Carvoeiro Black & White Party 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Carvoeiro Black & White Party 2017 – Opening the Algarve Summer, 17 June

Summer in the Algarve (un)officially begins with a giant party on the beach! Carvoeiro’s Black & White Night has become THE first “don’t miss” event of the season. For 2017, the party is scheduled for Saturday, 17 June. Everyone is invited to join the summer fun in the Carvoeiro city center, from the beach (Largo da Praia), along Rua do Barranco, and down Estrada do Farol. The dress code, of course, is black and white.

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Carnival in Carvoeiro Village 2017

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24th – 28th of February 2017

It’s Carnival time! And in the western Algarve, Carnival Central is Praia do Carvoeiro. This little village on coast know how to throw big parties.carnaval-2017-c And for Carnaval 2017, the festivities stretch out from 24-28 February.

There will be a parade on the morning of Friday, February 24th for the school children of Carvoeiro with a full parade planned for Sunday the 26th to again be repeated on the day itself, Tuesday the 28th so there is no way anyone will be able to miss it!

 

You simply must experience the Portugal Carnival..

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In Portugal, the carnival is the biggest festival of the year and draws people from around the world. It usually happens in February, right Carnival 6before lent starts. It signals the end of winter and also ushers in the religious period of giving up meat. Carnival is usually not religious in nature and therefore it continues well past Ash Wednesday when religious affiliated carnivals end. In fact, the carnival in Portugal usually last almost three weeks. It is a non-stop party where the focus is on fun and celebration.

untitledEven if you have attended the carnival celebration elsewhere, you simply must experience the Portugal Carnival. Every celebration is unique and each with its own cultural influences. In Portugal you will experience the cities and the people in a way that you cannot do any other time of the year. It is an experience like no other. If you want to have fun and to let loose on vacation then book a trip to Portugal for the carnival.

 

Calisto & Destino Rentals Carvoeiro Centre ….

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Calisto & Destino Carvoeiro RentalsBedroom (A) located in the heart of Carvoeiro with the beach at your door step, simply the best location in the Algarve.

Carvoeiro is an unspoiled resort with hidden coves offering sheltered sunbathing inlets, quaint shops and restaurants. IMG_Carvoeiro village eveningOnce a small fishing village, small boats are dotted along the beaches offering picturesque views. Resort_faoc2There are numerous restaurants and hotels offering gourmet cuisine. Within a short distance are the two golf courses of the Carvoeiro golf club, Vale de Pinta and Quinta de Gramacho.

Happy Holidays

Festive Traditions Meet Laid-Back Luxury in Portugal this Holiday Season

With seasonal highs reaching a pleasant 17°C, the Algarve is ideal for those looking for a white Christmas that’s more sandy beaches than snow covered windscreens. Though it may feel like the beginning of summer outside, you’ll soon be reminded that it’s the most wonderful time of the year when the sparkle of seasonal lights adorning palm trees and chic boutique windows catch your eye. A traditional Christmas in Portugal is centred around the 24th, when many families gather together to enjoy the ‘Consoada’ feast and exchange gifts. Villages and towns host events throughout the season to bring the whole community together in celebration, while the mid-December scramble for gifts is actually more of a relaxing jaunt with such a peaceful pace of life. Showcasing the many family-friendly experiences on offer, we’ve put together a guide to enjoying Christmas in the Algarve.

Christmas & New Years in the Algarve

Christmas in the Algarve

If you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas, then do try the Algarve! It is nowhere near as commercialised as the UK and things don’t really start happening until the end of November. Christmas decorations go up in the towns and villages and the palm trees along the water front promenades sparkle with Christmas lights.

The main resorts normally have various events throughout the Christmas season which are added to our events calendars as soon as we receive them (normally about the 3rd week in November). One year Faro even laid on some artificial snow which certainly had the children very excited as they certainly won’t see the real thing!

A lot of the shops have their usual range of goods in, rather than gift packs bought in just for Christmas. Christmas trees, decorations and lights, lovely scented candles are all part of Christmas, but one thing that is noticeably different is the sending (or in this case, not sending!) of Christmas cards. Cards tend to be more for the immediate family, not sent in bulk! So the cards in the shops are, on the whole, rather expensive as they are individually wrapped and don’t come in boxes. We did see a few boxes in some shops, but they were still quite expensive and not much choice. Maybe the Portuguese have got the right idea?

During October supermarket shelves start to fill up with very tempting boxes of sweets and chocolates and the very Algarvean boxes of beautifully decorated marzipan sweets, little fig cakes in various shapes and all sorts of glacé fruits, dried fruits and nuts. Come mid-November there are delicious cakes decorated with glacé fruits and nuts, added to the always tempting displays of mouth-watering cakes and pastries that the Algarve is so well known for.

All the traditional foods for Christmas are available – turkey, cranberry sauce, bread sauce (if you don’t make your own!), stuffing mixes and chestnuts aplenty. Turkeys are usually fresh and in all the supermarkets and butchers; the extras we found in some of the main supermarkets, like Intermarché, but also in some of the smaller supermarkets like the Ali-Supers. You don’t see Christmas puddings, mince pies or traditional fruit Christmas cakes everywhere, but there are lots of “English” food shops around that you can find them in.

If anyone is wondering about sprouts and parsnips, sprouts are available, though funnily enough we did struggle to find them for Christmas, but there were plenty around afterwards! Parsnips are more difficult – we have spotted them occasionally but don’t always manage to get them for Christmas. Never mind!

We have been to both of the Algarve’s big shopping centres at Christmas now (Forum Algarve in Faro and Algarve Shopping in Guia) and although at first it felt a little strange shopping on Christmas Eve in the sunshine, we soon got used to it! There’s nothing more enjoyable than pottering around the decorated shops, listening to Christmas music and seeing smiles from fellow shoppers and shop assistants! People looked like they had all the time in the world to get their last gifts – rather different than the frustrating queues of previous years with people fighting over the last turkey or pack of Brussels sprouts! And we’ve never had so much help in choosing what to buy from shop assistants! On a practical note, supermarkets extend their opening hours from the beginning of November, so most are open all day 7 days a week including bank holidays; which probably helps to alleviate any chaos (although we’re not convinced that there would be any anyway!).

Christmas celebrations in Portugal traditionally start on December 8th, (the day of “Our Lady of the Conception”) and end on twelfth night. Christmas itself is celebrated on Christmas Eve night with a big family meal, traditionally of “bacalhau” (salted cod fish), and lots of delicious savoury and sweet nibbles. (“Fatias Douradas” – slices of bread dipped in a milk, sugar and egg mix, fried and dusted with cinnamon are one of the favourite Christmas nibbles in Algarvean homes along with various almond sweets.) Presents are opened at midnight and then Christmas Day is for relaxing with family and friends.

New Year in the Algarve

When it comes to deciding what to do at New Year, do you struggle to think what to do? New Year celebrations can become very expensive, with buying bar or club tickets and booking taxis, so why not think about getting more for your money and having a New Year with a difference?

We usually watch the firework displays on the river front in Lagos and (as long as it’s a clear night) get a view of Portimão’s display as well! Albufeira are well known for their open air concert at Fisherman’s Beach (Praia dos Pescadores) on New Year’s Eve and all the bars and clubs across the Algarve stay open until the early hours for the celebrations to continue.

 

 

Calisto & Destino Carvoeiro Rentals

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The Calisto & Destino Carvoeiro Rentals, located in the charming resort of Carvoeiro, areBedroom (A) a perfect choice for families and those looking for a relaxed base for their holiday. The resort centre is a tranquil, former fishing village with bars, cafes and shops to visit, as well as plenty of quiet coves to explore. The apartment complex offers a wide range of nearby facilities and dining options, and if you need to relax, the large rooftop terrace and surrounding area is the perfect spot to laze in the sun.

 

Welcome to Carvoeiro…

Carvoeiro EastviewCarvoeiro is a tranquil part of the Algarve that stems from humble beginnings as a small fishing village. It has a small, secluded, sandy beach where life spins round the cities’ main square.

Carvoeiro is home to a great natural harbour and remains sheltered from the winds due to its location between rocky headlands and thus ideal to spend your Algarve sun holidays.

The close beach is not big, but extraordinarily clean and beautiful, with neighbouring beaches within easy Algar Secowalking distance. The resort has maintained plenty of its character from when it was only a tiny fishing town and this makes it perfect for families looking to relax on a golden beach.

There is quite a lot to do in the region, with one highlight surely being the astonishing rock formations around the shore that can be admired from boat trips round the Algar Seco.

Carvoeiro Beach 4The nightlife here is pretty lively, as is the shopping district with lots of stores providing quaint products – perfect for mementos, or as gifts to family and friends.

Topped off by some exquisite restaurants that cater to all palates Carvoeiro is a perfect place for those who want to enjoy all the Algarve has to supply in a more tranquil, peaceful setting.

Holidays to Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro West A.Carvoeiro is a brilliantly positioned resort on Portugal’s Algarve coastline that’s great for relaxed breaks with the kids, as a couple, or just with friends. It’s not the largest or busiest resort in the area, but if you want to enjoy a spectacular coastal spot, with all the facilities you need for an amazing break, holidays in Carvoeiro are perfect.

Once a small, traditional fishing village, Carvoeiro has retained much of its original charm, and the sheltered sandy bay is beautifully situated between dramatic cliff Carvoeiro beachfaces jutting out into the water. Fishing boats still bob about on the water, and while the town centre does have shops, bars and restaurants for holidaymakers to enjoy, tourism hasn’t spoilt the natural landscape, with fantastic walking trails to be found.

Book your break to this charming Algarve holiday spot and look forward to a laidback escape within easy reach of the area’s attractions.

Simply Beautiful Carvoeiro

Beach, Carvoeiro, Algarve, PortugalPicturesque with a delightful sandy beach, Carvoeiro is becoming ever more popular, not unsurprisingly so, considering its many charms. Still a quaint fishing village with a working fleet, the main beach and little nearby coves benefit from the shelter of high surrounding cliffs, creating a picture-imagespostcard Algarvian setting. Within the resort, you’ll find a healthy selection of cafés, bars and restaurants and a handful of shops for hunting down souvenirs. Great for families and couples who want to relax in a pretty location. Great bases for exploring are tranquil and unhurried Salicos, whilst Sesmarias, another tranquil location, is a friendly, pretty picturesque fishing village.

Easter break holiday at Studio Calisto & Apartment Destino Carvoeiro

Escape this year for Easter to the Algarve and enjoy highs of 23˚C at Studio Calisto & Apartment Destino Carvoeiro Village Resort, a holiday for the whole family.

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Easter is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to escape with the family. Whether you’re looking for a short Easter break or a week’s holiday Studio Calisto & Apartment Destino Carvoeiro could be your ideal resort. Positioned right next to the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and bordered by Portugal’s finest beaches enjoy the tranquility the area offers alongside the many on site and off site activities.

Accommodation

Our two Boutique apartments feature a range of different accommodations from a unique and luxurious 650 sq. ft. T0 / studio apartment to a luxurious one bedroom 1000 sq. ft. apartment with balcony facing east the width of the apartment. Each come with a kitchen, lounge and can cater for a variety of size groups and families.

If you’re looking for something extra special why not stay at Studio Calisto & Apartment Destino for a unique and luxurious way to enjoy a family holiday.

 

Local Attractions

There are plenty of things to do and see in the local area. Studio Calisto & Apartment Destino Carvoeiro is the perfect base for visiting and experiencing everything the Algarve has to offer. From safaris to water parks to shopping centers and much more. Studio Calisto & Apartment Destino is located in the heart of Carvoeiro Village which is a thriving tourist orientated town with plenty to offer including restaurants, bars and shops with handmade crafts and goods. Take a stroll on the boardwalk in Carver overlooking the Atlantic that leads from the beautiful little church of Carvoeiro to the spectacular rock formations of “Algar Seco”. A more challenging walk is the famous “7 hanging valley walk” starting in Carvoeiro up to the famous “Praia da Marinha”, along cliff paths with the most spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Beaches

Praia do Carvoeiro is also known as the ‘town beach’ and it is a small sweep of sand sheltered by cliffs on either side. There are shower and toilet facilities and it is well served by bars and restaurants on the paved area just behind the entrance. Access is easy and level with the paving although there is only a short boarded walkway. There is car parking just behind the beach, but spaces are limited and it can get quite busy in summer, so you may need to park a little further away and walk down.

There are several absolutely stunning and family friendly beaches available so you can spend the day relaxing on white sandy shores surrounded by the incredible background of towering stone cliffs and sparking, crystal clear waters. If you’re looking for something more adventurous there are plenty of other shores to explore that are a little less accessible if you’re looking for an adventure.

Golf

The Algarve prides itself on its selection of championship golf courses. There are plenty to choose from in the area and close by to the resort. Find out more about the local courses.

Book your holiday today and join us at Studio Calisto & Apartment Destino Carvoeiro for your Easter getaway!

 

ALGARVE CARNIVAL 2015

Carnival 2The Algarve Carnival is a popular event in the region, which is held each year to celebrate Mardi Gras. This big festival attracts large crowds from around the world who are keen to witness the large Brazilian-style carnival, which has been running for well over 100 years. The main fiesta is in Loule, where the carnival originates, but there are parties held throughout the region during these dates. It dates back to the celebration of the beginning of Lent and `Carnevale` literally translates as `to put away the meat`. Restaurants in the area serve plenty of seafood and other local delicacies and the streets are decorated in colourful fashion and animated floats parade through the streets to Carnival 3Carnival 5encourage the party atmosphere. Most of the streets in the Algarve will be filled with singing and laughter, with plenty of live music and dancing. Many of the boat owners even decorate their boats in lively fashion to join in the region’s celebrations.

Happy Holidays 2014

The Algarve is an all year round holiday favourite for all holidaymakers with its picture perfect beaches, dramatic scenery and lovely weather, it’s no wonder why. The resort of Carvoeiro is one of the most beautiful resorts in the Algarve with many water sports including sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving all on offer at the beaches. If you are keen to explore the beautiful Carvoeiro coast line while on your Christmas holiday, then take a trip to the Sao Rafael beach and admire the stunning rock formations or simply try and find your perfect hideaway amongst the 100 miles of stunning beaches. Praia da Rocha another popular resort and is the perfect place to head after a busy Carvoeiro 10day; relax and unwind in one of the many cafes or restaurants or head out for a night on the town with a great selection of pubs and clubs to choose from. If you are after a quieter Christmas holiday in the Algarve, then head to the resort of Alvor where the charming village has managed to hold on to its traditional characteristics with cobbled roads and white washed houses and dine at one of the traditional Portuguese restaurants and enjoy the fine food and cheap wine on offer. From relaxing on the beach to wandering through the historic old towns, a Christmas holiday in the Algarve really does have it all. Studio Calisto in beautiful Carvoeiro has the accommodation to suit your needs and your budget! So get in the festive spirit and book your Christmas holiday to the Algarve today!

 

Superb Holiday destination…

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Carvoeiro is a cluster of whitewashed buildings rising up from tawny, gold and green cliffs and backed by hills. Shops, bars and restaurants rise steeply from the small arc of beach that is the focus of the town, and beyond lie hillsides full of sprawling holiday villas. This diminutive seaside resort 5km south of Lagoa is prettier and more laid-back than many of the bigger resorts, but its size means that it gets full to bursting in summer.

Carvoeiro a hidden gem!!

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Carvoeiro a pretty fishing village, but has now grown into a small lively town, which still retains its charm with many pretty Algarvian cottages nestling around the central beach. The picture postcard beach setting with its colourful fishing boats is a delight and the boats are still used on a daily basis to catch the local fish which can be purchased from the market.

Although now a small town it has not become an impersonal commercialized tourist town.  It is still quaint with many small cobbled backstreets weaving amongst the small prettily painted Algarvian cottages. Sitting alongside are a multitude of fantastic restaurants which cater for many different tastes. Of course there are the obvious Portuguese restaurants which serve local dishes and many different types of delicious seafood.  There are also Spanish, Indian, Chinese, Italian and Moroccan cuisines on offer.

“Discover beautiful sandy coves in Praia do Carvoeiro”

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With a beach backed by sandstone cliffs, Praia do Carvoeiro offers hundreds of picture postcard spots to enjoy your holiday. There is plenty to do including snorkeling, boat trips and a variety of water sports or take a short walk along the cliffs and find other seemingly undiscovered sandy coves which are just perfect for spending the days of your holiday soaking up the sun.

Algarve, Portugal’s southern paradise….

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The beauty of the Algarve is created by the wonderful colours of the rocks, sea, sand and mountains. Wherever you look, the colours are always with you, the sunrises and sunsets are a picture to behold.

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Carvoeiro village and its exciting heritage make it what it is today. Long dry summers with over 12 hrs of sunshine per day. It is remarkable to see rain between early June and September. The temperature averages 28 ⁰ – 30 ⁰ C with the occasional 40 ⁰ days that are rarely stuffy or uncomfortable due to the refreshing Atlantic breeze. A perfect climate to enjoy its shimmering ocean beaches and exquisite countryside. The winters are mild and equate to a North European spring, temperatures averaging 18 ⁰  and with 6 hours of sunshine per day make this an ideal winter haven and with a golden treasury of superlative golf courses, a golfers paradise all year round. Rainfall is mainly between Oct and March.

 

Carvoeiro 2Carvoeiro beach is sheltered and picturesque. The old fishing boats have trips, several times a day, to visit the caves throughout the summer. This part of the Algarve possesses some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches and there are also some secluded beaches and coves very near Carvoeiro, a few of which are only accessible by boat but are well worth the trouble.

In the winter, Carvoeiro is a different story with a quiet but pleasant, out of season, feel with still plenty of wonderful warm sunshine to enjoy.

 

A stroll through the tangled web of narrow streets, alleys and steps to be found away from the coast is the best way of getting to know this part of the region. The coastal cliffs are a must for keen walkers and leisurely strolls, a lovely way to enjoy this coastline.IMG_0791

Traditional Algarve cuisine has been influenced by the abundance of freshly caught fish and shellfish, Iberian black pork and the famous Piri Piri brought in by the Moors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Algar Seco

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Princesses, smugglers and one local family – the story behind one of Carvoeiro’s most famous spots

The spectacular cliffs of Algar Seco have long been a landmark in Carvoeiro, but that’s not just because of their natural beauty. They also hold a story that’s very much a part of the town itself.
Legend has it that, long ago, there lived a beautiful princess called Princess Alfanzina, who fell in love with a poor coaler (a carvoeiro). Her father disapproved of the relationship between his daughter and a commoner, so the youngsters would meet in secret at Algar Seco. It’s said that the king learnt of their secret meetings and, upon finding the two lovers, killed the Carvoeiro with a dagger and his body fell into the sea. Broken-hearted, the princess would return to the spot and mourn the loss of her lover. As her tears fell to the ground, they formed the holes in the rocks that we see today.

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A network of rock pools and caves, the formations at Algar Seco – legend aside – are pretty spectacular, but none are more iconic than the large formation that, from the sea, is said to resemble a doll’s head: A Boneca. Officially named A Boneca (the doll) on April 26, 1974 – the day after the Portuguese Carnation Revolution – it was a reference point for the smugglers coming ashore, who used this spot at low tide to unload and store goods that were prohibited during the Salazar dictatorship, such as cigarettes and perfumes. A Boneca was the code name for the contraband hotspot, and the stairs carved into the rocks – the Escadinhas – were created by the smugglers themselves.
“The customs guards were really strict on contraband in Carvoeiro, which was extremely poor in those days. But when they heard people talking about the Boneca, they assumed they were referring to the brothel that existed near Alfanzina,” explains Carla Carvalho Kröhnert, whose family history is inextricably linked to the history of Algar Seco itself.

Just like the day her grandfather carved the name A Boneca into the rockface the day after the Revolution, each story has been passed down through the generations. The land belonged to Carla’s grandmother, who was born in Carvoeiro, and became the meeting point for the local fishermen who would play cards over a few drinks. It was the ’70s and few tourists had discovered this picturesque fishing village – these were the days of traditional fish stews still made with seawater and when their first grill was a car rim.

In those days, the restaurant now known as Boneca Bar was a temporary structure, rebuilt every summer after the winter had taken its toll. It was only in the early 1980s that it gained more permanent foundations, when Carla’s parents took over the restaurant. Even the access down towards Algar Seco would wash away every time it rained. “Our friends made the steps using tree trunks in return for a case of beer,” laughs Jorge Carvalho, who now runs the family restaurant with his sister. Having spent their summers here and working at Boneca from a young age, alongside cousins and close friends, the brother and sister took over the restaurant, keeping it a family business at heart but adding a more stylish touch to this pretty spot. “It was always our dream to keep it going,” says Carla, adding that the focus remains on fresh fish and grilled specialities. “You give everything you have, you work hard and it drives you crazy at times, but when you’re not here, you miss it.” Even today, Carla’s eldest son works here alongside the school friends he grew up with.

For the Carvalho family, A Boneca is more like a family member, and Carla remembers the day her father rang her with some bad news back in 1990, the year her second son was born. “I heard his tone and as my grandmother was ill at the time, I feared the worst. He was actually ringing to tell me that a giant wave had taken away the arch,” explains Carla, referring to the arched rock that until then had been a prominent feature in Algar Seco.

Of course Algar Seco is not only special to this family; it’s also close to the hearts of many other residents and tourists who have visited year after year for decades. A great vantage point for spotting dolphins, the Boneca itself is also the location of choice for young couples, wedding proposals and even the setting for wedding photographs, with the two holes sculpted into the cliff looking out to the horizon and framing a view like very few others. Jorge and Carla are certainly right when they say that “it’s the magic of the place”.

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Carvoeiro Beaches

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The choice of beaches within easy reach of Calisto & Destino Carvoeiro Rentals is remarkable, all beautiful and each one with its own individual appeal. Carvoeiro Bay itself is a haven of sheltered golden sand that nature has carved Algarve 1into the rugged cliffs. All along this stretch of undulating coastline, the ocean has sculpted the rich red rock into a honeycomb of unique caves and tunnels which are a delight to explore. Many can only be reached at low tide – adding to their mystery – and it is worth investigating some of the smaller beaches, such as the Vale de Covo Beach. A little further east is Praia de Carvalho or take a boat from Benagil Beach – there are so many fascinating coves, the list is a long one.

 

 

 

Carvoeiro in the Algarve….

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The beauty of the Algarve is created by the wonderful colours of the rocks, sea, sand and mountains. Wherever you look, the colours are always with you, the sunrises and sunsets are a picture to behold.

Carvoeiro village and it’s exciting heritage makes it what it is today. Long dry summers Carvoeiro fullviewwith over 12 hrs of sunshine per day. It is remarkable to see rain between early June and September. The temperature averages 28 ⁰ – 30 ⁰ C with the occasional 40 ⁰ days that are rarely stuffy or uncomfortable due to the refreshing Atlantic breeze. A perfect climate to enjoy its shimmering ocean beaches and exquisite countryside. The winters are mild and equate to a North European spring, temperatures averaging 18 ⁰  and with 6 hours of sunshine per day make this an ideal winter haven and with a golden treasury of superlative golf courses, a golfers paradise all year round. Rainfall is mainly between Oct and March.

My favourite holiday destination ” Carvoeiro”….

_Carvoeiro Praia do Carvoeiro is situated in a sheltered cove and is just perfect for sunbathing and swimming. The beach spreads out in front of the town square, where there are many bars and cafes. There is wheelchair access to the beach and also a selection of stalls around the square should you need anything for your day at the beach. Pedaloes and jet skis are available at the beach so there is plenty to keep everyone occupied.

 As Carvoeiro is so popular, it has many shops to cater for its visitors so you should be able to find what you are looking for. There is also a large supermarket on the outskirts of the town which offers a wider range of products. images Algar

There is no shortage of bars, cafes and bars in the resort so you should find something to your liking. Many of the bars and restaurants are within easy walking distance of the centre and offer a wide range of food. You will find many traditional Portuguese restaurants but as the resort is very family orientated, there will be plenty of options for little ones too.

There is a very good  selection of pubs, music bars and discos to choose from but if you want a wider choice then head to nearby Portimao, where you will find plenty of lively music bars, nightclubs and even casinos.

 VillageThe summer can be very busy in Carvoeiro and there are lots of festivals going on from June through to September. The festivals celebrate a whole range of things but you can certainly ensure there will be plenty of entertainment, live music and fun for all the family.

 

 

Calisto & Destino holiday lounging in the sun….

Beach, Carvoeiro, Algarve, PortugalAre you looking for a holiday lounging in the sun and swimming in clear blue waters? Then get going andCarvoeiro book your holiday with Calisto & Destino Carvoeiro Rentals today . You will have a great time, whether you’re looking to rest and relax on glorious shores or getting active in the surrounding areas. Carvoeiro beach holidays are perfect for those who love soaking up rays by the beach or on the balcony or rooftop terrace, as well as those who prefer a more active time…

 

 

Calisto & Destino Carvoeiro Holiday Dream…

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Grown from a quaint fishing village into a popular tourist spot,  Carvoeiro hasn’t lost its authenticity or charm. Whether it’s sandy beaches, small coves, or a village square lined with local restaurants and cafes that makes your holiday choice, Carvoeiro has it all. For families looking for a fun day out, there is a splash waterpark nearby and, for yet more adventure, discover Carvalho Cove and navigate through the tunnels to the sea…

Couples Holidays…

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Couples looking for a laid-back resort with the freedom to do as much or as little as they like need look no furtherIMG_1570 Tav than Calisto & Destino Rentals in beautiful Carvoeiro.

This fishing village shows off the Algarve’s natural beauty, with a charming village and stunning coastline, and you can relax your days away on the beach. Good food and drink can be had at local restaurants and bars, of which there are many scattered among the whitewash buildings.

 

 

( Easter )Folar Cakes and Sugar Almonds

During Easter week, fairs are held across the whole of the Algarve featuring the renowned images cake 2Folar-pascoa-Portuguese-Eastern-sweet-cakeFolar cake. As traditional to Portugal as the Easter Egg is to Northern Europe, the cake is sweet, moist and topped with a hard boiled egg still in the shell.  Sugared almonds are another Easter favourite and are given as gifts for children – adults too munch their way through as many of them as they can.

Easter in the Algarve Portugal

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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 for Easter yet, Calisto & Destino Carvoeiro have some nice for YOU!

Carvoeiro the most photographed resort in the Algarve….

Carvoeiro 6 Carvoeiro is a picturesque resort set against a backdrop of stunning coastal scenery. Growing increasingly popular, due to its idyllic setting, it is now the most photographed resort in the Algarve. With soft sun-baked sand sloping gently into refreshing waters that are perfect for swimming and safe for children, Carvoeiro is a great choice for a family holiday Portugal.

This quaint fishing village is full of fabulous restaurants serving up Center Squaretraditional Portuguese food. You’ll find several seafood dishes on the menu, with catches of the day provided by, the still active, local fishing fleet. Most of the restaurants are found on the central town square where you can watch singers and folk dancers perform as you wine and dine.

The Algarve is famous for its natural beauty. Nature lovers can hire bicycles or horses to explore the pine-scented forests and sleepy orange groves in the surrounding areas of the resort.

Holidays to Algarve

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A holiday to the Algarve, the western-most part of Europe, has long been popular with holidaymakers keen to enjoy some sun, sand and sea in the relaxing and safe boundaries of Portugal.

Superb beaches, turquoise sea, manicured golf courses and the leisurely Portuguese pace of life have established Portugal’s west coast as an ever popular holiday destination to the algar - boatAlgarve.

With warm, sunny winters and very hot summers, this 100-mile southern coast of Portugal is a great escape for holidays to Algarve practically any time of year.

Carvoeiro Algarve’s gem….

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One of the most pretty and picturesque locations in the whole Algarve, Praia do Carvoeiro is a well Carvoeiro west beachestablished resort only an hour from the airport in Faro. A quiet friendly place, people on a Praia do Carvoeiro holiday are quickly won over by the towns charm retained from its fishing village roots. As with most resorts in the Algarve, local Fish is big on the menu and at Praia do Carvoeiro there are a range of restaurants to choose from.

ALGARVE CARNIVAL 2014

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The Algarve Carnival is a popular event in the region, which is held each year to celebrate Mardi Gras. This big festival attracts large crowds from around the world who are keen to witness the large Brazilian-style carnival, which has been running for well over 100 years. The main fiesta is in Loule, where the carnival originates, but there are parties held throughout the region during these dates. It dates back to the celebration of the beginning of Lent and `Carnevale` literally translates as `to put away the meat`. Restaurants in the area serve plenty of seafood and other local delicacies and the streets are decorated in colourful fashion and animated floats parade through the streets to Carnival 3Carnival 5encourage the party atmosphere. Most of the streets in the Algarve will be filled with singing and laughter, with plenty of live music and dancing. Many of the boat owners even decorate their boats in lively fashion to join in the region’s celebrations.

Carvoeiro with a spread of beaches

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This one-time fishing village in Portugal’s western Algarve has a history dating back centuries. Here you’ve got a compact town centre made up of two main roads leading to the square. There are pretty white buildings set into the cliff, along with a lighthouse and the remains of a 17th-century fort. And just along the coast is Algar Seco, a spectacular landscape formed by cliff erosions.

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Carvoeiro provides a choice of beaches – you’ve even got one in the middle of town, just off the square. There are loungers and umbrellas to rent, plus a choice of bars and restaurants by the entrance. And from here, the next beach along is Praia do Paraiso, a sandy bay sheltered by dramatic cliffs. The restaurant above the sands offers up some fantastic views from its terrace.

Carvoeiro Sun in the Algarve, Portugal

Carvoeiro is a tranquil part of the Algarve that stems from humble beginnings as a small fishing village. It has a pretty, secluded, saimages Carvoeiro 1ndy beach where life spins round the cities’ main square. This amazing town is home to a great natural harbour and remains sheltered from the winds due to its location between rocky headlands and thus ideal to spend your Algarve sun holidays.

Carvoeiro Beach is very pretty, but extraordinarily clean and beautiful, with neighbouring beaches within easy walking distance.

The resort has maintained plenty of its character from when it was only a tiny fishing town and this makes it perfect for families looking to relax on a golden beach. images Algar

There is quite a lot to do in the region, with one highlight surely being the astonishing rock formations around the shore that can be admired from boat trips round the Algar Seco.

 

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A holiday in Carvoeiro is one that will remain with you for many years to come; this special old fishing port is tucked into a cosy dip in the coastline making a protected little beach that is beloved of the many tourists who come here year after year. There is a lot to see and do in Carvoeiro and if playing on the beach gets tiresome, you could visit one of the many attractive towns nearby for a little adventure or take a look at the amazing Algar Seco with its weird rock formations! This is a perfect holiday location if you love to bask in the warmth of the sun and to enjoy good food on tap! This is a great place that will stay with you for many years to come.

Christmas Traditions in Portugal

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A tradition is a specific practice of long standing in which unwritten customs and practices are passed from one generation to the next. Traditions and customs form part of a country’s culture and heritage. The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about customs and Christmas traditions in Portugal:

  • Christmas is a deeply religious holiday in Portugal
  • An elaborate Nativity scene is displayed in many homes
  • Pai Natal delivers gifts but also on the morning of January 6th the Three Kings also bring gifts for the children
  • Shoes are filled with straw or carrots for the camels that must carry their riders to deliver the gifts. In the morning the food is gone and small gifts of candy are left
  • The Christmas Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of the Holy Innocents both involve the sharing of gifts
  • The Portuguese have a Yule or Christmas log (cepo de Natal)
  • The Portuguese celebrate a feast caled the “consoda.”. The consoda is held on Christmas morning where extra spaces and food is laid in honor of the dead as this is believed to bring good luck for the new year.

Christmas Traditions in Portugal – The Food!
What do people eat in other countries at this special time of the year? Festive feasts and recipes are traditional for special occasions including family dinners and meals. Interesting facts about the special food eaten as part of the customs and Christmas traditions in Portugal:

  • A dish of dried cod with boiled potatoes is popular in Portugal on Xmas Eve
  • A typical Christmas dinner in Portugal would start with small portions of lute fish or corn pudding followed by honey roasted ham, roasted turkey served with vegetables including rutabagas and turnips. Other favorites are Portuguese sausages or a variety of shell fish
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Portuguese Christmas Vocabulary
How do you say Merry Christmas in Portugal? If you have friends or family who live, or have ties with, a different country it is a nice gesture to add a seasons greetings in the language of the country. A practical addition to learning about Christmas traditions in Portugal:

  • How do you say Merry Christmas in Portuguese? “Boas Festas!”
  • What is the name for Santa Claus? Pai Natal
  • Christmas Eve is known in Portuguese as Véspera de Natal images balls  S

Best of Carvoeiro

 

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The pretty, family-friendly resort of Carvoeiro has a beautiful golden beach sheltered by stunning cliffs. When the beach gets a little crowded in peak season, boat trips can take you to quieter coves along the coast or to see the amazing caves and rock formations at Algar Seco Natural Park. This bustling town has plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you entertained after the beach. Two excellent golf courses can also be found at the nearby Carvoeiro Club.

HOLIDAYS IN CARVOEIRO

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Carvoeiro is the idyllic Portuguese holiday paradise to suit everyone. As you unwind on a beautiful beach, or pause for a lunch of grilled sardines in the tranquil village, you might wonder why the great Portuguese explorers ever wanted to leave this enchanting and diverse country in search of far-away lands.

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Carvoeiro BeachWhen the skies are clear and the sun is shining, the resort of Carvoeiro is one of the best places to visit for an Algarve holiday, as it offers beautiful natural sites, stunning beaches, entertainment for the whole family and more. The awesome natural rock formations of Algar Seco have to be seen to be fully appreciated, as these gorgeous orange rocks have been shaped by continuous water flow that once existed here. Now dry, you can see the beauty first hand; so don’t forget to bring your camera! If beaches are what you’re after then you won’t be disappointed, as Carvoeiro boasts a beautiful stretch of sand running below the cliffs that the resort sits upon.

The sand here is beautifully golden in colour and the waters are crystal clear and surprisingly warm considering they are waters of the Atlantic, so you can enjoy a refreshing swim during the summer months, while remaining comfortably warm.

Algarve Holidays…

Algar Holidays in the Algarve – just picture this! Sun dappled beaches tucked behind every headland, sandy, clean and punctuated with astonishing rock formations. Expertly designed golf courses combining challenges galore and superb views. Sleepy towns and villages, where holiday visitors melt into local life. Seaside resorts brimming with good restaurants and good cheer. And great shopping at local markets and modern malls. It’s no surprise then the Algarve remains top of many people’s list for their holidays.

My Carvoeiro….

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The  picturesque town of Carvoeiro sits above sea sculpted cliffs and scenic beaches in the heart of the Algarve coastline. Beautifully clear waters, famous golf courses and the wonderful climate have helped Carvoeiro grow in popularity, whilst avoiding high rise developments and maintaining a true flavour of the Algarve

Carvoeiro my favourite holiday destination!!

 

Picturesque with a delightful sandy beach, Carvoeiro is becoming ever more popular, IMG_Carvoeiro village eveningnot unsurprisingly so, considering its many charms. Still a quaint fishing village with a working fleet, the main beach and little nearby coves benefit from the shelter of high surrounding cliffs, creating a picture-postcard Algarvian setting. Within the resort, you’ll find a healthy selection of cafés, bars and restaurants and a handful of shops for hunting down souvenirs. Great for families image Relaxing Hand couples who want to relax in a pretty location. Great bases for exploring are tranquil and unhurried Salicos, whilst Sesmarias, another tranquil location, is a friendly, pretty picturesque fishing village.

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You will have a great time, whether you’re looking to rest and relax on glorious shores or getting active in the surrounding areas. Carvoeiro beach holidays are perfect for those who love soaking up rays by the beach or on the balcony or rooftop terrace, as well as those who prefer a more active time…images Algarve

Visit Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro has its origins as a small fishing village and is tucked away between high cliffs and a lovely sandy beach. Modern day Carvoeiro has a bustliCarvoeiro Beachng, friendly atmosphere by day and night with a selection of fine restaurants, shops and lively nightlife.
The beach, Praia do Carvoeiro, is particularly picturesque. Sheltered by a semi-circle of sheer cliffs, the calm waters and soft sands are particularly popular with families. The central square of the town, located just behind the beach, has an array of cafes and terrace bars that offer beautiful views of the bay.Carcoeiro is well-supplied with entertainments. From the water-sports and boat trips on offer at the beach to the waterparks, the Zoomarine Sealife Park to the Krazy World park, there is something for everyone. Day trips to the surrounding area are also popular. There are some beautiful beaches nearby, and excursions to Silves, a Moorish town with a beautiful castle and riverside walks.

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Carvoeiro a sun-kissed beach….

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Do you fancy soaking up some rays on a sun-kissed beach or diving into inviting blue waters? Book your  summer holiday with Calisto Destino Carvoeiro Rentals right now and enjoy the beauty of its beaches and unique summer atmosphere. images AlgarIt doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a dynamic holiday full of action and activities, or a relaxed one where you kick back on the sun lounger there is a Carvoeiro summer holiday to suit all tastes and budgets.

Picturesque Carvoeiro with a delightful sandy beach…

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Picturesque with a delightful sandy beach, Carvoeiro is becoming ever more popular, not unsurprisingly so, considering its many charms. IMG_1570 TavStill a quaint fishing village with a working fleet, the main beach and little nearby coves benefit from the shelter of high surrounding cliffs, creating a picture-postcard Algarvian setting.

 

Near the New Calisto & Destino Carvoeiro Apartments, you’ll find a healthy selection of cafés, bars and restaurants and a handful of shops for hunting down souvenirs. Great for families and couples who want to relax in a pretty location.  CoveGreat bases for exploring are tranquil and unhurried Salicos, Studio Calistowhilst Sesmarias, another tranquil location, is a friendly, pretty picturesque fishing village.

FIESA International Sand Sculpture Algarve 2013

Fiesa 4For the past decade the FIESA, The International Sand Sculpture Festival has been held from May to mid October in Pêra, near Algoz, Algarve.Fiesa 3 Over 50 of the Worlds best sand sculptures come from around the world,  to create a fantasy in sand. Over 35,000 tons of sand are sculptured into a fantastic setting covering over 15,000 square metres. Each year there is a different theme. This years theme is Music throughout the World.

 

The exhibit is open during the day, and at night it is lit up magically to create an imaginary world.

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This is the largest sand sculpture event in the world. The road from Pêra is well signposted. Tickets are available at the gate it definitely worth a visit.

 

 

Carvoeiro a must see …

Carvoeiro nestles among the the rocky coves and bays of the Algarve’s coastline just south of Lagoa. It has maintained its traditional fishing village feel and is a little more intimate than some of the larger Resort_faoc1resorts. With this in mind you are really guaranteed a taste of Portugal and The Algarve.

Beaches

The picturesque main beach of Carvoeiro is a small sandy bay lined with multi colored fishing boats where you can watch the fishermen bringing in the catch of day and mending their nets, while you relax in the Algarve sun. Try the freshly grilled fish for lunch, at one of the many restaurants. As the sun goes down take a stroll up the steep street running up the side of the cliff, to the east of the beach and take your own picture postcard photo of this beautiful little bay. For a change of scenery you will almost certainly enjoy one of the further rocky bays to the east of Carvoeiro, finishing at Praia da Carvalho and Praia Centianes where you will definitely need your snorkeling gear.

images AlgarA must to see is Algar Seco, a rocky outcrop which has been shaped by the sea over many years to create small windows in the rock where you can look out across the Atlantic. The more enthusiastic will enjoy the fantastic scenery from the cliff top top footpath, heading east from the resort center.

If you have your own transport you should follow the coastal routes in either direction and take in the beautiful beach of Benagil to the east where you can enjoy freshly grilled fish at its best and the picturesque riverside town of Ferragudo to the west, where you could take some windsurfing lessons in the calm waters of the bay.

 

43 Reasons Why Visiting Portugal Is A Really Good Idea ( by Geek Explorer Bruno )

Let me guess, you’ve been pretty much everywhere in Europe, but never really thought of visiting Portugal.

France, Spain, Italy and the UK are on your bucket list, but you tend to forget this little country facing the Atlantic.

How dare you do this to my home country?!

Well I’m about to change your mind and give you enough reasons to make you travel to Portugal.

My goal is to make you book a flight before you even finish the list. Let’s get started!

1    The sun sets in the sea.

This may sound a bit lame, but luckily Portugal has the majority of its awe-inspiring coastline and beaches facing west, which happens to be the orientation the sun sets every day.

No wonder sunsets are amongst the most lingering memories you’ll have from your stay.

The everyday sunset in Portugal.

 

2    Trams make everyone happy.

Life in Portugal’s major cities has been beautified by historical trams running all over the downtown in the past century. Particularly in Lisbon it’s impossible to leave the city without a ride in the popular tram 28 which connects areas of the city still inaccessible by metro.

3    The coffee is damn good.

This association might not be immediate, but if I say that back in its glorious days, Portugal colonized Brazil, Angola and East Timor – producers of some of the finest coffee – things make more sense. You’ll never find better value-for-money relation for coffee in Europe. A good quality espresso will cost you no more than 0,70EUR.

4    You can live a fairytale in Sintra.

Only a 40-minute train ride from Lisbon, this little hilltop town is an impressive display of elegant palaces, castles and fortresses all in the spectacular setting of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. The romantic architecture of Palácio da Pena (Pena Palace) is not to be missed and should be closest you’ll ever have to your dream of being a princess.

Century-old walls of Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra.

5    The fish is uber fresh.

Vegetarians can skip this one. More than 800km of coast, the biggest fishing zone in Europe and laughable prices make of Portugal one of the most fish-friendly places you’ve ever been. Dourada, Sardinhas and Robalo are always delicious options.

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6    Cobblestone streets are everywhere.

I’m really not a fan of cobblestone as part of urban planning. I think they’re crazy expensive, and I can see myself easily twisting an ankle when of the stones gets loose (imagine if I were a woman wearing high heels!). But I’ll admit the patterns and designs in some of them are quite stunning. Walking in Portugal is literally walking on art!

7    Santos Festivities will rock your world.

You can have music festivals, all kind of art events, but this is the real thing. In June, residents from both Lisboa (Santo António festivities) and Porto (São João festivities) flock to the most traditional neighbourhoods for the festivities in honour of the local saints. You don’t need to be religious though. But expect popular music, lots of dancing and party until dawn!

8    It possibly has Europe’s greatest climate.

Mild winters with temperatures rarely drop below 5ºC along the coast, hot summers refreshed by the Atlantic breeze and the highest number of hours of sunshine in Europe. Hard to beat this.

Quite a good choice of a place to read a book. @ Lisboa, Portugal.

9    Azulejos are your next design obsession.

I reckon there’s no other place in the world where tile art is so popular. Prepare to find elaborate-painted tiles on the historical buildings, modern design instalments and even souvenirs shops. There’s even a museum dedicated to it!

10  We are serious about wine.

Portugal seems to be in the second-tier in the wine world, right after France, Italy and Spain despite of the famous Port Wine and even though Portuguese wines win the most prestigious awards every year. Chances are there is a great quality wine at a very reasonable price waiting for you. From my experience, wines from Alentejo tend to be specially good.

11  You’ll fall in love with Porto.

Speaking of wine, the second-largest city in Portugal has renewed itself in recent years and is becoming a serious european city break destination. People are uber friendly, food is great, prices are even better and the city is settled in a serious romantic setting. What’s there not to like?

12  Pastéis de Nata are a feast to your taste buds.

A lot has been said about pastéis de nata (custard tarts). I’ll just say if you leave Portugal without trying this wonder of the world of pastry, something is profoundly wrong with you.

13  It’s the ideal place to learn or master the art of surfing.

If you are into surf, the wild uncrowded Atlantic waves, mild climate and the huge community of surfers and surf camps should easily seduce you. Nazaré, Peniche, Ericeira and all the coast of Alentejo are amongst the hot spots of surfing in Portugal.

14  We actually can communicate with you.

Portugal has more fluent English speakers than any other southern European country. Due to subtitled (and not dubbed) movies and TV series, younger generations in general are all able to speak good English and with quite a spot-on accent. Older people tend to have English and French as their second language. Anyway the point is: we get what you’re saying.

15  Fado music will make you emotional.

Fado is probably the most melancholic music you’ll ever hear and still somehow makes the ideal soundtrack for every trip to Portugal. Even if you don’t understand a word, it has the power to make you introspective. The new generation of singers like Ana Moura and Mariza is making fado sexy and modern.

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16  We are professionals on the activity of going to the beach.

You’ll probably know Portugal’s beaches are among the country’s highlights, it’s in every postcard and travel brochure. What I particularly enjoy is their diversity. Whether you go for the wild beaches of Costa Vicentina – for a road trip in beautiful Portugal’s coastline-, the volcanic dark sands of the Azores or the balmy beaches surrounded by towering cliffs in the Algarve, you can be sure to be laying your towel in a top-notch beach.

17  Days are brighter.

Apart from being one of the places with more hours of sunshine per year, Portugal is also where the light is particularly impressive. With that amount of light available naturally, no wonder why the movie industry loves shooting in Lisbon. Just make sure you bring your sunglasses!

18  You can back in touch with nature in the Azores Islands.

I’ll try to look beyond the fact it’s the place where I was born. Located 1500km off the coast of Portugal, exploring the stunning lakes, mountains and cliffs in these volcanic islands is a truly unique experience. Check out more information about holidays the Azores Islands and why I think they’re becoming the next big travel trend.

 19  Music festivals pop out like mushrooms.

Music festivals have become a huge part in the summer event calendar. There are festivals for all kinds of musical tastes all across the country. Meo Sudoeste for electronic and pop music in Alentejo and NOS Alive in Lisbon for rock and indie are amongst the most popular.

20  People will welcome you like true friends.

As a general rule, portuguese are very nice and easy-going people. They will try hard to make you feel at home and this is more evident the further North you go in the country. You’ll learn that all we really care about is sun, a drink and a good chat with friends.

21  Lisboa will keep you busy… and happy!

The second oldest city in Europe (after Athens!) is a trendy, cool and alternative hotspot right now. With inspiring architecture, a bustling nightlife and stunning beach day-trips around Lisbon is the new European obsession. Find out the 7 experiences not to miss there.

22  The shellfish is to die for.

While you are in Portugal, prepare to taste the sea like never before. Like the seafood itself, the portuguese cuisine is fresh and displays delicious and original combinations. Salada de polvo (octopus salad) and Carne de Porco à Alentejana (pork with clams) are a must-try.

23  It’s a golf-friendly destination.

Okay, so my knowledge of golf is close to what I know about artichokes plantations: zero. I don’t even particularly like this sport. All I know is there are close to 70 golf courses in the country – half of them classified as high standard – specially in the Algarve area. If golfing is your thing, all the conditions are met for you to have a great time in Portugal.

24  You’ll learn to crave Francesinha.

Does the idea of a steak, ham, cheese sandwich with an egg on top and a gravy-based sauce seduces you? It should, even though you may want to eat a salad in the next meal for the sake of your arteries.

25  You can still find authenticity.

Despite 2014 was the year of all records for Portuguese tourism, you can still expect many calm and peaceful places. Many authentic restaurants, shops and experiences undiscovered my tourists remain authentic, unlike other mainstream destinations like Venice and my home-city right now, Barcelona.

26  We don’t kill the bull.

I personally don’t enjoy bullfights and it amazes me how it’s still a thing in the 21st century. But at least we don’t kill the bull…in public. Also, we have forcados: a group of men who challenge the bull directly, without weapon or protection of any kind. Because if you are going to mess with an animal, that’s the way it should be, right?

27  Óbidos is a journey in time.

This little town is encircled by a ring of medieval walls and shows off a rebuilt Moorish castle, now a rural hotel (Pousada). Wandering around the streets of Óbidos is quite an experience and if you pair with the International Chocolate Festival in March, it’s a double win. Don’t forget to try a Ginjinha, a cherry liquor!

28  The world’s best aquarium is there.

Seriously, I’m not bragging. Recently, travellers from Trip Advisor elected Oceanário as the best aquarium in the world. If you don’t go for the couple of otters, the penguins or the huge main tank, the architecture of the building is a reason to visit by itself.

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29  The nightlife is unique.

Like many other things, alcohol is also cheap in Portugal which makes it the ideal place to go both to celebrate something going on in your life or to forget your ex. If you are in Lisbon, there’s no way you’ll miss the trendy Bairro Alto neighborhood. Here you can drink, chat and dance literally on the street.

30 There is a bakery in every corner.

There’s life beyond custard tarts in the bakery department too. Portugal produces incredible pastries and loaves of bread which I deeply miss here in Barcelona. I challenge you to enter one of the many bakeries and try to choose only ONE thing to eat. ONLY ONE.

31 We have big waves. I mean REALLY big waves.

Nazaré was all over the news recently when Garret MacNamara clamed to surfed the largest wave in the world there (30 meters). Apart from an attraction for surfers and photographers, Nazaré is also the most traditional fishing village in Portugal, showing colourful traditions and of course, great fresh fish.

32 It has got almost one millennium of history.

Technically a country since 1143, Portugal has kept its borders untouched since then. It may nowadays be considered one of Europe’s scum (together with Spain and Greece), but what most people don’t know is that it once was one of the most powerful countries in the world. During the Discoveries era, its empire spread out over South America, Africa, India and even Asia. This alone is a reason to visit!

33  Neighborhood markets are fun.

Markets are the essence and beating heart of any town or city and Portugal is not an exception. Whether you go to the renewed Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon, to the more classic Mercado do Bolhão in Porto or any other, you’ll have a great time in the middle of fresh fruit and vegetables, delicious restaurants and the yells of the vendors trying to catch your attention.

34  There are 1001 ways to cook codfish and they’re all amazing.

Don’t care about Bacalhau (codfish)? No worries, you’ll start loving it anyway. Codfish is Portugal’s national protein and we prepare it in the most diverse ways. Try Bacalhau com Natas (with cream), Bacalhau à Brás (with scrambled egg and olives) and Bacalhau à Lagareiro (with olive oil and mashed potatoes) to start rediscovering this versatile fish in a delicious way.Bacalhau à Brás (codfish with scrambled eggs and potatoes). OM NOM NOM. Photo by Iguaria.com

35  Overall, food is ridiculously cheap.

Once I start writing about food I can’t stop, but I seriously can’t stress how big this is in Portugal. A traditional meal like one of the codfish dishes in the previous point or Arroz de Pato (Duck baked with rice) in a decent average-priced restaurant will never cost you more than 9 euros. In the northern part of the country, this drops to 6 or 7 euros (!). And I’m talking about the big cities here, it’s not even the little towns!

36  Alentejo’s coastline is a delight to the soul.

Man, I don’t know if it’s the Atlantic breeze or the easy going lifestyle, but there’s something about the coast of Alentejo. While the interior can get too hot in summer time, the coastline has a refreshing set of wild beaches and impressive cliffs that make a bell of a road trip. One of the best-kept secrets in Europe.

37  The outdoors activities are just endless.

Join a good climate with the most diverse landscapes and you’ll never want to be inside four walls. Hiking in the islands of Azores and Madeira, paragliding in Serra da Arrábida or zip-lining in Gerês natural park are just a small sample of what you can do in this country. Don’t even get me started on water sports!

38  We are in the verge of three worlds.

Due to its strategic location as the western most country of mainland Europe in the confluence of the European, American and African continents, Portugal is directly connected by air to half of the world. Low-cost airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet fly from Lisbon and Porto to all the major european cities for less than 100EUR.

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39   It’s eye-catchy.

You’ll learn to appreciate the little details in Portugal. Clothes hanging on the windows of colorful buildings, intricate elements on Manueline style buildings, gorgeous sunsets in the sea, neighbourhoods with narrow streets, you name it! For photography lovers, it’s hard to stop pushing the shutter button.

A different angle to Arco de Rua Augusta in Lisbon.

40  We are way more liberal than you think.

Despite holding off to our deepest traditions, we are very forward-thinking in some other aspects. Same sex marriages have been legal for years. Transgenders can easily change their gender. And while selling huge amounts of drugs is still illegal, drug use is admitted – and this has actually led to a decrease on the overall number of drug users in the country.

41  Algarve is perfect for sun-seekers.

Probably this is the Portugal you know better, because this is where millions of tourists – including almost all portuguese families – flock every yea seeking the three Ss: sun, sea and sand. Despite the crowds, the weather is great and the beaches are renowned worldwide, specially around Lagos, Tavira and Portimão.

Prainha beach in Algarve. TAKE ME THERE. Photo by Rodrigo Goméz Sanz @ Flickr

42  Portuguese know how to keep themselves going.

I’ve already mentioned wine, but the full Portuguese alcohol experience requires for you to try the alluring diversity of spirits and liquors. The most popular is probably Ginjinha (cherry liquor) from Óbidos, but there many other flavours up to taste like Moscatel (made from a special kind of wine) and my favorite, Licor de Amêndoa Amarga (liquor made from bitter almonds).

43    You’ll learn what saudade is.

After you’ve been to Portugal, something will grow on you. You’ll start missing the country and its people, weather and culture. Congrats, now you know what every Portuguese person feels when they’re away from home: saudade!