Algarve Events -
what to enjoy during your stay
Now you've no excuse for not planning what to do when you're not lolling around on those gorgeous beaches,
whenever your Algarve vacation takes place.
festivals | fairs
shows | art exhibitions
As you may know if you have read my Algarve Culture page, there's
stuff going on in Algarve, no matter what time of year you may visit. It took me ages to discover that there was another Algarve, beyond where the beaches ended - but now you don't have the same excuse. Here's what you could be enjoying during the rest of this month...
Algarve Events - Festivals
There are a few regulars that you shouldn't
miss if you're around when they're on:
In Castro Marim (on the
Guadiana river, right at the Spanish border) is
well worth a visit. Usually late August.
Olhao Seafood Festival: annual bash
(early to mid-August) celebrating the culture (and eating) of all things
'marisco' (as the Portuguese call it).
It's become a popular annual event, in the lovely coastal
village of Cacela Velha, between Tavira and Manta
Rota, every July. Don't
miss it! Camel rides, music, lots of exotic goods
Fisherman's Festival: Albufeira's big
bash to celebrate what kept the place going during
leaner times. Great fun to be had, right down on
Fisherman's Beach every August.
Algarve Events - Fairs
If you keep your eyes open, wherever in Algarve
you might be staying, there'll be a fair of some
sort near your accommodation or, at any rate,
within a short drive's distance.
Fatacil - There's fun to be had at the
annual fair, held in August every year. Everything
you might like to look at that has to do with
Tourism, Handicrafts, Trade and Industry. There's
always lots of entertainment on offer for the
young ones, too.
More an 'exhibition' than a fair, but I have to
tell you about it somewhere. Check out what people
are saying about this
year's offering. Reputedly the world's largest
display of sand sculptures (over 35 thousand
tonnes of the stuff).
Algarve Events - Sports and Stuff
Moto Clube de
The annual meet sees bikers from all over
Europe (and, I believe, beyond) descend on Faro
-and surrounding areas that offer accommodation.
Usually around late July, it's a treat to see so
many motorbikes of different types and vintages.
There plenty of music and partying, too, usually
on the site between Faro airport and Ilha de Faro.
Look out for the unmissable posters.
Portimao hosts various motoring events
throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled.
Algarve Events -
If it's late February in Algarve, there'll be fun and
frolics almost wherever you may be.
As usual, the biggest bash will be the one in Loule,
which was the original and has been on the go for
over 100 years! But, I must admit to a sneaking preference for
the smaller carnivals, like those in Tavira and Moncarapacho.
I try to attend as many as possible, so I'll be on the
lookout for some I haven't seen in a while.
Check out what's going on in your area, wherever you're
staying in Algarve. Here's hoping for great weather - and
lots of colour and fun.
Algarve Events - Music
Jazz Club at the Museum, Sao Bras de Alportel.
Starting at 5pm on Sunday, this monthly gathering
is a real treat. The venue is great, and liked by
audience and artistes alike. There's usually a jam session
after the concert, so don't forget to take your instrument
Tickets are still (I think) 10 euros, or 8 euros if you're a 'Friend of the
Contact for latest details.
Art n Jazz at Monte de Vale
DEguas - Every Sunday
Almancil. From 5pm to 8pm. Free admission.
I'm pleased to see that these afternoons have resumed. A
lovely, relaxing way to finish off the weekend before having
a leisurely meal.
Chill-out Sunday Afternoons - Live music on the
garden terrace at Johnny Hoopers (Albufeira) Saxophone
Bistro. Every Sunday. If you like cool sax music, check this
out. Johnny can play a bit! Tel: 963 176 635.
Friday night Jam Session weekly at the Lounge Bar, Boliqueime. Join in if you wish! (tel. 281 369 004 for details).
Algarve Events - Shows
There are three Algarve casinos, all owned by
the same group. I've never been to any of them to
gamble (I'm much too staid and boring for that),
but they do offer some cracking, good-value evening
Vilamoura Casino- (tel. 289 310 000 for details).
Hotel Algarve Casino, Praia da Rocha - tel. 282
402 000 for details.
Monte Gordo Casino - tel. 281
530 800 for details.
The tariff offered at Monte Gordo allows you to see the show with
either a complimentary drink for about 10 euros, a fixed
menu meal for some 22 euros or à al carte for around
27 euros. The shows are usually followed by live dance
music. (Note that prices are a little higher at the
Vilamoura and Portimão venues, so do check first).
Algarve Events - Art Exhibitions
Lourenco Cultural Centre, Almancil.
centre is no longer open to the public, but you
can see what you missed by clicking here. It's
tragic, I think, as it was always one of my
favourite places to visit. There was always
something new and interesting to see, and I liked
to revisit some of the permanent exhibits, too.
of assorted Algarve artists at Off the Wall Galeria,
Alte. Open daily except Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Tel. 917
Real Gallery, Boliqueime (the
former railway station)
gallery hosts various temporary and permanent
Open Wednesday to
Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Tel: 912 737 762 / 918 980 199.
David Haines is a popular Algarve-based artist who seems to have
plenty of exhibitions going on at any one time. Currently,
you can catch his (rather striking) work at:
Patricias Restaurant and Gallery, Montes de Cima,
north of Penina, and the Magna Carta Bookshop, Quinta da
Lua Azul Gallery, São Brás de Alportel;
George Timber showroom, on the EN125 road between
Ferreiras and Patã de Cima (near Albufeira).
And, I'm pleased to inform you that David now
has his own
Algarve art gallery and shop.
Meanwhile, one of husband Nev's favourite Algarve
artists, Clive Cook,
has an exhibition that's open every day at the Private
Gallery, Figueira, Vila do Bispo. There are
watercolours and oil paintings to admire (and covet). Tel:
282 695 446
Algarve Events - Markets
There are regular markets held all over the Algarve, so
if you want to sample the flavour of local wheeling and
dealing during your stay, why not go along and join in the
colourful (and, when you pass one of the snack/drinks areas,
often odour-ful) fun?
The Algarve markets tend to be held on the same days
every month, public holidays permitting, so here's where
I've put my comprehensive listing so you can find one that's near
you, wherever you're staying...
Markets - find out more!
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