A Lota – a fusion of flavours

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.

A Lota Restaurant - Armação de Pêra

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.

A Lota Restaurant - Armação de Pêra

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

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Easter Fair in Ferragudo

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.

Easter Fair in Ferragudo

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!

Easter Fair in Ferragudo

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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Classic Cars in abundance

classic cars Armação de Pêra

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.

classic cars Armação de Pêra

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

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Spring Garden Fair in Silves

Silves Garden Fair

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!

Silves Garden Fair

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

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A Chocolate Fair in Loulé?! Yes Please!

A Chocolate Fair … just down the road you say?!?! A Fair with stands and displays .. full of chocolate?! Well of course we’ll visit it for you .. just for the readers of our blog you understand … purely for research purposes …

Loulé Chocolate Fair Algarve Blog

Sometimes you see a poster and you think ‘Oh yes!’ – Loulé market is hosting its annual Chocolate Fair – and if you are quick and can make it tomorrow you can pop down there and sample the chocolate and enjoy the market.

Loulé Chocolate Fair Algarve Blog

The market at Loulé is located in a spectacular old building which we have previously blogged about here Don’t miss the market at Loulé, but this is an added bonus for three days – there are lots and lots of stalls all selling items made out of chocolate! Continue reading

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Armação de Pêra Carnival hits town

Today was the turn of Armação de Pêra to host the first of its two Carnaval parades – and naturally we were there to capture the event for you .. and catch up with some friendly parrots along the way …


Before the Carnival began we managed to track down the parrots and say hello!


 Armação de Pêra was filling up nicely with families, children all dressed up and people waiting to see the parade … which it would be fair to say took a while to start up! Continue reading

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Loulé Carnival in pictures 2016


Welcome to our post for Loulé Carnival 2016, a vibrant and noisy event full of fun and safe for all the family. The carnival is one of the oldest annual events here on the Algarve having run for over 100 continuous years. The Carnival runs on the 6th, 7th and 9th February and this years theme is “The Great Shipwreck” with pirates galore and its usual political undertones. Entrance is only 2 Euros and for that you get a multitude of floats, Samba Bands and wonderful Brazilian dancers. An event, as you will see, worth putting in your diary.

The clouds looked ominous driving along the A22 towards Loulé, indeed some spots of rain smeared the windscreen but luckily the rain held off, it was a grey afternoon, but as you will see that didn’t stop the party. I hope you enjoy the photographs.


The parade is in the centre of town and operates around the central island of the main street (Avenida da Costa Mealha) so there is plenty of room for visitors and some shade on a sunny day. Continue reading

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