The dangers of one of the safest countries in the world

Currently, Portugal is one of the five most peaceful countries in this world. However, it wasn’t always this way. Over time, Arab invasions, earthquakes and dictatorships have made way for pickpockets, reckless drivers and cheap drinks. Still, the feeling of saudade remains. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine April 2017 Some pickpockets, […]

Creating your dreams is such a good feeling

Marelle Boersma (59) & Jan Kostelijk (61) are originally from Wageningen in the Netherlands. In the summer of 2015, they moved to the Algarve where they now live close to São Marcos da Serra. Marelle is a writer and writing teacher. Check out her work on www.marelleboersma.nl. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – […]

Tough enough?

Extreme obstacle races like Spartan Race and Tough Mudder have become pretty popular in the last decades, especially in the UK and USA. Now Portugal joins in the action with Tribal Clash, which will be held in the Algarve end of this month. Enjoy the Algarve wonders how to prepare for an event that promises […]

Messines

Officially called São Bartolomeu de Messines, the inland town of Messines (that’s what the locals call it) lies between Silves and Alte. It’s the birthplace of poet João de Deus. Nearby you’ll also find hikes and a cool James Bond style dam. Enjoy the Algarve discovers the entire Messines area. See the original article in Enjoy […]

5 dangers of the Algarve

Forget about sharks, snakes and spiders. They probably won’t hurt you. Things like rock falls, processionary caterpillars, forest fires, roundabouts and ocean currents; those are the real dangers of the Algarve. Here are five survival tips. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine April 2017 1. Falling rocks What? Every year cliffs […]

Jorge Sousa

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine April 2017   The Portuguese Jorge Sousa (30) bought his first camera not long ago, in 2016. “I guess my interest started when seeing the pictures of my brother, photographer Carlos Sousa. My curiosity got even bigger when I started working in the warehouse of photography shop […]

Wild boar around?

If you go hiking in the Algarvian countryside and are an early riser, chances are you’ll spot a wild boar on your walk. Javali, as these creatures are called in Portuguese, usually move at night and in the early morning hours. What to do (or, more important: what NOT to do) if you encounter a […]

Ginja

Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s traditional sweet cherry liquor. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine April 2017 Picture by Rosino Morello cherries, alcohol & loads of sugar Those are basically the three things you need for ginja. Infuse the sour ginja berries (fruits of the Prunus cerasus austere) in aguardente, add plenty of […]

Algarve survival 101

Shouting ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!’ obviously isn’t going to help when you’re lost in the wilderness. But what is? Since Enjoy the Algarve sucks at reading maps and always explores new roads, we often end up somewhere we don’t know. Better ask Pedro Alves of Escola do Mato how to survive if we’d […]

A high ropes course

The best thing about living like Tarzan and/or Jane in the jungle? Cuddling monkeys, swinging from vines and climbing trees of course. Enjoy the Algarve also wants a part of this adventurous treetop lifestyle, so this month we try it all (apart from cuddling monkeys) at the Parque Aventura near Albufeira. See the original article […]

April 2017 – Into the wild

The April 2017 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Into the wild, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with all your friends. In it, we talk with bushcraft and survival expert Pedro Alves of Escola do Mato, swing between tree tops on a zip line, learn what not to do […]

Live slow, drive slower

Is living in a couple of square metres on wheels while travelling the world as relaxed as it sounds? Enjoy the Algarve meets digital nomads Hedwig Wiebes and Jeroen Bosman in the south of Portugal. “We do worry, but only about where we’ll sleep that night.” All pictures courtesy of Hedwig & Jeroen  See the […]

I don’t miss my plastic lunchbox

Cees Groenewegen (51) is originally from the Netherlands, where he lived in Middelburg. In 2010, he moved to the Algarve with his wife Paula. He now lives in Paderne (near Albufeira), where he works as a musician and writer. Cees is also a web-entrepreneur, check out his website www.winterinalgarve.com. See the original article in Enjoy the […]

Friends, not food

Dishes like grilled sardines and pork sausages are very popular in the Algarve. But an increasing number of people prefer to let the animals live and eat something else instead. And yes, there’s more to being vegetarian or vegan than nibbling on a carrot stick. Enjoy the Algarve talks to Melanie Pascual, owner of vegan […]

Olhos de Água

Quick, visit before the summer months bring along thousands of tourists. The village isn’t that special, but the beach of Olhos de Água is too pretty (and way too small) to share with masses of other sun seekers. Enjoy the Algarve explores the area and tells you what not to miss. See the original article […]

José Ramos

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2017   The Portuguese José Ramos (34) has always been passionate about nature and art creation. José: “One day, 11 years ago, I decided to buy a simple compact camera to capture snapshots. However, in a strongly unconscious way, I found myself occasionally making photos purely […]

Vasco da Gama

Discover fascinating facts about one of Portugal’s best known explorers See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2017   Sailor family The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was born in the 1460s (some say it was 1460, others claim it was 1469, Enjoy the Algarve isn’t sure) to a noble family in Sines. […]

#lovemylife

It’s all about image nowadays. So forget about Portugal’s massive unemployment rate, the many abandoned dogs and cats here, and the fact that you’ve been showering with cold water for the last ten days as your boiler still isn’t fixed. Instead, show how cool your Algarve life is and how brilliant a time you’re having. […]

Put your life on hold and enjoy

There’s more to life than having loads of money and a fancy car. Inner happiness for example. The Swedish Kinga Lundblad (56) is aiming for just that. With her company Leventa she gives Algarve-based conferences which focus on enhancing your emotional intelligence. Enjoy the Algarve talks to Kinga about emotional intelligence and how this leads […]

5 hippie alternatives

Don’t have a VW campervan (yet)? Want to try out the lifestyle before turning into a real hippie? Spend a night in one of these five Algarvian alternatives to see if the natural, nomadic, no worries way of living is something for you.  See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2017 Picture […]

Playing the didgeridoo

Hippies do it, musicians do it and Aborigines have been doing it for 40,000 years now. Wondering how on earth it’s possible to produce sound by blowing into a long hollow tube, this month, Enjoy the Algarve tries playing the didgeridoo in Penina. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2017 The […]

March 2017 – Don’t worry, be hippie!

The March 2017 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Don’t worry, be hippie, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with all your friends. In it, we play the didgeridoo, learn about emotional intelligence, eat vegan and ask digital nomads if travelling the world while living in a van is as […]

Smoke on the water

Seeing as the Algarve is semi-surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, it’s only logical to continue all this racing business on the water. With F1H2O, a little H2O is added to F1 racing. F1H2-what? Enjoy the Algarve explains. Pictures by Vittorio Ubertone/Idea Marketing See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine February 2017   What […]

Go even faster

There are plenty of high speed activities in the Algarve. No, we’re not going to name them all, you’re pretty capable of doing a Google-search by yourself. What we will do, however, is up the momentum by giving you some tips to go even faster next time. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – […]