Alcoutim

If you’d summarise a day in Alcoutim using just four words, it’d be something like ‘relaxing on the riverside’. Located in the north-eastern part of the Algarve, with only the Guadiana as Spanish border, life in the small town flows as gently as the river does. Enjoy the Algarve spends a chilled out day in […]

5 arty alternatives

Arts & crafts, but different Bored of painting landscapes, sculpting or making pottery? Or just don’t have the money to follow an art course and/or buy a block of marble? Here are five affordable alternatives to create arty stuff in the Algarve.   See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2016   […]

March 2016 – create!

The March 2016 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Create! is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with your friends. In it, you’ll find everything you’ll need in order to create your own Algarve masterpiece (well, apart from any actual tools or materials…). What we have got for you is a feature on graffiti, […]

5 Tips to live eco-friendly

We may not be able to reduce global warming, end oceanic pollution and save endangered species single-handedly, but we can at least do our bit by choosing to live an earth-friendly lifestyle. Here are five ways to live more sustainable in the Algarve. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine February 2016   1. […]

Cork – planting for future generations

Plant one now so your grandchildren can enjoy it later. There’s no type of tree this principle applies to as much as the cork oak, the only tree whose bark can be harvested without killing it. Recyclable, reusable and 100% natural: all in all, cork is pretty eco-friendly. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – […]

Twelve months of gardening

Want to make the world a greener place? Start small, for example with your own garden. But how to get the best out of your land in the dry and hot Algarve? Enjoy the Algarve asked the expert, Justin Wride, to supply us with top gardening tips for every month of the year.  See original article in Enjoy […]

Save the seas

A place to go swimming, surfing and SUPing. But also a daily source of fresh sardines and mackerel. Living in the Algarve means living near the sea. Apart from the western border with Spain, the south of Portugal is basically surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately, the oceans are polluted by over 5 trillion (that’s […]

Cachopo

Visit the Serra do Caldeirão in early spring, as temperatures are still pleasant instead of scorching hot. Enjoy the Algarve spends a day in Cachopo, a tiny village where time seems to have stood still and old rural traditions such as weaving, blacksmithing and saddle making are proudly kept alive. When visiting the area, don’t miss these […]

Valter Jacinto

I don’t have a favourite spot because everywhere in the south of Portugal there’s a lot to see See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine February 2016 This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Valter Jacinto (41) who lives in Faro. The Portuguese Valter got interested in photography in December 2002, when he bought his […]

Common chameleon

Discover fascinating facts about the colour-changing reptile found in south of Portugal See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine February 2016   Earth lions Yes, most chameleon-type animals are found in Africa and Madagascar. But the common chameleon, aka Mediterranean chameleon (in case you’re interested, its scientific name is Chamaeleo chamaeleon) has been introduced […]

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 […]

February 2016 – Going green

The February 2016 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Going green is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with your friends. In it, you’ll find a lot of eco-friendly features. Like a story about the Aquapower Expedition (a sailing trip across the Atlantic Ocean with the goal of making plastic pollution visible), […]

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 […]

Aljezur

High up in the northwest corner of the Algarve, you’ll find Aljezur. Enjoy the Algarve spends a day in the green valley town and its surroundings and finds out what there is to do and see. Don’t miss these six things when visiting! See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2016 Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez   Buy some […]

5 Algarve organisations to support

Giving is more fun than getting, isn’t it? Make a difference and do something good for someone else this year. These Algarve-based organisations could use your help. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2016   1. ACCA kids What: ACCA kids supports children in need in the Algarve. It’s based in Almancil and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Luís Lopes Silva

You name it, we have it in the Algarve! See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2016 This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Luís Lopes Silva (41) who lives in Albufeira. Luís got interested in photography when he was a kid; his mum bought a camera and, curious as he was, he ended […]

Port

Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s most famous fortified wine See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2016   Douro Valley Port is a fortified wine, which means a distilled grape spirit, brandy, is added to the wine during the production process. This stops the fermentation and boosts the alcohol content. It’s produced in the […]

January 2016 – Get off that couch!

The January 2016 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Get off that couch!, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with your friends. In it, you’ll find a lot of exercise. From mountain biking on the clifftops of Lagos (win a ride in our competition) to walking in the Ria Formosa Nature […]

Chef’s recipe – Leonel Pereira

Born in Martinlongo in the Alcoutim area, Leonel Pereira is one of the most talented Portuguese chefs. He’s head chef at restaurant São Gabriel in Quinta do Lago which has, this year again, been awarded a Michelin Star. Leonel’s cooking combines traditional Portuguese flavours with a contemporary twist and all his dishes show his Algarvian roots. See […]

Porco preto

Tradition is important in the Portuguese cuisine, especially when it comes to porco preto. In the Monchique region, producing Portugal’s most flavoursome meat is done by methods that have been passed on from generation to generation. According to the local Iberian black pig farmers, this is the only way to keep the traditional flavours alive. […]

Olhão

It’s the unofficial graffiti capital of the Algarve and many of the houses in the old town centre have almost fallen apart. Sounds a bit crappy? You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Enjoy the Algarve spends a day in Olhão and has completely fallen for this charming and authentic fishing town. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – […]