Rejuvenating retreats
Sep09

Rejuvenating retreats

Inside visits oasis of tranquillity that is Moinhos Velhos Detox Juice Fasting Retreat Slightly off the beaten track, in a secluded valley just south of Barragem da Bravura near Odiáxere lays a hidden treasure called Moinhos Velhos. This is not the kind of thing you would expect to come across in the Algarve, and I was thrilled when I did! I’d signed up for a one-week Juice Fasting Detox and Yoga Retreat to try and offset my...

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Art is everywhere
Sep09

Art is everywhere

Local artist Rita Silva introduces her crafts   As a young adult, Rita Silva left her hometown of Lagoa to pursue her studies firstly in Portalegre, where she graduated in Graphic Design. With her passion for her chosen path intensifying, the young artist moved to Lisbon, where she gained a Masters in Design and studied Drawing and Illustration at the prestigious Belas Artes college. Rita then had the massively exciting opportunity to...

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Full speed ahead
Sep09

Full speed ahead

The Algarve International Racetrack will host world-class events to round off the 2020 calendar. This year has certainly been full of surprises, albeit mostly problematic, but when we got the news that Formula 1 was confirmed back in July, for the weekend of October 23-25, it was just the fabulous news that the Algarve needed. Less than a few weeks later, we got even more great news, that MotoGP would be coming too. Motorsports lovers...

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Living in a movie
Sep09

Living in a movie

Designing unique homes, cinemas and garages inspired by Hollywood blockbusters and attracting film productions to Portugal make up the core business at Spy Manor Productions. It all begins with an unfinished house with an incredible ocean view, near Ferragudo. Vanda Everke did not hesitate to design it, although her purpose went beyond looking at the sea from her window. A massive fan of the infamous James Bond, created by Ian...

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Paradise unknown
Sep09

Paradise unknown

Inside explores the glorious secret caves and beaches around Ferragudo Ferragudo is one of the most charming villages in the Algarve and home to local tour company Zip&Trip. Founded by Inês Nunes, a marine biologist, and Pedro Oliveira, a nature guide, they take small groups on walking, sightseeing, foodie and snorkelling trips around the picturesque fishing village and surrounding coast. As I know Ferragudo pretty well, I opted...

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Colourful Algarve
Aug20

Colourful Algarve

Lagoa artist unveils mural showcasing Algarve life in vibrant shades A white wall near Lagoa’s Auchan supermarket has been transformed into a head-turning work of art by local artist and art teacher Ana Nobre, who has filled it with colourful illustrations of some of Algarve’s most iconic sceneries. From a surfer enjoying the Algarve’s waves to a couple dancing under the region’s starry sky, the mural showcases all the “wonderful...

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2020 vision
Aug14

2020 vision

Bespoke architecture, where dreams come true At the age of four, a young John Wilson came to live in Portugal with his Scottish father and Portuguese mother. He fit in immediately and adored the freedom and lifestyle here. Now, 40 years on, we meet with the local Architect and owner of Bespoke to find out a bit more about him and his practice. In a bright, open-plan office at the end of Rua do Barranco, you’ll find a young team of...

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Familiar flavours at La Dolce Vita
Jul27

Familiar flavours at La Dolce Vita

A gourmet ice-cream brand sold exclusively in the Algarve makes use of a Portugues staple: Medronho Born in Italy, Roberto Balzer moved to the Algarve 30 years ago with the idea of creating his own brand: La Dolce Vita. He started with pizza and pasta restaurants, in 1987, and in 2014, his dream of making artisanal ice cream using his own recipes finally came to life. Located in Praia da Rocha, Portimão, the frozen treats factory can...

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