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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Outside the box
Nov26

Outside the box

Juan Arias’ approach to Cubism Born in 1973 in Havana, Cuba, Juan Antonio Puebla Arias is a self-taught plastic artist. He left Havana and moved to the Algarve in 2015 and currently lives in Lagos. We first came across his work in the Lady in Red (LiR) gallery in Lagoa and got in touch to find out more about the artist and his style. “I brought a whole world of warm, Caribbean and very personal colours with me to Portugal,” Juan...

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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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