Surf’s up

Eat, sleep, surf, repeat. If the swell is good, there’s no need to do anything else in the Algarve. How to make sure your time in the water is a great one? By following these four steps: Get some pointers. Prepare your trip. Pick the right place. Play in the sea! Picture above by Clive […]

Home is where my dogs are

This month we meet Arthur van Amerongen (55) and ask him 12 questions about his move to the Algarve. The Dutch journalist has lived all over the world before he moved to the south of Portugal in 2012. Currently he lives in his datcha near Moncarapacho, with his three dogs Jamba, Tita and Raya. Arthur […]

Stand Up Paddleboarding

With SUP, you can do everything, you can always do it and it’s always fun See original article in Enjoy the Algarve magazine September 2015 Want to feel like a surfer, but aren’t keen on terrifying waves? Fancy a workout, but a fun one? Looking for the nice water scenery of canoeing, but with a bit […]

João Bracourt

My favourite part is the Costa Vincentina, all the way from Lagos to Aljezur See original article in Enjoy the Algarve magazine September 2015 This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is João Bracourt (43), aka Brek, who lives close to the sea in Portimão. Many of his award-winning pictures have ended up in books and on surfing magazine […]

Keeping the art of surfing alive

Want to learn how to surf in the Algarve? Easy! Well, not the surfing, but finding some place to learn it. There are dozens of surf schools especially targeted towards beginners and they can help you catch a wave in no time. But those who already know how to pop & paddle have to look […]

Sagres

The westernmost part of the Algarve offers nature, surf and a whole lot of emptiness. After spending a day there, Enjoy the Algarve is blown away by Sagres and surroundings. Literally. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve magazine September 2015 Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez   Get there Catching glimpses from sea on both sides, it indeed seems […]

Licor Beirão

Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s best-known sweet herbal liquor See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2015 Medicine: Originally, Licor Beirão was produced as a medicine. In the 19th century, a pharmacy in Lousã (in the district of Coimbra) claimed it was the antidote against stomach aches. Some decades later, when alcoholic beverages […]

September 2015 – Surf’s up

The September 2015 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Surf’s up, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with your friends. In it, inspirational surfers reveal their secret Algarve surf spots. Former European champion Mike Raven gives tips on how to have a great time in the waves and surf guru Jez Browning talks about the […]

Holiday for all

In most cases, going on a family vacation is a question of packing the bags, booking an accommodation and hopping on a plane. The biggest worry is whether the sun shines and the flip-flops are in the suitcase. But it isn’t this simple for everybody. If a child has a disability or special needs, finding […]

A more conscious life

This month we meet Marga van Schendel (49) and Rob Derks (47) and ask them 12 questions about their move to the Algarve. In 2007 the Dutch couple swapped the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the quiet Portuguese countryside. Since 2011 they run a small-scale holiday farm near Santa Catarina, called Quinta Corcunda. See original […]

Tavira

An ancient bridge: check; the ruins of an old fortress: check; dozens of churches: check. In Tavira, you’ll find history at every corner. Enjoy the Algarve spends a day in the pretty coastal town and discovers it has the perfect combination of culture and beach action. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2015 Pictures […]

Natasha & Dan Birch

We love the coastline, which is great as many people choose to be portrayed on the beach See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2015 This month’s Picture Perfect photographers are Natasha (32) and Dan (33) Birch. While Dan was born and raised in the Algarve, Natasha originally came from London. The married […]

Rooster of Barcelos

Discover fascinating facts about this colourful cockerel. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2015 Legend: The story goes that in medieval times in the city of Barcelos, a Galician pilgrim was accused of robbery. He claimed to be innocent, but nobody believed him. As he was about to be hung for his […]

Take the kids

It’s holiday time! Every year, thousands of tourists celebrate their summer holidays in the Algarve. Vacation is always better when the kids are having fun, so here’s an overview of things to do with the whole family. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2015   Animals Are your children delighted by the geckos here […]

Interacting with dolphins

Is being pulled through the water by two dolphins as fun as it sounds? See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2015   Ask any kid what they want to do when they grow up and chances are high they want to become a dolphin trainer. No surprise, as swimming with dolphins is […]

August 2015 – Happy Holidays

The August 2015 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Happy Holidays, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with your friends. In it you’ll find everything to do with vacation. There’s an overview of family friendly days out – whether your kids are animal lovers or action heroes – and the chance to win tickets to […]

Fresh from the sea

What better way to get the summer feeling than by eating fresh fish? But how and where to get your fish fix in the Algarve? It depends: want to buy it on the market or straight from the fishermen? Feel like preparing dinner at home or rather eat in a restaurant? Whatever floats your (fishing) […]

The journey from sea to plate

Olhão fish auction Grilled, baked or BBQ-ed. Sardines, mackerels or tuna. Freshly cooked, in a can or spread on a slice of bread. However you want your fish, the Algarve is the place to get it. But there’s a story that often remains untold: what happens with the fish between catching and eating? Enjoy the Algarve gives […]

Paradise garden

This month we meet Vitthal Bernd Füchte (57) and ask him 12 questions about his move to the Algarve. The German landscape architect and owner of VitalGarden has previously lived in Germany, Spain, India and the US before settling down in Portugal. Currently he resides in Livramento, in a house with an amazing garden, together with his […]

Monchique

True, it doesn’t have a beach. But Enjoy the Algarve didn’t miss sea and sand for one second when exploring the pretty nature, medronho, and relaxing spas in the area of Monchique. There’s more than enough here to keep you busy for a day. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine July 2015 Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez […]

Rui Guerra

The best place for underwater photography must be in the Sagres area See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine July 2015 This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Rui Guerra (46). Born in Lisbon, Rui was attracted to the sea from an early age. In the nineties he discovered a passion for diving. Photography has […]

Filled sardines

For two persons as a main or four persons as a starter:     Clean the sardines Clean and descale 12 sardines and take out all the bones. (Good luck. This is a lot of work so don’t start too late. If you’re already feeling hungry and still need to clean the sardines, just grill […]

Cascas, Olhão

The most important thing when it comes to seafood? “Its freshness,” is the immediate answer of both Cascas’ owner Flávio Palminha and chef Ana Tavares. This attitude shows in the menu: not all dishes are available every day; it completely depends on what the sea has to offer. People who don’t know what to order […]

Azulejos

Discover fascinating facts about these square tin-glazed painted ceramic tiles. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine July 2015 History: Originally, azulejos came from Egypt. In 1503 the tiles were introduced into Portugal, (King Manuel I used them for his palace in Sintra), where they soon became part of the culture. In the 17th […]