Browns Sports & Leisure Club in Vilamoura will again be hosting the Algarve Rugby Festival 2015 this month, which will include the participation of world-class teams including the British Army (Forces World Champions), Worcester Warriors XV and a Portuguese Premiership Team.
All games will be held on Browns’ official pitch located on Caminho dos Golfes. With free entrance, the event will promote rugby in the Algarve by providing fans a unique opportunity to watch top class rugby matches.
Just as last year, a pitch-side bar will be set up for all of the games followed by live music and barbecue.
Games are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, April 18 at 4pm
British Army vs. Portuguese Premiership Team (to be announced)
Tuesday April 21 at 4pm
Worcester Warriors XV vs. British Army
Story from: Portugal Resident
From the 26th March to the 12th April Quinta do Lago has prepared a range of activities for all ages.
From a Movies in the Park, to the usual Easter Sunday Activities at the Driving Range, children and adults of all ages can participate.
Learn more about the Quinta do Lago Easter Programme.
ACTIVITY VENUE S
Box Circuit session
Insanity class Bottom Sculpting class LTB & Zumba class
Mini Golf Family competition
Sunday Fun Golf
Movies in the Park
Golf Fitness SeminarTalk and Demo
Paddle Board Fitness
Beach Boot Camp
Live at the Shack
Casa do Lago Seafood Fest
Easter Team Challenge
The Shack Sunset Party
Dog Lovers Charity Stand-up Paddle
Family Fun Run
Jazz at Casa do Lago
Family Afternoon at The Shack
Lago Watersports Activities
For more information/reservations please contact +351 289 390 700
The 5th ‘Algarve Chefs Week’ edition will be opening with a series of workshops, that will take to the Loulé Municipal Market ten renowned Chefs, who lead top restaurant kitchens, from some Algarve Luxury Hotels.
Culinary demonstrations, available to the general public, will be held on Saturdays 4th, 11th and 18th April at 3pm. A day before the official opening of the “Algarve Chefs Week ‘, which runs from April 26 to May 3 in the selected Restaurants, there will be a release of a book of commemorative revenues of the 5th anniversary of this event in the Loulé Market.
The workshops will take place in Loulé and will gather the following Chefs:
José Leitão (“Moonlight” Restaurant – Nau Salgados Palace)
Victor Monteiro (“L14” Restaurant – Nau Salgados Dunas Suites)
Osvalde Silva (“O Grill” Restaurant – Pine Cliffs Residence, a Luxury Collection Resort)
Michael Lawrence (“The Olive Tree” Restaurant – Vale d’Olives Hotel)
Luis Mourão (“Alquimia” Restaurant – Epic Sana Algarve Hotel)
Bruno Rocha (“EMO” Restaurant – Tivoli Victoria Hotel)
Andrew Mcggie (“Louro” Restaurant – Conrad Algarve Hotel)
Ricardo Teixeira (“Pepper’s” Restaurant – Tivoli Marina Vilamoura Hotel)
Miguel Teixeira (“Koi” Restaurant – Vidamar Resort Algarve)
Jan Stechemesser (“Á Terra” Restaurant – Praia Verder Boutique Hotel).
All these Chefs will be presenting dishes composed with five of the most characteristic products of the region – sea salt, dried fig, carob, beans and orange – that can be purchased at the Loulé Market, added the Loulé Municipality in a press release.
On April 25th, also a Saturday – at 10 am, the book which compiles the dishes created over 5 years of “Algarve Chefs Week” will be presented. “At this time, the guests Chefs will offer a tasting of some of the specialties created for the culinary week following, to all people present – revealed the Loulé Town Hall.
The “Algarve Chefs Week” runs from April 26 to May 3 and those who join will enjoy unique and innovative creations of these renowned Chefs in the selected restaurants, special menus that will enhance the Algarve products.
“Algarve Chefs Week” menus will be available only at dinner with prices of 30€ per person – drinks not included.
From the total amount of each meal, 1€ will be donated to the HOME Association – Homeless Centre.
Workshops schedule in Loulé Municipal Market:
Saturday 4th April:
3pm – José Leitão: Starter
4pm – Vitor Monteiro: Main Course
5pm – Osvalde Silva: Dessert
Saturday 11th April:
3pm – Michael Lawrence: Starter
4pm – Luis Mourão: Main Course
5pm – Bruno Rocha: Dessert
Saturday 18th April:
3pm – Andrew Mcggie: Starter
3:45pm – Ricardo Ferreira: Fish dish
4.30pm – Miguel Teixeira: Meat dish
5:15pm – Jan Stechemesser: Dessert
An event highly recommended!
The Algarve is expecting more than half a million tourists this Easter period.
Compared to last year, the occupancy rate is expected to rise 5-6%, according to statistics from various Hotels.
In addition to the Portuguese and Spanish, the British market is also growing. The good weather awaits tourists who choose the south of Portugal.
“There are many Hotel units already fully booked and another number of them will have occupancy rates close to 100%,” says the CM Elidérico Viegas, Algarve’s Tourist Association President (AHETA), adding that “Easter is the second most popular holiday for tourists coming to the Algarve, following the month of August”
One reason for the increased demand of Portuguese is related to exchange rate variations. Accommodation and services are much affordable here now which makes “International destinations more expensive for the Portuguese”, said the President of AHETA.
Exchange rate changes also helps to entice more British – the main market of the Algarve’s tourism. The pound gaining strength against the euro, makes the Algarve a cheaper and much attractive destination.
Thus, with the resident population in the region, the Algarve will have in the Easter holiday about 1 million people. In addition to tourists staying in hotels, there are many Portuguese who have second homes in the region with some already coming to the Algarve this weekend. With the forecast of temperatures reminiscent of the summer, owners of businesses by the beach do not hide the optimism:
“Expectations are very good”, says Rui Rodil – Restaurant owner -adding that, “in the last couple of days he has noticed a significant increase.
“I hope many people come to the Algarve. Since the end of winter, we expect the arrival of sun and tourists,” highlights, in turn, Sandra Rizo, artisan with a sales stand located by Fisherman’s Beach in Albufeira
The Algarve is once again, on the run for the election of the BEST BEACH DESTINATION in Europe.
For the 5th time in a row, this year the Country’s most touristy region is nominated on that category by the World Travel Awards and is also competing in 43 further contests known as “Tourism Oscars”.
Tourism English Journal chooses the Algarve as a last minute destination for the Easter holiday.
Newspaper “The Mirror” published a study that shows that British prefer Portugal for last minute travelling on the Easter break.
With the Easter holiday at the doorstep, it’s time for the British to choose a travelling destination.
Since the pound has been getting stronger against the euro, the best option is Europe.
A survey done by “Post Office Travel Money” indicates that most of the last minute trips are being scheduled for Portugal, where prices are much more affordable at the moment.
Comparing the prices of food, drinks and accommodation, the British believe that Portugal offers good quality for very reasonable prices.
Another option is Spain, however, the nº 1 destination is still the Algarve.
David Guetta, current greatest DJ and one of the most sought internationally producers, will be performing on August 14th in Quarteira, in what will be one of the most anticipated shows of the summer and the biggest party of the year in the Algarve.
Organized by ENP ENTERTAINMENT and UAU, in close partnership with the Municipal Council of Loulé and with the support of the Radio Comercial – which will also be hosting the animation of the night – this event will be held at the Municipal Stadium in Quarteira, near Vilamoura.
The expectations for this unique concert are high, especially at a time when there are many tourists on holidays in the area and considering he is an artist that most appeals to the masses and whose music is a constant presence in the night entertainment venues.
Tickets will be priced at 30 euros and will be available for sale in various traditional outlets.
Portugal was elected by Americans as the best country in Europe for travelling and tourism, leading the “Top 10 Best European Countries”.
The newspaper “USA Today” and the specialized Travel portal “10 Best” launched the voting for the top 10 Best European Country, between 20 European countries chosen by “tourism industry experts.”
The final decision came from readers and users of these two American giants. End result: absolute victory for Portugal – ahead of Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, France and the UK.
“Portugal is less iconic than other well-known countries” but “offers a wide range of opportunities for travelers: charming villages, fantastic food, fascinating regional music, cultural discoveries, a beautiful coast and even world class surfing.”
Therefore, “Portugal won our reader’s hearts ensuring the sum of all votes,” says the site “USA Today”.
The final “Top 10″ ranking for best country to visit in Europe was as ordered:
The remaining 10 experts appointed by the Travel Industry were Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Turkey.
The Portuguese White Wine “Cortes de Cima 2013” is the best dry white wine in the world.
The distinction was awarded to the Alentejo wine by Vinalies Internationales, one of the world’s most important Wine competitions.
According to the Wine Magazine, the White Cortes de Cima is produced in Vila Nova de Milfontes by the Danish Hans Jorgensen.
The same source reveals that Portugal was the second most awarded country – classified after France who reached the highest score in the competition.
“This distinguished wine is made with Albariño and Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier Vidígueira. Each bottle costs 11 euros in national cellars”, says the magazine.