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Things To Do In The Algarve For Coming Week

Algarve Housing rent special villa’s in the Algarve. Are you staying in the Algarve, live here or planning to enjoy the sun, sea and sand coming week in Portugal, then read this article for things to do! Are you bored of the rain at home, get a last minute plane, and enjoy the Algarve! Check out our website for nice places to stay.

Here you find a list with some highlights for the coming week:

22-26 July

Al-Buhera Festival

Multi cultural festival in centre of Albufeira

City Center and Av. Sá Carneiro, Albufeira

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24-27 July

Carnival de Bahia, Portimao, Riverfront

25 July, 10 pm

Al di Meola World Sinfonia

Monumento Duarte Pacheco, Loulé

At 15º Festival Internacional de Jazz de Loulé

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You don’t know who is Al Di Meola, check out this You Tube video:

29 July, 9.30 pm

Gilberto Gil and Martinho da Vila

Estádio São Luís, Faro

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And a You Tube Video of Gilberto Gil:

31 July, 10 pm

Joss Stone

Monumento Duarte Pacheco, Loulé

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31 July to 2 August

1000 km’s Le
Mans Series

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão

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1 August, 10 pm


CS Herdade dos Salgados Resort, Albufeira

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Next week we will inform you, among others, about the Medieval Festival in Silves that starts the 8th of August till the 16th.

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Warm Regards,


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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.
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


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

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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!


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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