Pousada de Tavira Historic Hotel
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The vagaries of the international football calendar means my travel plans for 2015 were a bit bottom heavy. That is to say my planned holidays fall mainly in the latter half of the year. There have been a couple of matches in Dublin and then nothing, until now. From hereon I have at least a couple of holidays every month, starting with this visit to South Portugal.
The tiny British colony of Gibraltar was granted ...
Off now to the south, by fast train to Faro, then slow train to Kate's (aka The Scout Master) choice for the next few days - a seaside town named Olhao (pron all-ee-ya-oh).
Designed for zoning out. No TV. V. Good! Kate and Angie are very ready for this...especially Angie who arrived straight from the ...
... and steep, steep climbs....I doubt that stilettos are a big seller over here! We wandered and climbed and climbed to lookouts - miradouro - not doing anything in particular but just soaking up the great atmosphere. I really love this place, and could see immediately why Kate suggested this trip. Her Portugese served us very well throughout and it feels good to have one person who can communicate so easily - ...
... clamming thing a go. After an hour we found around 20 and one razor clam. Taking them back to the boat we put them in salt water for them to purge themselves.
In the evening we ate their cousins we'd bought the day before - they were just delicious!
Wednesday 13 May 2015
Mid morning we moved the boat yet again and anchored not far from the main entrance. We
toyed with the idea of leaving via the east entrance but because it wasn't buoyed and ...
... steps to the old castle perched at the top of the town.
As we left town we drove down to the sea to take a look at the production of Fleur de Sel in Tavira. This expensive gourmet salt typically comes from France or Portugal, and represents the 'flower' or salt crystals that float on top of the salt pans, rather than traditional salt which is what is left when the sea water evaporates. Of course I bought some!