Felswanderung in einer der spectacularsten Küsten der Welt
Felswanderung in einer der spectacularsten Küsten der Welt
Heute hieß es früh aufstehen, weil wir zur "Benagil Höhle" fahren. Wir wussten zum Glück, dass hier ein Touristen Hotspot ist. Viele Ausflugsboote, Stand Up Paddels und Kajaks. Wir haben uns aber entschieden zur Höhle zu schwimmen, was wir wirklich empfehlen können. Es sind weniger als 100m. Vom Strand einfach nach links um den Fels, dann ist man schon da. Das Wasser ist sehr kalt, aber wir hatten zum Glück Neoprenanzüge. Das frühe Aufstehen hat sich gelohnt! Wirklich eine tolle Atmosphäre. Die Bilder sagen mehr als Worte.
Danach ging es zum "Algar Seco". Hier haben wir den ersten Punkt gefunden der noch nicht komplett überlaufen ist und wunderschön ist. Man kann hier zwischen den Felsen laufen/ klettern und von Felsen ins Wasser springen.
Danach ging es noch zum "Praia dos Três Irmãos" - unser Traumstrand. Zuerst wirkt der Strand nicht besonders, wenn man aber ein Stück durch die Felsen geht, wird es wunderschön.
Dieser Teil der Algarve hat uns wirklich begeistert!
Am Abend haben wir noch ein Englisches Pärchen kennengelernt und haben uns in das Nachtleben von Albufeira gestürzt. Hier sind bestimmt 80% Engländer. Es sieht hier aus wie am Ballermann. Also wer einen Partyurlaub machen will, ist hier sicher gut aufgehoben.Read more
It was our last day in the Algarve and I was really hoping for a little sunshine but we woke up to another dreary day. The rain paused briefly in the early afternoon so we headed out to do a couple of errands. A Portuguese woman stopped to tell me that a bad storm was coming and that it was going to “rain like cats and sardines”! I hadn’t heard that version before. On the Main Street we came across a small bakery/cafe and enjoyed the most delicious pastries....tea, Americano coffee (not espresso), and two pastries cost only €4. Now we had to walk off all those calories so I found a different, longer walk back. Although I heard some grumbling, John did enjoy the new uphill challenge with beautiful coastal scenery. We did get some showers during our walk and the “cats and sardines” came later in the evening along with some lightning but no worse than usual.Read more
On occasion I have felt reluctance to move on to our next destination because I have enjoyed where we were. This was not one of those occasions. Our resort catered to the mostly well-to-do Brits and the Vilamoura area lacked any character. We could have been at a resort community in Puerto Vallarta or Fort Lauderdale, as there was very little Portuguese influence to be seen anywhere.
Since our arrival in Portugal, I quickly learned that the public transportation system pales in comparison to Spain. It is particularly poor in the off-season. Our options to get to our next resort, which was 50 km West, was to take a rickety train requiring an expensive taxi trip at both ends, or to take 3 buses, none of which had convenient connections. So our best choice, and the most expensive at €35, was to arrange a private transfer, a common practise here. We were picked up in a minivan at one resort and dropped off at the door of our next resort, all within an hour. Costly but oh so convenient.
Our unit wasn’t ready so we walked into town looking for a supermarket. One was closed for the winter season and the other was similar to a 7-Eleven. I convinced John that we had to walk to the large supermarket that we had passed on the way into town. On our way we stopped at a roadside fruit stand and bought a 3 kg bag of clementine oranges for €2. We have about 40 oranges to eat but I couldn’t resist a good deal and they are so fresh and delicious! As it turned out, we walked 8 km to the large supermarket. We stocked up on a full week’s worth of food and beverages, then took a €10 taxi back to the resort.
We are now staying in a very large 2 storey, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa. It cost a bit more at $625 for the week but we are going to enjoy the luxury. Typical of most European timeshares, we have to pay an extra €35 in cash for utilities. Last week we had to pay what we consumed, which was €31. Electricity is very expensive here. Our resort is called Monte Carvoeiro and I learned that Monte in Portuguese means mountain. So once again we are situated at the top of a hill. We must be in better physical condition as we didn’t find the climb too difficult, although I’m still fighting with my bronchitis and can’t seem to get rid of the hoarse voice, cough and pain from the muscle strain. Nasty bugs they have here! John feels he’s made a full recovery finally.Read more
We are enjoying Carvoeiro as it is more like what I had expected of the Algarve. The population of the town is only 2700 but that number increases dramatically from April to October, peak tourism season. In off-season it is a fishing village with some of the shops and restaurants closed. There are no high rises or mega resorts but a lot of self-catering rental properties. It doesn’t seem as deserted as Vilamoura because it is an active town with a permanent local population, not just a resort town.
The cloudy, rainy weather has continued but we have been able to walk into town every day, avoiding any serious downpours. The temperature has been 15-17. We certainly were hoping for better weather but it is out of our control.Read more
Yesterday we walked downhill into town, crossed the beach, and then up a hill on the other side. Our destination was the 1 km Clifftop Boardwalk. We got to the top of the hill where the boardwalk started and it started to rain. The wind picked up and we could see dark clouds coming our way across the ocean, so we had to turn back. Today we had somewhat better luck although there were 50 km wind gusts. I certainly give credit to the government for building the boardwalk as it is accessible to all. There are bleacher type areas where you can sit and watch the sunset. The boardwalk is lit up at night for a safe walk back to town. The views of the rugged coastline were pretty amazing.Read more
After a mediocre expensive lunch, not included, we headed to the southwesternmost point of Europe....Cape St. Vincent. In the 14th century Prince Henry the Navigator founded his navigators’ school here and sent off small wooden ships at a time when superstitious sailors believed that the world was flat. No sailor had dared to cross the Strait of Gibraltar or to venture beyond the known end of the world. Magellan, Columbus and da Gama were some of Henry’s students and the world was opened up to exploration, discovery and overseas settlements by Portugal and other countries. We were standing in a very significant historical spot, which I remembered very little of from high school history. John, forever the teacher, remembered all the details.
The cliffs are 250 feet high and we saw one monument where a German tourist had died, likely trying to take a great selfie. The wind gusts are strong and our tour guide had warned us about safety and selfies. The scenery was spectacular.Read more
Our final stop of the tour was the seaport town of Lagos. We liked this town the best as it was lively and interesting, although we did see more homeless people here than anywhere else in Portugal. We were only allowed 1 1/4 hours so we went our separate ways, with plans to meet where John had plunked himself down with a cold beer at a sidewalk cafe. He was being entertained by a group of 5 street musicians, hippie types with dreadlocks who were not Portuguese. John said the police came shortly after and broke up the party. Meanwhile, I explored the winding streets, taking photos and stopping in two artisan shops. When I returned to our agreed upon meeting place a half hour later, John was nowhere to be found. I eventually found him sitting at the bus stop, fearful that I would be late and we’d miss the bus. Now why would he ever think that?!
Although the morning portion of our tour was a bit boring and the weather didn’t cooperate, we did enjoy the afternoon. At lunch, we sat with 2 British couples and had interesting conversations. Overall, we were glad we went and felt that the 10 hour tour was good value.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Praia do Carvoeiro