Making felt slippers

With winter on its way, the time of walking around in flip flops has well and truly gone. Here at Enjoy the Algarve we want to keep our feet warm towards the end of the year, so this month we try making felt slippers in Penina, at the foot (haha) of the Rocha da Pena […]

Flyboarding

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2016 When it turned out hoverboards were a fake, Enjoy the Algarve was pretty disappointed. We really wanted to move like Marty McFly (doesn’t everybody?). So when we heard it’s possible to hover over the ocean, propelled by water jets, we immediately drove to Albufeira to try flyboarding. […]

Coasteering

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2016 Climbing, jumping, and swimming; with coasteering the coastline is your playground. This month Enjoy the Algarve heads to the cliffs near Carrapateira to try this outdoor activity. But between splashing and frolicking in the water, there’s also a rock of 12 metres high. To […]

Best view ever?

The Algarve looks pretty from above, as anyone who has ever flown into Faro airport and sat in a window seat will agree. But some people aren’t satisfied with looking down from behind a thick aircraft window; they want to experience the view while being surrounded by the elements. Experienced skydiver Ian ‘Milko’ Hodgkinson is […]

Just do it

No, we’re not a Nike commercial, but we do want to encourage you to get out of your comfort zone. Because there are so many more exciting ways to enjoy the Algarve than by just lying on your beach towel. Yes, these activities might seem scary, but they’re also really cool! This week, try something […]

A gin experience

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2016 Cocktails are a must at a party, especially in summertime. Since gin is the hippest spirit out there at the moment, this month Enjoy the Algarve follows a gin workshop in Vilamoura. Turns out there’s way more to gin than just buying the supermarket’s own brand, adding […]

Party all year long

Where’s the party? In the Algarve of course! With this festival calendar you’ll know what there’s to do every month of the year. Enjoy! (Want to know what’s on every day of the year? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.) See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2016   January: eat […]

Catamaran sailing

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine July 2016 Crossing the ocean, using only the power of the wind. Having the sun on the sea, the water splashing in your face and, if you’re really lucky, some dolphins frolicking alongside the boat; sailing is one of those activities that has a universal appeal. (Plus, those captain hats […]

Life’s better on the water

Life’s better on the water. Well, at least according to these three enthusiastic athletes who spend most of their free time in the seas, lakes and rivers of the Algarve. Here they explain why the water is the best place to be. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine July 2016   The […]

Buggy touring

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2016 Mud, rocks, sand, dust and water. Plus of course a motorised vehicle. It’s a fool-proof recipe for fun. How dirty can you possibly get? Enjoy the Algarve is about to find out as this month we try buggy riding near Loulé. “What would be more suitable […]

Dig a bit deeper

The Algarve beaches are more than just a place to lay down your towel. Look a bit closer, dig a bit deeper and discover loads of marine life hiding near the water’s edge. Like these three creatures. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2016   Starfish in rock pools A must […]

Soaking in salt

Part of the ancient salinas in Castro Marim has been turned into an outdoor spa. Apart from a wellness experience, the mineral-rich mud and saline water ponds also offer a look into the traditional heritage of this salt-producing region.  Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2016   Stepping carefully […]

Taekwondo

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2016 Most body & mind-themed sports incorporate lying on a mat, doing minimal exercise and focussing on your breathing. After an entire day sitting in front of a computer screen, this stillness would just make me more stressed. Looking for a more active way to relax, […]

Making cork jewellery

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine April 2016 Cork isn’t only used to make wine stoppers, it also makes for fashionable accessories. Lady Gaga wore a cork dress and Barack Obama has a cork tie. Naturally, Enjoy the Algarve can’t stay behind. And because there’s no better reply to the question ‘Where did you […]

Working with tadelakt

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2016 The most creative you can get? Build your own house; it’s DIY to the max. It also takes a long time. Maybe start a bit smaller. A tadelakt coat, for example, can basically turn your bathroom into a Moroccan-style wellness palace. Longing for a silky […]

Donkey trekking

400kg of donkey isn’t easily convinced See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine February 2016 Why donkey walking, you ask? Well, it’s like walking a dog, but three times better. 1: they’re bigger, so easier to stroke while walking. 2: they carry your luggage, so you don’t have to (which is a big plus. […]

Get off that couch!

Life’s too nice to spend it in front of the telly. This year, be a bit more active and get some outdoor exercise. For example by taking a walk. First need a break after the festive season? Visit a spa and chill out. New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes. This year, let’s […]

Sun, snow & skiing

We know, it’s not in the Algarve. But since there isn’t any snow on the Fóia (and no chairlifts in the Monchique mountains either), those looking for a skiing holiday have to search outside of Portugal. Not too far – the Sierra Nevada in Spain is just 450kms away from the eastern Algarve. It’s not your […]

Mountain biking

The scenery is spectacular, but one wrong turn and you go off a 20m high cliff See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2016 Apparently John F. Kennedy once said that ‘Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike’. This month, we’re upping both the fun and the fear factor by […]

Making tibornas

Tuna muxama: That’s tuna which is prepared in exactly the same way as smoked ham. It’s traditional from this region and very expensive as nowadays there’s only one guy in the Algarve producing it See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine December 2015 Friends are coming over for a drink (and secretly expect to […]

Ecokart landsailing

Being so close to the ground gives an extra sense of speed and the faster it goes, the bumpier the ride See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2015 Keen on sailing and surfing but don’t want to get wet? Looking for a thrill ride but without the polluting exhaust fumes? And want […]

Holistic riding

Horses aren’t born to carry people. It’s very kind that they do, but they shouldn’t be forced to See original article in Enjoy the Algarve magazine October 2015 How do you move a 500kg horse? Carrot or stick. But there are other options as well. In a valley near Carrapateira on the Algarve’s west coast, the […]

Surf’s up

Eat, sleep, surf, repeat. If the swell is good, there’s no need to do anything else in the Algarve. How to make sure your time in the water is a great one? By following these four steps: Get some pointers. Prepare your trip. Pick the right place. Play in the sea! Picture above by Clive […]

Stand Up Paddleboarding

With SUP, you can do everything, you can always do it and it’s always fun See original article in Enjoy the Algarve magazine September 2015 Want to feel like a surfer, but aren’t keen on terrifying waves? Fancy a workout, but a fun one? Looking for the nice water scenery of canoeing, but with a bit […]