Albufeira old town 18 January 2019

In Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal on January 18, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

The Cais Herculano just above the old town beach, late morning. Temperature around 15ºC, it was starting to get windy. Rain is on the way.



Visit to Vila Real de Santo António 16th January

In Algarve, Portugal, Sports - football, Trains on January 17, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

A nice sunny day and a trip to Vila Real de António to watch the England Women’s U-19 football team take on Norway. After a drab first half, there was some much better play in the second but England ultimately lost 3-2.

My train ride was somewhat marred by the fact the extensive vandalism had resulted in every single window of the train having been painted over. The authorities are either powerless or have just plain given up in the face of teenage vandals.


Some more pictures taken the same day.

A distant view of the castle at Castro Marim.

And the other one across the valley.

The view across the river Guadiana to Ayamonte in Spain, with the little ferry making its way across.

Some fishing boats were in dock having some kind of maintenance. The one with the yellow funnel was French and did not seem particularly seaworthy!

The overgrown remains of the long abandoned Vila Real de Santo António – Guadiana station. The line was cut back when the docks closed and a new road built over the tracks. The only station in town is about 1 km away.

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Train at that station in April 1998, picture courtesy of Steve Widdowson.

Station interior showing customs desk.

The nearby area and much of the former dockside is now a huge mobile home park.

The town bus station.

The one time Guadiana hotel has re-opened as the Grand House Hotel. You will need a lot of money to stay there. Rooms start at €176! Opposite the marina area.

This large edifice nearby is for sale.
Above  – the marina of Vila Real de Santo António

Below – The sad state of the trains at the car shed in town.

Below – the famous lighthouse looming over the stadium roof.

The teams line up, the reason for the trip. This was a practice match watched by maybe 100 people. Norway in red.


Still nice here in Albufeira

In Albufeira, Algarve on January 11, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Clear sunny skies, daytime temperature still around 15ºC, two pictures taken about 10.15 this morning, before most of the tourists were about.




Albufeira beach Saturday 5 January 2019

In Albufeira on January 7, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Town beach on Saturday lunchtime. There were people sunbathing and paddling in the sea. The weather has been like this, 17 or 18ºC, for some while and is set to last at least another week.


Albufeira ready for the New Year’s Eve party!

In Albufeira on December 31, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Pictures taken Sunday afternoon 30th December. It was a very nice day, temperature 18ºC, plenty of people enjoying a walk on the beach. There were even some mad people in the waves! The stage is set for tonight’s big NYE outdoor music and fireworks event. Around 80,000 people will be in town tonight.





Visit to Silves 22nd December 2018

In Algarve, Portugal on December 23, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

I have not been to Silves for a good while, so as my team Imortal of Albufeia was playing there it was a god opportunity to have a look around. Silves was the capital city of the Algarve ‘kingdom’ 1000 or more years ago.It has a cathedral and the remains of the castle on top of the hill above the more modern town. Here they are in the evening light from across the river valley.


Silves is a popular place for a day trip from the coastal resorts, especially in summer. Yesterday it was fairly bright and sunny, a few visitors were about.

The old bridge, it is not Roman as some would have you believe!


The river nearby was very sluggish and was coated with a green algae which the many fish seem to like.


The market hall is the building with the red pointed roof, across the street a more modern consumer venue on the site of a long derelict factory building.


Silves has a maze of small streets up on the hill. Unfortunately as with so many towns here a lot of the buildings are unoccupied and derelict. Some streets of tiny houses are however well kept, like this one.


I will bet that most you don’t have this in mid winter where you live!


The view from the north side of the old castle walls, looking over the orange groves and modern suburbs.


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And finally, sunset at the railway station while waiting for the train back to Albufeira.




Galé beach 14th December

In Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal on December 17, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

A morning picture taken by a friend on 14th December of Galé beach, looking west towards the shiny towers of Armação de Pêra.