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Welcome to the first Tomorrow of 2017! A very happy New Year to you all. We do hope that you enjoyed the festive season as much as we did, and that the year ahead brings you much wealth, health and happiness. It’s certainly set to be an exciting 12 months for the Algarve. Following a bumper year in 2016, the region is gearing up for what is predicted to be one of the busiest seasons yet, and we look forward to all that the coming months will bring. One notable date for your diary is Saturday 15th July, when we’ll be throwing our very first charity Summer Ball in this area. Set to be held at Tivoli Marina hotel in Portimão, it’s sure to be a brilliant night - turn to page 19 to see pictures from our sister magazine’s Christmas Ball for a taster of what to expect! Another exciting initiative is the introduction of the Just Jobs service on our website, which puts local businesses in touch will prospective employees and will no doubt prove useful as the summer season gears up. Discover more on page 11. Our main feature this month is all about Lusitanos, the beautiful breed of Portuguese horse - read the story on the next page. Elsewhere there’s a moving appeal from an America woman searching for her Portuguese father, pictures from last month’s Dia da Cidade in Portimão, an interview with Alvor’s very own Bond girl and plenty more to keep you occupied throughout the quiet month of January. Happy reading!
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On the cover This month's stunning cover shot is titled End of the Road. Taken by local photographer Dave Sheldrake, it features the farol (lighthouse) at Praia do Molhe in Ferragudo shot just before sunset, and perfectly captures the beautiful winter skies we are experiencing at the moment. www.davesheldrakephotography.com
Community to top it all, Petra and Heinz brought their horses. The audience loved it!” After 10 years running the business, another turning point came: Heinz headed for Brazil, the ranch was let to someone else and Petra was left to fend for herself. It was a traumatic period that left some deep scars, she tells me. But she still had her horses.
Dancing with horses By Lena Strang
Lusitano horses at the annual festival in Golegã
“Horses are special,” German-born Petra Viol asserts in a tone that cannot be contradicted. Having spent her entire life working with the magnificent beasts, she certainly knows a thing or two. Talking to her about her life’s passion - and also attending the annual horse show at Golegã, where I saw the elegant Lusitano breed in action - opened a whole new world for me. I visit Petra at her house in Odiáxere where she has lived ever since arriving in the Algarve 22 years ago. She works at Vale de Ferro riding school in Mexilhoeira Grande, where she teaches and gives private lessons. Behind her slender, almost fragilelooking appearance I sense an iron-hard determination. How did she develop this special relationship with horses, I wonder? “My first experience was as a seven year old. I would spend my summer holidays on a pony ranch and that was it – I was smitten,” she explains. “It doesn't run in my family as no one else rides, but I knew it was for me.”
Lena enjoying the Horse Festival
She put everything into it, gaining as much experience as she could. “I started teaching riding, I broke horses in and trained them, did side saddle, dressage and jumping, took part in competitions and undertook all the work around horses.” However, there have been many turning points in her life. One of these was running a pony ranch for children with her then boyfriend, Heinz, but difficulties arose and the ranch had to be sold. She followed him to the Algarve in due course where he had already established the 12-hectare Horse Shoe Ranch in Mexilhoeira Grande with 25 horses. Western-style riding was introduced in the Algarve and Petra was a keen proponent. Local singer and artist Sandie Croft remembers these times well. Between music acts at a restaurant in Praia da Luz she also taught line dancing, and Petra became her star pupil, learning quickly and always looking the part. Sandie recalls one memorable occasion: “For one of the dance displays in the courtyard of the restaurant we used straw bales and lots of flags. And
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At the 10-hectare Vale de Ferro ranch where she now works part time, there is plenty to do. The 17 Lusitano horses need cleaning and feeding, boxes have to be mucked out every day and other jobs need doing. But what Petra loves most is training horses to respond to riders and teaching riding techniques. “Riding is similar to learning music or acquiring a language. You have to study riding in the same way to gain fluency,” she explains. Her specialty is seat position. She tells me that it is important to ride a horse in an ‘over the seat’ position and not over the hands or reins. Weight and balance are all important. The horse will feel the rider’s sit bones and respond accordingly. In competition riding there is more use of hands and legs, which she says she is not too keen on, adding: “My clients wouldn’t have the power in their hands to manage large Lusitano horses so it is important to learn these techniques.” She also trains horses to respond in this manner. Her face is animated and she speaks with obvious conviction and passion. “If you give the horse the right information and touch the right buttons, it will respond to everything you say with your body. It’s magic. It’s dancing with horses,” she smiles. Petra also teaches and rides side saddle. There is more interest in Germany, Austria and the UK but she is happy to teach the technique in the Algarve too. It is not difficult, she assures me. You have to sit straight in the saddle, using a stick on the right side and responding with the leg on
the left. I must admit there is something very elegant about riding a horse in this manner, dressed in appropriate attire, as I saw for myself at the horse festival at Golegã.
Petra and Casanova
What amazed me particularly at the festival was the calm, composed, effortless movements of the Lusitanos, whether forward or diagonally, trotting or cantering. How is this possible? Petra explains that all the things you train a horse to do come naturally to them: “When we see horses playing in the fields, this is what they do anyway. We just teach them to do the movements on command.” I slowly begin to see the whole picture. One of the horses closest to her heart resides in the stables just behind her apartment. As she tells me the story of Casanova, she becomes visibly emotional. He is one of three Lusitanos belonging to a neighbouring businessman, also keen on horses. In 2010 she broke the young stallion in and trained him for the next four years. She entered competitions at the nearby Fatacil, doing well but having to give up because of health issues. Taught by Petra, the owner took over and Casanova is now excelling at advanced level. “It’s my greatest achievement and I’m so proud of the horse and of the rider.” Later I have the privilege of meeting Casanova and his two companions, also trained by Petra, and see the interaction between her and the horses she loves so much. I was interested to learn that the horses Petra and Heinz used at the Horse Shoe Ranch in the past were bought at the local gypsy horse market in Odiáxere. “There was always a choice of horses. We could try them out and decide on the ones that were suitable for us.” She confirms that they were good ones and always procured from known horse traders. Although gypsies still use horses for transport, the once thriving market has died down, with only a market in Portimão still active. We do hear stories about horses that can be unpredictable and easily spooked on the road. Can riding be a dangerous
occupation because of this? Petra has a well-considered response: “Horses have different characteristics, just like human beings. There are sensible ones, stubborn ones and those that can be easily frightened. Some should only be ridden indoors while others are suitable for outdoor riding.” However, the problem on the road is not the horse but the behaviour of some car drivers who don’t respect horses as road users. According to the law a horse is equal to one horsepower and the same road rules apply. For instance, anyone caught riding a horse inebriated will be banned from driving a car too. Also, the same distance should be adhered to between horse and car as with all motor vehicles. “People have forgotten what horses are, their history and their role in the past,” Petra asserts passionately. When I ask whether she thinks riding is for everyone, I already know the answer. “Yes,” she says without hesitation. “Anyone can start riding at any age. I would encourage people to take up horse riding as it teaches you a lot about your own body and balance.” She feels it is a particularly good pursuit for young people as shy children can gain confidence and learn about actions and consequences, both to others and to themselves. She also believes that hippotherapy - the use of horse riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment - can be highly effective for people with disabilities. She is very pleased with one of her elderly clients who started lessons three years ago and is doing very well. When I later meet up with Ron Thomson, he confirms that Petra is an excellent teacher. He tells me that she explains exactly what’s required and encourages constant practice. Having already passed his level two exams, he is raring for more. “It’s never too late to learn!” he pronounces with enthusiasm. Having experienced the tremendous atmosphere at the Golegã festival, in the town considered to be the undisputed horse capital of Portugal, I begin to appreciate Petra’s passion for these magnificent animals. She has had ups and downs in her life but horses have always been a constant. As we part, she wistfully remarks: “Horses make you a stronger person and help you make the best of life. Thanks to them the show must always go on.” I understand now what she means. Discover more about Lusitanos over the page >>
Facts about Lusitano horses
• The Portuguese breed is also known as the Pure Blood Lusitano (Puro Sangue Lusitano), and is related to the Spanish Andalusian horse • They are characterised by long, flowing manes, compact but powerful bodies and proud heads with an agile and elevated gait • The Spanish and Portuguese stud books split in 1966, and the Portuguese strain was named Lusitano after Lusitania, the ancient Roman name for Portugal • They are noted for their intelligence and willing nature • The aftermath of the 1974 revolution threatened the existence of the breed, with the loss of stud farms; thankfully the best lines were saved through the efforts of breeders • They were originally bred for war, dressage and bullfighting • They have been present on the Iberian peninsula since 20,000 BC and were admired by the ancient Greeks and Romans for their ability to start, stop, gallop and turn more quickly than other horses • The horses have been successful in various Olympics and World Equestrian Games as part of the Portuguese and Spanish teams
Do you know João José Gomes da Silva? He was born on June 9th, in either 1963 or 1969. He has homemade tattoos on his arms and was a lifeguard when Priscilla’s mother dated him over 26 years ago. Her mother’s name is Anna da Silva, but he called her Silvia or Sylvia. They met in Carvoeiro and she last saw him in November 1989, before she moved to the United States to give birth to Priscilla. The Tomorrow team was recently contacted by Priscilla da Silva, a 26-yearold woman living in Orlando, Florida in the United States who is searching for the Portuguese father she has never met. Can you help? Priscilla told Tomorrow: “I've been searching for my birth father my whole life. My mother says he's from Lagoa and I'm hoping maybe I can get some help. His name is João José Gomes Da Silva. I live in the United States and I have never spoken to him. I've tried reaching out to people on Facebook but I cannot find him. I'm hoping that maybe someone locally can help.” Priscilla also shared some of the precious little information she has about her father.
Priscilla has shared two pictures of herself as a baby with her mother, one of which is published here - you can see the other one on our Facebook page. She added: “I would like to be in contact with the other side of my family and see where I come from. I'm hoping to meet my father someday and introduce my son, his grandson, to him.” Please do share the details of Priscilla’s search for her father with anyone in the local area that you think may be able to help. Anyone with information should contact Priscilla via Facebook or email. priscilla.hampton.5 email@example.com
Presents for all at Bom Samaritano Alvor Algarve residents dug deep to ensure it was a very merry Christmas for the children at Bom Samaritano home in Alvor last month. Having written a wish list, each of the 34 children who call the centre home received gifts from kind donors. The presents were given out at the children’s Christmas party on December 20th, which was enjoyed by all. The gift-giving was organised by Lagosbased Kerry Burr. She originally started the initiative in 2010 through the group she used to run in Luz. After the youth group came to an end, she continued to collect presents through friends and others in the local community. Lisa Longhurst from Pilates
Room Lagos was particularly helpful with the latest drive, spreading the word amongst her clients who, along with others in the local community, gave generously. Established by Foundation Stiftilsen Barnsamariten, a Swedish organisation that supports institutions around the world, Bom Samaritano provides care for children and young people who live in situations of risk and/or danger, especially those who have been abandoned or experienced family neglect. Read more about the home on their website. www.lcbomsamaritano.org
Lagoa bike scheme leads the way A new €125,000 system of public bicycles is launching in the Lagoa area this month. Twenty electric bikes have been installed as part of the scheme, the first of its kind in the country. Pick-up points are located in Ferragudo, Carvoeiro and Senhora da
Rocha (Porches). Users can collect and return bikes to any of these locations, and an online platform will allow riders to check how many bikes are at each station. The scheme will open to local residents initially. Annual or bi-annual passes may be
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Tomorrow meets Madrugada’s new president wasn’t long before I realised the importance of the care and support being given to patients and their loved ones. Since getting involved I have assisted with recruitment and fundraising, and attended conferences and functions on behalf of the charity.
As Carol Spires takes over as president of Madrugada, the Algarve’s palliative care charity, she tells us how a five-day holiday led to a life-changing move and how she hopes her background in business will help her in her new position… Where are you from originally? I am originally from Halifax and was ‘born and bred’ in West Yorkshire. I left my home town before I was 20 and lived in London, Manchester and Wakefield before heading to Portugal. What is your professional background? The vast majority of my work experience has been in retail and leisure. I worked for Whitbread for 20 years in various roles, including developing and rolling out the Costa Coffee brand in the UK. I opened 34 stores across the North of England, including the Isle of Man. Before moving to Portugal I was on the management team at Leeds University Union, responsible for all the commercial activity. All the profits from these activities were channelled into student services, and it was great to see the benefits of the team’s endeavours. I was also a volunteer at The Samaritans, on the director team of the local branch. How did you end up in the Algarve? Subconsciously, I think I always wanted to live abroad but had never found the right spot. Then in May 2005 I came to Luz on a five-day holiday, and less than a year later I drove to Lagos with all my possessions in my car, having sold my house in the UK and given everything else away! I just love it here and Portugal is now my home. How did you get involved with Madrugada? I joined Madrugada as a volunteer in 2015. I was vaguely aware of the service, but it
Why did you want to take over as president? Good question! It was not a quick decision as I had to consider the impact of my time out of our business and my personal time. It is a volunteer role so getting the right balance with my ‘paid job’ was key. Luckily I have a very supportive partner who has encouraged me at every stage.
Alison has achieved so much for Madrugada. She is inspirational, tenacious, committed, and overall someone who truly cares. Why do you think an organisation like Madrugada is so important? When it comes to end of life care, people should have a choice. Many wish to be at home and Madrugada provides the care and support to enable this to happen. We have already supported over 90 patients, their families and loved ones over the years. What particular strengths do you think Madrugada has as an organisation? The ‘hospice at home’ service our nurses and carers provide to those at end of life is free, but we could not provide this without the hard work of our volunteers, fundraisers and support teams. It is a real team effort and one that we can develop further.
As my friends will tell you, I never do things by halves and once I get involved I commit 100%. I saw the role as a way to be more involved and help drive the service forward. [Outgoing president] Alison’s retirement has created at least three roles that need to be filled. The president’s role is a non-clinical position, so I can really focus on implementation of the agreed strategies and our core aims. Madrugada has volunteers and members with a wealth of skills and experience. I am really excited about the future What do you think you bring to the role? The role of president is to ‘guide and supervise the respective services’ and my previous (and current) positions, as well as my involvement with The Samaritans in the UK, will serve as a strong foundation on which I can perform that role. The management board is responsible for developing the Action Plan and budget, and my experience of not-for-profit organisations, volunteering, recruitment and business development will be useful in establishing new strategies. I am passionate about what Madrugada is doing now and what can be achieved over the longer term. I am pretty tenacious, too.
What will be your priorities for the coming year and beyond? It is a time of change within Madrugada, so it is important that we consolidate. However, that does not mean we will be standing still. My objectives for the coming year include growing the membership and improving awareness of the service and care that Madrugada provides within the community.
What would you say in tribute to the departing president, Alison Blair?
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"We could not provide our 'hospice at home' service without the hard work of our volunteers & fundraisers"
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Palliative and end-of-life care has come a long way in recent years and is being constantly reviewed. Therefore it is important that we at Madrugada are in a position to keep up with these changes in approach. Without our nurses and carers, Madrugada would not be able to provide the service that we do today, and I will also be working with the Clinical Lead to ensure that they continue to have access to palliative care courses and training. Local businesses and individuals can help through sponsorship, and this is an area we will explore. We also need to develop the services in our Support Centre, and this is another area that will be an area of focus for the coming 1218 months. It is going to be a busy time!
An inspiring trip to Lisbon, Torres Vedras & Lourinha By Jane Robertson, Algarve Archeological Association afternoon of sightseeing in the medieval city and World Heritage Site of Obidos included sampling of the local ‘brew', ginga (cherry liquer), in chocolate cups and a tour of the impressive monastery at Alcobaca.
Members of The Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) recently took a five-day excursion to Lisbon, Torres Vedras and Lourinha, where we enjoyed a very varied programme. The trip included a guided tour by the Director of the Lisbon Pharmacy Museum, which presents the history of medicine from ancient through to modern times. A tour of the area around Torres Vedras, north of the capital, included a visit to the local museum where the prehistoric, Roman, medieval and Peninsular War histories of the area are detailed. This was followed by visits in the local area to see prehistoric cave sites, a Bronze Age hillfort and a Peninsular War battle site. An
At Lourinha and Nova University we participated in a programme of activities guided by palaeontologist Octavio Mateus (Director of the Lourinha Dinosaur Museum), the Head of Department and a number of students. The activities included seeing the laboratory work undertaken to recover dinosaur remains from rock, a 'class' about geology, the use of stereoscopic viewers to produce 3D images of the landscape, and a 'watertasting' session looking at different brands of bottled water and the geology of their sources. The final session allowed us to view examples of minerals, fossils and rocks under a microscope. Everyone in the group found the whole trip very interesting and inspiring, promoting much discussion and, for some, further research on the topics covered. The Algarve Archaeological Association
undertakes monthly talks and regular trips. For further information visit the AAA webpage. In addition, the group will be hosting a talk titled Bon Appetit! Eating in Roman and Medieval Islamic Times in Southern Portugal: Comparing Zoo-archaeology and Literary Sources in January. In this talk we aim to show that day-to-day human behaviour did not always follow the official doctrine displayed in the written documents. The talk will look at the fringes of the Mediterranean diet and examine what the Roman and Islamic people living in southern Portugal were herding, hunting and eating. What were their favourite meats and seafoods? How did rich people's diets compare with those of the less fortunate? These and other questions will be explored. The lecture will be in English, and will take place on Tuesday January 10th at both 2.30pm at the Museu do Traje in São Brás and at 5.45pm at the Convento de São José in Lagoa. Lunch in São Brás can be arranged in advance - get in touch for more information. www.arquealgarve.weebly.com +351 917 267 948 (Maxine) firstname.lastname@example.org Algarve Archaeological Association
Local golf course named best in Portugal stage at the glittering event, on an evening that also saw Portugal secure its position as the World’s Best Golf Destination.
A local golf course has won a top gong at the prestigious World Golf Awards. The Faldo Course at Amendoeira Golf Resort was named Portugal’s Best Golf Course at the recent ceremony, capping a sensational night for Portuguese golf and travel. Designed by six-time Major champion Sir Nick Faldo and complimented by worldclass resort amenities, the Faldo Course at Amendoeira was recognised on the world
Having opened in 2008, the course has become a favourite among the Algarve’s international golf tourists, and was recognised as the jewel in the Algarve’s crown at the awards ceremony’s third annual instalment, hosted on November 12th at Conrad Algarve in Quinta do Lago. Christopher Howell, chairman of the resort’s operating group Oceânico, said: “Back in 2007, Sir Nick Faldo told us: ‘The land at Amendoeira is dramatic and the project has the potential to be a real talking point in the Algarve.’ So to be recognised as Portugal’s Best Golf Course is testament to the design that Sir Nick has created here.” He added: “The World Golf Awards is one
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of the highest accolades we can aim for and, alongside the international recognition for Portugal, will continue to put the golfing spotlight on us. We are extremely proud of the partnership we have with Sir Nick and the level of skill our course management team has to keep Sir Nick’s course in such pristine, award-winning condition.” There was also cause for celebration for the designer of the Faldo Course, as Sir Nick collected the award for Golf Course Designer of the Year. The Faldo Course at Amendoeira Golf Resort is offering special winter green fees of €80 for 18 holes until January 10th. Subscription options start from €370. Sunday lunch with live music is also available every weekend, priced at €16 per person. www.amendoeiraresort.com
Former school transformed into entrepreneurship centre
Last month saw the official opening of a new entrepreneurship and innovation centre in Portimão, with 150 people including local and national dignitaries in attendance. Titled ‘Espaço Raiz’, the venue includes a training centre, co-working space (where local people can make use of office facilities and wi-fi alongside others for a small fee) and several meeting rooms that can be rented out for various purposes, such as workshops or training days. Housed in the former Pedra Mourinha primary school on Rua Francisco Daniel, the venture is the brainchild of the team behind Teia D’Impulsos, a Portimão-based volunteer organisation that supports and develops local social, cultural and sporting initiatives. The building will also serve as the group’s headquarters. The launch on December 7th kicked off with a performance by Tipo, the children’s theatre of Portimão, which will also now call Espaço Raiz home. This was followed by speeches from Maria Nobre de Carvalho and Luís Matos from Teia D’Impulsos, who explained the reason behind the name Espaço Raiz (‘root space’), saying: “We are creating roots here at the centre.” Portimão’s mayor, Isilda Gomes, also spoke, revealing she was delighted with the project and saying she looked forward to growing her partnership with the centre. The mayor was followed by Custódio Moreno from the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth (IEFP), who revealed plans to give grants of €10,000 to young people aged 18-30 to invest in new businesses. Titled Empreender Já!, he said of the scheme: "According to data from the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training, there are 15,900 young people in the Algarve who qualify.” He went on to praise Portimão Câmara for the vision they had shown in allowing Teia D’Impulsos to make use of the space, rather than leaving it as an abandoned building. Cake and champagne was then enjoyed as guests toasted Espaço Raiz. Speaking to Tomorrow, Maria Nobre de Carvalho said: “This is the beginning of a new era for Teia D’Impulsos, and an exciting venture for Portimão too. There are exciting days ahead.” www.teiadimpulsos.pt
A day in the life: Michael Reeve
Michael is head of AFPOP, the largest association for foreign property owners and residents in Portugal, a role he took on in 2003 one year after moving to the Algarve. Here the 58 year old tells us what it is like to run an organisation like AFPOP and how life changed after he had a heart attack. “In February 2016 my wife Linda and I moved from Lagos to Guia, having lived at Meia Praia for the previous three and a half years. I usually wake up between 5am and 6am, but I do get to sleep very quickly when I go to bed. It’s a throwback from being in the forces I think. You get your kip when you can and sleep for as long as you need to. Unfortunately my wife does not wake up early but does detect movement, so I usually stay in bed and relax, doing some mental
planning until it’s safe to risk waking her up.
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As I work every day, my morning routine is basically getting up and getting ready for work. That did change a little after I had a heart attack in October 2015. We get up a little earlier now and I make time to eat breakfast before leaving, which wasn’t always the case before.
After lunch there’s more work to do. As most of my meetings are arranged for the morning, afternoons are usually taken up with paperwork or planning sessions.
If I’m starting my day at the office, I usually arrive around 8.20am. I’ve normally checked the e-mails that have come in overnight on my phone, so when I get to work I start the computer and print off anything I want to read thoroughly. Then I go to the café next door for a morning coffee and a read. I still find it easier to digest longer documents if I have them on paper. My day-to-day contact with people varies a lot. Of course I am with my colleagues in the office, but I usually meet or talk on the phone with a few other people during the day too. Another thing that has changed since my attack is that I used to eat at my desk or in the meeting room a lot, but now I try to get out and walk somewhere most days. It’s more for the exercise than the food. I do eat lunch with others from time to time too, which can
What I like about my job is that I work for an organisation that is dedicated to helping people, with staff that believe in what they are doing. As for my personal life, what I like ‘most’ is hard to say – I like that I have a lovely relationship with my wife, we have a son that we’re proud of, and that I live in a country that is safe, has a great climate and where the roads are nowhere near as busy as they are in most other countries. My wife and I are looking to change how we unwind at the end of the day. We’ve fallen into the trap of getting home and relaxing with the TV or perhaps music after dinner. We do go for walks but not often enough. We are looking at other things to do in the New Year. I play golf most Sunday mornings and occasionally Linda joins me for a walk around the Resort Course at Penina, which we really enjoy together.” www.afpop.com
Fun and fundraising at Nobel Algarve parents, children and members of the local community all come together to eat, play and raise money for this important cause.”
The Algarve's longest-running and much anticipated Christmas Bazaar took place on Saturday November 26th at Nobel International School Algarve. The bazaar always heralds the beginning of the festive season, and record numbers of pupils, parents and teachers attended and volunteered throughout the day, all in aid of the local children's home, Casa de Nossa Senhora da Conceição. “This is such a magical day,” said Penelope Best, Nobel’s Head of Primary (above with Santa), who has organised the event for the past 15 years. “It’s wonderful to see so many
Casa de Nossa Senhora da Conceição was founded in 1949 with the aim of providing a high level of education for all the children within its care, be it intellectual, physical, moral or religious, which is still its mission statement to this day. It is funded by voluntary contributions and has been supported by the school for over 15 years. “The bazaar is all about children helping children,” said Ms Best. “Just about everybody in the Algarve came this year, and we raised over €3,000 in one day! That is a life-changing sum of money for the children at the orphanage.” The bazaar took place in the school grounds, and the entire International Primary School contributed in planning and running the event. Many artisans sold traditional Christmas decorations and accessories, and pre-school students
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made cork picture frames to sell. Meanwhile, the primary children each donated a mug filled with goodies, as well as red and gold items for the tombola. Primary school children ran around the bazaar gleefully playing on the game stalls, which were run by secondary pupils. They were encouraged to try their luck at hook a duck, guess the name, tin can alley, the bottle flip, pop the balloon, the elves’ workshop and the main raffle. There were also musical performances by the school’s music club. The highlight of the event was the arrival of Father Christmas who pulled up in an open-topped car and, once situated in his brightly coloured grotto, met and took photos with more than 100 children who brought him letters and told him all of their Christmas wishes. “The bazaar was a huge success, thanks to all the hard work of the parents and our pupils, who made it a truly heartwarming event,” said Ms Best.
Top 10 things to do when it rains in the Algarve By Algarve Holiday Fun The Algarve is known for its 300 days of sunshine a year, but what do you do on the other 65? Check out our top 10 list of activites for those inevitable rainy days! 1. Catch a flick There is a selection of independent and pop-up cinemas in the Algarve, but if you don’t want to practice your Portuguese then it’s best to head to one of the multiplex cinemas, such as Cineplace and Algarcine in Portimão, Cineplace at Algarve Shopping in Guia, or Cinema NOS at the Forum Algarve in Faro, where films are usually shown in English. Look for ‘VO’ after the film’s title - this means it is the original version. ‘VP’ means it is dubbed in Portuguese. Note that children’s films are usually dubbed during the day and shown in their original format at night.
2. Spend a day at the museum A visit to one of the Algarve’s museums is a top family option. Discover more about the region’s history - from the Moors to the Romans and beyond - with a visit to Museu Arqueologia in Silves. Located by the walls of the castle, this is a great place to find out more about this ancient city. Elsewhere, the Museu de Portimão details the long history of the sardine industry in the Algarve alongside changing temporary exhibits (art meets gastronomy in the current Harnessing Fish exhibition), whilst the Centro Ciência Viva do Algarve in Faro is located in an old electricity building near to Faro cathedral – another historical highlight. 3. Go wine tasting Not only are wine tasting sessions mainly inside, but a glass or two of vinho will help you forget the grey skies outside! One of the best-known wineries in the Algarve is Adega do Cantor in Guia. Part-owned by Sir Cliff Richard, you can escape from the rain in the cool cellars while you learn more the wine. Alternatively there is the beautiful Quinta dos Vales winery between Portimão and Lagoa; try some of their award-winning wines for a day to remember.
4. Enjoy some retail therapy In recent years Portimão has become the Algarve’s unofficial capital of shopping thanks to the opening of the enormous Aqua Shopping, home to the biggest branches of Primark and H&M in this part of the country. It’s also worth making the trip to Algarve Shopping in Guia where you’ll find a large branch of stylish Spanish brand Zara, along with a sizeable food court and many bigname shops. Close by there is also a Nike Factory Superstore, Makro, Leroy Merlin and Sports Direct. Meanwhile in Faro there is the Forum Algarve, which is home to the Algarve’s only ice rink until January 8th! 5. Kick back at a beach bar Don’t discount the beach just because the sun isn’t shining; there is nothing better than watching the dramatic Atlantic waves crash onto the beach from the safety and warmth of a good beach bar. Try the terrace of the hideaway beach bar Escondidinho at Praia Grande near Ferragudo, or travel a little further along the coast to Rei das Praias at Caneiros beach, a favourite with José Mourinho and other celebs. Another special spot is Arte Nautica at Armação de Pêra. Run by five star resort Vila Vita, it serves amazing seafood. 6. Take a gamble Gambling is illegal in Portugal - except for the lottery and in casinos! There are three of the latter here in the Algarve; the Hotel Algarve Casino in Praia da Rocha, Casino Vilamoura, set just back from the town’s marina, and Casino Monte Gordo in the eastern Algarve. They are open to all and offer a choice of gambling tables, games rooms with machines and gala rooms where you can enjoy a meal and a show throughout the year. 7. Be a culture vulture There’s a huge amount of art galleries across the Algarve that are ideal to visit in the rain. Located in the old winery in Lagoa, Galeria de Arte has a large collection of affordable works, while the Corte Real gallery in Albufeira is one of the most beautiful and idyllic places in the Algarve to pick up one-offs and objets d’art. If art is not your thing, try a live music or dance performance at one of the region’s auditoriums instead. Venues such as Portimão Arena, the Centro de Congressos do Arade in Parchal, Lagoa auditorium and Teatro das Figuras in Faro all have a regular programme of events throughout the year,
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and prices are always very reasonable.
8. Unwind with a spa day A visit to one of the Algarve's luxurious spas is an indulgent treat. Most of the five star resorts and hotels in the region have their own spa and welcome non-guests, with many venues offering special deals in the winter months. Great local options include the Spa by L’Occitane at Bela Vista in Praia da Rocha, which has the exclusive use of the French brand in Portugal. Alternatively, escape to the mountains to enjoy some R ’n’ R at Macdonald Monchique’s Sensorial Spa or the hydrotherapy spa at Villa Termal in Caldas de Monchique. 9. Take a train journey Embrace the spirit of adventure by taking a rainy day trip by train, getting off wherever you fancy for a closer look. The regional line in the Algarve runs from Lagos in the west to Vila Real de Santo António on the Spanish border. Just remember to pack a brolly for when you get off at the other end!
10. Get crafty Take inspiration from the wealth of artists here in the Algarve by spending a rainy day getting crafty. Art supplies are sold in all large supermarkets, with good quality products available at reasonable prices. If you’d rather watch the experts at work, head down to Porches Pottery where you can observe as items are hand-painted, ready to be sold in the on-site shop. Alternatively, head up to Monchique to see traditional basket weaving, or to enjoy another type of local ‘craft’ - a warming shot of medronho! www.algarveholidayfun.com
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a circle. I normally begin with a two or three minute relaxation exercise where the children just lie really still, followed by a warm up. Then we start the yoga, which we often spin into a story. I might say, ‘there’s a spider! Quick, be a spider!’ I’ll ask them, ‘if that was a posture, what would it look like? If it made a noise, what would it be?’ So there’s a bit of creativity involved too.” Who can take part? Jane’s classes are open to children aged up to 12 years old. “There’s a real spread of ages,” she reveals, adding: “The youngest in my class is five.” Group size is limited to 12 children and there’s currently an equal split of girls and boys.
If you’re looking for a new hobby to capture your children’s imagination in 2017, why not encourage them to give kids’ yoga a try? What’s it all about? Many of you will be familiar with the wideranging health benefits - both physical and mental - of yoga, the ancient Indian practice that fuses physical exercise with a spiritual or meditative element. And now a class in Carvoeiro offers the same gains to local children. Held at Carvoeiro Clube de Ténis, the classes are run by Jane Sutherland, who has been teaching yoga for 16 years and is passionate about the discipline. “There are so many reasons why yoga is great for kids,” she told Tomorrow. “Physically, it’s great for flexibility and strength, because it activates muscle groups that aren’t usually used.
“It’s also great for keeping the mind healthy. We practice mindfulness, which is being really mindful of what you’re doing. Kids today are so busy all the time, with computers, school and various other pressures - parental, social, homework. Yoga is time out.” She added: “It’s really good for selfconfidence and self-esteem, too. To start with there might be poses that the children can’t do, and I’m only the teacher - I can’t do it for them, but I can guide them. It’s great to see them working on something that they can’t do, and then all of a sudden they crack it - it’s a real confidence booster. Tell me more Each 45 minute session has a definite structure, as Jane explains. “We start in
What is needed to get started? Very little. Some children bring their own (or their parents’) mats, but these are also provided by Carvoeiro Clube de Ténis. Children should wear clothing that they can move easily in and bring a small bottle of water. How can children get involved? Jane’s yoga classes for kids run in cycles, with a new course set to start in midJanuary, lasting for six weeks. “I ensure that each course has a beginning, a middle and an end,” she says. “I like the kids to finish enthusiastically so they want to come back.” A six-week course of classes costs €30 per child. To register your son or daughter, get in touch using the contact details below. Jane also teaches classes for adults in Carvoeiro. +351 936 532 789 www.tenniscarvoeiro.com
Air Force Band pays flying visit to Portimão Force Band. The military band will be paying a visit to TEMPO, the municipal theatre in Portimão, on Saturday January 7th, playing a festive and celebratory repertoire.
Start the new year a bang by enjoying a rousing performance by the Portuguese Air
First established on December 31st 1957 by the then Secretary of State for Aeronautics, the Lisbon-based band is a key component of the Portuguese air force. Its motto is: ‘To serve with ingenuity and art’.
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Currently under the conductorship of Lieutenant-Colonel Élio Murcho, the band is made up of first-class musicians and has played many high-profile concerts both here in Portugal and abroad, including in Germany, Belgium, France and England, where in 1989 they marked NATO’s 40th anniversary. www.emfa.pt www.teatromunicipaldeportimao.pt
Portimão day celebrations December 6th - 16th The town of Portimão marked its 92nd Dia da Cidade on December 11th with an 11-day programme of events, paying homage to the past and looking forward to the future. On the Dia da Cidade itself, people gathered in front of the town hall for a flag ceremony attended by the Portimonense Philharmonic
Society, the local bombeiros band and Portimão’s carrier pigeon society. Other events included a capoeira battle, a chess and badminton tournament, the results of the Manuel Teixeira Gomes literary competition, a concert featuring a children’s choir and local ballet group, plus much more.
Tomorrow Christmas Ball December 9th, Boavista Resort, Lagos Our sister magazine, which covers Lagos to Aljezur, held it’s second successful Christmas Ball last month. Guests enjoyed a three-course meal, performances by the Western Algarve Choir and band 5EX, and Memory Box Portugal’s brilliant photo pod (some of the hilarious results of which are pictured here!). A massive €2,400 for various
local charities was also raised. We are delighted to reveal that 2017 will see Tomorrow Portimão, Alvor, Ferragudo and Carvoeiro host two similar events - a Summer Ball and a Christmas Ball - here in our local area. We will be announcing more details in an upcoming issue. We hope to see you there!
In memory of Freddie Mercury Productions, the show is a special 25th anniversary edition of their successful God Save The Queen tour, which has been seen by more than half a million people worldwide.
Queen fans: get ready to go Radio Ga Ga, as a tribute to Freddie Mercury is coming to the local area this month. Produced to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Queen frontman’s death, touring show Remember Queen: The Memory Tour will be presented at 9pm on Saturday January 28th at the Centro de Congressos do Arade in Parchal, Lagoa. Staged by Spanish company DGB
Fronted by Freddie look- and sound-a-like Piero Venery (pictured) and backed by a live band, the show features two hours of music including Queen’s biggest hits - such as We Are The Champions, A Kind of Magic and Bohemian Rhapsody - as well as video projections and no less than 15 costume changes. Tickets are priced at €25 per person and are available online from Ticketline. Please note that under threes are not permitted to attend. For more information, check out the production’s Facebook page. www.ticketline.sapo.pt @25thFreddieMercury
Learn to dance like a Brazilian
a workshop on Saturday January 7th in Portimão. Starting at 4pm, the class will involve two hours of coaching and one hour of practice, with beginners and more advanced dancers all welcome.
Sure, you’ve heard of the Brazilian dance samba, but have you heard of forró? Originating from the northeast of the South American country, it is a lesser-know but just as popular style that involves dancing with a partner - usually rather closely! If you’re keen to give it a try, Lisbonbased dance school Forró Feliz is hosting
The workshop will take place at bar Mojito Temple II in Praia da Rocha. The cost is €10 per person or €15 for couples. Why not persuade your friends or partner to give it a go with you? Who knows - you might just discover a new hobby for 2017! For more information or to book your place, contact the team at Forró Feliz. +351 927 924 763 email@example.com @forrofelizlisboa
Take a seafood river walk Experience the Alvor estuary in a completely new way this month with the Rota do Marisco guided walk. Set to be completed on foot and by boat over half a day, the leisurely 2km route takes in the Ria de Alvor. Navigating dunes, marshes and agricultural lands, participants will observe a vast biodiversity in flora and fauna, with special attention paid to the wading birds. You will be able to watch fishermen harvesting shellfish and at the end of the route the group will visit a nearby oyster nursery to enjoy some oysters and wine. Starting at 9am on Saturday January 28th from Alvor riverside, the walk will be lead by guide Michael Guerreiro who speaks good English. In terms of difficulty it is classed as very easy and the minimum age is seven years old. It is advisable to take a 1.5L bottle of water, snacks, weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, a hat and sunscreen. The cost is €30 per person or €15 for children up to 12 years old. The price includes transfers to the nursery and back to the starting point, a boat ride on the Alvor river, insurance and the tasting session. Places are limited, so anyone interested in taking part should contact organising company Quimera Experience by email or telephone before 4pm on January 27th, although the earlier the better. firstname.lastname@example.org +351 969 467 275
Another chance to see The Nutcracker
Featuring the famous score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet is set on Christmas Eve. Clara and her family gather to open presents, including a nutcracker puppet. Clara falls asleep and dreams that her dolls come alive and the Nutcracker becomes a handsome
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prince. Their friendship is soon threatened by the angry Mouse King, but all ends well with sweets from the Sugar Plum Fairy. The company will be performing at Teatro Municipal de Portimão on Saturday January 21st. The 90-minute show starts at 4pm, with tickets priced at €10 for adults and €5 for children. www.id3ias.com/sites/cda www.teatromunicipaldeportimao.pt
Forró picture credit: Natalia Bezerra
If you didn’t make it to Teatro das Figuras in Faro to see the Algarve Dance Company’s performance of The Nutcracker in December, never fear - there’s another chance to catch the classic ballet this month.
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Portimão Monthly gypsy/flea market | 'Fairs and Exhibition Park' in Portimão | 1st Monday and 3rd Sunday Lagoa Monthly gypsy market | In front of Fatacil in Lagoa | 4th Sunday Monthly market | In front of Fatacil in Lagoa | 2nd Sunday Monthly market in Estômbar | Fairs and Exhibitions Park | Last Saturday Monthly market in Ferragudo | 2nd Sunday Monchique Monthly gypsy/flea market | 'Largo dos Chorões' Square | 4th Sunday Monthly market | In the market square 'Largo do Mercado' | 2nd Friday
Fitball with João | Mon & Thurs 9.15am - 10am | €8.50 Taekwondo with Miguel | Mon & Fri 7pm - 8pm | €45p/m (child) €60 p/m (adult) Yoga with Jane | Tues 11am - 12pm | €8.50 Power Pump with Julie | Tues 6.30pm - 7.30pm | €8.50 Body Shape with Jaqueline | Wed 10am - 11am | €8.50 Power Hour with Julie | Thurs 10am - 11am | €8.50 Qi Gong with Gabriele | Thurs 11am - 12pm | €8.50 Carvoeiro Clube, Urb. Monte Carvoeiro | +351 282 350 800 A Taste of Yoga | Mon 10am, Vale d’Oliveiras | Tue 4.30pm, Rocha Brava Yin Yoga | Tue 8.45am, Serenity Hatha Yoga | Tues 4.30pm, Vale d'Oliveiras | Thurs 8.45am, Serenity Gentle Yoga | Fri 11am, Vale d’Oliveiras | Sat 11am, Rocha Brava www.ishani-yoga.com
Monthly gypsy/flea market | Next to the Silves Cemetery | 3rd Monday Lagos Weekly Saturday farmers’ market | Next to the bus station | 9am-1pm Monthly gypsy market | Municipal Stadium | 1st Saturday Cultural Centre | Rua da Mata | 4th Sunday of every month
Latin American and Ballroom Dancing | Nobel International School Every Thursday, 6pm beginners, 7pm improvers/intermediate | €5 +351 961 916 821 email@example.com
Alvor Latin American and Ballroom Dancing | Alvor Community Centre Every Tuesday, 10am beginners, 11am improvers/intermediate | €5 +351 961 916 821 firstname.lastname@example.org
Portimão Yoga | 8am - 9.30am Mon & Wed Pilates | 1pm - 2pm Wed & Fri | 5.30pm - 6.30pm Tue & Thu Yoga | 6pm - 7.15pm Mon Meditation | 8pm - 9pm Fri - By appointment €25 p.m | Villa Prana, Portimão | email@example.com | +351 282 484 256
Aerobics Fitness | Monday 9.30am Total Toning | Wednesday 9.30am Body Conditioning | Thursday 10.30am Alvor Community Centre
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Health Reflections on reflexology By Steven Sutton
It’s fair to say that following the Tomorrow Lagos Christmas Ball at Boavista Resort on December 9th, at which more than 120 people enjoyed a three-course meal, live music from 5ex and a festive tipple or three, many people woke with that ‘fuzzy’ feeling you get following a good night out. I can vouch that there were some sore heads and tired legs the next morning! That is exactly why I booked some well-
deserved pampering in the form of a reflexology session at Beauty Angels in Ferragudo for the morning after the night before. What better way to recharge my batteries for the festive season? If you have never tried or even heard of reflexology, the dictionary definition is “a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands
and head linked to every part of the body.” My definition is PURE HEAVEN. Lying there having my feet massaged after an all-night dance-a-thon whilst listening to soft music with the the aroma of beautiful essential oils filling the air was incredibly calming and relaxing. I felt the stress of the previous few days (I was chief Christmas Ball organiser) disappear as my therapist soothed away all the aches and tension in my feet and lower legs. As a happy Christmas bonus, it was nice to be told that I am in good health and there are no obvious problems with my body - something a reflexology therapist can gauge just from your feet! Before leaving I spoke to Andrea Green, the salon’s owner. The conversation turned to weight loss and I revealed how I have lost some weight over the past year, but am struggling to shift those last few pounds (like practically everyone else I know who lives here in the Algarve, I find it all too easy to overdo it at our great local restaurants and bars!). Andrea suggested that I try the salon’s ‘Body Sculpting and Fat Reduction’ package. I’m never one to shy away from giving something a try, so I agreed to start this new regime in January - I shall let you know how I get on in an upcoming edition of Tomorrow! www.beautyangels.pt @beauty.angels.algarve
Homemade remedies to beat the winter bug By Lesley Wall When the lurgy strikes this winter, rather than buying over-the-counter cold and flu treatments, why not make your own? Harnessing the power of nature, the remedies below are not only all natural, but you’ll have the added benefit of knowing exactly what ingredients are in them. Homemade vapour rub Ingredients 4 tbsp coconut butter 4 tbsp Shea butter 20 drops eucalyptus oil 15 drops peppermint oil 15 drops lavender oil 10 drops lemon oil 5 drops tea tree oil Between them, these essential oils pack a health-boosting punch with antiviral, decongestant, mucous-clearing, feverreducing and relaxing properties.
To make the rub, whip the coconut butter and Shea butter together using a hand mixer. Add all the essential oils and continue to mix together until a smooth mixture forms. Using a spatula, scoop the mixture up and place in a clean jar with a secure lid. Be sure to label the jar and store it in a cool, dark place - it should last a couple of months. To use the rub, apply a small amount to the chest during a cold. It can also be rubbed into the back or onto the soles of the feet at night (put some socks on after applying). Homemade lemon sip Ingredients 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tbsp honey (ideally from a local supplier) 2 tbsp hot water
all these ingredients together and drink. The lemon juice will boost your immune system and fight infections. It’s also an excellent source of Vitamin C, and helps to cut through mucous. Honey is another fantastic immune system booster that will help ease coughs. It is also antibacterial and an antioxidant. You could also add in some pineapple juice to help ease a cough. Fresh pineapple juice is five times more effective than cough syrup because pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme with superb anti-inflammatory properties that fights infection as well as killing bacteria. Lesley is an ITEC-qualified aromatherapist and the owner of Beautylicous Me in Alvor. firstname.lastname@example.org
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An easy resolution for a healthier New Year By Andrea Schoonheim How many resolutions have you made for the New Year? And do you usually stick with them, or are they forgotten within a week? Whatever the number and your previous success rate, I’ve got an easy one for you that will reap many benefits. It takes about five minutes per day and the only thing you have to do is breathe. Conscious breathing can have an enormously positive impact on your life. The better you breathe, the more oxygen and energy you take in. Of the many breathing exercises you can do, I will outline here the one that is most widely done in yoga classes; alternate nostril breathing. It is a very simple yet effective exercise that will not only give you more energy but, when done regularly, also improve your balance and concentration. It can also relieve stress, regulate your blood pressure and improve patience and creativity. To start, sit in a comfortable position. Whether you sit cross legged on the
floor, in diamond pose (see my article in November’s issue of Tomorrow for how to do this - visit www.tomorrowalgarve.com/ publications to catch up) or on a chair, make sure your back is erect and don’t lean against a wall or a back rest. If sitting on a chair, place both feet flat on the floor. Close your eyes, soften your shoulders and relax your face, letting go of all expression. Breathe deeply in and out for a few moments. Now you’re ready to begin. Place your right thumb on your right nostril, gently closing this half of your nose, and breathe out. Now breathe slowly in through your left nostril and then hold your breath while closing that nostril gently with your right ring finger. Then lift your thumb and slowly breathe out through the right side. Stay on this side for breathing in. Close the nose with thumb and finger and hold the breath, then lift the ring finger and breathe out through the left side. Continue to breathe like this; in through the left, hold the breath, out through the right, and vice versa.
To start with let the duration of inhalations and exhalations happen naturally - all that’s important is that the exhalation is at least as long as the inhalation. If you feel better when you count the durations, start with 4-8-8; breathe in for four counts, hold for eight and breathe out for eight. Later you can switch to the recommended combination of 4-16-8. Try doing alternate nostril breathing for five minutes every day in January to see how you benefit from it. It’s an easy resolution that will hopefully have a positive impact. I wish you a happy, healthy New Year. Andrea is a qualified yoga teacher who leads classes in Carvoeiro and Lagoa. firstname.lastname@example.org www.yogalagoa.com www.yogacarvoeiro.com +351 911 510 641
A healthy New Year offer at Vale d’Oliveiras exercise equipment mean that the freshly refurbished health club is already the activity centre of choice for many people in the local community.
Taking care of your physical wellbeing is an essential factor in prolonging life and enjoying it more. Exercise is recommended by all medical professionals and even a gentle workout routine decreases the risk of serious medical disorders. The Health Club at Vale d’Oliveiras is the place to nurture body and soul. Situated between Carvoeiro and Ferragudo on a sunny plateau and with the Monchique mountain range as its backdrop, the resort’s panoramic views of its stunning natural surroundings and calm interiors radiate tranquillity. A wide range of daily indoor and outdoor leisure activities coupled with the latest
In addition to the fully equipped fitness area which boasts Technogym machines, there are jacuzzi and sauna facilities and a stunning indoor heated pool with uninterrupted views across the leafy surroundings. You start your journey with a free consultation and fitness assessment with one of the club’s highly qualified and multilingual trainers, who will recommend a programme of activities to match your objectives and expectations.
personal training, which can address medical concerns such as cardiac problems, diabetes, obesity and various other conditions. Performance personal training is also available for anyone wishing to improve their abilities in golf, tennis and other sports. To enjoy all this, take advantage of the special New Year deal Vale d’Oliveiras is offering. A 30-visit access pass currently costs just €160 and includes a free first evaluation session. Best of all, it does not expire after one month, but can be used over a full six month period. For a little post-workout indulgence, pass holders also enjoy a 10% discount in the restaurant and bar, as well as on spa treatments.
You can select classes which give pleasure as well as health benefits, such as yoga, water aerobics, Pilates and more. Many of these are included free during your visit, as are complimentary towels and lockers. Classes are available in Portuguese, English and French.
Please note that the offer is valid until January 31st 2017, is for new participants only and may not be combined with other offers.
The club’s expertise extends to clinical
So why not treat yourself or a loved one to a healthier new year?
A puppy for Christmas By Lars Rahmquist, BVSc been undertaking a pilot study using her own dogs as ‘councillors’ with patients, and incredible breakthroughs happened almost immediately. When her Asperger’s and autistic patients started opening up to the dogs about their feelings and aspirations, Malin couldn’t hold back the tears, and now she is giving talks about the approach to other care workers throughout the country. As they say, a dog is for life… But isn’t it bloody cute to have a puppy at Christmas!? Late last year my partner and I were lucky enough to foster a playful little fluff-ball for a few months - and it turns out she LOVED Christmas. Well, who doesn’t? Little Piffy was found dumped in the car park at Intermaché in Lagos along with her brother. They were about three weeks old. Unfortunately the little fella had terrible nerve and bone damage to the back legs and we had to let him go. Feeling for young Pif, I took her home from the clinic to our house. My sister, Malin, works with mentally handicapped people in Sweden. She has
So we are raising little Pif (Malin chose the name, an acronym for ‘pay it forward’) to eventually go over to Stockholm and help spread the love with our special cousins in Sweden. Once she is six months old, I will spay her and get her ready for her new adventure. Living with Malin and her daughter will of course mean that the ‘not allowed on the bed or the sofa’ training will go right out the window... In fostering Pif, we’ve had the joys of a naughty little pup running amok and nipping at the other dogs. I’ve gotta say, a puppy in the house is very cute and there's a new energy that seems infectious to us all.
If you got or gave a puppy for Christmas, now is the time to speak to a good vet about not only disease prevention, but also socialising and nutrition at this important age. There is always scope for using your dogs as therapy dogs. Speak to the staff at your local hospital, elderly respite facility or special needs school; you may have a four-legged friend that could bring some love into the lives of others, as well as yourselves. It is a special feeling indeed. A final note on the topic: the various dog kennels in the area are always full. Sometimes they bring us a dog that needs an operation. When dogs are convalescing from surgery they often need rest and TLC. If you think you can foster a dog for a period of time, get in touch with your local vet clinic. It may be you can give some much-needed love to a post-op doggie in your area. Happy 2017 everybody - let's share the love! www.lagosvet.com
CPR: an overview
By John Clifford Cardiac arrest is a medical emergency where Call for help the heart stops beating. It is usually caused If you are by yourself call 112 to alert by an electrical problem with the heart, the emergency services, or if there is which causes it to stop pumping blood and someone nearby then instruct them to results in loss of consciousness. Swift action call 112. and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is vital - but would you know the immediate Start CPR steps to follow if you discovered someone Having checked the scene is safe, who had suffered a cardiac arrest? Here’s an established that the casualty is not overview… breathing and called 112, you should begin cardio pulmonary resuscitation - that is Check the scene for safety doing chest compressions, which will Approach the patient with care and force the blood to flow out of the heart. ensure you are not putting yourself in danger. To do this: Check the patient - Shake the patient and shout, “hello, can you hear me?” - Check if the patient is breathing by tilting the head back to open the airway - Put the side of your face close to the patient’s mouth to listen and feel if the patient is breathing while observing to see if the chest is rising and falling - All of this should take a maximum of 10 seconds
- Make sure that the patient is lying flat on their back and on a firm surface (not a bed, for example) to ensure you are providing effective chest compressions
and interlock your fingers - Start to press down about five centimetres - Keep your arms straight and your shoulders over the patient’s chest - Make sure you allow the chest to recoil after each compression - You need to press down 100-120 times per minute - If someone else is available, let them take over giving chest compressions every two minutes - Keep giving compressions as long as you are able or until the emergency services arrive and take over, or the casualty starts breathing themselves.
- Open or remove any heavy clothing such as coats or jackets with zips
Note that infant CPR is different.
- Kneel at the patient’s side, trace a line between the two nipples and place the heel of one hand in the centre, over the breast bone.
A Cardiac First Response course is planned for March/April this year here in the Algarve. If you are interested in attending please get in touch.
- Place the other hand over your first hand
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Make 2017 your fittest year yet Determined to make this the year you achieve your fitness goals? We asked João Teodoro, personal trainer at Carvoeiro Clube de Ténis and a former professional athlete, for his top tips to help you get there… Define your goal Start with a clear vision of what you are looking to achieve. In the gym, I see a broad spectrum of people: some want to lose weight, others want to build muscle, and then there are older people who have back, hip or some kind of injury problems. Your goal should shape the fitness programme you embark on - a trainer can advise on this.
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Start a programme that is right for YOU There’s no ‘one size fits all’ workout programme - each individual needs a different approach, with factors including sex, age and body type taken into consideration. Only then can you create an appropriate plan to help you reach your goals. Again, a trainer can help with this. Don’t expect quick fixes Reaching your physique goals and improving your condition is a process, and you have to train with a certain frequency and over a certain length of time to achieve change. Be patient and, if you follow your programme, you will get there. Switch things up regularly Your body adapts to repeated action, so you soon reach a plateau - a barrier to change. You should work with a particular programme for at least two weeks, but then my advice is to switch it up - don't just stick with the same old routine.
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Buddy up Working out with a friend or your partner is a great idea - you can give each other encouragement, and it’s also less daunting trying new things with someone else. Trust in your trainer My clients have often read something in a book or online that said they should be doing X, Y or Z. But that article didn’t consider their specific needs and goals. It’s difficult to filter the good advice from the bad, so I always recommend consulting a professional. Make a lifestyle change Working out regularly won't make up for an otherwise sedentary lifestyle, so try to incorporate more action - be it taking the stairs or doing the housework - into your everyday life. Working out is only part of the story Nutrition is so important and I always advise a balanced diet, again based on individual needs. You need protein to build muscles, carbs to fuel your workout, and good fats to boost testosterone levels in order to lose fat or gain muscle, and for overall health. Think outside the gym It’s important to find an activity you love. I often have clients complain that they’re fed up of the gym. If that’s the case, try some fitness classes or a sport such as football, basketball, tennis or netball - just don’t stop. www.tenniscarvoeiro.com
Business Ferragudo resort given new lease of life
their property. They see our name as one they can trust.” Not content to stop there, a new partnership with Vale a Pena Apartments in Mato Serrão has just been signed, allowing Carvoeiro Clube Group to market and manage the rentals for the recently opened resort. Speaking of the deal, Patricia said: “This is a perfect partnership for us. Vale a Pena is such a great product and is on the doorstep of two of our resorts, allowing us to utilise our resources more effectively. Our strong partnership with travel agents and tour operators will put Vale a Pena on the tourism map.” The group currently manages eight resorts, a sports club and a real estate agency.
The largest property management company in Carvoeiro does not stop growing. Carvoeiro Clube Group’s recent takeover of central facilities at Vila Gaivota Resort has given the Ferragudo complex a new lease of life. The once abandoned pool and reception areas have been repaired and renovated by the group, a move that has already had a substantial effect on the rental potential and value of property within the resort.
With over 30 years’ experience in property management, Carvoeiro Clube Group saw the potential in Vila Gaivota and assured the owners that mistakes made by previous companies would not be repeated. The group’s CEO, Patricia Bürer, said: “Now that the resort has status again, we are frequently contacted by owners within the complex requesting that we manage
Read our review of Vila Gaivota’s new onsite restaurant, Saluki, in our September 2016 issue at: www.tomorrowalgarve.com/publications. www.carvoeirovillas.com Carvoeiro Clube Group
Four reasons to use a foreign exchange company By GCEN The low value of the pound is headline news in the UK currently. If you are selling a property in Portugal and moving funds back to the UK or involved in exporting products from the UK, then it is good news. But if you are buying a property or living here, then it is not such good news. Whether the exchange rates are good or bad for you, it is important to make sure you are using the best possible method of transferring your money. One option is to use a foreign exchange company, such as the team here a GCEN. If you have not considered this before then you may be wondering why you would do this rather than using your bank. There are four main reasons: 1. Save money We give better exchange rates than you get from your UK high street bank. As an example, at the time of writing this article a
UK high street bank was offering GBP/EUR at 1.10, whilst we have seen interbank highs of 1.145. 2. Currency specialists As currency specialists, we can give expert advice on movements in the currency markets. And while we cannot tell you when to transfer, we can help you decide when the best time to buy your currency is. 3. Services you cannot get from your bank Here at GCEN we can set limit orders, so if you have a specific exchange rate in mind we can monitor the rate and buy the currency when it gets to the level you have requested. We can also forward buy, which is similar to ‘buy now, pay later’. 4. Dedicated account managers We are hearing more and more about the impersonal service clients receive from the banking industry. In contrast, with GCEN
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you have one contact who gets to know you and your requirements, so they are best placed to help you. If you are looking at foreign exchange companies then you do need to check that they are Financial Conduct Authority regulated and authorised; you can do this on the FCA website. GCEN are regulated and authorised by the FCA for money remittance. Furthermore, your funds are held in a safeguarding account and are not an asset of GCEN, giving you complete security. If you would like to find out more about GCEN and how we can help you or your business transfer money, call or email the team today. +351 282 768 136 +44 (0) 1622 815 201 firstname.lastname@example.org
Apps of the month By Steven Dunwell This month, our local IT expert recommends an app to help you feel good about not only losing that extra Christmas weight, but also by helping some charities along the way. And if that sounds like far too much effort, try an app that helps you get a good night’s sleep! Charity Miles Supports: Android 4.0 and higher, Apple iOS 9.0 and higher Application language: English Earn money for charities every time you run, walk or bicycle by using the free Charity Miles app. Corporate sponsors
agree to donate a small amount for every mile you complete. Browse the app's list of charities, find the one that you support, and then hit the road. So far Charity Miles members have earned over US$ 2 million for more than 40 charities! White Noise Supports: Android 4.0 and higher, Apple iOS 7.0 and higher Application language: English Did you know that when you’re asleep, your brain is constantly listening for sounds? White Noise generates sounds over a wide range of frequencies, which
can mask external noise to help you fall and stay asleep. The app has over 40 sounds included with more to download at an extra cost. An advanced alarm and timer system slowly fades audio in and out so you awake naturally. Sounds include airplane, Amazon jungle, warm breeze, thunderstorm, ticking clock, rain on car roof, ocean waves, light rain falling, clothes dryer, and many more. If you have any questions or require assistance with any IT challenges, Steven is very happy help - just get in touch. email@example.com +351 936 387 512
Carvoeiro’s original café celebrates 20 years café - the first of its kind to be established in the town - has gone on to become a firm favourite on the Carvoeiro scene. Many years on and the café - which is especially known for it’s great breakfasts - is now a family business, with Elsa and José’s eldest son and daughter, Inês and Egas, helping out in the summer months. The owners of Café Fino in Carvoeiro are celebrating 20 years in business. Having first rented their airy corner plot on Estrada do Farol in 1996, Elsa do Carmo Freire Prata and her husband José João Boto Lopes Rocha eventually bought the property the following year, and since then the cute
Elsa was born in Lagoa and has lived in Carvoeiro all her life. As such, she has seen the town change dramatically over the years. “Back when Café Fino first opened, Carvoeiro was more typical,” she told Tomorrow. “The beach was smaller and there weren’t as many bars and restaurants. In fact, our
business was the first of its kind in the town.” With 20 successful years under her belt, Elsa shared what she felt were the secrets of Café Fino’s ongoing success. “We try to make everyone feel at home. Clients can expect good service and quality from the team here,” she said. The café is open daily from 8am until 10pm, with hours extending to midnight in high season. So why not pop in and congratulate Elsa and her family on a fantastic achievement - they will be most happy to welcome you! +351 926 613 011 / 282 081 315 @cafefinocoffeeshop
Multirental launches wheelchair-accessible minivans A pioneering new car service for disabled users is underway in the western Algarve. Car hire company Multirental now has wheelchair-friendly minivans available to rent with or without driver, and has also launched a wheelchair-friendly airport transfer service. Both are a first in the western Algarve. The minivans (a Volkwagen Caddy, Fiat Dobló and Peugeot Partner) feature an electric rear-entry ramp, winch
and restraints, and have space for one wheelchair of standard reference size along with five additional passengers including the driver. They are also equipped with GPS, Bluetooth and automatic transmission. Pedro Ramos, CEO of Multirental, said: “We have had such a positive response from our disabled customers. Mobility transport is absolutely crucial for many people.” General Manager Beatriz Ramos added: “I am proud to be involved with the first local
car rental company providing this service. It is a much-needed option for disabled people planning their travel or holidays across the western Algarve.” Since opening on the Algarve in 1993, the company has continued to improve its services with a wide range of vehicles, including campervans. www.multi-services.com +351 913 002 001 / 282 762 186 firstname.lastname@example.org
Food & Drink Recipe: smoked salmon burgers By Chris Winstanley
2. Add the remaining burger patty ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine. 3. Form six equal-size patties of about 2cm thick in a burger press, or else use your hands to press and shape. Cover and put in the fridge for a minimum of one hour to allow the delicate patties to firm up. 4. Turn your grill on to a medium heat or heat up the griddle on your BBQ for 10 minutes. Use this time to mix the cream cheese with the spring onions until well blended, then pop the mixture in the fridge until you are ready to grill the burgers.
At Christmas I was given a new toy for my kitchen: a burger press. Ever since I have been trying new burger recipes, and this one provides a light, fishy twist after all that meat-heavy festive food. What’s more, this muffin of loveliness is so easy to make. Ingredients - For the burgers: 700g fresh salmon fillet, preferably skinless 250g smoked salmon, finely chopped ½ cup fine breadcrumbs 3 tbsp finely chopped onions 3 tbsp minced chives 1 tbsp minced garlic 1 tsp salt
Fresh ground pepper
5. Brush each burger with olive oil prior to cooking. Place on the griddle or grill for six to eight minutes, turning them once in the process. About a minute before serving, place the muffins or rolls cut-side down over the direct heat.
- To accompany your burgers: 100g cream cheese 3 spring onions, finely chopped 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 6 muffins or soft rolls 1 tbsp butter 6 large fresh eggs Handful of rocket
6. In a non-stick frying pan, melt the butter and fry the eggs to your desired level.
Method 1. Pulse the salmon fillet in a food processor eight to 10 times so it is roughly chopped but not a smooth paté consistency. Transfer to a bowl.
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7. Spread both sides of the muffins or rolls with the spring onion cream cheese. Top one side with the burger, the egg and a small amount of rocket, and season with black pepper.
New business offers tasty local tours
Recipes, passed down through generations, ensure the continuation of a culture in the face of all things mainstream. It is over a meal that we can truly get to know the people who live in a country; only by eating at a hole-in-the-wall off the beaten track, learning to cook traditional food or simply joining a local for a meal at their home can you experience the true flavours of a culture.
"The Algarve is so rich in flavours that go well beyond grilled fish or chicken piri piri, and most people are not aware of this,” says co-founder Maria Nobre de Carvalho. “This is mostly because the true traditional dishes - the ones we eat at our grandmother's house - are hard to find in restaurants. Hard, but not impossible! And that it why we are here.” The company offers Classic Food Tours, Cheese and Wine Tastings, Market Tours and even an ‘Eat With the Locals’ experience in locations including Portimão, Lagos, Monchique and Sagres. Corporate events such as team building activities can be catered for, and customised tours are
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also available to experience a more specific side of Portuguese cuisine. In line with the Algarve Tourism Board’s goal to fight seasonality in the region, Maria says: "We also wanted to help fight the idea that businesses can only work in the summer; eating is something you can (and should) do all year round.” The company launched last October and is already generating a lot of interest from hotel chains and local companies. For more information contact the team or check out Food Tours Algarve online. firstname.lastname@example.org www.foodtoursalgarve.com @foodtoursalgarve
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This is why Food Tours Algarve was born.
With so much time here spent outdoors, the difference that houseplants can make to the look and feel of your home is often overlooked. But a splash of green, some variegated foliage or brilliant exotic planters can do wonders in rooms painted in ultrasafe neutrals. Carefully placed plants such as orchids in beautifully coloured pots can transform a room, and also soften the transition from outside to inside. Plus, unlike bold colour schemes that may go out of fashion or not work in practice, plants are versatile and can be moved around to ring the changes. Winter is a good time for choosing houseplants and trying out different positions. Use a veranda or other sheltered area for overwintering marginal plants and as summer quarters for indoor exotics and shade-loving plants. But beware; even after one of the warmest autumns on record, winter temperatures can easily fall as low as -5°C. We live in what is classified as a Mediterranean climate where winter temperatures in frost pockets regularly scorch outdoor plants such as Hibiscus, Lantana, Agave attenuata, Dracaena draco and Crassula. Plants like Tetrapanax (rice paper plant), Chrysalidocarpus lutescens (Butterfly palm), Howea Forsteriana (Kentia or ‘parlour’ palm) and that old houseplant favourite Ficus benjamina (weeping fig) all grow happily outside during summer, provided they get some shade and wind shelter during the
day, but in frost-prone areas definitely benefit from overhead shelter or even being moved indoors during the winter months. They are all relatively unfazed by winter living room conditions yet quickly adapt to outdoor living in spring. Some plants like Beaucarnea recurvata (ponytail palm) seem to put up with everything indoors and out, whether it be irregular watering, cold, heat or just plain neglect, yet still look fabulous. Schefflera is another plant with a cast-iron constitution. For sheer impact indoors, Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens (variously known as areca, golden cane, bamboo or butterfly palm) wins hands down. Its beautiful soft, mid-green foliage emerges from yellow bamboo-like stems forming graceful arcs. Originating from Madagascar, it naturally grows in huge clumps but is kept in check when potted and pruned once or twice a year. Keep it in top condition with regular water, fertiliser (particularly potassium) and good drainage. It can be grown outside but cold cuts it back severely, as do wind and coastal conditions. Some houseplants commonly grown in northern Europe will perform here way beyond anything you have experienced before. A good example is Schefflera arboricola (gold capella), which can either grow into a rangy pot plant with a few groups of finger-like variegated leaves, or be made into something really special. The secret is to keep cutting it back to
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Some plants appear forever housebound yet benefit from being moved under a veranda from early summer. Top of the list is the beautiful Dracaena reflexa (Song of India), which forms a shrub-like tree up to two metres high with narrow pointed leaves that have dark centres and creamy white edges. Able to survive on a moderate to low watering regime, if you are looking for an architectural stunner to brighten up a darkish corner then this is the one to choose. Dracaena marginata is another outstanding indoor/outdoor plant and comes in bi- or tri-colour varieties. But expose any of these fancy Dracaenas to full sun, cold wind or waterlogged conditions and their foliage quickly turns brown and falls off, although shortening bare and leggy stems usually renews them. Tropical jungle-type plants such as the Aroid family, which includes the universally known Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera Deliciosa) and other commonly grown varieties such as Philodendron, Dieffenbachia, Spathiphyllum and Alocasia also prefer shade and warmth all year, and thus make ideal houseplants. Some large, leafy houseplants can gradually be introduced to shady outdoor exposure provided they are associated with similar plants to create a microclimate. Song of India
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Indoor-to-outdoor gardening By Clive Goodacre
encourage lots of single stems with bushy tops while regularly watering to a low level, but never completely drying out. Eventually it will form a broad, golden and greenleafed shrub for indoor or selected outdoor locations.
Herb and plant healers By Justin Wride
It’s the time of year when we have quite possibly over consumed in more ways than one and our poor bodies and minds are feeling a little under the weather. With a bit of luck you might have something growing in your garden that can help. The flowers and foliage of many everyday garden plants have remarkable healing credentials, and can provide welcome alternatives to conventional medicines. Many herbs and plants have the specific term officinalis in their Latin title, dating back to Medieval times and literally meaning ‘of or belonging to an officina', which in those times referred to the healing remedies held in a monastic store room and used by monk physicians. We all know that most prescription medicines we consume these days are based on plant origins, so it’s worth taking the time to learn more about our local flora and their various uses. Let’s begin with a plant that is found in abundance here - sweet garden marjoram, a form of oregano that is often seen growing wild in the countryside, pine woodlands and on rocky outcrops. It is heavily used in cooking for its fantastic punchy flavour, but it also has powerful antiseptic and antiviral properties. Coughs, asthma, digestion problems and bacterial viruses can all be relieved from a simple infusion of its leaves in hot water drank as a tea. Next is the marvellously named Silybum marianum or milk thistle, which grows abundantly in southern Europe. I expect most of us would think of this spiky thistle as no more than a troublesome weed, yet it has many health benefits - it is even said to relieve bouts of depression! In addition, and perhaps most significantly at this time of the year, it also offers natural protection for the liver - good to know when you’ve indulged in a few too many festive drinks. It also helps other conditions such as jaundice, cirrhosis and even travel sickness. Finally, we turn to the simple pot marigold or Calendula officinalis there’s that Latin word again, so you know it’s going to be good for you! These hairy-lobed plants flower prolifically in Iberia with bright yellow blooms and look amazing planted in large clumps in the garden. But they’re not just a pretty garden addition - the flowers can be harvested and used as a medicinal herb. Snip off the petals and make them into a herbal tea or add to salads for extra nutrition and colour. Alternatively, the strained tea can be used for treating cuts and grazes, as a mouthwash or even an eyewash, so long as you are careful to remove all foreign bodies. In the garden, calendulas also help to repel insects, so you are getting an organic pest repellent and a medicine all in one. So add some oregano, a silybum thistle and some marigolds to your garden and enjoy a healthy 2017! Justin is the owner of Mediterranean Gardening and Outdoor Living magazine. www.gardeningandoutdoorliving.com
And Finally 10 minutes with… Julia Swallow
By Sophie Sadler
I Spy: Algarvian architecture With distinctive features that set it apart from the rest of the country, traditional Algarvian architecture reflects the combination of history, popular taste and practical necessity in this warm and sunny region. See how many of these typical Algarvian features you can spot… Traditional chimneys Historically, no two chimneys in the Algarve were alike. The decorations depended on the wealth of the owner; the more intricate the job, the more expensive it would be.
1. How did you get into sky-diving? I watched my brother do his first jump when I was 13. I vividly remember the smile on his face when he hit the ground and I wanted that feeling. He bought me a jump for my 16th birthday and I got such a buzz from the experience, I wanted it again and again. Eight thousand jumps later I am still going! 2. What are your skydiving accolades? I first won the British Nationals with a female team in 2006. I then formed a mixed skydive team called Satori. We won bronze at the World Cup in 2012, and have gone on to win the British Nationals every year since 2009, apart from 2014 when I was pregnant. I’m also the female world record holder for the highest number of points in a competition and hold another world record for completing a formation with 121 skydivers. 3. What has been your most memorable jump? I was Halle Berry’s stunt double in Die Another Day. I was dressed up in a wig and fake boobs with a selection of knives in my belt. We acted the scene where Jinx (Berry) and Bond (Pierce Brosnan) jump out of a helicopter behind enemy lines. I had to free-fall past a helicopter that contained all the cameramen in terrible visibility, so it was a challenge!
4. Was it hard to go back to competing after having a baby? Many women say they lose their nerve when they become a parent. I just appeared in a BBC documentary alongside Jessica Ennis called Britain in the Skies about this topic. I was determined to come back to compete after having my daughter, Chloe, and they followed me preparing for the British Nationals. I’m certainly more conscious of safety being a mother. I was in training when I found out I was pregnant the second time; I had no idea until I realised my jumpsuit was starting to get a bit tight! 5. What made you move to the Algarve? I came to train at the skydive centre in Alvor in 2010 and thought it was incredible. Most drop zones are in the middle of nowhere, so to have one in the centre of a tourist location near the ocean is unique. We took over the business in 2014. My sister-in-law Hannah runs it with my husband, James (who is a pilot) and my parents in law. I am not involved day-to-day but I chip in with my ideas. We are now open 365 days a year and last year we did 60,000 jumps, with people coming from all over the world. 6. What do you love most about living in the Algarve? It has to be the weather, doesn’t it? With so many sunny days it means you can jump more and have a better view when you jump! www.skydivealgarve.com firstname.lastname@example.org +351 914 266 832
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Açoteias Introduced by the Arabs, an açoteia is a rooftop terrace. They are common in the Algarve, and many great examples can be seen in the cubist architecture of Olhão. Castles & forts Military architecture in the form of castles and forts - such as the 16th Century Fort of St Catherine of Ribamar at Praia da Rocha in Portimão - are symbols of the Algarve’s defence and conquests. Hipped roofs Unlike Olhão, sharp four-edged roofing is a more common sight in towns such as Tavira and Faro, and demonstrates a strong Oriental influence. Fun fact: the number of pyramids you can see outside matches the number of rooms inside. Tide mills and windmills Fuelled by the forces of nature, tide mills (near rivers) and windmills (in the mountains) were used to ground corn and wheat for bread making. With thanks to the Algarve Tourism Board. www.visitalgarve.pt
Picture credits: Windmill courtesy of TM, Fort of St Catherine of Ribamar courtesy of Francisco Santos
Part of the team behind Skydive Algarve in Alvor, Julia is also a champion skydiver, a two-time world record holder, has been a Bond girl and is due to be a mother for the second time in April. We caught up with the local wonder woman…
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