Breakfast, sunscreen and drive to Albufiera – managed to get there just before 11am into a covered car park up on the hillside above the beach area. Albufiera is definitely the place for the youngsters or party goers as we found after our nearly 4 hour (must be a be record for us) beach session – there are probably about a hundred different bars to choose from in the main town centre area by the beach that would just be electic come night time. The town is on a mega hillside with typically Algarvian roads that are just passable by small cars etc – Bruce would be a struggle, particularly is a bus or another Bruce came the other way…
Anyway, this place will definitely heat up come sundown with the mega offers for cheap beer (and food incidentally) and would likely be a lot of fun if we didn’t have the kids with us.
The beach was very coarse sand with shells in for good measure but the water was possibly the clearest that we have seen since being in Antigua a few years ago… The kids thoroughly enjoyed their time on the beach and we may just have overcooked Olly a tad although suspect that all evidence will have vanished in the morning. The best beach that we have come across so far has to be the main Caroveiro beach that just had the nicer small grain sand and little in the way of shells etc.
We ventured over to Vilamoura before heading back and it appears to be a sensational place – felt like we were back in Los Gatos as we drove through the town centre. We were impressed enough that we will be making the drive back down there tomorrow to spend much of the day taking in the sights etc. The marina for one looked to be a multi billion dollar affair and the golf courses…. Pembo needs to figure a way to get his ass here for a day or two – the courses that we drove alongside certainly looked to be of the best that we have ever seen.