Algarve Journals

My Life and Travels in the Algarve

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A November 2007 trip to Algarve by Praskipark

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A Long Shot of Silves Photo, Silves, Portugal
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Silves or otherwise known as Xelb by the Moors, was once the Moorish capital of the Algarve and even up to the 19th century had the grand title of 'Kingdom of the Algarve.' The town stood proudly, high on the hill overlooking grand palaces and lavish estates. The River Arade was the main route into the town and made it accessible for many attackers such as the Romans, Carthaginians and the Greeks. The Moors invaded in the 8th century introducing a wealth of architecture and new ideas such as irrigation for the dry, arid lands. It was only in 1189 that the town was seized by Dom Sancho I with some assistance from the English and the town was wrecked. Shortly afterwards, the Moors reclaimed Silves but i...Read More

The Best in the West

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Portuguese Garden Photo, Lagos, Portugal
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After living in the western Algarve for over 10 years it is still one of my favourite places to return to. It is very popular with Brits, Germans and Dutch. Why? Because of the wonderful climate - sunny days for nearly 10 months of the year. Relaxed atmosphere, some of the best beaches in Europe, good food and friendly if a bit querky, people. My first experience of living in the Algarve was on my parent's boat which was docked in the old fisherman's harbour in Lagos.In those days we had to jump of the big boat into a small dingy and sail to the rocks where we climbed ashore to get on to the path which either led to Mei Praia or into the town of Lagos. As you can imagine late at night, thi...Read More

A Rampa

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Restaurant | "Piri Piri Perfection"

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A Rampa - Chicken Piri Piri Restaurant, Estrada do Foia, Algarve, PortugalNot sure whether I am placing this in the correct category as it is more of a cafe and bar but does actually serve full three course meals. Never mind, I will review it and leave it in this category for now.As I mentioned in my review of the Algarve, this is my favourite place to eat. There is nothing posh about A Rampa but the food is delicious and the staff are friendly and always welcoming without being overly engraciating and treating you like a performing seal.First of all where is it situated? You have to drive to Monchique first then go up the hill towards Foia for about two miles. The ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 5, 2008

Campimar Beach Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Beach Restaurant Overlooking the Sea"

On the Beach Photo,
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This beachside family restaurant is one of my favourite's in the Algarve for many reasons. It is in a fantastic location on the beach, within walking distance from Lagos although it can be a long walk. Food is simple but well cooked and all the fish is fresh from the ocean that day. It has a relaxed feel rather than the formal restaurant feel that you can get sometimes in Portugal. I have spent and still spend many an evening with friends on the terrace watching the boats in the distance. The rock formations of this beach are always interesting as the colour and shapes of the rocks change so frequently with incoming tides.Children love this beach and it is always a good opportunityto take ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2008

Marina Rio Lagos

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Hotel | "The Magic of Marina Rio"

Marina Rio Lagos Photo, Lagos, Portugal
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Marina Rio Hotel in Lagos is one of my favourite hotels in the Algarve. My mum and aunt visit every year - sometimes twice. Every time I go back to my old home town I always stay in this small and friendly hotel. The staff are brilliant and always welcoming and if you are a frequent visitor they make a big fuss of you. I remember seeing the hotel built which was around 1990 as my inlaws had a boat in the old harbour and we stayed on it for a while as we didn't move over until 1991. It is in a great location situated on the Avenida dos Descrobimentos ( the avenue of discoverers) which is the main road/street running through the centre of the town leading out to Prai da Luz and to the west. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2008

Marina Rio Lagos
Av. dos Descobrimentos Apdo. 388
Lagos

Monchique

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Attraction | "An Ancient Town to Escape from the Crowded Coastal Resorts"

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Monchique is one town in the Algarve that hasn't really changed greatly over the years. People who live in the valley of Monchique go about their daily business the same way they have done for centuries. Mass tourism has invaded most towns from Faro to Sagres in the West but seems to have left Monchique behind. Here the burro (cross between a donkey and an ass) is still used to work the land and to take people to the vegetable markets to buy and sell their produce. Old ladies walk around dressed in black wearing their straw hats to cover their heads from the burning sun. There may be many reasons why Monchique and it's surrounding area hasn't been torn apart by bulldozers and isn't teeming...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2008

Monchique
about 1/2 hour north of Portimao
Algarve, Portugal

Vila do Bispo

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Attraction | "An Unassuming Town in the Algarve"

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Vila do Bispo is a pretty, unassuming town in the Western part of the Algarve, Portugal. It isn't as picturesque as it's neighbours, Salema and Burgau but it does have some history and a feeling of solitude and calmness after the tourist invasion on the other coastal towns. I have chosen to review it because it is on the way to the beaches of the West Coast and a good stopping off point for a lunchtime meal, a stroll in the park or just a walk through the streets of white washed houses.This town is a litlle cooler than the southern towns like Lagos and Praia da Luz. There is generally a breeze blowing making it fresher and easier for walking around. The sea is a lot choppier and the landsc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2008

Vila do Bispo
District of Faro
Algarve, Portugal

Valverde Campsite

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Hotel | "Viva Valverde"

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The campsite I am going to review is in Valverde, Praia da Luz. I used to live directly across the road from it. I often used the facilities and know the campsite like the back of my hand. Where is Valverde Camping?----------------------------------------------It is about half way down the road leading into Praia da Luz. To get to Praia da Luz you follow the A22 motorway from Faro to Sagres taking exit 1 which will bring you on to the N125. This will be sign posted for Lagos and Vila do Bispo. Take the first right at the second roundabout and pass the Boavista golf complex which is on the left hand side. Continue straight on until you seen the sign for Campismo which will...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 5, 2008