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Visit to Vila Real de Santo António

In Algarve, Portugal on October 15, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Took a worthwhile trip from Albufeira to the border town of Vila Real de Santo António (VRSA) on Saturday. My main reason for the journey was to see my local football team in action there but by co-incidence the weekend was also the occasion of the annual festival in VRSA. The whole of the main road is closed off to allow dozens of market stalls, fairground rides and food sellers to set up shop. And to add to that is the regular Saturday morning antiques market, so a very busy day. The town was teeming with people, many of them from across the river in Spain. Restaurants and bars were doing a roaring trade.

Upside was a 1-0 win for my team and the purchase of a decent camera tripod for €10 at one of the ‘junk’ stalls.

Downside was the serious vandalism on the trains I took. As (bad)luck would have it, the same train was used for all four legs of my trip. It had been so badly smothered in graffiti that most of the windows were completely painted over, making it impossible to see out. As there are no announcements (audible or visual) on these trains several people were left wondering where they were!

This is said train on arrival at Vila Real.

trains-141018-DSC06939 and this is the INSIDE!
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Unfortunately the railway has no secure overnight storage facilities and does not seem to believe in security at all, so the trains are left out in the open at the mercy of the local schoolchildren. They wonder why people are reluctant to use them!

On a better note, the town’s festivities were very popular on a sunny day.

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Some more pictures here.

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3 Responses to “Visit to Vila Real de Santo António”

  1. I noticed the same thing re graffiti on the same line travelling between Olhao and Faro recently.

    The overall condition of the carriages on that line does seem to have deteriorated a lot in recent years whilst the trains appear busier.

    • In fact every regional train I saw that day, two more at Faro and one at Vila Real had been badly damaged. To me it looked like a concerted attack. I sent a rude note to CP with the pictures urging them to do something.

  2. Yikes that does look worse than usual. Lisbon has similar problems with their funiculars. You’d think they have come up with a solution by now.

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