Playacartaya Spa Hotel

C/ Diego de Almagro, No 1, Cartaya, Andalusia, 21450, Spain and Canary Islands | 4 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Cartaya

Our Lady of Deliverance Procession

A travel blog entry by curtcarlson


The Adventure/Experience That I Almost Slept Through

I (Curt) awoke from a delicious Sunday afternoon nap on the couch to the sound of band music from the now-familiar Banda Musical Tavira floating through the window. Dianne was gone somewhere--turns out she was visiting with Marcela at Loginha Shop--and Gibran was in the bedroom sleeping off an uninvited 24-hour bug.

I grabbed my camera and opened the window-door to our small balcony to see a ...

The Most Beautiful Spot in Tavira--Tavira Castle

A travel blog entry by curtcarlson


Tavira Castle
We had previously seen the Castelo do Tavira, but only during a 10-minute rest stop along the route of Tavira's "cheesy" tourist train--which we had ridden early in our stay in Tavira to get a quick overview of the town. Ten minutes is definitely not enough time to be able to fully appreciate the castle's beauty. You will also want to have time to explore the garden, the walls, and ancient nooks and crannies.

We struck off on ...

Weekend on Tavira Island

A travel blog entry by curtcarlson


Winter Solstice on Tavira Island

Not many people go to Tavira Island in the winter. The only access is by ferry, and the main ferry is shut down after the tourists depart in October. A small ferry continues to run hourly from Quatros Aguas (Four Rivers, the closest land point to the island) each day for fishermen, a handful of workers to guard and maintain the island, and a few adventurers like us.

All the restaurants are zippered up, the ...

Cacela Vehla--A beautiful village in Algarve

A travel blog entry by curtcarlson


... store. The soap turned out NOT to be handmade Portuguese scented soap, as pointed out later by Marcela, along with a good laugh on us.

We also purchased a bag of oranges from Manuel, (owner of BECitrus of Tavira, and one of our newly acquired friends in town. He, by the way, is the one who has mastered 10 languages, not the 6 that I believe I previously mis-reported. He also has an MBA from Exeter University in England.) Just as we ...

Christmastime in Tavira

A travel blog entry by curtcarlson


... we first realized just how unusual Christmas might be the day that Marcela came back from collecting bamboo in the countryside a few weeks ago. (See blog “A Day in the Country.) As it turns out, the bamboo we gathered and loaded in the rental car on a subsequent trip to the country provided the raw material for many things to use in the shop, in addition to Christmas trees large and small.

One of them hangs on our Christmas olive tree in our ...


This 4 star hotel, located on C/ Diego de Almagro, No 1, Cartaya, is near Maderas Volcano and Concepcion Volcano.
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