Kissing Hippos, Sculpture by Karl Heinz Stock at Quinta dos Vales, Estômbar, Algarve, Portugal

In search of the more cultural side of the Algarve, I discovered a sculpture garden amid the vineyards at Quinta dos Vales near Estômbar. Sculptures galore As soon as I saw the smooth shiny curves of the fat ‘Graces’ dancing, I knew I’d enjoy Karl Heinz Stock’s sculptures, which areRead More →

Fishing boats, Salema, Algarve

If you’re keen to escape bustling resort towns, the quiet fishing village of Salema in the western Algarve may be worth considering for your Portugal itinerary. Major international publications, including The Guardian and Rick Steves‘ travel guides, have lauded its charms so I went to see what all the fussRead More →

Floating at Casto Marim salt pan spa, Eastern Algarve

Guest post by Yayeri van Baarsen, owner/editor of Enjoy The Algarve Magazine* Castro Marim salt pans don’t only produce sea salt and flor de sal the traditional way; they’ve also turned a salt water pond into an outdoor spa experience. Here, you can soak in salt while being covered inRead More →

Blossom brightens the streets of Silves

You may come to the Algarve for its beaches but it’s always worth prising yourself off your sunbed and exploring the region. Here are some great day trips in the Algarve. It might be worth hiring a car but you can get to all of these places by public transport or organised toursRead More →

Tapestry panels of Mary and the Moors, Faro Museum

Among the joys of exploring Portugal and delving into its history are the legends I encounter. I found some intriguing Moorish legends depicted in a tapestry rug and paintings in the Municipal Museum in Faro. The Algarve was the last Portuguese region to be taken from the Muslims; they ruled the area from 711 toRead More →

View of Largo da Sé and Ria Formosa from Faro Cathedral

It’s a pity that more people don’t visit Faro, although that is starting to change. The Algarve’s captial city has more going for it than a mere gateway to the beaches and resort towns. Once you read about what to see in Faro, especially in the historical centre, I think you’ll agreeRead More →

Algarve insider tips for planning a trip

If you’re thinking of visiting the Algarve, my insider tips might come in handy before you book your trip. When to go to the Algarve If you want my advice, I’d avoid July and August unless you like jostling for space on crowded beaches and in the surrounding cafés andRead More →

Amôr, or 'Love' in paper embroidery © Julie Dawn Fox

Narrowing down the selection of idyllic locations for romantic getaways in Portugal has been a tough job. There’s just so much choice! To keep it simple, I’ve highlighted at least one place for every region in Portugal where you and your sweetheart can feel the love and not just on Valentine’sRead More →

Rossio square in Lisbon with Santa Justa elevator and Carmo church in the background

I get a kick out of compiling (and reviewing) my annual wish list of places I’d like to visit in Portugal over the coming year. It’s becoming something of a ritual and helps me to get organised; my agenda is fast filling up. Some of these destinations and activities are definites, others areRead More →