This Algarve blog is intended to keep you in touch with
the latest in Algarve affairs. Now that I'm living here, I'm
trying to keep you updated with what's going on in the
Algarve (on Portugal's southern coast) and around those
So, here's my (not-so) regular take on occurrences in what used to be my favourite vacation spot...
then became my favourite place to live, and is
now, for a little while longer yet, my favourite
place to visit.
The Best Intentions
... often don't result in anything much. And, judging by the dearth of blog entries for this 2011 year, it's obvious that my good intentions just weren't enough.
For whatever reason, I didn't manage to get over to the Algarve very often.
And, when I did, I was so busy that I couldn't take all the pictures I'd have liked, or visit events - or anything much, really.
I used to achieve a lot more when we came to Algarve and lived in rented accommodation. Now, our villa needs attention, the car needs to be serviced, taxed and 'MOT'-ed (the Algarve equivalent, that is).
The list goes on...
We're planning to make it more often in 2012, but life has a funny way of putting up obstacles.
Wish me luck, and try to make sure you enjoy some Algarve beach life of your own...
24 December 2011
It's here again, and once more I'm not in the Algarve in time to catch the opening!
Running this year from 15 April, the FiESA extravaganza is an absolute must if you are visiting the Algarve.
Reputedly the largest event of its kind in the whole world, it's probably the answer to the question: 'Why did the Creator make so much sand?'
Over 35 thousand tonnes of it are used to create some of the most impressive (scale) and detailed (intricate) sand sculptures you will ever be privileged to see.
This year, until June 15, you can even help create some of the structures...
I'll be posting a page about it as soon as I can get there and get some photographs but, if you beat me to it, I'd be happy to post your pics, too! Just let me know how to contact you, and I'll tell you how to send 'em in!
This will be the ninth such event and I've been to all of them except the first! Often, I go more than once each year, as I like to show it to guests that might be staying with us.
So, now that it's been on for more than a week, and you know about it - what's keeping you?
23 April 2011
This year, it all kicks off on Friday 4 March,
and I'm probably going to be stuck in Scotland for
the second year in a row! Is that bad planning, or
So, if you're going to be anywhere in the
Algarve from the 4th until Tuesday the 8th, then
you'd be crazy not to get out and enjoy some
laid-back Algarve atmospherics. As usual, the
biggest carnival card will be the one at Loule (the
birthplace of Algarve
carnivals). While it may cost a few euros to
get in and enjoy the Loulé festivities, it'll be
worth it, in my estimation.
Elsewhere, in the humbler carnivals, it might
be less glamorous, but the locals really get
involved and let their collective hair down. I
love them all, being a party person, but the
minnows of the Algarve carnival season don't
Relax, have a drink and a chat and let the
party flow by you.
And, since you'll be enjoying something denied
me this year, why not drop me a line and let me
know how it went? (As they're taking place a
little later this time, I'm hoping the weather
will be kind - some of those girls on the floats
aren't wearing their winter warmers!)
13 February 2011
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