Vegetarian Delights May: Embracing the Mediterranean Lifestyle Diet

Join us on a culinary journey that promises to delight your senses.

May 24, 2024

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Our retreat not only offers a unique opportunity to participate in group food preparation and cooking but also provides insights into the health benefits of the revered Mediterranean lifestyle, known for its significance in ‘Blue Zone’ regions.

At Figs on the Funcho, we believe in hands-on experiences. Guests are encouraged to roll up their sleeves, participate in food preparation, and cook delicious meals together. And after all the hard work, we come together to relish a well-deserved feast, complemented by the finest Portuguese wines.

In your spare time, put on your walking shoes and stroll along peaceful riverside paths, where every step unveils wonderful vistas that that will leave you in awe.

Our retreat offers not just an opportunity to elevate your cooking skills but also a chance to forge new friendships along the way.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your culinary skills and immerse yourself in the Mediterranean lifestyle. Reserve your spot now for a truly unforgettable experience.

The cooking experience

Your culinary holiday starts with the welcome dinner featuring a lavish Mediterranean Mezze Spread to a market visit that introduces you to the Mediterranean lifestyle, our mornings begin with refreshing orange juice and delightful breakfasts.

Engage in hands-on cooking lessons, exploring the artistry of Ottolenghi-inspired recipes, followed by dinners paired with Portuguese wines. The adventure continues with a Falafel-Making Workshop, a countryside walk, and a spectacular Medley of Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage dishes.

Day 4 promises a symphony of flavours with a Mediterranean brunch and a Moussaka cooking class. The day concludes with a heartfelt dinner celebrating the creations from the cooking class.

View all the details in the cooking itinerary section.

Venue

Figs on the Funcho, crowned by LuxLife’s Hospitality Award as “Algarve’s Most Idyllic Riverside Retreat 2023“, offers breath-taking country views that will undoubtedly leave you in awe. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the surroundings, let the stunning landscapes inspire you, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Our home-from-home, The River House, is the perfect retreat for nature enthusiasts seeking modern comfort, privacy, and peace. This renovated 100-year-old farmhouse riverside property boasts an infinity swimming pool, 5 large bedrooms, and can accommodate up to 10 people with the option of single or double beds.

In addition to the villa, The River House also offers the option of staying in our two luxurious safari tents in the garden with stunning river views. Each tent can accommodate up to 2 guests, providing a unique and immersive nature experience. So, whether you choose to stay in the villa or one of our safari tents, you’re sure to have an unforgettable and restorative getaway.

How to get here

We’ll pick you up at Faro airport at 3pm; if you’ve opted for a different route, we’ll warmly welcome you at the riverside villa from 3pm.

For those arriving by train, disembark at Messines-Alte train station and choose a quick 5-minute taxi ride to reach the villa. This is an excellent choice for those who prefer to avoid an internal flight and instead savour a scenic journey through the countryside.

If you’re flying into Faro airport, you have two options: either take the train to Messines-Alte and select a 5-minute taxi ride to the villa or opt for a 45-minute airport taxi transfer directly to the villa.

Follow the Google map directions for those travelling by car.

Non-participating partners welcome

There are several quiet areas on the property to enjoy and take advantage of the peaceful, tranquil, scenic surroundings. Enjoy bird watching, book a relaxing aromatherapy massage, enjoy stand up paddle boarding or kayaking or simply chill out by the infinity pool and soak up some much needed vitamin D.

The clearly signed walking route is ideal for exploring the countryside on your own and you are welcome to join the art group when they go out walking and exploring the countryside.

There is so much to discover and enjoy in the Algarve that is within easy reach if you have a car.

“I went along to Figs on the Funcho as a non-painter with my painting partner. My time there was incredibly relaxing with stunning views across the river and countryside, with interesting walks and sunsets to die for.” – Clive

Email me if your partner would like to join.

What to bring

All experience holidays

  • Sun hat and suitable footwear (trainers) for walking to explore different paths and also if you plan to visit the historical town nearby, during free time, as the cobbled roads can be slippery.
  • Your swimming costume to enjoy the pool and watersports on the dam. The water levels may differ depending on the time of the year and drought conditions.
  • Clothing to keep you cosy while unwinding outside in the evening.
  • Insect repellent.

Check-in check-out

Check-in from 16h00. Guests are requested to arrive before 21h00; otherwise, arrival should be scheduled for the following morning.

Check-out will be after the 09h00 breakfast.

Weather in the Algarve

Arrival day

We’ll pick you up from the agreed-upon location or, if you’ve opted for a different route, we’ll warmly welcome you at the riverside villa. Take your time settling into your accommodation, surrounded by peace and tranquillity.

Join us for welcome drinks at 18h30 on the waterfront deck, offering a chance to meet your group and relish the sunset. Weather permitting, dinner will be served outdoors, featuring a wholesome vegetarian meal thoughtfully prepared by your hosts, Graham and Cheryl. After dinner, savour a cheese platter with port beneath the carob trees.

Later, retreat to your beautiful rooms to unwind before the first full day of your Algarve experience holiday.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation is permissible up to 30 days before your scheduled arrival, entitling you to a refund of the total amount paid, minus a cancellation charge equivalent to the deposit. However, if you cancel within the 30 days preceding your arrival or fail to show up, the full reservation cost will be charged. Please refer to the Retreat Terms and Conditions – Figs On The Funcho for a detailed explanation of the terms, including the cancellation policy. Once the deposit is paid, it signifies the guest’s acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

What you can expect to see and do

Unspoiled Serenity: Experience a tranquil and peaceful setting away from crowded tourist areas.

Infinity Pool Bliss: Enjoy a riverside location with an infinity swimming pool, offering uninterrupted panoramic views of the countryside and river.

Bird Watching Delight: Spot a variety of local birds from the comfort of a shaded seating area at Figs on the Funcho.

Starry Nights and Breathtaking Sunsets: Marvel at the beauty of starlit skies and create lasting memories with unforgettable sunsets.

Year-Round Enjoyment: Embrace our location all year round, featuring pleasant sunshine and warm temperatures, even during the winter months.

Relaxing Massages on Demand: Indulge in ultimate relaxation with the option to order on-demand, soothing massages during your stay.

What To Expect

  • Offsite Day Transfers – Transfers to the market are included.
  • Accommodation – Spacious, comfortable accommodation. Single or double beds with shared spacious bathroom or en-suite bathrooms
  • Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner, wine with meals (not included: alcoholic drinks (honesty bar provided)
  • Welcome drinks – Enjoy a refreshing welcome beverage upon arrival on the deck, shaded by the expansive carob trees.
  • Airport Transfers – We’ll have one Faro airport pick-up at 3pm for the group. On departure date we have one transfer to airport after breakfast. We can arrange airport transfers for you at other times for your cost.
  • Towels – Bath and swimming pool towels
  • Wifi – Fibre Optic

May 24, 2024

We facilitate our bookings through WeTravel as a secure payment option.

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