Alexandre Manuel

We have to protect the particular Algarve beauty from mass tourism. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2016 This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Alexandre Manuel (36) who lives in Lagos: “Close to the west coast and the Costa Vicentina Natural Park: a great place for photography.” Alexandre studied photography and cinema as an […]

Plant power

The Algarve is full of wild herbs and flowers. And apart from pretty, these shrubs are also useful. Herbalist Fernanda Botelho travels across Portugal, sharing plant stories, creating herb gardens in schools and bringing back herbal memories in old people´s homes. She’s an expert on the healing power of plants and has published various books on […]

No clothes needed

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2016 Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez unless stated otherwise   It has nothing to do with sex or eroticism, it isn’t only old people practising it and it’s also not just for hippies. The three most common misconceptions about naturism are a lot of bollocks. What […]

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 […]

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 […]

May 2016 – Body & Soul

The May 2016 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Body & Soul, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with your friends. In it, we focus on how to be zen in the south of Portugal. From yoga (or: how to do the vrikasana pose) and meditation (the Algarve’s best spots) to alternative […]

Silves

A long time ago, when Silves was still called Xelb, it was the capital of the Algarve. Back then, the region was ruled by the Moors and called Al-Gharb. Nowadays, the inland city is a must visit destination in August, when the Medieval Festival is on, but also worth a trip any other time of […]

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 […]

Piri piri sauce

Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s most spicy sauce See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine April 2016   Crushed chillies Originally from Portugal, piri piri sauce (sometimes called peri peri) is also popular in Angola, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa. The basic ingredients of this molho picante (spicy sauce) are crushed chillies, lemon juice and oil. […]

Vitor Pina

Most people hear the word ‘Algarve’ and think of sea, beaches and golf, but that’s only a small part of the region. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine April 2016 This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Vitor Pina (40) who is originally from Portimão, but currently lives in Boliqueime. Vitor has always been […]

Preparing tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

Today’s children are the next generation of entrepreneurs. But how to prepare schoolkids who’re used to sitting in a classroom, listening (or not) to what their teachers tell them, for setting up their own business one day? JA Portugal is part of Junior Achievement, a global educational non-profit organisation that promotes entrepreneurship among youngsters. Its mission: […]

Proudly produced in Portugal

Was the country long time a symbol for just fish and cork, nowadays Portugal boasts other innovations as well. Its craftsmanship and relatively low labour costs make it the place to be for upcoming industries. As the country expands its reach on a global stage, IT-start-ups, clothes and shoes are just three of the products […]

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 […]

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 […]

April 2016 – made in Portugal

The April 2016 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, made in Portugal, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with your friends. In it, you’ll find a lot of things that are produced in Portugal. From traditional stuff like cork, fish and porco preto, to IT, footwear and clothing. We focus on the […]

Alfarroba

Discover fascinating facts about the fruit of one of the most famous Algarve trees See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2016   No need to water Weirdly shaped, the carob bean, alfarroba in Portuguese, hangs from the tree like a pea. It’s also sometimes called a pod. Inside, you’ll find many small beans as well […]

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 […]

John de Freitas

I see the Algarve as an open canvas See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2016 This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is self-taught John de Freitas (57) who was born in Funchal, Madeira. He moved to Canada in 1977, but for the last six years, he’s been spending most of the winter in the […]

Spray art

Most artists create on canvas or paper. Not the Portuguese Dário Silva (29), better known as Sen. Together with his south-African friend Sergio (33), a.k.a. Bean, the Olhão born artist uses the walls of the seaside city as canvas for his creations. Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine […]

Inspired by the Algarve

Artists explain how the Algarve inspires them when creating their art. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2016   Teresa Mariano:  “The Algarve inspires me with every breath I take; literally every time I breathe in the hot and sweet aromas in the air here. I was born in the […]

How to become an Algarve artist

With its great light, the Algarve draws in all kinds of aspiring artists, from expats fulfilling their lifelong creative dreams to tourists learning new skills on art-themed holidays. But not all those who splatter some paint on a canvas will become the next Picasso. (Or, to lower the bar a bit, sell a painting or […]

Creative colourful cooperative

Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2016 The art on display in Fábrica dos Sentidos has one thing in common: namely that it doesn’t have anything in common. There are incredible intricate one-line-drawings, but also didgeridoos. You’ll find new urban graffiti next to old traditional azulejos. Oh, 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 […]