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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New faces at Lady in Red gallery
Jul24

New faces at Lady in Red gallery

The Lagoa gallery introduces some of its new artists When you pass the Adega Cooperativa de Lagoa, you could easily not realise that there’s a fascinating art gallery housed inside the working wine co-op. The space is vast, with an industrial-urban vibe that would be more common in a big city than opposite the bus station in Lagoa. The Lady in Red (LiR) gallery hosts a fabulous range of local, national and international artists, all...

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The black cat of Silves
Jul13

The black cat of Silves

A secret adults-only culinary escape in the countryside Take two passionate young Italians, a love of rural living, a taste for all things delicious, a valley of orange groves and cats, and you’ve got Gato Preto de Silves. Just a little inland from the stunning old Moorish capital of the Algarve, Silves, lays a secluded, luxurious and adults-only B&B with guest cabins occupying a tranquil spot in the heart of the countryside....

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A feast for the eyes
Jul01

A feast for the eyes

Inside Carvoeiro took a tour around the area to find out what’s new on the dining scene We are blessed with an abundance of excellent eateries in this small part of the Algarve — with more than 100 just in Carvoeiro, we are already spoiled for choice. Inside ventured around over the winter to find some exciting new restaurants that are bound to become local favourites in no time. Here, you’ll find a brief overview from Carvoeiro...

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