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Nazaré

Where The Biggest Waves in The World Roam


Our trip in Portugal brought us to Nazaré: To say that I was excited to be there is the understatement of the year. You see, as a teenager, I used to bodysurf, especially when I was on holiday in Portugal. As such, I have always been drawn to big waves; the bigger, the better. Even now that my surfing days are over, I…

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Cataplana

Food Flashback – Sao Joao in Comporta


One of our most faithful readers asked us how far in Portugal we travelled and the answer is simple: further to the north. After having left Monchique, we had an overnight stop in Comporta. In other words, we had left the Algarve and were now in the region of the Alentejo. The only thing we did in Comporta was to go to a restaurant,…

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Hotel Flashback – Bica Boa Inn


In our last post, we told you that we had been thrown out of the hotel that we had booked in  Monchique. Luckily, Lars and I quickly found another one: Bica Boa Inn.  There was only one drawback: because of the fires, there was no electricity. The Inn only has a handful of cosy and clean rooms, but this guarantees a…

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Foia

Monchique – Plagued by Forest Fires


About a week before we left for our summer trip, Monchique was all over the news because of forest fires. Unfortunately,  this is an event that happens regularly, at least once a year. Lars and I were not sure what to do: cancel our reservation and look for another hotel or not… We watched the news vigorously and the day…

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And to The North We Went…


So far, Lars and I had explored the southern part of the Algarve like this : As you can see, we had driven from east to west. This, by the way, was all known territory for me; I had been here more than 20 years ago. At the Cape of St. Vincent, Lars and I had basically two options: go…

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Driving to Cape St. Vincent


Lars and I continued west in the south of the Algarve until we couldn’t drive any further: Cape St. Vincent, the most southwestern point of Portugal. Once a naval battlefield, now one of the most touristic places in Portugal. The surrounding cliffs reach a height of 75 meters and are home to a huge variety of birds and marine life.…

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Visiting Silves Cathedral


During the second day of our exploration of the Algarve, Lars and I kept on travelling west and stopped in a town of great historical importance: Silves. This was the former Portuguese capital, which boasts a.o. a castle and a cathedral. I had been here before more than 20 years ago and was keen on seeing the cathedral again. The…

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Lunch in Olhão


After our first stop in Cacela Velha, Lars and I continued west and stopped in Olhão for lunch. First, a bit of sightseeing though. Olhão is a fishing town and we were looking forward to lunching near the port itself. Somehow, Lars and I got lost and contented ourselves with the first restaurant we found. Lunch was excellent though. Grilled swordfish,…

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