Figs On The Funcho

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Explore the Best of Algarve’s Nature with Horse Riding at Rosenkilde Equestrian Centre
Located in the heart of the Algarve, the Rosenkilde Equestrian Centre offers an exceptional horse-riding experience for all levels of riders. Guests staying at Figs on the Funcho can take advantage of the centre’s prime location and enjoy hacking or trail rides through picturesque forests, tranquil lakes and rivers.
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Algarve Private Tour


Discovering the authentic Algarve. A private tour for a unique travel experience.
Embark on a journey of a lifetime with an Algarve private tour and discover the authentic beauty of the region that lies beyond the well-known tourist spots. With Elise from WOW Guide Algarve as your expert guide, experience the Algarve like never before with a private and exclusive road trips.
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Botanical Watercolour Painting Workshop

A three day botanical watercolour painting workshop designed to guide you and help you develop your watercolour painting skills.
Improve your artistic skills and enjoy the positive healing effects of nature. Budding artists can enjoy botanical watercolour painting workshops led by an experienced and qualified art tutor.
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Mix Media Painting Workshops

A series of mix media painting workshops designed to guide you and help you develop your painting skills.
Join us for a series of art workshops designed to guide you and help you develop your painting skills at a beautiful riverside location with spectacular views of the countryside and river.
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Figs on the Funcho to Lisbon

Coffee with Fernando at Chiado’s A Brasileira
Algarve to Lisbon: Hidden Treasures and Breathtaking Views’s Figs on the Funcho.
If you’re planning a day trip to Lisbon from your stay at Algarve’s Figs on the Funcho, you’re in for a treat. The best way to explore Lisbon is on foot, at your own pace, to uncover the city’s hidden gems. And with the VoiceMap audio self-guided tour app, you can experience the city like a local. Graham and I highly recommend “Chiado to Principe Real” by Julie Fox and “Castelo de São Jorge and Bairro do Castelo” by Eo – Immersive Audio Tours for a truly immersive experience. Best of all, you can access a free self-guided tour on the app by downloading it now.
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Spring in the Air Cat Charity Walk

Join our Spring in the Air Cat Charity Walk, to help raise funds for Mr No Ears Cat Haven’s external project ‘Silves Street Cats’.
Spring in the Air Cat Charity Walk
Cheryl and Graham are leading a walk to help raise funds for the Mr No Ears Cat Haven’s external project “Silves Street Cats” charity. Money raised will go towards organising adoptions and taking care of cats that can’t be re-homed due to age and disability.
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Golf for Beginner

A golf for beginner experience for those thinking of taking up golf. After your golf session, you can decide if you like golf and if you would like to pursue it seriously.
Golf for Beginner Experience
During the 2.5 hour session you will learn the basics of putting, chipping and bunker play.  After the short game practice you will enjoy a session on the range which will give you the opportunity to use clubs that will enable you to hit the golf ball further.
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Golf Algarve | things to do in the Algarve, Portugal


The Algarve is renowned for championship golf courses and a huge choice of par 3, 9-hole and 18-hole courses. Play golf in the Algarve and visit The Royal Golf Course at Vale do Lobo with its famous 16th hole on the sea cliff edge or just a short 15 minute drive from Figs on the Funcho is the Amendeiro Resort with its Nick Faldo and Christy O’Connor courses. Pine Cliffs Resort has a beautiful 9-hole course and a restaurant overlooking the green serving the best Club Sandwiches!
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Algarve beaches of Portugal : Southern Europe

Best Algarve Beaches

Figs on the Funcho is conveniently located just a 30-minute drive away from some of the most breathtaking Algarve beaches. For instance, Olhos d’Agua, Falésia Beach, and Carvoeiro Beach are among the top beach destinations, each offering its unique charm and incredible beauty.
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Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit with Algarve Water Sports at Figs on the Funcho
With its prime location next to the Funcho Dam, Figs on the Funcho offers guests an incredible opportunity to indulge in a variety of exhilarating water sports during their stay. Immerse yourself in a world of fantastic water activities when visiting the Algarve, from stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) to kayaking. Our trusted watersport partners are ready to provide equipment delivery, lessons, and guided nature tours on the Funcho Dam and the picturesque river beyond
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Wild swimming in the Algarve | Waterfall | Algarve, Portugal

Wild Swimming

Discover the Hidden Paradise of Wild Swimming near Figs on the Funcho
Yearning to escape the scorching heat of the Algarve? Look no further than the captivating village of Alte, a mere stone’s throw away from Figs on the Funcho.
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Algarve Culinary Experience | Healthy eating, cooking class, healthy eating retreat, algarve, portugal

Culinary Experiences

Food! Whether you want to prepare it or just love eating it, it’s an ideal way of bringing friends and family together. Enjoy an Algarve Culinary Experience At Figs on the Funcho; you and your guests can learn how to cook Portuguese and Mediterranean dishes in our farmhouse kitchen. From a four-hour cooking lesson to a five-day culinary extravaganza, discover our cooking holidays and cooking workshops and make sure your holiday is extra special.


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Located in the beautiful Algarve region, Figs on the Funcho is an excellent starting point for discovering a wide range of Algarve restaurants that cater to diverse culinary preferences. Whether you’re seeking traditional Portuguese cuisine, fresh seafood, international flavors, or a cozy cafe experience, Cheryl’s recommendations near Figs on the Funcho are sure to impress. That is of course if you can tear yourself away from Figs on the Funcho! Follow the links for more information about the restaurant and how to get there.
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Dolphin Spotting in Algarve | Lagos Beach, Portugal

Dolphin Spotting

Book the cave exploration tour at Vilamoura marina to see unique rock stacks along the Algarve coastline and watch the dolphins frolic in their natural habitat. Alternatively, swim with the dolphins at Zoo Marine. Book ahead as this is a very popular experience.

Algarve Boat Trips | Boat trip | things to do in the Algarve, Portugal

Vilamoura Marina Boat Trips

Vilamoura is the largest marina in Portugal and has the capacity to berth over 1000 vessels. Why not celebrate a special occasion such as a special birthday, honeymoon, anniversary or Valentines day with an Algarve boat trip… read more

Horse Riding in The Algarve | things to do in the Algarve, Portugal

Horse Riding

Visit the Country Riding Centre in Silves, an established horse riding centre that offers lessons and hour long to half day rides suitable for all ages and abilities. Walk, trot, canter or gallop depending on your level of experience, along beautiful paths that lead up into the hills allowing you to enjoy Portugal’s beautiful landscape views.

Walking in The Algarve | Road signs in the Algarve

Walking Routes

There are many walks and trails close to Figs on the Funcho, the closest and most spectacular is The Via Algarviana, it goes right past our driveway! It stretches from east to west across the Algarve covering about 255km and is made up of 14 sections. read more

Rock Climbing in The Algarve

Rock Climbing

Rocha da Pena is situated between Benafim and Salir. It’s a place of outstanding, natural beauty in a protected reserve and close to Figs on the Funcho and near the town of Alte. The Rocha da Pena rock is about 50 meters high, topped by a 2 km plateau. It’s a favourite location for rock climbers. The rock is south facing which makes it ideal for rock climbing all year round.

Bird Watching in The Algarve | Flamingos | bird watching | in the Algarve, Portugal

Bird Watching

The Algarve is rich in bird life with more than bird 300 species that can be seen throughout the year. The highlight of the year is the annual October Algarve Sagres Birdwatching Festival. There are plenty of things to do and see during the 4-day bird watching festival, many of which are free but you must register in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tennis in The Algarve | things to do in the Algarve, Portugal


The Annabel Croft tennis academy, in Portugal, is located at the Pine Cliffs Resort with five tennis courts, including 3 green set hard courts and 2 red clay courts. Other tennis facilities at the Amendoeira Golf Resort are located a short 15 minute drive from Figs on the Funcho. Book one of the six tennis courts, two of which are floodlit. Group or one-to-one tennis lessons can be booked directly with each resort.

Spa in The Algarve

Spa and Wellness Days

Figs on the Funcho can arrange for a beautician, masseuse or even a Reiki specialist to visit you at The River House or River Lodge. Many larger groups like this option, especially if they are there for a wedding or special celebration. However, there are a few luxury spas close by that are definitely worth a visit.

Yoga and Detox in The Algarve | yoga posture at The River House

Yoga and Detox Workshops

Imagine early morning yoga on the front deck overlooking the Funcho Dam. The only sound is the water below and birdsong. Our wellness breaks are getting more and more popular and we work closely with Yoga instructors and Nutritionists in the UK and Portugal. Join one of Figs on the Funcho’s Upcoming Retreats and return home feeling refreshed, energised and balanced.

Historic Towns in The Algarve | Silves Castle, Portugal

Historic Towns

With so many traditional Portuguese towns and villages in the vicinity of Figs on the Funcho, you’ll be pushed to fit them all in. Here are a few of our favourites that are definitely worth a visit.

Fun things to do in The Algarve: Water Parks

Water Parks

There are some really fun things to do in The Algarve: one of which is water parks! Zoo Marine Water Park is very popular with children and offers a full day of entertainment. Visit the bird shows, aquarium, gardens, amusement rides and 3 swimming pools. Other water parks are Aqualand near Alcantarilha, the Aquashow and Slide and Splash near Vilamoura and Atlantic Park near Lagoa. All of these offer an exciting and exhilarating day out for the whole family.
The best water parks in The Algarve.

Festivals in The Algarve | Medieval Festival | Portugal

Events and Festivals

The Algarve, located in southern Portugal, is renowned for its stunning coastlines, breathtaking landscapes, and diverse culture. But what sets this region apart are its lively and colourful festivals that showcase the region’s traditions and flavours. And if you’re staying near Figs on the Funcho, you’ll have easy access to these lively and colorful celebrations.
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Algarve Markets | Local produce at market in Algarve


All week – A fish and produce market in Monchique. On Sunday, you will find this market near the church with the Manueline doorway. On other days, it’s close to the Post Office. Perfect for fresh fish as Monchique is only half an hour from the coast.
Daily except for Sunday, Loule – Leather goods, hand-made pottery, crochet, lace and fresh local produce. An indoor market in an Arabian style market hall on Praça da República surrounded by coffee shops and restaurants.

Algarve Arts and Crafts | Local shops in Algarve, Portugal

Arts and Crafts

Monchique, the picturesque village is known for its local crafts. Pick up hand-made pottery, basketwork, tablecloths and leather goods here. Look out for the famous ‘scissors chair’ that is made in this region and don’t leave without a traditional copper cataplana – a dish used for Portuguese stews.
The oldest pottery workshop in Porches is Porches Pottery where you can see artisans at work and enjoy a light lunch in their Bar Bacchus café that is beautifully decorated with gorgeous large tile murals. Other workshops worth checking in the village are Olaria Pequena and Casa Grade.
Alternatively, budding artists can improve their artistic skills at Figs on the Funcho; see a list of their upcoming painting holidays and rates on this link.  Art workshops are led by experienced and qualified art tutors and are suitable for the beginner and advanced artist.

Road train in Albufeira, Portugal

Family Activities

The Algarve has a range of entertainment choices for families. Here are a few of our favourite outings… read more

When it rains in The Algarve | Things to do in the rain | Portugal

When it rains…

It doesn’t rain often in Portugal. In fact, the Algarve has an annual average of 3000 sunshine hours that is on average 12 hours in the summer and 6 hours in the winter and winter temperatures never fall below zero. However, when the weather’s not so great, you can always:
– Find unique gifts at Porches Pottery, housed in a traditional Algarvian farmhouse, and enjoy a light lunch at the adjacent Bar Bacchus that is beautifully decorated with murals telling the story of the Roman god Bacchus. Closed every Sunday.
– Seek out beautifully handmade arts and crafts at the Arabian style indoor market hall of Loulé. Closed every   Sunday.
– Spend a day pampering yourself at the Pine Cliffs Serenity Spa with its’ luxurious Thermal Oasis with Hydro Pool, Turkish Bath and Himalayan Rock Salt Sauna.
– Explore one of the best preserved Moorish castles, in the historical town of Silves, and if you enjoy seafood enjoy a leisurely lunch at the restaurant, Rui Marisqueira, not far from the castle. Other top things to do in Silves.
– Visit a large selection of stores at the Algarve Shopping centre with a variety of restaurants and cafés on the top floor.