Loulé Carnival 2018

The Oldest Carnival in the country – and surely the best! Loulé Carnival is back in town and it is as vibrant and colourful and lively as ever.

This year the dates were moved to the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday … and yes that caught us out! Dave was on hand as always to take photographs of the event for you all, and even managed to set up a Photo Walk at the same time.

Loule Carnival 2018 Dave Sheldrake Algarve Blog

Entry is still only 2€ which has to be the best value – over two and half hours of music, dancing, parades and floats, and the most amazing spectacle. Continue reading

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Madrugada in the Algarve

The Madrugada Associação has provided palliative care and support to over 100 people and their loved ones in the Algarve since 2009. They are based in Praia da Luz, and they offer support throughout illness and beyond, to people in the Algarve who are affected by a life limiting illness. Their specialist clinical team provide home-based end of life care to those who prefer to spend their remaining days in their own home.

The Madrugada Centre in Praia da Luz helps people and those who are important to them, to manage the challenges of life limiting illness through counselling, therapeutic and creative activities, complementary therapies, advice and education.

Madrugada Algarve logo

We have chosen them to be our ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2018, so we went along to their centre to meet the President Carol Spires, and the Vice President, John Hough, to find out more about them and their work. Continue reading

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Algarve Art

New Website, Algarve Society of Artists and Algarve Art! Magazine Launched

You might have been wondering what we have been up to lately as the blog has been a bit quieter than normal (sorry about that – normal service is resuming!) – well Alyson has been extremely busy with the exciting launch of new arts project here in the Algarve.

Algarve Art banner
Her brand new ‘Algarve Art’ venture was launched here in the Algarve in the autumn, combining a new website promoting art and artists of all genres, a new Algarve Society of Artists, and a unique Algarve Art! quarterly online art magazine. Continue reading

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The Living Statues come to life again

The Rua 25 de Abril and the Largo 5 Outubro in Lagoa were once again filled with the magical spectacle of the Living Statues at Christmas.

The Estátuas Vivas no Natal project is now in its third year of visiting Lagoa, and we were happy to be there again and we also invited Dave’s Photography Walk group to join us too.

The event seemed much busier again this year, with a lot more statues and participants which was great to see. Continue reading

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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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