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 […]

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 […]

Plant power

The Algarve is full of wild herbs and flowers. And apart from pretty, these shrubs are also useful. Herbalist Fernanda Botelho travels across Portugal, sharing plant stories, creating herb gardens in schools and bringing back herbal memories in old people´s homes. She’s an expert on the healing power of plants and has published various books on […]

No clothes needed

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2016 Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez unless stated otherwise   It has nothing to do with sex or eroticism, it isn’t only old people practising it and it’s also not just for hippies. The three most common misconceptions about naturism are a lot of bollocks. What […]

Preparing tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

Today’s children are the next generation of entrepreneurs. But how to prepare schoolkids who’re used to sitting in a classroom, listening (or not) to what their teachers tell them, for setting up their own business one day? JA Portugal is part of Junior Achievement, a global educational non-profit organisation that promotes entrepreneurship among youngsters. Its mission: […]

Proudly produced in Portugal

Was the country long time a symbol for just fish and cork, nowadays Portugal boasts other innovations as well. Its craftsmanship and relatively low labour costs make it the place to be for upcoming industries. As the country expands its reach on a global stage, IT-start-ups, clothes and shoes are just three of the products […]

Spray art

Most artists create on canvas or paper. Not the Portuguese Dário Silva (29), better known as Sen. Together with his south-African friend Sergio (33), a.k.a. Bean, the Olhão born artist uses the walls of the seaside city as canvas for his creations. Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine […]

Inspired by the Algarve

Artists explain how the Algarve inspires them when creating their art. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2016   Teresa Mariano:  “The Algarve inspires me with every breath I take; literally every time I breathe in the hot and sweet aromas in the air here. I was born in the […]

How to become an Algarve artist

With its great light, the Algarve draws in all kinds of aspiring artists, from expats fulfilling their lifelong creative dreams to tourists learning new skills on art-themed holidays. But not all those who splatter some paint on a canvas will become the next Picasso. (Or, to lower the bar a bit, sell a painting or […]

Creative colourful cooperative

Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2016 The art on display in Fábrica dos Sentidos has one thing in common: namely that it doesn’t have anything in common. There are incredible intricate one-line-drawings, but also didgeridoos. You’ll find new urban graffiti next to old traditional azulejos. Oh, and […]

Cork – planting for future generations

Plant one now so your grandchildren can enjoy it later. There’s no type of tree this principle applies to as much as the cork oak, the only tree whose bark can be harvested without killing it. Recyclable, reusable and 100% natural: all in all, cork is pretty eco-friendly. See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – […]

Twelve months of gardening

Want to make the world a greener place? Start small, for example with your own garden. But how to get the best out of your land in the dry and hot Algarve? Enjoy the Algarve asked the expert, Justin Wride, to supply us with top gardening tips for every month of the year.  See original article in Enjoy […]

Save the seas

A place to go swimming, surfing and SUPing. But also a daily source of fresh sardines and mackerel. Living in the Algarve means living near the sea. Apart from the western border with Spain, the south of Portugal is basically surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately, the oceans are polluted by over 5 trillion (that’s […]

Get off that couch!

Life’s too nice to spend it in front of the telly. This year, be a bit more active and get some outdoor exercise. For example by taking a walk. First need a break after the festive season? Visit a spa and chill out. New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes. This year, let’s […]

Sun, snow & skiing

We know, it’s not in the Algarve. But since there isn’t any snow on the Fóia (and no chairlifts in the Monchique mountains either), those looking for a skiing holiday have to search outside of Portugal. Not too far – the Sierra Nevada in Spain is just 450kms away from the eastern Algarve. It’s not your […]

Porco preto

Tradition is important in the Portuguese cuisine, especially when it comes to porco preto. In the Monchique region, producing Portugal’s most flavoursome meat is done by methods that have been passed on from generation to generation. According to the local Iberian black pig farmers, this is the only way to keep the traditional flavours alive. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]