It was something marvellous, enjoyed by all of us, both children and adults. The sculptures were perfect, no faults, perfectly shaped, groomed to detail. This year they were devoted to the animal kingdom, Disney had figures of giant insects that seemed about to get out of the land, of dinosaurs, including Count Dracula with his castle and tell you more for you to go to see it. I recommend seeing this to everyone.
In Faro, the capital of the Algarve region in Portugal, you can find this famous river. It is a nature reserve 170 km ², a prominent vantage point for many different species of migratory birds. For a good view of the river and photos, I recommend that you go up to the top of Faro Cathedral. If I remember correctly, the entrance fee is about 1-2 Euros. The road that runs parallel to the river mouth leads to Gilao pier [B] Tavira [/ B], where you can catch cruise ships (every 5 minutes, 2 €) to the island of Tavira, a natural paradise of golden sand. This island is part of the [B] Ria Formosa National Park. [/ B]
The Sagres Point is a naturally raised area with cliffs, from which you can see a beautiful coastline view. La Punta can be seen from Cape St. Vincent and from the fortress of Sagres. It's a windy area, so you have to be careful not to get too close to the edge.
Between Lagos and Sagres we decided to visit a small town called Burgao, which we had heard still maintained its tradition of being a fishing village. We arrived at a small road and we could see its colourful houses and cobbled steep slopes. Like elsewhere in the Algarve, tourism is everywhere, although in Burgao we can see fishing boats in the beach area. Many traditional houses have been converted into restaurants but keep their charm. On the right, a small beach of sand and stones is the perfect place to enjoy this small stronghold on the typical Algarve coast.
The lighthouse of Cape Santa Maria dates back to the year 1851. It is situated on the southwestern tip of the island of Culatra, at the entrance to the port of Faro and Olhão. This lighthouse was the first to be built in Portugal, and it was installed on top of a cylindrical tower, 34 meters high. In 1922, the tower was 12 m and the original was replaced. In 1929, due to the natural elements, the tower began to oscillate, therefore major restoration work had to be undertaken. It has a range of 25 miles, and a characteristic group of 4 white light flashes which take place every 17 seconds. In order to get there, you can take a passenger boat from Olhao and Faro. Location: Ilha da Culatra [36 º 58 '28'' N, 7 ° 51' 52'' W]
The Caique Bom Sucesso is a replica of the ship that left Brazil in the year 1808 in order to inform the King Joao VI of the popular uprising that lead to the expulsion of Napoleon's troops. It is situated in the port, near to the local markets. From April to October, you can take trips to the Ria Formosa.
Of Cultural Interest in Vila Real de Santo António
The lighthouse of Vila Real de Santo António became operational in January 1923 after many years of discussion on the method of construction. It's located in a sandy area so there was some controversy at first. The circular tower was forty meters high and was made of reinforced concrete. The flashing light that was installed was produced by incandescent oil vapor and had a range of thirty-three miles. Even today, it uses a Fresnel lenticular optical device of the 3rd original order. In 1927 it was given electricity with generators, and in 1947 it was fully connected to the public electricity network. In 1960 an elevator was installed for easier access to the tower. In 1983 the lamp was replaced with a 1000W, and in 1989 it was made fully automatic. There is currently no keeper. The lighthouse is located near the mouth of the Guadiana River, just across from Ayamonte, Huelva, and the town of Vila Real still remains charming despite its development of tourism. The exact location is Vila Real de S. António [37 º 11 '12'' N, 7 ° 24' 57'' W].
The Alfanzina Lighthouse opened on December 20, 1920. In 1981 it was connected to the public electricity network and was also fully automated that year. The current range is 29 miles and the lighthouse is located in an area of rugged cliffs Location: Alfanzina at Cape Carvoeiro Algarve [37 ° 05 'N, 8 º 26' W]
You'll be sorry you missed it!
Ferragudo is a beautiful little fishing village that belongs to the municipality of Lagoa in the Algarve, southern Portugal. It is a highly recommended destination for a weekend getaway. It has a nice flea market on the second Sunday of each month, a great beach, good restaurants and a very nice beach, which is busy throughout the year.
Lit on January 1, 1893. In 1948 the light was red occultations with a range of 10 miles. The original oil lamp became gas in 1954, in 1976 it was connected to the public electricity network and in 1983 it was fully automated. It currently features a simple red flash every 5 seconds with a range of 16 miles. Location: Portimão [37 º 06 'N, 8 º 31' W].
For a long time this motorcycle rally has been held in Faro. It has on-site facilities, is close to the airport, offers camping, drinks and food at any time and also you can enjoy several concerts, parade of bikes, specialty stores, etc. There are also shared showers and toilets. The event lasts 4 days with people from all over the world.