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Trash recycling in Portugal – decoding the bins signs

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Algarve Calendar of events, markets and fleamarkets

Yearly events, fairs, markets & festivities

 

• Medieval Days in Castro Marim – August
• Ladies Open de Portugal – June
Loulé International Jazz Festival – July
• Festival Med – Loulé – June
Vale de Lobo Grand Champions – Almancil – August
• Nation’s Cup Golf – September
• Portugal Superbikes Grand Prix – Portimão – October,November
• Kitesurf World Championships – Portimão – July
Portimão Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix – September
• Powerboat P1 World Championship – Portimão – September
• Trophy of Portugal – TP/52 Audi Med Cup – Portimão – September
• Super Bock Surf Fest – Sagres – August
Silves Mediaeval Fair – August
• FIESA The International Sand Sculptures Festival – Pêra – May to October
• Nights of the Enchanted Moor – Cacela-Velha – July
• Portugal Masters – Vilamoura – October
Markets:

Algarve markets are always popular and there are great bargains to be had. The biggest and best known are the Saturday morning gypsy market in Loulé and the Wednesday morning market in Quarteira where you can buy everything from lace to pots and pans! Most towns and villages have their own local daily markets for really fresh local produce at very good prices as well as a monthly gypsy market, so there is nearly always somewhere close by if you can’t resist a bargain!

Albufeira markets:

  • Gipsy / Flea Market on the street ‘Rua da Escolas’ (near the municipal canteen) on the 3rd Saturday of every month
  • Market twice a month in Caliços on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month

Alcoutim markets:

  • Monthly market in Pereiro: In front of the church, on the 4th Sunday of every month
  • Monthly market in Vaqueiros: (Exit to Bentos), on the 2nd Thursday of every month

Aljezur market:

  • Monthly market near ‘Igreja Nova’ (the “new” church) on the 3rd Monday of every month.

Almancil market:

  • Market twice a month near the school in Almancil on the 1st and 4th Sunday of every month

Castro Marim market:

  • Monthly market at the town marketplace on the 2nd Saturday of every month

Faro market:

  • Monthly market in Estói: Near the food market (“Mercado Abastecedor”) on the 2nd Sunday of every month

Lagoa markets:

  • Gipsy Market in front of Fatacil in Lagoa on the 4th Sunday of every month
  • Monthly market in front of Fatacil in Lagoa on the 2nd Sunday of every month
  • Monthly market in Ferragudo on the 2nd Sunday of the month
  • Monthly market in Estombar at the Fairs and Exhibitions Park on the last Saturday of every month

Lagos markets:

  • Market, at the municipal stadium (Estádio Municipal) on the 1st Saturday every month
  • Cultural Centre (on the street ‘Rua da Mata’) on the 4th Sunday of every month

Loulé market:

  • Weekly market on the street called ‘Rua da Nossa Senhora da Piedade’ every Saturday

Monchique markets:

  • Gipsy / flea market in the square ‘Largo dos Chorões’ on the 4th Sunday of every month
  • Monthly market in the market square ‘Largo do Mercado’ on the 2nd Friday of every month

Olhão markets:

  • Gipsy / Flea market at Fuzeta (near the camping site) on the 1st Sunday of every month
  • Monthly market in Moncarapacho on the street called ‘Rua das Olarias’ on the 1st Sunday every month

Portimão market:

  • Gipsy / Flea market at the ‘Fairs and Exhibition Park’ in Portimão on the 1st Monday and 3rd Sunday every month

Quarteira market:

  • Weekly market in ‘Jardim Filipe Jonas’ every Wednesday

Sagres market:

  • Monthly market, in front of the market hall on the 1st Friday of every month

São Brás de Alportel markets:

  • Gipsy / Flea Market on the street ‘Rua 1.º de Junho’ (near the school ‘Poeta Bernardo Passos’) on the 3rd Sunday of every month
  • Weekly Market on the street ‘Rua Boaventura Passos’ every Saturday

Silves market:

  • Gipsy / Flea Market, next to the Cemetery on the 3rd Monday of every month

Tavira markets:

  • Antiques / Gipsy Market on ‘Avenida D. Manuel I’ (near to the new market hall) on the 1st Saturday every month
  • Monthly market on the street ‘Rua Vale Caranguejo’ on the 3rd Saturday of every month

Vila do Bispo markets:

  • Monthly market (in front of the market hall in Vila do Bispo) on the 1st Thursday of every month
  • Market in Barão de São Miguel on the 1st Monday of every month

Vila Real de Santo António markets:

  • Monthly market in Vila Real in the square ‘Praça Marques do Pombal’ on the 2nd Saturday of every month
  • Monthly market in Monte Gordo (next to Turismo – tourist information office) on the 4th Saturday of every month
  • Monthly market in Vila Nova de Cacela, near to the market building on the 3rd Sunday of every month

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Life’s little pleasures …

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Algarve Coastal Cruises and Water Activities

There are several water slide parks in the Algarve, the closest being ‘Slide and Splash’ in the village of Lagoa, 15 km from Portimão. A bus for ‘Slide and Splash’ is available, stops are conveniently spaced between towns and hotel areas.

Slide and Splash
The largest water park in the Algarve.  Easy to find in Logoa off the N125.


It is very near Armacao de Pera and Porches.

It has some of the largest rides available, and the best choice/variety to suit small/older children (and adults!). The park does get busy in peak season, when it is quieter early / late in the day, before and after coach parties swell the numbers.

There is plenty of space to sit, especially if you move away from the main gate. Food is of reasonable quality, but does get busy at lunchtimes.

Timetable – Slide & Splash opens on the 6th April – 30th October 2009.             Opening times – Every day from 10am – 5pm/6pm depending on season. 2009 Prices – (fullday)Adult= €19.00                                                                                                               Child = €15.00(4-10yrs)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Senior = €15.00(65 +)

Please see web-site for full details – Slide and Splash

Aqualand
Located in Alcantarilha, the park is very close to Armacao de Pera, on the N125.

algarve days outNot as big as Slide and Splash but still large, Aqualand has a good variety of attractions; flumes, wave pool, foam, lazy river as well as water slides including “The Big One” which you can see as you approach it.

It also offers a pleasant, large play area for small children.

One unique slide for the brave is Banzai Boggan. Try to surf on your board after descending a nearly vertical drop of 23 meters and gaining a dizzy speed.

The park caters fairly well for all ages and there is plenty of space to sit during the day.   In our experience food is simple and mostly fried.

Please see web-site for full details  Aqualand

COASTAL CRUISES
SANTA  BERNARDA  COASTAL  TRIP  INFO (from 2010):The Santa Bernarda is a two masted sailing vessel which sails out of Portimão along the beautiful coastline west to Lagos and east to Armação de Pêra.  The boat leaves Portimão from the pier “Cais Vasco da Gama” close to the Clube Naval de Portimão.Santa Bernarda pirate Ship, portimao, Algarve from Algarve Retreats LtdThe morning and afternoon trips explore the best caves on the beautiful Algarvian coast.  On the full day trip, in addition to visiting the caves around Benagil, you will enjoy a 3 course BBQ served at a beach which is accessible only by sea.  there will be plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing  – it will be an unforgettable day.Boarding is 30 minutes before departure.  The Santa Bernarda complies with the latest EU safety and rescue equipment regulations and at the beginning of every cruise the crew explain the use of life jackets and life rafts.  There are several programmes to chose from.To book your unforgettable trip on the Santa Bernarda, ring Chris on (00351) 96 455 3693 or Kath on (00351) 96 657 6913 when you are in Portugal or book from the UK ahead 0044 1283 821 072Programme 1: Caves Expedition: Mon, Tues*, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 09.45 – 13.00 hours: Portimão – Carvoeiro – Armação de Pêra – PortimãoSanta Bernarda Pirate Ship cruise, Portimao, Algarve from Algarve Retreats LtdThe trip starts inPortimão and the ship motors towards the mouth of the RioArade, passing the village ofFerragudo and two medieval forts.  On reaching the Atlantic Ocean, the ship turnssouth east andsails down the beautiful coastline toCarvoeiro and the rock formations ofAlgar Seco.  In the area of the lighthouse ofAlfanzina, between the beaches ofBenagil, Praia deMarinha andArmação dePêra are the largest and deepest of theAlgarvian coastal caves.  Using their specially equipped cave boats, the crew take you into several of these caves.Price:  Adults €30, Children up to 10 years of age €15Santa Bernard Pirate Ship cruise, Portimao, Algarve from Algarve Retreats LtdProgramme 2A: Sailing and Caves ofCarvoeiro: Mon, Tues*, Wed, Fri: 14.30 – 1800 hours:Portimão – Carvoeiro – Armação dePêra – PortimãoThe trip takes the same route as for Programme 1, sailing down the coast to Carvoeiro.  The crew shows you the Smugglers cave, the deep cave of Alfanzina and the Cape of Carvoeiro.  At Benegil, if the sea is calm, the anchor is dropped to enable you to have swim and visit the caves.  The return cruise is under engine along the rocks and the caves.

Price:  Adults €30, Children up to 10 years of age €15

Santa Bernarda Pirate Ship cruise, Portimao, Algarve from Algarve Retreats LtdProgramme 2B: Caves of Lagos: Thurs: 14.30 -18.20 hours: Portimão – Alvor – Lagos – Portimão

For this trip, the ship turns westward out of the Rio Arade.  Cruising past the beaches of Praia da Rocha, Praia do Vau and the natural conservation area of the Alvor estuary, the ship reaches Lagos which was the point of departure for Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama on their Voyages of Discovery.  If the sea is calm, the ship anchors so that you may swim and visit the unusual rock formations at Ponta da Piedade.  The ship returns to Portimão through the Bay of Lagos and sometimes dolphins will join the boat for a while.

Price:  Adults €30, Children up to 10 years of age €15

Santa Bernarda Pirate Ship cruise, Portimao, algarve from Algarve Retreats LtdProgramme 3: Robinson Tour – BBQ:  Saturdays, Tues*: 09.45 – 1800 hours, Beach BBQ – caves

Come with the Santa Bernarda and enjoy an adventures cruise day.  The cruise starts in the Rio Arade at Portimão and follows the coastline past Carvoeiro and Alfanzina lighthouse to Benagil.  There the ship drops anchor and you transfer to the cave boats to visit some of the best caves in Santa Bernarda Pirate Ship cruise, Portimao, Algarve from Algarve Retreats Ltdthe Algarve.  Afterwards you go to a beach, accessible only by sea, to enjoy a 3 course BBQ of grilled sardines, chicken piri-piri, kebab, mixed salad and bread followed by fruit.  Chilled wines and soft drinks will also be served.  (Order vegetarian at the time of booking please).  You have time to swim, snorkel, sunbathe and relax.  At about 14.30 hours, you return to the boat and cruise west under power towards Lagos then turning back towards Portimão under sail to complete your day of adventure.  If the waves are bigger than 1m, the BBQ will take place in the bay of Ferragudo.

Price: Adults €60, Children up to 10 years of age €30

*Programme 3, Tuesday during June to October, instead of Programme 1 + 2

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but there are more cruises and boats …

Boat cruises

Boat cruising

River trip to Silves

Enjoying the coast line

Whether you’re really into surfing and bodyboarding or are just looking to see great beaches and waves, Southern Portugal is the place to be. 

KITESURFING/SURFING

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http://www.alvorkitecenter.com info@alvorkitecenter.com

www.southadventures.com.pt

Trike flying!

The surfing in the Algarve has been compared to that of Southern California. The Algarve has a wide range of excellent beaches catering to all levels within a small area.

There is a dynamic surfing community in the west of the Algarve and many surf schools are based in Lagos and Sagres.Favourites include Carrapateira, Arrifana, Praia do Amado, Zavial, Tonel, Mareta, Beliche, Praia do Castelejo, Monte Clérigo and Carriagem.

Surfing SagresSagres is located in a natural park at the south-western most point of Portugal. It is secluded, laid back and windswept with beautiful views and unpretentious surfer friendly bars. It feels like you’re at the edge of the world!

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Portuguese Southern Beaches: Três Irmãos/Torralta/Alvor

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Prainha – a hidden paradise in Southern Portugal

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