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 […]

An ode to olive oil

Olive oil; it’s a huge part of the Portuguese diet. And a tasty one. Connoisseurs sample different varieties of oil like they would taste different wines. Some of the best extra virgin olive oils in the world are produced here in the Algarve, in Moncarapacho. In Monte Rosa you’ll find modern machines, but ancient traditions. […]

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 […]

Megan Melling

Because of the Arab influence, the Algarve has a huge variety of ingredients See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine December 2015 This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Megan Melling (24) who lives in Lagos. Born American, but grown up in the Algarve, Megan studied Cookery and Food Production in Estoril. She got interested […]

Cataplana

Discover fascinating facts about one of the symbols of the Algarve’s cuisine See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine December 2015   Food or pan? Confusion alert: the word cataplana is both used for the pan and for the dish inside it. The cooking device is traditionally made from copper. It consists of two clam […]

5 foodie Algarve Christmas presents

What to get your mum/brother/auntie/grandpa/neighbour/friend for Christmas? Not a clue? We neither. But if they like food, they might enjoy one of the gifts below. We’ve even included tips about the suitability of the presents. (Disclaimer: Enjoy the Algarve can’t be held responsible for disappointed friends or relatives who would rather have received a new car, socks, […]

December 2015 – Bom apetite!

The December 2015 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Bom apetite!, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with your friends. In it, you’ll find features about two very important ingredients of the traditional Algarve cuisine: olive oil and porco preto. There’s also a story about making tibornas at 11 da Villa, various market snacks, […]

Kellie & James Hardie

The Algarve makes a great place for photographers due to the different topography See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2015 his month’s Picture Perfect photographers are Kellie (43) and James (44) Hardie who live in Paderne. They’re originally from the UK, where James was a member of the Royal Photographic Society, and […]

Fado

Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s best-known folk music See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2015   History: Although Fado can be traced back to the 1820s, its origin isn’t clear. Some say it’s Arabic, some say it comes from Brazil, and others think Portuguese sailors started it. A popular Portuguese saying describes […]

Staying for winter

Not a clue how to spend the dark days of winter in the Algarve? Read on. On the next pages two couples reveal their favourite activity for when the weather is OK, but not good enough to lie on a beach. Since sometimes the weather isn’t OK at all, there’s also advice on what to […]

VRSA

Vila Real de Santo António (aka VRSA), on the coastal area close to the Spanish border, is a great base for a not too touristy daytrip. Visiting Ayamonte (Spain), Fábrica, Cacela Velha, Castro Marim, and not to forget VRSA itself – Enjoy the Algarve has a busy day discovering the southeast of Portugal. See original article in Enjoy […]

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 […]

Winter in the Algarve

Beautiful weather most of the time and no need to wait for a table in a restaurant or fight for towel space on the beach. Welcome to winter in the Algarve. Living in the south of Portugal when the tourists are gone is great for some, but can get a bit lonely for others. Deserted […]

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 […]

5 days of rain: what to do?

Yes!!! This week can’t get any better: it rains in the Algarve!’ said no-one ever. (Well, apart from gardeners and jealous tourists who’ve just arrived back in their home country where they’re stuck in a boring 9 to 5 office job). In a region renowned for its outdoor lifestyle, what to do when it rains? […]

November 2015 – Staying for winter

The November 2015 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Staying for winter, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with your friends. In it, you’ll find a story about the pros and cons of spending winter in the Algarve, ideas for what to do when it rains and winter outdoor activities such as walking, […]

Man’s best friends

There are thousands of abandoned dogs in the Algarve that need a better life. How to help them? In the next few pages you’ll learn about what it takes to run a dog sanctuary and what you’ll need to consider before adopting a dog. Also, there’s a range of super cute doggies waiting for a […]

It’s not about owning a fancy phone

This month we meet Julia Beckenbauer (35) and ask her 12 questions about her move to the Algarve. The German Julia moved to the south of Portugal in 2004. Currently she lives at the edge of Vila do Bispo, with her dogs, cats and chickens. Julia is co-owner of Ecokarts Landsailing Algarve See original article in Enjoy […]

Loulé

This month, Enjoy the Algarve moves away from the coast and visits Loulé. We marvel at the market, praise the pottery painting and get lost in the maze of streets that make up the old town centre. For about three hours. We still don’t know the way. Luckily it’s a very nice old town. See original article […]

Heleen’s happy horses

The Algarve isn’t the best place to be a horse. They’re better off in the green lush valleys of Kazakhstan, where they are considered vital part of the culture. Or Iceland, where they are honoured and admired. Here in the south of Portugal, horses are more likely to be abandoned, tied up with no water […]

Holistic riding

Horses aren’t born to carry people. It’s very kind that they do, but they shouldn’t be forced to See original article in Enjoy the Algarve magazine October 2015 How do you move a 500kg horse? Carrot or stick. But there are other options as well. In a valley near Carrapateira on the Algarve’s west coast, the […]

Louis Dobson

I particularly like the Vila do Bispo area; it’s rugged with lots of rocks and wonderful light See original article in Enjoy the Algarve magazine October 2015 This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Louis Dobson (54), who lives near São Brás. Louis is a self-taught photographer who’s talented enough to be a professional, but prefers to […]

Bandeira de Portugal

Discover fascinating facts about the national flag of the Portuguese republic See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2015 History: The design of the Portuguese flag as we know it was officially adopted on June 30 of 1911, less than a year after the downfall of the constitutional monarchy. The new field colours […]

October 2015 – Man’s best friends

The October 2015 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Man’s best friends, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with your friends. Seeing as it took us a kilo of dog treats and three bags of carrots to get all those nice pictures in this issue, we’d like to ask you for something. […]