Algarve Journals

Fishermen, sand, surf and craggy cliffs

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A travel journal to Algarve by Praskipark

Deep, golden sand Photo, Ferragudo, Portugal More Photos
Quote: Some really cute places to visit in the Algarve if you love a good beach, like to sit in an old pretty square drinking coffee and eating fish and also like to catch the surf!

A slice of old Portugal

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Deep, golden sand Photo, Ferragudo, Portugal
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I have a strong bond with Ferragudo in the western Algarve and it all began 27 years ago when my family docked their boat in the harbour in Portimao. Sitting upon the wooden deck we could look over to Ferragudo and watch the fishermen bring their morning catch to the quay. Then, it was a traditional fishing village and had hardly been touched by development. At least once a week we would cross over to the pretty town to collect our post. In those days there were no private post boxes within the main post office in Portimao and we had to have the post delivered to our solicitor's office which was based near the quay. There was something magical about walking along this stretch of concrete, breathing in...Read More

Sagres (General)

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Sagres coastline Photo, Sagres, Portugal
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The road leading southward from the Alentejo to Sagres is a very pretty one passing through old towns such as Odemira, Aljezur and Vila do Bispo. Times haven’t really changed in these towns. Old men squeezed into jumpers that look a size too small still sit in cafes around the main squares drinking Medronho and playing dominoes. Dogs lie in the middle of the road, sleeping in the midday sun. Sometimes they look like they have been shot and don’t even move when a bus turns a corner. When the road branches off to Sagres the landscape changes slightly – you are able to see more houses, apartments, cafes and the odd hotel. Thankfully, the town hasn’t been too over developed and you can still find a narro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 10, 2011

Arrifana Beach

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Attraction | "One of my top five beaches on the West Coast"

Arrifana Beach Photo, Algarve, Portugal
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The West Coast of Portugal is one of my favourite places ever. There is something magical about the rock formations, the wild Atlantic Coast, miles and miles of sandy beaches, high, undulating sand dunes and scruffy, wispy scrub land. This coastline also has some of the strangest plants I have encountered. In Spring time the colour of the blooms are stunning but they are not the easiest of plants to touch as they seem to want to bite back. Every time I kneel down amongst the rocks to touch petals, stems and leaves I always come away with a nasty scratch or sting - it's as if they don't want to be handled only admired in their wild, rugged state. Situated in the 'Parque Natural da Costa Vic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2011

Arrifana Beach
South Of Aljezure
Algarve, Portugal

Carrapeiteira Village

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Attraction | "Charming Carrapateira"

Carrapeiteira Village Photo, Portugal, Europe
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Carrapateira is the first village along the western shores of the Atlantic I visited when I lived in the Algarve. We once looked at a fishermen's cottage to buy but it was so tiny there really wasn't enough room to swing a cat. At the time the cottage was going for around 10, 000 pounds which way back 30 years ago was a lot of money then but you can bet your bottom dollar it will be worth a lot more now.What attracted us to Carrapateira was its very pretty location, half way down the west coast hidden behind unkempt and wind swept sand dunes from the beaches of Bordeira and Armado. The drive from Lagos was always and still is spectacular on the old road. The smell of eucalyptus is a warm...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2011

Carrapeiteira Village
West Coast of the Algarve
Aljezur, Portugal

Praia da Bordeira Beach

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Attraction | "Catch that Surf!"

Praia da Bordeira Beach Photo, Carrapateira, Portugal
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It's very difficult to choose a favourite beach along the west coast of the Algarve but if I really had to then I would choose Praia da Bordeira. The main reason it is top of my list is because of the huge expanse of sand and Oh boy, this sand is soft, golden and beautiful to touch and exquisite to look at. It is so stunning because of it's backdrop which are some of the biggest sand dunes I have seen. The wind is always nearly blowing here so the dunes form lots of interesting patterns as the wind hits the tops and blows the sand from side to side. It is always a favourite family game to try and run to the top of the dunes and then slide back down.The beach and dunes are a fair walk fro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2011

Praia da Bordeira Beach
Northern end of Carrapateira
Carrapateira, Portugal