Portugal Painting Holiday June 2023 - Mixed Media

Silves, Portugal

Figs on the Funcho
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Jun 3 - 9, 2023
Group size: 4 - 4
Portugal Painting Holiday June 2023 - Mixed Media
Silves, Portugal

Figs on the Funcho
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1 review

Jun 3 - 9, 2023
Group size: 4 - 4

About this trip

6 night / 7 day painting holiday with accommodation, superb cuisine and gorgeous uninterrupted country views. Includes 18 hours of expert tuition. The painting holiday is suitable for all levels.

Painting partners are welcome too.

Painting Holiday

Our fabulous art tutor is full of enthusiasm and will teach you new skills to maximise your art creativity in a range of different media.

During your stay, you will enjoy daily art lessons on the waterfront deck under the mature carob trees with accompanying bird song. The surrounding countryside and views of the river will make you feel as though you have discovered a secret oasis and you won’t be at a loss when choosing your landscape art scenes.

When you are not capturing the beautiful landscapes in paint or pencil enjoy riverside walks, lounging by the infinity pool, kayaking, SUP, admiring the sunsets and night skies, or visiting the nearby Moorish castle.

You will feel relaxed, confident and inspired to take on new artistic challenges. 

What to Bring

  • 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.  Yoga mats available for use.
  • Sun hat and suitable footwear 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
  • Plastic or cardboard postal tubes to take your rolled artwork home. Paper sizes provided will be no larger than an A3


“Tracy taught me so much about painting and really inspired me. I pay so much more attention to colours and shapes and lines in all the nature I see. ”  – Ramla

“Tracy, our art teacher, was extremely knowledgeable in a variety of techniques, gave you confidence and always made you feel at ease.” – Sally

“We were able to understand all the different painting techniques that were incorporated into this workshop.” – Jenny

“Tracy was relaxed, fun, informative and talented” – Liza

“Tracy is a very talented artist and a great teacher I hope to return again” – Jenny

“Cheryl is an excellent host and her culinary skills have literally changed our view of food; vegetarian food in particular, with flavours, textures and combinations that were an assault on the senses.” – Clive

“The River House, I can’t recommend this place highly enough….you wont be disappointed with its location and beautiful views overlooking the river. ” – Charlie

“The hospitality couldn’t have been more attentive by the owner, Cheryl.” – Liza

“The owner Cheryl was very welcoming and cooked amazing meals.” – Ramla

“The villa and grounds are beautiful and the surrounding countryside is breathtaking. At night I saw the sky filled with stars.” – Ramla

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 September

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


The event is held outdoors and additional safety and sanitation measures are currently in effect.
Figs on the Funcho have been awarded the Portuguese Clean&Safe seal and we work together with our cleaning company and our villa manager to ensure that our rental property’s cleaning protocol meets the “Clean & Safe” protocols by following the new villa rental hygiene guidelines.
In addition to the new holiday rental Clean&Safe guidelines, our art students attending our painting lessons will be asked to adhere to our coronavirus protocols, see details regarding our coronavirus policy 

What’s included

  • Tution
    Daily art tuition from day 2-6. Four morning sessions and 1 full day session – 18 hours in total.
  • Art Materials
    All art materials: graphite pencils, chalk pastels, charcoal, watercolour, ink, brusho and acrylic paints. Maximum paper size A3. Larger sizes on request.
  • 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 one evening meal))
  • Airport Transfers
    We’ll have one Faro airport pick-up at 3pm for the group. On departure date we have one transfer to airport after breakfast. 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
  • Activities
    Optional activities such as massages
  • Historical Town Visit
    Optional trip to the historical town on Day 5. Please note: trip is optional and the villa kitchen will be closed, however, if a guest prefers not to go soup and sandwiches will be provided
  • Insurance
    Travel Insurance (recommended)
  • Drinks
    Alcoholic drinks and cool drinks, we have an honesty bar
  • Airfares
    Airfares to Portugal

Available Packages

Room shared with friend- Painter
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Rooms with views of the river and modern shared bathroom with double basins. 

Deposit: €213
Room shared with friend NONE Painter
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Rooms with views of the river and modern shared bathroom with double basins. 

Deposit: €175
Room shared with Friend- Painter EN
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Rooms with river views and en-suite bathroom.

Deposit: €350
Private bedroom with shared bathroom
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Rooms with views of the river and modern shared bathroom with double basins. 

Deposit: €293
Private bedroom with en-suite bathroom
Sold Out
Deposit: €425


Arrival Day

Settle into The River House at Figs on the Funcho before enjoying a group welcome dinner.

Your Organizer

Figs on the Funcho
1 review
Cheryl, organiser of the art painting holiday (and walking holidays), is passionate about Portugal; holidaying, exploring, experiencing new creative hobbies, good food, joyful living, well-being and mindful connection, especially with regard to a healthy work-life balance. I love to share my love of healthy, delicious, simple cooking with friends. I enjoy exploring raw, vegan and vegetarian recipes. My knowledge of the locally grown produce enables me to source the best and prepare deliciously creative fresh food for you daily.


I had a lovely holiday walks were great food was amazing graham and Cheryl were great hosts and I felt I got to experience the true Portugal
By Aileen M for October 7 Night Walking Holiday on 11 Nov, 2022