Yesterday was our last day in Albufeira so we treated ourselves out to lunch in the old town. We went to a little place where you went upstairs and then ate on the Juliet balconies. Food and place were just perfect – although there was a fear I may drop cutlery on the head of a passerby below. Mixed kebabs with chips, salad and wine for €7 – bloomin’ lovely. We did a couple of hours around the shops after lunch and I bought cheap silver earrings, now waiting to see if my ears turn green or not.
We moved on this morning, first stop was Quarteira. Its a fairly new town but still well worth a stop. Lovely beach with miles of sand and a promenade that runs for miles too. I had my first dip in the sea – toes only – not as cold as I thought it would be. Lovely walk along the beach in the sunshine to start the day. There are plenty of new flats being built and a big town centre but wasn’t really us. We looked in at the campsite there but wasn’t too impressed with that either so kept going.
Next stop at the Continente Supermercado (supermarket for those not speaking Portuguese) for a stock up at lunchtime. A bloke came up to me and asks if I spoke English!! Woop woop suntan must be good I no longer resemble a white English tourist. Anyway he wanted brown bread so when I showed him he was super impressed that I can read Portuguese (just looked at the picture on the wrapper but didn’t tell him that).
This afternoon we arrived in Olhao. We have set up camp at Gypo heaven. Its an enormous site by the sea, every type of van from little panel vans to loads of converted buses – site hold 900 and its probably three quarters full. People spread out all over the place – its just like a massive Gypsy site in sunshine. Weird thing is that at least 50% appear to be British with posh caravans etc but everyone seems to just muck in and enjoy the chaos. we are currently sat outside chatting to all our new neighbours.
Iain has been talking to a German guy who over-wintered in Greece last year. Sounds good to me hope they keep talking.
Tomorrow off to explore the beach and a bike ride, more updates to follow.
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