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May 1, 2017 - Olhao boat trip

Monday 1st May 2017, boat trip from Olhao A bit of a late start as this is a holiday. The boat trip was due to start at 12 noon, then 12.30, then 12.45 then we get away at 1pm. I guess related to celebrations last night. We saw the extensive waterway around here and a few islands. They looked such pleasant places in the sunshine. I expect really bleak in winter though. Fishing is big here. You own a patch of water only you can fish. Lots of shell fish. Still windy but with the sun it was a pleasant time out on the boat. At an island visit I...

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Apr 30, 2017 - Around Tavira

Sunday 30th May 2017, Tavira A gentle breeze turned into a cold Atlantic (even though we are on the Mediteranean) gale for most of the day. We had expected a cork factory tour but there was a mix up by our tour company. First one so far. So rugged up we drove and walked around here for most of the day. Lots to explore. Saw the beach at one stage. Had to cross a floating bridge to get there. Talking to a woman collecting money for a train ride across the Ria Formosa, she explained the money was to be used to replace the bridge we just came...

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Apr 29, 2017 - Seville to Tavira

Saturday 29th April 2017, Seville to Tavira Such an easy drive out of Seville, compared to driving in 2 days ago. Cruised to Tavira. Found our lunch time coffee in a Vegan Cafe. Worked out asking for cafe e leite was a bit silly as the bloke explained in a humorous manner that they don't do animal products. Almond milk coffee was just fine. Spoke to an Indian lady of mature years involved in the cafe. She left Goa, tried Germany and now Portugal to work out a living. I had forgotten the link between Goa and Portugal. Huge impact in Goa....

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Oct 5, 2016 - WOOFing No. 9, Tavira, Portugal

We spent a couple of days in Tavira, in a guest house upstairs from the middle of the cobbled town square. Here, salt is harvested where sea water is trapped and evaporates. To get to the beach from Tavira you need to take a ferry across the estuary to a wide, uncrowded sandbar beach. Our final WOOFing job was with a Dutch lady who has been in Portugal for 16 years. Dorine's first three years were spent completely renovating the house, which includes a homestay suite and a swimming pool. She has 2 1/2 hectares of figs, almonds, olives and...

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Jan 30, 2016 - Ilha Tavira Island

Visiting Tavira it is a must to visit the beautiful Ilha Tavira Island, a long, thin island just off shore and reachable by a short ferry ride. It really reminded me of Cumberland Island in Georgia, but without the wild horses. Because it is winter in Portugal the beach tourists are gone so I had the entire island mostly to myself. There were rows of unattended beach chairs that I helped myself to after a long walk along the beach in bare feet for the first time in a month. I couldn't help to smile that I would come all the way here to...

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Jan 27, 2016 - Best is Last: Tavira, Portugal

This morning I took another train direct from Lagos to Tavira, a 2 1/2 hour ride traveling mostly due east toward the boarder with Spain. I arrive here just before 3 pm, and discover my accommodations are just above a busy outdoor café and in a very convenient location. There is a comfortable feeling here. I hear a lot of British English and notice a lot of, probably, 'retired' people, strolling along the river front and visiting with each other. This is a beautiful little town and every way I turn I want to take pictures I’m staying at the...

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Jan 26, 2014 - Tavira and a little of the east Algarve

Today we headed to the east Algarve and the town of Tavira. According to our guide book “Tavira is one of the most beautiful towns in the Algarve” and after visiting the town we would argue. It was a beautiful in fact hot day which also helped Tavira is considered to have been founded in 400BC and was an important trading port until the 17th century when the river silted up. In one of the back streets of the old town we found archeological excavations which included an ox shaped altar from the 4th century BC along with Islamic residential...

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Nov 14, 2013 - Tavira

Yay it's flip flop time!! This is the first time we didn't have to wear coats during the day. We didn't really know what to expect in Tavira and found it's pretty empty and kinda where the winter birds go (like Florida for the grey hairs). We wondered around the little town, found a little castle and sat for a drink by the river. Ian had a sangria and they add cinnamon to it. Not bad but different. Then Ian wasn't feeling too well so he napped and Jen sat on the patio reading in the sun.

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Feb 5, 2011 - Eastern Algarve

Time for some cheating again. It only seems like five minutes since we were last in a house, but here we were again, heading back to the eastern Algarve to take possession of our flat which we had booked for a couple of weeks. As it was low season, it was pretty cheap and not really that much more expensive than a campsite, or that was what we told ourselves as we settled down into the luxury of a real bed, a bathroom, a kitchen and oh my goodness, a TV! The flat was in a wee village called Cabanas de Tavira, about 5 miles east of the...

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Oct 14, 2010 - Eastern Algarve

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND The town of Silves is situated inland along the Rio Arade, which for centuries was a major route into the interior from the southern coast. It allowed the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians and the Greeks access to the copper and iron mines of the region. After the Moors invaded in the 8th century, its strategic hill top location, next to the river, made the town an even more prominent commercial centre. For a time, it rivaled Lisbon in importance, with a population of over 30,000. Things began to go terribly wrong when Dom...

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Aug 28, 2010 - Tavira

Today was a long driving day, about 3.5 hours to the Algarve, the southern coast of Portugal. The Autostradas in Portugal are fantastic and I've hardly encountered any traffic this whole trip. They have gas stations and restaurants at rest stops right off the freeway, so you don't really have to get off and drive into a town to get gas or something to eat, which is pretty nice for travelers. There are signs right before telling you when the next one is, and they are spaced out every hour or so. Some of these rest stops have tent-awnings...

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May 1, 2010 - Tivira, Portugal

Saturday 1st – Fine and Hot Went down for breakfast at around 9. Nothing special. Stayed in our room as we had free WIFI till checkout at midday. Left bags at reception. Went for a long walk in an area we hadn’t been before and ended up at the Merchants bar for a couple of wines and lunch at around 2.30. Back to our hotel to pick up our bags at 3.45 then off to get our bus to Tivira, Portugal at 4.15. Tickets 30E for both. Took about 2.5 hours. Walked to our large hotel. Lovely big room. Went walking and stopped for a beer 1E/bottle. Then...

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