Fires rage across the Algarve

Once again we have witnessed the devastation that a forest fire can cause here in the Algarve – this time it was all a bit too close for comfort, as the fires at Foia and Monchique last weekend raced uncontrollably close to our friends’ house.

The beautiful regions of Foia, Monchique and Caldas de Monchique all suffered from raging fires at the weekend, causing panic, devastation and destruction in their wake.

The top of Foia is such a majestic and peaceful place, it’s hard to imagine this view ravaged by flames:

Foia

Sadly it would also appear that the fires were all started deliberately, which is a terrible thing. The incident is being dealt with by the local police and we have little information other than the fires all appear to have been started deliberately by a 49-year old man from Loulé.

What never fails to amaze us with such incidents is the sheer bravery of the Bombeiros – and the kindness and generosity of local and expat people who come together to support the fire-fighting, so we have put this post together as an information point for both locals and holidaymakers alike. Continue reading

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Silves Medieval Fair 2016 in pictures

The town of Silves was once more transformed into a Medieval Wonderland for ten days and we were there to take some shots for you all to enjoy again this year…

Silves Medieval Fair 2016 Algarve Blog

Many of you will know that this is one of the highlights of the Algarve calendar for us each year, and this year Dave’s camera was busy again shooting the sights and people of the event for you to enjoy. Continue reading

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Homes by the Med TV programme

Do you want to be on the telly?!

We’ve been contacted by the Channel 4 Television series ‘Homes by the Med’ which celebrates brilliant design and architecture as well as the joys of coastal living.

Homes by the Med TV programme Algarve Blog

The series is presented by architectural designer Charlie Luxton and is based on the premise that it’s the dream of many people to have a home by the sea, especially abroad. The programme focuses on the properties and their stunning sea views but equally they are interested in the stories of the people who live in them. Continue reading

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The new Explore Algarve app hits the heights

We are delighted to be able to introduce you to a fabulous new app that is taking the Algarve by storm – it’s the new Explore Algarve app and we can highly recommend it!

Explore Algarve app Algarve Blog

We decided to contact the owner and designer of the app, Don McGowan, and in our usual Algarve Blog way; ask him some pertinent questions about himself – and also the app – so here goes with our interview: Continue reading

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Painting my way around the Algarve

Many of you will know that Alyson is an artist that creates modern and bright acrylic paintings here in the Algarve – and having just completed her latest painting; and been asked lots of times where her inspiration comes from for her work – we thought we would hand over the latest blog post to her to share some of her work and the places in the Algarve that have inspired some of her favourite pieces. We’ve added links to appropriate blog posts for you throughout as well so that if you find somewhere you love – you can find out more about it too.

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‘Secret Silves’ © Art by Alyson Sheldrake

The painting above has literally just dried on the easel – and is a theme that I love to return to – those fabulous little side streets and village views that are so evocative of the Algarve that we know and love so well. Continue reading

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Shiny Chrome and Big Beards descend on Faro

We’ve heard lots about the Moto Clube Faro and their annual Motorcycle meeting in Faro, but we’ve never managed to get there yet! The main event is hosted in an open arena area on the outskirts Faro, complete with camping, live music and events – but more about that later!

The thought of 1,000s of bikers and bikes descending on Faro this weekend, however, sounded like too good a photo opportunity to miss! So Dave headed over there yesterday to have a look round and meet some of the bikers, and also to see how it affects Faro.

Moto Clube Faro Motorcycle Meeting 2016 Algarve Blog

The event is organised and run by the Moto Clube Faro, and there are lots of side events, exhibitions and attractions to be found in and around Faro town centre as well. Continue reading

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300 Days of Sun – Book Review

300 Days of Sun - Book Review Algarve Blog

We were recently contacted by the English author Deborah Lawrenson, and asked to review her latest book ‘300 Days of Sun’ which is set in Faro and Lisbon – we were happy to say yes; and once Alyson had sat down and started reading the book, she was delighted to be able to review a entertaining, polished and thoroughly enjoyable book, that we are happy to share with you as our readers of this blog.

The book description reads as follows: Continue reading

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