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Visit to Loulé and São Bras de Alportel

In Algarve, Portugal on February 21, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Pictures recovered! Seems that one of the USB ports on my computer had a fault. I was furiously blaming the memory card when the problem was something else.

So, last Saturday I had a planned visit to São Bras de Alportel to watch the match between their team and Imortal of Albufeira.

Such is the lack of bus service around here at weekends, I had to leave very early and chose to take the 1015 bus to Loulé to have a quick look at the market and town before heading further to São Bras. By market, I mean the proper indoor market in the town centre, not the trashy outdoor tourist affair on the edge of town.

So the bus pulls up in Albufeira bus station (it starts in Portimão), masses of people got on board to add to the numbers already on and by the time it left, the bus was almost completely full! Many people were heading for Loulé and the market etc, a few were going on the the epic of modern consumerism of Mar Shopping, a bit further down the road. It’s a good job there are few other passengers using buses, the three more that were picked up en route just about found seats.

The indoor market and the area around it was very, very, busy, with local people buying and selling, as well as many tourists of course. The sun was shining, hte outdoor cafés and bars were busy also. The market hall was excellently restored a few years ago and houses stalls selling just about anything. Outside the main hall, the streets are filled with stalls selling fruit, vegetables, cheeses, sausage (I bought a very nice large chorizo type sausage, chouriço in Portugeuse) and herbs, spices, some fairly evil looking piri-piri (chili) sauces, nuts and more.

Stalls in the streets outside the market hall

I had time for a quick look around town as well.

The tower of the parish church Loulé This is the church tower. The main facade is undergoing a much needed restoration and is hidden behind scaffolding.

Then it was off to São Bras de Alportel on the 1235 bus. There were three of us on board when the bus left Loulé, the other two got off en route. One more passenger joined later. These buses cannot be operated at a profit. I would not be surprised if these buses were soon discontinued.

I had time in São Bras for a look around. I have been there before, there have been changes. The central square is now a pedestrian zone as some other streets. There are now also several one way streets. The bus has now to make a huge detour around the town before getting to the centre.

Main door of São Bras church

Here is the complete set of pictures.

After the game it was back to Faro on the bus at 1730, there were half a dozen others this time. Then at Faro a wait for the last bus to Albufeira at 1845. So Back home at half past eight!

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