Blogs from Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal, Europe


Europe » Portugal » Algarve » Albufeira August 2nd 2022

Started as a bit of a slow day. Anne and I got up and went to have coffee and read up on the area to get ideas. We knew we wanted to book parasailing, a boat tour in the caves and surfing for the kids but weren't sure where to do it from. We wanted to go with a well rated company so we weren’t disappointed. After coffee we woke the kids and went to see the beach area where on surf lesson shop was located. It was a nice spot but the water was pretty flat at the time and didnt give a good feeling of a spot to learn. The guy said that low tide is usually better and thats in the morning. We went back to the car and drove to Albufeira to ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Algarve » Albufeira November 29th 2021

Best Countries in the World Readers Choice Awards ------------------------------ I am organizing 174 pics in 4 blog posts which will be published in the next few days for my Lisbon/Belem/Sintra 4 day trip. I will want t return to Lisbon again and make a side trip to Cascais perhaps. Will be in FL approximately Dec 16 to Jan 13.... read more

Europe » Portugal » Algarve » Albufeira November 23rd 2021

Its Tuesday the 23rd and I am bored to death staying inside drinking tea and coffee to stay warm so I am posting these pictures of my beach walk last Saturday the 21st. Portugal has 586 miles of coast line so this walk is batatas pequenas. :) Right now its blowing 18-20+ km/hour gusting to 25+ cold 58 degrees high of 62 today minus wind chill. No heat in the apartment except the oven I turn on occasionally-trying not to die of gas inhalation. Getting down to 43 degrees tonight and wishing I was in warmer climate. This is the longest section of the beach locally, maybe 60% of the the total length of Albufeira beaches. Starting below "My Spot" The end of the beach and my target are the combination of natural and man made ... read more
My spot Close up
My spot from waters edge

Europe » Portugal » Algarve » Albufeira November 20th 2021

My Spot:No offense to Sheldon of Big Bang Theory; BUT this is MY SPOT! Many days if warm, I walk down hill 4-5 minutes and hang out in afternoon sun here on the cliffs east end of Albufeira or I go below to the beach area for an hour or two. New AirBnb: See the pics on my new AirBNB next door to the one I had. Nice balcony view! Much smaller place and queen bed in the living room but I can handle that. I have a nice round marble table for my laptop and to hang out with sea view through the sliding glass doors.. Wednesday 11-17 I took a couple hours walk to western Albufeira deep into hilly old town along the beautiful western cliffs and beaches complete with very old buildings, Big ... read more
Cliffs west view
Albufeira waterfront bench
Myspot backside

Europe » Portugal » Algarve » Albufeira November 15th 2021

More than 2 weeks after my arrival, initially as a tourist (Residency Visa in process), I am starting this blog to help track my journey. My goal is to find an area I like well enough to make my home base to live or take other new adventures into Europe and perhaps Morocco. I left Sarasota on October 29, arrived October 30 in Faro the largest city in the Algarve District which is the entire southern coast. A travel note for any future visitors: Faro may be cheaper to fly into than Lisbon plus you either take a bus, train or car which is at least 3 1/2 hours best case plus all the time/$$ to get started. A mini-van shuttle is available (airport to nearest hotel only) for $14 Euros to Albufeira via "Best4U" orange ... read more
Albufeira Beach restaurants (2)
bench in front of restaurants beach
Albufeira taken from beach (2)

Europe » Portugal » Algarve » Albufeira November 15th 2021

From Albufera just a 5 euro bus ticket to Lagos. I left on Friday AM, a trip planned Thursday evening as the landlord informed me Thursday PM there would be no water for 1 day. (maybe 2). There were not many cheap last minute bookings so....In Lagos I stayed at a hostel which was very clean and I had a shared bath that was actually private as there were 5 bathrooms and only 4 people staying. Its off season and town was not crowded at all. The bus terminal was directly across from the marina a key place t visit and only a 10 minute walk through old town to my hostel. Most boat tours of the cliffs and rocky coast and caves were shutting down. I decided not to take a boat tour but reserve ... read more
Lagos Marina (1)
Lagos centro (1)
Lagos centro  Vendor

Europe » Portugal » Algarve » Albufeira November 15th 2021

Part 2: 20 Km West of Albufeira to Dos Salgados Beaches/Dunes -Western Albufeira including the marina (pictures already posted in the first post) -Then to Salgados Beach and Bird Sanctuary (140 species including flamingos) I sent a couple hours here passing through residential agricultural communities and back to Albufeira From the beach you can see the white washed town of Armacao de Pera my next Air Bnb see posted picture which will be my gateway to visit famous coastal Benagil caves and small fishing villages of Carvoeiro (now a resort village) and Feraguda... read more
salgados (5)
salgados (2)
salgados (4)

Europe » Portugal » Algarve » Albufeira March 27th 2019

We took a shuttle to Albufeira today to our next apartment. The company was a bit of a pain as they wouldn’t let us check in early, charged 3% fee for absolutely NOTHING even on the deposit. The apartment was large, 3 bedrooms and a balcony overlooking the old town. However, the new thing for these Airbnb companies is to buy up real estate and start renting them out as self-catered flats. Essentially charging an arm and leg for apartments with nothing in them but furniture. No salt and pepper, no toilet paper (except for rolls in place), no hand soap, no dish soap, no dishwasher soap. It is frustrating as you have to buy a months worth of stuff for a few days rental. It is frustrating to renters ( or at least us, who ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Algarve » Albufeira September 21st 2017

The massive seagulls are again causing mayhem at breakfast. One of them has hoed into someone's leftovers on a table near mine and there is now broken crockery and glassware all over the paving. Issy decides to have a domestic morning, so I set off in the car on my own. I head towards Praia de Falesia, which is a beach about five kilometres east of Santa Eulalia. I park the car and take pictures of the beach from the top of the high cliffs at the back of it. There are again signs everywhere warning that the cliffs are unstable and that you should stay away from the edge. They look stable enough to me, so I walk right up to the edge to make sure that I get the best possible vantage point. I ... read more
Praia de Falesia
Praia de Falesia
Praia de Falesia

Europe » Portugal » Algarve » Albufeira September 20th 2017

The seagulls here are massive. One of them has taken a liking to some leftover breakfast, and it is threatening to cause some serious damage to the plates and cups on a table near us. Another seagull has set up shop on top of the umbrella that we are sitting under. We can see its silhouette, and it now looks even bigger. I hope they're friendly. I think I'd give up quickly if one of them wanted to fight me for a piece of toast. We walk into Albufeira. We pass a bar with signs outside it with a list of English Premier League soccer matches that you can watch in the bar over the next few days. There are lots of them. An English man sees me looking at the sign and asks me which ... read more
Musicians playing pipes in the square, Albufeira
Praia do Peneco, Albufeira
Praia do Peneco, Albufeira

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