Praia do Vau - gay beach
Praia do Vau is a an off the beaten track beachcove, you'll drive about 20 minutes west of Portimao, park the car and then trek 10 minutes through a nature reserve. Once there, you'll notice that all the sunbathers are male though... This is basically a gay beach. So nude sunbathing allowed. Some cruising goes on so not a place to bring children.
A good place to swim and explore though. Parts get shaded by the early afternoon, so although this isn't somewhere that you'll find beach-umbrellas and ice-creams for sale, you needn't burn your bits either. In fact no shops here, so make sure you bring enough water and munchies to last you.
You'll probably need your own transport to get here. You also have to navigate your way down the cliffs to the beach so if you have mobility problems you'd best avoid this place.
Buying fresh oranges right from the farmers truck.
Deserted beaches in February can still be most enjoyable
"New Years 2004"
Watching the wonderful and long firework display at new year is a must for most people in town. One never sees soo many people together at once than at this time. Most are congregating at the lookout in Praia da Rocha, but the beach is also packed. Most carry bottles of champagne or wine, and because recycling is not an issue of concern, all the empty bottles are a sad proof of this problem.
The waterfront in Portimão is a great place for a stroll or biking. Bicycles can be rented cheaply, but bring extra padding for the seat :-)
The beaches in the algarve can be enjoyed year-round.
Sagres, on the western tip of the Algarve.
Portimao as seen from the other side of the Arade river.
One of the many nice beaches, here at Praia da Rocha.