We are always happy to share new things and links with our readers, and today we are delighted to be able to introduce you to a new on-line magazine that has hit the Algarve.
Enjoy the Algarve magazine is a monthly on-line publication that aims to share the best of what the Algarve can offer with you – and the best thing is that it’s free!
We thought it would be fun to interview the inspiration behind the magazine – the very interesting and lovely Yayeri .. so sit back, grab a cup of tea or a glass of vinho – and find out a little more about the person behind the news! Continue reading
CoworkAlgarve is the name of an ambitious new project launched by local resident Sarah Young which is designed to give people a chance to work with others “in one of the most beautiful places in Europe” : the picturesque fishing village of Ferragudo.
The idea is simple. “Coworking gives people who usually work from home a chance to get out of the house and work together with other like-minded people in a communal hub” explained Sarah. Continue reading
Where can you go to feed the ducks and wander around a pretty little village enjoying the sights away from the coastal resorts of the Algarve?
The unspoilt village of Alte is less than 30km from the coast, and yet it seems a world away from the bustle and noise of the tourist region. Full of narrow streets, locals cafés and bars, and even a couple of half decent restaurants, this little village is full of surprises. Continue reading
It’s Chestnut Time again! The annual St Martin’s Fair has arrived at the Parque de Feiras e Exposições in Portimão and runs every day until the 15th November.
The 11th of November in Portugal is the Dia da São Martinho – the day of St Martin – which is celebrated with roast chestnuts and traditionally the opening and tasting of the new wine of the year. This fair has been celebrated in Portimão since 1662 which is an incredible thought.
É dia de São Martinho;
comem-se castanhas, prova-se o vinho.
(It is St. Martin’s Day,
we’ll eat chestnuts, we’ll taste the wine.)
There’s another St Martin’s day tradition – the belief that the day heralds a period of warm weather called Verão de São Martinho (St. Martin’s Summer) – and that it will be nice and sunny all the way to Christmas – now that sounds like a good tradition to celebrate! Continue reading
We have previously blogged about the delights of Faro in our posts Don’t rush away from Faro and Faro Old Town and today we wanted to share a quick review with you of a delightful café and restaurant that we enjoyed dining at last week.
Tertúlia Algarvia is situated just behind the Cathedral in the Old Town in a quaint little courtyard with plenty of outdoor seating and a further well-designed inside area, complete with a deli counter and a rather lovely selection of cakes – but they will have to wait for another day!
We popped in initially for a quick coffee late one afternoon last week and had a quick look at the evening menu – which was tempting enough for us to change our plans and book a table, wander round for an hour (the kitchen doesn’t open until 7pm in the evenings, although you can arrive about 6.30pm for starters while you wait) and then return to enjoy a meal in the late evening sunshine. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again – when the town of Silves is transformed into a 12th Century Medieval wonderland … we can’t quite believe a whole year has passed since the last fair! There have been lots of posters and adverts around this year to get us in the mood so we were there nice and early on the opening night to take lots of photos to share with you all.
There was already quite a queue at the ticket office – and with prices this cheap it’s hardly surprising – you can buy a ticket for entry to the town for only 2 euros for a night – but it’s only 4 euros for a wristband to cover all 10 nights! Continue reading
On Sunday night we managed to make it to the last night of the Mercado de Culturas à Luz das Velas in Lagoa. This year’s theme was the Jewish Sephardic culture and the advertising claimed that 10,000 candles were going to be used to light the streets – something not to be missed!
We apologise to our readers that would have liked to have visited this event – usually we try to visit and blog about an event at the start of the programme so that you have time to plan a visit, but we have been so busy this year that the last night was the only night we could make it … but there’s always next year, as this is an annual event in Lagoa – and there are many other similar craft fairs, markets and events planned across the Algarve this summer – the Algarve Resident newspaper usually has a good list of events! Continue reading