellar Door shop which is open to the public Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm (they are closed for lunch from 1-2pm) and also the meeting point for the tours. Continue reading

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Football, Sausages, Chocolate and Carnival

Well it’s not every day you can type all of those things together in a headline!

There are some exciting things in the diary for the next few weeks in the Algarve, so we thought we would share some of them with you in advance.


We are particularly excited that Carnival time is almost here again – but more about that later!

The 31st January is the date for the annual Querença Sausage Fayre when the streets will come alive to the smell of sausages cooking, and there will be live music, stalls and processions to enjoy. It’s a small village near Loulé if you’re looking for it on the map! Continue reading

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Santa Swims in the Sea for Charity

Christmas Day 2015 and it was Santa time again in Armação de Pêra with the annual Charity Swim in the Sea – and we were delighted to be there as the ‘Official Photographers’ again this year to capture the event.

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It’s become something of an event in the calendar now and every year more and more Santas appear ready to take the plunge into the sea. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas to everyone!

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Charity Sponsorship for 2016

SOS Algarve Animals Sponsorship 2016 Algarve Blog

Many of you will remember our post earlier this year about our adoption of a rescue dog called Kat Adopting a Rescue Dog in the Algarve. We are so grateful for the work of so many charities here in the Algarve who work tirelessly to support, re-home and most importantly, sterilise dogs and cats here in the Algarve. For several years now our charity of choice to support has been SOS Algarve Animals – long before they found our gorgeous ‘Kat the dog’ for us – although now they hold an even more special place in our hearts!


We are delighted to announce that for the whole of 2016 Alyson will again be donating a percentage of her profits from all of her Pet Portrait paintings to the SOS Algarve Animals Charity here on the Algarve – and this year we have increased the amount to 15% Continue reading

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Statues come to life in Lagoa

This was something advertised that we thought we just had to go and see – and if you are quick you can see them too!

Christmas Living Statues Lagoa Algarve Blog

The Christmas Living Statues are live in Lagoa and will be there tomorrow Saturday 19th December from 10am-1pm – and they are stunning!

Christmas Living Statues Lagoa Algarve Blog

Follow the red carpet and the live music to the Rua 25 de Abril and the Largo 5 Outubro in Lagoa – or if you can’t make it then just enjoy our shots instead! Continue reading

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