Painting holiday in the Algarve, Portugal ~ Friday 14th – Friday 21st June 2024

14th June 2024 - 21st June 2024

Staying at the fabulous Figs on the Funcho with tuition with the ever enthusiastic art tutor Ali Hargreaves (Alisart) 

Painting holiday in the Algarve, Portugal ~ Friday 14th – Friday 21st June 2024

14th June 2024 – 21st June 2024

Staying at the fabulous Figs on the Funcho with tuition with the ever enthusiastic art tutor Ali Hargreaves (Alisart)

Link to the Fig and Funcho website:

Immerse Yourself in an Artistic Getaway at the Fabulous Figs on the Funcho with Alisart!

Indulge in a truly enchanting experience at Figs on the Funcho, where art comes alive under the expert guidance of the ever-enthusiastic art tutor Ali Hargreaves (Alisart). Prepare to be captivated as Ali ignites your creativity and takes your artistic abilities to new heights.

Before we delve into the details, take a moment to explore Ali Hargreaves’ impressive portfolio on her website, Her expertise and passion for teaching are evident in every stroke of her brush.

Painting Experience

Let’s delve into what you can expect during your stay. Ali’s teaching approach is tailored to suit the group’s needs, ensuring both group and individual attention. Her extensive experience as a qualified teacher shines through, and her infectious enthusiasm will inspire and uplift your artistic journey. From short morning instructions to full-blown lessons, Ali will empower you with exciting techniques and unveil the world of watercolours with added media.

As part of your artistic adventure, we have carefully curated two outings during the week. These excursions provide ample inspiration and opportunities to capture the beauty of the Algarvean region. The cost of transportation is included, while lunch during the outings is at the artist’s own expense.

Our first excursion will take you to the picturesque coastal town nestled between the magnificent Algarvean cliffs, this charming fisherman’s village offers captivating scenes for artists to explore. Take a leisurely stroll through intriguing gift shops and relish the diverse culinary delights at local restaurants. Don’t miss the chance to dine at our personal favourite, where breathtaking ocean views and majestic cliffs set the backdrop for an unforgettable meal.

The second unforgettable outing will take you to the captivating town of Loule. Witness the mesmerizing artistry of basket weaving and gain firsthand insight into the intricate process of crafting a cataplana, a traditional copper dish used to create mouthwatering fish stews. While in Loule, be sure to capture the vibrant essence of the Moorish market or the timeless beauty of Loule Castle with your artistic prowess. And when it’s time for a well-deserved break, indulge in a delicious lunch at the castle cellars.

Are you ready to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime artistic journey that will ignite your creativity and leave you with unforgettable memories?

Book your place now at Figs on the Funcho with Alisart and join us for an extraordinary retreat that promises to elevate your artistic abilities and rejuvenate your soul.

Spaces are limited, so act swiftly to secure your spot in this captivating artistic haven.

We can’t wait to welcome you!

The Venue

Winner of the LuxLife Hospitality Award: Algarve’s Most Idyllic Riverside Retreat 2023.

Figs on the Funcho, crowned with this prestigious accolade, offers breathtaking country views that will undoubtedly leave you in awe. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the surroundings, let the stunning landscapes inspire you, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Our home-from-home, The River House, is the perfect retreat for nature enthusiasts seeking modern comfort, privacy, and peace. This renovated 100-year-old farmhouse riverside property boasts an infinity swimming pool, 5 large bedrooms, and can accommodate up to 10 people with the option of single or double beds.

In addition to the villa, The River House also offers the option of staying in our two luxurious safari tents in the garden with stunning river views. Each tent can accommodate up to 2 guests, providing a unique and immersive nature experience. So, whether you choose to stay in the villa or one of our safari tents, you’re sure to have an unforgettable and restorative getaway.

The Food

And of course, we can’t forget about the culinary delights! Indulge in superb vegetarian cuisine prepared with love and care, offering a delightful blend of local flavours and international favourites. It’s a treat for both the taste buds and the soul!

“The sunsets and sunrises were a joy, the vegetarian meals a delicious revelation. I’ve ordered my first-ever veggie cookbook to continue the benefits of ‘Fig’s’ healthy delicious meals” – Judith

“Oh and did I mention the food and the ‘to die for’ homemade granola??!!! You’re in for an amazing treat” – Milu

Payment Details

– When you book the price includes accommodation, food, airport transfer (subject to arrival time), and transfers for two excursions.

– The price for the course tuition is £250  paid separately to Ali at the time of deposit. 

What to Bring

  • Plastic or cardboard postal tubes to take your rolled artwork home. Paper sizes provided will be no larger than an A3.
  • Your swimming costume to enjoy the pool and water sports on the dam. The water levels may differ depending on the time of the year and drought conditions.
  • Something warm to relax in at night.
  • Sun hat and suitable footwear (trainers) for walking to explore different paths and also if you plan to visit the historical town nearby, during free time, as the cobbled roads can be slippery.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Yoga enthusiasts can make use of available mats for their stretching needs.

Non-Painting Partners Welcome

“I went along to Figs on the Funcho as a non-painter with my painting partner. My time there was incredibly relaxing with stunning views across the river and countryside, with interesting walks and sunsets to die for.” – Clive

Email me if your partner would like to join.

There are several quiet areas on the property to enjoy and take advantage of the peaceful, tranquil, scenic surroundings. Enjoy bird watching, book a relaxing aromatherapy massage, enjoy stand up paddle boarding or kayaking or simply chill out by the infinity pool and soak up some much needed vitamin D.

The clearly signed walking route is ideal for exploring the countryside on your own and you are welcome to join the art group when they go out walking and exploring the countryside.

There is so much to discover and enjoy in the Algarve that is within easy reach if you have a car.

Weather in June

Expect warm and reliably dry sunny weather. Daytime temperatures reach an average of 23°C (73°F) and the occasional soaring of 30°C (86°F). Comfortable night temperatures can be about 17°C (62°F) during an average night.

Cancellation Policy

The terms and conditions including the cancellation policy can be found here  Retreat Terms and Conditions – Figs On The Funcho

Once a guest has paid the deposit for the holiday or event then it is deemed that they have accepted these Terms and Conditions

What’s included

  • Accommodation ~ Spacious, comfortable accommodation. Single or double beds with shared spacious bathroom
  • Welcome drinks
  • Meals ~ Breakfast, lunch and dinner (not included: alcoholic drinks (honesty bar provided) and the two lunch meals on painting day excursions))
  • Airport Transfers ~ A group pick-up is scheduled from Faro airport at 3 pm. If you require transfers at different times, we can arrange them for you at an additional cost.
  • Cleaning ~ Mid-week room clean and towel change
  • Towels ~ Bath and swimming pool towels
  • Wifi ~ Fibre Optic
  • Offsite Day Transfers are included on the offsite painting days.
  • Art tuition to be paid directly to Ali, £250
  • Art materials (You will need to bring your own…a list will be sent to you by Ali before the holiday)
  • Activities ~ Optional activities such as massages or horse riding activities
  • Insurance ~ Travel Insurance (recommended)
  • Drinks ~ Alcoholic drinks and cool drinks, we have an honesty bar
  • Airfares ~ Airfares to Portugal
  • Offsite Day Lunches ~ Two Lunches are not included on the offsite painting days.
  • Insurance ~ Travel Insurance (recommended)not included

Available Packages

One Person with En-Suite Bathroom

Spacious ground-floor bedroom featuring an en-suite bathroom and double doors that open onto the garden room. Check out the details for more information.

€1,924 – Deposit: €480

Two Persons with En-Suite Bathroom

Spacious ground-floor bedroom featuring an en-suite bathroom and double doors that open onto the garden room. Check out the details for more information. 

€3,248 – Deposit: €812 (€1,624 Per Person)

Two Persons with Shared Purple Bathroom

An upstairs room with dual skylights and a contemporary shared bathroom boasting double basins. Explore the details for additional information.

€1,970 – Deposit: €490 (€985 Per Person)

One Person with Shared Bathroom

An upstairs room offering scenic river views and a contemporary shared bathroom with dual basins. Delve into the details for more information on the Green Room and Zebra Room.

€1,440 – Deposit: €360 – Sold Out

One Person Safari Tent With Shared Bath

An ideal chance to immerse yourself in the natural beauty while residing in our safari tents. Explore the details for additional information on your outdoor experience.

Feel free to drop us an email if you have a friend interested in sharing the tent with you.

€985 – Deposit: €246

Reserve your place now!

Use the button below to reserve your place on this course! I will then get back to you to confirm whether your place has been approved.

Please note: Due to high demand, we cannot guarantee your place on the course. Students already on the course get priority of place and then those on the waiting list.

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9 hours ago


“People watching” was order of the day as part of my painting holiday on the beach in the Algarve.

Just making quick sketches really helps your observation skills.
These can either be developed further with paint or just left in the sketch book as a record, a reference or just a happy memory!

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We are having a fabulous time with you Alisart

1 day ago


“Here’s a little fishy….” 🎨🎶

One of my themes yesterday was exploring metallic and shiney additions to watercolour and the local fish market (here in the Algarve) was a great subject for it!

We added shimmering acrylic inks, metallic watercolours, iridescent medium and metallic pen work amongst other things!

I’ve just had a cancellation for my painting holiday in Tuscany May 2025. See here for details:
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Look here…am gonna have ti sell me house and buy a tent or similar and follow you around wherever you go….i can hear the screams from here in Geordie land…🤣😘🤓

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🤩NEWS FLASH 🤩👩‍🎨👨‍🎨👩‍🎨👨‍🎨👩‍🎨

Some of our workshops are almost FULLY BOOKED already


Artist Demo Days are at Patchings Art Festival (#patchingsartfestival) at Patchings Art Centre near Calverton from 11th - 13th July

We can't wait to be working together again as the Dream Team!
Come and join us!

Link to booking:https:

We are doing 45 minute workshops
All ages and abilities welcome
NB Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult who is also signed up to the workshop
All materials and expert tuition included for just £10 per workshop

Thursday 11th July
10.30 ~ Jeremy Ford~ “Life’s a beach” ~ pastel
11.30 ~ Sharon Hurst ~ “Dreaming of sun” ~ watercolour
12.30 ~ Matthew Palmer ~ “Stag in the snow” ~ watercolour
1.30 ~ Denise Allen ~ “Tranquil lake scene” ~ watercolour ink
2.30 ~ Ali Hargreaves ~ “Busy bee” ~ watercolour & ink

Friday 12th July
10.30 ~ Matthew Palmer ~ “Sunflower” ~ watercolour
11.30 ~ Denise Allen ~ “Highland landscape” ~ watercolour
12.30 ~ Ali Hargreaves ~ “Lazy daisies” ~ watercolour and ink
1.30 ~ Jeremy Ford ~ “Misty moonlight” ~ pastel
2.30 ~ Sharon Hurst ~ “Jenny wren” ~ watercolour.

Saturday 13th July
10.30 ~ Sharon Hurst ~ “Dreaming of sun” ~ watercolour
11.30 ~ Ali Hargreaves ~ “Busy bee” ~ watercolour & ink
12.30 ~ Denise Allen ~ “Tranquil lake scene” ~ watercolour
1.30 ~ Matthew Palmer ~ “Stag in the snow” ~ watercolour
2.30 ~ Jeremy Ford ~ “Life’s a beach” ~ pastel.

Remember you need to buy a ticket for the festival too.
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2 days ago


We had a fabulous day painting and drawing en plein air at the stunning Algarve coast yesterday.

Our hosts at Figs on the Funcho arranged for us to paint from a restaurant with perfect views and then a delicious lunch.

The perfect day!
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You really captured the colours of the Algarve.

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