Crops of the convent
Jul06

Crops of the convent

Two years after our first visit, Inside returns to Convent’Bio to bear witness to its evolution Anyone driving by Lagoa has certainly noticed the white building on the right-hand side of the road. It is the old Convento do Carmo de Lagoa, a convent founded in 1551 under the influence of Catherine of Austria, Queen of Portugal, and which is now home to Convent’Bio — a project inaugurated in 2019 and created by agronomist and...

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Healing and recharging
Jul06

Healing and recharging

Good things to come for the mind, body and soul with Samadhi Samadhi is a yoga and Pilates studio, massage and complementary/alternatives therapies centre. Not only does the centre offer a tremendous number of services, but they also go even further to educate others through meditation, workshops, and lectures. Sónia Romão, owner of Samadhi, has always had a passion for self-development and personal growth. In March 2020, she closed...

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At home with The Vines
Jul06

At home with The Vines

Quinta dos Vales opens its first residential wine resort in the Algarve Algarve-based winery Quinta dos Vales has introduced The Vines, a brand-new resort of holiday homes, located in the heart of the renowned wine estate. The doors opened in June for the small resort with just 16 stand-alone houses, each comprising two independent villa suites. The balance of interior to exterior areas is ideally suited to the concept of vacation...

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A well-deserved break
Jul06

A well-deserved break

Quinta da Luz brings a little bit of luxury to the hills of Silves A new five-star luxury Bed & Breakfast has emerged in the hills of Silves, and German couple, Kristin and Tobias, are stopping at nothing to give tourists the break they deserve. The couple met in 2015 in Turkey whilst on vacation. Although they both travelled alone, Kristin and Tobias soon found each other and met for dinner every day. Both hailing from Germany,...

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The natural choice
Jul06

The natural choice

As a wellness tool that comes directly from nature and has medicinal properties, essential oils have many benefits for the body and mind The first reports of the use of plants and their oils date back thousands of years. In India, for example, there are medical documents referring to the use of cinnamon, myrrh, and ginger in treatments. Today, essential oils can be found in most cosmetic products, in syrups, pomades, and even...

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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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