Inland activities

Girocopter 001SHOPPING

The newest shopping centre:

also:  www.algarveshopping


Walking in the beautiful Algarve is a rewarding experience, especially during the Spring and Fall months. There are several walking groups and organizations. Here are some: Julie Statham  351 965 753 033

A coastal walk

Whilst walking around the villages and towns, admire the beautiful designs and detail work of the Portuguese calceteiros!  This work is called calçada. Make sure you wear sensible shoes!


The Formula 1 circuit and race track:


Tel.: +351 282 405 600

The Algarve International Autodrome is located near the city of Portimão, in Sítio do Escampadinho, Mexilhoeira Grande, about 4.5 km north of the Algarve motorway (A22), with a direct road link via the motorway exit at Mexilhoeira Grande. The cities of Portimão and Lagos are only a 10 min. drive from the Algarve Motor Park.

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The Autodromo do Algarve opened on time, ready for the last round of the World Superbikes Autodromo do Algarveon the 2nd November 2008.  The track was built in what appeared to be record time and has already been inspected and cleared by the FIA to run Formula 1 cars.  Nestling in the hills, just behind Portimão and just off the A22 motorway, it is truly a spectacular circuit for competitors Main Grandstand at Autodromo do Algarveand spectators alike, as there are some serious gradients and blind bends to cope with.

We visited the circuit for the first time to see the World Superbikes.  Getting in wasn’t bad at all.   Having set off from near Burgau at 8:30, we had parked by 9:30 and were full of optimism for the day.  However there was a bad sign – we had Pits at the Autodromo do Algarvetaken one of the last parking places and yet the dual carriageway of traffic coming in was constant, the police were out in force blowing whistles and were generally trying to push traffic into already full car parks!

The next job was to find a program: we walked up and down for at least 15 minutes and never found one.  As we are not Superbike aficionados, this turned into a real problem as weVIP building at Autodromo do Algarvenever knew who was racing or who was in the lead.  The racing looked good but it was only when we got home that we found out who had won.  The next problem was finding something to eat and drink, unfortunately there was nothing available in our section.  This turned out to be the biggest problem of all.  Every track I have been to sells tickets which enable you to walk round and spectate from different parts of the track and the grandstands are extra.  At the Autodromo, you buy a ticket for one section and it includes the grandstand so it was very frustrating to see a food Entance building at Autodromo do Algarvestall open in the next section but there was no way into it!

By 1 pm the queue to get in was as large as ever, the police were still blowing their whistles as hard as they could and we could see that chaos was sure to ensue when the last race finished so we decided that discretion was the order of the day and we beat a retreat before the second Superbike race.

The circuit is great and I’m sure that when they get things organised and more car parks are open it will be super.  F1 testing is happening in December (Ferrari & McLaren) and is also scheduled for January 2009 (Toyota & Renault) and it only costs 10 Euros to watch.  I will certainly give that a go, at least I don’t need a program to follow that!  For further details of the track and the full racing program go to


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Terra Nostra Riding Center – in Porches, Algarve



Portugal is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The best time for birds is from mid March to mid June. Go flamingo- or stork- watching! Each year more and more White Storks ‘forget’ to migrate to Africa and can be seen the whole year round.


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There are several well known wineries in the region (wine tasting and buying). Growers are beginning to appreciate the region’s wine producing potential. Consequently vineyards are being replanted, cellars modernized and production methods updated. The local red wines are soft and fruity.

Some sites to check:

Portugal wines:


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and also…

Adega do Cantor, the winery that produces Sir Cliff Richard’s Vida Nova

Adega do Cantor provides an unique opportunity to visit the winery that produces Sir Cliff Richard’s wine, Vida Nova.  The winery is situated at Quinta do Miradouro in Guia, a few kilometres northwest of Albufeira.  The easiest way to find the Quinta is to head towards Guia on the N125 and follow the signs for AlgarveShopping – the winery can be found 500m behind AlgarveShopping.

Quinta da Miradouro winery, Guia, AlgarveThe Adega do Cantor or Winery of the Singer was built to produce wine, principally the Vida Nova range from three surrounding Quintas, Quinta do Moinho, Quinta do Miradouro and Vale do Sobreiro. The aim of the winery is to produce the highest quality wines that the region can offer using a combination of traditional and innovative modern winemaking techniques.

You can experience an exclusive tour of the vineyards and winery at Quinta do Miradouro and enjoy tasting Sir Cliff Richard’s Vida Nova, which is vinified, matured and bottled on the estate.  The Cellar Door shop sells the full range of Vida Nova wines as well as a variety of wine Sir Cliff Richard at the Quinta do Miradouro Winery, Guia, Algarvemerchandise and souvenirs.  Sir Cliff has loved the Algarve for over 40 years and his idea to plant a vineyard at his property, Quinta do Moinho, was the genesis for the Vida Nova wines.  Sir Cliff takes a very active part and can often be seen getting his hands dirty in the vineyard or the winery.  Vida Nova Tinto, Rose and now Branco are produced at the Quinta do Miradouro winery.

From the start, all aspects of of the viticulture and wine producing process has been overseen by consultant winemaker David Baverstock who produces at Herdade de Esporao in the Alentejo and was the 1999 Portuguese winemaker of the year.  His Esporao Touriga Nacional 2001 took the trophy for the best Portuguese red wine at the London International Wine Challenge in 2002.

Transport is available from pick up points at some hotels & resorts and costs €20 from the Albufeira area, €25 from the Carvoeiro and Vilamoura areas and €30 from Portimao or Quinta do Lago/Vale de Lobo – entry and tasting charges are included.

Vida Nova wines at the Quinta do Miradouro Winery, Guia, AlgarveIf you wish to travel independently, please call for a reservation as bookings must be made in advance.  There is a charge of €7.50 per person for the tour and wine tasting.  There are several tour times throughout the day, depending on the time of the year and availability.  Please contact Quinta do Miradouro Cellar Door staff Liz and Jenny on: +351 96 877 69 71
Fax: +351 289 572 667

The winery is open Monday to Friday, 10.00 to 13.00 hours and 14.00 – 17.00 hours.

Closed weekends and public holidays and December 24th to January 2nd

Sir Cliff Richard VIDA NOVA Portugal 2005                                                         Case 6 Bottles =£88.67

The Wine , a blend of Shiraz, Aragonez, Trincadeira & Alicante Bouschet, Shows the typical rich fruit characters and generous palate to be expected from a hot year. It is soft enough for early drinking but has enough quality tannins and structure for ageing and improvement in the bottle.

Deep, dense opaque red colour with complex, spicey aromas of earth and perfumed cherry and plum fruits. On the palate it is smooth and succulent showing ripe, supple flavours with some chocolate notes. With excellant balance, the firm tannins providing structure and a good finish to the sweet, fruit driven palate.


From Wikipedia: Portuguese Grapes (castas) varieties

Portugal possesses a large array of native grape varieties, producing a wide array of different Portuguese wines. The absence of wide spread usage of international varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, is a unique hallmark of Portuguese wines. Under the Portuguese appellation system of Denominação de Origem Controlada (DOC), each Portuguese wine region has certain casta or grape varieties that are authorized for wine production in that region. Wines produced from grapes outside of the authorized list are not permitted to use a DOC on the wine label but instead must be sold as simple table wine under the Vinho Regional (VR) designation.[1]

Grape↓ Color↓ Region↓ Other common synonyms↓
Alfrocheiro Red BairradaDãoVidigueira
Alicante Bouschet Red Douro
Alvaraca White Douro
Alvarelhão Red Vinho VerdeDouro BrancelhoLocaioPilongo
Alvarinho White Vinho Verde Albariño
Antão Vaz White Vidigueira
Aragonez Red DãoDouroSetúbal TempranilloOlha e LebreTinta Roriz
Aramont Red Douro Aramon
Arinto White BairradaBorbaBucelasCarcavelosDãoDouroPortalegreSetúbalVinho Verde Assario BrancoPedernao
Avesso White Vinho VerdeDouro
Azal Branco White Vinho Verde Asal
Azal Tinto Red Vinho Verde
Baga Red BairradaPortalegre Tinta Bairrada
Barcelo White Dão
Barrete de Padre Red Madeira
Bastardo Red DouroMadeira Trousseau
Batoca White Vinho Verde
Bical White BairradaDão Borrado das MoscasBarada da Mosca
Boais White Setúbal
Boal White CarcavelosLagosMadeiraDouro Malvasia Fina
Borraçal Red Vinho Verde
Branco Especial White Douro
Branco sem Nome White Douro
Branco Valente White Douro
Camarate Red Bairrada
Canica Red Madeira Cunningham
Caramela White Douro
Carao de Moca White Madeira
Carinhana Red Douro Carignan
Carrega Branco White Douro
Carrega Tinto Red Douro
Casal White Minho
Casculho Red Douro
Cercial White BairradaDãoDouro
Complexa Red Madeira
Concieira Red Douro
Cornifesto Red Douro
Crato Branco White LagoaPortimãoTavira
Diagalves White Setúbal
Donzelinho Branco White Douro
Donzelinho Tinto Red Douro
Douradinha White Minho
Encruzado White Dão
Espadeiro Red Vinho VerdeBairradaCarcavelos
Feral Red Madeira
Fernão Pires White BairradaPortalegreRedondoReguengosSetúbal Maria Gomes
Folgasão White DouroMadeira TerrantezTorrontel
Formosa White Douro
Galego Dourado White CarcavelosColaresPortalegre
Gonçalo Pires Red Douro
Grangeal Red Douro
Jacquet Red Madeira Black SpanishJacquez
Jaen Red BairradaDão
Jampal White ColaresDouro Dona BrancaMoza Fresca
Labrusco Red Minho
Lameiro White Minho
Listrao White DouroMadeira
Loureira White Vinho Verde Louriero
Malvasia White Colares
Malvasia Cândida White Madeira
Malvasia Cândida Roxa Red Madeira
Malvasia Corada White Douro
Malvasia Fina White DãoDouro
Malvasia Preta Red DouroSetúbal
Malvasia Rei White Douro Seminario
Manteudo White PortalegreRedondoReguengosVidigueira
Marufo Red Douro Mourisco Tinto
Moreto Red RedondoReguengosVidigueiraDouro Mureto
Moscatel White MadeiraSetúbal
Moscatel Galego Branco White Douro
Moscatel Roxo Red Setúbal
Mourisco Red Douro
Negra Mole Red CarcavelosColaresLagoaLagosMadeiraPortimãoTavira Tinta NegraTintihaNegramoll
Nevoeira Red Douro
Padeiro Red Vinho Verde
Patorra Red Douro
Pederna White Douro
Pedral Red Vinho Verde
Periquita Red BorbaLagoaLagosPortalegrePortimãoRedondoReguengosTaviraVidigueiraDouro SantaremCastelhao FrancesCastelãoCastela
Perrum White BorbaReguengosVidigueira Palomino
Pintosa White Minho
Praca White Douro
Preto Martinho Red CarcavelosDouro
Rabigato White Douro EstreitoMoscatel Bravo
Rabo de Anho Red Vinho Verde
Rabo de Ovelha White BairradaBorbaBucelasRedondoReguengosSetúbalVidigueira
Ramisco Red Colares
Ratinho White Carcavelos
Roupeiro White BorbaDouroPortalegreRedondoReguengosSetúbalVidigueira CodegaMalvasia GrossoAlva
Rufete Red DãoDouro
Samarim Red Minho
Samarrinho White Douro
Sao Saul Red Douro
Sarigo White Douro
Sercial White BucelasDouroMadeira Esgana CaoEsganinhoEsganiso
Sevilhao Red Douro
Tália White Setúbal
Tamarêz White BorbaRedondoSetúbal
Tinta Aguiar Red Douro
Tinta Barroca Red Douro
Tinta Cão Red Douro
Tinta Carvalha Red Douro
Tinta da Barca Red Douro
Tinta Francisca Red Douro
Tinta Lameira Red Douro
Tinta Mesquita Red Douro
Tinta Miuda Red LisboaTejo
Tinta Pereora Red Douro
Tinta Pinheira Red BairradaDão
Tinta Pomar Red Douro
Tinta Roseira Red Douro
Tinta Varejoa Red Douro
Tinto Martins Red Douro
Touriga Branca White Douro
Touriga Fêmea Red Douro Touriga Brasileira
Touriga Franca Red Douro Touriga Francesa
Touriga Nacional Red BairradaDãoDouro
Trajadura White Vinho Verde Treixadura
Trincadeira Red BorbaCarcavelosColaresPortalegreRedondoReguengosVidigueiraDouroVinho Verde Tinta Amarela
Triunfo Red MadeiraAlgarve
Uva Cão White Dão
Verdelho White BairradaDãoDouroMadeira Vidonia
Vinhão Red Vinho VerdeDouro Sousão
Viosinho White Douro
Vital White Douro Malvasia Corada

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Jan. 2011 – Almond blossoms

Some ideas for December… (keep clicking on image to enlarge). I will be updating this post periodically – when I gather new info, so keep checking! Also, keep going down for January and February stuff!

Jan. 2011 – Almond blossoms

14th Dec.2011 – We’ve been having beautiful sunny days (20ºC at about 11am in our temperature gauge outside!). Keeping fingers crossed that it will be this nice for all our guests!

The city offers a beautiful fireworks display and music every year – free! This year’s (2011)singer is Portugal’s best loved Tony Carreras. Take your campagne and join the crowd along the river side, Praia da Rocha or Alvor. The municipal bus is also free.

How about a good walk and some birdwatching?

Jan. 2011 – Walking down to the beach: Almond tree in bloom

To check what’s going on at the Film Theatre : cinemas

mid-January 2011: Almond tree in bloom
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Jan. 2011 – Almond tree in bloom
mid-Jan. 2011 – Spring is in the air!
Flower mix (Jan. 2011)
Jan. 2011 – Almond tree blooming

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