A Sketch Tour of the Algarve, Portugal

A Sketch Tour of the Algarve, Portugal

Map of Sketch Tour, watercolour by Róisín Curé

Months of anticipation. Dates changed, cancellations. Storm Emma and The Beast From The East. But at last I was on my way to Portugal, to take part in the Sketch Tour Portugal project, the brainchild of Mário Linhares and in collaboration with Tourism Portugal. Twenty-four sketchers – twelve international, twelve Portuguese – would travel to different parts of the country in pairs, a local sketcher accompanying a foreign one, to sketch the sights of each area. We would be assigned different themes, and were asked to come up with a minimum of six sketches a day, but within that we could take our inspiration as we found it. This is a PREMIUM access article. We use a simple to use web wallet that can be filled up using a credit card, PayPal or with XLM using a secure payment system. Once you have paid, you will have ongoing access to the article from the device (tablet, phone, PC) that you used to pay for it. You can access the post by topping up your web wallet with 20 stellar lumen tokens (the price of a stellar lumen is currently usd ) if you haven’t already done so and then making a micropayment of 2 lumens to continue reading this post   Remember: NO subscription required, NO monthly fees, NO personal information, just a new secure micropayment mechanism for content you want to see.


  1. Bettina Ruppert

    April 17, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Good reportage and wonderful sketches from beautiful Algarve. I like the restaurant sketch from inside out (with the cast shadows) and the Pedralva drawings as well as the one of the road to Vale Figueiras best. Thank you for sharing the adventure.

    • Róisín Curé

      April 17, 2018 at 8:53 am

      Thanks Bettina, I’m delighted you enjoyed it. I look forward to my return (and I like the Vale Figueiras one best too…even though I was utterly miserable at the time!)

  2. Pedro

    April 15, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Dear Róisín,

    only today I was aware of this great reportage!
    I can see that you really enjoyed to sketch in my beautifull country (this amazing “corner by the sea”).
    Thank you so much for such a great work – I’m even more vain due to the expressive colours that you used – this country is shining in your sketchbook!

    Kind regards and hope to see you soon

    • Róisín Curé

      April 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm

      Pedro thank you SO much! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the story and the sketches! I fell in love with your country and I intend to impose myself on your country’s hospitality in years to come!!

      See you soon –


  3. Francisco Froes

    April 13, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Hello Róisín!

    I really enjoyed reading about the whole adventure, and I’m glad I was there at the end to participate.

    All the best,
    (the cameraman)

    • Róisín Curé

      April 13, 2018 at 10:43 pm

      It was a real pleasure meeting you Francisco, all too brief. I can’t wait to see the movie which I am told is magical (that was the word used)…

      • Francisco Froes

        April 15, 2018 at 4:05 pm

        It was great to meet you too.

        I haven’t seen it yet but I heard good reviews, hehe…

        • Róisín Curé

          April 17, 2018 at 8:53 am

          Well please send me the link when you get it! 🙂

  4. Jocelynn

    April 12, 2018 at 1:22 am

    What a wonderful adventure!

    • Róisín Curé

      April 13, 2018 at 8:48 am

      Yes Jocelynn it was certainly an adventure. I can’t wait to return.

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