Sunny spring days in Albufeira

In Albufeira, Algarve on April 5, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Tuesday 4th April, the pictures below were taken between 1045 and 1145 am. Temperature 20C, which rose to 24 later. Complete set of 28 pictures here. I walked from the Praia da Oura along the cliff path to Albufeira old town.

Praia da Oura

Praia dos Aveiros

Albufeira main beach, eastern end looking west

Some more later.


Visiit to Alvor 30th March 2017

In Albufeira on April 1, 2017 by cubsur51

I had cause to be in Alvor on Thursday. With time to spare before my bus home, I took the chance to take some pictures on a nice sunny afternoon.

I didn’t really know that Alvor had a castle! I have been there a number of times and perhaps I should have noticed ‘Largo do Castelo (Castle Square) on one of my previous visits. It’s only a little castle, there are only a few vestigial remains. It’s thought that a castle had been there aince 800BC. The remains date from the 13th and 14th centuries. There’s an informative Wikipedia article at
The castle was abandoned as long ago as the 17th century and was largely destroyed in the 1755 earthquake.
The town was busy with the tourist restaurants and bars either open or getting themselves ready for the summer season. The fishermen were busy mending nets.

I walked out along the boardwalk out to the beach. It’s a long walk, almost 1.5km.

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Spring in Albufeira

In Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal on March 28, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Additional pictures now successully uploaded.

After several days of wet and windy weather, culminating in a squally storm on Sunday the like of which we haven’t had here in a very long time, the sun was out today. I took the opportunity for a couple of walks, not the least because new owners are now above me in the apartment block, not just one but two apartments. They are busy smashing down walls, stripping old tiles, ripping out old kitchens and generally making on hell of a racket. Can’t hear meself think at times. Anyway they have stopped now.

All these pictures were taken today, 28th March 2017

We will start with some nice colours.

The recent rain means there is a lot of water in the river that from here flows under the town and out to sea.

Everywhere there are insects buzzing around the wild flowers, doing what ever it is they do.

Not far from where these pictures were taken, a large area of what was to have been yet another holiday resort is gradually returning to nature. Not a brick was ever laid. For anyone who knows the areas, this is opposite the Eden Resort, about 1km out of town.

Nearby is the long established Clube Albufeira complex.

It’s on the left of this picture, which also shows the N395 road north towards Ferreiras.

And this is the Eden resort from a bit of a distance

Some views of the wooded hills near Páteo, not far from where I live.

And looking north past the retail park are the hills around Salir and Alte.


Albufeira Walking Football Tournament 2017

In Albufeira, Sports - football, Sports - football, soccer on March 21, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

The second annual Albufeira Walking Football tournament took place on Monday 20th March at the Campo Palmeiras, adjacent to the Albufeira Municipal stadium. I was one of the referees.

Twelve teams took part in the all day event, across three pitches. Teams included several from the UK, some from the Algarve region (mostly ex-pats) and there was a team from the ‘Silver Coast’area of Portugal up near Peniche.

A good day was had by all. The event was won by a local team, SOS, based in Olhão, who beat Wigan Walkers in the final, which went to a penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw.

For those that don’t know, walking football has really taken off within the past couple of years. Superficially, it resembles five a side or seven a side football but there are two very important criteria – (1) you have to be 50 years or over and (2) it is WALKING and not running. For a referee it is very hard to spot running, especially if it is behind you. Sneaky ones, some of them. It is moving quickly towards being a completely non-contact sport, which will make it more appealing to some, less appealing to others.

If you are thinking about coming here, the weather means that most games can be played outdoors on synthetic grass pitches. This website will give you information about walking football around the Algarve.

The British equivalent website is

A folder of the pictures I took on the day when not officiating can be seen at!Am0w7qp9HCpqgr06-OyoZ673q3F66Q

PS All links will open in a new window.


The bad and good of Albufeira

In Albufeira on March 16, 2017 by cubsur51

A lot of the local population have no regard for their surroundings, no conscience or are perhaps just lazy, thoughtless, pigs – perhaps unfair to pigs – but this kind of dumping is common around here. This picture was taken on Wednesday afternoon about 20 minutes walk from where I live.

By contrast, a few more minutes along the road, the plants are growing happily in the warm and wet early spring weather.


Very good weather coming to an end?

In Albufeira, Sports general on March 13, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

We have had several days of very good weather, daytime temperature reached 26ºC on Saturday, way above average for the time of year. Our visitors from Crediton Bowls Club on Friday enjoyed a similar day .

Today is a little cooler at only 15.6ºC at 1135am (about average for the time of year) and there is rain coming for tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.


Albufeira Beach 8th March 2017

In Albufeira, Algarve on March 8, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

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Temperature 24ºC 8th March, Albufeira main beach

Here are a few more from this sunny day, plenty of people enjoying the beach.