It is your choice!

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With our job, is quiet easy to understand how lost and disconnected people are from themselves.

With all the technology nowadays, it is pretty easy to get lost… From a distance of a click!, it is easy and fast to send that message, make that phone call, capture that moment for eternity…

How many of us actually take the time to think that we really don’t need that all the time? How many of us tried to turn off our phones for a day, get some rest from the social media and everything that is happening in the world? How many of us went somewhere without the mobile phone for an entire day or weekend?

Have you done the experience and watch people you find in the street, at a café or restaurant or even at work? How many of them are on the phone or with a tablet? How many of them are taking selfies?

We won’t be hypocrites and say we don’t do the same; we also love to take pictures. We also like to hear the voices of far-away family and dearest friends; we also have mobile phones, computers, and can be found in the social media…

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A Different Kind of Love

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Valentine’s Day. The most romantic day of the year, they say. It is true, although we all should be romantic all year long. After all, it is important to show and transmit your love to your beloved ones, each and everyday… And remember, love comes in every kind of ways: small gestures, smiles, hugs, everyday “good morning” or “good night”… Tiny things that we usually take for granted or barely notice.

Easily we forgot to show how we love something or someone; life keeps running at 1000 km/h and we hardly can handle it. However, we’ve to stop once in a while and be able to appreciate and to be grateful for what we have.

And we do. We appreciate and love our little Portugal, and the Algarve, in particular. We love our country and the best way to spread our love is through you and with you.

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Backyard Tours 2016

First of all, Backyard Tours Team want to wish you all a happy 2016!

It is incredible how time flies! Actually, it’s a funny thing if you think about it –time; it seems Holidays were yesterday when in fact, it has been almost a month before. After spending moments with the family and friends, relaxing and take the most out of the beauty of it, it is finally time to get back to work, to the “real life”.

Last year was Backyard Tours first year and we have to say, it was amazing! We met fantastic people, whom we call friends nowadays; we had thrilling moments and everyday was an adventure.

We wish the same thing for this year, but in double or triple! We wish to meet more interesting people and being able to show them the beautiful Algarve, that is our home – and after all, our backyard.

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Things to do in Lagos

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What is there to do in Lagos, Algarve?

Some just want to relax, have their spot in the beach, and choose our amazing Algarve to do so, because they have heard about Lagos as having some of the best beaches in Europe and in the world.

They also know that Portuguese people are simple, quiet and humble, and therefore know that this is the right place to have an invigorating vacation – not only no one will bother them, but at the same time, if needing help, they’ll find a Portuguese fellow happy and ready right away.

The possible next most common reason to visit Lagos, are the water sports. The popularity of water sports in Lagos, have been growing like crazy the last few years, and due to the wondrous natural monuments and beauty around here, everybody ends up trying at least one of the possible sea adventures (surfing, kayaking, paddling, diving, among others).

Others, come for the great and spiritual Lagos’ nightlife. Lagos is certainly the right place for those who are searching for a little craziness – some booze and summer love stories to tell to their friends after returning home.

Lagos is all that. That’s right! But it can be so much more. The Backyard Tours are trying to leave a different impression on visitors. Change people’s mind about Lagos, the Algarve and the Portuguese people.
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We’re the new Portuguese generation, but we don’t forget about our ancestors, our History and our identity. We are ready to show everything there is to know about Lagos and Sagres, in a really relaxed and comfortable way… the new generation’s way.

We only need your company to make that happen. Come with us, send us an email, talk to us through our facebook or blog.

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Be carefree, be adventurous!!

Eurico,
Backyard Tours

Why We Do What We Do

Sometimes people ask us why we do tours and why did we enter in the flooded Tourism Industry? There have been people calling us crazy!

Well, but the answer is easy and clear, and starts like this:

#1: We love our country. Portugal is such a beautiful country, with a great and vast History; with amazing, hard-working and humble people. We want to show the best that Portugal has to offer, but in a different and unusual way.

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Sometimes people know Portugal by the worst reasons, but the truth is that Portugal has more good things than bad things!

Well, besides Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal has a great gastronomy – the Cozido à Portuguesa, Carne de Porco à Alentejana, Sardinhas assadas na brasa, etc. -, in every corner exists an ancient fort, castle or church and the landscapes are just breath-taking! From North to South, it’s easy to lose in magical and wonderful places. And people are very very friendly.

#2: We love to travel. But since it’s been impossible to do it so often, we “travel” with people that came to us. We show our country to them, and they share and bring to us smells, tastes and energies from different countries. Thanks to that, we’ve been in Canada, South Africa, England and New York City, among others. It has been great and magical. We can’t be happier with the people that we meet recently, and that takes us to the…

#3: We love to meet new people. The Backyard Fellows (me and Eurico) are very cheerful and sociable. And we are always looking for the well being of people. But above all else, we want everybody to be really comfortable in our company, enjoy the moment the most and share a lot of laughs.

All that – travelling, knowing Portugal, meeting new people and have some good times -, are the main reasons to the birth of the Backyard Tours.

We hope that people start to understand that our tours aren’t the typical tours: those tours that take people to the same places over and over again and that usually don’t let people enjoy the moment or make new friends. We are different for sure. Why not join us in an experience that will mark you for the rest of your life?

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I’ll let this question in the air. Think about it. And if you are convinced, we are here waiting for you and looking forward to meet you in person.

Marli,
Backyard Tours

Food Connection

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Some people say that the most important things in life are food, sex and travelling, not precisely in this order. Of course there are much more essential things, but this three are surely very pleasant.

In my point of view, I see food as a daily trip. As a food blogger, I need to learn new recipes every day. I read blogs and cook books from many countries and different authors, and when I like a particular recipe, I try it at home. Simple as that, I’ve travelled along Italy, United States, France, Brazil… And keep discovering Portugal every day.

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Portugal has a rich gastronomy, that’s why you can expect a happy belly while eating Portuguese food. Besides being delicious, our meals and dishes are special because they’re perfect to share with other people at the table or in a picnic towel, making the food taste even better. That’s the usual gathering point of Portuguese families and friends – around the table!

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Lucky me and Eric that have the opportunity to eat and share extraordinary moments with people from all around the world, through our Backyard Tours. We want to assure a true Portuguese adventure in our country, so people can return home knowing the true meaning of what it is to be Portuguese!

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You can also learn some Portuguese recipes in my personal blog: devaneiosdechocolate.wordpress.com. Check it out!

Marli,
Backyard Tours