‘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 […]

‘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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Friends think we live on the beach. We go there about once a year…

Photographers Natasha (34) and Dan (35) Birch live in Pata de Cima. Although Dan’s parents are from the UK, he was born in the Algarve, in Faro. Natasha is from London and moved to the south of Portugal about six years ago. Together, the husband and wife team form Birch Photography. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve […]

My favourite spot? Wherever the waves are excellent

Rik Dejonghe (47) is originally from Bruges. In 2008 he swapped Belgium for the south of Portugal, where he now lives in Figueira. Apart from an enthusiastic surfer, Rik is also the founder of surfboard shop Magic Board Center in Lagos. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2017   What inspired you to […]

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 – […]

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 […]

You don’t need to travel far to see true beauty

Lewis Moulson (18) is originally from the UK, where he lived in Disley (Stockport, Cheshire). In 2005, he moved to the Portugal with his parents. He now lives in Albufeira and is currently finishing his A-levels at Nobel International School. Lewis is also owner of videography and photography company Chilli Pepper Productions. See the original […]

I love arriving at Faro airport

Flexpat James Cave (30) is originally from Ireland and lives together with his girlfriend Jemma (30), who’s from Scotland. The copywriting couple has lived all over the world; in 2013 they came to Portugal. When in the Algarve, one of their favourite places, they usually live in Silves. Together, Jemma and James make the Portugalist, […]

Simple, pure & beautiful

Expat Sima Soltani (51) is originally from Iran, but has lived in Holland for 15 years. In 1999, she moved to the south of Portugal where she now lives in Sesmarias (Albufeira) with her two dogs, Lily and Richy. Sima is a health, sport and wellness coach and has her own company SIMAFIT sapvasten, which […]

Happiness is never far below the surface here

Expat Paul Rees (58) is originally from Britain. Having considered the Algarve his second home since the 1980s, he moved to the south of Portugal in 2003 and now lives in Olhão with Janet. Paul is the owner of community-based news and information site algarvedailynews.com. Pictures by Jeff from Pension Bicuar, Olhão See the original article […]

The alfresco lifestyle is impossible to resist

Chris White (35) is originally from St Ives in Cornwall (UK). After living in seven different countries, he moved from Spain to the Algarve in 2007 and now lives in Vale do Lobo. There, he started his own company, boutique estate agency Ideal Homes Portugal. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2016 What inspired you to move to the […]

One look and we were sold

This month we meet Alyson (47) and Dave (59) Sheldrake and ask them 12 questions about their move to the Algarve. Originally from the UK, the artistic couple bought a house in the south of Portugal in 2006 and moved there permanently four years later. Living in Ferragudo, Alyson is a painter and Dave a photographer. […]

No more taking the bus in the rain

Don McGowan (41) is originally from Kilwinning in Scotland. He settled permanently in the Algarve with his partner Ellie and their son Rory in April 2015 and lives in Burgau. Don’s a busy guy: apart from full time app developer, web & graphic designer, he’s also the director of Explore Algarve, a semi-pro photographer, music creator and almost […]

Embrace the easy-going lifestyle

Sarah Hendrickx (48) is a freelance writer and blogger living in the hills north of Tavira with her partner, Keith (47) and a whole bunch of geckos. Originally from Brighton in South East England, she’s currently writing a book about how to move to another country, which is due to be published in early 2017. See the original […]

Just like a holiday

This month we meet John Martin Bradley (54) and ask him 12 questions about his move to the Algarve. Originally from the UK, John moved to the south of Portugal two years ago. Together with his children Thomas (15) and Tilly (13) and husky dog Amy, he now lives in the centre of Lagos where he […]

Follow your intuition

This month we meet Carin Carli (45) and ask her 12 questions about her move to the Algarve. Originally from Holland, Carin moved to the south of Portugal just over four years ago. She now lives in Boliqueime, together with her English boyfriend Andy (48), a sports physiotherapist, and their five cats. Carin is a […]

Be as extravagant as you want

This month we meet Paula Rocha (55) and ask her 12 questions about her move to the Algarve. Originally from Porto in the north of the country, Paula lived for a long time in Lisbon. She moved to the south of Portugal 20 years ago and first lived near Olhão. Together with her mother and […]

More space to be creative

This month we meet Miep (62) and Peter (67) Hollinga and ask them 12 questions about their move to the Algarve. Originally from Holland, Miep and Peter moved to the south of Portugal 16 years ago and now live close to Fuseta, where they own a caravan storage. Their son Frank (21) currently studies in […]

Connecting with nature

This month we meet Maré Martínez and ask her 12 questions about her move to the Algarve. Originally from Spain, Maré moved to the south of Portugal seven years ago; she now lives in the hills near Santo Estêvão. When she isn’t enjoying the Algarve nature, she works in Kozii, a clothes shop in Tavira. See […]

Lunchtime is holy here

This month we meet Joya Derrix (51) and Har Klunder (59) and ask them 12 questions about their move to the Algarve. The Dutch couple moved to the south of Portugal five years ago; currently they live in the countryside near Moncarapacho. Combining Joya’s background in managing with Har’s experience in photography, together they’ve set […]

The Portuguese prefer it with mayo

This month we meet Jürgen Sandkühler (60) and ask him 12 questions about his move to the Algarve. Originally from Germany, Jürgen already moved to the south of Portugal in 1999 and currently lives near Arroteia with his dog Blacky. All over the East Algarve, he’s best known for his German bratwurst which he sells […]

The sun here gives me energy

This month we meet Elly van Hulst (56) and ask her 12 questions about her move to the Algarve. The Dutch ex-athlete moved to the south of Portugal 18 years ago. Before that, she was a world class runner who competed in two Olympic Games; her world record on the 3000m stood unbeaten for over […]