Tavira is one of the Algarve's most beautiful cities
with 27 churches, not all opened, remanents of the old wall, a Moorish castle, the Pego
do Inferno (scenic waterfall) and two rivers travelling through it. The
city lies on two sides of the river Gilão that flows lazily through out the
town. Its beaches are very long, up to 10 km with sugary white sand.
Most families prepare well before Christmas by decorating their home, with the traditional nativity scene with donkey, cow, Mother Mary and of course Baby Jesus. Baby Jesus is placed in the crib after midnight on the 24th of December.
Actually so much to see in Evora. Living History. Evora is a unique World Heritage Site. A pleasant three hour drive from the Algarve, through the beautiful Alentejo region.
Until the end of the 19 Century there were 40 Palaces of Royal families in Evora within the city walls.
Today with a population of 8000 within the old walls there are still 30 Palaces.
The total population of the entire city is 50,000.
Many Palaces can be visited by private tours that you book in advance over the Internet.
The best thing to do on your first day is to to show up in front of the tourist office at 10am and take the 2 hour walking tour. For 15€ this is a real bargain. Our guide Marie Perreira could answer all our questions and had a vast knowledge of history and social life of Evora.
Summer heat waves are long gone, but at the end of October into November the St. Martin’s Fair travels across the Algarve moving from Faro, to Albufeira, to Silves, Portimao and Lagos, staying about a week in each location open noon til midnight.
A cold, blustery but sunny day played host to an exciting part of the Le Mans series. Dozens of high powered race cars cut around the track, each one vying for the podium.
2 day trip to the Alfama, Lisbon
Unofficial nude beaches are hidden away on the far limits of the normal very long beaches. Often one has to walk 2 or 3 kilometres, 20 minutes, to come across the nude beaches. Usually there are no restaurants or facilities. But you have fine sandy beaches almost to yourself.
Lagoa dos Salgados
A 2 day trip from Algarve. Arriving in Sintra you will think you’ve just stepped into the pages of a medieval fairy tale.
Although not inexpensive at 120euros a person this full day walking tour introduces you to some of the delights of Lisbon food and local markets. The tour takes you to small back street restaurants and cafes that you would definitely miss on your own.
The Loulé city council on January 6th
The Capital, Lisbon gets all dressed up for the Christmas Season and this is a wonderful time to visit. Stores and restaurants glisten with beautiful decorations and festive music. The main squares are adorned in fabulous twinkling lights awaiting Christmas visitors.