If you've been keeping up with Camels and Tacos you might have guessed we're a little smitten on Portugal and decided round two was in order. We set out sights on the Algarve, specifically southwest towards Vila do Bispo and Sagres. Below is the evidence.
We stayed at the Good Feeling guesthouse in Raposeira. In our opinion it was a five star hostel. If you needed a board, bike, beach drop-off, dinner, fresh oranges off a tree, beanbags, they had it all.
The charm of Raposeira-it is said that Henry the Navigator once lived here.
On one of my many walks around our hostel.
|Sometimes you need this...|
|The advantage of renting a car is the option of exploring surrounding areas. West of Sagres on the road to Sao Vicente Lighthouse lays a monastery.|
|Sao Vicente Lighthouse attracts flocks of tour buses. I have to say the views were the more impressive compared with the lighthouse...though I am hard to press to find a light that can be seen 60 km out to sea.|
|Vila do Bispo was the busy metropolis nearest our hostel, they boasted a gas station, market, and cows.|
|Overlooking Praia (beach) Cordoama from miradoro. I was fortunate enough to go down and catch a few of the meter and a half waves. A 3/2 wetsuit was warm enough.|
|Living the dream.|
|Selema was once a little fishing village but fell to the conquest of invading developers.|
|The beauties of Selema.|
|Possible commentary of the surrounding development. Female matador fending off a charging golf cart.|
|I'm guessing that the waves are at least 2 meters just to give you a scale to work with.|
|Vila do Bispo in all its glory.|
|One of the meals served at the hostel.|
|Miguel, one of the owners of the Good Feeling Hostel thought we should work on my list of Algarve specialties. First up was Amarguinha (an almond liqueur), it is served chilled and best enjoyed after a meal.|
|Miguel giving me pointers on how to enjoy the local offerings.|
|Brandymel is a liqueur made from Medrono Brandy, honey, and "special plant" extract. You might want to check you blood sugar after a glass.|
|Missing tooth server + free shots (of the homemade stuff) = mission accomplished.|
|Long boarders having semi-success at Praia do Amado.|
|This is your surfing backdrop.|
|On the way to Carrapateira.|
|Fishing off the rocks of Praia do Carrapateira.|
|Stencil at a Bus stop (near the turnoff to the village of Pedralva-more on Pedralva later).|
|Dromedário bistro bar in Sarges serves up a bacon and banana pizza.|
|We drove past this quite a few times, I thought it needed to be documented.|
|On one of my many walks around our hostel.|
|Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe is about 2 km from our place and was a nice walk. The attachment to the chapel is a self-guided iPad museum on the history of the area. Prince Henry was said to have worshipped here.|
This was explained on the self-guided iPad tour.
|Reason no. 9,821 to move to Portugal.|
|Each village has one.|
|Wal-Mart has greeters as does Pizza Pazza.|