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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.


Visit to Vila Real de Santo António

In Algarve,Portugal on October 15, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Took a worthwhile trip from Albufeira to the border town of Vila Real de Santo António (VRSA) on Saturday. My main reason for the journey was to see my local football team in action there but by co-incidence the weekend was also the occasion of the annual festival in VRSA. The whole of the main road is closed off to allow dozens of market stalls, fairground rides and food sellers to set up shop. And to add to that is the regular Saturday morning antiques market, so a very busy day. The town was teeming with people, many of them from across the river in Spain. Restaurants and bars were doing a roaring trade.

Upside was a 1-0 win for my team and the purchase of a decent camera tripod for €10 at one of the ‘junk’ stalls.

Downside was the serious vandalism on the trains I took. As (bad)luck would have it, the same train was used for all four legs of my trip. It had been so badly smothered in graffiti that most of the windows were completely painted over, making it impossible to see out. As there are no announcements (audible or visual) on these trains several people were left wondering where they were!

This is said train on arrival at Vila Real.

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Unfortunately the railway has no secure overnight storage facilities and does not seem to believe in security at all, so the trains are left out in the open at the mercy of the local schoolchildren. They wonder why people are reluctant to use them!

On a better note, the town’s festivities were very popular on a sunny day.

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Some more pictures here.


A short day out to Vila Real de Santo António

In Algarve on December 4, 2014 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

My upstairs neighbour was indulging in a spot of very noisy DIY, much hammering and bashing, so I took myself out on the train to the easternmost town in the Algarve, Vila Real de Santo António. It’s only €15,50 return for the 90 minute trip. I also wanted to try out my new small camera. The shop agreed the original was not repairable. As it was still under guarantee, I was offered the current model if I paid the 99 cents difference in the price!

As it has 25% more pixels and a better zoom lens, I accepted.

The sun was very low in the sky and there was a lot of cloud. I think the camera is rather more sensitive than the one I had before and several pictures came out rather dark. Something I shall have to work on.

I plan to go down to Albufeira beach tomorrow (Friday) and see what I can get there.

Meanwhile, here are few pictures of Vila Real de Santo António. The fianl few will be only of interest to rail fans.


We are enjoying some really nice and sunny days at the moment. On Wednesday I took myself on the train to the eastern end of the Algarve, where I had not been for a few months.

The town of Vila Real Santo António sits by the River Guadiana, which forms the boundary between Portugal and Spain in the Algarve region. It’s a ‘new’ town, having been constructed in the late 18th century, after the earthquake and tsunami of 1755. It looks different to other Algarve towns, being laid out in a grid pattern an flat land.

Wikipedia article

Once an important fishing port and with a large canning industry, the town has had to adapt since the collapse of those industries during the 1970’s. Unfortunately for the appearance of town there are still visible the extensive ruins of the factories. Part of the old dock area is now a ‘parkingplatz’ for the motorhomes of the German, Dutch and Danish visitors to the area. The marina is home to around a hundred leisure craft.

Here are some pictures I took during my stop.  I hope you like them,

I stopped off in Tavira on the way back. Those pictures to follow.

Vila Real de Santo António January 30th 2013 visit

Tagged: , on February 1, 2013 by cubsur51

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