Tuesday 14 June … Faro to Albufeira

Started on the EuroVelo very disappointing route over rocky ground then onto the busy national road until we came to a lovely coastal village Quarteira, on entry the streets were lined with pine trees, a waterside park, ‘hey John it’s open’ (deaf ears) lovely ride along the wide paved boulevards, sunseekers filling the beach. A nice day in the high 20C a little humid in the morning? Lovely lunch in the mall.

We took a chance with EuroVelo and surprised it was 99% good … I can live with that. A few climbs to get to our accommodation in Albufeira, a short walk down the hill and the long beach and old town, very compact. The beaches are full, lots of apartments and hotels to cater for the tourists from all over.

The cliffs are very imposing from the beach level, even a lift going from street level to beach level. Through a tunnel a cellist is busking, wonderful ascoutics. Now the old town has emerged, shops selling, beachwear, leather bags, restaurants displaying menus, a few enjoying a cocktail taking advantage of happy hour.

We retreat to the top deck of our complex and sort out our next few days. The views are lovely and its very relaxing, then we hit the streets for dinner.

Now I know who lives in the hotels and apartments … they are all in the old town tonight eating and drinking … I’ve never seen so many restaurants and bars in such a small area … every alley has become alive with food, drink and live music … we retreat to one of the quiet area to enjoy a meal. Yes, as small as it is, there are quieter area in this incredible town.

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