Hovercrafting

Land, water, rocks, sand. You name it, the hovercraft deals with it. It’s off-road to the max as you’re riding on air. Always keen to try out something new, this month Enjoy the Algarve tries hovercrafting near Portimão. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2017   They look like a cross between an […]

Cooking cataplana

Food is important in Portugal. Algarvians don’t only care about preparing and eating the dish, they also take the time to select good ingredients and enjoy their dinner conversation. Fed up with hastily put together meals eaten behind the computer, Enjoy the Algarve learns how to cook cataplana near Tavira. See the original article in Enjoy […]

Ultralight flying

What to do if the towns are full, the countryside is crowded and the beaches are packed, but you still want to enjoy the lovely weather? The answer: go flying! This month Enjoy the Algarve gets away from the summer crowds and takes off in an ultralight airplane in Marim, near Olhão. (Spoiler: it’s absolutely amazing!!!) See […]

Wakeboarding

First thing that comes to mind when you hear ‘Algarve + watersports’? Probably surfing or something else in the sea. But you don’t have to be in the ocean to have fun. Enjoy the Algarve has a go at cable wakeboarding in Lagos (and finds out that ‘no paddling needed’ doesn’t automatically mean your arms […]

Pottery

Though it looks like effortless magic when done by an expert, it’s actually complex craftsmanship that takes a lot of work, as we soon find out. Wanting those cool ceramic cups you see in every souvenir store and keen to get our hands dirty, this month, Enjoy the Algarve follows a pottery workshop near Moncarapacho.  […]

Learning about the Portuguese water dog

They have webbed feet, can dive and love to swim. No, we don’t mean ducks. This month, Enjoy the Algarve learns more about fishermen’s best furry friend: the cão de água.  See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2017   I always thought Gustave the Dog was pretty energetic. That was, until […]

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 […]

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 […]

Karting

Annoyed by slowcoaches on the road, secretly pretending to be an F1 racer and somehow always having trouble to keep that needle below 50km/h? Chances are you have a serious need for speed (the other possibility is that you just drive like a twat). Anyway, Enjoy the Algarve is keen to step on the gas […]

Cleaning the beach

Because rubbish doesn’t belong on a beach. Because Straw Patrol is an awesome initiative. Because fish and birds shouldn’t eat plastic. Because there are still idiots who throw their wrappers and cigarette butts in the sand. Need more reasons? Read on; this month Enjoy the Algarve tries cleaning the beach of Ilha de Faro. See […]

Making carob liquor

The Algarve’s most famous firewater is, of course, Medronho. But for those who’d rather have something with a bit less kick, there are many other types of locally made liquors. Enjoy the Algarve is more than happy to try them all. This month, we try making carob liquor in Lugar da Renda, near Loulé. See […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]