Experience Some Adventure In The Algarve

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Sunday, July 12, 2015 In : holiday tips 
                       


Of course it is nice to spend some time relaxing, sunbathing and sightseeing during your Algarve holidays, but did you know there are also some great adventures to be experienced here?

We all know about surfing and there are some really great locations to do this, especially on the west coast. But there are also some adventure sports that you maybe have not heard of before, such as coasteering and stand up paddle boarding (SUP for short).

SUP consists of standing and bala...

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Portuguese Olive Oil - Amongst The Best Of The World

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 In : food and drink 
                             

Portugal is not a giant producer of olive oil like neighbouring Spain, but the traditional production of olive oil goes just as deep here.  During the last couple of years Portuguese producers have improved the quality and polished their brands to shine among the world’s best olive oils.  

Now some of the world´s best olive oils are coming from Portugal.  Brands like Oliveira da Serra, Saloio and Gallo have some oils that won prestigious international awards. An...

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Licor Beirão - THE liqueur of Portugal

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 In : food and drink 
                       

The most famous liqueur of Portugal is without a doubt Licor Beirão. Its recipe is a trade secret; producer J. Carranca Redondo, Lda. only states it is made from a double distillation of seeds and herbs from all over the world.

The history of the liqueur dates way back. It was already produced as a medicinal product for stomach aches in the 19th century in a pharmacy in Lousã, before being named Beirão.  In the late 19th century alcoholic beverages were no longer qual...

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Wines Of Portugal

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Monday, June 22, 2015 In : food and drink 
                       

Speaking about wine, most people do not make a direct link to Portugal. The wines from this country are 
relatively unknown in the world, but nevertheless Portugal is the 7th largest producer of wine in the world!

Besides the white, red and rosé wines, we have a few extras here: There is port wine (a wine fortified by adding Brandy), there is Madeira (fortified wine from the island of Madeira), we have Moscatel (a liquerous wine from the Setúbal Peninsula) and then ther...

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Algarvean Oranges - The Sweet Taste Of Sunshine

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Sunday, June 21, 2015 In : food and drink 

                       

In the middle of the winter, when nature is asleep in the northern part of Europe, the evergreen orange trees bear fruit and it seems like a million Christmas trees with bright orange balls are decorating the rural Algarve. Absolutely breathtaking!  If you drive through the western Algarve in early springtime and open your car window, the scent of the flowering orange trees tickles your senses. This lovely perfume is one of the nicest aromas I know.

Silves, 
the former c...

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Traditional Portuguese Food

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Sunday, June 21, 2015 In : food and drink 
                       

When I first came to Portugal - the Algarve to be precise - I was a bit sceptical about the food that was served by the locals.  In The Netherlands we have a saying, literally translated into English: "what the farmer does not know, the farmer does not eat!"   And - I am a bit ashamed to admit - that is often also the way I behave.  But, getting older and wiser, I am more often trying new flavours and foreign dishes, although some things I will never ever put in my mout...
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Marina of Vilamoura, Marina of the year 2015

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Sunday, May 24, 2015 In : General 
                       

The Marina of Vilamoura in the Algarve, conquered the premium Marina Of the Year 2015, which distinguishes the best marina in the world and is considered one of the Nautical Tourism Oscars, awarded jointly by The Yacht harbour Association (TYHA) and the British Marine Federation (BMF), both from the UK. 

The prizes were awarded according to the results of an online poll done exclusively by the owners of vessels which visited marinas in 2014. In a statement, Vilamoura Mar...

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Eucalyptus in Portugal - A Very Hot Item

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Monday, May 18, 2015 In : nature 

                       

One after the other, long and heavy trucks loaded with eucalyptus logs, drive back and forth. Because of their weight they destroy the streets. They transport the logs from the eucalyptus forests, such as the ones in the Monchique area, to the cellulose processing industry in the middle of the country. "Normal" trucks are not allowed on the street when their load is this heavy, but these giants have a special license.

Eucalytus is the most common tree in the country. 25....

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Nature in the Algarve from January till December

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Saturday, May 9, 2015 In : nature 
                       


Nature is very present in the Algarve. There is a great biodiversity here and even in the middle of the summer, there is always a green background, wherever you look. One of the things that I instantly loves, was the smell here. The air is filled with aromas of wild herbs and flowers.  Nature has something new to offer every month:

January:  oranges are ripening, almond trees blossom.  
February:  Mimosa flowers
March: pear and plum blossom, lavender flowers, frogs, toats ...

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Algarve - Best Place In The World To Retire

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Friday, April 24, 2015 In : General 
                       

The Algarve was voted Best Place In The World To Retire in 2015!  This region is not only a great destination for a holiday, but there are also lots of reasons why the Algarve can be your future place of residence.

  1. The weather - The Algarve has a mild climate with on average 3300 hours of sunshine each year.
  2. Safety - Portugal is one of the safest countries in the world regarding crime and violence.
  3. Health care - The Algarve has a very good infrastructure for international ...

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Marianne Hoesen Born in the deep south of The Netherlands, I moved to the central Algarve in 2007, together with my partner and 2 dogs. In the meantime we added some goats and chickens and are living a peaceful life in the rolling hills of the rural south of Portugal. I invite you to read a bit in my blog and to leave a comment afterwards. Also check out the holiday accommodations mentioned elsewhere in this website.

 

 
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