Discover the Latest Events and Exhibitions for the...

Discover the Latest Events and Exhibitions for the coming months

April and May bring exciting events to the Algarve, with a special exhibition deep inside Loulé’s salt mine, the 11th Walking Festival Ameixial, Philipp Keel’s first photography exhibition in Portugal, new concerts and more

Underground art 

The Loulé rock salt mine has opened a new gallery to host temporary art exhibitions, creating a new attraction in the galleries 230 metres underground.

Now, in addition to the tourist trail, a unique experience in Portugal, and the permanent sacred art exhibition dedicated to Santa Bárbara, you can visit the new space until the end of April for a themed exhibition dedicated to the subject “Ocean: Sea is Life”, which brings together works by artists from the David Melgueiro Association’s Plastic Arts Tertulia.

Ancient routes 

From April 26 to 28, the 11th Walking Festival Ameixial, in the Loulé borough, will take walkers through ancient routes over 2,500 years old.

The event, which includes 30 themed routes of different lengths and difficulty levels, is promoted by the QRER cooperative and organised by Proactivetur and the Estela project.

The Walking Festival Ameixial is part of the tourism board’s Algarve Walking Season initiative, which aims to promote sustainable tourism in the hinterland Algarve. 

© Associação Turismo do Algarve (ATA)

Below the Surface

The In the Pink fine photography gallery in Loulé presents Philipp Keel’s first exhibition in Portugal.

Philipp Keel ©Franco Tettamanti

Entitled “Below the Surface”, it brings together a wide selection of the artist’s work from the last two decades.

Philipp Keel, Giglio, 2019, C-Print on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper

Intensely colourful and luminous, Keel’s photographs celebrate the pleasure and strange beauty of everyday details and objects.

Philipp Keel, Cotton Candy, 2021, Imbue Print on Baryta Paper

His art does not aim to emphasise reality, but rather to portray the absurdity of the ordinary, the beauty of which we often overlook. Through augmentation, distortion and reduction, the artist manipulates and alters apparent reality. The exhibition will be open until June 1.

Philipp Keel, Ray-Ban Series, Three, 2010, C-Print

Macaron workshop at Vila Vita Parc 

In April and May, Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa has an experience that pastry lovers cannot miss.

The five-star resort invites everyone to take part in its macaron workshop, where the secrets of making these delicate French sweets will be revealed. The objective is to learn how to master the macaron’s characteristic texture and flavour.

A pastry chef will be on hand to guide you through the various steps of making macarons, such as beating the meringue and explaining how to produce different combinations of fillings. Reservations for this programme, which runs until the end of May, must be made two days in advance. 

Lady in Red 

Previously located in Lagoa, Lady in Red gallery moved to Portimão at the end of 2023.

Its new home is a two-storey space on the town’s busy Rua Infante Dom Henrique, near two other art galleries, making this part of Portimão something of a new artistic hub.

Aside from a selection of smaller art pieces on the ground floor, the larger artworks are exhibited on the first floor, which has a floor opening providing a view of space. Lady in Red will now have rotating exhibitions, allowing the gallery to showcase the many artworks of its collection over time.

Symphonic concerts 

The Amigos de Música non-profit organisation has announced the next Amigos Concerts with two brilliant artists from England, acclaimed clarinettist Sarah Williamson and pianist Viv McLean.

On May 14, the duo will present works by Francis Poulenc, Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms; and on May 16 the programme includes works by Joseph Horovitz, Carl Maria v. Weber, Johannes Brahms and Georges Gershwin.

The concerts will take place in the Auditorium of Os Agostos, near Santa Bárbara de Néxe at 7pm.

To book your seat, send an e-mail to [email protected]. Entry donation including refreshments is €30 per person for guests and non-members, payable in advance by bank transfer (see, starting on April 15. 

Portuguese tapestry graces UN 

Created by Algarve artist Vanessa Barragão, the tapestry Coral Vivo is now on permanent display at the United Nations (UN) headquarters, in New York City.

The piece was donated by Portugal to highlight the country’s role within the organisation, as well as the leading role of the UN in addressing climate change and building a better future for the planet.

A celebration of the importance and richness of coral reefs, an ecosystem with the greatest biodiversity in the world and which is extremely endangered, Coral Vivo comes to the UN on the 30th anniversary of the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Vanessa Barragão © Claudia Gori


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