5 foodie souvenir tips

Looking for a typical Portuguese present for friends or family abroad? You could of course go to the nearest China-shop and spend €1.75 on a Portuguese flag or a plastic fridge magnet showing the rooster of Barcelos. You could also purchase a souvenir that’s actually made in Portugal. Don’t know what to get? Food is […]

Portuguese up your home

With IKEA in Loulé offering bargain home decorations by the billion, we prefer doing something different. Go traditional and add a touch of Portugal to your home. How? By using azulejos, calçadas, and an Algarvian chimney. Now Enjoy the Algarve isn’t a home-deco-trends expert, but we do know that this year, it’s time to go […]

Jorge Costa Reis

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2017   Self-taught photographer and orthopaedic surgeon Jorge Costa Reis (72) lives in Ferragudo. Jorge: “Many years ago, when I was still very young, I started with analogue photography as a hobby. Now that I’m retired, I have more time to travel and take pictures. […]


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.  […]


Discover fascinating facts about the bark of Portugal’s national tree See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2017   Every 9 years Cork is the bark of the cork oak (Quercus suber), called sobreiro in Portuguese. The cork oak is the only tree whose bark can be harvested without killing it. Every […]

São Marcos da Serra

Honey making, goat herding, bread baking, mushroom searching, pig keeping and liquor brewing. All these traditional activities are still practised in São Marcos da Serra and surroundings. Enjoy the Algarve visits the small village close to the Alentejo border and tells you what not to miss. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine […]

Friends think we live on the beach. We go there about once a year…

Photographers Natasha (34) and Dan (35) Birch live in Pata de Cima. Although Dan’s parents are from the UK, he was born in the Algarve, in Faro. Natasha is from London and moved to the south of Portugal about six years ago. Together, the husband and wife team form Birch Photography. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve […]

Baked Algarvian earth

Just like snowflakes, no two terracotta tiles made in Vale de Mealhas are exactly the same. You could compare thousands, millions even, but you’ll always find slight variations, mostly in colour nuance. “And that’s precisely the charm of it,” claims Angelo Martins, who, together with his brother Arthur Cavaco, continues the family business of making […]

Proud of Portuguese palms

Traditional, local, authentic, handmade, genuine, 100% Portuguese. Words that sounds great on a label. But is all that’s described as ‘made in Portugal’, really produced in this country? Having spotted some nice inexpensive bags made out of palm leaves, Enjoy the Algarve asks palm weaving expert Maria João Gomes for advice. “If it doesn’t smell […]

June 2017 – Made by hand

The June 2017 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Made by hand, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with all your friends. In it: make ceramics on a potter’s wheel, create terracotta tiles by hand, learn about Portugal’s artisan heritage, weave bags out of palm leaves, decorate your house Algarvian […]

Formosa style

Meandering past sandbanks and oyster farms, the journey is as tranquil as the destination. Enjoy the Algarve joins Ricardo Barradas on a Ria Formosa sailing trip to Ilha da Culatra. This fishermen’s island doesn’t have any sort of actual attractions, which is in fact a big part of the attraction.  See the original article in Enjoy […]

5 things to do on a deserted island

No, don’t worry, we’re not going to give you entertainment ideas to keep yourself busy on Ilha Barreta (aka Ilha Deserta) Instead, we suggest you leave your computer or (i)Phone at home and just enjoy. ‘But what to do if there’s nothing to do?’, you ask. Use your senses – here are five tips. See […]

When swimming is no option…

How to get to the islands of the Algarve? Well, get into the water and start to swim. But what if you want to take a dry towel and/or don’t fancy getting swept away by the current into the Atlantic Ocean? Here are three easier options. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine […]

Hélio Ramos

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2017   This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is the Portuguese Hélio Ramos (62) who lives in Olhão, which is also the city he was born in. “My first experience with photography dates back to 1975/1976, when my parents gave in to my wishes and bought me a […]

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 […]

Island life

What’s it like to live on an island in the Ria Formosa? Enjoy the Algarve finds out. Spoiler: during the change from fishing heritage to tourist settlements, and even despite the current demolition threats, the overall feeling of ‘being away from it all’ remains. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2017 […]


Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s dried and salted cod See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2017 Picture by Shatabisha   Not from Portugal One of the most famous Portuguese dishes isn’t actually from Portugal. Cod is caught near Norway, Iceland and Newfoundland. The Portuguese first discovered it off the Newfoundland coast, […]


Step into relaxation modus the moment you step off the ferry (/sailing boat/canoe/water taxi). Ilha da Armona, one of the Algarve’s islands, is a place to escape to if you’re longing for sun, sea & sand plus some peace and quiet. Heading over to Armona this summer? (You’ll want to after reading this article). Enjoy […]

My favourite spot? Wherever the waves are excellent

Rik Dejonghe (47) is originally from Bruges. In 2008 he swapped Belgium for the south of Portugal, where he now lives in Figueira. Apart from an enthusiastic surfer, Rik is also the founder of surfboard shop Magic Board Center in Lagos. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2017   What inspired you to […]

May 2017 – Island style

The May 2017 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Island style, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with all your friends. In it: we talk to marine biologists Miguel Correia and Jorge Palma about seahorse breeding and survival in the Ria Formosa, find out what it’s really like to live […]

The dangers of one of the safest countries in the world

Currently, Portugal is one of the five most peaceful countries in this world. However, it wasn’t always this way. Over time, Arab invasions, earthquakes and dictatorships have made way for pickpockets, reckless drivers and cheap drinks. Still, the feeling of saudade remains. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine April 2017 Some pickpockets, […]

Creating your dreams is such a good feeling

Marelle Boersma (59) & Jan Kostelijk (61) are originally from Wageningen in the Netherlands. In the summer of 2015, they moved to the Algarve where they now live close to São Marcos da Serra. Marelle is a writer and writing teacher. Check out her work on www.marelleboersma.nl. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – […]

Tough enough?

Extreme obstacle races like Spartan Race and Tough Mudder have become pretty popular in the last decades, especially in the UK and USA. Now Portugal joins in the action with Tribal Clash, which will be held in the Algarve end of this month. Enjoy the Algarve wonders how to prepare for an event that promises […]


Officially called São Bartolomeu de Messines, the inland town of Messines (that’s what the locals call it) lies between Silves and Alte. It’s the birthplace of poet João de Deus. Nearby you’ll also find hikes and a cool James Bond style dam. Enjoy the Algarve discovers the entire Messines area. See the original article in Enjoy […]