Algarve Carnival 2009

Carnival Algarve

Councils across the Algarve are preparing their Carnival celebrations to include parties, parades and fancy dress competitions, which will take place between February 20 and 24.

Traditionally, Carnival is a period of festivities including parades and dances and is fixed each year by the moon, marking the start of Lent in the Christian faith. The word Carnival comes from the words “carne vale”, meaning ‘farewell to the flesh’.

Each town has its own theme for this annual celebration, which can be based on political satire, important events and society in general. Themes across the region this year include the year of astronomy in Albufeira, the Olympic Games in Vila Real de Santo António, the world in São Brás de Alportel and nature in Loulé.

Loulé carnival is widely acclaimed as the most famous parade in the Algarve, having run since 1906.

It is also one of the most renowned in Portugal, along with those of Madeira, Ovar and Torres Vedras.

Underneath you find some time and dates!

Friday 20 February

10:00am

Albuferia Schools Carnival

10:00am

Faro Childrens Carnival

10:00am

Quarteira Schools Carnival

10:00am

Sao Bras de Alportel Childrens Carnival

Saturday, February 21

3:00pm

Loule Childrens Carnival

3:00pm

Quarteira Carnival Parade

9:30pm

Loule Carnival Party

Sunday, February 22

3:00am

Loule Carnival Party

2:00pm

Paderne Carnival

3:00pm

Quarteira Carnival Parade

3:00pm

Sao Bras de Alportel Carnival

3:00pm

Tavira Carnival Parade of Decorated Floats

3:30pm

Alte Carnival Parade

3:30pm

Loule Carnival Parade

Tuesday, February 24

2:00pm

Paderne Carnival

2:00pm

Sagres Carnival Parade

3:00pm

Quarteira Carnival Parade

3:00pm

Sao Bras de Alportel Carnival

3:00pm

Tavira Carnival Parade of Decorated Floats

3:30pm

Alte Carnival Parade

3:30pm

Loule Carnival Parade

Would you like to have more information about Algarve Carnival, please contact me. If you are on Holiday in Algarve staying at one of our properties or somewhere else, we hope that you found this information useful. Why not subscribe to this news blog to find out more.


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Algarve Golf- The Old Course

The Algarve has at least 35 golf courses, devoted best established golf destination, so it is time to spent some time on Golf! As many of our holiday properties located near golf courses. Today The Old Course Vilamoura.

The Old Course Vilamoura
The Old Course-Vilamoura

Situated in the heart of the Vilamoura seaside resort a mere 20-minute drive from Faro airport, this Frank Pennink designed parkland style layout is one of the oldest in the region and renowned all over the golfing world.

Often described as the Grande Dame of Algarve courses, it meanders throughout impressive pinetrees – the principal hazard – over gently undulating natural terrain. Although it opened in 1969, the course was completely renovated and modernised 27 years later although no major changes were made to the magnificent layout.

In addition to raising the Vilamoura Old Course to new heights of quality, an attractive new clubhouse and adjacent putting green were also built at that time. As with all Vilamoura courses, environmental protection practices are strictly adhered to by means of detailed management systems in line with guidelines established by ISO 14001 standards, Green Globe and Committed to Green programmes.

No Holes: 18

Par: 73

Length: 6254

Architect: Frank Pennink. Remodelled and refurbished by Martin Hawtree in 1996.

Click here for Prices and Direct Booking for The Old Course Vilamoura.

Algarve Housing rent a holiday home next to the fairway no 2 of the Old Course;

Casa Marques

Hole no 2- The Old Course Vilamoura

For more information, pictures, prices and availability  of this villa for rent please contact me.

Have a look at the following video about various golf courses;

In the near future we will publish more information about various golf courses near to our holiday homes in the Algarve, Portugal. Would you like to keep informed?

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Warm Regards,

Michele

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Weather in the Algarve

It has been pretty bad weather lately in the Algarve, very unusual, and for me not a problem, as I live here knowing it will be ok, but when you are on holiday here, you come for the sun! Well don’t worry, the sun comes back next week.

Nevertheless, it is handy to tell you more about the weather in the Algarve, one of the biggest attractions here!

Weather Overview for Algarve

The Algarve boasts a fantastic climate that has seen it become one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations.

With an annual average of 3000 sunshine hours, the Algarve in one of Europe’s sunniest places, and sees more sunshine than even California. The summer months will see 12 hours on sunshine per day on average and almost no rainfall.

Temperatures average 28ºC in July and August, though the mercury can rise to the mid 30s in the middle of the day. Being a coastal region, however, there are cooling sea breezes that sweep in off the Atlantic which are welcome relief on the hottest days.

Spring and autumn are very pleasant times of year. For those looking for an active holiday this is perhaps the best time, as temperatures are much more comfortable. Rainfall is slightly higher in autumn than in spring.

Winter in the Algarve is mild. Average temperatures fall to their lowest in January at 15ºC. Warm days are not uncommon in winter as southerly breezes can bring daytime temperatures of up to 20 ºC. Temperature at night will be in single figures but rarely, if ever, falls to zero.

The period from October to March sees the most rainfall in the region. January and February are the wettest months, experiencing 70mm of rain on average. Typically, however, most rain falls in a short period as heavy storms sweep in from the Atlantic once or twice a month. So even the wettest months still see 20 days of dry and clear weather.

Temperature and rainfall can vary slightly across the region. The hilly regions that lie in the north receive cooler temperatures, more rainfall and occasionally snow some winters. Weather is also more unpredictable in the mountains. These mountains benefit the southern coastal regions as they block the cooler winds that come from the north. The west coast of the Algarve is more exposed to the Atlantic and can see cooler and wetter temperatures in the winter.

The Algarve, like everywhere else, is susceptible to freak weather conditions that seem to be increasing in recent years. Examples in recent years in the Algarve have been the extreme cold snap in January 2006 that saw snow fall on the beaches. Also a heat wave in the summer of 2004 saw forest fires blight the region as searing temperatures and sea breezes combined to give perfect conditions for the fires to spread.

Sea temperatures are fairly mild throughout the year. The temperature in summer is around 21ºC giving perfect bathing conditions, while it will fall to around 14ºC in winter. Swimming is generally comfortable from late spring to late autumn. The sea is cooler the further west you go, as you move from the warm waters of the Mediterranean to the cooler Atlantic waters.

If you would like to know more about Algarve weather at this time of year or want to keep updated about villas for rent in the Algarve, please contact me,  or call me on

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Warm Regards,

Michele

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Let the Summer Start with Casa Marques

Casa Marques is new in our portfolio. Our first house in Vilamoura, and sleeps upto 25! Wow! But also smaller groups are welcome, and you always have the property to yourself. There are lots of extras, like your own party area, cinema, game room…. read more…

Amazing 9 Bedroom Villa in Vilamoura Golf Resort, ideal for big groups and golfers. Various accommodation options from 10 till up to 25 persons. Private Pool and Gardens.

Casa Marques is located at most prestigious and quiet area at the northern part of Vilamoura Resort, next to the famous golf course ‘The Old Course’. Only 25 minutes from Faro Airport, 3 minutes from the beach, and Vilamoura’s famous Marina. All well known golf courses within a 10 minute walk from the villa. A Michelins star restaurant and SPA is just a short walk from Casa Marques. Extras: Private Jacuzzi, Sauna, own multi media/nightclub/cinema room, Games Room with snooker, darts, table tennis and much, much more…

Have a look at the next video to get an impression of the beach of Vilamoura and the Marina. The quality is low, as it is made by an amateur.

The Accommodation

Being a configurable Villa (always with exclusive usage), Casa Marques offers several accommodation possibilities depending on the composition of the party. The 1st part of the Villa has 5 bedrooms (3 doubles and 2 twins, all en-suite). Open lounge, dining and well equipped kitchen. The second part of Villa is located below the high bedroom wing. There are 2 additional bedrooms, 1 double and 1 single, also en-suite. Fully fitted kitchen, lounge and dining. The L-shaped villa offers total privacy, all bedrooms overlook pool, established garden and golf course. A/C and heating throughout and inclusive. 5x/week maid service. Ideal for family reunions, golf parties and wedding events. Please contact Michele for more information like availability and prices.

We will be adding some more information, regarding this villa and other properties and the surrounding areas, to our newsletter in the near future, so please subscribe to our Newsletter to keep yourself updated.

Let the Summer Start with Casa Marques!

Warm Regards,

Michele


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Holiday Homes Messines

Most of our Holiday Homes lie between Silves and Messines, Algarve Portugal. In hardly any ‘tourist book’ Messines is mentioned, Messines is short for Sao Bartelomeu de Messines and is a turn off from the highway the A22. 50 kilometres from Faro, the capital of the Algarve and 15 kilometres from historic town Silves.

Since 1988 I visit Messines, and to me it is a very special town, not because of its beauty, maybe it is ugly, but ugly can make beautiful! It is pure, it is a farmer’s town, and it is very Portuguese! You can get there everything you want, there is a daily veg and fish market, there are numerous pharmacists, little supermarkets, and a bigger supermarket, open everyday! There is a cinema (!), papelaria where you can even buy foreign papers, and an unlimited amount of pasteleria’s to drink a nice cup of coffee with a pastel de nata, and believe it or not in one of those pastelaria’s they serve a full English breakfast!


Joao do Deus

Messines is actually well known in Portugal because the famous Portuguese poet Joao de Deus (1830-1896) who has born and raised in SB de Messines, therefore there is a museum of his work, the museum is the house he lived and is next to the church. He is also famous of developing an education system for young children, which is still in use today!

Church

A beautiful church with Manueline (16th Century) details based in the centre of Messines, and next to it there is a covered space where the Portuguese man always playing cards, domino, or sit and watch life going by…. But not during almoço (lunch), lunch is the main meal for the Portuguese, therefore many shops will be closed during lunch, streets become quit…. but apart from lunch time, Messines is a lively town, Portuguese have a habit to drink coffee (bica) outdoors, they generally have no coffee machine at home. It is cheap (0.50 per bica) and a social habit. The Portuguese like to talk, talk, talk and drinking a bica outdoors, give them opportunity to hear the latest gossips of town etc…

The Old Man

Apart from the pastelaria’s, there are a million bars, and some do live music in the weekends. A few restaurants, where you can find mainly Portuguese food on the menu like chicken piri, lamb (Borrego) and various fish dishes, like the Cataplana dish which is a stew of shell fish/fish and meat.

Carnaval (February/March) is well celebrated in Messines! Two days long there is in the afternoon a parade with beautiful dressed wagons and people, lots of music, dancing and lots of bars on the street!

Every month there is the so called gypsy market, it is always on the last Monday of the month and also well worth a visit, as well gypsies, but also lots of Portuguese selling there products, from Portuguese crockery, chickens, house hold goods, tools, plants, vegetable and they grilling chicken, and of course you can drink a bica (coffee) or cerveza (beer) amongst the Portuguese. For the Portuguese a nice day out, they come from all over the area, dressed up to meet friends and family!

Messines lies in the centre of the Algarve, only 20 minutes north of, for tourist famous Albufeira, beautiful beaches like Armacoa de Pera, 1 hour from Lagos, Western Algarve, and 1 hour from Tavira in the east Algarve. A little bit north of Messines there are two baragems (artificial lakes), that supply water to various parts of the Algarve. Those lakes have beautiful mountainary surroundings, worth a visit.

A few little nice villages in same area with nice restaurants and bars like Vale Fuzeiros and Amorosa. Mountain village Alte is 15 minutes drive away, and historic town Silves is also 15 minutes drive away, all worth a visit!

So Messines is my place to live, away from the tourism, but close by if you want to visit it, enjoy the famous beaches and then back home to relax and enjoy the real Algarve!

Does this appeal to you? Please have a look on my website; there is a wide choice of holiday accommodations in this area, from rustic windmills to luxury villas! All with private garden and pool, in quit surroundings.


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