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

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Thursday, June 8, 2017, In : General 
                                    

The 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 ar...

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Why The Beach Makes You Happy !

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, In : holiday tips 
                       


We always knew this, but now there is scientific proof that the beach really does makes us happy. The reasons why maybe go way back to the time when our ancestors left the water to live on land. But at least as far as the origin of our own life in our mother´s womb. Our brain is instinctively programmed to feel better at the coast.

But there are more health benefits to the sea shore:

  • Sea water is very good for your skin and hair. It degreases and cleans and is therefore ...

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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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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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Holiday Between The Locals

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, In : holiday tips 
                       


As a nice alternative to sunbathing, beach or sightseeing, I can certainly recommend a day around the locals. Spend a day - or longer - in one of the many traditional villages, which will give you the feeling of stepping back in time 50 years.

Visit the local pubs there and observe the peaceful lifestyle of the locals. Step into 
one of the local mini-mercados (small grocery stores) and buy some Tremoços (lupine beans), pickled olives, local cookies from the counter or ...

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Save The Gecko !

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Saturday, November 8, 2014, In : nature 
                                
                                

This is a gecko, or in Portuguese: a osga, a harmless and very useful type of lizard that lives in all kinds of warm areas in the world.  It is famous for its special toe pads, that enable it to walk on smooth and vertical surfaces and even to cross ceilings with ease.  A gecko is unique in its vocalizations, making chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos.  They are extremely useful to people because they feed on...

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Acorns - The Chestnuts Of The South

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Monday, September 29, 2014, In : food and drink 
                                


In Portugal the acorn is so important that they have a different name for each type of acorn. The acorn of the cork oak (sobreiro) is called a lande (or landre) and the acorn of a holm oak (azinheira) is called a bolota (or boleta).  

The acorns mainly serve as food for the pigs, but the bolota also used to be a very important source of food since the ancient Lusitanian people populated Iberia. It was a welcome addition to the shortage of cereals in the winter. ...

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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.

 

 
Weersverwachting
Algarve
Meer weer in Silves
Algarve Portugal
café Portugal, bica
Esteva, rock rose, Algarve
sun, beach, Algarve
real cork real wine
beach Algarve
folklore dance Algarve
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