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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#Carvoeiro Boxes – bringing colour to Carvoeiro

Two of the main streets of Carvoeiro are now full of colour thanks to a new initiative which has seen the electricity boxes on Rua dos Pescadores and Rua do Barranco transformed into works of art.

#carvoeiroboxes Algarve Blog

The original concept of decorating the electricity boxes with street art came from Phil Francis aka ‘Phil da Bife’ last year and was supported by the freguesia – and after a lengthy wait the project was finally approved by EDP so that work could begin on decorating the boxes – which are traditionally a boring grey colour and often covered in posters or scruffy adverts. Continue reading

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Travels with an African Husky

It’s not often that we find a book here on the blog that we want to review – but this one landed in our inbox and we were intrigued:

“Travels with an African Husky by John Martin Bradley is about a man (John) who loses his wife to cancer at the age of 38 and raises two small children. It is a journey from loss to happiness and is written as a series of vignettes describing things that happened, some desperately sad, but also lots of good things. Things that will make you cry and things that will make you laugh out loud. It is an inspiring and uplifting true story.”

Travels with an African Husky

In 2005 John’s 38-year-old wife died from cancer when their children were very young. Following her death, he moved with his two young children and two dogs to Cape Town where they lived for six years. They were adopted by a street dog husky who travelled with them back to England and onto Portugal, where they have now settled and live in Lagos. The book is their story and their journey. Continue reading

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Santa has arrived in the Algarve!

Santa Walk 2015 Armação de Pêra Algarve Blog

The 4º Passeio de Pais Natal or 4th Father Christmas Parade was held yesterday Saturday 5th December in Armação de Pêra, and for us this event heralds the start of the festive season in the Algarve.

This is a fabulous charity event organised by the Junta of Armação de Pêra, Portugal4U, BTT Algarve Maniacs, Urban Gym and the Holiday Inn Algarve and each year the event seems to grow in size and popularity.

Santa Walk 2015 Armação de Pêra Algarve Blog

The event started on the promenade in front of the Holiday Inn Algarve at 10 am and saw well over a hundred Santas of all ages lined up ready to enjoy themselves! Continue reading

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Raj Indian Restaurant review

Although we both love traditional Portuguese food and flavours, every now and then we both crave something that is a little more hot and spicy – and maybe it’s the fact that one of us is originally from Birmingham .. but we do both like a good curry!

Raj Indian Restaurant Algarve Blog

We were invited to return to the Raj Indian restaurant which is located in the Holiday Inn hotel, at Armação de Pêra. We have previously eaten there quite a long time ago and we were keen to return and sample their menu – and we were not disappointed!

Raj Indian Restaurant Algarve Blog

The restaurant is a little tucked away, and with car parking in front of the entrance, and even with brand new signs on the hotel facade, it is fair to say that it is still not the easiest place to find or to entice you. However as soon as you are through the entrance doors, you are instantly transported into a bright, clean and welcoming entrance to the restaurant, complete with an extremely impressive set of food scales! Continue reading

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Enjoy the Algarve Magazine

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!

Enjoy the Algarve magazine

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

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