Western Algarve

Today we drove west along the southern coast of Portugal, to visit some friends in Portimão. The western Algarve has a much more rugged coast, with no barrier islands to tame the surf. In fact this is a favorite  surfing destination.

Today we drove west along the southern coast of Portugal, to visit some friends in Portimão. The western Algarve has a much more rugged coast, with no barrier islands to tame the surf. In fact this is a favorite  surfing destination.

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We met Isabel and Greg last year. Greg grew up in the Central Valley of California. He married Isabel, a very charming Portuguese woman. They lived for years in the States, but now are permenantly in the Algarve, where Isabel's family is from. We like them very much and find it very agreeable to spend time with them. They generously offered to tour us around their part of the world.

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The scenery was spectacular and the day was perfect. The brief brush with winter weather quickly passed!

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Isabel was anxious to share one of her favorite pottery showrooms with me, as she knows my weakness for bowls and platters and painted dishes. I think Rick and Greg were much less disappointed than we were to discover that the shop was closed despite the sign on the door to the contrary. 

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The southwestern coast of Portugal is protected, so there is little development and few people at all at this time of year. Portimão, on the other hand, is a large and busy city, with lots of condos, as it too is right on the water.  

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All along the route, the views were quite breathtaking.

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The sun was just beginning to set when we started back to Tavira. It was an extremely pleasant day! 

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