The Algarve’s glamorous seaside lifestyle is in the European spotlight this week as the region hosts the Vilamoura Marina International Boat Show. Running until next Sunday (13 June), the show, which is free to attend, has been held at the picturesque marina since 1999.
This year, residents and tourists in the Algarve – including British visitors deciding to stay in spite of Portugal’s (hopefully brief) “green list” setback – will be able to admire a stunning array of vessels (both new and semi-new), as well as top brands offering accessories, equipment and integrated marine services.
In addition, the 2021 edition has a special area (Mercado da Vila) dedicated to décór, design and fashion, and a space showcasing nautical sports and activities including diving, surfing and sailing.
The largest marina in Portugal – with 825 moorings – the multiple award-winning Vilamoura is part of the Algarve’s premier luxury resort, home to championship golf courses, international equestrian facilities, top spas, three kilometres of golden-sand beaches, and more than 100 restaurants, bars and beach clubs.
It is also conveniently located in the heart of the southern Portuguese coastal region for visiting other attractions such as the Cerro da Vila Museum and Archaeological Site.
Hiking and History in Monchique
A separate event planned to start this week (10 to 13 June) is the first Monchique Walking Festival (“Pelos Caminhos da Água”), including treks, workshops, ateliers, shows, performances and talks.
Monchique village is located in a mountain range and verdant forest area in Faro municipality, near the neighbouring Alentejo region to the north. Its main attractions include a historic town centre, stunning views from the two Foia and Picota peaks, and bird-watching and biking in addition to hiking. There are also hot sulphur springs, with baths and health spas, six kilometres south in “Caldas de Monchique” (“Spring of Monchique”).