Christmas is coming to a market near you!

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.

Rotary Christmas Market Algarve Blog

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!

Rotary Christmas Market Algarve Blog

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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Swopping Plants and Seeds has never been such fun!

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.

Plants and Seeds Exchange Algarve Encontro de Troca de Plantas e Sementes do Algarve

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.

Plants and Seeds Exchange Algarve Encontro de Troca de Plantas e Sementes do 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

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Feira de São Martinho in Portimão

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.

Feira de São Martinho, Portimão, Algarve Blog

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:

Feira de São Martinho, Portimão, Algarve Blog

The heady scent of smoke and chestnuts hits you as you enter the park area: Continue reading

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The local Magusto Fair in Alferce

We have a bit of a joke running with friends who took us to visit the quaint village of Alferce near Monchique … that no-one actually lives there! It’s a tiny village, with a population, according to Wiki, of 441 people in an area of 96.12 km² .. however when we visited we didn’t see a soul and nothing was open!

So when we saw their annual Magusto – or Chestnut – Fair advertised – we thought it would be fun to visit and see if anybody turned up. Well .. what a suprise we had! The village certainly comes to life on the 1st November, and we had a fantastic day out – alongside several hundred other people!

Magusto Fair in Alferce Algarve Blog

Admittedly when we arrive at midday – it was a bit quiet .. even if the village’s church did tell us it was 4.40pm … glad to see it wasn’t just us that couldn’t get the hang of the clocks changing last Sunday! Most of the stalls around the main square were just getting set up .. but that gave us a chance to have a wander around this pretty little village. Continue reading

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SisterMAG in the Monchique

If you were in Monchique recently – and saw a film crew, camera crew and a cute little black dog sampling the local culinary delights .. that was probably us entertaining the delightful crew from the German magazine sisterMAG

sister-MAG Algarve Blog Monchique

We were contacted by the Berlin-based magazine and asked if we could help them with an upcoming feature they have on Global Gourmet food they are going to be covering in a future edition in conjunction with TUI travel. They were travelling round Portugal – coming to the Algarve – and could we recommend anywhere?!

So we offered to show them Monchique and treat them to our favourite piri-piri chicken restaurant. Well it seemed rude not to show them round ….! Continue reading

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Flea Market in Ferragudo

We have to admit that we’re not exactly big fans of the monthly flea markets that pop up across the Algarve – our local one in Ferragudo comes round with amazing regularity on the second Sunday of each month – but we thought you might be interested to find out more about them – and we’ll let you decide for yourselves whether they are a good thing or not!

Flea Market Ferragudo Village Algarve Blog

The first thing we notice are the signs for No Parking that pop up a few days before the Sunday in question … we always groan and say ‘oh it’s ‘tat market’ day again on Sunday’ Continue reading

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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:


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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