Regular readers will know that Loulé Carnival is one of our must-see events of the Algarve calendar .. we absolutely love the colour, music, vibrancy and spectacle that makes up Carnival each year – and Loulé is the place to go!
The flags were flying and Loulé was buzzing as we arrived for the first day of the event – and we have never seen so many people lining the streets waiting for the floats to appear, having paid an extremely reasonable 2€ entry fee … Continue reading
For some time now Dave has wanted to organise an informal group to help people to become a better photographer. The idea is not to offer formal teaching, just to create events advertised via a Facebook Group page, where people can meet up at different locations across the Algarve and then walk and talk and take photographs – and Dave will offer his help to individuals during these walks – and share some of his favourite places across the Algarve along the way.
Having been a professional photographer based out here for over five years now, this has finally been a dream that has come true for Dave – and the first of his Algarve Photography Walks took place today.
The setting was the beautiful sítio das fontes near Estombar, Lagoa:
We have previously blogged about this fabulous natural resource here in this post:
Our Secret sítio das fontes Continue reading
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There is something magical about the traditional Presépio here in Portugal – and aside from all of the major ones that abound in the towns and cities .. we were astonished and delighted to visit the tiny village of Alferce, near Monchique .. and found the most exquisite and intricately detailed – and huge – Presépio in the main square in the village.
The first Presépio was created by Saint Francis in Greccio, Italy in 1223 and featured real people and animals.
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We were delighted to see the Living Statues in Lagoa advertised again, as we really enjoyed this event last year – it’s the chance to see something different for Christmas.
This year we only managed to visit during the Friday evening session and the weather forecast wasn’t great! Although the clouds were pretty menacing, the rain did hold off for us and we were able to wander around the Rua 25 de Abril and the Largo 5 Outubro in Lagoa and enjoy the sights. Continue reading
It’s time for the Christmas markets to begin .. time to dust off the tinsel, unpack the shiny gifts and wonderful home-made crafts and products .. and set up a stall at one of the many fairs that are advertised across the Algarve.
The Rotary Christmas Market is on this weekend – the 19th and 20th November – and promises to be one of the biggest and best this year, with over 100 stalls – so naturally we went along to have a look .. it also happens to be situated almost at the end of our road which is a bonus!
It has to be said though that the setting is anything but cheery from the outside – the Centro de Congressos do Arade in Parchal is empty for much of the year – so it is nice to see it being used. Continue reading
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The first Plants and Seeds Exchange of the Algarve – 1 Encontro de Troca de Plantas e Sementes do Algarve – took place last Saturday and it was a marvellous event.
We had been happy to help in a small way with the support of this event – we are not at all green-fingered (!) but we liked the idea of it .. it was literally locally-grown in every sense of the term .. and a new concept here in the Algarve.
The idea – although not a new one – is a simple one .. create an event where people can come along, share their plants and seeds with others, and go home with some new plants and seeds … and collect some new friends and advice along the way … Continue reading
The Parque de Feiras e Exposições in Portimão is once again the setting for the annual Feira de São Martinho, which is apparently the oldest fair of its kind in Portimão, dating back to 1662.
We blogged about this fair last year – you can read that post here via this link:
The Chestnut Fair arrives in Portimão
To be honest, nothing much has changed since last year – it’s the same bright and brash fairground rides, fast-food stalls and bewildering array of clothes / shoes / toys and food stalls that populate this event each year.
It’s nice that the first thing that greets you though are the chestnut sellers – as this is the theme and tradition of the fair:
The heady scent of smoke and chestnuts hits you as you enter the park area: Continue reading
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