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Albufeira – good and bad

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on February 10, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Pictures taken Friday afternoon on a bit of a walk.

First, some views. Looking across the old town and the bay with Vilamoura and Quarteira in the distance.


The stadium floodlights and in the background the Montechoro area with its many tourist hotels.

And the area around Camping Albufeira (the big building in the centre) and Vale Paraiso.

Recent warm and occasionally wet weather has made the grass grow.

But the downside of almost any walk around here is coming across this :

Clearly some people have no conscience or respect for the environment and could not care about what others may think. They are too lazy to go an extra 5 minutes to an authorised municipal dump. Nothing is done to stop this.


Quick visit to Faro 29th January

In Algarve,Portugal,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on January 30, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Took the short trip to Faro yesterday to watch football. In the Second Division here midweek matches are normally played during the afternoon rather than at night as clubs cannot compete with the TV audience for higher level games.

It was a cloudy day and not good for pictures but here’s a few.

Faro’s small marina with the Hotel EVA in the background. This is practically in the city centre. Before the railway was built across an inlet, there was actually a beach here. Faro bus station is behind that hotel and the railway station a short distance further.

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Trains at Faro station under very cloudy skies.


The very urban setting of the São Luis stadium in Faro, home of SC Farense. This was taken just before kickoff. A total of 1626 fans were at the game, about their average attendance. Obviously work and education are not important on a Tuesday afternoon!


The almost vertical terrace steps used to get where I was sitting have no handrails or safety measures of any type. UK stadium safety officers would have heart failure if they saw this. I was in row O, there were several more higher up.



Storks flying display in Parchal

In Algarve,Portugal on January 25, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Such an exciting life but yesterday a bonus! It was a really nice day here, 20ºC although a bit windy. Such is my world that I had to take a trip to the Staples office supplies store in Parchal to buy a new shredder, my old one having expired after 20 years of loyal service. Parchal is across the river from Portimão and about 1 mile /1.6km) from the popular little town of Ferragudo.

First some pictures looking across the river towards Portimão. Sun shining, a good day.

The railway bridge over the Arade river.

The Largo do Dique and Jardim (garden) area in Portimão centre.


The riverfront and part of the city centre behind.


Clouds shrouding the hills around Monchique, the highest point is almost 1000 metres above sea level.


The bridge that takes the N125 road across the Arade further upstream

The little station at Ferragudo – Parchal where I was waiting. A café / bar occupies the left hand side of the building. The classic design of the early 20th century stations here. There would have been two tracks when originally built. In fact it was the end of the line until the bridge was built across the river in 1915.

About a dozen storks gave a flying display while I was there. I cannot recall seeing so many in the air at one time. They clack their beaks together in some form of communication, easily heard over quite a long distance.






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.