Posts Tagged ‘albufeira’


Still bone dry here in Albufeira

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on September 22, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

A couple of pictures I took yesterday when I walked across from Páteo to the Algarve Shopping mall. There has been no rain for months, it’s just straw and dust underfoot. Click picture to see larger size.




Albufeira 20th September 2017

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on September 20, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

A normal day, went to a charity shop with some surplus items which they can sell to help the doggies and pussycats of town, then off to get my hair cut (looked terrible in the mirror this morning!) then to the supermarket to get some wine as birthday present for a friend. When I saw €9,99 bottles of this and that on sale for €2,99 I could not resist having a couple for myself. I feel the need to return without too much delay.

I had time to take a few pictures. It has been a fairly sunny day except that when you look out to sea it is quite misty. Temperature was up around 25ºC, the town is quite busy mainly with those who have no children at school, there are a lot of golfing parties here also.

Largo 25 de Abril and main town beach

The beach with all kinds of watery fun being had, including the inflatable water park.

Picture below taken at lunchtime 20th September 2107. For those who may not know the area, to the right are Turial Park apartments and to the left is the large building called Edificio Albufeira. The top end of the Avenida opens out into the main old town square, Largo Dr Enginheiro Duarte Pacheco. On the skyline at the right is the ill-fated Oceanville hotel and to the left is Albufeira Jardim 2.

Albufeira Rua Dom Afonso III, in the heart of the oldest part of town. The kind of pretty touristy picture that gets in the guidebooks. Reality check is a few yards further down the hill!


Albufeira beach Wednesday 6th September

In Albufeira on September 10, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Almost forgot this! School holidays coming to an end, this picture was taken on Wednesday 6th September in the afternoon, air temperature around 31ºC.


Albufeira hot and busy, no fires here!

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on August 21, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Many days now of temperatures between 32ºC and 35ºC, beaches and towns are very busy. Here’s a picture taken a few days ago by a friend of Galé beach, about 5km west of Albufeira.

Luckily we have been spared the brushfires and more serious that have badly affected parts of the centre and north of Portugal. There were two small fires a few days ago a about 6 miles west of here, near Armção de Pêra, the smoke from which drifted over our way for a few hours.

Fingers are still crossed. All the grass and small shrubs are brown, trees are still green.

Portugal has an excellent website, updated in real time, showing the status of the fires. It’s only in Portguese but is very easy to understand. Click on a fire and a box will open up telling you how many firefighters are involved, how many appliances, how many aircraft and for the very biggest fires (shown as red flames) the scope of the fire and the location of the command centre and who’s in charge.



Back home, windy and cold in England

In Albufeira on May 11, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Back home after a few days in southern England, where it was very cold (never above 11ºC) and very windy AND my return flight was delayed 2hrs and 30 minutes.

Back here in Albufeira it is also very windy, but a lot warmer. A thunderstorm passed over this morning.


Albufeira Christmas Lights – updated 25/12

In Albufeira on December 19, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Managed to get a few pictures of the very ornate lights at the other end of town. Here though the street lighting and other lighting from commercial premises makes it difficult to find good angles. Managed to get the mouse working again, sort of. The insides were a bit mucky after two or three years use! A good clean out and it seems to be working so i could edit these a bit to remove orange glow!

So, here are a few pictures from the ‘new town’ end of Albufeira taken on the evening of 23rd December.


Avenida dos Descobrimentos


Junction of ‘the strip’ and Avenida.

Below – Avenida dos Descobrimentos between bullring and strip – click to see larger size.


A little more practice and I have managed to get a few better quality pictures of the lights at the old town end. Click below to view. The pictures were taken between 1845 and 1915hrs – note how quiet the streets are. Most of the big tourist restaurants and bars are closed, awaiting the hordes next week. I went to the small bar called the Cavern to meet with a few of the other old miseries that live here, drink Old Speckled Hen, watch football and darts on TV. What an exciting life!

I do have a problem though in that my optical mouse is faulty so I cannot use the photo editing facility as well as I might. I cannot ‘sweep’ to select across text and images. Some pictures do have some unwanted instrusions. I will buy a new mouse.

An article on the local council website informs that 17.9 million LED bulbs were required to construct the various displays. I wonder who counted?

Tomorrow I will be at the other end of town and wil try for some more of their decorations.

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Our local council have spent a fair amount of money of stringing Christmas lights along the main road across town, plus a few others and also around the old town square. A few small pictures below, some didn’t come out too well using small camera so will try again later this week using the other, larger one. Click a picture to see it larger

I digress slightly perhaps, but they do have lights in the window. This is the popular leather bag shop called Kitanda, just off the square and a place I know that of lot of you like to visit!


Kitanda Leather goods store, Albufeira old town


One for the Road bar Albufeira is no more.

In Albufeira on December 14, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Many of you will know of the bar ‘One 4 the Road’ in Albufeira. A popular haunt for many ex-pats and visitors, it is now permanently closed. The owner, a very pleasant chap called Alfredo Nobre, contracted cancer and after a year long struggle finally succumbed in October.

With his passing the lease to the premises ceased. The owners have taken it back. Yesterday I saw people working inside, changing everything. All signage has been taken down. What it will be no-one knows, but it will not be as it was. No more quiz nights or pleasant evenings watching the football etc on TV.

Flocks of people have been seen, searching elsewhere for alternatives.

Updated 2nd January – the premises have re-opened under new ownership as something called ‘Beer Time’. Luke said it looks like an ice cream parlour.