Palm Beach Restaurant Exceeded our Expectations

We are big fans of the Holiday Inn Algarve, so we were obviously intrigued to hear they were responsible for refurbishing the old and dilapidated Palm Beach snack bar right on the beach at Armação de Pêra. Dave was asked to go along and photograph the fabulously re-built restaurant venue when it opened earlier this summer, and he reported back that they had done an amazing job – so we were doubly keen to go along with friends and see what all the fuss was about!

Palm Beach Restaurant Armação de Pêra.

We actually took friends along with us who had been huge fans of the old snack bar – a real litmus test for the new restaurant, which is obviously looking to cater to a different market, with a fine menu of delicious sounding food and an excellent wine menu to match. Continue reading

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Best Expat Blog Portugal Award

Well that was a nice surprise yesterday – we received an e-mail from MoneyTransferComparison.com letting us know that we had won their award of ‘Best Expat Blog – Portugal’ for 2017!

Here’s what they posted about our award:

Best Expat Blog Award Portugal 2017

Well how nice is that! Their website explained that “We have gathered the best expat blogs of 2017 below. For each destination, we have conducted extensive research and came up with one blog that we believe is the very best for expats relocating there.” Continue reading

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REFOOD Volunteering

This is a guest article by Christine Holmes, supporting the REFOOD Programme here in the Algarve.

Why would you not?

Volunteer that is!  It’s all a big plus as far as I’m concerned and I’ve been doing it for 20 years here in the Algarve.  From helping set up the first charity shop for APAA in Montechoro to Castelo do Sonhos in Silves and AAG here in Guia.

For the last 2 years I’ve been volunteering with an organisation called REFOOD but I’ll come back to them later.  First the reasons why. Continue reading

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Sagres at Sunset

Sagres is the most westerly town of the Algarve and is an impressive display of enormous cliffs and vast beaches, with the pounding of the waves from the Atlantic Ocean and the accompanying cooler temperatures – usually carried along by a strong breeze!

Sagres at Sunset Algarve Blog

The Cabo de São Vicente (the Cape of Saint Vincent) is the most south-westerly tip of mainland Europe and the huge cliffs draw visitors and tourists from all around to enjoy the magnificent views and wide open seascapes.

Sagres at Sunset Algarve Blog

At the top of the 75m high cliffs is one of Portugal’s most powerful lighthouses, which can be seen up to 50km out to sea. Continue reading

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Silves Medieval – Part 2

We promised you that we would return and take more shots for you .. so here they are!

Algarve Blog Silves Medieval Fair 2017

This lovely lady – the enchanting Magda (above) – is going to find herself on the front cover of an Algarve magazine next month as a result of this photograph by Dave – it’s fabulous isn’t it!

Algarve Blog Silves Medieval Fair 2017

And one of our favourite actors (above) never fails us with a commanding shot with such a focused expression … so many of the actors have become friends now which makes it a real privilege to be allowed to photograph them all so easily. Continue reading

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The 2017 Silves Medieval Fair

It’s our favourite time of year (again!)

Algarve Blog Silves Medieval Fair 2017

The Silves Medieval Fair is up and running .. and of course we were there as soon as it opened with our cameras for you.

Algarve Blog Silves Medieval Fair 2017

We have blogged about this many times before, and to be honest the format and content is pretty much the same as in previous years, so if you want to know more about the nuts and bolts of it all, just use the Search facility on the right hand side of the page, type in Silves and you will find all of our previous posts. Continue reading

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ACCA’s annual charity request for children

Children’s charity ACCA has started its annual drive to ensure that youngsters across the Algarve can start the new school year with confidence … and with the basic essentials to help them achieve. And our help is needed!

Although the government here does provide text books for the poorest, it does not supply children with the simple, everyday materials that are also vital to support the learning process.

ACCA Back to School Charity poster

Every year, ACCA increases its back-to-school programme in an attempt to help as many children as possible – in 2016 the charity gave out 841 back packs, filled with those all-important essentials and this year hopes to beat that figure. Continue reading

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