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'Relax, silly, it’s summer holiday time!' writes Len Port

armacao2The tourist trick of grabbing the best available sunbathing spots by laying down early morning towels is said to have been pioneered long ago by the Germans, but they have met their match.

The competition used to be fought over poolside sun-loungers and the British learned to become even better at it.

Celebrate summer: Enjoy the Algarve’s August issue is out now

Enjoy the Algarve's August issue is out!

Read the August 2017 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Sun, Sea & Sangria. 
In it: the vision behind Portugal’s historical hotels, aka pousadas. And an extensive feature about how tourism in the south of Portugal has developed over the last few decades. Were the holidaymakers in the 1960s happy with a beach and some sun, nowadays they want holistic yoga retreats and eco-friendly yurt experiences.

Dane plans to expand exotic exports

ButternutSquashA resident Danish entrepreneur, Brian Knudsen, is looking to transform large tracts of unproductive land around Lagoa in the Algarve to considerably expand the quantity of special crops he has started growing and exporting from the area.

In May 2016 Knudsen obtained a 15-year rental agreement to take over 12 hectares of state-owned farmland between Lagoa and Sesmarias that had remained abandoned for decades.

Tapada do Infante medieval village near Odiáxeire, Lagos, shows life as it really was

SwordDancerThe medieval village is back near Odiáxeire with tournaments, birds of prey and plenty of fun, food and drink.

The Tapada do Infante medieval village is a living depiction of an old way of life, showing the games, habits and customs of those who lived in the Algarve in medieval times.

Brave the waves: Enjoy the Algarve’s July issue is out now

Enjoy the Algarve's July issue is out!

Read the July 2017 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Brave the Waves.
In it: all the fun you can have in the sea. And some serious stuff: the important work of the Algarve lifeguards, who keep the beaches safe and rescue swimmers in trouble in the Atlantic Ocean.


Cover girl Charlotte van Berkum talks about how the ocean inspires her, surf expert Rik Dejonghe gives tips on how to find your perfect board, and three SUP pros reveal their favourite spot for paddleboarding. Also in the 26th issue: we try cable wakeboarding and bring you a variety of water sports.

Our columnist Arthur van Amerongen tells you his happy beach songs, expat Marianne Hoesen gives her opinion on the Portuguese attitude towards punctuality, and Vanda Rita shares tips on forces of nature photography.
Plus: nine things you shouldn’t miss in the area of Odeceixe and how Prince Henry got his nickname ‘the Navigator’.

Happy reading!

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25 x Enjoy the Algarve! Because there’s so much more to the south of Portugal than just lying on a beach.

Mountain bikers from all over the world train in the hills of São Brás areaThe Ria Formosa is home to the largest population of sea horses in the world. The yearly Bike Meeting in Faro attracts about 35.000 bikers. In Silves, they make wine out of oranges. With coasteering in the Costa Vicentina Nature Reserve, you jump off 12m cliffs into the Atlantic Ocean. The Algarve’s cuisine isn’t only about sea food, but also includes locally farmed porco preto. Mountain bikers from all over the world train in the hills of São Brás area. In Castro Marim, you can take a mud bath in a traditional salt pan.

Enjoy the Algarve features 'artisan traditions' read the June issue here

Enjoy the Algarve's June issue is out!

Read the June 2017 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Made by hand.
In it: make ceramics on a potter's wheel, create terracotta tiles by hand, learn about Portugal's artisan heritage, weave bags out of palm leaves, decorate your house Algarvian style, and get your friends typically Portuguese foodie presents.

Enjoy the Algarve's May issue is out!

Enjoy the Algarve's May issue is out!Read the May 2017 issue of Enjoy the Algarve, Island style.
In it: marine biologists Miguel Correia and Jorge Palma explain about seahorse breeding and survival. Find out what it’s really like to live on an island in the Algarve (the pros include loads of fresh seafood whereas the cons certainly involve recent demolition threats), and learn about Portuguese water dogs.