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11. March

While it may still not quite be swimming weather in the Algarve, there is plenty to do! Here are just a few notable events for the month.

Easter in the Algarve

Easter in the Algarve is a time of colour and sunshine. The Algarve is buzzing with flower festivals and family get togethers. The long weekend coupled with the welcome spring warmth attracts many Portuguese from the cities further north and visitors from other countries to enjoy the Algarve's Beaches, Restaurants and Bars over the mini-holiday. Good Friday is a Public Holiday and shops and businesses are closed, many of the Portuguese restaurants will be closed in the evening.

Special cakes, known as "Folar" are eaten - surprising for the hard boiled egg still in its shell hidden inside the cake! The famous Flower Torch Festival is held in São Bras do Alportel, when the main street of the town is strewn with flowers and a procession of townsfolk carrying troches made of colourful flowers makes its way to the church


Vale do Lobo Art Gallery

10 Jan - 21 Mar 2013

What: Pedro Figueiredo sculpture exhibition

When: 10 January - 21 March

Where: Vale do Lobo Art Gallery

The details: Born in 1974 in Guarda, Pedro Figueiredo completed a course at the School of Ceramic Arts in Coimbra with a degree in Sculpture before completing a post graduate course in Aesthetic arts and gaining a Masters in Plastic Arts at the University of Arts in Coimbra.

Since 2000 he has been holding solo exhibitions across Portugal with special exhibitions of his work also held in Spain and Cuba, and in 2003 his works were acknowledged with a prize awarded by the XII Bienal de Arte Internacional de Vila Nova de Cerveira.

Opening times: Monday to Friday between 09:00h and 18:00h. Entrance is free.


Telephone: (00351) 289 353 322


Algarve Spa Week

16 - 23 Mar 2013



Many of the leading 5-star hotel spas in the Algarve are offering a special Spa Week promotion from 16-23 March. With 50% discounts on all their health and beauty treatments, together with special accommodation packages, the offer is available to both local residents and visitors to the region. The hotels and resorts involved in Algarve Spa Week are the Lake Spa Resort, Hilton Vilamoura, Grande Real Santa Eulalia, Real Marina Olhão, Hotel Quinta do Lago, Crowne Plaza Vilamoura, Vila Monte Resort, Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, Tivoli Victoria, Dona Filipa, Martinhal, Vilalara, Cascade Resort and Longevity Wellness Resort Monchique. The spas offer a wide range of treatments, from single treatments such as lymphatic drainage, Hawaiian showers and Vichy massages to one-day rejuvenation programmes and 7-day packages such as youth revitalisation and healthy weight loss.

For more information see the Algarve Spa Week website or refer to each participating hotel’s website for more information about Algarve Spa Week and their special accommodation packages.

Website: http://www.algarvespaweek.com


Justin Bieber

For the very first time in Portugual, Canadian Pop Sensation, Justin Bieber will perform on 11th March 2013 at the Pavilhão Atlantico. Known for his great shows the young star is followed by an army of "Beliebers" his loyal fan community (he has 27 millions followers on Twitter) who viewed his first single "Baby" on Youtube making it the most commented & viewed video of 2011. His third and latest Album "Believe" shot to the top of the US Billboard 200 Charts, and achieved the highest first week's sales so far for 2012 with 374,000 in the first seven days on sale. For full details of this event and confirmation please contact the organisers www.pavilhaoatlantico.pt Tickets available at the following places: Pavilhão Atlântico - Box Office FNAC ABEP El Corte Inglés (Lisboa, Gaia) Alvalade Portimão Arena Media Markt (Braga, Porto, Rio Tinto, Aveiro, Sintra, Alfragide, Benfica, Gaia e Leiria) Turismo de Lisboa (Aeroporto, Pr Comércio) Worten http://www.blueticket.pt and http://www.pavilhaoatlantico.pt


Other Events in March

Festival of Hot bread and fresh cheese (Feira do Pão Quente e Queijo Fresco) in Vaqueiros.

EXPOMAR Fair of the Sea and Nautical Activities in Olhão

Traditional Sausage Fair in Monchique

Gastronomy Festival of the Serra in Tavira (March/April)


While it may still not quite be swimming weather in the Algarve, there is plenty to do! Please see the overview for a few notable events occurring in the month.