Browsing Archive: April, 2015

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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Algarvian Chimneys

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Friday, April 24, 2015, In : what to see 

When you visit the Algarve, one of the things you will notice are the typical chimneys (chaminé in Portuguese) on the roofs. They come in many different shapes and sizes, are often very ornamental and they are definately the main symbolic element of the Algarve.

Many people believe that they are a legacy of the Moors who ruled over this part of the country for so many years, because the chimneys resemble minarets or even miniature mosques. As a matter of fact nobody kno...

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Nesperas Or Loquats - The First Fruit To Be Harvested

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Thursday, April 23, 2015, In : food and drink 

In the Algarve the people just love their Nêspereira (loquat tree). This evergreen, easy to grow, tree (Eriobotrya japonica) originates from China and Japan and is not only ornamental, but it also has wonderful tasty fruit. 

The fruit of this tree is called the loquat (nespera in Portuguese) and is related to the apple and the pear. It is the first fruit to ripen in the springtime. It is rich in beta-caroteen, fibres, kalium, vitamin A, pectine and has only 45 calories ...

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Sueca, The Most Famous Portuguese Card Game

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Friday, April 3, 2015, In : way of life 

Sueca is Portuguese for a Swedish female, but it is also a very well known card game which is played all over the country as well as in other Portuguese-speaking countries. It is a point-trick game with trumps and is probably the most widely played card game. 

At the local cafés you can find posters advertising for a Sueca tournament, where you can win a lamb, a goat, suckling pig or a chicken. The game is played with 4 people in teams - two against two, with partners ...

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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.


Algarve Portugal
café Portugal, bica
Esteva, rock rose, Algarve
sun, beach, Algarve
real cork real wine
beach Algarve
folklore dance Algarve
chicken piri piri

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