Experience a breadth of emotions with ‘scenic flights’ over the Algarve coast
Jul19

Experience a breadth of emotions with ‘scenic flights’ over the Algarve coast

Explore the caves of Benagil, the Sagres Fortress, or the Vicentine Coast with the “largest general aviation company in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe” – July 19, 2023 | Text & Photos Bruno Filipe Pires / Open Media Group Getting to see the caves of Benagil, the Sagres Fortress, or the Vicentine Coast from an altitude of 1,000 feet (around 300 metres), aboard a small single-engine aircraft, is something you...

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Vila Vita opens new Italian restaurant Giardino
Jul11

Vila Vita opens new Italian restaurant Giardino

Giardino shines the spotlight on “traditional classic dishes from Italy” – July 11, 2023 Luxury resort Vila Vita Parc in Porches, Lagoa, has a new Italian restaurant, Giardino – La Cucina Italiana. The restaurant shines the spotlight on “traditional classic dishes from Italy” and joins the selection of 11 restaurants that the resort has to offer. “Located on a covered Clubhouse terrace with an expansive ocean view,...

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Marie Patterson unveils some local favourites and hidden gems not to be missed in Carvoeiro
Jul09

Marie Patterson unveils some local favourites and hidden gems not to be missed in Carvoeiro

A tourist at home – July 9, 2023 | Text Marie Patterson, Photos Charlotte Cockayne/Open Media Group Nothing screams “summer’s here” quite like a calming boat trip to the local caves, so on this particular Saturday I decide to head to the picturesque beach of Benagil for a tour with Taruga. Tickets can be purchased online to avoid disappointment and at their ticket office located immediately in front of Benagil beach. Trips run at a...

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How a Local Dental Clinic helps the little ones feel at ease
Jul07

How a Local Dental Clinic helps the little ones feel at ease

Big tiny smiles – July 7, 2023 | Text Beatriz Maio Located in Lagoa, the Vitra Clinic dentist office came up with an innovative idea that arose from the need both to increase the physical space and to give children a place of their own, where they feel comfortable and break the stigma associated with going to the dentist. Not only do they have their own entrance, but also an unequalled waiting room full of joy and fun, making it...

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Alvor hotel reopens under Tivoli brand
Jul06

Alvor hotel reopens under Tivoli brand

The New Tivoli Alvor Algarve Resort features 491 Rooms, five outdoor pools, one indoor pool and more – July 6, 2023 | Text Michael Bruxo   The all-inclusive five-star hotel formerly known as Pestana Blue Alvor has reopened under the Tivoli brand as the Tivoli Alvor Algarve Resort. The resort is located in the tourist hotspot of Alvor in Portimão, just a short walk from the beach. In a statement to the press, the resort is described as...

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Lota Cool Market returns to Portimão’s Riverside this July 5, with Crafts, Street Food, and Live Music
Jul04

Lota Cool Market returns to Portimão’s Riverside this July 5, with Crafts, Street Food, and Live Music

The summer season brings the anticipated 8th edition of the “Coolest Market in the South” – July 4, 2023 Portimão marks the beginning of summer with the riverside “Lota Cool Market” event, taking place between July 5-9 from 6pm to 1am, focusing on environmental awareness under the “Blue Fever” theme. This year’s Lota Cool Market will be “bigger and more dynamic” with the addition of the “Young Cool...

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Lagoa Wine Show returns with an exciting lineup of concerts, wine tastings, entertainment and delicious local food
Jun01

Lagoa Wine Show returns with an exciting lineup of concerts, wine tastings, entertainment and delicious local food

Celebrating the beginning of the summer season, Lagoa will bring together Fado music with delicious food and wine – June 1, 2023 The Lagoa Wine Show is back from June 7 to 10 with live music performances, entertainment, wine tastings and great local gastronomy with show-cooking demonstrations during which renowned Portuguese chefs will prepare tasty dishes using local ingredients. As the Algarve gradually gains notoriety as a...

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Enjoy the real taste of the Algarve at Carvoeiro’s beachfront “Tapas da Vila”
Apr12

Enjoy the real taste of the Algarve at Carvoeiro’s beachfront “Tapas da Vila”

In addition to its breathtaking view of Carvoeiro Beach, Tapas da Vila serves up a delicious and diverse menu – April 12, 2023  |  Text by Patrick Stuart When local couple Toni and Maria Rebelo opened their restaurant, located on the hill up to Carvoeiro’s church just before the GNR police station, they decided from the outset to create something that the village has long been lacking, and that is somewhere to sample authentic Algarve...

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Local Guide: Uncovering hidden gems in Carvoeiro and Ferragudo
Apr11

Local Guide: Uncovering hidden gems in Carvoeiro and Ferragudo

In this new series, Inside Carvoeiro unveils some local favourites and hidden gems that cannot be missed in the area – April 11, 2023 Even having being granted the privilege of living in this local area for nearly 30 years, I still am constantly surprised by the amount of people who cross my path with suggestions of things to do locally that I am yet to try. Tourists are blessed yet overwhelmed with an array of things to experience...

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Discover some great wildlife photography spots in the Algarve with Photographer Craig Rogers
Apr10

Discover some great wildlife photography spots in the Algarve with Photographer Craig Rogers

Nature Photographer Craig Rogers reveals some of his favourite spots in the Algarve where you can practice your wildlife photography skills – April 10, 2023 I am often asked where the best locations to view and photograph wildlife in the Algarve are, and my reply is often “Anywhere!”. Whilst some of my photography takes advanced planning, camouflage and patience, some of my favourite photographs are simply from being at the right...

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Portimão’s Historic Centre welcomes New Art Gallery by Algarve Artist Meinke Flesseman
Apr10

Portimão’s Historic Centre welcomes New Art Gallery by Algarve Artist Meinke Flesseman

Dutch-Born Algarve Artist Meinke Flesseman has started a new project in an old building which is being completely renovated – April 10, 2023 The idea to purchase the building and open her own gallery came to Meinke from the desire to create her own artistic space. “I fell in love with this place,” Meinke said. “It was big, and spooky, and had all the space that I wanted. My imagination ran wild.” The gallery opened in December last,...

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Carvoeiro’s Iconic Restaurant ‘Bon Bon’ Celebrated its 10th Anniversary in Style
Apr10

Carvoeiro’s Iconic Restaurant ‘Bon Bon’ Celebrated its 10th Anniversary in Style

The Michelin-starred restaurant celebrated its 10th anniversary with two unforgettable gastronomic evenings – April 10, 2023 Ten of Portugal’s best chefs came together for a truly unforgettable set of dinners in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Carvoeiro’s Michelin-star restaurant Bon Bon. Bon Bon chef José Lopes teamed up with a different team of prestigious chefs on each night. Each chef presented one dish, with José Lopes...

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MotoGP 2023 Starts in Portimão this weekend
Mar23

MotoGP 2023 Starts in Portimão this weekend

The MotoGP season opening will take place at the Algarve International Racetrack – March 23, 2023 Portimão’s Racetrack is gearing up to host the first race of the 2023 MotoGP season on Portuguese soil, promising a spectacular event starting this Friday, March 24. The much-anticipated MotoGP season will have 21 stages, scheduled to take place throughout the year. Fans can look forward to a jam-packed programme of activities for all...

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Rallye Casinos do Algarve returns to Silves for Spring event
Mar07

Rallye Casinos do Algarve returns to Silves for Spring event

The race dates changed to spring for the first time ever – March 7, 2023 The Rallye Casinos do Algarve will be held in the spring for the first time ever, between March 30 and April 1. With its headquarters at the Hotel Algarve Casino in Praia da Rocha and assistance car park located at Lagoa’s fair and exhibition park (FATACIL), this year, 60 cars will race on dirt tracks across the municipality of Silves. Returning to its original...

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Join the discussion: Portimão Museum welcomes four internationally renowned artists for Painting Symposium
Mar06

Join the discussion: Portimão Museum welcomes four internationally renowned artists for Painting Symposium

Portimão’s Museum welcomes the third International Painting Symposium between March 6 and 11th – March 6, 2023 The Museum of Portimão welcomes the third edition of the International Painting Symposium, taking place between March 6 and 11 at the auditorium hall, between 9.30am and 6pm. This year’s edition invites the exploration of the theme “Freedom and Woman”, welcoming four internationally recognised artists from...

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Passion, tradition and innovation come together under the roof of João Clara Wines
Dec12

Passion, tradition and innovation come together under the roof of João Clara Wines

João Clara’s legacy, a “labour of love” – December 12, 2022  Staying relevant while preserving tradition can be a conundrum in the wine world. This ever-growing industry sees new producers, with creative projects attracting young and knowledgeable consumers, opening their winery doors faster than ever. Keeping up with new trends without losing your identity can be tricky for a winery. On the slopes of the Alcantarilha...

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Aloegarve: a New Portuguese cosmetics brand that uses Algarve-grown aloe vera
Dec12

Aloegarve: a New Portuguese cosmetics brand that uses Algarve-grown aloe vera

Locally sourced beauty – December 12, 2022 Aloegarve is a new Portuguese brand which uses Algarve-grown Aloe vera to create a wide range of cosmetics. Eight stores have already opened across the Algarve in just a few months Between Alcantarilha and Porches, on a five-hectare plot of land parallel to the EN125 road, there are 12,000 Aloe vera plants growing organically and naturally. The Algarve’s climate, with over 300 days of...

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Vila Vita Parc collaborates with local eco-conscious artist Vanessa Barragão
Dec09

Vila Vita Parc collaborates with local eco-conscious artist Vanessa Barragão

Art with a conscience – December 9, 2022 Bleached Coral is the title of a tapestry piece created by Algarvian artist Vanessa Barragão specially designed and made for Ocean restaurant at Vila Vita Parc, in Porches. The artwork illustrates the deep connection with the ocean that both the artist and chef Hans Neuner share. This collaboration celebrates Vila Vita’s mission to showcase local talent in the resort and also aims to raise...

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A New four-star Boutique Hotel in Monchique is “a paradise between the mountains and the sea”
Sep09

A New four-star Boutique Hotel in Monchique is “a paradise between the mountains and the sea”

One with nature: Earlier this year, the former D. Carlos Regis Hotel became the Pure Monchique Hotel – September 9, 2022 In April, a new four-star boutique hotel was inaugurated in Monchique, promising to create a “paradise between the mountains and the sea”, following the complete revamp of the former D. Carlos Regis Hotel. It boasts 22 rooms and suites and is managed by Unlock Boutique Hotels. Pure Monchique Hotel is set within the...

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Historical Quinta da Palmeirinha in the Algarve has deep roots that date back to the 8th century BC
Sep09

Historical Quinta da Palmeirinha in the Algarve has deep roots that date back to the 8th century BC

At the historical Quinta da Palmeirinha, producer João Mariano makes new vintages with some of the region’s oldest vines – September 9, 2022 The Algarve may still be Portugal’s least-known winemaking region, but what many are not aware of is that its history goes back centuries. Its first vines were planted by the Phoenicians and the Greeks in the 8th century BC, and later Romans and Carthaginians developed this fruitful trade. More...

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