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Pre-Christmas in Portugal

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A December 2000 trip to Algarve by SpartacusNC

Quote: Fun, sun, surf and turf, hit the links or pound the Earth.

Pre-Christmas in Portugal

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Overview

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The Algarve region is vast and varied, stretching all the way across southern Portugal. The Moorish influence of days gone by is evident everywhere you go. Old castles are abundant and activities revolving around history and culture are everywhere. From San Vicente and it's impressive lighthouse, the most southwest point in continental Europe and nearby Sagres, nautical home to Henry the Navigator, to the fortress town of Faro, to the Rio Guardiano, natural Portuguese/Spanish border, the Algarve gives you such varied tastes to cater to every desire. Shopping for regional handcrafted items should not be missed. Head north from Sagres to Aljezur, stopping at Arrifana, perhaps the finest beach in all of ...Read More

Four Seasons - Vilamoura

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Hotel | "Four Seasons Country Club"

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Located within the Quinta do Lago resort complex, this resort is set in a 1,600-acre pine woodland bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa tidal inlet. The 36-hole golf course here is one of the finest in all of Europe. The well-equipped clubhouse features indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool, solarium, squash courts, game room, snooker parlor and gymnasium. Other amenities include a very good restaurant, spacious lounge with occasional live entertainment and a fully-staffed salon. Spa services are available and a masseuse will come to your two-bedroom, two-floor villa at very reasonable prices. This Interval International Five-Star resort features 24-hour security to the gated community. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 2, 2001

Four Seasons - Vilamoura
Apartado 507 - 8125-908
Algarve, Portugal
289389677

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The entire Algarve region hosts a month-long celebration of song, dance, theater and celebration. Many of the towns and cities stage various events, orchestrated to avoid duplication, conflict and overlap. The regional tourism authority publishes a detailed schedule with complete descriptions of all events. Don't miss driving through the smaller towns, along the main roads, brightly decorated with holiday lights arching above over the roadway. The best events are local choirs singing their favorite songs in churches, community halls and town squares.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2001

Christmas In The Algarve
Most Cities In The Region
Algarve, Portugal

Arrifana Beach

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Attraction

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Having a reputation as the finest beach in all of Portugal, this Atlantic Ocean beach is accessed by descending down a steep paved road to the small parking area. Adequate parking is also available at the top of the cliffs above the beach. Nestled between two protruding points, this beach stretches over 1/2 mile. The white sands emerge from the base of the rocky cliffs, sloping down over 200 feet to the shoreline. The waves roll in and the surf surges against the cliffs framing the beach, completing the natural experience for the senses. Although I visited in the winter I can imagine the summer sun covering sun-worshipping beachgoers and their lounge chairs, and water rats frolicking in the surf.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2001

Arrifana Beach
South Of Aljezure
Algarve, Portugal

Prince Henry The Navigator

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Attraction | "The Legacy of Prince Henry The Navigator"

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As history has shown us, in centuries past Portugal was the world leader in maritime exploration. The father of modern navigation, Prince Henry, left his legacy all along the southwestern and eastern shores of the Atlantic. The highlight of my travels was the Fortress at Sagres, a fully restored monument that served as the nexus of Portugal's glory days of world exploration. This gem of Portugal's network of national historical sites and monuments sits on a prominent peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic, just a few miles from San Vicente, the southwestern-most point of the European continent. Entering the fortress through the massive gated walls, you walk into a large open field featuring a large l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2001

Prince Henry The Navigator
The Algarve Coast
Algarve, Portugal

Gibraltar

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Attraction | "Gibraltar/Seville Day Tour"

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During the off-season this trip is by van, taking 6-8 people. I would have rather had the comfort of a full-size tour bus, complete with reclining seats and individual climate controls. The hardest part of the trip was getting up to ready for the VERY early pickup time of 5:30 am!!! Since I was the first passenger, I had my pick of seats and chose the middle seat, having the most legroom and the added 'comfort' of the side of the vehicle to give my body support as I wanted to sleep during the early morning ride to Seville. We arrived in Seville in the late morning. An almost two hour stop gave ample time for sight-seeing and a delicious lunch of the local Catalan cuisine, complete with...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 2, 2001

Gibraltar


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