Bon Bon is back
May11

Bon Bon is back

New chef and a new start for Carvoeiro’s only Michelin-starred restaurant Getting ready to open Bon Bon for this season, owner Nuno Diogo was faced with the challenge of finding another chef and team. His last chef, Louis Anjos, moved on to pastures new at the beginning of the year but there was no shortage of candidates and he settled on José Lopes, a 31-year-old who appears to have the experience and the team behind him needed to...

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Noble vines
May11

Noble vines

Meet the man behind some historic grapes at Morgado do Quintão Down a long, winding country road lined with wild flora and fauna is a large, family-owned, organic vineyard estate. Even with my Google map pin securely placed on the location, I was still not 100% sure I had arrived until reached the main house. I was taken aback by the feeling of peace and grace that swept over me when I arrived. Morgado do Quintão exudes a refined...

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A country garden retreat
May11

A country garden retreat

Inside visits Quinta Aida Boutique B&B and Cottages in Lagoa Long-term residents Ida and Robert Harris are well known around Carvoeiro for opening Harry’s Bar some years ago. Robert is, in fact, a builder by trade and Ida is anexcellent cook and hostess, so they decided to leave the bar behind them and take on the mammoth task of restoring an old farm and turning it into a boutique holiday accommodation. The couple had searched...

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There’s Always Hope
May11

There’s Always Hope

The Algarve will be part of the setting of a new British feature drama. Shooting took place in Loulé and Lagoa, leaving producers overjoyed by the potential they see in the region as a filming location The film, entitled There’s Always Hope tells the story of a successful author named Jonathan Stack (played by Colm Meaney), who has been “so obsessed with trying to pen his magnum opus” that he has let his marriage to Samantha (Kate...

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A bohemian by the sea
Dec02

A bohemian by the sea

While travelling and surfing along the coastline of Portugal, Miguel Titéca rediscovered his creative side by photographing the surf lifestyle Growing up surrounded by art and artists in his Belgium home, Miguel Titéca soon began expressing himself on canvas, through music and with sculpture. The thought of creating art with a camera was somewhat alien to him, and he viewed the camera as a piece of technical equipment. In his adult...

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Love in a bottle
Dec02

Love in a bottle

Nestled in the countryside of Porches lays the sprawling estate of Quinta dos Capinhas Inside met the charming owner of Quinta dos Capinhas, Inês, who showed us around and told us about the neighbouring properties and the family’s evolution into a beautiful country vineyard. We were welcomed by Inês and the family’s dogs, who joined us on our walk around the vast 30-hectare estate. The property goes as far as the eye can see from some...

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Staycation
Dec02

Staycation

A fabulous luxury staycation resort, right here on our doorstep Travel has become more complicated this year, but fear not, Vila Vita Parc has everything you need, spread through their lush 22 hectares of sub-tropical landscaped resort. Entering the main gates, you instantly get a sense of what lays within, the Algarvean architecture with touches of Moorish design leaves you in no doubt where you are. After a smooth check-in, the...

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At the heart of the community
Dec02

At the heart of the community

Inside visits Carvoeiro Clube de Ténis to discover its new facilities In recent years, there hasn’t been a time when community spirit and neighbourly kindness has been more important. Carvoeiro Clube de Ténis is one of the places in the area that is open all year, and you will always find someone to play a game with or have a chat and a drink. Under the watchful eye of manager Matthew Watton, who previously spent his career managing...

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