This is a special place between Vila Real de Santo Antonio and Tavira. Cacela Velha is a small village where the predominantly white church is surrounded by houses dotted with bright colors (blue, yellow, ...). In the morning the Formosa River is lined with fishing boats that reflect blue tones and invite relaxation. At night there are several restaurants (some with traditional Portuguese food and others with more of a lounge atmosphere, like La Casa Azul). Overall, it´s a really charming little area.
This is a small village that's in the Portuguese Algarve and just kilometers away from Lagoa. We always go around Christmas time and we have been for the last five years, but I imagine this area of Portugal is insufferable in the summer. Way too hot! However, in winter, it's charming. The other people in the area is known for its cliffs and secluded coves, but if doubt is the beauty of its small beach at sunset. There have undoubtedly been one of the best times of our trips. We were fortunate to attend an impressive and unforgettable sunset that I will try to show in photographs taken in 2005 and 2006. We confirmed our support to pass near here on Christmas Eve 2008.
Sagres, a town in the Portuguese Algarve, is renowned for its strong wind and waves. If you visit and it's not summer you will realize it is completely empty except for some passing surfer. It's a little uncomfortable because of the continuous wind, but it is certainly worth it for the landscape, which is full of beaches and cliffs. There is only one supermarket! Except for the beer (Sagres, well good that is!), everything is expensive.
If I'm not mistaken, this is the closest Portuguese town to the border of Spain (Ayamonte). Its streets, despite the traces left by the passage of time, are charming. Ancient buildings full of cracks and bold colors additionally give the town a special touch. It´s a view impossible to see in Spain. In its day it was a popular destination for the Spanish who crossed the border for cheap shopping. Now prices have gone up so the appeal has gone down. You could spend 4 days getting to know Algarve and then head back to Spain with a little extra time. In that case, you can go through Vila Real and take a stroll through its streets.
Small village near Faro (Portugal) the road is notable for its castle, on a hill, which made me go off from my main route to go for a moment to find out. There I found a charming little church and the castle, which was founded by the Order of the Knights Templar and later belonged to the Order of Christ. Definitely an unexpected stop on the road, but I liked the time I was in the village. On a second visit, this village or town printing was even better than the first.
Montegordo is a hamlet in the Portuguese municipality of Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Algarve. It is 10 km from the border with Spain from Ayamonte (Huelva). It is not the only a fishing village converted to tourism as it retains its identity more strongly than other towns farther west in the region. Its wide "praia" (beach in Portuguese) and its quiet streets make this a lovely place. At dawn it's easy to find fishermen, who leave their bikes on the shore, to collect clams which they then sell on the street or in the supply market. There are many shops on the main street but there was one selling decorative items that had one of the most beautiful windows I've ever seen. At night in the summer season the promenade is colorful with artisans and children's attractions. When it is not summer the place is even more quiet and charming.
This is a nice town to stop and have a snack before going to the beach. Here, you can buy fruit to enjoy. In the square, you will learn to be calm: a good coffee is made slowly, wait in the shade of the awning, to freshen up, the public restrooms are very clean ...
Monchique is a charmingly small town that has some very friendly people and many places to discover in it. The town has typical cobblestone streets and white walls that give it a special touch and a wonderful light to this little corner of the Algarve in Portugal.
Olhos de Agua is a small village near Albufeira, in the Algarve of Portugal. The village itself is not particularly beautiful but it's hotel, restaurant and vicinity to the various other attractions of the Algarve make it a perfect place to use as a base for exploring the area. We stayed at the Hotel Velamar and from there we visited the surrounding area.
A few kilometers from Ponta Delgada, heading east, Lagoa is an ideal place to regain your strength. There are several restaurants in the fishing port. Where we chose to dine is in the photos of the sunset. The house specialty, fish. Very good!.
Odiaxere is a small village on the outskirts of Lagos, it's very picturesque and thus a golf course is now under construction (little by little this paradise is being destroyed), with beautiful views of the bay of Lagos. Most notable is its main church, rebuilt in the eighteenth century with a Manueline portal. Inside Christ in ivory and ashlar seventeenth century tiles.