Englishman Karl-Bradshaw White is launching a new “Algarve Travel Guide” today (January 30) and tells us it offers detailed information, fun facts and “much, much more” about 54 chosen locations.
An accomplished artist with a speciality for miniature art, Karl has lived in the Algarve for the last decade and says he was spurred by what he saw as a “lack of information” for both residents and visitors.
Thus, over 250 pages, he has tried to give the kind of insight on the region that is normally not found in other travel guides, he said. Having personally visited each location in the book – taking every picture himself – Karl says that the project took him a full two years, in which he invested “a lot of time and money”.
Aside from providing all the regular information, he has taken pains to include all the relevant festivals that colour the Algarve during the summer months. He has also included a beautifully drawn map of the 60 main beaches.
Karl’s “Algarve Travel Guide: 54 Cities/Towns/Villages” is published by Austin Macauley and will be sold on Amazon, through various online stores (WH Smith, Waterstones, Blackwell’s, Foyles and Smashwords) and in the US.
An official invitation-only presentation will be going ahead at the Holiday Inn in Armação de Pêra on Monday, February 9.
Meantime, Karl tells us he has three other projects in the pipeline.
The former Colchester resident has given up painting miniatures for now and hopes to build on his new career as a writer.
Intriguingly, in the 90s he became known as one of the only artists in the world specialised in Pietra Dura – the 17th century art of inlay of marble with semi-precious stones.
By MICHAEL BRUXO [email protected]