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Discover the Natural Algarve

Now that Spring is here, Portugal is once again taking on its own special charm. The sun shines ever more brightly, there are flowers everywhere and the time is ripe for communing with Nature. Come and visit us and discover the pleasure of strolling around without any fixed timetable, enjoying new experiences and savouring some perfect moments. Take your inspiration from our suggestions and draw up your very own tour plans!

Come and stay with us to enjoy the nature of the Algarve. Check our website for great private villa’s in the Algarve!

We give you 4 suggestions of the many we have to explore the Natural Algarve:

Enjoy the nature of Rocha da Pena

1.

Rocha da Pena

Hidden paradise in the rich Barrocal countryside

Rocha da Pena is a protected nature conservation area which support ecosystems of great ecological interest.

Between Benafim and Salir, with an area of more than 600 hectares and rising to a height of 479 metres, the craggy terrain of the Rocha da Pena site invites tourists to go for walks and is great for rock climbing.

Alvor Beach

2.

Alvor Estuary

Sites of Ecological Interest

Remarkable Observatories

Places where you can see different bird species nesting include the Alvor Estuary, Paul de Budens and Leixão da Gaivota. These are places where you can follow the incredible beauty of birds in flight.

The Alvor Estuary, nestled between Portimão and Lagos, is the most important wetland area in Western Algarve.  A lagoon complex, it covers 1400 hectares of marsh and dunes, which makes the area an excellent place for bird watching.

Monchique Mountains

3.

Serras de Monchique Espinhaço de Cão and Caldeirão

Variations in landscape in a diversely charming Algarve

Acting as a gigantic amphitheatre, the Monchique, Espinhaço de Cão and Caldeirão hills form a protective barrier for the lowlands of the coastal region, providing shelter from the cold northern winds.  The breeze from the Atlantic also contributes to the unique vegetation of the area.

Monchique is like a garden with breathtaking scenery and unique plant life within the Algarvian landscape.  This north-western part of the region emerges with streams flowing down from escarpments, hills where the arbutus berry tree grows, and where oaks, pines and chestnut trees are to be found.

Ria Formosa Nature Park

4.

Ria Formosa

Natural paradise between land and sea

The Ria Formosa Nature Park is a unique lagoon system that is continually changing because of the movements of winds, currents, and tides.

A gift of nature, of approximately 18,000 hectares, it is an area of transition between land and sea skirting 60 km of the Eastern Algarve coastline, between the Ancão peninsula and the Manta Rota beach in the East.

As you can see, our idea is to invite you to appreciate the best of life, get yourself into a good mood and make sure that you go home completely rested and full of energy! We urge you to accept our invitation and let yourself be seduced by the Spring in Portugal.

As you can see, our idea is to invite you to appreciate the best of life, get yourself into a good mood and make sure that you go home completely rested and full of energy! We urge you to accept our invitation and let yourself be seduced by the Spring in Portugal.

Come and stay with us to enjoy the nature of the Algarve. Check our website for great private villa’s in the Algarve!

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Contact me for any further information about our nice holiday villa’s!

Warm Regards,

Michele

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Algarve Places to Visit – Lagos, Jewel of the Algarve

Lagos Fort


Algarve Housing rents villas in the Algarve, and we like to tell you about the Jewel of the Algarve, Lagos. We rent two villas,one Town House and onecountry side farm house called Quinta Alfarobeira. More details later.

Lagos Marina


Lagos is a unique little jewel in the Algarve. It has chosen to develop its tourism with taste and class. It offers a balance of the charm and history of the Portuguese culture with a blend of creature comforts and facilities to please the desires of the most discerning tourist. The warmth of Lagos and her people make it difficult to resist falling in love with this seaside town. I can only say that Lagos has a special something that you feel when you spend time here.

Lagos is a city along the Atlantic Ocean, in the Algarve, south of Portugal. Lagos is an ancient maritime town with more than 2,000 years of history. Moorish and Renaissance, from its fortress to its plethora of magnificent churches. While Lagos’ history is rich, it is the area’s fine beaches and beach bars, such as Bahia Beach Bar and Retiro do Marujo, which attract many of today’s visitors.

Lagos Beach


The beaches around Lagos are some of the most beautiful of the Algarve, like Praia de Dona Ana, which can be reached after a 25 minutes walk from the centre of the town, Praia do Camilo, a bit further on, and Meia Praia, whose sands stretch for 4 km (2.5 miles) east of Lagos. However, it is the promontory named Ponta da Piedade and sheltering the bay of Lagos which is most admired by visitors, with its caves, rocks and wonderfully transparent waters. North of Lagos, Barragem de Bravura is a water reservoir offering fine views

Apart from its animated lifestyle, the one learns that this was a fishing village and that its importance grew under the Arabs, which built several fortifications. It turned into an important naval centre in the age of the Discoveries, in the 15th century; became the capital of the Algarve from 1576 to 1756 and was greatly damaged by the earthquake of 1755; thus its beautiful 18th and 19th century buildings. A fine new marina welcomes boats sailing in from the Atlantic.

Lagos Golf


Famous golf courses, looking over the Atlantic Ocean are all a short drive a way.

Algarve Housing rent a beautiful restored luxury town house in the centre of Lagos, called Casa Urbano, that sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, and has a beautiful Roman style private pool.

Quinta Alfarobeira, just outside Lagos, is a rustic farm style villa, that sleeps 4, with private pool in a beautiful garden. Please click on photo gallery (slide show) below to see the pictures and contact me for more details.


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Warm Regards,

Michele



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Warm Regards,

Michele

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Discover the Secrets of Olhao – East of Faro – Portugal

Ceramic tiles Olhao


Algarve Housing rents villas in the Algarve, and also near Olhoa, time to tell you more about this un-spoilt, un known place in the East of the Algarve.

Pronounced “oll-yow”, Olhão is the Algarve’s largest fishing port. A rare gem, its centre is crumbling, charming, faded, and stuffed full of appealingly batty characters. The occasional tourist wanders about, wondering quite why they’re here. Olhão is a top place for a relaxing. The jewel in its crown isn’t actually in town, but a lovely ferry ride away….

Culatra, board walk to the Beach


Ria Formosa is an estuarine national park, with Olhão at its mouth and the wild Atlantic beyond. Around 80% of Portugal’s clams are fished here, around its four low islands. Farol and Armona are where Lisbon folk maintain their holiday homes; Deserta is a sandy empty place for the Robinson Crusoe in you; Culatra is where the fishermen live, and they are delighted for you to be as active as you wish, as long as that includes watching the waves, counting your toes, playing dominoes, drinking cold drinks, and eating delicious fish….. and enjoying the white sandy, long stretched beaches….

Church in Olhao


Olhoa

There are two market buildings side by side along the water front, which are a ‘must visit’ for the huge variety of extremely fresh fish and sea food straight from the port and the vast array of locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables. Olhão is well known for it’s fish market, in particular and if you haven’t got anywhere to cook some yourself, then try one of the numerous local cafes along the roadside nearby – you won’t be disappointed!

Terraces between the Markets, Olhao


The market halls are surrounded by pavement cafes and it’s a great place to sit and enjoy the view of the boats moored along the water front in the marina and the sand spit beach of the islands Armona and Culatra. Walk along the water front and through the gardens, sit outside a jazz cafe watching the boats, people cycling around and local people going about their day.

Walk into the historic heart of Olhão and the easiest road to follow is directly across from the gap between the market halls. Here, many of the buildings are the elegant merchant’s homes with wrought iron balconies, carved stonework and tile decorations and are such a contrast to the busy port area of Olhão. At the centre of the town at the end of Avenida da República, in  the Praça da Restauração, is the church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário, built in 1698 with contributions from the fishermen when it was the first stone building in Olhão. It’s a very graceful building with a baroque facade and somehow quite a surprise!

In the surrounding narrow, cobbled streets are a wide variety of inviting shops and pavement cafes that tempt you to linger! Well, after the sightseeing you need a break! This historic area of the town is really rather picturesque and gives a totally different view of Olhão from the port and the fishermen’s quarter.

Olhão itself doesn’t have a beach as it is on the Ria Formosa lagoon system but the ferries for the Islands (Culatra, Armona, and Farol)  run from the quayside near the gardens at the eastern end of the market halls. There are regular services throughout the year, although fewer in number during the winter.

Olhao is a place not to be missed, something different and worth a visit. Algarve Housing rent a very nice country side villa close to Olhoa, Quinta Rustica

Please contact me for more information, and if you would like to subscribe to our blog you will be always updated on information about the Algarve, Special Offers of our villas and new special villas we take on,

Warm regards,

Michele


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Music in the Algarve

Cesaria Evora

It is summer in the Algarve, and that means there will be great artists performing! We give you a list of a few coming up this summer in the Algarve. If you have not rent a villa yet, to enjoy this music in the Algarve, check out our website.

22 July, 10.30 pm
Cesária Évora
From the Cape Verde, this fantastic singer, always smoking on stage, but a great voice and fantastic music! Watch the video below! Fishermen’s beach Albufeira, entrance:FREE!

Part of tHe Al-buhera Festival which take place form 22 till 26 of July in Albufeira.
Don’t miss the chance to visit Albufeira. The Al’Buhera Festival is an entirely different kind of event, offering you 5 nights of great cultural enrichment.

A multicultural city like Albufeira fully deserves a festival of this nature – a handicraft fair with more than 50 stallholders, regional confectionery and gastronomy from other countries, all help to make this festival even more appealing.

Avenida Sá Carneiro will also be the setting for street entertainment every
night from 20.00 to midnight.

To make sure that everyone can have the chance to discover Al’Buhera, guided
tours of the city centre will be offered between 20.00 and midnight, and a shuttle service will also be provided, linking all the different venues of the Al-Buhera Festival.
Stage
Praça Pescadores, 10.30 pm

22 – Cesária Évora – Cape Verde
23 – Kumpanhia Algazarra – Portugal
24 – Natiruts – Brazil
25 – Aswad – Caribbean | U.K.
26 – Amália Hoje – Portugal

Stage Eng. Duarte Pacheco, 9 pm

22 – Eduardo Ramos
23 – Lume
24 – Bossa Nossa
25 – Raspect
26 – Banda Alhada

The following events coming up, and we will publish more information closer to date, for now to put in your diary:

29 July, 9.30 pm
Gilberto Gil and Martinho da Vila
Estádio São Luís, Faro
Price: €10 / €25 vip area with access to open bar

31 July, 10 pm
Joss Stone
Monumento Duarte Pacheco, Loulé
Price: €25 and €30

1 August, 10 pm

Seal

CS Herdade dos Salgados Resort, Albufeira

Price: €30/€35

10-15 August, every day from 19.30

Festival do Mariscos – Olhoa

With great artist, among others Brazillian singer Danielle Mercury (14 August)
Price: €8

14 August, 10 pm
Mariza and Guest
Zona Ribeirinha, Vila Real de Sto. António
Price: €15 and €20

15 August, 10.30 pm
Roger Hodgson – the Voice of Supertramp
Marina de Albufeira, Albufeira

18 August, 10 pm
Abba Gold
Vila Sol Algarve – A Renaissance Spa & Golf Resort, Vilamoura
Price: €25 / €60 with dinner (ticket with dinner available only at the venue)

Ticket sales:Ticketline network
www.ticketline.pt, FNAC,
Worten, Forum Algarve Faro
Reservations: T. 00351 707 234 234

You want to be updated of all this fantastic music events this summer in the Algarve, please subscribe to our blog, and you will never miss anything!

You can contact me for more information.

Warm Regards,
Michele

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Algarve, Events you cannot miss this Summer!

It is summer in the Algarve, and there is lots of things to do you cannot miss. Algarve Housing rents special villa’s in the Algarve and will inform you about things to do and not to be missed.

7th INTERNATIONAL SAND SCULPTURE FESTIVAL in PERA
FIESA 2009 this years theme: “DISCOVERIES”

FIESA is a mega exhibition of sculpture in sand held since 2003 in Pera, Algarve. The festival is unique in the Iberian Peninsula and is considered the largest festival of sand sculpture in the world by the size of its sculptures and the area they occupy. In each new edition the exhibition is devoted to a different theme.

FIESA 2009 is a space where the discovery, the encounter and fun, co-exist in total harmony with the art, providing unforgettable moments. FIESA is shown to the public every day till 22 October from 10 am to midnight (from 22 September to 22 October from 10 am to 9 pm).

Due to the heat during the day in the summer, I recommend to visit the Fiesa at night, beautiful lit, stunning! There is a bar for drinks and food, music and entertainment events. Nice for both children and adults.

More information: http://www.fiesa.org/

10 July Esperanza Spalding – Sítio das Fontes, Lagoa

Esperanza Spalding is one of those rare examples of galloping success based on a genuine innate talent. Still only 24 years of age, she has received fulsome praise in the leading jazz magazines and at the same time seen the doors of many of the world’s most prestigious concert venues opening wide for her. All those who have seen her live version of the classic “Body and Soul” will confirm that the high energy and full commitment of her stage performance have helped them to discover the real essence of this jazz theme about the duality of human existence. A double-bass player and singer, Esperanza was to become the youngest ever teacher at the prestigious Berklee School of Music at the age of only 20…

Price: €20

Ticket sales:
Ticketline network
www.ticketline.pt, FNAC, Worten and Agências Abreu
Reservations: T. 00350 707 234 234
Notice: Tickets available at the venue only on the day of the concert (unless sold out).

Never heard of her, please check this video:

16 July, 10 pm

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Centro de Congressos do Arade . Algarve, Lagoa-Portimão

One of the world’s first truly great jazz idols, Glenn Miller was numbered amongst the great “monsters” of the swing period and became the leader of one of the most historical American big bands.

Do you remember his timeless hits as “In the Mood” or “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.

To refresh your mind:

Price: €20
Ticket sales:
www.blueticket.pt

Ticketline network
www.ticketline.pt, FNAC, Worten and Agências Abreu
Reservations: T. 00351 707 234 234

and at the concert venue:

Centro de Congressos do Arade . Algarve
Encosta do Arade, Parchal, Lagoa
T. +351 282 498 577
www.pavilhao-arade.com

18 and 19 July

Iberian Windsurfing Circuit Proam 09 (Lagos)

Meia Praia, Lagos

Officially recognised by the Spanish and Portuguese Windsurfing Federations, this circuit is considered to be the sport’s top competition in the Iberia Peninsula. It is certainly an event that has one of the highest numbers of participants, every year bringing new competitors and fans of this sport to the Algarve.

The three events held in the Algarve are all able to take advantage of the region’s exceptionally favourable conditions for windsurfing and extreme sports in general.

The event is open to all windsurfing enthusiasts, both professionals and amateurs alike.

This year’s entry is undoubtedly the strongest ever, and it promises to be the windsurfing event of the year!

18 and 19 July – Meia Praia, Lagos (Slalom)
14 to 16 August – Praia do Martinhal, Sagres (Slalom, Speed and Long Distance)

Did you enjoy this information? We will publish more information about What’s going on in the Algarve, things to do you cannot miss! Coming up is the Medeival Festival in Silves , Festival do Mariscos in Olhoa, both in August. Information about Dance Festivals, Gastronomic events, more Jazz and other music events and much, much more….

Algarve Housing rents special villa’s in the Algarve and will inform you about things to do and not to be missed. If you do not want to miss this information, please subscribe to our blog, and you will never miss things to do in the Algarve!

Warm Regards,

Michele

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