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Here you will find actual information about what's going on in the Algarve, including our own personal impressions and experiences. We are looking forward to your comments!

Beginning of spring 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 | Nature
Beginning of spring 2017

Since yesterday, March 20, 2017 at 11.29 a.m. the calendar officially confirms what all of us living in the Algarve know for quite a while - it's spring ! Please enjoy photos from walking our dogs in the meadows of Quinta das Andorinhas. ...

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Feira Jardinagem Mediterrânica 2016

Sunday, 30 October 2016 | Nature
Feira Jardinagem Mediterrânica 2016

In 2016 the museum of traditional costumes (Museu do Traje) in São Brás de Alportel was the venue of the popular Mediterranean Gardener Autumn Fair, organized by the Mediterranean Gardening Association Portugal - MGAP with the support of the Amigos do Museu, São Brás de Alportel. T...

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Walking in the Barrocal in September

Thursday, 22 September 2016 | Nature
Walking in the Barrocal in September

After the hottest summer ever, the flora in the Barrocal region of the Algarve has almost faded away. Only the evergreen carob and olive trees, migled with wild pistachio and other shrubs, add a little colour to the earthy-brown of the landscape. However, at the second look, you may still find some vital sign...

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Pentecost 2016

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 | Nature
Pentecost 2016

This year the precipitation during the winter season in the Algarve was significantly below average, but in early May we suffered from heavy rain falls together with thunder storms, flooding parts of the cities of Faro and Olhão. Fortunately the day before Pentecost the weather cleared up, so that we c...

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NO to oil explorations in the Algarve

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 | Nature
NO to oil explorations in the Algarve

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association is a private not-for-profit association complying with its statuary objectives of supporting the Algarve tourism driven sectors using the sea and marine activities as tools of sustainability. In addition ASMAA strongly supports the environment, with a spe...

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Invasion of beetles

Friday, 08 January 2016 | Nature
Invasion of beetles

The beetle has a size of ca. 3 cm and a red-brown colour. According to a local biologist , Nuno Marques how lives on the Ilha da Armona, it is a red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, a species of snout beetle also known as the Asian palm weevil or sago palm weevil. The vermin has been imported togeth...

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Almond blossom in November 2015

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 | Nature
Almond blossom in November 2015

While walking our dogs in the morning hours of today we detected with great surprise the first almond blossoms in the countryside of Poço do Mouro near Santa Bárbara de Nexe. The heavy rain fall some weeks ago and the following almost late summer temperature caused an extremely early development...

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Sea salt harvesting in October 2014

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 | Nature
Sea salt harvesting in October 2014

The salt pans of the Ria Formosa extend to both sides of the Faro International Airport. Now in October the season of harvesting the "White Gold" of the Algarve is almost closed. When walking our dogs we observed workers sacking the sea salt for transportation. ...

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Forest Fire in the Serra

Friday, 02 October 2015 | Nature
Forest Fire in the Serra

Local media report that in the early morning hours of today the joint forces of the fire brigades from all over the Algarve managed to control the heavy forest fire. The fire started the day before around noon in the area of Tojeiro near Marmelete, a few miles north of the Motodromo do Algarve. Four firefight...

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Say no to oil drilling in the Algarve

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 | Nature
Say no to oil drilling in the Algarve

We have been informed by the ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association that the consortium Partex/Repsol will start its first exploratory drillings in the Algarve Basin already in October 2015 - foreshore at only 8 kilometres from the coast. ASMAA was officially registered on 3 December 2012 a...

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