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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This was our view from our table:

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This was the view looking up:

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We started with some wine, Portuguese bread and cheese.

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And some sardine pate.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!!!!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Leah July 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Love your trip posts! Beautiful views and wonderful food!

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