ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITIES

Whether you are looking to find some entertainment for yourself or for your friends and family, look no further, you are at the right place. We made sure to have something interesting to offer to everybody, regardless of which age group they belong to. Whether you are looking for entertainment, informative workshops or simply a sip of wine, name it and we have it.

We created a wide spectrum of both entertaining and informative tastings as well as workshops, which are open to the public. You need not be an accommodation guest to participate and get a taste of what Quinta dos Vales is all about.

Being a winery, our main focus naturally lies in wine-related activities, ranging from solo wine tastings to in-depth workshops, which teach you how to blend your own wine.

On top of that we also offer exciting workshops outside of the wine world, since the Algarve has much more to offer than what meets the eye. To create this experience, we partnered with craftsmen and artists from all over the Algarve, which regularly offer workshops and give you an insight into their area of ​​expertise, right here at Quinta dos Vales.

We strive to cater all our accommodation guests’ preferences. For those, who enjoy a relaxing holiday, but like to throw in some physical exercise we have a wide range of on-site sport activities available. We have tennis, mini golf, paddle tennis and many more, which you can explore. For the adventurers among you, who would like to discover what lies beyond our estate, we have selected a variety of activities under the motto “Discover the Algarve”.

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Tile Painting

Learn various styles of tile painting techniques, including the Portuguese.

"Azulejo" tiles have been a traditional element in Portuguese architecture for the past 500 years, becoming a typical aspect of its culture. These tin-glazed ceramic tile-works are often found painted in blueish or greenish colours on both inside and outside of churches, palaces and private houses, serving not only as ornamental art but also a specific function such as temperature control in homes.

You will be introduced by our guest artist to various tile painting techniques whilst describing the different materials and minerals used in the painting and glazing processes in order to achieve the desired results. After painting the tiles must be fired in a special oven at very high temperatures to get their glaze and be ready to use. Each participant will receive a ceramic souvenir.

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Cork Work

See for yourself how cork is one of nature's most versatile materials.

Portugal is responsible for approximately 50% of the worldwide cork production. Over the years the use of cork has undergone several technical breakthroughs which have made possible to introduce this noble material to even the most unlikely of uses: the fashion industry, with its most reputed produce hailing from Algarve's very own "Pelcor" in S. Brás de Alportel.

Learn about the techniques employed when crafting original cork-made items with our guest artisan. Witness the cork cutting, burning, glueing and drying while they transform a piece of cork oak bark into an original item. Each participant will receive a cork souvenir. After the demonstration you also have the opportunity to buy some of these handmade creations.

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Bread Making

Bread is one of the most ancient foods in the history of Humankind, and it is one of the most popular parts of all societies nowadays.

Portugal, strongly shaped by secular traditions, is rich in Roman heritage. The bridges, the cobblestones, the numbering and many other ordinary things - which we, most of the times, don't even notice - have remained, and bread is one of them.

In this workshop you will learn all the techniques involved in the dough preparation, how long it needs to rest and how it should be worked to create the most amazing bread: a brown and crispy crust and the white and fluffy crumb.

DISCOVER THE ALGARVE

The Algarve has a lot of gems which are waiting to be discovered. You probably know that the Moors ruled the Algarve for nearly 500 years and even gave it its name Al-Gharb, which means ‘the west’, as it was the westernmost possession of their empire. If you want to find out more, we will help you identify the right guide. Should you aim for more adventurous areas, be it rock climbing, canoeing, coasteering or just relaxed riding or mountain biking, we have the right contacts for you. We are happy to share our local knowledge, see below our recommendations.

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