We have a secret to share with you! When it all gets too hot and too much in the Algarve .. we sneak off in the car with a picnic and our cameras and we head west. The beaches on the West Coast of the Algarve are stunningly beautiful, they are often quieter and are always welcoming. The sand is soft, the surf is usually up, and the air seems fresher and cooler – and the views from the surrounding cliffs are always fabulous.
So we thought we would explore some of our favourite West Coast beaches with you – which also gives us a chance to share some of Dave’s fabulous photographs too .. he’s been so busy with ‘other photography work’ lately that he hasn’t been sharing many beach shots on his Facebook page … so hopefully this post can make up for that! Continue reading
Last Saturday saw the Luz Triathlon take place and Dave was there to capture it for you; so we thought we would also find out more about the event from the organisers Tom Longhurst and John Hill.
The first triathlon to take place here in the Algarve was in Praia da Luz in April 2014, and this year was their 3rd Luz Triathlon and 4th Triathlon that they have organised. We asked Tom why they started this and he replied: “John and I are keen sports men but had never done a Triathlon, with a few months of research we decide to run a very small event for some locals in our home town of Luz.” Things have certainly grown since that first triathlon which had 90 entries, this year’s event had 250 competitors, split into two races – the Sprint and Olympic distances, organised by their now established company ‘Algarve Triathlons’ Continue reading
We were recently asked to write an article for the in-flight magazine of easyJet airlines (so if you are flying with them soon – look out for us in the magazine in front of your seat!) and we chose to write about the new lease of life that is springing up amongst some of the smaller independent shops in the town of Portimão.
We met some lovely shopkeepers and discovered some fabulous new little stores in the side streets of the town – far too many to be able to cover in one tiny feature article .. so we thought we would share some more of our finds with you all here on the blog.
Portimão has looked quite tired and run-down of late, what was once a proud and bustling quayside and shopping area has been passed by in favour of out-of-town shopping – but at last things are beginning to come back to life with a range of new shops opening up around the main Rua Direita street. If you can find your way to the waterfront, by the ice-cream shop outlets, then you need to walk into town past the banks .. and then find the main theatre above the Largo December 1 gardens (you may remember us telling you about the Organic market that happens there every Saturday) – then if you are facing the theatre you need to go left down the main street and you will find all the shops waiting for you! Continue reading
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They say that you should never judge a book by its cover – and this seems especially true as we review this restaurant in Armação de Pêra for you.
Established over 30 years ago, it’s fair to say that the outside of the restaurant is nothing remarkable; although easy to find as it is situated right beside the roundabout with the boat in the centre, at the Fisherman’s Beach end of the strip.
And for those of you that remember the old restaurant with its tired facade and interior .. you are in for a real surprise now! It is under new management, and it has a delightful fresh feel to the inside now. Our hosts were the owners, chef Alexander and his beautiful girlfriend Ana, who have brought a new energy and sparkle to the place. They are young, passionate about food and flavours, and intent on providing a high level of customer service and satisfaction to everything that they do. Continue reading
Easter in the Algarve is often a gentle affair – and the first Easter fair to be held in Ferragudo reflects this – it’s full of homemade goods and crafts and pretty gifts.
The ‘Mercadinho de Páscoa’ can be found lining the main streets off the square in Ferragudo, along the Rua 25 de Abril, the Largo Rainha D. Leonor and the Rua Vasco da Gama. You can’t miss it – look out for the coloured balloons and the ‘road closed’ signs!
The streets have lots of pretty little stalls – it’s not a huge fair, but the more that you wander round – the more you can enjoy it. Continue reading
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The monthly meeting of the classic cars in Armação de Pêra takes place on the 1st Sunday of each month from 10am to 1pm, and this event seems to grow in popularity each month.
It’s easy to find if you park in the free car park just before the Holiday Inn hotel, and then walk along to the promenade above the beach where the old mini-golf used to be … you really can’t miss it! Continue reading
The Mediterranean Gardening Association’s ‘Spring Garden Fair’ was held on Saturday 5th March and we went along to see what it was all about!
The event was held at the very pretty and idyllic Quinta da Figueirinha on the edge of Silves, a fabulous setting in the beautiful rural countryside – it was also really well signed from the main road which was a real bonus!
The Quinta is a family-run bio-agricultural farm that also has self-catering accommodation available to rent for holidays, and they also run guided tours focussing on organic produce, renewable energy, sustainability, and agricultural research and development. It was certainly the perfect setting for the garden fair. Continue reading