Medronho Festival and Traditional Presunto Fair

Tee Times Algarve Holidays - Medronho Festival and Traditional Presunto Fair - Monchique, Algarve - Portugal - 25th to 27th July

Tee Times Algarve Holidays – Medronho Festival and Traditional Presunto Fair – Monchique, Algarve – Portugal – 25th to 27th July

Tee Times Algarve Holidays – Medronho Festival and Traditional Presunto Fair –  Monchique, Algarve – Portugal – 25th to 27th July from 4pm each evening.

It was time to head to the beautiful Algarvean hills, to join in with 3 evenings of festivities in Monchique.

This festival celebrated the locally distilled drink of Medronho brandy, made from the red berry-fruit of the Arbutus unedo tree (‘Strawberry’ tree). Along with the locally produced presunto (ham), which is a traditional Algarvean cured ham. The people of Monchique are understandably very proud of both these traditional artisan products of the Algarve. Live Music and local entertainment was also provided.

Monchique, well worth a visit in its own right, is on the north-west of the Algarve and at about 2952 feet (900 metres) above sea level in the Serra de Monchique has spectacular views of the Algarve coastline.
This small market town is fondly referred to as the Garden of the Algarve.

The local climate of Monchique is humid and subtropical, enables rich and lush growth of shrubs and trees. Including the exotic and rare Carvalho de Monchique, a Oak tree that is said to only grow in these hills.

The Algarve has a spectacular selection of holiday accommodation. However, with such a fine choice of accommodation, making a decision of which to book can be difficult. Tee Times Travel Agency highly recommends Villa Termal Das Caldas de Monchique Spa ResortCS Morgado Golf HotelPenina Hotel Golf & ResortPestana Alvor Praia and more.

Quite close to Monchique is a small Spa town, called Caldas de Monchique. People have been visiting this town, since the time of the Romans, for its famous waters. The water, which is said to have healing properties, emerges from springs’ at 32ºC.

For golfers wishing to experience some of the exciting courses along the Algarve, Tee Times Golf Agency recommends Gramacho, Morgado, Palmares, Peninas’s, Vale da Pinta, Vale do Milho Par 3 and many more.

By Richard FM Conlon

27th Confectionary Fair and Competition Lagos

Tee Times Algarve Holidays - 27th Annual Confectionery & Competition Fair - Lagos, Algarve - Portugal

Tee Times Algarve Holidays – 27th Annual Confectionery & Competition Fair – Lagos, Algarve – Portugal

Tee Times Algarve Holidays – 27th Confectionary Fair and Competition Lagos Sports complex, Lagos, Algarve – Portugal. 25th to 27th July ’14 – from 6pm until midnight. 


For those holidaying in the Algarve, The 27th “Sweet Art” (Arte Doce) Confectionery Fair and Competition was a great opportunity to admire and taste the many fine examples of Portuguese regional sweets on display. There was also demonstrations of the skills and craftsmanship involved in the creation of these delicious delicacies. Musical entertainment was also provided.

Lagos, which translates literally as ‘lakes’ from the Latin lacobrica, is on the western Algarve. This is an ancient maritime town, with more than 2000 years of history, which was central to the Portuguese Age of Discovery, from the 15th century.

Tee Times Algarve Holidays - Beach and Cliffs Scenery - Lagos, Algarve - Portugal

Tee Times Algarve Holidays – Beach and Cliffs Scenery – Lagos, Algarve – Portugal

The ‘Old Town’ has cobbled lanes, delightful Portuguese architecture and many shops to explore. Along with cafés that offer fine coffee, and restaurants that offer fish fresh from the sea. The modern side of the town can be enjoyed in the Lagos Marina, across a footbridge over the Bensafrim river, with a number of restaurants and bars, along many boats to admire.

For those considering booking holiday accommodation on the western Algarve, Tee Times Algarve Holidays recommends Yellow Lagos Meia Praia, Tivoli Lagos, Hotel Luz Bay, Vila Gale LagosMarina Club Lagos Resort and more.

There are several absolutely beautiful beaches, easily accessible from the centre of town. Meia Praia, the most well known of the beaches, is about 4 km long which, with lovely clean sand, is as delightful to stroll along as it is to relax on. There is also the Dona Ana beach, which is admired for its magical turquoise-like water and rock formations. This beach, with a spectacular cliff-face towering over it, is sheltered from the sea breeze.

For golfers wanting to play on the western Algarve, Tee Times Golf Agency recommends Alamos, AltoBoavistaGramachoEspichePalmaresParque Floresta – St.Antonio and many more golf courses.

By Richard FM Conlon

Jazz in the Garden & International Beer Festival

Tee Times Algarve Holidays - Jazz in the Garden - Vila Real de Santo António, Algarve - Portugal - 20th-27th July 2014

Tee Times Algarve Holidays – Jazz in the Garden – Vila Real de Santo António, Algarve – Portugal – 20th-27th July 2014

Tee Times Algarve Holidays – Jazz in the Garden – 20th-27th July ’14 & International Beer Festival – 24th-3rd August ’14 – Vila Real de Santo António, Algarve, Portugal.

Vila Real de Santo António, known locally as simply Vila Real, recently held two fantastic events. Just perfect for enjoying stunning views on relaxing summer evenings, as the sun goes down over the Algarve, in Portugal.

The first, started on the 20th of July, was Jazz in the Garden. This musical event was placed on the waterfront, by the Marina, every evening from 6pm until 10 pm for a week.

The second, started on the 24th of July, was the International Beer Festival. With craft-beers being served, every evening from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. also for a week, on the waterfront avenue in front of the Capitania building.

Tee Times Algarve Holidays - International Beer Festival - Vila Real de Santo António, Algarve - Portugal - 24th July – 3rd August 2014

Tee Times Algarve Holidays – International Beer Festival – Vila Real de Santo António, Algarve – Portugal – 24th July – 3rd August 2014

Vila Real de Santo Antonio is on the far eastern Algarve, bordering Spain. This town, sitting on the river Guadiana, displays many classic Portuguese features. These include the patterned calçada (cobble) pavements, which are worthy of standing back and admiring. The town square, Praça Marquês de Pombal, is central to the town and partially enclosed with orange trees. This area, which is popular with both locals and tourists, has shops, cafes and restaurants. Vila Real has its own beach, which is about a couple of miles of uninterrupted soft sandy beach.

Tee Times Travel Agency, with customer satisfaction and business integrity at its core, is here to offer support as holiday destinations are considered, whether in Portugal or Spain, and holidays booked. Top recommendations for accommodation on the eastern Algarve include Eurotel AlturaMonte Rei Golf & Country ClubYellow Monte GordoHotel Apartamento Dunamar and more.

For Golfers, the eastern Algarve and beyond has many great golf courses. Tee Times Golf Agency recommends Castro MarimQuinta de CimaIsla Canela Alg.Monte Rei and many more golf courses.

By Richard FM Conlon