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Albufeira Marina 4th December 2017

In Albufeira on December 4, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

…and some sea. My upstairs neighbour is laying tiles, much thumping required getting into them into place. So I went for a walk down to the marina, Sun was shining, it was a bit windy, about 16ºC. About half the cafés and bars were open and they had a few customers.

A couple of samples below, the rest at https://1drv.ms/f/s!Am0w7qp9HCpqgvgztFp0aI-Ez4-jBw

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Albufeira beach 30th November 2017

In Albufeira on November 30, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

It has turned a lot colder! This morning a 8am it was only around 7ºC, about 8ºC cooler than the same time on Wednesday. Cold, dry, air is coming from the north ie inland.

Sorry if this is making you feel worse. I know a lot of you are in cold places, but as it was such a bright sunny day, I could not resist taking a few pictures on my way to the shops.

It was a little windy, temperature around 15ºC, a nice healthy walk along the beach perhaps? In the first picture you can see the canyon carved on Tuesday by the water coming from the storm drain outfall.

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Albufeira beach 19th November

In Albufeira on November 20, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

One of several I took around 1500hrs / 3pm Sunday 19th November. Link to the others below the picture.


Temperature was 21ºC.

Here’s the rest including a couple taken in the town.

Click the picture and when the album opens click a picture to see larger size or watch slideshow.

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Albufeira – sunny November days

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on November 6, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Monday 6th November at lunchtime. Sun loungers still out, people enjoying the beach in 21ºC of sunshine. Not bad at all for early November. The couple of rainy days last week are almost forgotten!

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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!

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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.

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Visit to Praia de Faro 31.08.17

In Algarve,Portugal on September 3, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Visit to Praia de Faro 31.08.17

This is the spit of land seen by millions every year as they land or take off at Faro Airport. Although often called the ‘Ilha de Faro’ (Faro island) it isn’t a true island as the western end joins onto the beach area of the upmarket resort of Quinta do Lago.

It had been a very long time since I had been there. So, on a hot day last Thursday, I took the train to Faro and then the bus to the beach. The ‘island’ is linked to the mainland by a low half mile long bridge. The last 150 metres is, for some unknown reason, only wide enough for one vehicle to pass at a time. It’s controlled by traffic signals, where posters are on display, demanding a wider bridge to be built. Because of that narrow section, large trucks and buses cannot cross onto the island. The bus stops seemingly in the middle of the sea.

Praia de Faro Bridge

Praia de Faro Bridge

It was a very busy day, the sands were busy. The beach stretches for several kilometres. I walked to the eastern end, about 4 km each way. After the first 1.7km, the road runs out. A boardwalk for pedestrians, bikes and scooters runs almost the whole way to the end, where there is a scattering of houses including this rather smart one. These houses have a boat parked outside the front door and a bike or scooter at the back.

Praia de Faro house

Praia de Faro house

The city of Faro sits across the marshes, as does the airport.

Faro Airport from the island

Faro Airport from the island

Praia de Faro plane landing

Praia de Faro plane landing

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Faro from the island

Some more pictures if you click the icon below.

This map shows my walk, from the red dot where I got off the bus to the blue dot. Despite what the map may show, the road runs not quite half way. There is the boardwalk for most of the rest, then it is soft sand.

Map for Faro Island - Ilha de Faro

Map for Faro Island – Ilha de Faro

How to get there

As you can see, the island is a short distance from Faro airport. Take that road and turn away from the airport, following the signs to Praia de Faro. Parking on the island is very limited and with access only via that very narrow bridge it is often a fairly long wait to get on and off. There is a parking area on the mainland at the other end of the bridge. That however is a walk of about 850 metres. Good news is that there is a separate boardwalk type bridge, alongside the road, for pedestrians and cyclists.

For those who don’t mind going by bus, Faro city bus route 16 runs from the bus station and railway station once or twice an hour. Fare is €2,25 for adults, €1,50 for children.  The journey takes about 20 minutes. This is the same bus that goes via the airport. In summer, there are also journeys on routes 14 and 17 from other parts of the city.

In summer, mid-June to mid September, there is a passenger ferry from Faro city six times a day. The embarkation point is under the old city wall about 200 metres from the marina. Times etc at www.silnido.com