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Spring in the Algarve!

Can’t believe it is already January! January in the Algarve means start of the feeling of spring, as the beautiful Almond blossom is starting to come out, which gives some beautiful pictures! Next to the colourful oranges on the trees, and the lambs jumping up and down in the fields, this is always a nice start of the year! We just had a bit of rain, but looking at the forecast, the sun is back in the Algarve! It has been sunny since end of November last year!

Tip for coming weekend:
Querenca Sausage Festival 21 and 22 January
The Querença sausage auction in the church square in picturesque village of Querenca, is one of the highlights of the Querença Sausage Festival on the 21st and 22nd of January, continuing a long tradition for this traditional Algarvean village.

The festival is in honor of São Luís, protector of animals, and is considered one of the most important rural gastronomic events held in the region.
The celebrations on Saturday night start with fado in the ballroom of the Casa do Povo de Querença.

But the real meaty action takes place on Sunday, from 11.00am in the Church Square, with the opening of the exhibition ‘Tradições Serranas, a Matança do Porco’ or ‘killing of the pig’.

The exhibition aims to recreate this tradition, ranging from the rearing of the pigs, through to the time the animal is killed, and the various ways the animal is prepared for food. Starting early, the public is encouraged to taste the grilled sausages.

At 15.00pm there is a church service followed by a procession through the streets of the village. Then at 16.30 there will be the auction of sausages in Church Square.

This festival continues a centuries-old tradition and is the flagship festival of its kind in the Algarve and, as such, “is an important tourist attraction at this time of year, highlighting the religious aspects of food,” according to Loulé Câmara.

The roots of this event go back to a time when families used the pig for food throughout the year. It was also a tradition to ask São Luís, patron saint of animals, to keep the pigs in good condition to ensure a supply of food for the household.

In gratitude, families offer the best home-made sausages to the church if the animals have had a good life up until slaughter, the remainder being auctioned. (text: Algarve Daily News)

Enjoy the Algarve!
Warm Regards,
Michele

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Algarve Things To Do In Spring

Orange blossom Algarve

Spring has arrived early in the Algarve! So Algarvians are enjoying 20 Celsius days, and days of taking walks on the many sandy beaches have returned, a couple of brave souls may even dare a dip in the still chilly waters. Beach bars starting to open up, with some nice live music in the afternoons. Aside from beaches what else is there to do in the Algarve?

Walking! At the moment the orange blossom is full on, and this gorgeous sweet smell is everywhere, plus lots of blooming flowers everywhere, this is the time of the year, to enjoy the beautiful nature of the Algarve!

You don’t like walking?

There are a few nice shopping centers near Guia and near Faro, open 7 days a week, from 9am till 12pm, so you can shop till you drop! Plus there are nice, large cinema’s!

But there is more to do in the Algarve!

Dolphinsafari

The list of things to do in the Algarve is endless. We do a few suggestions.

For a great day out take a boat trip along the coast, enjoy dolphin watching, go on jeep safari or learn to surf. Visit one of the Algarve water parks or enjoy some top pampering at a luxury spa.

A few of the many events:

Rally

World Rally Championship

When: 25-27 March

Where: Faro, Loule and Silves

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The excitement of the World Rally Championship-WRC is back with the classifying stages being held in the Algarve. With a distinguished entry list and its traditional flair and passion, this year’s Vodafone Rally de Portugal looks to be an absolute classic.

The Vodafone Rally of Portugal, the most important motor sport event in Portugal, is already one of the flagship events for the promotion of tourism in the country.

Theatre in the Algarve

When: 25 to 27 March

Where: Theatro Lethes, Faro

Price: Price: €12 adults & €7 children and students

More information call +351 910037151

The A Portada Theatre Group is now preparing for their next production, the amusing romantic comedy, “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare. Following on from their runaway success in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Real Inspector Hound” these highly talented actors are supported by lavish costumes and professional set design. Rehearsals are now underway and the show promises to both intrigue and entertain the theater lover.

Exhibition in Portimao

When: till 30 April, Turesaday 2pm uintil 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday: 10am until 6pm

Where: Museum Portimao

Price: Free

More information: +351 282405230

Due to popular demand and interest, the exhibition, “Portimão at the beginning of the 20th Century” has been extended for a second time until April 30th. The exhibition promotes some of the key aspects of the evolution of the former “Vila Nova de Portimão” in the first quarter of the 20th century during it’s transition from the Monarchy to the Republic regime, focusing on the most significant changes made during this period.

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Warm Regards,

Michele

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Spring in the Algarve, don’t miss it!

Field of Poppies


Spring in the Algarve is something you cannot miss! Fabulous displays of wildflowers that colonise every available piece of Algarve ground no matter how small. In Portugal you do not need to travel far to see wildflowers. In the Algarve in springtime, the flowers are everywhere- on roadside verges, in abandoned and fallow farmland, in the forests and beside the sea.

We all know the Algarve from the beautiful cliffs and coves and beautiful white sandy beaches, but within a short drive of the coast there is a very different Algarve to be experienced. In the spring you see millions upon millions daisies, poppies and many other colourful flowers…like the Wild Roses (Cistus) in the mountains.

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Michele


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