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Along the Banks of the Guadiana River

The Guadiana River defines the border between Portugal and Spain for much of its roughly 830 km course. Its source is in Spain and initially separates Extramadura (Spain) from Alentejo (Portugal) and nearer its mouth, Andalucia and the Algarve. Sailors … Continue reading

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Paradise in Portugal – A Perfect Retreat

If you are in looking for a break from the tourists, beaches and busy towns of the Algarve, Paradise in Portugal makes a wonderful retreat. Quinta do Barranco da Estrada is located on the shores of the Santa Clara Reservoir … Continue reading

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Hiking the Algarve – Percurso do Lagoão

Aptly named the Percurso do Lagoão trail, (roughly translated “the course of the lagoon”) follows the floodplain of the Ribeira da Odelouca near the small hill town of São Marcos da Serra. Located in the northern portion of the Algarve this trail … Continue reading

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Hiking the Algarve – Pedra do Galo

We found this trail listed under two different names – Pedra do Galo and Discovering the Forest (Lilac Trail). Located in the hills behind the charming village of Barão de São Jão, finding the parking lot can be a lot … Continue reading

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Hiking the Algarve – A Rocha Delicada

The Viaalgarviana is a long distance trail that runs 300 km across the Algarve from Alcoutim on the Guadiana River at the Spanish border to Cabo de São Vincente in the west. One the main goals of the system is to … Continue reading

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Birding in the Algarve – Ria de Alvor

From the picturesque town of Alvor in the Western Algarve a boardwalk winds its way through salt marshes, dunes, mud flats and salt pans to the mouth of the Ria de Alvor. In addition to the simple natural beauty of … Continue reading

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Wet and Windy in Portimão – March 2018

Spring has just arrived and compared to other parts of the world we have spent the winter in, this has been pretty nice. The last few weeks have been the wettest and windiest we have seen in Portugal, but in … Continue reading

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Birding in the Algarve – Lagoa dos Salgados

Just south of Pêra you can find one of the better sites for bird watching in the Algarve. Lagoa dos Salgados is a typical coastal lagoon separated from the sea by the extensive Praia Grande dune system. Covering an area of … Continue reading

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Algarve Daily Living – January 2018

The past few weeks have been pretty much split between enjoying Erik’s time with us over the holidays and more paperwork. We are well into winter which means there are a few chilly and wet days but for the most … Continue reading

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Living Statues of Lagoa

In what has become a popular annual Christmas event, the Municipality of Lagoa hosted 15 performers in December. Living Statues are a popular form of busking throughout the world and are common on the busy streets of Lisbon, as well … Continue reading

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