Central Algarve – Festa das Chouriças (Querença)

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The first Harri and I heard about the famous traditional chouriça festival in Querença was immediately after it had taken place last year. This time around we were determined not to miss the festivities so, along with a group of friends, … Continued

Central Algarve – Salir and Rocha da Pena

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It was probably just as well we’d gone to bed at such a ridiculously early hour (8.30pm) because the clocks went forward last night and we might otherwise have overslept. After a pleasant but unimaginative breakfast of warm bread rolls, … Continued

Central Algarve – São Bartolomeu de Messines

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For some time now, we’ve been talking about heading to São Bartolomeu de Messines for an overnight stay with our friends Dale and Irina. Irina runs a well-being retreat called Pure Body, Healthy Mind from her beautiful quinta, located in the hills just north … Continued

Western Algarve – Barão de São João to Vila do Bispo

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At some point in the early hours of the morning I was awoken by a distant beeping noise. Groaning, I rolled over and eventually managed to get back to sleep. It was only when I awoke again hours later that … Continued