Summer events in the Algarve

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What’s on Summer in the Algarve 2018
We take a look at just a few of the many great events in the Algarve this summer: from heritage festivals to foodie fetes and sporty celebrations.
Silves’ Medieval Fair
Every year, the city of Silves hosts a Medieval fair in the historic centre. With travelling musicians, jugglers and colourful market stalls that fill the streets this entertaining fair evokes the spirit of everyday life in the Middle Ages. 10-19 August 2018
The MED Festival
The eclectic MED Festival is one of the most exciting events in the region and is held in the historic centre of Loulé. ‘World Music’ concerts, a variety of handicraft stalls, dance and theatre performances, as well as a selection of multicultural gastronomy can all be enjoyed at this vibrant event. 28-30 June 2018
FIESA – International Sand Sculpture Festival
Between March and October, the town of Pêra holds an unexpected surprise — the world’s largest sand sculpture festival (FIESA). Sand artists come from all over the world and mould between them some 45,000 tons of sand. This year’s theme is “places and faces from the arts and entertainment” – film, theatre, TV and more. From March to November.
FATACIL – Handicraft, Tourism, Agriculture, Trade and Industry Fair
Held in Lagoa this entertaining fair is one of the most popular and largest summer events to take place in the Algarve. Live performances by famous Portuguese and international acts, countless stalls displaying traditional crafts and pottery, as well as a rich variety of typical gastronomy are all on offer at this regional fair. 17- 26 August 2018
The Loulé ‘White Night’
On the last Saturday of August, Loulé hosts a goodbye to summer party with a Noite Branca or White Night party. Everyone must wear night for this vibrant, fun event. Listen to chill-out music as you wander through the bustling streets of the city’s historic centre, street entertainment, music and dancing make this a unique night out.
The Shellfish Festival
This festival is held in the Jardim do Pescador Olhanense area in the town of Olhão. One of the most important gastronomic events in the Algarve calendar, the Festival do Marisco, is an opportunity for local fishermen to proudly display their catch on one of the hundreds of stalls that line the fishing port. Clams, succulent oysters, shrimp, crayfish, lobster and crab will give you a delicious taste of the Algarve. Entertainment and regional sweets can also be enjoyed at this fun festival. 9-14 August 2018
The Sardine Festival
This festival offers the chance to enjoy some tasty grilled sardines from the surrounding waters of Portimão. Every year when the festival ends, colourful fireworks illuminate the sky to celebrate the success of this popular event. Second week of August.
Portugal Masters Golf Tournament
Vilamoura welcomes prestigious golf players every year to participate in this fabulous event – one of the leading golf events in Portugal. Taking place at the resort’s stunning Victoria Golf Club, this is an exceptional event that will thrill enthusiastic golf devotees. 20 -23 September 2018
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Best things to do in the Algarve

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The Algarve is in the south of Portugal. It’s a place of beautiful beaches and cultural cities. Sunshine, golden sands, al fresco dining, lively nightlife, friendly atmosphere and plenty to do make this a top holiday destination. And, when you add to the mix that here at Palmer & Parker we’ve got the best villas for rent in the Algarve – you know its going to be a dream holiday.
Here are five things to do in Algarve in 2018 – guaranteed to inspire…
Golden sands as far as the eye can see, the waves of the Atlantic Ocean lapping onto the beach, dramatic cliffs and gorgeous sunsets. The beaches of the Algarve are amongst the most beautiful in the world. None more so that Praia da Marinha. This is real postcard material, an enchanting sight. The eroded limestone forms outcrops, arches and caves and the snorkelling is superb as the sea is particularly clear. Relax on the white sand or enjoy a scenic boat tour of the sea caves along the coast.
Cruises and water tours
Spend half a day or a full day touring the sun-soaked waters off the coast. Take your swimming gear with you and enjoy a dip en route. Depending on which tour you take, you could visit secluded beaches, sample the local brandy, discover the magical caves, relax and simply enjoy the ride. If you’re feeling more energetic then a jet boat tour might be your thing. There are plenty of speed boat tours on offer either privately rented or with a group. Whatever floats your boat!
Historic towns

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There are lots of picturesque old towns where you’ll enjoy a wander along cobbled streets and sitting in shaded squares watching the world go by. A couple not to miss are the old town of Faro, a walled city where orange trees grow and Lagos with its charming shops and churches. Have your camera ready to capture the sights in these lovely historic towns.
Landmark sites
One of our favourite landmarks in the Algarve is the Cabo de São Vicente (the Cape of Saint Vincent) – the most south-westerly extremity in Europe. Until the end of the 14th century, this 60m high jagged cliff was thought to be the end of the known world and even today its an impressive sight with its lighthouse whose light is so bright it can be seen from 60 miles away. It’s around 40km from the town of Lagos and well worth the trip for the stunning views.
Dolphin watching

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Who doesn’t love to watch dolphins frolic in the waves. No one that’s who! We all love to see these joyful and intelligent creatures playing and checking you out. There are several companies operating in the Algarve including They are the only company working in Algarve waters supporting the research and protection of dolphins and other marine life. Highly qualified marine biologists study the dolphins in their natural habitat and act as guides.