Category Archives: PORTUGAL

Almond trees are blossoming – winter’s over on the Algarve, Portugal

FROM the middle of January they create a blaze of colour all over the beautiful Algarve region of Portugal.

Almond tree blossom

Local residents say the blossoming of almond trees is a sure sign that the winter is over.

This year they are looking better than ever after some welcome rainfall on the Algarve’s sunny south-facing coastline in the last months of last year.

Almond tree

 

busy bee

They are a sign that the region is a great place to visit at almost any time of the year.

The pictures shown here were all taken along the Algarve during January and prove just how vibrant and colourful its coastline can be.

 

It’s a fact that is maybe not as much appreciated by British mums and dads in need of a break as by northern Europeans like the Dutch and Germans who are a familiar sight all year round on the tourist trail. Many spend the winter on the Algarve in motor homes or hotels offering cheap off-peak rates.Why not join them? There’s possibly never been a better time to visit Portugal with prices for holidaymakers at their lowest levels for years.

The country is weathering an economic crisis and hotels and restaurants are responding by offering their best deals ever. It’s quite easy for couples to dine out for 20 euros all in and families for 30 to 40. Read more about the Algarve and other areas of Portugal in other articles listed on my blog.

 

what a hedge

 

pokerface

 

flower power

 

coffee culture

 

 

sea view

 

 

 

 

 

Ten images today from the beautiful Algarve region of Portugal

IT’S the start of the New Year and the Algarve region of Portugal is bristling in colour.

Praia da Rocha, Portimao

Residents are still tending their gardens and enjoying the sunshine although it is time to wrap up a little. The occasional sunbather can still be spotted on the beach although it is more of a time for walking, golfing and sailing..

I hope you enjoy these pictures, taken early January, which are an attempt to catch the colour and vibrancy of the Algarve which still flourishes even at the darkest time of the year.

beach wildflower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

marine warrior

 

 

 

 

 

 

coastal wildflower bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lemon tree

a rose garden

 

 

sunset

 

 

a hedge

 

sea landmark

orange tree

Clube Praia da Oura resort, Allbufeira, Portugal

We spent a week in November at the Clube Praia da Oura resort at Albufeira. The resort is positioned on the beach with historic Albufeira town a scenic two mile walk away.

It consists of 561 self-catering apartments, all with views 0f the Atlantic or the hotel”s gardens and pools.It has two swimming pools, sauna, bowling green, bars, disco, restaurant and barbecue terrace.

There are walkways down to a small beach and the landscaping of the hotel gives it a pleasant tropical ambience.

Some of the units in the Clube Praia da Oura are a bit outdated but rooms are spacious and comfortable with good catering facilities. It is worth finding out exactly where your room is as some undoubtedly have better balcony views than others.

 

Sister Act

There is a sister resort just over the road – the Oura-View Beach Club – and then there is a 4-star hotel nearby, the Oura Praia Hotel. All are owned by Petchey Leisure and in November were all offering rooms for between 20 and 30 euros a night on booking.com.

There is a good mix of restaurants between the three complexes and it is certainly worth noting the times of happy hours and taurus horoscope love usually has many love affairs. special evening promotions. The hotel”s two-for-one steak night offers good eating at good value.

The famous Albufeira strip is just a short walk away and in the winter this is a blessing as a lot of bars and restaurants are still open at a quiet time of year.

It’s not guaranteed sunbathing weather although we did get a couple of days on the beach.  It is pretty much guaranteed to be mostly mild weather and hordes of German and Dutch visitors drive and fly down to the Algarve at this time of year to beat the winter blues.

The Algarve offers fascinating coastal walks which abound in vibrant colours and there are also hill walks to be enjoyed. You can see what the coast and the weather was like in my separate report on Albufeira.

For a budget break from the cold at this time of year it is hard to beat the Algarve coast of Portugal. There are great connections from the UK to its gateway airport of Faro.

Airport transfers are cheap if you shop around meaning you can spread your net for hotels which are as much as an hour”s drive away. Check out www.cheapesttaxis.com/

It”s not hard to find good family accommodation for around 25 euros a night.

 

http://www.visitalgarve.pt/

 

Albufeira becomes a quiet winter haven on the Algarve, Portugal, after a busy summer

ALBUFEIRA is a magnet during the summer months for stag and hen parties and planeloads of people wanting to party on in to the next day.
But in the winter it is quiet and a haven for walkers, tourers and anyone wanting to get away from it all and relax on the south facing Algarve coastline of Portugal.
If you are lucky you will get some sunbathing weather but even if you don’t you will get plenty of opportunity to get out and about and enjoy yourself.
The Strip – which is where all the party animals head at peak times – is quiet and enjoyable in low season and offers plenty of options for relaxed dining and drinking.
But it’s the vibrant colours of the Algarve coastline and its scenery which is so different at this time of year for visitors from northern Europe. Hope you enjoy the clip.