See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2016 Climbing, jumping, and swimming; with coasteering the coastline is your playground. This month Enjoy the Algarve heads to the cliffs near Carrapateira to try this outdoor activity. But between splashing and frolicking in the water, there’s also a rock of 12 metres high. To […]


Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s traditional fruit brandy See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2016   Strawberry tree Aguardente de medronhos, aka Medronho, is made from the fruit of the medronho tree, the Arbutus Unedo. Although this translates as ‘strawberry tree’, the fruits aren’t strawberries, but look more like small lychees. The […]

One look and we were sold

This month we meet Alyson (47) and Dave (59) Sheldrake and ask them 12 questions about their move to the Algarve. Originally from the UK, the artistic couple bought a house in the south of Portugal in 2006 and moved there permanently four years later. Living in Ferragudo, Alyson is a painter and Dave a photographer. […]

Ricardo Alves

The Costa Vicentina is the best place to combine photography and action sports. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2016 This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is the Portuguese Ricardo Alves (40), who got into photography when he was 15, inspired by his father. He specialises in travel & landscape pictures, but recently started […]

Dangerously cute

There are some scary animals in the Algarve. Like the Lataste Viper, a poisonous snake which is about 50cm long, grey and has zigzag markings. Or the brown recluse spider, a biting nasty little creepy crawler. Better steer clear of those two. There is, however, no need to worry when you run into one of […]

Best view ever?

The Algarve looks pretty from above, as anyone who has ever flown into Faro airport and sat in a window seat will agree. But some people aren’t satisfied with looking down from behind a thick aircraft window; they want to experience the view while being surrounded by the elements. Experienced skydiver Ian ‘Milko’ Hodgkinson is […]

Playing with fire

Your parents probably told you not to do it. Still, highlight of many Algarve festivals are shows in which the performers literally play with fire. Enjoy the Algarve takes a closer look at the Nascer da Terra show in Silves and talks to the artists about their passion. Warning: hot contents. Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez […]

Just do it

No, we’re not a Nike commercial, but we do want to encourage you to get out of your comfort zone. Because there are so many more exciting ways to enjoy the Algarve than by just lying on your beach towel. Yes, these activities might seem scary, but they’re also really cool! This week, try something […]

5 tips to not be an idiot

There’s being a fearless daredevil and there’s being a stupid idiot. You want to aim for the first, not the latter. How to do that in the Algarve? By following these five tips. Well, the first four. Background picture by Kyle Rodriguez   See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2016 […]

São Brás de Alportel

North of Faro, located in the Barrocal region, São Brás de Alportel is known as the birthplace of the Moorish poet Ibn Ammar. It’s also the place to admire flower carpets on Easter Sunday. But what else is there to do in São Brás and surroundings? Read on! See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – […]

September 2016 – No fear

The September 2016 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, No fear, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with all your friends. In it, a whole lot of Algarve-based excitement. From rock climbing to eco carting, there’s a week’s worth of action-packed activities that might seem scary, but are loads of fun. […]

A gin experience

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2016 Cocktails are a must at a party, especially in summertime. Since gin is the hippest spirit out there at the moment, this month Enjoy the Algarve follows a gin workshop in Vilamoura. Turns out there’s way more to gin than just buying the supermarket’s own brand, adding […]


Discover fascinating facts about the Algarve’s traditional dance See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2016   Folklore Portugal’s rich folklore includes many traditional dances; in fact, each region has its own. Vira is danced in the Minho region, fandango in the Ribatejo region and chamarita on the Azores. In the Algarve, it’s the […]

No more taking the bus in the rain

Don McGowan (41) is originally from Kilwinning in Scotland. He settled permanently in the Algarve with his partner Ellie and their son Rory in April 2015 and lives in Burgau. Don’s a busy guy: apart from full time app developer, web & graphic designer, he’s also the director of Explore Algarve, a semi-pro photographer, music creator and almost […]

Matt & Lena

The perks of the job? Definitely cake! See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2016 This month’s Picture Perfect photographers are Jelena Roganovic (34) and Matthew Ashwell (41), who both studied photography. Originally from Canada (Lena) and the UK (Matt), the couple moved to Alvor three years ago where they got married and set […]

Time for cake

If there’s no cake, it isn’t a party! Instead of having a slice of New York cheesecake, Dutch apple pie or Victorian sponge, why not try something a bit more Algarve-like? Although they don’t look as dainty or colourful as their foreign counterparts, Portuguese cakes do taste nice. Try these three. See the original article […]

VROOOOOM for everyone

Dressed in black, with their many tattoos, love for skulls and roaring engines, bikers sometimes have a bit of a scary image. Take almost 30,000 of them and you’d expect the 35th bike meeting of Moto Clube Faro to be a brutal event. Not at all. Enjoy the Algarve joined in the festivities and discovered […]

Professional party preparations

Want to organise an amazing party but don’t know where to start? Try buying some booze and turning up the music. Actually, way better advice would be to have a chat with Kate Ayres-Rouse. Kate knows everything about party preparations; since 2013, she’s the sole owner and manager of Fine Dining in Style, the Algarve’s leading […]

Party all year long

Where’s the party? In the Algarve of course! With this festival calendar you’ll know what there’s to do every month of the year. Enjoy! (Want to know what’s on every day of the year? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.) See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2016   January: eat […]

5 tips to party like a local

Having a party in the Algarve is not the same as partying like an Algarvian. The difference is in the details. Follow these five tips, practise a few words of Portuguese and you’ll be sorted. Background picture by Kyle Rodriguez See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2016   1. Start late […]


Beach, bars, museums, shops, history, nightlife, plenty of outdoor activities and a very charming old town that’s surrounded by ancient city walls. Lagos has got it all. OK, it’s a touristy place, but it offers easy access to the desolated beaches of the western Algarve for those fed up with paying 3 euros for a […]

August 2016 – Festa!

The August 2016 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Festa!, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with all your friends. In it, the best festivals of the Algarve. That’s not only the parties you shouldn’t miss this month, but an event calendar for the entire year. Because why not have a little party every […]

Catamaran sailing

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine July 2016 Crossing the ocean, using only the power of the wind. Having the sun on the sea, the water splashing in your face and, if you’re really lucky, some dolphins frolicking alongside the boat; sailing is one of those activities that has a universal appeal. (Plus, those captain hats […]

Cão de água

Discover fascinating facts about the Portuguese water dog See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine July 2016   Dog of water Cão de água literally translates as ‘dog of water’. This breed got its name from working alongside the fishermen. With their webbed feet, the dogs are great swimmers and can herd fish into the nets, […]