January Blues?

Its that first week in January where you are coming down from the holiday period and Christmas seems like a distant memory… January Blues? Back to work, rainy days, grey skies and lots of traffic… We know how it feels to look out the window and dream of sunny days and tee shirt weather 🤔

Don’t worry! We have you covered…

January is the most popular month for people booking their holidays. That trend is apparent for Algarve holidays and by the end of January availability is pretty sparse. Availability, especially through the summer, is going fast and we don’t want you to miss out. We love helping our guests find the perfect property and help them to plan their holiday.

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Here at Algarve Villa Selection, the team has valuable knowledge of the Algarve, and the properties we feature are carefully selected.

We work with only the best property managers ensuring your stay is enjoyable and memorable.

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Feeling the January blues? Let us cheer you up by helping you plan some sunshine! We love a chat and with our expertise we can guide you when making your final choice. We are available on 0161 519 6808 or 07548 833 348. Otherwise visit the homepage for an instant quote at www.algarvevillaselection.com

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October was a great month for Portugal!

During October we saw Portugal take a number of awards giving an extra boost to tourism. The World Travel Awards which were held in Batumi, Georgia and Portugal came out with a fantastic result!

Europe’s Best Tourist Destination.

Yes, Portugal has done it again. A fabulous achievement, congratulations Portugal. You can check out the awards HERE.

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Other Awards

At the same ceremony, trendy Porto was awarded the Best European Destination for Urban Escapade. Lisbon was also proud to receive the Best City Destination in Europe. The Beautiful Madeira won the award for Best Island Destination in Europe. The beautiful Corridors of Paiva, in Arouca (Aveiro) with its trails and pathways providing stunning scenery, won the award for the Best Adventure Tourism Attraction

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And Not Forgetting Vale do Lobo

And we are also so pleased that our home-from-home has won the Europe Leading Lifestyle Resort 2023. Also at the World Travel Awards.

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And the Fabulous Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago is also no stranger to the World Travel Awards! For the 10th time, Quinta do Lago has won the award for Europe’s Leading Beach Destination! All in all, with 88 stunning blue flag beaches this award is well deserved.

World Travel Awards Portugal

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September Sunshine in the Algarve!

September in the Algarve is a beautiful time to visit. The temperatures in September are generally around the mid 20’s with a nice cooler temperature in the evening making it pleasant for evening strolls along the beach; and great for sunbathing during the day.

Quieter

September is also a quieter month to visit as it’s outside the school holidays. Still a busy month it is definitely quieter though than July and August.

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Popular Time for Golf

As it’s a bit cooler and quieter, September is popular for sports such as golf and tennis to name a few. With many golf courses in the Algarve, including some award-winning courses, it is a great destination for golfers during September.

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Family Time

With September being quieter and accommodation prices are lower than in July and August it’s a popular time for families with young children. It’s also a comfortable climate for younger ones and a great place for them to be introduced to a beach holiday.

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Accommodation

With prices generally dropping in September, many people find that renting a property is more affordable for them. You can also find some great deals too!

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Events and Fun for July in Vale do Lobo

Fun for July in Vale do Lobo. Escaping the rainy UK for the sun and blue skies of the Algarve? Here are some exciting things that are happening throughout July.

The Beach Bar at The Praça

The place to be on Vale do Lobo Beach! Whether is a quiet beachside lunch or the party vibe you after The Beach Bar has it all… Open every day for lunch, drinks & snacks in the bar area or on the beach from midday to 6:30 pm. Every afternoon Sunday to Thursday – Live DJ. Live music on Fridays and Saturday afternoons and Evening beach party on Fridays and Saturdays from 22:30 to 01:00. Don’t forget the live sports on the giant screens.

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An evening at The Praça

A fabulous place to enjoy a dinner with friends or loved ones, a cocktail or two and be entertained with live music/bands. One of our favourite restaurants at The Praça is Sandbanks overlooking the ocean and also the Vale do Lobo beach. The Roof (Cocktail lounge) is also part of Sandbanks and is a great addition. Above all, they are all fabulous. Monty’s – a family venue with great food, great drinks, live music, and also kid’s entertainment. Amore – Also located in the centre of The Praça with homemade pizza & pasta for a lovely family dinner. The Deck – A modern and stylish cocktail lounge bar under the stars.  Entertainment is through the summer in the Praça (the square) from 1900 every day.

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Sunset DJ sessions at WELL Beach Club

Good times for July at Well beach club at The Praça. Good times and good vibes are on the menu! Everyday through July and August from 17:30 enjoy DJ sessions and a saxophonist by the pool. There are Bali beds with views over the beach (advance bookings), jacuzzies, and cool cocktails whilst you sit back and chill to the music. Well beach club is open every day.

The Beach Club is adjacent to WELL restaurant. A relaxed and stylish beachside restaurant by day (with fabulous views and a splash pool) and with added glamour for the evening. 

There are live music and DJ sessions at WELL Restaurant too – every day from 14:30h and then from 22:00h until late, with the WELL percussion master in action, plus DJ and dancers! Book HERE via the WELL website.


Jet Skis WELL Beach Club The Praça

Throughout July and August, Jet Skis are available for hire every day for the WELL beach concessions. The price is €60 for 15 minutes or €100 for 30 minutes. Big fun as you zip along and ride the waves on a Jet Ski. Jet Skis are available for hire from WELL Beach Club, right in front of Vale do Lobo praça. Book HERE via the WELL website.


Live Music at U&Co

Enjoy fabulous food, great live music, and amazing sea views at U&Co. Mellow evenings overlooking Vale do Lobo beach as you dine under the stars. Great live music and DJ sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 19:00. Overlooking the ocean and close to the Praça, it’s the perfect spot for relaxed dining in the sunshine. Book HERE.


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Events and Fun for July and August in Quinta do Lago

Fun & Events in Quinta do Lago, escaping the rainy UK for the sun and blue skies of the Algarve? Here are some exciting things that are happening throughout July.

Picnics in the Park at Quinta do Lago

Back again for summer 2023! The picnics in the park have returned through July and August, every Friday at the South Golf Course (Tee 1) by the North & South clubhouse from 17:45 to 20:45. The picnics have become very popular over the years providing fun, live music, picnics and kids entertainment. A great evening for the whole family. Make up your own picnic or you can buy food there.

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Movies in the Park at Quinta do Lago

The movies in the park are back again this summer. Enjoy the open-air movies on the clubhouse green. With a fabulous atmosphere, warm summer evenings, and family time these are memorable occasions for everyone. On the 25th of July watch Super Mario Brothers and on the 8th of August, you can watch Elemental.

Fun for July in Quinta do Lago

Live Music at The Shack

Fun and entertainment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1530 to 1830. Enjoy live music by the lake through July, August, and September! Always a great atmosphere these afternoons are full of fun, and everyone having a fantastic time. Sipping on cocktails and singing along with the band you’re sure to have a great time. No reserved tables so get there early to reserve your spot. Off the second roundabout in Quinta do Lago, all the way down to the lake.

Fun for July in Quinta do Lago

Evening Entertainment for the Children at KOKO and Dano’s Restaurants

Throughout July and August, KOKO and Danos can entertain your children whilst you enjoy an evening meal. Enjoy dinner at KOKO, where the menu caters to the whole family. There are daily specials, pizzas from a traditional wood fire oven, burgers, and other delicious options. There is a kid’s playground, a bouncy castle, and craft workshops too, for the children, keeping them thoroughly entertained! From 18:30 until 20:30. +351 289 356 087 / koko@quintadolago.com

Sit back and chill at Dano’s, enjoy the sport, craft beer, and tasty food, all in a family-friendly environment. The kids will have plenty to keep them amused with the playground and also on the bouncy castle. From 18:30 until 20:30. +351 289 351 901 / danos@quintadolago.com

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Live Music at KOKO

Open all day and every Tuesday you can enjoy live music throughout July and August from 1800 to 2100. Located next to the driving range between the 4th and 5th roundabout in Quinta do Lago and next to the Four Seasons Country Club. Enjoy great music while enjoying dinner. Entertainment provided for the children too! +351 289 356 087 / koko@quintadolago.com

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Live Music Weekends at Dunes Beach Bar

Fun for July in Quinta do Lago every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday live music and DJ sets. Friday from 5 pm Katie Hunt, Saturday’s have a dance party with DJ Crazy Joe, and Sunday’s live music with Paula Jorge. Located by Praia do Garrão, offering fabulous sea views, a sunny deck, and fun for all. Dines is right at the start of the boardwalk that runs from Garrão across to Quinta do Lago). Also, open for lunch.

Fun for July in Quinta do Lago

Other Events and Fun For July in Quinta do Lago

Summer Junior Golf Camps at the Quinta do Lago Driving range by restaurant KOKO.

Junior Tennis Camps at the Campus

Sushi Saturdays at Julias Beach Restaurant, Praia do Garrão – 2 pm to 7 pm through July.

Live music at Casa do Lago, on the lake from 19:30 every Sunday to the end of September.


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Our specialist team can help guide you in creating your perfect villa or apartment rental holiday in this beautiful region of Portugal. From beachfront luxury villas with pools to modern apartments close to the golf courses, we have a great selection of Algarve villa and apartment rentals for you to choose from.


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Vilamoura in the news!

A favourite place for many, Vilamoura Marina has recently become the first marina in Portugal to receive the ‘5 Gold Anchor Platinum’ certification accredited by The Yacht Harbour Association, the highest distinction in the industry. Yey!!! 🍾 A fabulous place to visit, all in all, Vilamoura not only has this super Marina but also stunning beaches and there is something for everyone – golf, tennis, walking, water sports, and fabulous restaurants. A great location and is also close to Faro, Vale do Lobo, and Quinta do Lago to name a few.

The Gold Anchor is a global marina accreditation that has been designed to improve marina standards and also the experience of marina users. Therefore, Gold Anchor marinas are subject to independent audit(s) by industry experts and ongoing verification including customer surveys. Gold Anchor accreditation operates in a similar way to the star rating system for consumers selecting guest accommodation. Any marina displaying the Gold Anchor accreditation has satisfied a comprehensive external assessment of facilities, operations and customer service.

The 5 Gold Anchor Platinum accreditation is the highest accolade that the industry awards and is reserved for marinas which offer their customers a comprehensive unique marina experience by providing tailored personalised service and also an outstanding array of high-quality facilities and amenities. There are only 10 marinas/harbours worldwide that hold this certification and now Portugal is part of the elite. A fantastic achievement and should definitely be a must for your next holiday destination.

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Portuguese Food and Delicacies

You’re Guaranteed To Have The Ultimate Foodie Experience In Portugal.

When visiting Portugal you will find that Portuguese food is the biggest passion. You’ll quickly notice that typical Portuguese food is enjoyed with gusto and once you start eating, you’ll see why.

Staples include bread, cheese, pork, fish, and wine. And you’ll also see plenty of spicy grilled chicken, seafood, olives, olive oil, and enough sweet pastries to keep you sampling for weeks.

Probably not the best place to start a diet, typical Portuguese food is rich, hearty, and meant to be enjoyed free from the constraints of a calorie-restricted eating regime.

Here are our top 10 must-try Portuguese Dishes…

1) Pasteis de Nata / Pastel de Nata

Known as one of Portugal’s Seven Wonders of Gastronomy the Pastéis de Nata (Custard tart) is one of the country’s most popular sweet treat since before the 18th Century.

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Since its opening, the original recipe of the pastel de nata is kept in a secret room. It is the most popular place to buy pastéis de nata and sells over 20,000 pastéis de nata a day. These tasty treats can be found in any cafe or food establishment


2) Bola de Berlim / Bolinha

The Portuguese answer to the doughnut. These ones, of course, feature an egg custard. The crème pâtissière, which fills the centre, is made with a generous amount of egg yolks resulting in a rich and luscious filling. Who loves hearing “Olhà bolinha!” on the beach? We do! Portugal’s number-one beach snack!


3) Sardinhas grelhadas

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Sardine season in Portugal is from May to October and is extremely healthy and popular with the Portuguese. The best-grilled sardines are deemed to come from the Algarve Region and there are lots of Sardine festivals throughout the Algarve during the first 10 days of August the most popular one is in Portimão.


4) Arroz de Marisco

Seafood Rice is a traditional and delicious dish. Comprising of a variety of shellfish, peppers, wine, tomatoes, herbs and rice this dish was voted a one of the 7 wonders o Portuguese gastronomy in 2011. Unlike the Spanish Paella, this dish isn’t completely reduced and is often described as a thick seafood rice stew.


5) Polvo à lagareiro

If you love octopus, you’ll be glad to know that the Portuguese have perfected the art of making it both flavourful and tender. The octopus is first boiled and then baked in the oven with garlic and potatoes. Finished with a healthy dose of olive oil, this Portuguese dish is a real treat. Often served on Christmas Eve.


6) Bacalhau à brás

Salted cod is typical Portuguese food. “Brás” style is among the most popular though, and with good reason. The shredded cod is sautéed in a pan with plenty of onions and straw-fried potatoes. Finished with beaten eggs that cook through in the pan, topped with parsley and black olives. Typical Portuguese food at its best.


7) Chicken Piri Piri

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Millions of us across the globe adore that iconic spicy piri-piri taste. But did you know, the recipe was originally founded by the Portuguese? Portuguese explorers happened across a very spicy species of chili while exploring the tropical forests of Mozambique.

Its intense, spicy flavor was soon a hallmark of many Portuguese foods. These foods then spread across the Portuguese Empire. Today, piri-piri sauce fuses chilis with a range of delicious ingredients. These include zesty lemon, peppers, garlic, and paprika, among others. With piri-piri glaze across the charred skin of a smokey chicken leg and a side of crispy fries, you get a zingy, spicy flavor few chicken dishes can match up to.


8) Cataplana de Marisco

Known as Fish and seafood Stew “Cataplana” in Portuguese describes a pan that can open and close like a clam. It also refers to dishes that are cooked in a metal vessel. This Algarve dish includes all you love in a seafood feast! Made with prawns, mussels, clams, fish, tomatoes, onions, olive oil, peppers, and white wine.

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9) Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato

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Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato (clams in white wine) originates in the Estremadura region. It is simply lots of clams cooked in white wine, oil, coriander, lemon, and garlic. The success of this dish depends on the quality of the clams; therefore, they are chosen carefully. This wonderful dish is usually served with bread to dip in the sauce.


10) Porco Preto

Black Pork is a common kind of domestic pig found in Portugal. This meat is on a whole new level compared to that normal pork. Due to the fat amount, it never gets dry and is more flavourful than any other pork! With many cooking methods, a famous one is Porco Preto com Molho de Alho, (black pork in garlic).

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The Historic Algarve Town Loulé

Loulé is a traditional and historic town in central Algarve, approx. 18km north of Faro and approx. 5km from the coastal areas of Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo, and also Quinta do Lago.  This beautiful town is a must for your to-do list when you visit the Algarve, especially on Market Day. Relatively quiet during the week, springing into life on a Saturday morning when the traditional fish market and also the farmers market are on.

The Town

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The historic town in central Algarve is small and quaint, a beautiful place to walk around, admiring the architecture. Take a stroll down Praça da República, the main street that has bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and local boutiques. If you didn’t find a souvenir at the market, there are several of the more high-end variety souvenir shops here selling typical Portuguese pottery and tiles. As you walk down the street, to the end you will see the Camara.

History

Municipal de Loulé, is housed in an 18th-century building that dates back to the golden era of Portugal’s history. Dating back to 1842, the building became the town hall when it was purchased by the municipality in 1884. Also, to the right of the town hall, you can see a large section of the old city walls and to the far right of the Camara is also an old city archway that leads into the cobbled old town. Look out for Loulé’s unique purple and white flag here too. 

Not far from the town hall is a large public square where you will see a distinctive pink building. This is the old Convent of Espírito Santo, which also houses the municipal art gallery in its neoclassical cloister. A noticeable feature at the convent and located right in the centre is a 45m tall Pine tree. This tree is the tallest landmark in Loulé and can actually be seen from almost everywhere.

The Market

When you go to Loulé you can’t miss this beautiful 100+ year-old building that is really the heart of the town. With its striking raspberry-red roof, domes, and Arabic it certainly stands out. Inside you’ll not only find the famous fish market but also stalls selling a wide variety of goods. If you’re looking for local gifts to take back home, you’ll find plenty of options here, honey, spices, jams, and even local wines to name a few. The municipal market of Loulé is located in the centre of this historic city and is open every day of the year.

Market Opening Times

You’ll find a mix of locals and tourists walking around the stalls inside and outside.

The Loulé market is open from Monday to Saturday from 6:30 to 3:00 pm and is also well known for its fresh local produce, organic products, and fresh fish.

Loulé market is a great example of a traditional indoor market in Portugal. If you’re in the area, stop in and see what you can find!

Castle Loule

At the end of Praça da Republica, you can go along Rua da Barbacã and this will lead you to Loulé’s famous castle. As with most castles in the Algarve, the castle dates back more than 700 years to the reconquest period. The castle was also built on the remains of a previous Muslim fortress under the instructions of King Afonso III in 1249. Just three defensive towers and the connecting walls remain, however, they also still provide a great focal point.

At the end of Praça da Republica, you can go along Rua da Barbacã and this will lead you to Loulé’s famous castle. As with most castles in the Algarve, the castle dates back more than 700 years to the reconquest period. The castle was also built on the remains of a previous Muslim fortress under the instructions of King Afonso III in 1249. Just three defensive towers and the connecting walls remain, however, they also still provide a great focal point.

The rest of the castle and its walls have reportedly been used in many of the nearby buildings. Traditionally the recycling of bricks and materials was common throughout the ages.

Restaurants

There are some lovely traditional restaurants in Loulé. The following are very popular and also offer great local produce and friendly service.

Restaurante Churrasqueira Jolibela – Rua Camilo Castelo Branco 17, 8100-610

A traditional Portuguese Churrasqueira serving Piri Piri Chicken. It’s a no-frills restaurant offering great food at competitive prices. Also, usually very busy with a good mix of locals, and tourists. It’s worth a stop especially if you haven’t had traditional Piri Piri Chicken yet!

Next to the market building is a great place to try some fresh fish. You may see the fish whilst visiting the market. O Pescador is also a local favourite with a simple interior, reasonable prices, and simply great grilled fish.

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Algarve in October

Reasons to visit the Algarve in October

  • Most of the bars and restaurants are still open, so there’s lots of nightlife. Things start to wind down towards the end of the month in a lot of the coastal towns, and some places will close from November until around the start of March.
  • There are heaps of events in the Algarve during October. Most villages throw festivals to celebrate the harvest, and there are lots of foodie events on the calendar too.
  • Villa Rentals & Apartments are much lower than the summer and even September, yet the weather is still very pleasant. Car rental prices similarly drop which, combined with cheaper hotels, means you can have a great time in the Algarve for a lot less.
  • October temperatures are warm and pleasant, with an average of eight rainy days.

What’s on in the Algarve in October

Feira de Santa Iria, Faro

The city’s biggest festival takes place i0n the 14th -23rd October. It’s a religious festival dating back more than 400 years. Nowadays you can expect carnival rides (Ferris wheels, carousels, bumper cars), live music and stalls selling local produce. Check out their Facebook page HERE.

What’s the weather like in October?

The October climate is warm and mild. During the day the temperature can reach 23°C, and it only drops to 15°C during the night. Heatwaves are more likely at the start of the month, but temperatures of 30°C aren’t that common in October. There’s a 25% chance of rain, but with an average of eight wet days it’s unlikely that you’ll encounter showers.

Things to do at Quinta do Lago

Some activities that are available to do at Quinta do Lago, making sure you have the best time possible during your stay in the Algarve.

Picnics in the Park At Quinta Do Lago

picnic in the park Quinta do Lago

Situated at The South Golf Course at Quinta do Lago, this is an amazing thing to do with family and friends.

Whether you stick around for the activities that are all around you. Or just to sit and talk with friends and family, it is a great opportunity to experience the outdoor evening life of time in the Algarve. With is being extremely relaxing to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air it allows you to take that true and deserved rest you need on holiday.

Don’t think it is all quiet because there is also always live music throughout the whole time the picnic is happening. You can request any music if they know how to perform it. The band also gets some of the crowd to get involved with the performance making it great fun for children to enjoy.

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