Loulé Municipality

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  • Day614

    Cliff Richard in the Algarve

    February 9 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    For the past couple of months, we have been lucky to find ourselves in the same campsite as Hans & Mireille, a Dutch couple who recently bought a caravan and decided to do some exploring. We've had plenty of good times together and when they asked us to join them for a day trip out, we didn't hesitate.

    First stop was the beautiful church of St. Lawrence in Almancil whose origins date from the 16th century. The whole of the interior including the domed ceiling is decorated with famous blue and white Portuguese glazed tiles known as 'azulejos', in contrast to the highly gilded alter piece and woodwork. The tiles depict the life of St. Lawrence, who became the patron Saint back in 1722 when local inhabitants, desperate for water, implored the Saint for help while digging, vowing to build a temple if only they could find water. You can guess at what happened next.

    From here we headed into the town of Loulé, to see the art-nouveau building of the market with its Arab-influenced cupolas and tiles. It was in here that we had a bit of a shock to see Cliff Richard stood behind a counter selling wine! Doing a double-take and upon closer inspection, it turned out that it wasn't the man in person but a life-size cutout peddling wine from his vineyard nearby!

    A cup of coffee and a pastel de nata later and we went down to the coast to check out the famous Praia Falaise, a stretch of beach between Albufeira and Vilamoura where the deep terracotta cliffs and rock formations took our breath away. We walked along the beach and then up and along the clifftop marveling at nature.

    We had a great day out and added to our collection of good times with our pals.
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  • Day18

    Odeceixe & Praia da Marinha

    July 12, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    Last nights spend in beautiful Odeceixe, beaching and relaxing. Finally getting some sun too. Afterwards we made our way to the southern coast and spend a night on the rocky caves of Marinha Beach. Startet our day with a boat tour through and into all the caves and spend the rest of the day in this amazing Bay! Paradise like!Read more

  • Day12

    Geheimtipp - das Örtchen Loulé

    September 1, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Eigentlich bin ich hier nur her gekommen weil ich wusste, dass es hier ein tolles veganes Restaurant gibt das vegan Joes. Die Innenstadt ist jedoch auch wirklich zauberhaft mit tollen nicht touristischen Shops!
    Mehr Reisetipps: www.lilies-diary.com

  • Day12

    Veganes Mittagesse im Vegan Joes

    September 1, 2017 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Ich liebe meine App Happy Cow. Sie zeigt mir immer die veganen und vegetarischen Restaurants in der Nähe. So habe ich diesen kleinen Schatz entdeckt. Wenn ihr mit dem Hund unterwegs seid, dann fragt ob ihr trotzdem rein dürft. Wenn sich keiner beschwert ist es ok. Ich hatte als Hauptspeise ein traditionelles portugiesisches Gericht als vegane Version. Mega.
    Mehr Reisetipps: www.lilies-diary.com
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  • Day15

    Church of St. Lawrence, Loule

    May 16, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    We drove about 30 minutes away to the village of Loule, to see the Church of Sao Lourenco; that is the Portuguese spelling of St. Lawrence. It is a small church, but the inside is amazing—done all in traditional Portuguese tile work to show St. Lawrence’s life and martyrdom. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, so here is a photo of the postcard we bought—it’s not too clear, but gives an idea of what it’s like.Read more

  • Day15


    July 20, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Kleiner Zwischenstop in dem süßen Städtchen. Was auffällt, dass zum Sonnenschutz in der Altstadt, bunte Tücher über die Gassen gespannt sind. Ein Couscous Salat als später Nachmittagssnack im Café Q rettet uns. Die Markthalle wurde 1908 gebaut und bildet eine der Attraktionen.

  • Day16

    Lick Club

    July 21, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Als wir auf dem Weg zurück nach Estoi waren, fuhren wir am Lick Club vorbei nach einiger Recherche, da es zuerst nicht klar war, stellte sich heraus dass es einer der größten Clubs an der Algarve ist und eine Idee war geboren. Als wir fröhlich darüber quatschen wie wir dann dorthin kämen, schließlich ist es eine halbe Stunde zu fahren entfernt und welches Outfit wir anziehen setzte, anscheinend in der Zwischenzeit unsere Navigationssystem Becky unkommentiert eine Kirche als Zwischenstopp in unsere Route. Ich weiß nicht ob sie uns damit was sagen wollte 😂 Danach kamen wir dann doch ein bisschen in Stress da es schon 9:30 Uhr war als wir fertig geduscht waren und wir rausfinden, dass fast alle Restaurants in diesem kleinen Ort nur bis 10 Uhr essen servieren wir rasten also die Straße hinunter in das nächste Restaurant (Galeria dos sntidos), welches sich als Glücksgriff herausstellte. Allerdings hatten die Besitzer wohl einen sehr komischen Eindruck von uns. Wie geht das Garagentor auf? Wir warten bis jemand raus kommt und klauen ihm die Vorfahrt. OK.

    Eine Flasche Wein und eine Todesfahrt später, kamen wir im Club an, der einen riesigen Außenbereich umfasste ebenso wie verschiedene Brunnen und eine riesige Innen Fläche. #VipLounge
    Die Rückfahrt war nicht weniger halsbrecherisch. "Vero wann fahren wir" "Wenn der Fahrer seinen GinTonic ausgetrunken hat"... Italiener können besser Pizza backen als fahren.
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  • Day55

    Travel Day - Azores to The Algarve

    February 23, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Travel days are always stressful. Today was catastrophic. We packed last night and planned to get up and go this morning. We had a 7 am flight and had to return our rental car at the airport so I set the clock for 5, double checking the settings. I woke up once at 3 am and promptly fell asleep as we’ve had really sleepless nights with all the coughing between us. The next time I awoke it was 6:50!! I found John in the living room and yelled, “We missed our flight”!! For someone who is a very anxious traveller, he didn’t seem too concerned. John is usually my back up plan as he normally gets up to pee very early in the morning. On a travel day he would always check the clock and wake me up even before the alarm went off. This morning he went right back to bed without checking the time. So we had a malfunctioning travel clock that eventually went off at 5 pm even though the alarm was clearly set for 5 am and my usual human backup also failed. We’ve taken many early morning flights and have never had an issue. This was the absolute worse place for this to happen I would soon find out.

    We had to return the car before 9 so we headed straight for the airport and returned the car without any issues thankfully. Then my nightmare began. There are only 3 airlines that fly to the mainland. The 2 cheapest, Azores Air and Ryan Air, told me all flights for the day were sold out. For security reasons they no longer sell stand-by tickets. I made 3 phone calls to Air Portugal seeking solutions and was informed that my original flight had been cancelled so I would have to purchase new tickets. She then said she can’t sell tickets over the phone but was unaware that they had no ticket office at this airport. I explained that we were both sick and needed to get to the mainland. After some pleading she got special approval to sell us the last 2 tickets on the 13:20 flight. The cost was $990!!! Ouch.....that hurt my cost-conscious brain, not to mention our bank account. I had already paid $320 for our original tickets which came with no refund. Our only other option would have been to stay another night and get a cheaper flight the next day. But our accommodation in the Algarve was pre-paid and it was too late to cancel, plus we would have the cost of a hotel in Ponta Delgada. We were sick the whole time we were in the Azores and we just needed to get to a drier climate.

    We had a 6 hour layover in Lisbon and fortunately were able to use our last two lounge passes. We couldn’t even take advantage of the free wine and beer as I was on antibiotics and John wasn’t interested, so you know he had to be sick. We finally got to our resort at 12:30 am and I was glad I had arranged a van transfer directly from the airport to the resort, a 30 minute drive. Our early morning flight had been planned to avoid this very late arrival. I’m trying very hard to put my nightmarish day behind me.

    So we are now at the Four Seasons Resort in Vilamoura for 8 days. This was one of my timeshare deals...less than $400 per week. Vilamoura is a purpose-built resort community started in the 70’s. It’s known for it’s golf courses and marina. Our resort is full of mostly British people and a lot of the condos in the area are owned by Brits, as well as Irish, as they try to escape their wet winter weather. We have more English TV channels than I have at home. It certainly is lacking any Portuguese charm but that is not important right now. I think we are going to take this opportunity to relax and get better. We’re both sick of being sick.
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  • Day60

    Vilamoura Convalescent Home for Seniors

    February 28, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Also known as the Four Seasons Vilamoura! We enjoyed our first two days here as it was a warm 20 degrees and the sun felt so good. The first day we walked into the main village to buy food at the supermercado as we planned to make use of our well-equipped kitchen. The next day we walked to the marina which is lined with shops, bars and different ethnic restaurants. I had finished my antibiotics so I could resume my self-guided Portuguese wine tasting tour. The 8 days of Clarithromycin left a metallic taste in my mouth and killed my appetite so my first glass of wine tasted horrible. We really enjoyed our relaxing afternoon in the sunshine.

    Then the “Beast from the East” arrived, which is what the news people are calling the cold front that is affecting all of Europe. We have had 3 days of temperatures around 17, grey clouds and light drizzle. It seems to clear a bit around 3 or 4 so we’ve walked to the village to pick up supplies and, more importantly, just to get some exercise and fresh air. It is a 4 km round trip. Then it rains again in the evening. They are predicting this weather pattern is going to persist until next week. Portugal has had drought conditions for months and we were told they lost 80% of their forests to wildfires. So they need the rain more desperately than I need sunshine, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

    John has made an almost full recovery from his bronchitis, although he still has a strong exercise-induced cough. It doesn’t help that our resort is at the top of a hill again! Two days ago I thought I was almost back to normal but today my cough has been worse. My chest is sore from nearly 3 weeks of coughing and I can tell when I’m due for my puffer. There’s not much to do here, particularly in this weather, so it’s a good time to rest. The car rental clerk in Ponta Delgada said the humid weather is hard on tourists. So when we went to pick up our car the next day he gave me a little bag of eucalyptus leaves with instructions to pour boiling water over them, cover my head with a towel, and inhale the vapour. I don’t know if it will cure me but it sure feels soothing just before bedtime. I was very impressed with his thoughtfulness.
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  • Day61

    Wild Waves

    March 1, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Clouds and rain persisted throughout the week. Today we walked beyond the village and marina to the beach. I have never seen such wave action where the huge waves rolled in to shore one after another, affected by strong winds, high tide and a full moon. Even the locals were out taking photos so the ocean must have been acting unusually wild this day.

    When it started to rain heavily we went to the casino that was situated ocean front. It was a small, typical and smoky casino so we didn’t stay very long. Between us we lost a whopping €5 and by then the rain had stopped so we carried on our way, making it back home just before the next downpour. We walked over 11 km and that final uphill stretch was a challenge, with both of us feeling that we had overdone it today!
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Loulé, Loule, Loulé Municipality

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