Archive for the ‘Portugal’ Category


Smoke from forest fires over Albufeira

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on August 9, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Although the fires are a long way from Albufeira, the wind is carrying a lot of smoke over the Albufeira area. Take a look at this short clip taken yesterday with a drone :

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Summer sport in the Algarve – Bowls Algarve finals day

In Algarve,Portugal,Sports general on July 6, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Here’s how many of us retired persons spend our days here in the Algarve. A couple of sample pictures from yesterday’s Algarve Bowls League summer final day.



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I managed to be bitten by some nameless bug and have a rather itchy and swollen leg!

There is an active lawn bowls scene across the Algarve all year around. Clubs are based near Praia da Luz (the venue above), Alvor, Balaia (near Albufeira), Albufeira itself at Clube Praia da Oura (winter only there), Almancil, Cabanas and near Tavira.

There are winter and summer leagues plus a host of individual inter club competitions for men and women. Clubs also have their own ‘in house’ competitions. New members are always welcome.

Clubs also welcome individual visitors and touring teams. Why not drop by if you are on holiday? Shoes and bowls are available for rental if needed. Some websites (not all clubs have one) :


Albufeira beach 28 June 2018

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on June 29, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged:

A few pictures of the old town beach yesterday afternoon, just as a bit of a flavour of how things are at the moment. Includes some of the inflatable water park now moored off the beach.!Am0w7qp9HCpqhJUPPSy6DPtJ43HELw



Early summer in Albufeira

In Albufeira on June 17, 2018 by cubsur51

Summer is here at last, daytime temperatures are up to 30ºC (86F), the town and beaches are already very busy. These pictures were taken on Friday afternoon 15th June.


Still not summertime here!

In Albufeira on June 12, 2018 by cubsur51

The unusually cool and cloudy weather continues. There are plenty of people in town but little call for sunshades! Here are a couple of shots of the town beach taken over the past four days.


Cool and cloudy in Albufeira

In Albufeira,Algarve on June 4, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Picture taken around 11.15am 4th June. Definitely not normal June weather! No takers for the sun beds this morning but still plenty of people on the beach. Kids jumping in and out of the sea. Temperature around 20ºC.



Visit to Portimão 30 May 2018

In Algarve,Portugal on May 31, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Went to Portimão on a bit of business but also to visit the museum. On the way walking there I spotted a couple of things of interest.

Portimao-300518-003 and a nice plant

Portimao-300518-007 and the old bridge still carrying heavy traffic almost 150 years after it was built.


The Portimão museum is housed in an old sardine cannery on the riverside. Its exhibits focus mainly on that industry, which all but vanished in the 1980’s. It was rather dark in places but I did manage a few pictures which are here.

If you are the city it’s worth an hour or two of your time. Opening times (except August) are Tuesdays 1430 – 1800, Wednesdays to Sundays 1000 – 1800. Closed Mondays and national holidays.

In August, opening times are Tuesdays 1930 – 2300, Wednesday to Sunday 1500 – 2300, closed Mondays and national holidays (the only one is 15th August) and admission is free between 1500 and 1900 on Saturdays.

Admission €3 for adults, reductions available for children and seniors, it’s free on Saturday mornings except in August when it’s not open until 1500. It’s located on the riverside not far from the two bridges and Largo do Dique at Rua D. Carlos I by the big crane. Bus stops from near and far are 200 metres away, parking likewise.

The stencil machine in one of the pictures was made by the Ideal Stencil Machine Co. of Belleville Illinois, which was in business from 1911 to 2002 I read. One of the machines in the dark was the evil device that made the keys for opening the tins, which to this day I am usually unable to use without getting sardine everywhere. One display mentions the men who soldered the lids onto the cans. It said that a skilled man could do 100 an hour. There were riots and strikes when machines were bought in to replace them.

Official website only in Portuguese is at