Hotel Marques de Ayamonte
Travel Blogs from Ayamonte
... and so far, it does not disappoint. Arrived at Castro Marim which is a beautiful little town with massive hilltop fort and castles that are open during the day. WE left that for later and found a 3 km beach with glorious sands that is the start of the famous Algarve. Too windy for much lying out as we were shotblasted by the sand. Not too many swimmers either as it was suitable only for the hardy.
... Oriente Station, the expense probably justified by the weight of one of our bags! It's his washing weighing it down, says Leesa. Lunch is beckoning so we choose a cafe on the lower ground level of the station. Getting comfortable ready to order and then we realise we are in a special "no smoking" section, meaning we are the ones "not smoking". As the tobacco stench consumes our every sense and creates an envelope around us, with our last ...
... in Portuguese – sounded no different to Graham Norton commentating!). G'd onya 'stalia!!!!
Sunday 24 May 2015
Although we love this river so much we must start thinking about pushing on, so we left Alcoutin and headed back to Ayamonte. Being a Sunday and Spain, everything is closed so we took advantage of having internet connectivity and caught up on lots of admin and emails etc.
... lots of bashing on the transom, but at least when she turned and the tide was going out we got a rather peaceful mornings sleep.
Having checked the weather and seeing that it was going to blow N'ly quite strong Gen
checked the charts and found a nice bend in the river which should provide us with shelter.
The river, Guadiana is just so pleasant. In places it reminds me of Australia, with the
burnt soil and eucalyptus trees. The river runs in between ...
... and wandered around a little. Very pretty. Saw lots of different types of shells / sealife and something that looked very similar to samphire (sea asparagus) as we have in the UK but tasted very different, probably due to the sandy and salty water, so we didn't pick any.
Just love the island – the Rio da Formosa is something special. Besides the fishermen
working so hard throughout the day and night leaving a lot of wake, this is such a lovely ...