2018 will be filled with several cultural, sports and musical events in the Algarve. Discover some of the top events taking place in the region this year and start planning your next visit.  


MARCH TO NOVEMBER | FIESA – Algarve’s International Sand Sculptures Festival  

Pêra – 01st March to 10th November

From March to November, the town of Pêra hosts the renown International Sand Sculptures Festival. The event, which is over 15 years now, is perfect for a family visit, where visitors have the opportunity to see several impressive sand sculptures. This year the theme will be “Minions” and “Star Wars”.

www.fiesa.org


APRIL | 6º Walking Festival Ameixial

Loulé – 27th to the 29th April

Photo credits: SUL Informação

Walking Festival Ameixial’s 6th edition will be taking place from the 27th to the 29th of April. This pioneer walking festival is based on the theme of the “Southwest’s Writing”, a primitive form of communication that can be found between the mountains of Mú and Caldeirão, in the Algarve. The festival is made of a series of trekks as well as workshops, yoga classes and much more.

www.fameixial.qrer.pt


APRIL/MAY | FIMA- Algarve’s International Music Festival

Several locations – 2nd March to the 24th May

FIMA, the Algarve’s International Music Festival, which is now celebrating its 33rd edition, is dedicated to the celebration and promotion of classical music through several concerts that will be taking place in several different locations throughout the Algarve, until the end of May.

www.fima.com.pt


MAY | Ecofest

Olhão – 4th to the 6th May 

The Ecofest is a festival that looks to combine Entertainment with the Algarve’s cultural and natural heritage. Taking place from the 4th to the 6th May in Olhão, the programme is made of walking tours, birdwatching, visits to the natural nurseries and salt plains, boat trips in the Ria Formosa and the release of rescued wild animals. There will also be taking place several performances, storytelling sessions, theatre plays in the Roman ruins and the water mil and several world music workshops and concerts.

website ecofest


MAY TO JULY | Culin’art Dinners

VILA VITA Parc – several dates

VILA VITA Parc is launching the first edition of the Culin’art Dinners: a series of 4-Hand dinners taking place at its 2 Michelin star Ocean restaurant, its Japanese restaurant Mizu-Teppanyaki and its traditional Portuguese Adega Restaurant. The dinners will be prepared by several national and international guest chefs (some with 3 Michelin stars) that will be joining the resident Chefs. The first dinners of the event are scheduled for the 5th and 6th May, at the Mizu-Teppanyaki restaurant with guest chef Daniel Rente, from the Avenida Sushi Café, and for the 23rd June at the Adega Restaurant with guest chef Nuno Barros from the 1300 Taberna Restaurant.  

Reservations: fb@vilavitaparc.com | +351 282 310 100


JUNE | Porches Craft Beer Festival

Porches - 1st June

On the 1st June, VILA VITA Parc will be celebrating its Porches Craft Beer, the resort’s own craft beer, through the Porches Craft Beer Festival. The Festival will be taking place in an area located next to the VILA VITA Biergarten, in Porches, and will be filled with high quality beer and delicious food in a relaxed and casual atmosphere, with the live performance of the Portuguese band Dead Combo. Free entrance.

www.vilavitabiergarten.com


JULY | Algarve Classic Cars 2018

Several locations and VILA VITA Parc – 6th to the 8th July

From the 6th to the 8th of July, the Algarve welcomes the timeless elegance of the classic cars participating in the Algarve Classic Cars event. The several stages of the competition wil be taking place throughout the Algarve with the winners being announced on the 8th July at VILA VITA Parc. On the same day, all the participating cars will be on display at the resort.

www.algarveclassiccars.com


SEPTEMBER | FIM Superbike World Championship (Autódromo Internacional do Algarve)

Portimão – 14th to the 16th September

The Superbike World Championship returns to the Algarve’s International Racing Circuit between the 14th and the 16th of September. Tickets may be acquired directly through the Racing Circuit’s website.

 

https://autodromodoalgarve.com/race-calendar/fim-superbike-world-championship

 


SEPTEMBER | Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival at VILA VITA Parc

VILA VITA Parc – 16th to the 21st October

The Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival returns to VILA VITA Parc between the 16th and the 21st of October, for its 3rd edition. Following two very successful editions, the festival is back with some of the biggest names in the world of smooth jazz, funk and soul such as Norman Brown, Paul Taylor e Lindsey Webster, amongst many others.

www.algarve.smoothjazzfestival.de


SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER | Oktoberfest at VILA VITA Biergarten

Porches – 27th September to the 6th October

From the 27th of September to the 6th of October, VILA VITA Biergarten will once again host the Oktoberfest. The celebration of the best beer and German food, served by Biergarten’s staff dressed in traditional costumes, will be accompanied every night, for 2 weeks, by live traditional Bavarian music, which will guarantee a lively and very enthusiastic atmosphere.

www.vilavitaparc.com/pt/proximos-eventos/oktoberfest-at-the-biergarten


OCTOBER | Algarve Classic Festival (Autódromo Internacional do Algarve)

Portimão – 19th to the 21st October

Classic cars aficcionados from all over the world will not be able to resist yet another edition of the Algarve Classic Festival, taking place between the 19th and the 21st of October at the Algarve’s International racing circuit.

www.algarveclassicfestival.com


OCTOBER | European Le Mans Series (Autódromo Internacional do Algarve)

Portimão – 26th to the 28th October

The Algarve’s International Racing Circuit welcomes once again one of the main motosport competitions in the World, between the 26th and the 28th October.

https://autodromodoalgarve.com/pt/calendario-corridas/european-le-mans-series

VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, located in Porches, in the Algarve, was distinguished with the award "Chave de Platina 2018". 

The "Chave de Platina" is the most prestigious award attributed by the Portuguese guide Boa Cama Boa Mesa, owned by the renown Impresa Group. This is the second time the resort receives this award.

Along with this recognition, the 2 Michelin star Ocean Restaurant, located at VILA VITA Parc, has also been distinguished for the sixth time with the "Garfo de Ouro" award.

The Boa Cama Boa Mesa Guide Awards, which this year celebrates its 15th anniversary, distinguish annually the best of the best in terms of accommodation and restaurants in Portugal,  through the awards of Chave and Garfo de Platina e Ouro along with the Chave and Garfo de Prata which have been just been added this year. The awards ceremony took place yesterday, the 27th March, at the Cineteatro Capitólio, in Lisbon, and was presided by the Portuguese Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, and Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Chairman of the Impresa Group.

Óscar Correia, VILA VITA Parc's  F&B Manager, receiving the "Garfo de Ouro" award from Francisco Pinto Balsemão

VILA VITA Parc reaches record number of nominations at the World Travel Awards 2018.

The VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, has been nominated in 23 categories in the forthcoming 25th annual World Travel Awards, receiving the highest number of nominations for any property in Portugal.

This is not the first time the resort is nominated for these Awards, having already won the awards for World’s Leading Luxury Green Resort in 2015 and 2016, Europe’s Leading Hotel Villas in 2016, Portugal’s Leading Green Resort in 2015 and Europe’s Most Romantic Resort in 2014.

Katya Bauval, VILA VITA Parc's Sales & Marketing Director, receiving the award for Portugal's Leading Green Hotel in 2015

The World Travel Awards is recognised worldwide as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. The voting period ends on the 20th May and the winners (voted for by both travel professionals and consumers) will be announced on 30 June 2018 at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony, taking place in Athens. Guests will include travel industry leaders, luminaries, and international media.

VILA VITA Parc is excited to announce it has been nominated in 19 European categories and 4 Portugal categories, amongst which the nomination for Europe’s Leading Beach Resort e Europe’s Leading Luxury Resort.

Help us win by voting until the 20th May! 

https://www.worldtravelawards.com/vote

To see a full list of nominees -which span 10 regions including Europe, Central America, Middle East, Australasia and the Indian Ocean – please visit: www.worldtravelawards.com/nominees/2018

A taste of France at VILA VITA Parc in a unique menu only available on the 21st March.

On the 21st March, the Atlântico Restaurant, located at VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, in the Algarve, joins the list of restaurants from around 150 countries from all over the world that will be participating in the 4th edition of the Goût de France gastronomic event, following an invitation by the French Embassy in Portugal.

The event, founded in 2015 by Chef Alain Ducasse and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, following the declaration of the French cuisine as UNESCO’s World Intangible Heritage, aims to celebrate French cuisine throughout the world, by offering French-inspired menus at the participating restaurants. In 2017, over 2,100 restaurants participated, serving around 250,000 special menus.

The Atlântico restaurant will be offering, exclusively for this day, a special menu prepared by Executive Chef Manfred Kickmaier which, for €78 per person, is made of a generous aperitif, a starter, a fish and a meat main course, a cheese course and a dessert. The menu will be paired by a careful selection of French wines and made of unique dishes such as the “Gâteau” of Goose Liver with Apple and Celery Salad and Kumquat Confit, the Lobster Bisque, the Beef Tenderloin à l'Escoffier with Wild Mushrooms, Potatoes Ana and Pepper Sauce, amongst others.

This is a unique opportunity to pay homage to the extraordinary French cuisine, in the sophisticated and elegant atmosphere of the Atlântico Restaurant, with a privileged view over the resorts’ luxurious gardens and the Atlantic ocean.

The full menu may be accessed through VILA VITA Parc’s website. For reservations please contact +351 282 310 000 or e-mail fb@vilavitaparc.com.

VILA VITA Parc was once again the stage for some of the best cars in the world.

Between 14 and 16 February, VILA VITA Parc had the pleasure of welcoming The Porsche Hybrid Trackdays event. 

The event, organized by Porsche AG, offered the opportunity for several international tv stations from Germany, France, UK, China and USA, to test and film the performance of Porsche Hybrid systems, both on the race track and over countryside roads in the Algarve.

The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo and the Porsche 918 Spyder were tested by the media at the race track of the Algarve’s International Autodrome, in Portimão, only 20 minutes away from VILA VITA Parc.

Several have been the people and cultures that, throughout the centuries, have recognized and taken advantage of the Algarve’s natural beauty and richness.

From the Fenitians, the Carthaginians and the Romans, to the Arabs which for 5 centuries occupied the region, leaving behind traces still visible nowadays in its architecture, names of lands and culture. The Algarve is today an open air museum, filled from East to West with several monuments and historical places worthy of including in a visit to this region.

Discover below 5 historical places to visit in the Algarve and start planning now your next trip to the region!


Silves Castle

Silves was, for a long time, the capital of the Algarve. From 700 to 1200 a.d., Silves was used as the region’s strategic centre by the Arabs which occupied the region. Today, several traces of the Arab occupation are still visible. Its castle, with over 1000 years old, is strategically located in the top of the highest hill of the city. Although devastated throughout the years by several earthquakes, the castle was subject to rennovation works during the 40’s, which have restored its original characteristics, making it one of the best preserved castles in Portugal nowadays.

Tavira’s Old Town

Located in the shores of the river Gilão, Tavira is one of the Algarve’s most charming cities. Its historical centre is filled with museums, churches, centennial gardens and even traces of the Roman and Arab occupation. Visit the Church of Santa Maria do Castelo, built on the 13th century over an old mosk, take a walk in the Public Garden, admire the magnificent views over the city from the top of the castle’s towers, cross the river on the Old Bridge and get lost in its charming cobblestone streets.

Roman Ruins of Milreu (Estói)

Located in Estói, in Faro, the Milreu ruins are one of the most interesting and relevant traces of the Roman occupation in the Algarve. They were discovered in 1877 and named National Heritage in 1910. Here, you’ll be able to see what’s left of an old manor house, a wine press, a bathhouse, agricultural infrastructures and a temple used as a private cult centre. The ruins still feature some of its decorative mosaics.

Paderne Castle

Located in Paderne, in Albufeira, the Paderne Castle, also known as the Almóada Castle, is one of the 7 castles featured in the Portuguese flag. It was occupied by Romans and Arabs and finally conquered by the Portuguese Crown in 1218. Its ruins feature a characteristic red colour, and on the inside there are several traces of the Arab and Portuguese architecture.

São Lourenço Church (Almancil)

The São Lourenço dos Matos Church is considered to be “one of the Algarve’s biggest artistic treasures”. Located in Almancil, in Loulé, the church dates back to the 18th century and is particularly known for its magnificent interiors decorated with beautiful mosaics in shades of blue which tell the story of Saint Lourenço’s life.   

One of the most typical elements in the Algarve’s landscapes are the countless almond trees in bloom that fill up the fields with a delicate white and pink colour in the beginning of each year, around January and February.

Legend says that the almond trees first appeared in the Algarve, particularly in Silves, around the time of the Arab occupation, hundreds of years ago.

After one of his many battles, the Arab king Ibn-Almundim fell in love with one of his prisoners, a tall, blond and blue eyed princess called Gilda. As time went by, and after he gave her her freedom, he ended up winning her heart and marrying her. But one day, the princess, feeling homesick, fell into a deep depression. The king, desperate, ended up finding a creative solution: he ordered almond trees to be planted all over the region. In the following spring, the king took the princess to one of their terraces so that they could both look over the almond trees that, at the time, where already covered with small white flowers. Seeing that scenery that resembled her homelands’ snow covered fields, the princess cured her depression and started to improve day after day.

In the Algarve, the almond is one of the main ingredients for the local gastronomy and especially confectionery, like for example the famous “doces finos”, “Dom Rodrigos”, “morgadinhos” or “carriços” that don’t leave anyone indifferent.

Besides the delicious sweets it originates, the almond is also nowadays considered a “super food”, and it’s one of the most popular snacks worldwide due to its high health benefits. Rich in protein, vitamin E, magnesium and monounsaturated fat (heart friendly), it’s considered, just like avocado and olive oil, extremely effective to prevent diabetes, heart problems and to lower bad cholesterol levels.

And why not indulge your sweet tooth with this Almond & Chocolate Delight recipe, made by VILA VITA Parc's Pastry Chef?


Almond & Chocolate Delight Recipe

Almond Mousse

Ingredients:

  • 175 grs almond flour
  • 250 grs almond milk
  • 75 grs sugar
  • 4 sheets of gelatine
  • 350 grs semi-whipped cream

Instructions:

  • Boil the almond milk with the sugar and the almond flour
  • Add the previously cold water soaked gelatine
  • Cool down to 28 degrees and add the semi-whipped cream
  • Put the mix in the mold and freeze it

Chocolate cream

Ingredients:

  • 100 gr milk
  • 100 gr cream
  • 40 gr egg yolk
  • 20 gr sugar
  • 1 sheet of gelatine
  • 200 gr 64% black chocolate

Instructions:

  • Boil the cream with the milk
  • Mix the yolks with the sugar, add it to the boiled cream and heat it in a water bath at 84º
  • Add the gelatine and pour it over the chocolate
  • Put the mix in the molds and freeze it

VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, in Porches, Algarve, has recently invested on a large format high-resolution LED screen in one of its largest meeting & events rooms.

The screen, with a dimension of 12 x 3m, is the first and only large format LED screen in Portugal with a resolution of P2.5, is suitable for any kind of presentation and now complements the already very attractive offer at VILA VITA Parc in terms of meetings & events. 

This recent addition now joins the list of features that again confirm this resort as one of the best spaces in Portugal for social or corporate meetings and events. With over 1100m2 of events space, not including outdoor gardens and terraces, VILA VITA Parc offers 9 meeting rooms with sizes between 40 and 600m2, amongst which an elegant and contemporary boardroom located in the resort’s library, as well as a large Events Pavilion with capacity up to 400 people, featuring natural daylight.  

The recently-launched coffee breaks, with an organic and healthy concept featuring lactose and gluten free products, are also part of the latest news at VILA VITA Parc, guaranteeing a special touch to any event. 

For more information on the meetings & events offers, please contact groups@vilavitaparc.com, +351 282 310 145 or visit www.vilavitaparc.com/en/incentives-events/all 

Along with Winter comes the colder weather and the urge to indulge in more consistent dishes that warm us up inside. 

Take our Executive Chef's suggestion and enjoy a recipe made with some of the best POrtuguese ingredients such as sweet potato, chestnuts and the famous black Alentejo pork. 


  • Ingredients for  4 :

Black pork cheeks  - 1kg
Onion- 300gr
Garlic clove - 2
Red wine from Alentejo (Herdade dos Grous) - 1lt
Meat broth - 3lt
Bay leaf - 3
Thyme - 30gr
Thick sea salt - 500gr
Paprika - q.b.
Salt / Pepper - q.b.
Sweet potato - 700gr
Skinless chestnut- 150gr
Baby carrots - 100gr

 

Preparation:

  1. Clean the skin, any impurities and fat off the pork cheeks. Make a brine with 13g of salt per kg for 45 minutes.
  2. Wash and dry the cheeks; Brown both sides in a frying pan and remove. Braise the onion, the garlic and the paprika in the same frying pan where you browned the cheeks and add some Red Herdade dos Grous wine. Put all in a pan with the meat broth and stew for 1:30h until they’re soft and juicy.
  3. Put the washed and dried sweet potatoes over thick sea salt in a tray for 45 minutes in the oven. Peel them and grind them (in the Bimby) and season with salt, pepper and olive oil.
  4. Peel the onions and the garlics and chop them into small cubes.
  5. Peel the carrots and fry them. Roast and peel the chestnuts.
  6. Plate the cheeks along with the sweet mash potato, the carrots and the roasted chestnuts.

January 1st is known practically since forever as the first day of the year.

It was implemented in 46 a.d. by the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, on the exact day that the Romans dedicated to Janus, the God of Gates. The word “January” actually comes from the name of this God which was known for having 2 faces: one turning forward (the future) and another turning backwards (the past). 

Nowadays, the New Year or “Réveillon” celebrations, word that comes from the French verb “Réveiller” (“to awake”, in English), are common to almost all the cultures that use an annual calendar. The celebrations are different from culture to culture, sometimes even inside the country, from region to region. In Portugal, there are some peculiar traditions such as eating 12 raisins as the clock strikes midnight, jumping from a chair with Money on your shoe, pocket or hand, making noise with the lid of a pan to push bad luck away and to dive in the ocean on the night of the 31st December or the following day. The traditions are too many to count, but one of them is very common: the dinner on the 31st December with family and friends as a way of saying goodbye to the old year. 

At VILA VITA Parc we help you turn your New Year’s Eve dinner into one of the most special and delicious moments of your life. See below VILA VITA Parc’s restaurants’ special New Year’s Eve menus and book now to say goodbye to 2017 with a delicious and elegant memory. 


Adega Restaurant

Anyone passionate about the traditional Portuguese gastronomy cannot help to feel tempted by the special New Year’s Eve menu at the Adega Restaurant. Grilled octopus, Atlantic fish soup with Clams or na Egg Cream and Cinnamon Cornucopia, are some of the dishes that will almost leave you speechless.

Occupying a rustic, whitewashed building on the VILA VITA Parc estate and boasting a spacious sunny terrace with views over the swan lake, Adega channels the rustic romance of the Mediterranean. It is one of the highest demand restaurants at VILA VITA Parc.

Reservations: +351 282 310 100 / fb@vilavitaparc.com | WebsiteAdega Restaurant

 

Atlântico Restaurant

The flavours of the Mediterranean cuisine, based on local products, are the main elements of Atlântico Restaurant’s special New Year’s Eve menu. The Smoked Quail Cream Soup with Périgord Truffle, the Sole with Imperial Caviar Sauce, Spinach and Champagne or the Hibiscus Flower Infused Melon are only some of the dishes included in the menu of 2017’s last evening, in this restaurant of extraordinary views of blue and green over the Atlantic Ocean and VILA VITA Parc’s gardens. 

Reservations: +351 282 310 100 / fb@vilavitaparc.com | WebsiteAtlântico Restaurant

 

VILA VITA Biergarten

This year, gather friends and family and come say goodbye to 2017 with the best flavours of the German gastronomy, in a place so much like the Bavarian mountain chalets. You’ll be greeted with a welcome cocktail, followed by the special New Year’s Eve menu made of delicious dishes such as the Herring Fillet with Chicory Salad, Apple and Beetroot, the Pumpkin Cream Soup with Brez’n Croutouns or the Dunkel Beer Brownie with Salted Caramel and Pistachio Ice-cream. And of course the always refreshing and amazing German beer and live music that will liven up your evening and have you enter 2018 in the most amazing way!

Reservations: +351 282 310 230 / biergarten@vilavitaparc.com | WebsiteVILA VITA Biergarten

Praia Dourada Restaurant

How does the idea of saying goodbye to 2017 in a relaxed, beach atmosphere, with the sound of the sea waves as a background music and the sand only a few steps away sound? Good? Very good? Then the Praia Dourada Restaurant, at the beach in Armação de Pera may very well be the ideal option for you. The special New Year’s Eve menu will be made of delicious dishes such as Oysters with Yuzu and Chili, Rumpsteak with Chimichurri and Cassava Chips and a Spiced Hazelnut-Pear Cake with a Chocolate sauce to finish. Oh, and we’ll make sure that you enter 2018 with rhythm in your feet with the music of our Live DJ throughout the evening!

Reservations: +351 282 310 230 / fb@vilavitaparc.com | WebsitePraia Dourada Restaurant