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Fuseta closer to Nature, Algarve, Portugal

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Fuseta closer to Nature, Algarve, Portugal

Fuseta is a perfect location to combine birdwatching and some quiet beach time.

Fuseta is a small village by the sea and marshlands where you can do some birdwatching in the Algarve.

Is still a generally forgotten destination when planning to visit the Algarve but it shouldn’t be.

When at Fuseta you can visit Armona Island, a white-sand island with cristal clear waters.

One of the local attractions is the “ria” (1) and all the sea-life you can enjoy when taking a boat tour there.

I enjoy visiting the “Moinho das Marés” (2), a local lodging with direct access to the marshlands.

By being lodged there you have access to the area where flamingos spend most of their life.

You can get close enough to the flamingo’s to photograph even not being a nature or birds photographer with expensive gear.

There are other birds than flamingos although I’m not an expert to tell you their names.

The lodging itself is quite nice. Simple, functional, clean and it will cover more than your basic needs.

Mosquitos will be an issue because you are surrounded by water.

However, in the rooms, you will be safe because they have mosquito nets on the windows.

Anyway, I will suggest you have bugs spray when you go outside especially during sunset.

All in all, is a wonderful place to stay.

Have fun,

David Monteiro

(1) Ria: is like river (rio in Portuguese) but with seawater.

(2) Moinho das Marés: the translation for “moinho de maré” is tide mill, Moinho das Marés is the name of the lodging and it refers to an old tide mill existing at the place.

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Panoramic view at Tavira, Portugal

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Panoramic view at Tavira, Portugal

After a day of walking, join the company of a gin tonic and let the sunset working its magic at this rooftop in the upper part of Tavira.

After a day of walking, join the company of a gin tonic and let the sunset working its magic at this rooftop in the upper part of Tavira.

You might have spent your day walking or biking and, at the end of the day, you are looking for a place to chill out.

Tavira is a nice town and along the river Gilão you will find a lot of bars.

As you can guess, during high season, most of the bars downtown will be quite crowded.

Not at the center of Tavira but still, at walkable distance, you can find the panoramic bar of the Maria Nova Lounge Hotel.

If you are a photographer, I can say this is a must-go place to shoot.

During summer, the sunset is quite late and usually with warmer colors.

Off-season you can get an earlier sunset and additionally the town is more illuminated because there is still some commercial activity.

Because is a rooftop bar, it stands higher up and you can enjoy the light breeze of warm summer nights.

If gin is your drink, take a chance on that.
During the last years, a set of new Portuguese gin brands appeared in the market.

Portuguese gin, who could have thought about that?

One brand, in particular, is quite different and I like it: Gin Nao

Gin Nao has some taste and aroma from port wine barrels, lovely.

With a slightly sophisticated but relaxed environment, this bar is one of the best bars in Tavira.

Try it and let me know.

David Monteiro

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Walking from Lagos to Burgau – Portugal

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Walking from Lagos to Burgau – Portugal

A 16km’s (10mi) long trail that connects Lagos with Burgau always walking along the coast, without much gain in altitude, is an excellent and relaxed walk.

Walking along the Algarve coastal line is one of many fine activities you can do.

The Algarve’s coast, at the southern area of Portugal, is composed by a very compact yellow sandy rock.

This sand, with such warm color, matches perfectly with the remaining colors.

It is like a painting where the artist want’s to transport us to a summer setting but with such perfection, only Nature can achieve.

This walk is a 16km’s (10mi) long trail connecting Lagos with Burgau.

It goes always along the coast, without much gain in altitude, is an excellent and relaxed walk.

Besides the beautiful sea landscape, there are other points of interest in this walk:
– Farol da Ponta da Piedade (Ponta da Piedade’s lighthouse);
– Caves by the sea level near the lighthouse
– Romans ruins at Luz Beach;
– Overview of the sea and cliffs.

The suggested length of the trail is not compulsory, you can do a shorter trail.

There are many possibilities where to start/end the trail.

One of the places you pass when doing this walk is Praia da Luz.

Praia da Luz is a perfect place to relax for a while. Is where you will find the Roman ruins.

There are many bares and restaurants to have a beer or a snack.

If you are walking from Burgau to Lagos, your last possibility for a nice stop before the lighthouse is at Porto de Mós Beach.

Like many other beach areas, Porto de Mós Beach has a couple of restaurants/bars where you can chill out.

And, in the same way, just before arriving at Lagos you can visit the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse area.

Although is a touristic attraction, is quite iconic and you will find many references in touristic publications about this place.

From here you can take photos that will dive a sense of the place in your photo album.

Something else totally different but worth to notice: you will not find many Portuguese people walking around.

Why?

Well, walking is not YET the “thing” around here.

Have a nice walk.

David Monteiro