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Oct 6, 2016 - Historical Tour, to the End of the World

Day 6, Oct 6 Historical Tour of the Algarve: Silves, Monchique Mountain, Lagos, Sagres and Cape St Vincent, the End of the World Warning, if history isn’t your bag, you may just want to look at the pictures and skip the novel (as Mike calls it!) below. Also, it is so long, we're not double checking, let us know if you find any mistakes. Our day started off early (for how much we’ve been sleeping in lately!) but we got up, had a quick breakfast, packed our day packs with lunches, a bottle of water, binoculars, and sunscreen. We considered...

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Oct 6, 2016 - Sagres and Cabo de Vicente.

So after spending a day lazing about, Gord and I were up early and back down the road to Sagres and Cabo de Vicente. Both are on peninsulas with spectacular scenic settings. We drove to Cabo de Vicente first. Venders were setting up stalls as we arrived. Even could get the last hotdog before America to go with your new beautifully knit fisherman's sweater. Touristy or what! And the lighthouse that spills over the edge og the point is closed for renovation! We took a quick walk around and hopped back in the car. On the way from Sagres we...

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Feb 19, 2014 - Sagres

On Tuesday morning the early entertainment was watching Jess and Trooper (Glenn and Albertine’s Labradors) having a bath at the wonderful pet wash facility! We had a leisurely pack up and were on our way at 12.30pm, following Glenn and Albertine back to Lagos and out to Ponta de Piedade where we spent an hour or so and walked down to the Grottos. We then drove back into town to stock up at the Lidl supermarket before heading to Sagres. There is an ancient fortress here where legend has it that Henry the Navigator schooled the early...

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Feb 6, 2014 - Sagres

It rained a lot in the night & we decided to move on early today to a town called Sagres on the South Western tip of Portugal, known as World's End. It was a short hop of about 60 miles so we were there before midday despite the GPS coordinates given for the camp site being wrong & taking us about 3 miles the wrong side of town. The camp itself is in a pine forest away from the town in a flat scrub covered peninsular. Doris was unloaded & we went off to have a look at the lighthouse at the remote tip of the land. It was quite dramatic with...

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Jan 16, 2014 - Exploring the coastline west to Sagres

After the heavy rain overnight we woke up to a much better day so we decided to explore the coastline west with an aim of getting to the town of Sagres. Taking to the narrow coast road we went up and down through the hilly landscape. One hill was 16% another 20%- good job we were in the car and not the coach! We found small little villages such as Salema, old ruined forts with great views and plenty of rocky coves with golden beaches. Our favourite was after a drive down a very narrow lane and then a 20 minute walk through a lovely valley...

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Mar 16, 2012 - A bit of British in Gibraltar

As we were driving through the mountains to the coast suddenly the land levelled out to a flat brown plain and in the distance at the edge of this flat landscape the green and white Rock of Gibraltar stretched 426 metres up to the sky. It’s quite a sight. The Spanish had possession of the Rock from 1462 but the Anglo-Dutch invasion in 1704 changed Gibraltar to British control in perpetuity. We walked into Gibraltar, through passport control and then had to run the gauntlet of walking across the airport runway between landings and take offs...

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Oct 30, 2011 - Sagres

What a beautiful beach. We think it may have been the last of the nice weather!!! This was a very popular spot for surfers and was truly picturesque. We only stayed long enough to soak in the view and have a coffee break before heading to our next destination.

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Jan 20, 2011 - End of the World (Again)

And now to country number 19: Portugal. I have been before, but only to the coast north of Lisbon, with a couple of surfers, but that’s a story for another day. As we are renting another apartment from the 26th in the eastern Algarve (because very excitingly Mark and Heather are coming to visit us), we decided to spend a few days on the west coast of the Algarve so we wouldn’t need to cover that off at a later stage. So we did a long day of driving from El Rocio all the way along the entire southern Algarve cost to as far west as we could...

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Aug 31, 2010 - Salema

Not much to say here, except I'm beat. Salema is a good place to end my research. It's a small fishing village which is at present overrun with Brits. Many buy condos on the hill above town and spend their vacations here. I spent my first 3 days here finishing up work and then had my last day to just lay on the beach and swim in the ocean. The water was the perfect temp, not too warm or cold. I slept about 10 hours my last night, which I guess I really needed.

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Aug 29, 2010 - Sagres - the end of Europe

Sagres was once knows as the "End of the World" and it really feels like it. Located on a wind blown bluff at the southwestern tip of Portugal, it's pretty desolate here. You see lot's of Portuguese fisherman casting their lines over the edge of the cliffs and not much else. Henry the Navigator built a Navigation school here to train sailors, which you can still see remains of within the fort that stands there now.

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Jul 13, 2008 - July 13 Sagres

July 13, 2008 We decided since we had an early start that we were going to take breakfast out. 30 minutes later we finally found a small café open on Sunday morning to serve us breakfast. Ham & cheese sandwiches, and water. We were then on our way to Sagres. On the way out of Albefuria we stopped at the gas station and gassed up the car. During the drive, the car started running a little rough, so just inside Sagres we stopped at th Citrol gas station. I ran through the owners manual and verified that it took gasoline, gasoleo. Did you know...

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Jul 31, 2006 - Salema

Days 1-5, Salema: Our stay in the Algarve region of Portugal was extremely relaxing. The Algarve region is comprised of a bunch of little coastal towns facing the Atlantic Ocean along the southern end of Portugal. With the exception of Lagos, which is by far the largest town in the area and appears to be driven primarily by tourism, the majority of the towns are old fishing villages that over time have also become tourist destinations. We chose to stay in Salema, one of the last villages to be discovered by tourists (although, judging from...

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