Fashion and fitness shows, beauty makeovers, photo shoots, food and wine tastings, and trips on a private yacht are all on the agenda at Glamour, a taste of the high life which is taking place at Vila Vita Parc on 21 June.
The Algarve International Fair (2-3 June) combines a lifestyle exhibition with family fun, including car displays, arts and crafts, a dog show, and plenty to eat and drink. Expect special events for the Queen’s Jubilee.
Gourmet private catering company Fine Dining In Style now has a swish restaurant, Gisela’s. The restaurant serves high-quality Portuguese and international cuisine in an enviable location with ocean views.
Contemporary Portuguese cuisine and an extensive wine list are on the menu at Pimenta Preta, with live music by the pool on Friday evenings in summer.
Wine lovers are starting to discover the Algarve. Find out for yourself if this growing reputation is deserved with a wine tour at Adega do Cantor in Guia or Quinta dos Vales in Estombar, or a taste-and-buy session at Veneza in Paderne.
For an online guide to facilities and services in the Algarve which are geared towards the requirements of visitors with disabilities, special needs or medical conditions.
Designer seclusion arrives this month in the shape of the new Fazenda Nova (rooms from €150), a country estate converted into a stylish 10-bedroom retreat by the owners, complete with restaurant, pool, gardens and orchards.
A luxury villa-style boutique hotel close to Caneiros beach, Casa Rei das Praias (rooms from €130) is ideal for a romantic stay, and has both indoor and outdoor pools and a mini-spa.
Vale d’Oliveiras (rooms from €189) offers two separate units – the hotel for couples and the residences for families, plus a comprehensive range of excellent facilities.
For great ideas for outside living, home accessories, flowers and gifts, head for the newly opened Dunas Home, a perfect complement to the existing Dunas fashion boutique in nearby Quinta Shopping.
There’s a ‘secret garden’ feel to Studio Bongard, where you will find sculptures, paintings and tiled pieces hidden among the plants and indoor ponds as you wander through the various courtyards and rooms.
For souvenirs with a difference, the quaint Cantinho da São offers hand-made Portuguese lace, purses, bags, cushions and children’s toys.
Johnny Hooper’s is a relaxed barrestaurant featuring the sax-playing owner on stage every Tuesday and Friday night, plus Latino and blues bands every Sunday afternoon.
The award-winning cocktails are reason enough to seek out InnSide Caffé – not to mention the 4am closing time.
If you fancy a dance go to Katedral, with separate areas playing house, 80s, R&B, Latin and pop. There is also a balcony with wonderful sea views.