Sunday, 27 April 2008

F1 Powerboat racing in the Arade river, Portimão 3rd & 4th May 2008

F1 racing uses tunnel hull catamarans that are capable of both high speed and exceptional maneuverability. Watch them fly in the Arade River!

The tenth Annual Grand Prix of Portugal will be held in Portimao on Saturday May 3rd and Sunday 4th.

F1 powerboat racing is a grand prix style event, similar to Formula 1 automobile racing, in which teams compete in 13 venues around the world each season.

The competition will take place in the Riverside area of Portimão (Zona Ribeirinha de Portimão)


Saturday, May 3rd

09:00 Drivers’ Briefing
10:00 - 11:00 Free Practice
12:00 - 12:45 First Timed Trials
14:00 - 14:45 Second Timed Trials
15:00 - 15:30 F1 Powerboat Shoot-Out - Pole Position
15:30 - 18:00 F1 Two Seaters

Sunday, May 4th

10:00 - 12:00 F1 Two Seaters
11:00 Driver’s Briefing
11:30 - 12:15 Free Practice
13:45 F1 Powerboat Parade Lap
14:00 - 14:45 G.P. Portugal/Algarve 2008
15:00 Prize-Giving Ceremony after Prize-giving Press Conference

Note: Jonas Andersson of Sweden won the opening round of the 2008 World Formula 1 Championship in Doha, Qatar, 5 weeks ago (29th March). He beat Jay Price of the Qatar Team by 1.76 seconds. Australian David Trask come in at 3rd place.

Jonas Andersson leads the competion with 20 points.

After Portimão the next race will take place in Finland (June 8th June) followed by Russia (June 14th), China (October 1st & 26th), Bahrain (November 28th), UAE (December 5th & 12th) and South Korea (date yet to be announced).

Update (4th May2008):
The race was won by the american Jay Price (of the Qatar Team).

F1_Powerboat_Racing (Wikipedia)

Official website


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Thursday, 24 April 2008

Fado Singer Joana Amendoeira in Lagos, Saturday 7th June 2008

Joana Amendoeira is probably the youngest of the world-travelling fadistas of today and a top "New Generation of Fado" singer contributing to Fado’s amazing revival.

Catch her at the Auditorium of the Cultural Centre in Lagos.

Saturday 7th June 2008 at 9.30PM

Ticket price: € 10

Joana will sing songs from her last album - «À Flor da Pele» - her 5th album.
She’s accompanied by her husband Pedro Amendoeira (Portuguese Guitar), as well as Pedro Pinhal (Viola de Fado) & Paulo Paz (Viola Baixo).

The Auditorium of the Cultural Centre in Lagos is at Rua Lançarote de Freitas nº 7, Lagos, 8600 - 605 Lagos; Telephone: 282770450.

‘Fado (translated as destiny or fate) is a music genre which can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. It is characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor.’


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Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Taekwondo Portuguese Cup 2008 Competition in Portimão, Algarve

An excellent day out watching one of the most popular Martial Arts: Taekwondo
Saturday 26th April 2008, from 10AM to 6PM
The Competition is taking place at the Portimão Arena.

Portimão Arena is an excellent venue with capacity for 4000 spectators & easily accessible from the centre of Portimão and within walking distance from Portimão’s Riverside Area.
‘Taekwondo (태권도; IPA: /tɛkwɒndoʊ/) is a Korean martial art and combat sport. Taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea. It is also regarded as the world's most popular martial art in terms of number of practitioners, and sparring, or kyeorugi, is an official Olympic sporting event.’ (Wikipedia)

Taekwondo Demonstration video clips

Taekwondo Master

What is Tae Kwon Do?

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Sunday, 20 April 2008

‘25 April Returns in Style’: Freedom Day Celebrations in Portimão

Portimão celebrates Freedom Day (Dia da Liberdade) & the Carnation Revolution of 25 April 1974 with 2 musical events:

Thursday 24th April, a concert by the Military Band of the Portuguese Air Force

Friday 25th April, A show by Vitorino with Filipa Pais & the Folk Choral Group from Redondo, Alentejo (Grupo de Cantares do Redondo)

Both events are free of charge, start at 9.30PM and take place in Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium.

Tickets can be obtained from Wednesday 23rd, 10AM at the box office of the auditorium.

Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium is located in the centre of the city at Avenida Miguel Bombarda, near Portimão’s main tourist office. Easily accessible from Praia da Rocha, Alvor, Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Lagoa, Armação de Pêra and Lagos.

In addition, on Friday 25th April from 10AM make your way to the Riverside area (Zona Ribeirinha) to see:
- the departure of the runners of the ‘Liberty Run’/marathon run;
- entertainment activities for children throughout the day until 7PM.

Enjoy Freedom Day & the 25 April Celebrations !


‘The Carnation Revolution was a leftist, military-led coup d'état, started on April 25, 1974, in Lisbon, Portugal, that effectively changed the Portuguese regime from an authoritarian dictatorship to a democracy.’ (Wikipedia)

Vitorino is a Portuguese singer-songwriter born in 1942. His music combine his two life-long passions: the traditional music of his native region of Alentejo and his personal style of urban popular song built around his rich, smooth voice.’ (Wikipedia)

Vitorino collaborated with with José Afonso (aka Zeca Afonso) together with
Fausto Bordalo Dias and other ‘political musicians’.

‘Zeca is among the most influential folk and political musicians of the Portuguese history. He became an icon among Portuguese left-wing activists due to the role of his music in the resistance against the dictatorial regime of Oliveira Salazar that triumphed with the democratic Carnation Revolution. In the ensuing revolutionary process, Zeca was a very active musician and continued composing political and folk songs, often criticizing the post-revolutionary changes. Years after his death, Zeca Afonso is still widely listened to, not only in Portugal, but also abroad.’ (Wikipedia)

Filipa Pais is a Portuguese singer with a sublime voice that sings ‘Zeca Afonso’ songs.

Grupo de Cantares do Redondo is an acapela group from the town of Redondo that sings traditional songs from the Alentejo region. Vitorino works closely with this group and was part of the group earlier in his career.

Other musical events taking place in the Algarve with other popular musicians associated with the 25th April & Zeca Afonso include:

Francisco Fanhais in S. Bartolomeu de Messines, District Council building (sede da Junta de Freguesia), Thursday 24th April at 9.30PM.

Paulo de Carvalho in Faro, Praça da Pontinha, Thursday 24th April at 10PM.

Fausto Bordalo Dias in Vila Real de Santo António, Praça Marquês de Pombal, Friday 25th April at 10PM

Links (Wikipedia):

Carnation Revolution
Carnation Revolution (Portuguese)

Vitorino (Portuguese)

Zeca Afonso
Zeca Afonso (Portuguese)
Blog with Zeca’s music (Portuguese)

Fausto Bordalo Dias fan site
Fausto Bordalo Dias (Portuguese)

Francisco Fanhais (Portuguese)

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Saturday, 19 April 2008

Portimão Air Festival Extravaganza, 25-27th April 2008

Portimão's Air Festival is the first of it’s kind in Portugal and is being held over 3 days:

Friday 25th April
Saturday 26th April
Sunday 27th April
ON each day expect exciting and amazing entertainment related to the world of aviation.

Make your way to the Riverside area of Portimão (Zona Ribeirinha) to watch the skies and also participate in the events taking place on land. Have fun!

IN THE AIR on each day between 3PM and 6PM look out for:

- The French acrobatic ‘Breitling Jet Team’ – acrobatic jet planes;
- Team Guinot with 2 Boeing Stearman & 2 ‘wingwalkers’ – one on each plane!
- The Portuguese team ‘Smokewings’ with 2 Yakovlev Yak 52;

- The World Aerobatics Champions: Ramón Alonso (the ‘winged wonder’ in Sukhoi SU 31) & Svetlana Kapanina (this lady has won the title in the women’s category more times than any other pilot).

- The Portuguese team G-Flight with it’s Extra 300
- The plane Agroar
- The Portuguese military helicopters Alouette III ‘Rotores de Portugal’
- The lynx helicopter from the Portuguese Navy’s squadron
- Parachute jumpers & ski divers
Bring your binoculars!
ON LAND, 25th April from 3PM to 7PM; 26th-27th April from 11AM to 7PM:

- Try your hand at piloting an airplane in the safety of a flight simulator (virtual flying);
- See demonstrations of radio-controlled model planes and talk to experts about this hobby;
- Have fun on the FreeFall simulators (wind tunnel);
- Stroll by the exhibition area with exhibits from local organisations and companies, e.g. Algarve Flying Schools and Flying Clubs, Airport organisations and others.
- Take your children to the bouncy castles in the kids entertainment area.

Note: the ‘operational base’ for the spectacular events in the air is Portimão’s Airfield at Montes de Alvor Road. At the airfield those interested will be able to take short flight trips.
Links (Wikipedia):
For a taster of the action due to take place in the skies of Portimão & Praia da Rocha get a glimpse via these clips:

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Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Algarve is Invaded by Jazz & Cool Music this Summer, 2008

A LARGE number of music concerts with well known musicians are taking place in the Algarve this Summer!

Here are some names and dates for your diary. Further details to follow nearer the time!
Saturday June 14th (11PM): Radio Macau - Portimão Riverside, Portimão
Ticket price: Free of charge

Friday July 4th (10PM): Lucky Peterson - Alvor Football Stadium, (Estádio da Restinga), Alvor/Portimão
Ticket price: €25;; Tel: +351 707 234 234

Saturday July 5th (10PM): Herbie Hancock - Monumento Duarte Pacheco, Loulé
Ticket price: €30;; Tel: +351 707 234 234

Sunday July 6th (10PM): Maria João & Mário Laginha - Fortaleza de Sagres, Sagres
Ticket price: €25;; Tel: +351 707 234 234

Friday July 11th (10PM): Dee Dee Bridgewater - Golfe da Balaia, Albufeira
Ticket price: €25;; Tel: +351 707 234 234
Saturday July 12th (10PM): Manhattan Transfer - Portimão
Ticket price: €25;; Tel: +351 707 234 234

Sunday July 13th (10PM): Freddy Cole - Sítio das Fontes, Lagoa
Ticket price: €25;; Tel: +351 707 234 234
Friday July 18th: Riders On The Storm - 40th Anniversary of the Doors - Sheraton Pine Cliff, Albufeira
Ticket price: €35

Saturday July 19th: Milton Nascimento e Jobim Trio, Teatro das Figuras, Faro

Sunday July 20th: Lou Reed – Monumento Duarte Pacheco - Largo Duarte Pacheco, Loulé -
Ticket price: €30

Friday July 25th: Caetano Veloso - Sta Eulália Resort, Albufeira
Ticket price: €30

Tuesday July 29th (10PM): Diana Krall – Albufeira Marina, Albufeira
Ticket price: €30;; Tel: +351 707 234 234

Friday August 1st (10PM): Simply Red - Herdade dos Salgados, Albufeira
Ticket price: €30;; Tel: +351 707 234 234
Saturday August 2nd: José Feliciano - Sheraton Pine Cliffs Resort, Albufeira
Ticket price: TBC
Tuesday August 5th: Julio Iglesias – Municipal Stadium, Portimão
Ticket price: TBC
Wednesday August 6th: Paolo Conte – Alvor Football Stadium, (Estádio da Restinga), Alvor/Portimão
Ticket price: €30

Saturday August 9th: Vanessa da Mata - Lake Resort, Vilamoura
Ticket price: €30
Monday August 11th: Waterboys- Rugby stadium, Vilamoura
Ticket price: €30

Thursday August 14th (10PM) : Camané, Mário Laginha & David Fonseca - Bar da Praia dos Caneiros, Tivoli Almansor, Carvoeiro
Ticket price: €25
Saturday August 23rd: Rui Reininho - Jardim do Alte, Loulé
Ticket price: €20

Friday August 29th: Mariza & Guests - Vale do Lobo
Ticket price: €30

Monday, 14 April 2008

6th Festival of Sand Sculpture (FIESA) is Amazing!

FIESA - The Worlds Biggest Sand Sculpture Event will open on Thursday May 22nd.
Some 50 sculptors from all over the world are working to turn 35 thousand tons of sand into authentic works of art! The sculptures can reach 15 m in height.

The theme of the Festival this year is Hollywood. This very special and mega exhibition will give us scenes of the most unforgettable films in cinema history. Love stories, comedies, adventure, science fiction and horror movies, i.e. films of all genres are represented. Expect classics such as Casablanca, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, King Kong, Alien and other classics to be portrayed. Portuguese cinema is also being represented.

Opening times: Open daily from 22nd May until 22nd October, 10AM to Midnight.

Ticket prices:
Adults : 7 €; Children (6-12 years old): 4 €; Children (up to 5): Free

Location: FIESA is on the E524 near Pêra.
From the A22: get off at junction 8 – Algoz/Pêra – and follow directions to Pêra
From EN 125 in Pêra: follow the directions to Algoz.

Festival Internacional de Escultura em Areia - Fiesa

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Sunday, 13 April 2008

Portuguese Water Dogs Stroll and Swim in Portimão, 20th April, 2008

ON Sunday 20th April Portimão will host Portuguese water dogs beauty contests and water trials.

The beauty contest will take place in Portimão’s Praça Manuel Teixeira Gomes (near the Riverside Area) from 10AM.

The water trials will take place in the afternoon at the beach by the marina and will consists of 3 different practical tests:

- Swimming ability, Retrieval of an object thrown into the water & Diving and retrieval of a submersible object (where the dog dives to retrieve a sunken object).

A wonderful event & show for all dog lovers and admirers of these beautiful dogs!

Note: Outside this event please make your way to Olhão (east Algarve) and to the Environment Education Centre of Marim. The Centre has a kennel specializing in the Portuguese Water Dog! And is well worth a visit.
Tel. 965 827 149; www.
Location: The Centre is located between Olhão & Tavira on the EN 125 sign posted “Ria Formosa”

Portuguese water dogs (Wikipedia)
'Water dogs were taught to herd fish into Fishermans' nets, to retrieve lost tackle or broken nets, and to act as couriers from ship to ship, or ship to shore.'

'Portuguese Water Dogs rode in bobbing trawlers as they worked their way from the warm Atlantic waters of Portugal to the frigid fishing waters off the coast of Iceland where the fleets caught saltwater codfish to bring home.'


Portuguese Water Dog (Wikipedia)

Portuguese Water Dog Kennel in Ria Formosa

Parque Natural da Ria Formosa (in Portuguese)
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Saturday, 12 April 2008

Sardine Festival in Portimão, 8th-17th August 2008

Excellent sardines and grilled fish are available everywhere in the Algarve but Portimão is famous for this!
Lots of restaurants specialise in this delicacy: charcoal-grilled, seasoned with coarse sea-salt, eaten from a slice of bread and washed down with red wine (or beer).

So it’s not surprising that every year Portimão hosts the Sardine Festival!

This year the Festival starts on Friday 8th August till Sunday 17th August

The event takes place in the Riverside/Quayside (Zona Ribeirinha) from approx 6PM.

Daily music and fireworks on the last day accompany the festival.
Update 27th July 2008:

Venue: Riverside Zone
Concerts start at 10.30PM

Friday 8th August: La Fura Dels Baus - "Naumon"
Saturday 9th August: Mickael Carreira
Sunday 10th August: Orishas
Monday 11th August: Camané
Tuesday 12th August: João Pedro Pais e Ricardo Azevedo
Wednesday 13th August: Jorge Palma
Thursday 14th August: Da Weasel
Friday 15th August: Mafalda Veiga
Saturday 16th August: Martinho da Vila
Sunday 17th August: Just Girls

Tickets: €3.50 (children under 10, free)

The event is well attended by Portuguese and tourists alike and is organised by the local council.

Apart from sardines there will be other Portuguese culinary delights!

It’s great fun and an excellent way to enjoy the summer nights when on holiday!

Don’t miss THE amazing line up!

Notes & Links :

‘La Fura dels Baus is one of the world’s most electrifying performance companies. Their visually amazing productions have been seen worldwide.’ (Wikipedia)

La Fura dels Baus "Naumon"

Orishas is a hip-hop group whose members had emigrated from Cuba. They were first called the “Amenaza” meaning "menace" and appealed to the Cuban youth who were hungry for American pop culture which consisted of hip hop and rap. (Wikipedia)

Orishas (myspace)

Camané is widely accepted as one of the most impressive and representative male voices of the new generation of Fado male singers. "The greatest fadista since Amalia Rodrigues and Maria da Fe," is how British biographer David Bret, an expert of the medium, describes him. (Wikipedia)

João Pedro Pais is a singer and musician from Portugal. (Wikipedia)
João Pedro Pais (official website)

Jorge Manuel d’Abreu Palma, known as Jorge Palma (born on June 4, 1950 in Lisbon, Portugal), is a Portuguese singer and songwriter. (Wikipedia)

Da Weasel is a Portuguese hip-hop band from Almada. They are fronted by MCs Pacman and Virgul. Da Weasel is one of the oldest hip-hop projects in Portugal, having started in 1993. They are notorious for being a full session band, instead of relying on a DJ and samples. Their music uses elements from hard rock, pop and ska. (Wikipedia)

Da Weasel (official website)

Da Weasel (myspace)

'Mafalda Veiga (born December 24, 1965) is a Portuguese singer-songwriter born in Lisbon.' (Wikipedia)
Mafalda Veiga official website
Mafalda Veiga –cada lugar teu (youtube)

'Martinho da Vila a Brazilian musician, is one of the most prominent samba musicians.' (Wikipedia)

Martinho da Vila (myspace)

Just Girls is a Portuguese musical band that came from the youth tv series 'Morangos Com Açúcar' (strawberries with sugar), following the example of other bands such as D'ZRT and 4Taste. The band members are Diana Monteiro, Ana Maria Velez, Helga Posser e Kiara Timas. (Wikipedia in Portuguese)

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Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Cumplicidades: Oil paintings by Travanca Fonseca at the Emarp Gallery

The art gallery at the EMARP building is currently exhibiting the work of Travanca Fonseca. Until Friday 18th April 2008.

Born in 1940 in Vila Boim, near Elvas, Travanca first exhibited in 1965 in Mozambique.

He has since exhibited regularly in more than 50 individual and collective exhibitions in Portugal and abroad. The last in Beja and Porto Covo (2006).

The EMARP gallery is inside the EMARP building which is in the Rua José António Marques (near the Portimonense Football Stadium).

Please visit the gallery on weekdays. Opening times: between 8.30AM and 5PM.

Note: EMARP is Portimão's water supplier, sewage and recycling organisation.

EMARP (in Portuguese):

Travanca Fonseca (in Portuguese):

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Sunday, 6 April 2008

Rhythmic Gymnastics Competitions in Portimão, 17-20th April 2008

During 4 days enjoy the beautiful sport that is Rhythmic Gymnastics at Portimão’s Arena, free of charge. The sport combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, theatrical dance and apparatus manipulation.

Thursday 17th April
Friday 18th April
Saturday 19th April
Sunday 20th April
{Events start at about 10AM depending on the day/competition}
Two competitions are taking place:

• 22nd International Tournament of Rhythmic Gymnastics (Juniors/Individuals only)

• 3rd FIG (Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique) World Cup Series (Seniors Individuals and groups)
You will see the reigning World Champion, the European Champion as well as the African and Pan-American Champions. Barring the Olympic Games this event in Portimão will be the most important during this year.

A number of stars of this sport will be competing including: Inês Gomes (Portugal), Anna Bessonova (Ukraine), Olga Kapranova (Russia), Vera Sessina (Russia), Almudena Cid (Spain), Alexandra Orlando (Canada) & Ana Paula Scheffer (Brazil).
Groups from Russia, Belarus, China, Spain, Brazil and other countries wil be present. All in all some 280 gymnasts will be competing.
Portimão Arena is an excellent venue with capacity for 4000 spectators & easily accessible from the centre of Portimão and within walking distance from Portimão’s Riverside Area.
Why watch it on TV when you can be there? Don’t miss it!

Notes (Wikipedia):
‘Rhythmic gymnastics as a sport began in the 1940s in the Soviet Union. It was there that for the first time, the spirit of sports was combined with the sensuous art of classical ballet.’
‘The FIG recognized this discipline in 1961, first as modern gymnastics, then as rhythmic sportive gymnastics, and finally as rhythmic gymnastics. The first World Championships for individual gymnasts took place in 1963 in Budapest, Hungary.
Groups were introduced at the same level in 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Rhythmic gymnastics was added to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, with an Individual All Around competition.’

Rhythmic gymnastics (Wikipedia)
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Saturday, 5 April 2008

Festival of Contemporary Dance at the Municipal Auditorium, Portimão, Algarve

Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium in the city centre

Enjoy a number of Contemporary Dance shows at Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium as part of the ‘Dancing in Spring’ Festival of Contemporary Dance

‘Contemporary dance is the name given to a group of 20th century concert dance forms. It is a collection of systems and methods developed from Modern and Postmodern dance’. (Wikipedia)

Saturday 12 de Abril, 9.30PM
"Strange form of Life (Estranha forma de vida)” by the Algarve Dance Company (Companhia de Dança do Algarve)

Sunday 20th April, 9.30PM
"BERNA, n.º 49 Kramgasse” by Cláudia Nóvoa

Wednesday 23rd April, 9.30PM
“Not Possible” & “Cause without effect?” by the Dancenema Cultural Association (Associação Cultural Dancenema)

Sunday 27th April, 9.30PM
"Cantata & Front Line & Duet” by the Portugal’s National Dance Company (Companhia Nacional de Bailado)

Tuesday 29th April, 9.30PM
“A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sonho de uma Noite de Verão)”
by the Ballet de Madrid

Tickets are €5 for each show or €20 for all 5 shows!

Tickets can be purchased at the box office of Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium on the day between 10AM and 9.30PM or Monday to Friday from 10AM to 8PM.

Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium is excellent for musical events and is located in the centre of the city at Avenida Miguel Bombarda, near Portimão’s main tourist office. Easily accessible from Praia da Rocha, Alvor, Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Lagoa, Armação de Pêra and Lagos.

Contemporay dance (Wikipedia)
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Tuesday, 1 April 2008

What’s On in the Algarve in April 2008?

A very exciting and entertaining month in Portimão, Praia da Rocha and in the whole of the Algarve !

You’ll find this leaflet in hard copy at Faro Airport (in the Tourist Office) and in all Tourist Offices in the Algarve or you can download it from here: algarve guide april 2008

Enjoy the Algarve! There is more to it than ‘Sun, Sea and Sand’!

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