We then left Lisbon and drove into the Algarve – nice flat drive so Kim was happy. The Algarve is an area in South Portugal which is along the coastline and definitely a must see – as it is covered in craggy cliffs and rocks – with beautiful turquoise water. We stayed in Portimao – a bit outside along the ocean – another amazing place. Often abandoned house along the beachfront covered in graffiti, but with million dollar views. Many restaurants are closed – but it is 19’C and sunny – t-shirt and shorts weather!
We went for a lovely morning walk and explored the beach.
One of our highlights was driving the short (1/2 hr) distance to the nearby beach (Benagli) where we caught a speedboat tour of the myriad of caves. One of the things we love about winter travel is that we could park nearby walk up and get straight on the tour – no wait. Caves were amazing – some even looked like elephants! Then they finish by speeding into the beach at full throttle and then landing on the sand. Great fun.
Today we went to the opposite side of Portimao and enjoyed a coastal walk along more ragged cliffs. Interesting to see the many abandoned developments along the way and the graffiti adorning an abandoned farmhouse.
So we wish everyone a happy new year – would love to have stayed longer here but this is our goodbye to Portugal as we now return to Spain for the end of our Spanish leg, concluding in Barcelona. Kim is now feeling better (we went to a hospital and were pleasantly surprised at how quickly we could see a ENT specialist), although she is not yet looking forward to the mountain driving!
We had a wonderful New Years Eve together. From our balcony we were entertained by at least 8 different fireworks that danced along the Portugese coast line. Now that was a once in a life time experience. The full moon also rose early in the morning to celebrate the new year.
The Algarve is truly breathtaking, a place not to miss. We ended up spending an extra night here and did some amazing cliff walks where we embraced some beautiful scenery.
We also enjoyed the well stocked Intermarche – which stocked an enormous range of international products. Rob loved shopping for British beers which he sampled over the New Year Celebration. My favourite of all drinks here is the freshly squeezed orange juice. Best I have ever tasted. Each marche (shopping market) has its own orange press machine so you can bottle your own juice. I have taken to squeezing our own juice as each of our AirBnB apartments has it own juicing machine.
I am loving cooking our meals with lots of fresh produce. Cooking has been such a pleasure. Without trying Rob and I have also lost 5 kilos between us. I have lost 2kgs and Rob has lost 3 more. Now that is a bonus. I will put it down to fresh unprocessed food and a lot of walking.