AlisArt Painting Holiday June 2024

Silves, Portugal

Figs on the Funcho
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Jun 14 - 21, 2024
Group size: 4 - 10
AlisArt Painting Holiday June 2024
Silves, Portugal

Figs on the Funcho
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22 reviews

Jun 14 - 21, 2024
Group size: 4 - 10

About this trip


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.

Your painting experience

Over six dynamic days, immerse yourself in a transformative art experience led by an expert instructor. 

Day 1 kicks off with a vibrant still-life setup, exploring bold colours and expressive brushstrokes. 

Day 2 offers personalised guidance for creating energetic artwork, whether in still life or other subjects. 

Day 3 ventures to a picturesque fishing village for plein air painting, culinary delights, and artistic exploration. 

Day 4 delves into the power of sketches to enhance painting skills. 

Day 5 features basket weaving, culinary crafting, sketching, and gallery visits for inspiration. 

Finally, Day 6 focuses on creating captivating textures using various techniques and materials. 

Refer to the detailed itinerary for full session descriptions and activities.

The venue

Figs on the Funcho, crowned by LuxLife's Hospitality Award as "Algarve's Most Idyllic Riverside Retreat 2023", offers breathtaking country views that will undoubtedly leave you in awe. Immerse yourself in the tranquility 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!


Food reviews

"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 here you are paying for the accommodation, food, 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 watersports 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.

You can also venture into the rural landscape on horseback since the horse riding farm is just a 10-minute stroll away from Figs on the Funcho, where they provide riding lessons and guided rides.

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.

How to get there

We'll pick you up at Faro airport at 3pm; if you've opted for a different route, we'll warmly welcome you at the riverside villa from 3pm.

For those arriving by train, disembark at Messines-Alte train station and choose a quick 5-minute taxi ride to reach the villa. This is an excellent choice for those who prefer to avoid an internal flight and instead savour a scenic journey through the countryside.

If you're flying into Faro airport, you have two options: either take the train to Messines-Alte and select a 5-minute taxi ride to the villa or opt for a 45-minute airport taxi transfer directly to the villa.

Follow the Google map directions for those travelling by car.

Check-in Check Out

Check-in from 16h00. Guests are requested to arrive before 21h00; otherwise, arrival should be scheduled for the following morning.

Check-out will be after the 09h00 breakfast.

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

  • Offsite Day Transfers
    Transfers are included on the offsite paining days.
  • Accommodation
    Spacious, comfortable accommodation. Single or double beds with shared spacious bathroom or en-suite bathrooms
  • Meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner (not included: alcoholic drinks (honesty bar provided) and two lunch meals on painting day excursions))
  • Welcome drinks
    Enjoy a refreshing welcome beverage upon arrival on the deck, shaded by the expansive carob trees.
  • Airport Transfers
    We’ll have one Faro airport pick-up at 3pm for the group. We can arrange airport transfers for you at other times for your cost.
  • Cleaning
    Mid week room clean and towel change
  • Towels
    Bath and swimming pool towels
  • Wifi
    Fibre Optic

What’s not included

  • Art Materials
    A list will be sent to you by Ali before the holiday.
  • Tuition
    Art tuition to be paid directly to Ali £250
  • 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 Lunc
    2 Lunches are not included on the offsite painting days.

Available Packages

One Person Shared Bathroom Purple Room
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€985 Per Person

Excludes Tuition 

Includes Transport on Two Outings

Sharing the upstairs Purple Room with a companion involves delighting in the presence of dual skylights and utilising the contemporary bathroom equipped with twin basins and a shower, all shared among occupants.

Should you choose to have a room without a companion, please send an email to to make this request and confirm rate and availability. 

Deposit: €360
One Person with En-Suite Bathroom
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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. 

Deposit: €480
Two Persons with En-Suite Bathroom
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€1,624 Per Person

Excludes Tuition 

Includes Transport on Two Outings

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. 

Deposit: €812
One Person with Shared Bathroom
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Excludes Tuition 

Includes Transport on Two Outings

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.   

Deposit: €360
One Person Safari Tent With Shared Bath
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One person in a Glamping Safari tent with shared bathroom. Check out details for more information on our glamping tents.

Deposit: €246


Day 1
Arrival Day

Settle into The River House at Figs on the Funcho before enjoying welcome drinks and dinner. If time allows, we'll kick things off with a short demo, followed by an opportunity for questions.

Your Organizer

Figs on the Funcho
22 reviews
🏆LuxLife Hospitality Award: Algarve's Most Idyllic Riverside Retreat 2023 Cheryl & Graham, co-founders of Figs on the Funcho, share their love for the Algarve through culinary, walking & painting packages. With 20 years of experience, they explore the best beaches, restaurants, and villages for a memorable experience. Passionate about cooking, they draw inspiration from culinary experts like Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage, Sami Tamimi, and Jamie Oliver. Their retreats offer healthy and delicious vegetarian meals, delighting all taste buds.


A lovely day out, with the experience to enjoy preparing and cooking some new food dishes, with other ‘foodies’ ! Graham & Cheryl are excellent hosts with a relax and welcoming atmosphere. Great location ‘out in the wilds’ of the beautiful Algarve ! I Can recommend it to any of you looking for ‘something different to enjoy’ 😎
By Alan C for Flavours of the Portuguese Spice Route: A Journey Through Africa on Apr 12, 2024
Thank you Alan, lovely to meet up with you
By Figs on the Funcho on Apr 13, 2024
We had a great day and enjoyed our brunch.
By Karen M for Ottolenghi Inspired Vegetarian Brunch on Mar 21, 2024
Cheryl & Graham were the perfect hosts, thank you in a beautiful setting, easy going pace, cooking lunch an enjoyable experience, very well organised & lots of tips as you go.. delicious food & company in very relaxed atmosphere, highly recommend 👌 Maureen 🇮🇪
By Maureen S for Ottolenghi Inspired Vegetarian Brunch on Mar 13, 2024
My friend and I attended the vegetarian cooking class recently. We have taken classes together all over the world and this was one of our best experiences. It was very welcoming (even though we arrived early) and it was also very organized. The other participants were lovely to meet and the setting was beautiful. The lunch was delicious and plentiful ( as was the wine) I would recommend the class to anyone.
By Mary Linda B for Vegetarian Mediterranean Lifestyle Cooking - Falalfel Making Workshop (copy) on Mar 04, 2024
I found joy in cooking again at Figs on the Fungo. It gave me a push to take up my Ottolenghi cookbooks. Without these workshops, I would never have made tahini and humus myself, which are much tastier than the ones you buy in the shop. Cheryl and Graham make you feel right at home in their cosy kitchen and are the most friendly and flexible persons. It's cooking without stress and meeting new nice people. Lunch together on a lovely terrace with an astonishing view and a heavenly dessert from Laura (their daughter) on top! I am already looking forward to the upcoming Ottolenghi inspired Brunch workshop.
By Leen V for Vegetarian Mediterranean Lifestyle Cooking - Falalfel Making Workshop on Feb 21, 2024
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