Later that same day…

For those of you who feel sorry for me, getting nibbled by insects in my quest to bring you an interesting Algarve walk… this is what came next.

It was surprisingly breezy at the coast that day, which gave me an opportunity to pull up a seat in a sheltered spot and watch the waves.  You understand that I only did this to show you the diversity of the Algarve, not purely for enjoyment.

I can never sit still for too long and I soon needed to get a little closer to the action.

Armacao de Pera is far from being my favourite Algarve resort, but there’s a time and a place for everything.

What’s more Evanescent than a wave as it pounds the shore?  But there is no doubt in my mind that I’ll be back for more.


  1. I love, love, love that third photo, Jo. Nope, not the one with the glass of wine and tasty treat, but the one with the bright blue colors of water and sky and the vibrant brown of the beach, devoid of fresh footprints and the wind whipping up some spray as the wave crests… 🙂

  2. That’s as near to perfection as a seaside place gets. I remember Armacao de Pera way back in the sixties (there now, you can guess my age) when it was that much maligned “typical fishing village”. I seem to remember that there was one hotel whose dining-room was their shack-restaurant on the beach where we ate the most fantastic fresh seafood – and custard tarts. From there we went to Sagres I remember, and stayed in the Pousada there, the most luxurious accommodation I’d ever hadl. I felt like a queen.

  3. The colours remind me of the Western Australian coastline Jo – also it looks quite windy and we get very strong sea breezes here lovely in summer and bracing in winter! The refreshments look most appealing too! 🙂

    1. The sun is shining brightly here in the north east, Sue. Not quite my Algarve but it’ll do to be going on with. 🙂 🙂 Sending hugs as I trip off to have breakfast in the garden.

  4. It might be gorgeously warm and sunny here in England today but I so wish I was on a deserted Algarvian beach with some Vinho Verde and a Pastel de natal – not only for the glorious views but for the tranquillity. The builders next door are cutting up concrete, dust and noise everywhere 😦 would go out but got work to do. Roll on our return to the Algarve too x

    1. Whoo-hoo! 🙂 🙂
      I’m not back in the Algarve till 11th October, Madhu. It seems a lifetime away but there’s quite a lot going on at home in the meantime. I’ll be there for 5 weeks next trip. It’s time to start rolling out the retirement plan. 🙂

    1. Yes, it’s a beautiful place. I would not recommend Armacao because it’s an old style high rise town, even though the beach is superb. There are many lovelier spots. We were there that day because it was the nearest bit of coast to the country park we visited in the morning. 🙂

    1. Where will you stay, Colin? I don’t much like this central part of the Algarve because it’s too developed, but if you wander a little you can find perfection. (or my version of it 🙂 )

  5. Your description of the ‘high rise ugliness’ behind the beach sounds like my idea of hell (one reason why I would never go to Benidorm!) but the beach itself looks lovely, and that first photo is stunning 🙂

    1. Off season any of these places are alright, Eunice, and the beaches spectacular, which of course is why they’re there. I don’t like to share and I could not make a home in Armacao, but Portugal needs tourism. It’s a poor country. But rich in beauty 🙂 🙂 Thanks a lot.

  6. You understand that I only did this to show you the diversity of the Algarve, not purely for enjoyment.

    The things you have to do for your WordPress ”groupies”.
    Torturous, as we can all see. Kudos for sticking at it, Jo!

    1. It’s a wonderful bit of beach, backed by those lovely cliffs, Alison. The resort itself is really soulless, with very little of the old Algarve about it, but it is pretty close to the country park where we spent the morning. 🙂

  7. You begin with white wine, cold and crisp I hope and the sweet taste of a Pastel de nata, then follow up with soft golden sand with not a person in sight, a blue ocean and even bluer sky, a beach bar, palm trees and an impressive Agave! And then you say it’s not a very nice place!! Groan…
    You really do have a hard life. And I am not in the least bit envious.

    1. A tiny bit tongue in cheek, Jude, but I absolutely could not holiday there. That incredible bit of beach is backed by high rise ugliness. It caters for the masses and they’re welcome to it, but there’s a lovely little fortaleza on the front, and a good promenade. Blew away the cobwebs nicely. 🙂 🙂

      1. Ah, so there are some ugly parts of Portugal! I remember high-rises on the way down to the western Algarve, totally spoil the coastline.

    1. I do try quite hard, Janet. We only get one life 🙂 🙂 Though sometimes that’s more than enough. Sorry for late reply- you were in my Spam 😦

  8. Evanescent with bells and whistles. Glorious photos, Jo, even by your impeccable standards. Can feel the sand between my toes, and smell the sea. And that surf…

    1. In the winter(or even late March 🙂 ) even the tacky tourist bits of the Algarve are beautiful, Tish. This is a prime example, contrasting totally with this week’s walk, which is why it’s here. 🙂 🙂

  9. That was one very full day,and you earned the luxury of taking that seaside break! Seeing those buildings so close to the shore made me think of the coastal erosion here in Ecuador…. who would have predicted that an earthquake would end that fight against the sea?

    Thanks for taking us on two walks this week!

    1. An earthquake, a tsunami… who knows what the future might bring to some of the low lying ilhas offshore in the Algarve, Lisa?
      I’m so sorry, I still haven’t had a confirmation for Marco. My bank blocked the payment but I’m hoping it will be ok soon.

      1. Si; one never knows what’s around the bend.. I had a strong premonition several months before the quake, and I stated to friends, “What if Mother Ocean knows something that we don’t, and she’s trying her best to get you out of harm’s way?”

        Today I was with Marcos at the cemetery. He watched as I painted ‘soft’ flowers from ‘tomb one’ to ‘tomb four’ of his family as well as one above .. There are seven buried in that one ‘block’ and it seems insensitive not to give them all a touch of loving color.’ Tomorrow we’ll work on the names….

        Someone else was unable to send ‘out’ of her country, but someone from the USA was able to send with no trouble. A little co-op bank handles that MG option now, so he didn’t have to travel elsewhere.

  10. Okay Jo your ocean/seaside photographs are stunning in this series. Wow, I think Algarve needs to be put on my bucket list for sure.

  11. Thank you so much, for the sacrifices you make on our behalf. I really hope you will soon find time just to enjoy a walk for your own sake, but meantime, we all, I am sure, appreciate your efforts to bring we poor stay-at-home folk some small moments of pleasure!

    1. Appearances can be deceptive, Julie. 🙂 The sea was buffeting away and much of this resort is high rise and ugly, but it was quiet out of season. A nice contrast with my morning walk.

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