Sensory painting

Forget about creating a masterpiece. Instead, close your eyes and feel the sludge between your fingers. This month, Enjoy the Algarve tries sensory painting in Almancil.  See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2017   An Algarvian sailing boat, a seascape in the style of Katsushika Hokusai, or maybe even a […]

Saudade: the love that remains

It’s one of the hardest words to translate, yet it says a lot about the Portuguese culture. What exactly is saudade and how is it linked to fado and fishermen? Enjoy the Algarve investigates.  See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2017   First of all: saudade doesn’t mean you’re sad. […]

The feelings of fado

Sadness, melancholy and longing, but also happiness and love. A whole range of sentiments are expressed in Portugal’s most popular folk music. Because fado is way more than singing and playing the guitar; it’s telling a story of emotions. Enjoy the Algarve listens. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2017 […]

5 tips to understand saudade

Some words just don’t really translate into another language. Like the Dutch ‘gezellig’, the German ‘Fernweh’ and the Inuit ‘iktsuarpok’. Or the Portuguese ‘saudade’. For the Portuguese, this feeling of longing, melancholy and nostalgia is ingrained in their culture. How to understand this concept as a foreigner? Enjoy the Algarve gives five tips. Bonus tip […]

Experience Algarve life in the past

What was life like in the Algarve? Unfortunately you can’t travel in time to find out. Instead, visit a museum to learn about fishing heritage, culture and old farming traditions in the south of Portugal. Enjoy the Algarve gives six suggestions. Learn about… See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2017 […]

November 2017 – Saudade

The November 2017 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Saudade, is out! Read it here and please feel free to share with all your friends. In it: we investigate what saudade exactly is. Although it’s one of the hardest words to translate into English, it says so much about the Portuguese culture. As it’s closely linked […]

5 records to break

‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.’ With this inspirational quote in mind, why not try breaking a world record? We’ve already selected five Portuguese examples, so all you need to do now is to go for it. (Perhaps helped by some prior training and sorting out stuff like […]

‘Home is where our suitcase is’

Patty den Boer (50) is originally from Poortugaal (no, that’s not a typo) in the Netherlands. In 2014 she moved to the Algarve, where she currently lives near Moncarapacho, together with her husband and daughter. An artist, Patty is best known for her colourful paintings, which can be admired on her website or on Algarve Art. See the […]

Lusitano horse

Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s oldest horse breed See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2017 Picture by Taty2007   Lusitania One of the oldest horse breeds in the world, the Lusitano is thought to descend from to the primitive Sorraia horse, which was already present on the Iberian Peninsula at 20,000 […]

Pedro Queiroga

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2017   This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Pedro Queiroga (40). Although Pedro was born in Lisbon, at a very young age he moved to Macau, where his interest in photography started. Since 2002, he’s been living in the Algarve, in Olhão, where he continued […]

Burgau

Originally, it was a small fishermen’s village. Now, it has turned into a cluster of holiday cottages, all surrounding a sandy beach that’s enclosed by cliffs. Still, Burgau’s traditional charm hasn’t disappeared and the village on the south-eastern edge of the Costa Vicentina national park makes for a pleasant visit, particularly outside the high season. […]

Hovercrafting

Land, water, rocks, sand. You name it, the hovercraft deals with it. It’s off-road to the max as you’re riding on air. Always keen to try out something new, this month Enjoy the Algarve tries hovercrafting near Portimão. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2017   They look like a cross between an […]

Lace up – discover the Algarve on foot

Tie up your shoelaces and explore the countryside of the south of Portugal while walking. Because that’s the best way to do it. Enjoy the Algarve takes a hike. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2017   Most places in this world are best discovered on foot. The Algarve is one of them. […]

How to make your 5 to 9 more exciting?

The short answer: have an adventure. A small one. Because you might want to walk the Inca trail in Peru, swim with pigs in the Bahamas or ski in Alaska, but let’s face it: A) that’s pretty expensive and B) you can’t really do that in a day from the Algarve. So, how to squeeze […]

Soaring in the sky

Some people go for a walk or play a round of golf in their spare time; others jump off a mountain with a parachute strapped to their back. Rolf von Recklinghausen belongs to the latter category. Enjoy the Algarve asks him about his best flights, his worst crashes, and why he prefers low & slow over higher […]

Drug of choice: adrenaline

Want to test your nerves, strength and agility? Face your fear of heights? Or just do something a bit more extreme than going for a walk in the countryside? Check out these three adventurous activities. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2017   Ultralight flying What: Get into what looks (and sounds) […]

October 2017 – Go out & play!

The October 2017 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Go out & play!, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with all your friends. In it: we take a hike. Because with hundreds of kilometres of gorgeous walking trails, from the Via Algarviana to the Ecovia do Literal, the Algarve is […]

‘A unique place to watch the sunset’

Andres Felipe del Rio (30) is originally from Bogotá (Colombia). A design and marketing professional, in 2014 Andres moved to the Algarve, where he now lives near Loulé with his mother, father, sister and nephew. Together, the family runs a guest house, Casa Nostra. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2017 […]

Hudson Stuart

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2017   Hudson Stuart (52) is an American photographer who currently lives in Coimbra. As a kid, he’d stare at photos of food and beverages in magazines or on T.V. and wonder ‘How did they do that?’ Every burger, every scoop of ice cream, every […]

Fast food in a slow-paced country

In China fried scorpions on a stick are considered a snack, Germany has its Currywurst, in Canada they tuck into poutine and almost every single country in the world has the Golden Arches or some other outlet offering burgers. But what’s typically Portuguese street food? Where do all those sweet pastries come from? And why […]

Olives

Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s azeitonas See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2017   Fruit of the Olea europaea Olives, azeitonas in Portuguese, are fruit of the olive tree, the Olea europaea. This is the oldest cultivated tree in the world; many are over a thousand years old. How many olives […]

Rare flowers of salt

Too windy? No flor de sal. Heavy rains? No flor de sal. Morning or early afternoon? No flor de sal. Too humid? No flor the sal. And if finally all the conditions are right and the thin layer of ‘coalho’ does form, it must be collected the same day or else it loses its texture, […]

Extreme Algarvian flavours

Want to taste something different? You’re in the right place in the south of Portugal. The Algarve offers anything from dried & salted cod to octopus cataplana and snails. Looking for flavours that are even more extreme? Try these three. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2017   Hot, hotter, piri […]

5 tips to make good goat’s cheese

It’s easier to digest than cow’s cheese, contains less fat, more vitamins and is better suitable for lactose intolerant people. Plus: goats are cute. But how to make a good goat’s cheese? Enjoy the Algarve asks Idálio Martins (35) of Queijaria Martins in Portela da Nave for advice. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – […]