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Here you will find actual information about what's going on in the Algarve, including our own personal impressions and experiences. We are looking forward to your comments!

São Brás de Alportel - Discovering cork tour

Since centuries, the rural town of São Brás de Alportel in the hinterland of the Algarve is a centre of cork, a natural produce made of the bark of cork trees. These trees find ideal natural conditions in the hilly forests of the Serra de Caldeirão, producing cork of a quality second to n...

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Exploring Tavira with a Tuk Tuk

Sunday, 09 October 2016 | Excursion
Exploring Tavira with a Tuk Tuk

It’s always a great pleasure to show some of the beauties of the Algarve to visitors from abroad. Last week we made a trip to Tavira in the eastern Algarve with companions of my former business life. We had detected the Tuk Tuk Tavira as an ideal vehicle for a city tour, and our guide Joaquim made a ...

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Douro River Cruise

Friday, 03 June 2016 | Excursion
Douro River Cruise

During our recent stay in Porto we have brought many photos and impressions from a boat trip on the Douro river that we would like to share with you. Rio Douro is one of three rivers rising in Spain and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean in the neighbouring Portugal. Porto, the third largest city of Portugal, i...

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Early morning stroll in the Barrocal

After some warmer days end of March 2016 the nature of the Barrocal landscape has fully unfold. Our way goes through a brushy area, a kind of macchia with cistus and wild pistacia plants and other shrubs – an ideal territory for brown hares and other smaller animals and an exciting sniffle experience fo...

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Parque Ribeirinho de Faro

Sunday, 20 March 2016 | Excursion
Parque Ribeirinho de Faro

The park at the western border of Faro stretches between a small branch of the Ria Formosa and the single lane railway of the Linha do Algarve, that connects Lagos in the western Algarve with Vila Real de Santo António on the border with Spain. The area has been opened to the public as a leisure park i...

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Alto do Mahão

Sunday, 24 January 2016 | Excursion
Alto do Mahão

We had already heard about the so called Buddhist monastery in the Serra north of Loulé, but never been there before. When we learned that the Alto do Malhão would be the finish of the Volta do Algarve 2016 we decided to explore this area. Our way went from Loulé to Salir and from there a...

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Ilha Deserta and Ilha do Farol Tour

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 | Excursion
Ilha Deserta and Ilha do Farol Tour

Our nice from Austria and her Swiss friend went out for a boat tour in the Ria Formosa on a sunny morning in January together with a small group of tourists from all over the world. The excursion was guided by a local well knowing the place giving explanations in multiple languages. First leg was the Ilha ...

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Sagres in January 2016

Monday, 04 January 2016 | Excursion
Sagres in January 2016

What to do with visitors from abroad on a rainy winter day in the Algarve? A trip to the south-western corner of the European continent near Sagres to see the spectacular cliffs,  steeply rising from the waves of the Atlantic Ocean is always an unforgettable impression. Visiting Cabo de São Vic...

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