Amanda here, just to let you know I am still kicking, although there have been a couple occasions when Al Pal was ready to throw me overboard ( if we were in a boat ) . My navigation skills are not the best, I do know I am right most of the time, WRONG!! I am so wrong it’s not funny but every now and then Al Pal puts his confidence in me and quickly lives to regret it. Ending up in one way streets with the local bus coming towards is not a good thing ! His fingers have been sore on more than one occasion biting them with frustration ha ha ) when he has listened to me ! Must learn to sit and let the pilot do what he is best at and I will continue to feed him well ha ha
After electronically activating our toll account we are now covered for a month to use the major toll roads (will avoid if we can though as you see so much more on the B roads ) and onto the Algarve we go.
We chose to visit the West of the Algarve as we have previously said we can’t do everything so headed to Albuferia and then made a hasty u turn, definitely not for us. Further along the coast we stopped at Lagos. Everywhere is lovely and quiet as the season has not yet officially started for the summer. Found a site about 4 kms from the town a great base for our few days around this area.Had a fantastic walk one day from town up to the lighthouse and the beautiful rock formations.
Took Grigio out on a very windy day, first stopping a Luz then onto Cape Vincent the most southwesterly point in Europe. We were freezing when we got there but some how the wind just died down and we spent the next two hours appreciating the raw beauty of this place, yes there are food vans and coaches but the area is huge and you felt like you were the only ones there if you explored like we did.
The wild flowers were just stunning and Al took pics of most of them.This picture below begins a little story, top left is me, look to the right and if you can zoom in there is a fisherman there ! Yes ! Hard to believe. Turned out to be a very a very Grumpy French fisherman. Oh no not another Frenchman story ha ha. When we got closer we took a picture of him …oh dear not a Happy Chappy. Rude English people taking his picture. Eek friendly Al Pal ignores his comment big smile and tells him we are from Australia and he used to go big game fishing years past. Ooo complete change, Al Pal has a new best friend and is invited back to happy frenchmans motorhome to see his fishing pictures and a fishing gadget he bought online from Australia….so funny.
Next stop Vila de Milfontes stopping on the way in Aljezurs and the lovely little beachside spot of Odecixe , sure it is super busy come summer.Had a brief stop due to a sat Nav malfunction (no not me this time 🤗) not sure what the puppets were sat here for but made for a lovely photo.
Found our next site for the next couple of days in between Porto Covo and Vila de Milfontes.again the place is so quiet, but is lovely and Al Pal found the best cafe for Portuguese tarts and the best coffee we have had for a while in a very quaint setting.. But the tarts are addictive and we have had one every day since we have been in Portugal!!! Must stop !!!Next day decided We would walk along the coastal route into Vila de Milfontes… hard going through mostly soft sand underfoot but so rewarding Just gorgeous. When we reached the town I said if I had to walk back the same way I would cry because it was hard work, why after afternoon tea and a coffee did I feel so energetic that I wanted to to walk back !! I was like a little child towards the end stomping my feet and shed a tear in the process too. 😂 Allen bless him put hot water and softener in a bucket for me when we got home and eased the pain and blisters such a princess…..
A great 3 nights …On the road again tomorrow for a new place to explore.
There is not a day goes by that I don’t pinch myself that that we have embarked on this adventure Very very grateful!
Until next time xx