5 tips to enjoy Christmas without snow

The best thing about Christmas (well, apart from reindeer and presents)? Snow of course! Bing Crosby couldn’t have put it better: ‘May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.’ X-mas is about snowball fights, romantic snow walks and making a snowman. Therefore, snow is basically essential. How else would […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 foodie souvenir tips

Looking for a typical Portuguese present for friends or family abroad? You could of course go to the nearest China-shop and spend €1.75 on a Portuguese flag or a plastic fridge magnet showing the rooster of Barcelos. You could also purchase a souvenir that’s actually made in Portugal. Don’t know what to get? Food is […]

5 things to do on a deserted island

No, don’t worry, we’re not going to give you entertainment ideas to keep yourself busy on Ilha Barreta (aka Ilha Deserta) Instead, we suggest you leave your computer or (i)Phone at home and just enjoy. ‘But what to do if there’s nothing to do?’, you ask. Use your senses – here are five tips. See […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 tips to speed things up a bit

Algarvians are pretty relaxed. They always have time for a chat or a cup of coffee and the Portuguese ‘amanha, amanha’ lifestyle looks a lot like its Spanish ‘mañana, mañana’ counterpart. This can be extremely annoying if you want to get things done ASAP, like shopping or getting a fiscal number.  Next time when you’re in […]

5 simple solutions to save the world

With the emphasis on simple. We know, these tips are mega-childish, but there are still people out there who don’t dispose of their trash correctly or leave the tap running while they’re putting toothpaste on their toothbrush. We’ve dumbed it down a bit so they can also understand. Plus, we’ve made it into a game. […]

5 wine cocktails

Don’t fancy wine by itself? Want to spice it up a bit? Try something new and use vinho in a cocktail.  Yes, there’s sangria of course, but there’s so much more you can make with wine. Next time you’re thirsty, try one of these five. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine […]

5 tips to provide your own dinner

Need food? You could of course go to a restaurant or shop. But in the Algarve, it’s also possible to go back to basic and do it yourself. Five tips to take care of your own dinner. (A plus: it might teach your kids that fish doesn’t grow in fish-stick shapes in the freezer section […]

5 tips to use coffee in the kitchen

Coffee improves your energy levels, is full of anti-oxidants and even contains some nutrients. Enough reasons to use it in your cooking. Now everyone knows you can use coffee to make tiramisu, add it to cakes or just serve with a shot of liquor and some cream. Boring! Next time you’re in the kitchen, try […]

5 tips to not be an idiot

There’s being a fearless daredevil and there’s being a stupid idiot. You want to aim for the first, not the latter. How to do that in the Algarve? By following these five tips. Well, the first four. Background picture by Kyle Rodriguez   See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2016 […]

5 tips to party like a local

Having a party in the Algarve is not the same as partying like an Algarvian. The difference is in the details. Follow these five tips, practise a few words of Portuguese and you’ll be sorted. Background picture by Kyle Rodriguez See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2016   1. Start late […]

5 tips to enjoy tap water

The Algarve’s tap water is gross. Although it won’t kill you, it’s full of chlorine and tastes like you’ve opened your mouth underwater in a public swimming pool (minus the urine). Still, buying bottled water adds to the already too large plastic pollution problem. How to enjoy a glass of tap water in the south of Portugal? […]

5 tips to not be a dirty scrounger when camping wild

Although wild camping (aka free camping) is banned the Algarve, a lot of people do it. It’s cheap, fun and adventurous. Fair enough. But rows of campervans that occupy parking places and annoy the hell out of everyone sucks. How to make sure that both residents and other tourists don’t think you’re a total prick? […]

5 yoga poses to destress

Yoga is a great way to relax. In the Algarve, you’ll find dozens of retreats and classes, as well as many beaches to practise your moves. Model Liselot Sijm shows the yoga poses that are best to let go of inner tension and anxiety.  Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May […]

5 cool Portuguese inventions

The Portuguese have invented the Via Verde. This is an electronic toll collection system (think: A22) which completely sucks, according to Enjoy the Algarve and 83.9%* of the other people living in the south of Portugal. Apart from this utter fiasco, luckily they’ve also invented some pretty awesome stuff. Here are the coolest Portuguese inventions in history. (*we’ve […]

5 arty alternatives

Arts & crafts, but different Bored of painting landscapes, sculpting or making pottery? Or just don’t have the money to follow an art course and/or buy a block of marble? Here are five affordable alternatives to create arty stuff in the Algarve.   See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2016   […]

5 Tips to live eco-friendly

We may not be able to reduce global warming, end oceanic pollution and save endangered species single-handedly, but we can at least do our bit by choosing to live an earth-friendly lifestyle. Here are five ways to live more sustainable in the Algarve. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine February 2016   1. […]

5 Algarve organisations to support

Giving is more fun than getting, isn’t it? Make a difference and do something good for someone else this year. These Algarve-based organisations could use your help. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2016   1. ACCA kids What: ACCA kids supports children in need in the Algarve. It’s based in Almancil and […]