Nuno Sá

As a wildlife photographer, you have the chance to play a role in conservation. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine July 2016 This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is the Portuguese Nuno Sá (38). When studying for his law degree, Nuno tried scuba diving. And when he graduated as a lawyer in 2001, he decided he preferred […]

Embrace the easy-going lifestyle

Sarah Hendrickx (48) is a freelance writer and blogger living in the hills north of Tavira with her partner, Keith (47) and a whole bunch of geckos. Originally from Brighton in South East England, she’s currently writing a book about how to move to another country, which is due to be published in early 2017. See the original […]

Life’s better on the water

Life’s better on the water. Well, at least according to these three enthusiastic athletes who spend most of their free time in the seas, lakes and rivers of the Algarve. Here they explain why the water is the best place to be. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine July 2016   The […]

H2Oceans & rivers: water of the Algarve

It’s the reason almost everybody visits the Algarve. You dive in it, swim in it, surf in it, splash in it and laze in it on an inflatable plastic dolphin. You use it to fuel you water pistol and take some pictures when it looks amazingly good but actually feels freezing. But apart from that, […]

Farming in water

It smells like the sea, lives in water, is grown in the Algarve, can be eaten and starts with an ‘s’. Ten to one your answer will be shrimps, sardines or seafood. But there’s more. In the hills near Monchique, Georges Porta and Cristina Palma Brito farm spirulina. A food worth knowing. Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez […]

Sea for yourself

Kids climbing the rocks at Praia da Amoreira, bending over tide pools with their hand lenses. Other children running towards the dunes, digging holes in the sand. Just another day at the beach? No, at CERES’ intertidal workshop students swap their textbooks for a real life natural environment, investigating everything from marine creatures and their […]

5 tips to enjoy tap water

The Algarve’s tap water is gross. Although it won’t kill you, it’s full of chlorine and tastes like you’ve opened your mouth underwater in a public swimming pool (minus the urine). Still, buying bottled water adds to the already too large plastic pollution problem. How to enjoy a glass of tap water in the south of Portugal? […]

Fuseta

It’s one of Enjoy the Algarve’s favourite places in the whole of Portugal. An old fishermen’s town, relatively unspoilt by tourism, where life still revolves around sea, salt and fishing. If you’re in the east Algarve, make sure to spend a day in Fuseta. What to do when you’re there? Read on! See the original […]

July 2016 – Água

The July 2016 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Água, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with all your friends. In it: the secrets of spirulina farming, five tips to enjoy tap water, catamaran sailing, and seaside exploring with CERES; looking for octopus, hermit crabs and anemones on the rocky intertidal of […]

Buggy touring

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2016 Mud, rocks, sand, dust and water. Plus of course a motorised vehicle. It’s a fool-proof recipe for fun. How dirty can you possibly get? Enjoy the Algarve is about to find out as this month we try buggy riding near Loulé. “What would be more suitable […]

Cristiano Ronaldo

Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s best-known football player See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2016   Ronaldo? The name ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’ sounds familiar, but wasn’t he Brazilian? No, that’s Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, also known as ‘Ronaldinho’, and also a famous footballer. Or Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, a retired Brazilian famous football […]

Dig a bit deeper

The Algarve beaches are more than just a place to lay down your towel. Look a bit closer, dig a bit deeper and discover loads of marine life hiding near the water’s edge. Like these three creatures. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2016   Starfish in rock pools A must […]

João Pedro Costa

From Odeceixe to Lagos, I know every inch of coastline. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2016 This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is João Pedro Costa (43), who was born in Sagres. When he was 14 years old, João was given a camera by his father. “At that time, the area around […]

Just like a holiday

This month we meet John Martin Bradley (54) and ask him 12 questions about his move to the Algarve. Originally from the UK, John moved to the south of Portugal two years ago. Together with his children Thomas (15) and Tilly (13) and husky dog Amy, he now lives in the centre of Lagos where he […]

Fracking or wrecking? Oil drilling in the Algarve

Few things are more disgusting than sandy beaches covered in oil. Could this happen in the Algarve when the planned oil and gas drillings go ahead? Opponents fear the petroleum industry will wreck this region. Enjoy the Algarve investigates. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2016 Intro image by BrianSpring Most of us […]

All-over paintjob

Remember finger painting as a kid, when getting yourself covered in the stuff was more fun than the actual act of colouring? Well, there’s no need for the fun to stop when you grow up. Enjoy the Algarve talks to Loulé-based bodypaint artist Uschi Kuhn about what it takes to transform a human canvas into […]

Soaking in salt

Part of the ancient salinas in Castro Marim has been turned into an outdoor spa. Apart from a wellness experience, the mineral-rich mud and saline water ponds also offer a look into the traditional heritage of this salt-producing region.  Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2016   Stepping carefully […]

5 tips to not be a dirty scrounger when camping wild

Although wild camping (aka free camping) is banned the Algarve, a lot of people do it. It’s cheap, fun and adventurous. Fair enough. But rows of campervans that occupy parking places and annoy the hell out of everyone sucks. How to make sure that both residents and other tourists don’t think you’re a total prick? […]

Guia

Actually, the place itself isn’t that special (too many holiday apartment blocks). However, due to its location on the N125, it makes a good base for those wanting to explore the more touristy side of the Algarve. Planning to visit Guia and surroundings this summer? Enjoy the Algarve tells you what to do! See the […]

June 2016 – Get dirty!

June 2016: Get dirty! The June 2016 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Get dirty, is out now! Read it here and please feel free to share with your friends. In it: articles about bodypainting, bathing in the salt spa of Castro Marim, and digging for marine creatures. We’ve tried buggy touring near Loulé; the funniest, dustiest and most adventurous […]

Alte

Some villages are cute; Alte is definitely one of them. Located in the steep hills (road inclination can reach 13%) of the Serra do Caldeirão, it’s surrounded by fields of flowers and orange trees. It was the birthplace of poet Cândido Guerreiro and is best known for its fontes, natural springs. Enjoy the Algarve tells […]

Taekwondo

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2016 Most body & mind-themed sports incorporate lying on a mat, doing minimal exercise and focussing on your breathing. After an entire day sitting in front of a computer screen, this stillness would just make me more stressed. Looking for a more active way to relax, […]

Three places to meditate

Meditation is about relaxation, building your internal energy and making your mind free of scattered thoughts. Where to best do this in the Algarve? We’ve selected three places. Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2016   On the top of Fóia Fresh mountain air, green woodlands and […]

Miranda donkey

Discover fascinating facts about Portugal’s only officially recognised donkey breed. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2016   Terra de Miranda The Miranda donkey, or burro de Miranda, is born with a black coat, which will later in life turn brown. They have white markings around their eyes and muzzle, longer hair and […]