During September Algarve towns took part in European Mobility Week. Faro, Loulé and Portimão closed roads allowing freedom of movement without the use of cars to raise awareness of 2020’s theme, Zero-emission mobility for all, which reflects the very ambitious target of a carbon-neutral continent by 2050.
With a new generation of Portuguese cyclists now doing very well in the sport, it is becoming extremely popular across the country.
João Almeida and Rúben Guerreiro took part in the 103rd Volta a Itália, the former led the race for 15 days, finishing fourth overall and the latter was the first Portuguese to win the main mountain classification of the race.
But cycling is not the only sport to be enjoyed in Algarve. There are many activities to enjoy in the region and VisitAlgarve, the Algarve tourist board’s site, offers suggestions for all abilities. They don’t just suggest the usual tourist sights either but also the less-seen parts of the Algarve.
Of course, you will be building up an appetite whilst travelling the region and you will find many opportunities to enjoy local dishes along with the well-known favourites. Favas com chouriço (broad beans with smoked sausage) is a hearty meal as is feijoada (bean stew with beef and pork). Portuguese soups are quite filling in the winter so do try these with delicious freshly-baked bread. Soups like caldo verde, canja da galinha and açordas are all very popular.
If you fancy trying to make a soup at home, take a look at our easy recipe for caldo verde. Or perhaps you want to use your slow cooker and enjoy a Jardineira – a Portuguese beef stew – click here for the recipe.
The region also has some wonderful wines and it is possible to enjoy wine tastings at most wineries. Click here for information on local wines and wineries.
Over the Christmas holiday period visitors can enjoy many festive dishes and with Algarve being a great winter destination, even now, why not visit with your close family and enjoy the mild climate and wealth of activities in the fresh air.