Natural wonders
Jul19

Natural wonders

The unexpected beauty of the Algarve’s hidden wildlife. They are not the most commonly spotted animals in the wild, but if you’re patient enough and enjoy birdwatching/photographing from a hide, you may be surprised by some truly amazing wildlife sightings. From red fox cubs exploring the Monchique hills to a black pig roaming freely around the countryside in Sagres, or even rarely seen rabbits hopping around just before sunrise in...

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Take a walk on the wild side
Jul11

Take a walk on the wild side

Algarve Selvagem explores the inner beauty of southern Portugal and beyond. Portugal is a stunningly beautiful and diverse country made up of a long, thin mainland and the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira. The country’s staggering 1,794km of coastline provide a vast playground for aquatic adventures, and Inside Carvoeiro met with the owner’s of Algarve Selvagem, Paulo Martins and Sandra Silva, to discover some of the tours they...

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Soar above the ocean
Jul11

Soar above the ocean

Fun-loving, activity fans will love this new addition to our coast. Seeing someone on a flyboard for the first time is quite a spectacular and mesmerising sight to behold. Out of nowhere, a big stream of water propels someone, usually vertically, from the sea, where they float mid-air and perform stunts. The seed is planted, and you’ll probably begin to wonder what it would feel like to shoot through the water, jump into the sky and...

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Views to dine for
Jul11

Views to dine for

Our favourite restaurants with sea views in the Carvoeiro area. With hundreds of restaurants in the local area, finding the right one can be quite a daunting task. There are many factors to consider — location, whether you’re in the mood for fish or meat and perhaps you’re celebrating a special occasion so you need somewhere a bit special. We took the task of locating some new and old restaurants that filled our criteria of offering a...

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Greener pastures
Jun06

Greener pastures

Inside Carvoeiro visits Convent’Bio We have patiently been watching the renovation of the old convent, just off the EN125 road that runs through the centre of Lagoa, and wondered what it might be — another hotel or maybe a private residence? When the sign went up saying Convent’Bio, we were thrilled to find that there would be a working biological and entirely organic farm right on our doorstep. Our first visit was in early February,...

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Escaping the Laboratory
Apr30

Escaping the Laboratory

Escape One bring us the first of their mystery rooms Some people will not have heard of an escape room and must think that it’s some strange kind of pastime, but in fact, it’s actually a great way to spend an hour as a group of friends or family. It’s essentially a team game, and, ideally, you should bring different types of people with you — someone with strong problem-solving skills, someone who is good with mathematical equations,...

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More fun in the sun
Apr09

More fun in the sun

Zoomarine has new attractions and improved facilities Way back in 1991, Portuguese-Argentinean businessman, Pedro Lavia, opened the doors to his dream park, Zoomarine Algarve. Anyone who went when it opened probably wouldn’t recognise it now as it keeps evolving and growing into its 26-hectare plot, making it the biggest theme park of its kind in Portugal. The team was the first to introduce dolphins to the country and, in 2002,...

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Urban regeneration
Jan11

Urban regeneration

The future looks bright for Atrium Lagoa As we all know, the Algarve is a trendy destination for foreign visitors and investors, and thankfully, Dutch entrepreneur Erik de Vlieger fell in love with the region of Lagoa many years ago. Better known for his partnership with Carvoeiro Clube, where alongside his Swiss friend and business partner, Andreas Stocker, they have been rejuvenating many older properties along the coast and even...

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