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 […]

#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 […]

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 – […]

Move over Speedy Gonzales

OK, so we don’t have any cheetahs in the Algarve (or in the rest of Portugal for that matter). Fair enough. But these Algarve animals are all way faster than that stupid mouse with its giant yellow sombrero. ¡Arriba, arriba! ¡Ándale, ándale! See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine February 2017   Sea: sailfish Swimming […]

Biker’s paradise

Many people ride bicycles in the Algarve. But there’s cycling and there’s cycling. João Jesus and Filipe Baião definitely fall in the more extreme category as they practise enduro and downhill biking. In other words: they jump over roads and cycle with up to 60km/h on trails so steep most normal people would need climbing […]

Living off the land

Going back is the way forward, at least when it comes to farming. Ditch the pesticides and the heavy machinery and work in harmony with nature like they did centuries ago. Organic agriculture is popular again, also in Portugal, where more and more people make a change from supermarket-bought to home-grown. Enjoy the Algarve investigates […]

Animal-education

Conservation starts with education. This is also the case with wildlife: you first have to know about the animals living in the south of Portugal, before you can help protecting them. Next time, instead of going to the beach yet again, broaden your horizons and learn something new about the wildlife in the Algarve. Here […]

Bye bye balls

Harsh as it might sound, those testicles will have to come off. Because with thousands of stray dogs in the Algarve, it’s not an option not to neuter your dog. Enjoy the Algarve talks to Kerry Gross and Faith Clements of AEZA, a charitable organisation that gives hundreds of stray dogs in the western Algarve […]

Algarve, we have a problem

Or actually, we have three rather big environmental problems in the south of Portugal. Want to know what they are and how to solve them? Read on! See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2017   Oil drillings The problem: the oil and gas drillings that are already taking place in the […]

Wineland Portugal

One thing is certain: it’s more than just port and vinho verde. But although most of us drink a glass (or two) with our dinner and know which local restaurants offer the nicest vinho de mesa with their prato do dia, how much do we really know about this country’s fermented grape juice? From the […]

Reuse your wine bottles

It can become a bit embarrassing, driving 18 empty wine bottles to the recycling bins every week… Especially if those bins are located opposite a house where a local lady spends all the time looking out the window, no doubt muttering about these boozy foreigners with their drinking parties. You could of course play empty-bottle-bowling, […]

The future’s orange

Name the most important ingredient of wine. Ten to one your answer is grapes. Not always though. Japan and Korea produce plum wine, in Guadeloupe they have banana wine, and in the Odelouca valley near Silves, Nick and Stella Downs make wine out of oranges. Why? “It’s very difficult to find anything that’s as good […]

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, a lot. No matter whether it’s renovating a house or changing a light bulb, if you do it yourself but don’t have a clue of what you’re doing, there’s a surprising big room for errors. Now, we’re not saying to leave everything to the experts (where would be the fun in that?). But do […]

Building boards

Yes, it’s entirely possible to create your own surfboard out of wood. Enjoy the Algarve visits surfboard builder José Antunes who takes DIY to the max, and then to the waves. He goes back to basics, spending up to 100 hours to build his eco-friendly creations. Plus: he gives workshops on how to build your own […]

Garden creations

With the weather being cold & cloudy, now is the time to create some nice outside areas to drink a mojito/sangria/cold beer. No, that’s not a joke. Let’s be honest, there’s no way you’ll even contemplate doing this in summertime when it’s 37˚C again. So do it now, enjoy later. Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez See the […]

Algarve basic life skills

Just moved? Planning on living here? On holiday for a longer period of time? From simple things such as going shopping, to more complicated things like buying a car, here in the Algarve stuff goes a bit different from what you might be used to back home. Yes, there are concierge services who can arrange […]

The search for perfect coffee

Some people are happy with any coffee-like beverage as long as it’s hot and wakes them up; others strive for perfection. Founder of Academia do Café Sandra Azevedo belongs to the latter category. Passionate about beans & brewing, she doesn’t rest until great coffee is available everywhere in Portugal. Because this isn’t yet the case, she […]

Coffee culture

From seeds that were smuggled into Brazil to statues of frequent café visitors in Lisbon, Enjoy the Algarve explores the world of Portuguese coffee. Next time you’re drinking a bica in your local restaurant (or having a capsule-brew from your machine at home) read this instead of the newspaper. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine […]

Nectar from the serra

The honey you buy in supermarkets is mostly mass-manufactured, processed and pasteurised. Shame, as this way all the good qualities disappear. In the Algarve, some beekeepers still produce honey the artisanal way. Enjoy the Algarve visits beekeeper and small-scale honey producer José Chumbinho to find out more about the syrupy liquid that’s also called ‘nectar […]

Dangerously cute

There are some scary animals in the Algarve. Like the Lataste Viper, a poisonous snake which is about 50cm long, grey and has zigzag markings. Or the brown recluse spider, a biting nasty little creepy crawler. Better steer clear of those two. There is, however, no need to worry when you run into one of […]

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 […]

Playing with fire

Your parents probably told you not to do it. Still, highlight of many Algarve festivals are shows in which the performers literally play with fire. Enjoy the Algarve takes a closer look at the Nascer da Terra show in Silves and talks to the artists about their passion. Warning: hot contents. Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez […]