Algarve Wine Route

Set off to discover the region`s delicious wines.

We suggest that you drive the few kilometres from the VidaMar Resort Algarve to the magnificent wine estates of the Algarve Demarcated Region. Once there, take a stroll around the properties amid the earthy and green hues of the vineyards, with the Atlantic almost always in view on the horizon, and finish up with a tasting of wines many of which have won international prizes. These are elegant, balanced wines made from the most traditional grape varieties: Syrah, Moscatel (Muscat), Arinto, Negra Mole, Trincadeira, Aragonês (Tempranillo) and Castelão.

From the sea cliffs of Albufeira to Sir Cliff Richard’s Adega do Cantor

Our first recommended winery is overseen by Sir Cliff Richard. A fan of the Algarve for some four decades, the British singer has here succeeded in bringing a longstanding dream to life: that of his own vineyard. The Adega do Cantor (literally Singer’s Winery) in Guia, just 10 minutes by car from the VidaMar Resort Algarve, makes for a relaxing visit. Here at the highest point of the Quinta do Miradouro estate, an expert will explain to you the characteristics of the grape varieties chosen to be planted here, as you are guided around the vineyard. Then, in the winery where production takes place, you will have the chance to taste the wines, including the well-known Vida Nova.

Quinta dos Vales: art and fine wines

About a 20-minute drive from the VidaMar Resort Algarve, in Estômbar, the vines of the Quinta dos Vales spread out before you. Guided visits start in the sculpture garden, with its large-scale artworks, and continue on the vines themselves. Your tour may also include a visit to see the farm animals – sheep of the Iberian Churra breed, goats, geese, miniature pigs and deer – which visitors may feed with fodder available on the estate. Afterwards you will learn about the wine-making process, as your guide reveals some of the secrets of wines that have won more 100 national and international prizes. Then it is time to sample some of these delicious Marquês dos Vales: six reds, nine whites and three rosés.

Birdwatching in Algarve

LAGOA DOS SALGADOS: A GREAT PLACE FOR BIRDWATCHING ENTHUSIASTS.

The Salgados Lagoon, in the Algarve, is on the national list of Important Bird Areas and one of the wetlands most sought after by nature lovers to spot birds. On this body of water, separated from the Atlantic by a line of dunes, more than 200 species have been recorded. It is a major nesting area for birds such as the ferruginous duck, western swamphen, little bittern and pied avocet.

TRAILS TO ENJOY ON FOOT OR BY BIKE
A stone’s throw from the Vidamar Resort Algarve, near the Praia Grande beach to the south, a wooden walkway serves as a route along which you can set out on foot or by bike to discover the abundant birdlife in these unique wetlands. The circuit takes between two and three hours and makes for a lovely outing, above all at the end of the day, when the light is ideal for birdwatching.

AT THE LAGOA DOS SALGADOS YOU CAN SPOT BIRDS ALL YEAR ROUND
Species such as the western swamphen and the little owl may be seen here in all seasons. The greater flamingo is another popular local resident in autumn, winter and spring. The squacco heron, glossy ibis, ruff, Caspian tern and bluethroat inhabit these wetlands in autumn and winter. In the spring and summer you can see purple heron, short-toed lark and Alpine swift.
The Salgados Lagoon is also said to be the best place in the Algarve to spot garganey and other rare birds.


OTHER UNMISSABLE BIRDWATCHING AREAS

Sagres
A Natural Park and Special Protection Area for birdlife where you can find a great range of seabirds, birds of prey and steppe birds (present in uplands). Some species are year-round residents, such as the red-billed chough and peregrine falcon. It is also an important stop for migrants such as the black stork, do Egyptian vulture, griffon vulture and Iberian imperial eagle, among others.

Ria de Alvor
Classed as a Site of Conservation Interest, this estuary has regular inhabitants such as the stone-curlew and black-winged stilt. Migrants using the saltmarshes here as a staging post include flamingoes and spoonbills.

Ria Formosa
A Natural Park and Special Protection Area for birdlife that is considered to be the country’s third most important wetland, this large area of lagoons extends for some 60 kilometres of saltmarsh, salt pans and waterways. It is home to thousands of waterbirds, including herons, flamingoes, little terns, ospreys and red-crested pochards.

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Dream weddings at Vidamar Resort Algarve

AT TOP WEDDING FAIRS IN DUBLIN AND LONDON IN 2016.

Sun, mild temperatures, a honeymoon by the seaside, time out with family and friends, a reception on the beach or in the Mediterranean and tropical gardens of the VidaMar Resort Algarve. What better setting for your dream wedding?

These factors above all are what is winning over ever more British and Irish couples when they stop at the VidaMar Resort Algarve stand at top international wedding fairs in the UK and Ireland.

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We started the campaign off in January of 2016 by showing off the best of our spaces and services at the Algarve & Lisbon Wedding Show in Dublin, then in February moved on to London, to the Hospital Club. At both these major fairs our presentation was organised by our partners, Algarve Wedding Planners.

Both in Dublin and in London we were able to speak to many couples who, after hearing all about our services and spaces, set a date for their wedding at the resort in 2016, 2017 and even 2018.

As far as the infrastructure for weddings goes, the VidaMar Resort Algarve has some unique spaces for the ceremony and party, which can start on the beach and carry on in the VidaMar’s exotic gardens, with a restaurant, patio and stunning views of the Atlantic,” notes João Cardoso, managing director of the five-star resort.

INVESTMENT IN A NEW SPACE EXCLUSIVELY FOR EVENTS

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For the events it hosts all year round, and weddings in particular, VidaMar Resort Algarve has in 2016 gone ahead with an investment to upgrade a space that is very popular for weddings.

It’s an exclusive and dedicated place that offers the kind of dream setting that couples appreciate so much – just a few steps away from the beach, and with a wooden deck with shade and a panoramic sea view where the ceremony itself can be held, and a nearby open-air space in the palm-tree garden for the reception”, João Cardoso explains.

UNIQUE SETTINGS AND TOP-CLASS SERVICES

As well as the unique settings designs by nature itself that make the Algarve – a beach and golf destination that has repeatedly been voted the best in Europe and one of the best in the world, the VidaMar Resort Algarve can offer a specialised team dedicated exclusively to organising weddings.

We can offer a concept that makes couples’ choices much easier: a one-stop shop where they can ponder a panoply of options for the various services that make up the wedding: from the menu and drinks at the wedding reception, to the hairdresser, florist, photographer and video team, DJ, transfers, accommodation and honeymoon, among other elements – all with the guarantee of authenticity and differentiation of the Vidamar brand,” stresses João Cardoso.

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VidaMar Resort Algarve innovates with culinary workshops

SUSHI WORKSHOP BRINGS NOS STAFF TOGETHER.

A group of 30 employees of the NOS group took time off work on Tuesday to do a sushi workshop at VidaMar Resort Algarve’s Koi Sushi restaurant. This gastronomic adventure in Oriental flavours, overseen by chef Miguel Teixeira, served to boost team spirit and creativity, as well as enabling participants to explore authentic Japanese cuisine.

For a few hours, 30 NOS employees had the chance to be sushi chefs, under the watchful eyes of Isabel Alexandrino, chef of the Koi Sushi restaurant at VidaMar Resort Algarve and of Miguel Teixeira, executive chef of the VidaMar group.

After a presentation on the history of sushi in a global context, the NOS staff began learning about the whole process of cooking and seasoning the rice – “considered by many to be the main secret of the quality of good sushi,” according to executive chef Miguel Teixeira.

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Once they had risen to that challenge, participants were divided into two teams – the white aprons and the black aprons – in a healthy contest to produce the best NOS sushi.

The first group started by making homossaki. Although they faced some difficulties, the rolls did come out in the end – “not least because lunch depended on getting the job done,” jokes Chef Teixeira.

After that they dived into the world of tempura, learning some of the secrets of the light, crunchy batter used in this Japanese culinary classic that can be used in cooking a wide range of vegetables as well as fish and other seafood.

Then they moved on to hot dishes cooked on a teppanyaki, the griddle used to grill all kinds of ingredients in Japanese cuisine.

At the same time, members of the second group were trying their hand at making uramaki, which in Japanese means ‘inside-out roll’ – rice on the outside and filing inside.

They also studied the techniques for making niguiri, “which presented some difficulties for the participants,” stresses Chef Teixeira.

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Finally, they learned about the best ways to cut fish, depending on what dish it is you intend to prepare.

All this “with one eye on the fish and the other on the clock: time was ticking away and they had just 50 minutes to finish all the tasks,” explains Teixeira.

Madeira wins a World Travel Awards

MADEIRA WINS A WORLD TRAVEL AWARD.

For the first time, Madeira Islands won a World Travel Awards prize and became a World Leading Island Destination.
Despite the existing competition from islands destinations such as Bali, Barbados, Crete, the Cook Islands, Jamaica, the Maldives, Mauritius, St. Lucia, Sardinia, the Seychelles, Sicily and Zanzibar, Madeira Islands was able to win the award which, on yearly basis, recognizes the excellence and outstanding brands and locations in the tourism industry, from all over the world.
The “tourism Oscars” were given in a ceremony held on the evening of the 12th of December, at El Jadida, Morocco.

Welcome to the Vidamar Resort Algarve!

Dive into the best of what life has to offer.

With visitors to the Algarve in mind – and, of course, our guests in particular – from this year the Vidamar Resort Algarve blog is offering a wide range of themes, starting with useful tips for planning your stay at the Vidamar Resort Algarve, where you can enjoy the seawater pools and tropical gardens, simply relax in our Spa, or delight in the gourmet food that our restaurants have in store for you.

On the Vidamar Resort Algarve blog you can find out at first hand about the programmes and services developed by the Resort with your stay in mind, and which offer unique experiences by the sea – moments of pure relaxation, leisure and adventure.

All this in a setting of unparalleled natural beauty, with a wonderful view over the Atlantic and the sweep of Salgados beach, the Golf Course and the Salgados Lagoon Natural Reserve.


Here you can also pick up the latest news, updates and interesting facts about Europe’s most famous secret, the Algarve.

Find out what to do and visit in the region.
Discover secret places to explore, such as near-deserted beaches.
And nature trails that you can walk or cycle.
Be dazzled by the local birdlife that every year attracts thousands of Portuguese and foreign birdwatchers.
Try out the sports on offer: from golf to nautical and water sports.
Savour local gastronomy – essentially Mediterranean cuisine, which is classified as UNESCO
Intangible World Heritage.
Learn about the region’s history, traditions and monuments.

And, of course, the unique beaches that make the Algarve one of the world’s top holiday destinations.

The challenge is a simple one: make the most of the incomparable experiences that a stay at the Vidamar Resort Algarve has to offer you, whether as a couple or family, or on business.

You’re welcome!