Heaven

Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
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Trip End May 31, 2014


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Flag of Portugal  , Faro,
Monday, July 30, 2012

It was a short sail along the coast to the anchorage near Faro.  Faro itself is not reachable by yachts so if you want to visit there you have to catch a ferry.  This anchorage was off the main sea and up into a sheltered river inlet behind a large sand spit.
We arrived at sunset so we dropped anchor (so easy now) and settled down for the night.  In the morning we were going to move on but the tides were not going to be with us leaving the river estuary so we decided to go ashore for a wander.

This little piece of heaven on the Algarve is a tiny fishing village built on the sand dunes.  When we got ashore we found a community of fishermen working away in an area that had been designated as a nature reserve.  There was a cafe or 3, a small shop, a church, a gas/gaz store (a hut actually) and small pathway between the small homes built on the dune

We had a wander and bought a new gas cylinder and a few things in the shop then sat down in the cafe for a drink.  A beer and a coke came to 2.10€.  Steve spotted a crane standing on a dune so I went off to try and get a photo. 

The peacefulness here was so good after our previous stops that we could easily have stayed longer but the tide called us back to the boat and at the turn we set off once again to our next anchorage carrying with us an enduring memory of Ilha da Culatra.

This community was going to be disbanded so the locals fought for their survival and won by refusing to vote in the elections and digging their feet into the sand metaphorically speaking.  In 2006 they finally got fresh water and electricity to the island and a breakwater built as well.

A wonderful spot if ever you go near.
 
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Brenda & Clive on

Lovely to hear that you are now having some peaceful times and not all that turbulence. Keep enjoying your life changing experiences - God Bless and keep you safe.

Pauline and Roly on

Sounds and looks absolutely wonderful!

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