Cooking cataplana

Food is important in Portugal. Algarvians don’t only care about preparing and eating the dish, they also take the time to select good ingredients and enjoy their dinner conversation. Fed up with hastily put together meals eaten behind the computer, Enjoy the Algarve learns how to cook cataplana near Tavira. See the original article in Enjoy […]

Moncarapacho

A Portuguese description of Moncarapacho will likely include the word ‘calma’. Apart from when the carnival is on in February, this inland town is pretty chilled out. Agricultural, rather than touristic, with lots of figs, olives, oranges and carob beans growing in the surrounding area. What to do in and around Moncarapacho? Enjoy the Algarve […]

What’s for dinner?

There’s more to the Portuguese cuisine than chicken piri piri, bifana and grilled sardines. Way more. Next time you’re wondering what to have for dinner, go to a local restaurant and try one of these nine typically Portuguese dishes.  (Spoiler: there’ll be loads of pork and seafood included in the comidas below). See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve […]

September 2017 – Flavours

  The September 2017 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Flavours, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with all your friends. In it: we try to cook a delicious seafood cataplana. And discover eight other traditional and typically Portuguese dishes, from carne de porco à alentejana to feijoada. We also […]

From pre-packaged trips to the sun to holistic yoga retreats

Was it in the 1970s the place to be for beach holidays and golf, now it’s also about adventure, eco and meditation. Enjoy the Algarve investigates how tourism has developed in Portugal, particularly in its southernmost region.  See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2017   It has always been a place with sun, […]

Must-do’s of the Algarve

What are the things you really should do in the south of Portugal? The nicest beaches, the coolest activities and the unspoiled places? In other words: how to make the most of your time in the Algarve?  The best answer: read all 27 issues of Enjoy the Algarve magazine. The second-best answer: ask the people who live […]

Getting paid to party – all season long

In summertime, the Algarve gets crowded with tourists; Albufeira especially is known as a place for young people to let their hair down. But it isn’t a holiday for everyone. Enjoy the Algarve talks to bar owner and DJ Matt Moore about long hours, unicorn fancy dress outfits, dealing with drunks and why he blatantly refuses to […]

Ultralight flying

What to do if the towns are full, the countryside is crowded and the beaches are packed, but you still want to enjoy the lovely weather? The answer: go flying! This month Enjoy the Algarve gets away from the summer crowds and takes off in an ultralight airplane in Marim, near Olhão. (Spoiler: it’s absolutely amazing!!!) See […]

Portimão

Despite the many high rise hotels, its fishing heritage is clearly visible in the Algarve’s second largest town; from roundabout sculptures to murals in the town centre, fishing and canning can be seen everywhere. Going to Portimão? Enjoy the Algarve recommends doing these things. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2017   Explore […]

Vadu Rodrigues

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2017   This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Vadu Rodrigues (29), who originally comes from Cape Verde. In 2014, Vadu moved to the Algarve, where he now lives in Boliqueime. “When I was 21, I met up with a friend who was a nightlife photographer. I […]

Pousada

Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s best known historical hotels See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2017 Picture by Nikki Dawson   ‘Rustic and genuinely Portuguese’ In the early 1940s, head of the National Propaganda Secretariat António Ferro wanted to create hotels that were both rustic and genuinely Portuguese. In an effort […]

‘There’s a Medieval castle at the top of our garden!’

Andrew Roberts (63, pictured below on the right) and Rupert Kirby (65, pictured below on the left) originally come from London (UK). In 2006 they moved to the Algarve, where they now run a bed & breakfast, Casa Rosada, in Castro Marim. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2017   What inspired you to move […]

5 typical tourist tips

Nowadays, it’s all about experience holidays, where you integrate with the locals, build an eco-yurt together, possibly even learn a few words of the language and gain an understanding of the local culture. Not necessarily. In the Algarve, it’s still possible to get that typical tourist feeling. (Even if you’ve been living here for a […]

Stuck in Faro?

Your hotel kicks you out at 11am, but your flight doesn’t leave until 11pm. Brilliant! Get your canoe/kayak/(SUP)-board out of your suitcase and go for a paddle on the Ria Formosa. Don’t have a board in your hand baggage and/or don’t want to get wet? Here are three other things to do close to Faro […]

August 2017 – Sun, sea & sangria

The August 2017 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Sun, sea & sangria, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with all your friends. In it: the vision behind Portugal’s historical hotels, aka pousadas. And an extensive feature about how tourism in the south of Portugal has developed over the last […]

Superb SUP spots

The south of Portugal is a paddler’s paradise. But where exactly is the best place in the Algarve for stand up paddleboarding? Three SUP pros reveal their favourite spots. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine July 2017   Algarve SUP – Ria Formosa Owner of Algarve SUP Nick Robinson first stepped foot […]

5 tips on how to find your perfect surfboard

Enjoy the Algarve’s one tip would be: find one that floats. That advice is absolutely useless. So we’ve asked Rik Dejonghe who has over a decade of surf coach experience. Because of his engineering background, he’s always had a great interest in how the design of a surfboard influences its performance.  Rik is also founder […]

Portugal – the watersport nation

Portugal’s biggest asset: the sea. So to all those who want to do something more active than just stay on the beach: get in the water. Enjoy the Algarve gives you an overview of the different water sports that are worth a try in the south of Portugal. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve […]

Waking up to the sound of the birds instead of the sound of traffic

Marianne Hoesen (57) is originally from Kerkrade in the Netherlands. In 2007, she moved to the Algarve, where she now lives near São Marcos da Serra with her partner, three dogs, and some chickens. Marianne is the woman behind saomarcosdaserra.com (about rural life in the area) and the bilingual everybodylovesportugal.com (with lots of info and […]

Henry the Navigator

Discover fascinating facts about one of Portugal’s best known princes See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine July 2017   Stay-at-home explorer Although Prince Henry (Henrique) the Navigator (1394-1460) sent many expeditions from Portugal to Africa’s west coast, he himself preferred to stay at home and never came along on these explorations. Still, […]

Vanda Rita

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine July 2017   This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Vanda Rita (45). Although the self-taught Vanda has always liked taking pictures, it wasn’t until 2011 that she started taking photography more seriously. “Every day I learn something new and look for something different. Shooting pictures is […]

Odeceixe

In the most north-western part of the Algarve, separated from the Alentejo by the river Seixe, you’ll find Odeceixe. This town is famous for being a part of the Costa Vicentina natural park and for having a river-wrapped beach. Enjoy the Algarve has a look and discovers what else there’s to do in the area. […]

Inspired by the ocean

Do you love what you’re doing? If not, you might want to follow Charlotte van Berkum’s example and choose to live your dream instead. Enjoy the Algarve meets the surfer girl on Praia da Cordoama and talks about the spirituality of surfing, the energy of mandalas and having the confidence that life will flow like […]

Listen to the lifeguards

They’re not trying to audition for Baywatch, they’re not tourist guides, and they definitely aren’t supposed to babysit your children. Instead, their job consists of saving lives, by rescuing swimmers that get into trouble at sea. Enjoy the Algarve talks to lifeguards Tiago Fraústo and Tiago Fagundes in Fuseta. “Follow our advice; it’s for your […]