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The Algarve’s latest temple to Mammon

In Algarve,Portugal on January 7, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

I stopped off on my to Faro yesterday to take a quick look at the Algarve’s latest mall. It’s called Mar Shopping and is just off the A22 motorway near Loulé. It has all the usual suspects (except no sports shop) plus a huge IKEA store at one end. There is also a rather odd little outdoor set-up called Algarve Designer Outlet adjacent, laid out like the planners think an old fashioned high street should look. There were precious few customers there on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon, the consumerists preferring the indoor mall and its food court.

Next time you come here and wonder why that nice little village shop has closed, or even your favourite in town, this is why.

There is of course a massive free car park. As a nod to the few people who don’t have cars, there is a bus stop 150 metres from the main entrance. However, customer facilities are, shall we say, basic. Not even a shelter to keep people out of the rain while waiting for the bus, which runs once an hour at best.


Bus stop facility at Mar Shopping

The edifice itself in a few pictures





Up on a nearby hill, is this folly of a ‘house’ was built by an eccentric. I am sure there will be many curious looks cast in that direction.