300 Days of Sun – Book Review

300 Days of Sun - Book Review Algarve Blog

We were recently contacted by the English author Deborah Lawrenson, and asked to review her latest book ‘300 Days of Sun’ which is set in Faro and Lisbon – we were happy to say yes; and once Alyson had sat down and started reading the book, she was delighted to be able to review a entertaining, polished and thoroughly enjoyable book, that we are happy to share with you as our readers of this blog.

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The Candlelit market returns to Lagoa


This atmospheric event by candlelight is back – and highly recommended. The ‘Mercado de Culturas – à Luz das Velas’ or ‘Cultural Market by Candlelight’ is back in Lagoa until Sunday 10th July and it is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Candlelight market Lagoa 2016 Algarve Blog

The market is situated around the pretty Convent São José and the surrounding streets of Lagoa – and it is free to wander around and enjoy the sights and stalls and street entertainment. It’s on from 7pm to 1am each evening until Sunday – so catch it if you can! Continue reading

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Exploring the West Coast Beaches of the Algarve

Alagarve West Coast Beaches Algarve Blog

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

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Triathlon in the Algarve

Luz Triathlon Algarve 2016

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.

Luz Triathlon Algarve 2016

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

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Portimão shops are coming back to life

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 shops Algarve 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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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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