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Jan 31, 2020 - Along The Algarve

Day 21 - Fri 31st Jan The cliffs where we stayed last night beside a lovely old lighthouse really were impressive. All dark, high & quite for foreboding with waves crashing below. This really is a lovely part of the coastline with sandy beaches to the North of us & high, rocky cliffs to the South. It is obviously popular with motorhomers as we see them everywhere we go & many, like us, are wild camping along the coast. We don’t need all the fancy facilities as we are basically self sufficient so we get to stop in some great places. Shortish...

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Oct 31, 2018 - Lagos

The five hour drive from Elvas took us through Evora and Silves along excellent roads although temperatures were definitely fresh at 8C when we started out and reached a blistering 17C max. Lagos was much bigger than expected and very busy. Fortunately our apartment was reasonably well positioned and allowed walking access to many of the historic sites on offer including the slave markets and fortress. Rain showers and fresh breezes didn't deter our walk around the old town but did provide opportunities to take refuge in an amazing number...

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May 3, 2017 - Lagos

Wednesday 3rd May 2017, around Lagos Woke early, ready for boat trip..... Too windy and seas at 2.5 m so it was called off. Chris assured them we don't mind being drowned we are keen to see the famous grottos. No go. We walked around and saw the grottos from the top, one we could walk down to, and yes there were no boats around. Very different geology. Walked around the cliffs - no nanny state here. If you go close to the edge there is no fence and you may fall. It was quite windy so we stayed well back - well one of us anyway. Found...

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May 2, 2017 - Tavira to Lagos

Tuesday 2nd May 2017, Can't remember - oh yes Tavira to Lagos Such a cruisie drive. Visited smaller towns on the way - Loule and Silve (yes another castle) and got here in time for a swim - my first since last year. Great stalk nests on the way. The Mediterranean is cold still, about 19 or 20 degrees, but the sun was shining and we were keen. Needless to say it was a brief dip. The coastline here is spectacular and we have booked a boat trip to the local grotto which features in every photo of Lagos. Dinner was easy to find, tourist places...

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Jun 3, 2016 - Lagos Portugal

PORTUGAL If Spain is like Canada and the US in standard of living then Portugal is like Mexico. Having said that, it is a country in transition. Many buildings are in ruins but often you can see an old decrepit building and a new one right beside it. Their highway system is not as well developed as Spain’s. There are toll roads which are good but the secondary roads would be equivalent to very bad rural roads in Canada. In the Algarve, which is the Hawaii for the Brits and Germans, the real-estate market is quite active. The Algarve is...

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And so we headed for Portugal and The Algarve having been in Spain just under 2 months. The road from Spain to Portugal is lined with Mimosa trees in flower and the scent along the way invited us on into only our second country of the trip so far. We also noticed how much greener the area was, gone the dusty, dry barren land of Southern Spain. Of course green land means rain and Portugal has certainly had its share by comparison this winter. We visited the eastern end of the Algarve this time as this is an area we hadn’t explored. Our first...

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Jan 26, 2016 - Lagos, Portugal: Cove Beaches in the South

I took a train from Porto, in the north all the way to the southern tip of Portugal. It was a 7 hour train trip for $52E with one transfer in Faro just about an hour from Lagos (pronounced La goosh) It gets dark here around 6 so most of the trip was in the dark. The trains only stop for a minute and I was worried about seeing the station name and knowing when to jump off with my suitcase. Fortunately a woman sitting beside me who heard me talk to the conductor, spoke up in good English saying she was also going to Lagos and would help me...

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Jul 5, 2015 - Portuguese Paradise

We made it to the southern coast of Portugal which is known as the Algarve region. This area is famous for its beautiful beaches and is really popular with the British. You can spot the British easily as they are the ones with the really white skin that is burnt bright pink. I think they are so starved for sunshine that they don't bother with sunscreen. There is not a lot to see here except for the natural beauty of the coastline. The cities along the coast are pretty typical resort towns with lots of condos and hotels and big sail boats in...

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May 29, 2015 - Lagos

We are moving down the coast of Portugal and have made it right to the bottom in Lagos Here is Tomos diary for the day Today we went in the car for 3 hours. We stopped at the supermarket. I think I found a can of beans. This city is called Lagos. I jumped in the pool at the apartment. I loved it. We found a slope. I played with my cars on it. We did a water show. After that we had a bath and I got lots of bubbles. Love Tomo We have a lovely apartment with everything that we could need at only $100 nz a night everyone is happy

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Jun 24, 2014 - The Portuguese Tart has fun

Mmmmmhh, the Portuguese Tart - I think I'm addicted and don't think I could ever enjoy another one in Sydney again as they are made so perfectly here with the crispest pastry base, creamiest custard and sweetest crunchy top, ohhhh yum. Portugal has been as I imagined it to be, old, full of character, a bit rundown, grubby and quite poor although the Portuguese people are working hard to turn that around. They are certainly big drinkers and alcohol is abused with many drunks and beggars. It's disappointing to see that the Government spends...

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Jun 6, 2014 - Portugal Day 2

A little bit tired from getting back to the hotel at 4 am and swimming until 6 but the day went like this : 10am. Meeting time and departure towards Cabo San Vicente, Sagres "The End of the World" without luggage (just what you need for the day). 11:30am. Cabo San Vicente. Free time to take pictures and explore. 12:30am./1pm. Dona Ana Beach. Free time to enjoy the beach 6pm. Departure towards Ponta do Piedade (Lagos). Free time for pictures and explore. 7pm. Arrival to the city of Lagos. Free time to explore the city, buy souvenirs, food,...

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May 30, 2014 - Lagos

Here we are in Lagos which is about 3hours down from Lisbon and we have an awesome hotel paying only $100 nz a night with a pool - everyone is happy. This is Tomos diary for today Today we drove in the car for 3 hours. We stopped at the supermarket. I think I found a can of beans. This city is called Lagos. I jumped in the pool at the apartment. I loved it. We found a slope. I played with my cars on it. We did water show. After that we had a bath and I got lots of bubbles. Love Tomo Poor Tomo hasn't been able to find any beans so he was...

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