Category Archives: Algarve

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Brief history of Algarve

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Algarve was the last province to join the Kingdom of Portugal (in the mid 12th century under King Afonso III) after the successful military campaigns against the Moorish occupation of the region.   By the 15th century, this southern most … Continue reading

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Algarve Wine Festival 2012

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The Algarve Wine Festival will take place from April 3rd to April 9th at Tivoli Hotels throughout  the Algarve.  Two area wine producers will be featured daily. There will be tastings and the opportunity to buy the best wines of … Continue reading

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Roof and Chimneys of Algarve

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The traditional architecture of Algarve region  has a strong Arab influence with its whitewashed or white painted houses, with Moorish tile on the roofs, roof terraces (açoteias), parapets (platibandas) and the famous ornamental chimneys that many times remind us of miniature minarets.  No … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events – Summer 2012 – in Algarve

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Some of the upcoming Summer events worth noting are: April 8th the Easter Flower Torches Festival in São Bras de Alportel.  The streets are covered in flowers and men run through the streets carrying torches made of flowers and yelling “Hallelujah” … Continue reading

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Liqueur of Arbutus (Medronho in Portuguese)

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“Medronheiros” are plentiful all over the Iberian Peninsula, but they are found in most abundance on the north side of the mountains of Algarve.  The fruit of this tree, the “Medronho” is a small round, red fruit (once ripe),  that … Continue reading

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Wines of Algarve

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The importance of vineyards in the south of Portugal dates back to the presence of the Moors in the region, when wines were already of a good enough quality to be exported. Today, wines of good quality are still produced … Continue reading

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Beaches of West Algarve (some of the ones I remember best)

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Algarve is known for its extensive coastline and its beautiful beaches.  Many of them are difficult to reach.  Some are large plots of sand that disappear in the horizon, others hidden in alcoves and of difficult access.  Below I will … Continue reading