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  •   This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Ideally positioned on the corner of Bouganvilia Plaza is De Barra where the perfect pint of Guinness is guaranteed ! Described as a ʻBar & Grillʼ There is something for everyone here to enjoy. The kitchen offers a hearty Irish breakfast to a full dinner, all of excellent quality and presentation. If sport is your thing, then there is no shortage here! TVʼs inside and out, showing Irish, English and European sports. If you see the sign for ʻSix Irish Menʼ performing there live, I suggest you pencil that into your busy schedule as they are a band not to miss! Live Music is listed on the board outside and on...

    De Barra – Traditional Irish Pub in the Heart of Quinta do Lago

      This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Ideally positioned on the corner of Bouganvilia Plaza is De Barra where the perfect pint of Guinness is guaranteed ! Described as a ʻBar & Grillʼ There is something for everyone here to enjoy. The kitchen offers a hearty Irish breakfast to a full dinner, all of excellent quality and presentation. If sport is your thing, then there is no shortage here! TVʼs inside and out, showing Irish, English and European sports. If you see the sign for ʻSix Irish Menʼ performing there live, I suggest you pencil that into your busy schedule as they are a band not to miss! Live Music is listed on the board outside and on...

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  • This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Your child’s education is their future. Choosing the correct school when moving abroad is one of the biggest decisions a parent will ever face. State Portuguese School – When we moved here, our children were 8 and 10 and we opted for the State system. A new life brings with it new challenges, a different lifestyle, knowledge of local culture and customs, and new friendships. There is no denying they were borderline age bracket for this, but they coped well after a few ups and downs. Children are far more resilient than we give them credit for. They stuck at it, failed the year a few times (its like the American system...

    State School v International School? What is the best solution for your child?

    This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Your child’s education is their future. Choosing the correct school when moving abroad is one of the biggest decisions a parent will ever face. State Portuguese School – When we moved here, our children were 8 and 10 and we opted for the State system. A new life brings with it new challenges, a different lifestyle, knowledge of local culture and customs, and new friendships. There is no denying they were borderline age bracket for this, but they coped well after a few ups and downs. Children are far more resilient than we give them credit for. They stuck at it, failed the year a few times (its like the American system...

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  •   This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Pets enrich our lives, and love us unconditionally. Many things must be considered when moving abroad with your faithful and beloved furry friends. Are you prepared for the various diseases that your best friend would be particularly vulnerable to? If you are considering traveling back and forth, you pet will need a ʻPet Passportʼ which requires vaccinations, photos, microchip and the relevant veterinary signatures. If you are bringing him out permanently, then export papers are required and can be obtained with the help of your local vet. Next, do you drive or fly them over? Some airlines like TAP and Monarch will carry pets, usually in the hold. A Fitness to...

    Moving out with your pet, or thinking of adopting an animal here?

      This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Pets enrich our lives, and love us unconditionally. Many things must be considered when moving abroad with your faithful and beloved furry friends. Are you prepared for the various diseases that your best friend would be particularly vulnerable to? If you are considering traveling back and forth, you pet will need a ʻPet Passportʼ which requires vaccinations, photos, microchip and the relevant veterinary signatures. If you are bringing him out permanently, then export papers are required and can be obtained with the help of your local vet. Next, do you drive or fly them over? Some airlines like TAP and Monarch will carry pets, usually in the hold. A Fitness to...

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  •   This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Its a worry when we get ill. Its even more of a worry when you are not in your home country. Though some of us battle with the language of the country we chose to live, we still all prefer to speak our native tongue when issues as important as our health is concerned. Fluent English and German speaking Dr Thomas Kaiser at the Vale do Lobo Medical Centre offers a comprehensive medical service and is conveniently located at the entrance of Vale do Lobo and also at Quinta do Lago. Dr Kaiser is a well respected General Practitioner and heads the team. A cardiologist, Gynaecologist, Ophthalmologist, Dentist, Cosmetic and Plastic...

    Worried about medical care? Donʼt be.

      This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Its a worry when we get ill. Its even more of a worry when you are not in your home country. Though some of us battle with the language of the country we chose to live, we still all prefer to speak our native tongue when issues as important as our health is concerned. Fluent English and German speaking Dr Thomas Kaiser at the Vale do Lobo Medical Centre offers a comprehensive medical service and is conveniently located at the entrance of Vale do Lobo and also at Quinta do Lago. Dr Kaiser is a well respected General Practitioner and heads the team. A cardiologist, Gynaecologist, Ophthalmologist, Dentist, Cosmetic and Plastic...

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  •   This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Known to locals as ʻThe Potʼ, the Melting Pot offers a traditional English style watering hole in the centre of Quinta Shopping. You never know who you might be standing or sitting next to in here, from millionaires to holiday makers, ʻThe Potʼ is comfort and cool mixed into one. A friendly smile from the bar staff greet you, and manners do seem to be the norm, with an ʻexcuse me pleaseʼ as someone walks past! It certainly makes a change to be in a polite but fun environment I must say. The bar offers a wide range of alcoholic beverages, cocktails, wines and snacks, all at good prices considering the...

    Have a drink with the elite at ʻThe Potʼ

      This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Known to locals as ʻThe Potʼ, the Melting Pot offers a traditional English style watering hole in the centre of Quinta Shopping. You never know who you might be standing or sitting next to in here, from millionaires to holiday makers, ʻThe Potʼ is comfort and cool mixed into one. A friendly smile from the bar staff greet you, and manners do seem to be the norm, with an ʻexcuse me pleaseʼ as someone walks past! It certainly makes a change to be in a polite but fun environment I must say. The bar offers a wide range of alcoholic beverages, cocktails, wines and snacks, all at good prices considering the...

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  •   This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: My love of the sweet stuff is well known amongst those who know (and hopefully) love me. La Crêperie offers not only THE most lush crepes and ice creams, but is the perfect place to indulge yourself with some people watching on the cool chill out terrace. A stage offers live entertainment in the early evenings, and a wonderful way to begin a night out in the Praça. On the way too or from the golden beach just a mere stones throw away, this is the place to pop in for a coffee or something slightly more scrumptious. You know already Iʼve gone for sweet (my dentist is amazed i still...

    La Creperie in the Praca of Vale do Lobo

      This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: My love of the sweet stuff is well known amongst those who know (and hopefully) love me. La Crêperie offers not only THE most lush crepes and ice creams, but is the perfect place to indulge yourself with some people watching on the cool chill out terrace. A stage offers live entertainment in the early evenings, and a wonderful way to begin a night out in the Praça. On the way too or from the golden beach just a mere stones throw away, this is the place to pop in for a coffee or something slightly more scrumptious. You know already Iʼve gone for sweet (my dentist is amazed i still...

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  • Britons looking for an affordable second home or income-generating rental property might find what they’re looking for in the beach paradise of the Algarve in Portugal. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) reports an expected increase in distressed properties in Portugal in the first quarter of 2012 which presents opportunity to British investors who are looking for a good deal. Rics senior economist Josh Miller suggests that this is the ideal opportunity for Britons looking for a second-home or rental property to branch out and grab a bargain which offers fantastic views and an enviable location in an area that boasts high letting demands. Escape from the average UK home price of £228,385 and soak up 300 days of...

    Distressed Properties Create Investment Opportunities in the Algarve

    Britons looking for an affordable second home or income-generating rental property might find what they’re looking for in the beach paradise of the Algarve in Portugal. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) reports an expected increase in distressed properties in Portugal in the first quarter of 2012 which presents opportunity to British investors who are looking for a good deal. Rics senior economist Josh Miller suggests that this is the ideal opportunity for Britons looking for a second-home or rental property to branch out and grab a bargain which offers fantastic views and an enviable location in an area that boasts high letting demands. Escape from the average UK home price of £228,385 and soak up 300 days of...

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  •   This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Vale do Lobo Praça really has grown in quality and charm with the recent opening of ʻGiselaʼsʼ. Some of you may already be familiar with Giselas food through her private catering company ʻFine Dining In Styleʼ and their Michelin trained chefs. Luckily for us, we now have the remarkable new ʻGiselaʼsʼ restaurant. Everything at Giselas is attention to detail. Hues of pinks and aquas, entwined with trace elements of black and silver leaf, provide the delectable and tasteful ʻchocolate boxʼ interior.. An exquisite menu selection draws you into the magic which is Giselas food creations. This really is a superb dining experience, from the sumptuous and stylish decor, to the quietly...

    Giselas Restaurant – A ʻChocolate Boxʼ delight of gastronomical deliciousness !

      This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Vale do Lobo Praça really has grown in quality and charm with the recent opening of ʻGiselaʼsʼ. Some of you may already be familiar with Giselas food through her private catering company ʻFine Dining In Styleʼ and their Michelin trained chefs. Luckily for us, we now have the remarkable new ʻGiselaʼsʼ restaurant. Everything at Giselas is attention to detail. Hues of pinks and aquas, entwined with trace elements of black and silver leaf, provide the delectable and tasteful ʻchocolate boxʼ interior.. An exquisite menu selection draws you into the magic which is Giselas food creations. This really is a superb dining experience, from the sumptuous and stylish decor, to the quietly...

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  •   This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Sitting here gazing at the crinkled velvet ocean, even though the eggs benedict are fabulous, but I am half regretting my decision to make this my breakfast stop. Reason 1) I noticed the lobster tank on arrival and the cheeky crabs and lobsters waving at me and almost shouting ʻhey blondie, pick meʼ !!! Reason 2) I have just seen their evening menu. Reason 3) I really want to sample ALL of their deserts Reason 4) It is a really romantic location and Iʼm here on my own!!! As the name Sandbanks suggests, it is perfectly situated at the end of the Praça with a spectacular view over the Atlantic, and...

    Sandbanks Fish and Seafood Restaurant – Charm, Chic and Style, Sandbanks is Sunny, Sunny Days Through to Starry, Starry Nights.

      This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: Sitting here gazing at the crinkled velvet ocean, even though the eggs benedict are fabulous, but I am half regretting my decision to make this my breakfast stop. Reason 1) I noticed the lobster tank on arrival and the cheeky crabs and lobsters waving at me and almost shouting ʻhey blondie, pick meʼ !!! Reason 2) I have just seen their evening menu. Reason 3) I really want to sample ALL of their deserts Reason 4) It is a really romantic location and Iʼm here on my own!!! As the name Sandbanks suggests, it is perfectly situated at the end of the Praça with a spectacular view over the Atlantic, and...

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  •   This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: With a very Italian flair and feel, La Terrazza is authentic in its dishes and surroundings. Right in the heart of the Praça and next to Montys where I do admit to a few excellent nights out recently! The elegant dining room is Italian themed, but as the weather is so good I chose to sit on the terrace. There is also a great view of the centre stage here, so not only can you worship the heavenly nights here, you can listen to the entertainment! The one big thing I have noticed amongst all the places I have visited in the Praça, is the seamless way all things flow. I...

    La Terrazza Restaurant – Italian Style and Chic in a Warm and Inviting Setting

      This article was written by Algarve Life Stripped Naked: With a very Italian flair and feel, La Terrazza is authentic in its dishes and surroundings. Right in the heart of the Praça and next to Montys where I do admit to a few excellent nights out recently! The elegant dining room is Italian themed, but as the weather is so good I chose to sit on the terrace. There is also a great view of the centre stage here, so not only can you worship the heavenly nights here, you can listen to the entertainment! The one big thing I have noticed amongst all the places I have visited in the Praça, is the seamless way all things flow. I...

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