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Saturday, February 19, 2022

Southern Portugal: Daily, Weekly and Monthly Markets in the Algarve


Algarve Markets: By day
Monday

Algoz: 2nd Monday of the month  8 am – 1 pm
Aljezur: 3rd Monday of every month  8 am – 2 pm
Portimão: 1st Monday of each month  8 am – 2 pm
São Bartolomeu de Messines: 4th Monday of every month
Silves: 3rd Monday of every month  8 am – 1 pm
Vila do Bispo: Every Monday from  9 am – 1 pm

Tuesday

Albufeira: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month  9 am – 2 pm
Alvor: 2nd Tuesday of the month  9 am – 2 pm

Wednesday

Quarteira: Gypsy market every Wednesday  8 am – 3 pm
Quarteira: Weekly Farmers market  9 am – 1 pm
Raposeira: First Wednesday of the month  9 am – 2 pm
Vila do Bispo: Weekly Farmers’ market  9 am – 1 pm
Lagos: Weekly (mainly organic) farmers’ market  5pm – 9pm
Thursday

Alte: 3rd Thursday of the month  8 am – 2 pm
Boliqueime: Last Thursday of the month  8 am – 2 pm
Boliqueime: 1st Thursday of the month  8 am – 2 pm
Vaqueiros: 2nd Thursday of the month  9 am – 2pm
Vila do Bispo: 1st Thursday of the month  8 am – 1 pm

Friday

Alcantarilha: 1st Friday of the Month  9am – 2pm
Guia: 3rd Friday of the month  9 am – 2 pm
Monchique: 2nd Friday of the month  8 am – 2 pm
Sagres: 1st Friday of the month  9 am – 2 pm
Vila do Bispo: 1st Friday of the month  9 am – 2 pm

Saturday

Alvor: 1st Saturday of the month  8 am – 6 pm
Azinhal: Last Saturday of the month  8 am – 2 pm
Benafim: 1st Saturday of the month  9 am – 2 pm
Castro Marim: 2nd Saturday of the month
Lagos: Weekly Farmers Market  8 am – 2 pm
Lagos: General market first Saturday of the month
Loulé: Gypsy market and farmers market every Saturday of the month
Monte Gordo: 4th Saturday of the month from 10am
Olhão: Every Saturday morning  9 am – 1 pm
Paderne: 1st Saturday of the month  9 am – 1 pm
São Bras de Alportel: General market every Saturday of the month  8 am – 1 pm
São Marcos da Serra: 1st Saturday of the month  9 am – 2 pm
Tavira: 3rd Saturday of the month  9 am – 1 pm
Tunes: 4th Saturday of the month  8 am – 1 pm
Vila Real de Santo António: 2nd Saturday of the month from 10am
Vila do Bispo: Farmers market  9 am – 1 pm

Sunday

Almancil: 2nd Sunday  8 am – 1 pm
Almancil: General market 1st and 4th Sunday of the month from 10am
Almancil: Flea market 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month  7.30 am – 2 pm
Azinhal: 1st Sunday of the month  8 am – 1 pm
Cabeça Gorda: 1st Sunday of the month  9 am – 2 pm
Barão de São João: Flea market 4th Sunday of the month
Espiche: Every 3rd Sunday of the month
Estoi: market every 2nd Sunday of the month  8 am – 3 pm
Faro: 2nd Sunday of the month  8 am – 4 pm
Ferragudo: Flea market on the 2nd Sunday of the month  8 am – 1 pm
Lagoa: 2nd Sunday  8 am – 1 pm
Lagos: 1st Sunday of the month
Moncarapacho: Market 1st Sunday of the month  8 am – 1 pm
Portimão: 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month
Pereiro: 4th Sunday of the month  9 am – 2 pm
Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo: Flea market every 4th Sunday of the month  8 am – 1 pm
Vila Real de Santo António: Every 3rd Sunday of the month  8 am – 1 pm
Vila Nova de Cacela: Every 3rd Sunday of the month

Algarve Markets: By town
Eastern Algarve

Monte Gordo: 4th Saturday of the month from 10am
Olhão: Takes place every day with a larger market (including a gypsy market) on Saturday mornings
Tavira:  3rd Saturday of the month  9 am – 1 pm
Vila Real de Santo António: 2nd Saturday of the month from 10am and  Every 3rd Sunday of the month  8 am – 1 pm
Vila Nova de Cacela: Every 3rd Sunday of the month
Central Algarve
Albufeira: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month  9 am – 2 pm
Alte: 3rd Thursday of the month  8 am – 2 pm
Armação de Pêra: Monday to Saturday  7 am – 1 pm
Carvoeiro: Monday to Saturday  8:30 am – 2 pm
Faro: 2nd Sunday of the month  8 am – 4 pm
Lagoa: 2nd Sunday  8 am – 1 pm
Loulé: Gypsy market and farmers market every Saturday of the month
Quarteira: Gypsy market every Wednesday  8 am – 3 pm
Silves: 3rd Monday of every month  8 am – 1 pm

Western Algarve

Aljezur: 3rd Monday of every month  8 am – 2 pm
Alvor: 2nd Tuesday of the month  9 am – 2 pm
Lagos: Weekly Saturday Farmers Market   8 am – 2 pm 
Monchique: 2nd Friday of the month  8 am – 2 pm
Portimão: 1st Monday of each month  8 am – 2 pm and the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month
Sagres: 1st Friday of the month  9 am – 2 pm
Festivals

Algarve has numerous religious, musical, gastronomical, and historic festivals throughout the year. Here are some of the biggest: 

February/March:

Carnival takes place across the Algarve on Shrove Tuesday and the preceding weekend

Easter

Flower Torches Festival in São Brás de Alportel on Easter Sunday - a must see by its amazing displays of flower arrangements

Folar (Easter cakes) Fairs take place across the Algarve with music and entertainment and a chance to try the traditional cakes

Feast of The Sovereign Mother of Loulé - a tradition dating back to the 16th century

May

Seafood festival in Tavira

June

The Saints Festivals take place across the Algarve:

St. Anthony (13th)
St. John (24th)
St. Peter (29th)

Festival Med (LINK) in Loulé- Mediterranean music, food and crafts

July

Loulé Handcraft Fair

Algarve International Motorbike meeting in Faro

August

Seafood Festival in Olhão - a major event with live music every night

Medieval Fairs in Silves and Castro Marim

October

Sagres Bird Migration Fair – exhibitions, talks and field trips to see the great migration of birds of prey

Portugal Masters in Vilamoura - for the golf enthusiasts

Mediterranean garden fair - sale of plants suitable for the climate of Algarve










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Friday, February 18, 2022

Olhão, (Faro) Portugal: Hippocratic Oath? No Such Thing With This Local, Family, So-Called Doctor!

Consultório Médico Mata Arthur (Dra. Maria Mata Arthur)
R. do Comércio n.º 121 - 1º andar
8700-427 Olhão, Portugal
Phone: +351 967 660 530
Prices: €€€€
I saw the glowing reviews about Dra. Maria Mata Arthur and how caring she was, making house calls and charging fair prices. We were new to Olhão and her office is a five minute walk from our home, so we decided to make her our family physician.

At first, she was very nice, caring and thorough, charging €35 for an office visit. Her hours were a bit odd, but being retired, it was not an issue for us.

I am a disabled combat veteran with several physical and mental disabilities, having served 20+ years in the military and over two years in combat zones - Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

In April 2021, I developed long-haul COVID symptoms, the most debilitating of which, and still is, cognitive impairment - brain fog. I have trouble focusing and concentrating, bringing about a great deal of frustration as I have a very high IQ. I now have difficulty adding simple, one-digit numbers, having been able to do complex equations in my head, not on paper, before this disease came along and having been an excellent speller, I have problems spelling the simplest words.

My wife and I go to a US military hospital in Spain every 3 months because we were not residents for quite a long time (due to COVID SNS and SEF shut-downs) and care there is free for us. My doctor there could not figure out what was causing my cognitive problems, so he referred me for a brain MRI with contrast, which I got in Faro in October 2021, to rule out brain tumors and the like.

The results were in Portuguese, obviously, and my American doctor could not translate it, so I asked Dra. Maria Mata Arthur if she could translate it for me because I was obviously very concerned about what they had found.

Dra. Mata Arthur told me there were no tumors, but that I had some very small lesions. I replied, asking a question about the lesions and inquiring about if she would mind translating the whole document for me, a task I told her I would gladly pay her for.

I did not hear anything back for a few weeks, but she is not very good about answering emails, phone calls, or SMS messages, so I gave it some time. Weeks turned into months and I tried to find out where she went, what happened to her, thinking maybe something horrible had happened to her, her husband, their new twins, or the entire family! Why else would our family doctor just disappear?

Finally in January, my wife stopped by her office and found her present. She told Dra. Arthur how concerned we had been about her and her family, but Dra Mata Arthur began yelling at my wife, telling her how she did not think she wanted to be our doctor anymore because I 'asked too many questions'. There was nothing wrong with her or her family, she simply decided not to respond to my inquiries while I was dealing with this very debilitating brain disorder! Can you believe it?

So, I still do not know exactly what the MRI report says and I have no doctor to manage my care or refer me to a good neurologist based on the recommendation of my doctor in Spain back in December. I am not getting the care I so desperately need because Dra. Maria Mata Arthur neither wanted to bothered by me any longer nor simply contact me, tell me she thought I should get another doctor, and refer me to someone competent and close by.

Her behavior was and still is unconscionable. What about the Hippocratic Oath - 'Do No Harm'? She has harmed me greatly, delaying my care and making my life miserable, unnecessarily, for over four months now. She should be reprimanded for her unethical behavior and I am considering filing a formal complaint with the Ordem do Medicos. She should not be allowed to practice medicine.

CombatCritic Gives Dra. Maria Mata Arthur 0 Bombs Out Of 10 And A Spot On My 'WALL OF SHAME' ... More Bombs Are Better!

Zero Bombs Equates To:
Translation for Civilians: "Fucked Up Beyond All Repair"
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Saturday, February 12, 2022

Sintra, Portugal: An Excellent TravelValue And Very Central For Touring Beautiful Sintra

Quinta Das Murtas
Rua Eduardo Vanzeller 4 
Vila Velha Old Town - Sintra 
2710-593 Portugal
+351 219 240 246
Prices: €€€€




















PROS
  • Reception and check-in was easy and we were treated very well by the manager
  • We had a large, clean room in the annex with nice view of the valley and sea
  • The room was quiet and the bed was very comfortable
  • Free on-site parking was included in the price
  • The hotel is pet friendly and the manager even waived the €10 pet fee
  • The breakfast was very nice with plenty of hot coffee, scrambled eggs, hams, cheeses, sausage and fresh breads, yogurt, cakes and jams
  • Quinta Das Murtas was an outstanding value for the price we paid - €63 including breakfast for two people and our dog ... HOOAH!






CONS
  • Had to be moved because WiFi signal was too weak in the first room - room #3 upstairs is too far from the router









CombatCritic Gives Quinta Das Murtas 9 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better!
Nine Bombs Equates To:
Translation for Civilians: "U.S. Marine Response To A Verbal Greeting Or As An Expression Of Enthusiasm"

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