Sagres lies at the extreme south-west point of Europe
The lighthouse dates from 1906, it has the strongest beam of light of Europe, the light extending over 100 km.
My husband walked all the way to the lighthouse but the wind was too strong for me!
It is impressive to know you are at the extreme point of Europe!
They call this westerly point : Gabo de St. Vincente.
Prince Hendrik the seafarer was the founder of the navigate school during the 15th century.
His house is still there, nowadays used as a youth hostel.
During the period of the seafarers the capes of Sagres and Sao Vincente where holy places, people shivered when they looked down at the dark ocean, in their opinion the end of the world!
Hendrik the seafarer (1394 – 1460) proved with his discoveries that there was more at the other end of the Atlantic ocean.
All the famous seafarers came from his school : Vasco da Gama who discovered the sea road to India. And the discoverer form Brasilia, Cabral Magellan, who sailed around the world.
This little chapel, hidden among white houses, used to be – during the moorish invasion, a little mosque. When the Moors were chased away it became the Governor’s chapel and subsequently - in 1499 - it was restored and became the "Capela da Misericórdia". It doesn’t look so old from the outside, however, and this is due to the fact that most of the exterior had been demolished in 1755 by a big earthquake. When it was re-restored part of it were rebuilt in gothic style. Inside you can see a carved wooden altar piece supporting an image of Our Lady of the Visitation and of the Dead Father and also the tomb of Rui Dias who was probably the first Governor of the Castle.
This little church is my favourite of all the churches in Albufeira: it’s tiny but its decorations make it of outstanding beauty. The ceiling’s intricate pattern is really charming - and it seems that the idea of the cupola and surrounding pinnacles belong to popular architecture. I guess that there’s something of a Moorish influence, too, in the white-washed cupola. It was built in the 18th century and it is located in the Largo Jacinto d’Ayet square.
This is another church whose architecture reflects the popular local style.it was built in the 18th century and it’s in Miguel Bombarda square. It has only one nave.
Interesting things to see are the doorways, for their decorations: they are adorned with stone masonry in Manueline style - whatever this means. I guess your eyes will enjoy their beauty more than empty words can say. Inside there are 6 interesting coloured wooden statues: the artist in unknown
East of Albufeira, this gives you a feel of a real Porto town - and while there eat at Snack Bar Laurenco (see my entry under restaurants - 4 courses for less than 10 Euros - and absolutrely delicious food!)
We were staying at Salgados Resort and walked along the beach - 45 minutes of glorious sealine and at the end a real little jewel) - eat some gorgeous ice cream at one of the Gelateria and enjoy the sunset coming back!
The coast west of Albufeira is very beautiful, with some natural formations, most of them only accessible from the sea. Eastbound the beauty fades, but until Olhos de Água,even dotted with too much construction, some point keep their beauty.
A walk by the seaside (sun protected) is relaxing, and helps to forget what we have inland.
Villamoura is a bit characterless to say the least as a purpose built resort. While the old town in Albufeira narrowly avoids being subsumed into the new strip where English is in danger of becoming the first language, Villamoura is a kind of Butlins ran amok. For somethng to do at night, from Albufeira there are bookakle trips to the casino including entertainment and dinner. The dinner resembled a freezer ready meal from a super market (and the coffee at the same temperature). The reps (pictured) finished with their own talent show (make sure you have drunk copious vinho verde to find it remotely funny!)
WHAT A GREAT NIGHT with the Cossack dance troupe from Russia who were the lead act that evening. Unfortunately, we were asked not to take pictures, hence the club reps in the shot.
In summary, make sure you want to see the entertainment, as the dinner was as poor as we have eaten any where in the world, or that you really wish to play cards or roullette at the tables (did not take me long to lose my own 'house limit' of anout EU25 ! ) and you are going for a flutter.
That was an amazing day… the smaller water park of Albufeira surrounds was the best.
We could see the children all over the park and the fun was very good for them. They could go every water places without problem.
Not too crow as the other not too big, really nice place. We stayed from 10 am to 18:00
The beach ride is fantastic and lovely horses - great toastie when you stop off - can really recommend it. They also do a range of other rides from half an hour beginner to two hours for beginners or experienced riders.
If you are visiting Portugual the water park just outside Alburfeira is wicked ...... its well worth spending the day in the park ... although i would recommend taking your own food and drink and the prices are very high. I paid roughly ?3.50 for a hot dog.
The sea and outdoor swimming pools can be quite chilly in summer so definitely cold in winter!
You could take a bus ride to Lagos - probably about an hour away - as its a nice easy-going town, with a seafront castle/fort, a tiny slavery museum building and some fun floor-level fountains near the sea front area of the main street. You'd have to check opening times/operating times I guess but the small town is pleasant and worth a visit.
The marina at Vilamoura is much nearer by bus and offes an easy stroll around the boats with lots of bars and restaurants for lunch or a cuppa.
I didn't think much to the main town though.
If the weather is kind, then the beaches to the east of the main town offer rock pools, rock formations and sandy/rocky paths to explore.
I think you can get boat trips from Albufeira marina but its a little way out of the old town - probably a good 25 minute walk.
Have a great time!
We visit the south of Portugal in February, it was a great month to visit the south, because the temperature is very good to see and explore the beautiful villages, fruit yards and the beach.
If you like to swim in the sea, I advice you to wait until the summer months.
We rented a car for four days and explore a part of the south of Portugal.
Silves was during the Moor occupation the capital of the Algarve you still can find impressive ruins of the Moor fortress.
The gothic cathedral you see in the picture is from the 13the century.
After our visit to Silves we drove to the Monchique mountains, the highest part of these mountains is called: Foia (902 m)
I am coming to albufeira on 18/2 on my own & staying in
Hotel Da Aldeia, Avenida Da Sa Carveiro,sao Joao 8, Albufeira for a week.
I'be most interested to meet any body local, either male or femail, any age & learn about local culture & places etc and maybe go for a drink or meal together-it will be my treat for you for telling me about your place
If you can spare some time then please reply by tomorrow or meet me at the hotel till 24/02
I can always do the same for you if you ever came to visit Manchester, UK
There is a good bullfight Arena in Albufeira.
In summer there are fights all saturdays and some times specials on thursdays.
We went to one of those specials and it was a good one.
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