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Portugal Photography 2

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Ben Algarve

Towards the end of last year I posted some wonderful Algarve photos that my brother-in-law, an aspiring photographer, took during his extended stay here in Portugal in the summer.

Today, I am following up (as promised) with a second collection of his photographs. I must confess that after a weekend filled with wind and rain, they are making me badly yearn for the summer, but sorting through them lifted my spirits – I hope they do the same for you.

Tavira by Night

Tavira by Night

Clear Algarve Water

Clear Algarve Water

Relaxing at No Solo Agua

Relaxing at No Solo Agua

The rural Algarve

The rural Algarve

Summer Golf at Vale de Milho

Summer Golf at Vale de Milho

Algarve West Coast Cliffs

Algarve West Coast Cliffs

Summer sunset

Summer sunset

Castro Marim Medieval Fair

Castro Marim Medieval Fair

A Pensive Algarve Goat

A Pensive Algarve Goat

Meerkat at Lagos Zoo

Meerkat at Lagos Zoo

Kittens by the sea

Kittens by the sea

The Alentejo Coast

The Alentejo Coast

All images (c) Robert Herring, all rights reserved.

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Algarve Festival – FiESA Sand Sculptures 5

Posted on July 13, 2011 by Ben Algarve

Last Sunday, we ventured over to the FiESA 2011 sand sculpture exhibition in Pera, in the central Algarve.

This annual event is an international exhibition of sand sculptures, and the huge scale of it is hard to describe. You really have to see it for yourself.

Animalandia is this year´s theme, and sculptors from all over the world have produced what can only be described as a town full of animal-based works touching on themes including mythology, local traditions and popular culture.

FiESA Sand Sculpture Exhibition

FiESA Sand Sculpture Exhibition

I’m not big on arty stuff. As an example of my philistine nature, a walk around the Tate Modern leaves me cold, and with little to say beyond “meh.” Despite this, I was rather awestruck, both by the scale of the exhibition and the humbling realisation of just how much work these artists must have to put into these sculptures, created using nothing but layered sand and water.

Algarve Sand Sculpture Exhibiton

Algarve Sand Sculpture Exhibiton

I heartily recommend a trip to this event, which is open right up until October and late into the evening throughout the summer. In fact, we ourselves plan to go again at night, to see the works illuminated by the array of lighting equipment which is discretely incorporated into the designs.

I was really blown away by the fact you could easily spend hours looking at each of these works and still miss some of the intricate detail, and very much look forward to my repeat visit, where I won´t feel as pressured to see absolutely everything, and can therefore spend more time concentrating on my favourites.

Given that I am saying that, as someone who doesn’t really “do” art, it should come as a strong recommendation. If you are in the Algarve between now and October, pop over to FiESA and spend a couple of hours at this wonderful sand sculpture exhibition.

Sand sculptures in Portugal

Sand sculptures in Portugal

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