The entrances to many places across the Algarve are inviting, artistic and visually appealing, whether they are public buildings or private ones. In some cases the doorways are old and covered in a patina of paint, dust and other grunge. But mostly I find people simply ‘do up’ their entrances… Continue reading →
There must be something about the unique combination of sun, sand, sea and warm breezes that stimulates creativity because I find that the Algarve is loaded with creative folks. And those who choose to join me for my Feeding the Muse creativity retreat always find that it is so much… Continue reading →
I was talking with some friends this morning. They have both given themselves the luxury of experiencing one of my retreats. And they are very clear that a retreat and a vacation are not synonymous, even though many women think they are. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a big… Continue reading →
Nespera By Any Other Name . . . On my first several trips to the Algarve I kept noticing a fruit tree that I’d never seen before. It seems to grow everywhere, out of cracks and crevices, and each Spring these small trees are loaded with apricot sized and coloured… Continue reading →
Is there anything nicer when you are having a fabulous vacation than to treat yourself to a spa experience? Perhaps your preference is for a relaxing massage, maybe even one in a glorious setting overlooking the sea. Or you may be more of an esthetics person – pedicure, manicure, facial…. Continue reading →
Fado is an incredible Portuguese musical artform rooted in the ancient Alfama district of Lisbon. Usually described as Portugal’s form of blues, it is most often sung by women. These days you can find Fado offered in many restaurants around the Algarve. But don’t go looking for Fado houses in… Continue reading →
When many people hear that I offer retreats in the Algarve they look puzzled and ask me what that’s all about. For many, a retreat is part of a religious experience that involves going off to some ashram, convent, monastery or other isolated place for a time of spiritual reflection… Continue reading →
Art in public spaces is not something I’ve encountered a whole lot of as I’ve traveled around the Algarve. However, on my January trip I did come across an impressive sculpture in a tiny little hamlet called Vila Nova de Cacela. I had parked my car at the edge of… Continue reading →
I recently spent two more glorious weeks in the Algarve.Â Only this time, I moved east, staying in the delightful town of Tavira.Â My days were spent exploring the town, the back country, the waterfront and, of course, the many fine dining opportunities that abound in the Algarve.Â Off-the-beaten track… Continue reading →
Not only does Nature renew, refresh and enliven herself each Spring, but it is a great opportunity for women who want more out of life to do the same.Â Join me for two great renewal opportunities this Spring. These women’s retreats are not to be missed. Choose from A Taste… Continue reading →
Gwen McCauley here, Algarve travel expert and culinary tour guide. Welcome to my site and to the opportunity to host you on either one of my Custom Culinary Tours or my week-long scheduled A Taste of Algarve tours.
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You may also be interested in knowing that I sustain collaborations with friendly and knowledgeable guides in other parts of Portugal. Mary H. Goudie, Lisbon, and I, in particular, often collaborate to offer our clients a 2-location custom culinary experience. Ask about how we can make your next visit to Portugal one you'll never forget . . .in the most positive and delightful way!