Amongst the beautiful houses on the slope stand the mother-church Misericórdia Church and the Senhor do Pé da Cruz Hermitage. Nearby look for the famous thermal spas of Monchique and Fóia, overlooking the hills and the ocean. Here a visitor can try the smelling hot spring water that emerges at a constant temperature of 32ºC.the must known algarve place away from the coast, and once in the region yu should try and visit Monchique and it´s surroundings.
We had not started the day well in Lisbon with our unexpected delay (you will have to see my Lisbon page for details on that!), followed by the long drive south to Aljezur that afternoon. By the time we had found our accommodations, it was already 4:30 PM. We wanted at least a little taste of the ocean on this 29 C day, so we very quickly headed for a nearby beach (only 5 km) on the not so touristy western Atlantic side of the Algarve. The beach at Monte Clerigo was just what the doctor ordered - a long smooth expanse of sand with hardly another soul there! These seaweed covered rocks greeted us as we strolled down to the sea fog rising from where the cold Atlantic waters met the hot sandy beach!
*taken on the web
The original town of Santo António de Arenilla, built by fishermen on a sand bar in the river Guadiana, was swept away in a violent storm.
With the same determination he showed in rebuilding Lisbon after the earthquke of 1755, the Marquês the Pombal decided in 1774 to raise a new Santo António from the ruins of the old. Nearly a century after the original settlement was destroyed, Vila Real de Santo António was built. It took just five months. The town, laid out in a grid design drawn up by the architect Reinaldo Serrano recalls the Baixa quarter of Lisbon. At its heart lies the old Praça Real, a model of classical harmony and proportion. The square is paved in the tradicional Portuguese style, with a circular pattern that frames the obelisk erected in honour of the town's founder.
Once rebuilt, Vila Real soon reestablished itself as a fishing port and went on to become a thriving centre for trade with neighbouring Andalusia.
At Cape Vincent: the last sausage before America. I ate one! You get an orginal German Bratwurst there. It's not cheap (3 Euros) but you have to try it. you also get a certificate that you visited the most southern west point of Europe...
Well, this isn't the view from the top of the mountain, more what the top of the mountain would look like if people hadn't got there first! Our short stay at the top of this 3000-ft (900-m) peak, the highest in the Algarve, was not one of the high points of the trip (if you will pardon the pun!). The top of the mountain is covered by tall communications antennae of various shapes and heights, including a Portugese military base. This complements a very ugly looking tourist restarurant/trinket shop also perched on top of the peak! Compounding our problems, was the haze on this day. Although we could see the coastline off to the south, it really was not clear enough to warrant even a photo. Still, on the way back down the road to the top, I felt compelled to at least take one shot from up there, just above the tree line!
Normally, the drive up would have been better as well but the severe forest fires that raged in Portugal during the summer of 2003 had even reached these slopes. At least the damage was not as bad as some that I have seen in Canada, so hopefully the forest will be able to recover in a few short years.
The best parts of this trip were stumbling onto the Quinta de Sao Bento at the 800-m level on our way down (see my Restaurant tips) and seeing the nice 'azulejo' plaque at the summit (see Local Customs)!
Silves, once a city of glittering minaret and bustling bazaars, was the Moorish capital of the Algarve. Its imposing red sandstone castle was the scene of horrific medieval battles between Islamic Moors and Christians.NOWADAYS the perfect place for a perfect hollyday away from the busy algarve, but close enough to it at the same time. ten minutes ride and you´ll be at the centre of Portimao for example and all the fussfuss of the glitering Algarve.
Once we had satisfied our need to dip our feet in the cool ocean waves, we found a nice spot to spread our towel beside the basalt cliff at the edge of the beach. The waves were actually quite large but, because this was a gently sloping beach, they broke quite a way out. With our binoculars we watched cliff-fishers on the headland behind us as they cast their lines out into the surf. We stayed here sipping our wine and enjoying the sun and breezes, as well as the sound of the waves coming ashore, until about 7 PM. Then it was time to head back to Aljezur to see what we could find in the way of a restaurant!
This was the first time since we had arrived in Portugal 4 days earlier that we had been able to visit the seaside! It was very refreshing to wander along the beach and feel the cool water washing around our feet. This mid-May time of the year seemed to still be a low tourism period from our experience. Combined with the great sunny weather, that suited us just fine! This particular location was not overbuilt, just many smaller beachfront houses - most of which still seemed to be deserted on this Monday evening.
armacao de pera is at the same time my favourite spot in algarve and the ugliest one.
to explain this:
is the algarve place i visited and stood more time on my vacations.
is the algarve place with more buildings on the coast line than any other making the armaçao de pera beach very ugly and sour.
over all , a so-so place to be if yu want to go to the south of Portugal.
Sagres is the most south-westerly village in mainland Europe and, as such, was on the edge of the known world right up to the late Middle AgesFrom the headland fortress, the awesome cliffs curve round past the 17th-century fort at Beliche to the famous lighthouse on the point of Cape St. vincent S. Nowadays, it is the end of the line, well-beloved by backpackers from all over the world, and of considerable interest to botanists and bird-watchers.and historic wise defenitly the most interersting place of the Algarve, where yu can watch and witness, the place that portuguese discoveres, sat sail 500 hundreds years ago.
Cones, cubes, prisms, cylinders, pyramids, balloons; squat stumps, slender fingers, plain white or colorfully decorated: All these descriptions fit chimneys known as the chaminé Algarvia. If you come to the Algarve there is one thing that characterizes this sunny area: it’s ornamental chimneys. And if the chimneys have anything at all in common, it is that many bring to mind minarets, even miniature mosques. Most of the houses have two of them (minimum). One for the heating and one for the ventilation. We became fascinated with them, all the more because nobody seemed to know much about their origins. A tourist guide told us that there is a legend about the chimneys. The Muslims, who lived in the Algarve for more than 500 years couldn’t practice there religion after the recapture. It wasn’t allowed. So they found their own way to built little religious places where they could pray. People from Portugl often deny that the legend is true or even exists. There are no clues and nobody knows it exactly., but: centuries later it’s at least stylish to have chimneys, even if you are not a muslim.
Castro Marim is a lovely village situated near the city of Vila Real de Santo António. If you enjoy small and typical villages, far from the crowds, then this place is a must visit when in the Easter side of Algarve.
What characterizes this village are its 2 castles, as well as the Sapal – a kind of swamp. From the top of the hill of any of the castles you get a superb view of the villages’ surroundings, as well as the swamp fields. Also, you see the bridge that connects Portugal to Spain, over the River Guadiana. If you are interested in visiting religious architecture, don’t miss the parish church.
During summer takes place a medieval fair, during which medieval behaviours and customs are reproduced inside the castle.
Tavira is a lovely old town which stands on either side of the river Gilao. Its two halves are connected by a seven-arched Roman bridge. and it's the town in Algarve wich developed the most in the last ten years as far as i know
Nowhere else in the Algarve, along with the old tavira full of churches and historic buildings has developed to a modern town with a lot to offer to the tourist. for some tavira still is the favorite town of the algarve, unspoiled and quite the same for the last 20 years, and against touristic policies held in the Algarve. very charming and quite.
On many cemeteries niches are used because they take up less space. These niches are not usually purchased but rented from the council, which runs the cemetery. If the rent is not paid the coffined remains are removed after a time and placed in a common grave site to leave the niche free for another incumbent whose family will pay the rent. The dead body comes into a coffin of zinc. Air is exhausted and the coffin is placed into a wooden coffin. The relatives have a key for the niche which most contains a window with a little curtain. They arrange some flowers, photos or personal items of the dead. For us this kind of burial is very uncommon but people get a very close and familiar relation to the deceased.
i thaugt carefully of given you this tip, because PRAiNHA is my favourite beach in Algarve. small but touristic unspoilled.
knowin' that, you'll "rush" to "my" little and very atractive beach as you can see on a small travelogue i have in this page.
so the tip is :
leave praia da rocha towards east and follow the few and small road signsLOL
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