Cliff Walking Algarve

The Algarve has beautiful beaches, weather, nature and the Atlantic Ocean. The Algarve is the most southern part of Portugal. An ideal way to enjoy all this is a cliff walk!

Praia do Marinho

When you drive to Praia do Marinho (take the turn off from the EN125 opposite International school Lagoa, and follow the signs Praia do Marinho), park you car at the rather large parking space. From here you already have some spectacular views of the golden rock formations and the Atlantic Ocean.

Long and short walks

You can choose to follow the cliff paths to the left, direction Armacao da Pera, or to the right direction Carvoeiro. The paths are sign posted and very easy to find. During these walks you find amazing scenery’s of the magnificent rock formations, and the information boards told me they were between 160 and 180 million years old, amazing! The colours are stunning, and at the moment you find a lot of flowers, among others the blooming Mimosa (see picture). You can make the walk as long or as short as you want!

So get your walking shoes and enjoy some cliff walking in the Algarve.

Warm Regards,


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Christmas in the Algarve?

Christmas Algarve

How is Christmas in the Algarve? The Portuguese tradition is to celebrate with a family dinner on the evening of the 24th, with cod fish (Bacalhau). Not everyone, but most Portuguese will go at midnight to the church, after this presents can be opened, or the following day. Christmas day, the Portuguese have a lunch together. 26th of December, (boxing day), does not excist in Portugal, this is a normal day as every other day, shops open….

Around Christmas, there is much to do regarding entertainment such as concerts, and other type of performences. If you do not want to cook yourself, no problem at all, many restaurants in the Algarve organise Christmas dinners and lunches. Below we give a few options of the things to do with Christmas in the Algarve:

Dining and wining

23-27 Christmas Dinner Carvoeiro

Pimenta Preta Restaurant in Carvoeiro have prepared a mouth-watering Christmas Menu. This 4 course menu, which includes the traditional turkey along with a wonderful mixture of accompaniments is just €39 per person.


Pimenta Preta, Pestana Palm Garden Resort, Vale de Centeanes, Carvoeiro

Reserve a table: + 351 282 350 200

Price: €39

25 December – Christmas Lunch Almancil

Famous for their wonderful Carvery lunches, Restaurant Vaults in Almancil, has a great Christmas Carvery lunch on Christmas Day.


Vaults Restaurant, Ave 5 de Outobro, Almancil

Price: € 60


Festivities and Events

16-12 Christmas Dance show Lagos

The show will consist of several choreographies such as, Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Traditional Dance, Modern Dance, Ballroom Dancing Oriental Dance, Indian Classical Dance and Hip Hop, all of which will be presented by the students from the Lagos Dance Association.


Cultural Centre, Rua Lançarot e Freitas, No 7, Lagos

Time: 19.00

Price: €5


17-12 Christmas Concert Portimao

With the festive season almost upon us, the festive concerts also begin. Kicking off the season will be the Orquestra of Algarve with a series of Chrismas Concerts. Performing at the Tempo Theatre in Portimão the orquestra will interpret the works of renowned composers.


TEMPO, municipal Theatre Portimao

Time: 21.30

Price: € 10


22-12 The Sleeping Beauty Loule

The Sleeping Beauty has enchanted audiences for more than 100 years with its brilliant choreography and unforgettable score by Peter I. Tchaikovsky.

Based on a tale by Charles Perrault, Sleeping Beauty, is considered one of the greatest classical ballets of all time. Elegant costumes and magical sets complete this captivating world where true love really does conquer all.

This masterpiece, which has been danced by most dance companies throughout the world, is undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful from the illustrious Russian composer, Tchaikovsky.

Cine Theatro, Louletano, Ave Jose da costa Mealha, Loule
Time: 21.30
Price: from € 21



Winters tend to be mild averaging around 15º and this is the season with the most rainfall. The Algarve gets on average 50 days of rainfall all year, most of them between November and February. But very often the sun shines, and it feels like over 20 degrees! Breakfast and lunch can be easily taken outside in a t-shirt, enjoy the beautiful environment of the Algarve during a walk, play tennis or golf, all very nice during the winter in the Algarve.

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Algarve Housing rent villas in the Algarve, from rustic windmills till luxury town houses and villas, all with private pools and gardens, located in beautiful areas with nice decorated interiors and exteriors, most set up for outside living to make the most of the nice weather in the Algarve. Please check our Winter Rental section for our recommendations for winter let,

Merry Christmas!


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Easter In The Algarve Portugal

As March now draws to an end and Easter holidays are just around the corner, we are thrilled to say that the Algarve is set to give visitors a lovely warm welcome! The countryside is flourishing and the bright sunny days are offering nothing less than the perfect setting to enjoying all that the region has to offer. The April events calendar is full of Easter festivals, concerts, sports and gastronomy fairs and it is the ideal time of year for long walks, outdoor activities and family fun on the beach. So if you haven’t booked your holiday villa for Easter yet, Algarve Housing have some nice deals for YOU! Please contact me for more details.

A few events in the Algarve during April/Easter:

Ballet in Algarve

Coppelia by the Moscow Ballet

Venue: TEMPO (Municipal Theatre), Portimão on 8th April
Tickets available from TEMPO, Portimão Arena, FNAC, ABEP Agencies, Alvalade, &
Tel. (+351)707 234 234,(+351)707 234 234 (Reservations)

Expomar – Fair of the Sea and Nautical Activities

Venue: Jardim Pescador Olhanense, Olhão from 7th to 10th April

Duke Ellington Orchestra

Ready for some Jazz in the Algarve?

Venue: Portimão Municipal Theatre on 14th April at 21.30
Reservations: (+351) 282 402 475 (+351) 282 402 475 / 961 579 917

Equestrian Tour Vilamoura 2011

Venue: Vilamoura Riding Centre from March 30th to April 24th
Competitions – Tuesday to Sunday from 09.00 to 18.00. Grand Prix events on 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th April
The 4 Week International Showjumping Event is composed of six competitions qualifying for the FEI ranking.

Algarve Folar (Easter Loaf) Fairs

Paderne 16th & 17th April
Barão de São João (near Lagos) on 23rd & 24th April (15.00 to 24.00)
8th Folar challenge in Guia on 24th April (16.00 at the Football Club grounds) – making the biggest Easter loaf you have ever seen!

Festa das Tochas Floridas

Venue: São Brás de Alportel on Easter Sunday, 24th April

9.30 – Opening of the streets to see the carpets of flowers
10.00 – Eucharist at the Parish Church
11.30 – Hallelujah Procession and the Flower Torches
13.00 – Eucharist at the Parish Church
15.00 – Churchyard: Fair of regional confectionery, Cultural afternoon with traditional music groups, Prize giving ceremony for Flower Games, Best Flower Torches and Balconies.

Festa da Mãe Soberana in Loulé

A major religious festival that attracts thousands of faithful followers as well as tourists every year. The festival starts on the 24th April with the Festa Pequena (small feast) and finishes on 8th May with the Festa Grande. The high point of the celebrations is the procession through the city carrying the image of the Sovereign Mother

3rd Portuguese Wine Show

Venue: EMA (Multi-use space), Albufeira from 30th April to 2nd May

Time: 14.30 to 20.00 (to 19.00 on May 2nd)

A perfect opportunity to try some Portuguese wines!

The EMA is in the Caliços area of Albufeira at the junction of Estrada de Caliços and the Avenida dos Descobrimentos.

“Soul of Fado” Concert by Cristina Nóbrega

Venue: TEMPO (Municipal Theatre) Portimão on 23rd April

Reservations: (+351) 282 402 475 (+351) 282 402 475 / 961 579 917

Algarve Housing rent special villas in the Algarve, please contact me for any further information,

warm regards,


Top tips for things to do in the Algarve

Quinta Palmeiral

Algarve Housing rent holiday villas in the Algarve, the most southern part of Portugal. Apart from sun, sea and sand, we like to share a few other things to do in the Algarve. Top Tips of people who live here!

What else to do?

Drive to the top of Foia, the highest point of the Algarve, just above Monchique and enjoy the most gorgeous views of the coast with the river Arade, and Portimao. After that, allow yourself to get lost in the narrow, winding roads on your way back and experience the real Algarve!

Sit with a book and a light picnic under the canopy at Caldas de Monchique and enjoy the tranquillity and the sound of the stream.

Take a boat trip by traditional fishing boat, from Tavira to Santa Luzia or Faro Marina to Isle Deserta.

Traditional Algarvian Fishing Boats

Visit the most south westerly point of Europe, Cape St. Vincent; it is breathtaking to sit so high above the Atlantic and watch the waves come rolling in.

Stroll through historic, Moorish town Silves, the original capital of the Algarve, in the back streets the past mingles with the present in perfect harmony. Have a nice coffee on the terrace of Café Ingles, while listening to the Brazilian tunes of the live band…

Take a walk along the coastline from Ferragudo all the way to Praia do Carvalho. It works like a therapy, it will revitalise your soul and you will also feel fitter as a result!

Venture down into the awesome depths of the salt mine under Loule.

Look down on the old tiled rooftops of Tavira from the castle garden, or from the nearby camera obscura.

A round of golf on one of the Algarve’s stunning championship golf courses the Algarve boasts.

Famous Golf Courses

Visit to the Vale de lobo Royal Spa for a day of pampering and relaxation.

Dolphin Trip off the coast of Lagos or Portimao. You will see so many dolphins, you will never forget it!

Buying local honey form roadside sellers. Not only the honey is delicious, it helps local producers too!

This were a few tips, soon will follow more.

Please contact me for more information and visit our website for nice places to stay in the Algarve.

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Algarve Golf Holiday, is Golfing in Paradise, don’t miss it!

Algarve Golf Holiday

You might know already, but if not I got news for you! Playing Golf in the Algarve is golfing in Paradise!
And Algarve Housing rents fantastic self catered villas close to beautiful
golf courses. Why not combine the luxury of your own rental villa and play golf in the Algarve?

Any keen golfer will know what it is like to sit out those months where the weather just does not allow it to play golf or your enthusiasm is at an all time low for this great game because of it.

Those from the Northern hemisphere can’t wait to get past February and March and those living in more tropical climates can’t wait for cooler times. So what to do? The answer has to be the Algarve in Portugal.

The Algarve has all year round superb weather to keep honing your golfing skills so that when your club tournaments begin you’re up and running to win your monthly medal.

The Algarve with its cooling breeze and 300 days of blue skies offers over 30 golf courses within a 160 km (100 miles ) distance.

Golf Holiday Villa Vilamoura

Vilamoura is at the centre of it with some famous courses surrounding it. The famous Penina resort, the Old course, San Lorenzo and Victoria golf courses stand out. But don’t forget the East of the Algarve which offers the newly Jack Nicklaus build, Monte Rei Golf course as well as Quinta da Ria home of several ladies and senior pro tour events.

Just imagine walking along the Atlantic Ocean playing golf while Flamingos are looking at you wondering what all the fuss is about.

Just imagine playing your approach shot from beautifully kept fairways and putting on the quick true greens, surrounded by mountains on one side and the beach on the other.

You probably still don’t know what it is like to play in the Algarve. So the next time you’re dreading your compulsory golf break have a look at our website and book a nice villa that suits all your needs and discover for yourself why so many are choosing to play golf here. Why not
combine playing golf in the Algarve with the luxury of your own holiday villa!

Relax around the pool after a day playing Golf!

Please contact me for more information, like which villa is close to which golf course, prices and availability of the luxury holiday villas.

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Algarve, Great Place to Stay in Portugal, Villa near the Beach

Burgau Beach
Burgau Beach

Algarve is a great place to stay, to spent you holiday and Algarve Housing has a nice villa for rent near the beach, in the centre of Burgau, between Lagos and Sagres.

Casa da Praia, is a basic 2 storey villa, has 4 bedrooms, a private little pool and is 1 minute walk form the beach in the centre of Burgau.

Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom Casa da Praia

Burgau is a friendly and peaceful fishing village, ideal for families, nature lovers and walkers. Nestled on the edge of a national park, still a working fishing village, and watching the boats bobbing on the moonlit waters, makes Burgau a place you will never forget.

Casa da Praia
Casa da Praia - Open kitchen

Burgau and its unique charm is the village ability to appeal to everyone, regardless of age or interests. People who have been once usually come back time after time. It has an X factor that has to be experienced.

Heading west from Burgau, the next village is Salema. There’s an interesting coastal road from Burgau, or an alternative access route down an old river valley from the main road. Facing the glorious beach is a small jumble of restaurants and an occasional shop. The old village extends eastwards up a cliff-hugging road. There are several other beaches along this stretch of coast, most with a beach bar and all of them accessible by road. Surfers are recommended to try ‘Boca do Rio’ or ‘Zavial’.

Do you want to know more about Casa da Praia, please contact me for more information and availability.

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Algarve Villa rentals- Special Offer!

Algarve Housing, rent fantastic holiday homes in the the Algarve, the most southern part of Portugal. All our rental properties have private pool and gardens.

All of us are more budget conscious this year, especially when looking at our holiday options. However, there really is no need to compromise, as you can still get a wonderfully authentic, relaxing and sun-soaked holiday for next to nothing. Just look at the space, privacy and luxury you can find…

We have a few Special Offers for YOU!

Casa Lavender, 3 bedrooms, through out a/c,  between Silves and Messines

May and June: 750 euros/week

August: 1250 euros/week

Foz do Banho, 3 bedrooms, situated on the beautiful mountain of Monchique

May and June 25% discount

Villa Ribeira do Banho (sleeps upto 14, all en-suite) walking distance from picturesque Caldas de Monchique.

May and June 25% discount

Quinta Castelo, sleeps up to 12, looking out over castle of Silves.

29 August- 5 September 1390 euro for up to 6 persons

Casa Antiga, situated in picturesque village of Salir, close to Loule, sleeps up to 8;

September and October, 20% discount

Please contact me for more information.

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Algarve Luxury Villa for Holiday Rental Portugal

Luxury Villa For rent Algarve

Casa Barreto is a luxury 5 bedroom villa set within the unspoilt countryside near the historic town of Silves and only 40 minutes drive from Faro airport. Surrounded by orange groves and farmland, the villa offers peace and relaxation yet is only a short drive from all the essential amenities and a variety of attractions to suit every age group. Casa Barreto is built on 3 levels, providing space, privacy and comfortable surroundings for families or large groups. On the basement level there is a huge recreation room with table tennis and table football, offering entertainment in the evenings or a welcome respite from the sun during the hottest part of the day.

Master bedroom

On the ground floor is a spacious and comfortable living/dining room, cool and shady in the heat of the summer and warmed by a real fire during the winter months. The open plan kitchen is modern and fully fitted and has a large breakfast bar for informal dining. A small ´snug´, with cast iron gas stove, offers a cosy reading and relaxing area. On this level there is also one twin bedroom, with access to the garden, and a guest w.c. On the first floor are 3 double and 1 twin bedroom and 2 modern bathrooms with showers and full baths. The master bedroom also enjoys its own private sun terrace with views over the garden. Additionally, on the basement level there is a huge recreation room with table tennis and table football, offering entertainment in the evenings or a welcome respite from the sun during the hottest part of the day.

Outdoor Dining

The gardens surrounding the house are landscaped and offer many quiet areas for peaceful relaxation. The large terrace outside the kitchen is perfect for outdoor dining and barbecuing under the shade of the ancient Olive and Carob trees. There is also plenty of space for sunbathing and relaxing around the swimming pool. The rest of the land is completely enclosed for privacy and is planted with an abundance of fruit trees, including Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Olive and Almond.

Casa Barreto has nice landscaped gardens and private pool. Ideal holiday home in the Algarve. Algarve Housing is happy renting this nice holiday villa. Click here for more information about Casa Barreto, and check our website for more nice rental homes in the Algarve. Please contact me for availability and prices!

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On Holiday In Algarve? Discover more on foot

Guided Walks

If you are on holiday in Algarve this week and think that you would like to discover a little more of this region on foot, then why not put on your walking shoes and take a walk this Wednesday with  Dr Julie Statham and others, and discover a little more of the Real Algarve.

Wednesday Nov 19 – Lets Walk around the Lake

A moderate 2.5 hour walk around the Bravura lake and through the countryside with great views
10.30 start – meet in the car park above the lake. Leave the A22 at the Lagos / Odiaxere exit, turn left to Odiaxere & at the lights in the centre of the village turn left. Follow the signs for the Barragem, the car park is on the left with a cafe.

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Everyone is very welcome to come along and there is no need to book. There is a charge of 5 euro for each walk which includes a donation to charity (we are actively sponsoring 3 children in third world countries).

Dr Julie Statham can be contacted personally by calling:

+ 351 965 753 033 or + 351 282 697 298

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