Head east from Faro and a different Algarve awaits- a world of water, salt marshes and sensuous sandbars.
Follow Phoenician footsteps through Tavira. The town’s past can be seen through the glass floors of the Galeria Palace, or find present day Tavira viewed upside down in the Camera Obscura. Gaze out to the saltpans across tessoura tiled roofs. Luxuriate in a fig and almond ice cream from Muxagata’s kiosk, as you count terrapins in the riverside gardens. As the light fades, cross over Ponte Romana for a lingering glass of port at Anazu. Later, make Luis smile at A Taska by savouring his cogumelos sauce.
Nearby Santa Luzia has back streets like nowhere else. Tile patterns run amok. Take the lazy steam train to Barril’s iconic anchor beach, and walk briskly back. Catch the Armona ferry from Olhao. Shifting sandbars and shell-patterned beach homes await…
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