Celebrating nature and the perils of technology

Lone almond tree with blossom in a field with olive trees

February is bringing some interesting events back to the Algarve. We’ve chosen orange festivals, almond festivals and a nod to the pitfalls of modern technology.

Pitfalls of modern technology

On February 3 and 4 Teatro Mascarenhas Gregório in Silves will host the Internet of Things – A Revue.

Taking a light-hearted view at all things cyberspace, these sketches and songs will no doubt have you nodding in agreement where computers, clouds, AI are concerned. Have you embraced modern digital technology?

For more information and to reserve tickets, at €15, email or ring +351 933 374 865. Proceeds are going to the Portimão Soup Kitchen and Castelo dos Sonhos.

Doors and bar open at 7pm with the show starting at 7.30pm.

Algarve Almond Blossom Festival

Taking place over the weekend, February 2 – 4, this festival will be celebrating its third anniversary.

Taking place at Alta Mora the festival aims are to encourage visitors to the area to enjoy local culture and of course nature.

With almond blossom now appearing on the trees, visitors will be able to enjoy hiking, with routes ranging from 5kms to 20kms. There will be three states with folk music taking centre stage.

Portuguese folklore will be acted out, including the legend of almond blossom, dance will be celebrated and there will be exhibitions including gone by the local Scout group.

With a giant almond tart, market, artisan village, street art, traditional games, farm animals and live statues, to name but a few attractions, this festival promises to please all ages and tastes.

Entry is free for children up to 10 years, €2 for children aged 11-14 year and €3 for everyone else.

Open from 9am to 6pm.

Orange festivals

Portimão will host its Orange Festival at the municipal market, showcasing locally grown oranges with cookery demonstrations plus with the opportunity of buying oranges at a discounted price.

From February 6 to 9, demonstrations will take place between 10am and 11.30am. On February 10 chef of NUMA restaurant, Nuno Martins, will prepare recipes for visitors to enjoy.

Silves will then take up the gauntlet with its orange festival entitled The Weekend Full of Orange Flavour (Fim de Semana com Sabor a Laranja).

Taking place between February 10 – 12, the seventh festival is in fact held in local restaurants where diners will find a dish made with oranges on the menu.

The restaurants must also include at least one wine or beer made locally and a desert made with oranges.

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