A final photo of the beach at Praia Da Oura. You can see just how rough the sea is, but this was the only 'bad' day, and really it wasn't that bad at all. It was still warm enough for a spot of sunbathing.
From here we went down into Albufeira, for a finaly look around the town. See my albufeira Page (soon to be built).
This photo is of the end of the road to the beach. this is the steep access, shown in the first of the two previous pictures. On the right, out of view, is one of the Marrachinho supermarkets, which are common all over this area.
There is little or no easy parking to be found here, unless you come early.
Favorite thing: This is the nicer way to the beach, through the grounds of the Club Praia Da Oura. Just follow the Rua Oliveira Martins through the attractive complex (on your left), and it will lead you directly to the beach. No one will try to prevent your access (that is, we never saw any security type people, LOL!).
Here you see Mary walking down the very steep and uneaven roadway, leading to the beach. Many of the pavements/footpaths/sidewalks here are constructed using stone, similar to hard Marble, which is very slippery underfoot. In some places you almost have to hold on to something to prevent yourself from slipping!
anyway, we were staying in a holiday complex in the Santa Eulalia district of Albufeira. We found our way down to Oura just by following our noses, but there is an easier and more pleasant route to the beach.
Sorry, but it's why you came here isn't it? I mean, to see the beach? LOL!
Like all of the beaches we used, Praia Da Oura is particularly clean and tidy. It was only on the final day of our holiday, due to the bad weather, that the beach became littered with seaweed and other flotsom from the sea. We never experienced any nasty 'smells'! Although it looks quite crowded, this was the weekend, but there was lots of space for sunbathing.
Favorite thing: There are several restaurants and bars on the beachfront. As we were in a bit of a hurry, we settled for a large icecream from the kiosk. it cost 2 Euros, which seemed to be the going price. anyway, it was well worth it! You will find that almost all the Portuguese people here will speak to you in English.
Favorite thing: Oura beach on our first day. It was quite a surprise to find this pleasant beach so close to our accommodation, about ten minutes' walk away. We just popped down here whilst waiting for Carmen and Stacey (Carmela71 and Beach Dog) to arrive. A bit of a shock to the system as it had been about 50 degrees when we left Exeter, and here, even in late afternoon it was about 80 degrees! Nice!!
Favorite thing: Due to a change in the weather, the sea here is now too rough for swimming. The Lifeguard will keep you out, LOL!