Our Trip to Spain and Portugal: The Algarve Part 2

by Ann Marie Michaels on June 25, 2012

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Ahhh… the Algarve was so relaxing and so beautiful.


We had no cares, no worries. No email, no utility bills or traffic tickets.

Just sunny skies, infinite stretches of blue ocean, and lots of good food and wine.


And of course, plenty of rest.

We managed to muster up the energy to venture out one day for a drive to Salema and Sagres.


Salema and Sagres are small fishing towns in southwest Portugal, about 30-45 minutes away from our hotel, which was in Luz, outside of Lagos.

We ate lunch outdoors at a little seaside place.


This was our view from our table:


This was the view looking up:


We started with some wine, Portuguese bread and cheese.


And some sardine pate.


The resident cat who was under our table really liked the sardine pate.


Then we ordered some grilled sardines.

Grilled Sardines in The Algarve, Portugal

Back to the hotel for a nap.

Just as it started to rain. Perfect timing!

Stay tuned for the next installment — our trip to Sevilla, Spain.

Photo credits: Map of the Algarve

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Kola June 25, 2012 at 8:02 AM

i was smiling the ENTIRE time i read this post. love the pictures and can’t wait to see the ones from spain!


Charlene June 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Love your photos and descriptions. I feel like I’m right there with you – transported vicariously to Algarve.


Norma June 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

oooooooooooohhh, that bread!!! It looks delicious. Is it different than what you would make? or just nice, crusty bread? Pics are beautiful!!! Those sardines look really good too. I think I will go and have some for supper right now, canned, unfortunately. :-( but still good.


Heather :) :) :) June 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM

The Portuguese bread and cheese sounds really, really good ;) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

p.s. That beach is fabulous!!!!


KatieQ June 26, 2012 at 4:46 AM

I’ve really been enjoying following along on your trip and seeing the beautiful pictures. Although I’m American, I think staying at the hotel full of retired Brits would be perfect. It sounds just right for an old bat like me.


Nicole Melnick June 26, 2012 at 8:19 AM

My friend was born and raised in Portugal, now I know why he wants to go back! I migh thave to visit :). Did you eat the grilled sardines just like that? Can you just bite in? or do you have to eat around bones?

I have only ever had canned sardines, and even then there are bones that I don;t fancy eating.


Kelly July 2, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Ann Marie – Your trip sounds fabulous! I feel like I’m reliving my trip 5 1/2 years ago when pregnant with Avi. I started in Spain and finished in Portugal. Seville being my absolutely favorite!! Enjoy and let’s catch up when you are back!


Leah July 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Love your trip posts! Beautiful views and wonderful food!


Isaacswife July 6, 2012 at 7:30 AM

thought you would like this

Enjoying your trip photos. looks like a wonderful place.


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