The mission of Algarve Addicts is to reveal what life is really like inside the Algarve and Portugal, as a foreigner living in the country. We want to help expats transition seamlessly and effortlessly into a normal, productive and integrated life in Portugal through the entertaining use of digital content.
Life on the Algarve coast - Sunseeker's perspective
31:36Meet Steve from Sunseeker Steve Handy from Sunseeker Portugal Steve moved over to Portugal with Sunseeker as it makes a lot of sense for this international boat builder to have a presence down here in the Algarve. I got to chat to him about how it all started for Sunseeker in the Algarve and what life is like for Steve in Europe's favourite holiday destination. Listen along! Show notes Steve has been here for three years and relates the story of how Sunseeker came to be in Vilamoura. He was selling a boat to a client on the marina and the client was hesitating as there was no representation in Portugal. He suggested it to the Sunseeker Group and they did it in 2014. Hunting for an office, hiring staff and having high standards in the Algarve business environment. Steve mentions how to adapt to the working environment down here. Choosing a location to move the business to: Vilamoura and then Boliqueime. That pub in Boliqueime is called Pub 37. We discuss finding long term rentals and how tough it is. We have a lovely lady in our Algarve Addicts Facebook group who has a business helping people find long term rentals. The Algarve from a boat owners perspective and naturally the weather plays a big role (as any seagoing person should know :) ). 6-8 restaurants run boat tender services: Estamine Restaurant Restaurant A Sardinha at Praia Arrifes near Albufeira. Gibraltar isn't far away, Lagos is 2 hours away from Vilamoura, Faro is a fantastic destination to cruise in the Ria Formosa. Steve mentions how much fun you can have on a boat as a floating platform and he mentions a Seabob (a type of underwater mini jet ski). https://www.instagram.com/p/BQQ77JFDCHe/ Check out the Seabob! That might be quite fun for those cave visits AND surfing! The Guadiana River for cruising and we talk about Vila Real Santo Anonio and the proximity of Spain. Can you just drop anchor wherever you want? Motorbiking in the Algarve and off-roading buggies. If you'd like to do the same thing get in touch with Maverick Tours and Vista Experience. Great motor cycling road between São Brás de Alportel and Tavira - EN270. Steves recommendations: Beach: Praia do Carvalho and the West Coast. Restaurants: The Shack and Pure in Quinta do Lago. You can find Steve online through Sunseeker Portugal or axoparlondongroup.com
42:21Alexandra Vanstalle is a mother of four kids, husband of one and runs unbelievable distances along rural tracks. Her latest adventure is to train for a 111km long trail run… Listen to her story: Show notes Alex was born in Oeiras, close to Lisbon, studied in Lisbon and worked at a Mexican restaurant, before setting off for Mexico and heading back to the Algarve! Holidays in her youth were spent in Manta Rota in the Algarve. Teenage party times! We talk about Praia Verde and Pézinhos na Areia. Her first few months living in the Algarve just outside Loulé near Boliqueime. Trail running and how she became addicted to it and the free group Corridas a Sexta Feira She joined ATR (Algarve Trail Running) and helped with the Rocha da Pena race and ended up entering the 50km run which is held in August in 40ºC temperatures. Alex trains 50, 60, 70 kms a week before a big race. We discuss the ALUT which stands for the Algarviana Ultra Trail which is a 300km race from one end of the Algarve to the other (Alcoutim to Sagres). If you’ve just arrived in the Algarve and want to do some great trail runs, Alex suggests heading for Querença, Salir or Falesia or even Monchique! We talk about the Cerro do São Miguel above Moncarrapacho. Alex’s Algarve recommendations: Loulé – schools, hospitals, restaurants and safe to live in. Beaches: Ilha Deserta and Restaurant Estamine The west coast (Costa Vicentina). You can find Alex online on Facebook or at http://byvanstalle.com/ where she does image consulting. She helps people build self confidence through clothing and body language among other things.
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The easiest way to gorge on the Algarve's gourmet delights and other stories
41:12I interviewed Maria in the new Centro de Congressos do Algarve and we managed to sneak into an empty conference room as the sound was GREAT in there. Her life is really varied taking in a lot of projects like online tourism startups, the Lagos Food Fest, other big events, food tours, the Rota de Petisco (read all about it as we didn't have time to discuss it). Show notes Born in Lisbon, moved to Macau, China when she was 2 due to her fathers involvement with Portugal broadcasting. Her first impression of the Algarve was at Cabanas de Tavira when she was really small. The next time she visited was Vilamoura in her teens... (!) Typical vacation spot for the whole of Portugal. Escaping from the Algarve in August. How she moved to the Algarve. First job in the Algarve and then working for Eddie Murphy! Algarve Tech Hub makes its way into one more of our conversations. Share Algarve is coming soon and we discuss the new vision for the conference. Maria has a food tour company which started "by accident" over three years ago. Canned food from Maria do Mar in Portimao. Culinary Tourism as an incentive from the Tourism Boards, both the Região Turismo Algarve and Portugal Tourism. Lagos food fest 25,000 people come to Lagos for one weekend. It's in July 2019. Gastronomic Conference has been designed to build a strategy around the food and beverage industry in the Algarve. The web site is coming soon and will be here: http://congressogastronomiadoalgarve.com/ Maria's top spots! Beaches (all Google Maps links): Camilo, Ingrina, Amado, Arrifana, Tavira Restaurants: Polvo e Compania (Santa Luzia), Come Na Gaveta (Tavira), Ferradura (Lagos) Coastline: Walk the cliffs of Lagos from Ponta da Piedade to Burgau (about 10kms) Monchique: Find a medronho distillery and then enjoy the different food. Maria talks about the origin of Carne de Porco Alentejano (pork and clams).
Move to Portugal, set up a business and kick back!
34:12Jason Brown, originally from South Africa made the move to Portugal a few years back and loves it here. We met at my house in São Brás de Alportel and had a great 30 minute discussion filled with tips for people arriving in the Algarve and how to acclimatize to the area. Show notes Moving to Portugal and pre-arrival impressions: A sleepy fishing village and similar to South Africa. Vilamoura, Carvoeiro and Lagos get heavily marketed but smaller and more local places don't get as much attention which is totally understandable. Getting off the plane from Wales and looking forward to an outdoors lifestyle with beach, barbecues and getting out and about. What more could anyone want? Why Lagos? His parents were already there but Jason mentions history, tradition and culture all richly present in Lagos' modern day appearance. Young, vibey travellers, sometimes surfers and #vanlife followers. We chat about the Three Monkeys bar in Lagos and here's the blog post I mentioned. Activities in the Algarve: how to join a group? Jason suggests typing in "soccer algarve" (for example) into Facebook (or ask in our very own Algarve Addicts Facebook group!), asking at your local sports store or local sports centre, or chatting to the staff of a local bar/restaurant. Be bold and set your own group up. We talk walking football and the Burgau Barbarians! The reality of moving to and living in Portugal. Basic Portuguese is helpful and makes you feel more at home, but not entirely necessary. There are quite a few companies that can do the awful bureaucratic services for you. :) Where to settle in the Algarve. Do a recce trip and use Airbnb to experience life like a local. Look at the main cities - you can find more info in my Algarve Geography podcast. Drive around and explore! Speak to people online and listen to all the Algarve Addicts podcasts, they really will help you to acclimatize. Jason's tells us the story of his business: Access Algarve. In a nutshell it is a 2 for 1 voucher system. Buy the book from Intermarché, Yellowfish, Visacar or get the app directly through www.accessalgarve.com It costs €10 but I have organized a 10% discount for you if you quote "ALGARVEADDICTS" in the promotion section. Jason's Algarve recommendations: "A Rampa" restaurant in Monchique for chicken piri piri. Best beach is Praia da Mareta in Sagres.
The ONE piece of advice you need for enjoying your Algarve holiday
34:46Yvette Martins Yvette grew up in Canada and moved to our beautiful Algarve. She now owns an online travel business and is brimming with advice and tips. Listen to her one important takeaway from this podcast. Show notes Yvette grew up close to Vancouver in Canada from Portuguese parents. In her youth figure skating was a pastime, motocross was a passion. Her move to Portugal when she was 14. Her parents were from Sabugal, near Castelo Branco in Portugal. On moving to the Algarve, 4 Estradas near Almançil, she fell in love with the people and the natural landscapes. After school she focused on nutrition and sports (The Academia Gym in Loulé, now called Moov Fitness Centre), the restaurant industry, real estate and now online business through www.olalocal.pt We talk about being a local social media influencer and product placement. A brand she recently worked with was The Holiday Inn in Armação de Pêra, which you may have seen our video of back in VLOG number 3. She also works with local clothing brands too. Yvette's tips for young, budding Instagrammers. Be genuine, be yourself and get your profile up on www.influence.co She prefers writing (inside tips for the Algarve) and photography and she tells a story from a community member requesting some romantic advice off her. See the related image on www.algarveaddicts.com/39 Yvette's Recommendations Loulé: one of her favourite places in the Algarve, a great place to experience local Portuguese culture, especially at the Loulé CineTeatro (this link is a Google Translate version of the original Portuguese website). Also Ferragudo. Yvette's most important piece of advice for you - hire a car! Where is the best place to visit: Lagos and Ponta Piedade, Praia do Camilo, Meia Praia Beaches and caves in Lagoa: Praia da Marinha, Benagil Our five barrier islands in the Ria Formosa and especially Armona Island. Yvette's recommended seafood restaurant: Sol e Mar in Quarteira. Also O Chiringuito Last Chance in Sagres. Coffee shop in Loulé called Cafe Q!
Moving to the Algarve - advice, tips and stories
37:27Moving to Portugal The Tilleys arrived this summer, hailing from Surrey and settling in the Algarve. We talk about where exactly a little later into the podcast. It was fantastic meeting them and great to hear their story! Listen along... View this post on Instagram A post shared by Louise-Marie Tilley (@loutilz) on Aug 24, 2018 at 3:44pm PDT Show notes They're currently living in Olhão but originally from Kent and Surrey Prior to the move, they spent a lot of time in Portugal and actually got married in São Lourenço church in Almançil, with a reception at Pine Cliffs (Albufeira). Sam runs a software company and has always been keen to move to Portugal full time. Schools - we discuss quite a few issues with schooling. Working in the Algarve and the opportunities for growth, particularly in the IT industry. Sam has a wonderfully positive outlook. We discuss the Algarve Tech Hub and the Share Algarve conference. Using Algarve Removals to relocate their entire house was a stress free experience. They found a villa in Santa Barbara de Neixe but didn't stay for long, are staying in Olhão now and will be moving to Faro. Lou has found a lot of help from Facebook groups with Loulé Mums and Tots and other...
Portugal's TOP paddle-boarder reveals HIS Algarve
36:16Diogo Sousa, SUP Champion Diogo has lived in Albufeira for most of his life and still loves it. It's probably the most contentious city in the entire Algarve when it comes to tourism as many people hate it, others love it! Do you love it or hate it? Listen up for Diogo's take on Albufeira... Show notes Welcome to Diogo Sousa who was born and still lives in Albufeira. We discuss the quality of life that the beach affords us here in the Algarve. When he was young he started skim-boarding on the beach and started working on the beach at 14 years old. Three month long summer holidays working on his family's beach concession in Albufeira. We talk about the night life in Albufeira. We talk about Zezé Camarinha, a self proclaimed local Playboy (this may only be funny to Portuguese people, although I found it hilarious). The Portuguese Navy in Almada and then University in Faro: Sports Science. Learning watersports and Sports Science in Centro Nautico (Faro Beach) and Penha Campus in Faro. Thursday nights in Faro! Working as a personal trainer in a gym in Portimão. Teaching sailing to the kids in Marina Yacht Club in Albufeira Marina. Opening his own business. Being the best paddle boarder in Portugal and going to Sardinia to represent his country. Portuguese food! Cataplana (fish stew in a big copper bowl) We talk about "Sete Maravilhas a Mesa" or the seven marvels of the table (literally translated). Sadly the website is only really for Portuguese speakers. It's quite a big thing on TV. We also discuss Javali (wild boar), Arroz de Pato (duck rice) and Bacalhau (codfish). Diogo's suggestions: to party, go to Albufeira (listen to our night life podcast), to relax head over to the west side of Albufeira to Praia Galé or even Falésia over on the eastern side of Albufeira. Diogo's best beaches: no crowds and natural beauty: Praia Santa Eulália, Praia Galé, Praia da Coelha and a secret beach... Cliff-jumping in Algar Seco near Carvoeiro. Find Diogo online with Albufeira Watersports and SUP Albufeira.
Behind the scenes at the Algarve's greatest live show
31:52Meet Becky. She dances at the Vilamoura Casino in their regular show, entitled "Timeless E-Motions" this year. It's on at all three SolVerde Casinos: Praia da Rocha, Vilamoura and Monte Gordo, so wherever you are in the Algarve you'll be able to catch a glimpse of this highly entertaining show (and no, they aren't paying me to say this!). Show notes Accommodation in Vilamoura and one of the bigger problems in the Algarve: finding long term rentals. Growing up in Yorkshire: rainy, cold but beautiful. Mountaineering at the age of 6, Yorkshire Dales lake district and the French alps. Glaciers and falling down crevasses. Turning 16 and heading off to the Northern Ballet School in Manchester. 8 years spent dancing in shows for Norwegian Cruise Lines and never went to Norway! A friend who danced for Solverde Casinos (who have three casinos here in the Algarve) put her forward for a summer contract here in the Algarve. Living in a foreign language speaking environment. No drama with cast members like the racy 1995 film: Showgirls One hour of work a day with a couple more hours of rehearsal each day. It sounds idyllic but if you look behind what it takes to get there (years of training and experience) and dancing in the face of injuries and sickness... Mishaps in the middle of a show... Breaking props and dancers falling off the stage. Keeping fit with gym, running, yoga and weights and coping with the heat. Free outdoor workout areas in many towns of the Algarve. Stand up paddle boarding in the caves of the Algarve near Armação de Pêra. Becky's suggestions: Go to Praia Marina on the eastern side of the Marina in front of the Casino Vilamoura and the Tivoli Vilamoura Marina Hotel. Also head to Praia da Falésia on the western side of the Marina (more specifically Praia da Rocha Baixinha Nascente). Here are some Google Map links to her suggestions: Patacas Bar, Oporto Wine Bar, Rosas Cantina Mexican Restaurant (we couldn't recall the name in the interview), Thai Beach on Sunday afternoons and all other days too. Albufeira, and the difference between Vilamoura. We also mention Lagos, about 75km and an hour's drive away to the west. Public transport in the Algarve Buses (cheap and quick) but research it before you hop on. We mention http://www.algarvebus.info/ Uber is alive and well and legal in Portugal although it has had a rocky ride... Check the availability in quieter periods and more remote locations though. Follow Becky on Instagram! Check out the life of a dancer! Don't be fooled, a lot of seriously hard work goes into those shows too. <div...
How a traumatic accident showed a young traveler beauty in the Algarve
33:34I had no idea who Blair was... the only connection I had with this guy, was that he took a mesmerizing photo of Benagil cave. It was an image picturing his girlfriend. An image which was pretty sexual, but sensual, natural and bold at the same time. It showed that this guy knew a thing or two about photography but what it didn't tell me was that there was a brilliant story behind how he got down to Benagil. Blair grew up in Cape Town into a nature friendly family. His father was a nature conservationist and his mother an entomologist. His desire for travel is evident while he designs himself a location independent career as an online teacher. What defines him though is a careless accident. Find out how he managed to look at the Algarve from a completely different perspective to the normal drinks, dinner and hotel tourist due to his traumatic accident and his resultant grateful outlook on life. Show notes Blair = "from the fields". We look into Blairs outdoor youth in Cape Town in South Africa. Blair wanted to explore the world (like many young South Africans), travelling alone to the South of France after obtaining a few yacht qualifications. What its like to fall out of a three storey window! Split his right patella (knee), broke open his nasal cavity, broke some teeth, scarred his face, broke his ankle and spent a month in a French hospital. Travelled with his girlfriend, Beatrice, back to South Africa, then onto Majorca, Ibiza, Barcelona and the Caribbean before settling in Trafaria just south of Lisbon. They set about planning a road trip from Lisbon to the Algarve (300km), with the idea to visit our iconic cliffs, caves and coves. Driving down from Lisbon through Sines and down through the Costa Vicentina (West Coast national park) stopping off for a night on the beach on the west coast. Do out of the norm things to have out of the norm experiences We talk about this hidden gem below that they both found in Benagil Beach and caves A post shared by Blair Impson (@blair_withme) on Aug 30, 2018 at 1:39am PDT On swimming around to the Benagil cave at 7am: "Respect the ocean", really wise words. It's about 100m but this depends on the tide (high tide is a longer swim). Floating around Ponte da Piedade in Lagos with a flotation device and unfriendly life guards. Blair Impson You can follow Blair and his girlfriend Beatrice on Instagram. Give them some love! Blair https://www.instagram.com/blair_withme/ Beatrice https://www.instagram.com/beatriceljunggren/
The startling truth I stumbled upon over the last three years
16:52This podcast is slightly different from my regular show where I interview people and chip away at their stories of the Algarve. Today, I speak about my experiences as I changed my career (call it a mid life crisis if you will) and stumbled across the harsh reality of the changes our beautiful planet is reeling from. Have a listen, it's only a quarter of an hour... Show notes Global animal population has declined by 58% Boyan Slat develops "The Ocean Cleanup". The Facebook donation link: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1105689376236803/