Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Facing out into the Atlantic Ocean, its red-tiled roofs sit atop ice cream coloured buildings and its cobbled streets ring with the sound of trams.

The sun-drenched images of Lisbon which follow, captured so beautifully by Australian photographer Katie Mitchell, showcase this pretty capital to perfection. It is known for both the visual feast of sorbet colours and the quintessentially Portuguese tiles which are used on public buildings and private homes alike. These tiles, known as Azulejos meaning ‘polished stone’, will be instantly recognisable to anyone who has visited the city. They come in a myriad of colours and patterns and can be found decorating both the interior and exterior of buildings.

Taking the images of Lisbon as my starting point this week, I have interwoven photographs of Lisbon with interior images which celebrate the colours and patterns of this ancient city. Inspiration for great design really can be found everywhere you look . . .


Catamaran Ophelia Family Day:

 We invite you to join us aboard the “Ophelia” for an unforgettable experience! During this full day cruise you can savour the stunning views offered by one of Europe’s most impressive coastlines. We depart from Portimão passing the pretty fishing village of Ferragudo and the historic castle which overlooks the beach. We cruise at ease towards the east, to Armação de Pêra. Don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful coastal scenery along the way.

Cruising towards the grottoes at Algar Sêco, here our small boats will take you into different grottoes, where you will find natural rock formations. We anchor and transport the guests onto the beach, where you can soak in the sun or do some activities such as snorkelling, frisbees or volleyball.
In the mean time the crew prepares a delicious BBQ on the beach (bread, salad, mixed grill, red or white wine, water, orange squash) . Travelling back we pass some of the beautiful, secluded cove beaches around Carvoeiro. For wonderful holiday memories, don’t miss this day!
reservations call steve 00351 934955549


Best algarve Jeep Safari around is by Portitours.

It’s fun, informative and takes you to parts of the Algarve that you would never find on your own. We highly recommend it.

The interior of this beautiful region is dotted with winding earthen tracks and tiny villages that allow you glimpses of a style and pace of life that is fast disappearing. Travelling in a convoy of 4 X 4 jeeps, you leave the coastal resorts behind and explore the white-washed villages, orange and lemon orchards and eucalyptus groves. You learn of the local flora and fauna, of the old traditions and customs still practiced in this area, of the secrets of harvesting the cork trees of their precious bark. You visit a small farm, sample some local honey and see where the “medronho” is distilled. Medronho is a very potent local drink made from the berries of the arbutus tree. It will apparently cure whatever ails you! The day includes a tasty lunch of chicken piri-piri in a local restaurant.

10 reasons to visit Sintra – Lisbon in Portugal By Camille


10 reasons to visit Sintra only 40 minutes from Lisbon. If you plan a trip to Lisbon , do not miss my City Guide for visiting Lisbon, but do not miss taking a trip for a day, two days or even a week in Sintra ! Sintra is a small box in Wonderland, you venture more and more we discover castles, palaces and unexpected places .

Catamaran Ophelia with Beach BBQ

The Ophelia Catamaran is a romantic and original wedding venue as well as a fun setting for your Hen or Stag party & familys in the Algarve.

At sunset, with the magnificent coastline scenery in the background, a wedding aboard the Ophelia is unique and intimate. Chilled champagne, soft music and a ceremony made to your measure ensures a wedding to remember. After all, if you choose to marry in the Algarve , it’s because you want something that little bit special and different.

For bookings & availability please Contact

 me at ophelia office waterfront alvor R. da Ribeira, 8500 Alvor

00351 934 955 549 stevie