Spring has sprung at the Silves Garden Fair

Has it really been a whole year since we visited last year’s ‘Spring Garden Fair’ at Silves? We already had Saturday 4th March written in the diary for this year’s event, but we have to say we were greeted with rain and grey skies in the morning and a forecast of rain for the day …. and until lunchtime we didn’t even considering venturing outside …

Silves Spring Garden Fair 2017 Algarve Blog

We appreciate that you might find that hard to believe when you see the shots we managed to take in the afternoon .. beautiful blue skies and sunshine greeted us when we finally arrived at the idyllic Quinta da Figueirinha on the edge of Silves: Continue reading

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Loulé Carnival 2017

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

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First Algarve Photography Walk for Dave Sheldrake Photography

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.

Dave Sheldrake Photography website

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:

Algarve Photography Walks Dave Sheldrake

We have previously blogged about this fabulous natural resource here in this post:

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The Magic of the Christmas Presépio

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.

Alferce Presépio de Natal Algarve Blog

The first Presépio was created by Saint Francis in Greccio, Italy in 1223 and featured real people and animals.

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Living Statues in Lagoa

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.

Living Statues in Lagoa 2016 Algarve Blog

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

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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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