A sunny day Albufeira beach 27th November

In Albufeira, Algarve on November 28, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Unseasonably warm weather continues. There were plenty of people on the beach yesterday and even one or two having a paddle!

More pictures later.


Albufeira flood – Sheraton Hotel

In Albufeira, Algarve on November 26, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

This picture shows the walkway down to the beach from the Sheraton Hotel in Açoteias (4 miles or so east of Albufeira itself) where the stormwater surged down the natural gully and took the walkway with it.

Picture courtesy of DiceyUK.


Albufeira clean up going steadily

In Albufeira, Algarve on November 23, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

I have added a couple of dozen pictures to the album at

Work continues, but I will go so far to say that anyone in the previously flooded area that wants to be open is now open. The big tourist restaurants and bars that wouldn’t be open anyway at this time of year are taking their time to rebuild and mend. The Avenida 25 de Abril down to the pier is therefore pretty deserted, as is ‘Bar Street’ although I spotted that JC bar is open.

Squads of men are busy replacing the cobblestones around the square and Avenida.

New internal fittings have arrived for the Pingo Doce supermarket by the Health Centre, so that ought to be open again soon.

The major work is the rebuilding of the top end of the Avenida da Liberdade. Light traffic is using the temporary way through the car park to those areas for parking that are usable. Buses and taxis cannot, as their station is being used as a materials dump for all the street repairs.


Albufeira flood cleanup continues

In Albufeira, Algarve on November 18, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

I had to be out and about today, dealing with mundane requirements of every day life, like getting my printer ink cartridge refilled and topping up my bus pass. I decided to take a closer look and the effect of the flood.

I have added some pictures to the album at The captions will tell you where to begin.

The Pingo Doce supermarket opposite the health centre has been completely gutted, down to the floor. The last remaining interior fittings are being taken away.

It will be some weeks before it can re-open.

Outside and along the shallow valley towards Camping Albufeira the effects of the flood can clearly be seen. The tunnel that takes the normal river flow underground for some distance must have been full. The overflow burst through the other culvert tunnel, flooded the valley and the waters built up and backed up right along. One set of steel floodgates has been bent right back, one other gate has simply vanished.

There is mud on top of the railing alongside the open part of the river, showing that the water level must have been about 5 metres above the normal riverbed.

At the tunnel under the main road, the doors are 3 metres high and the water was above that. Had the doors not been opened (either deliberately or just by the water) the level would have reached the top of the embankment on which the main road runs. Had that broken, things could have been even worse in town given the hundreds more tons of earth, rock and sand that would have been carried down.

If it had held back the water like a dam, the health centre would have been flooded.

Meanwhile down in town, work has stopped on the reconstruction of the Avenida da Liberdade. Quite what the next stage will be I do not know, but there is no activity at all on that damaged section.

A temporary road has been laid through the relatively undamaged car park allowing access into town for deliveries and official vehicles. The barriers have been removed, there is nothing now to stop ordinary users heading for the parking areas there.

A lot of the normal parking is now available at that end of town and for the time being it is free as all the ticket machines were damaged. Access on foot is not a problem, but buses and taxis will not be going that way for a good while yet.

Some work is under way now to replace cobblestones that the water ripped up. Some basements are still being pumped free of mud.

Slowly, slowly more businesses are re-opening. I will have another look at the weekend.


I had to go to Armação de Pêra for football last Saturday. The less said about that the better.

I had time to take a few pictures around town. It was a very nice day, 20C and sunny. Many people were out enjoying an afternoon in the cafés and bars and also on the beach.

Here’s a sample, another few at

Artmação de Pera 14th November

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Albufeira flood update 16th November

In Albufeira, Algarve on November 16, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

I had a walk through town on my way to the shops earlier.

Two key things – almost everything in Avenida 25 de Abril (the road between the square and the pier area) is still closed. The two small supermarkets are still cleaning up and removing damaged stock. The only restaurant open is Urban Pizza, whose kitchen is slightly above the flooded area. Also closed are the large tourist restaurants around the square eg Buddy’s, Bravo, Vertigo, Central station, Bank and Downtown. Several of these would be closed in any case during November.

‘Bar Street’ is still also almost entirely closed for business, but most venues would also be closed at this time of year.

Secondly, reconstruction of the road is proceeding but no-one was actually working today. To my eyes it looks as if a vast mass of damaged cables and pipes is waiting to be removed.

I have some pictures from today which are at


Salgados Lagoon Albufeira – updated.

In Albufeira, Algarve on November 15, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

I went around to the Salgados lagoon yesterday on my way to Armação De Pera. About half the lagoon is dry. The sand bar was breached by the flood water. River water is currently running out to sea. The other half is pretty full, so there is no problem for the birds.

Salgados Lagoon 14 November 2015

A few more pictures at


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