Albufeira, Portugal

Trip Start Aug 01, 2006
Trip End Dec 01, 2006

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Sunday, October 8, 2006

Albufeira is still in the Algarve Region and although we didn't have any information on the small city when Adam and I were in Portugal 3 years ago it came highly recommended. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon and started walking into the town to look for an information office. After walking for about an hour with no information office in site we came to the conclusion that we were not in Albufeira. A kind man in a hotel told us that we were suppose to take a bus from the train station that would take us to Albufeira which was 5 km from where we were. This type of information would have been helpful when we first inquired about the train in Lagos but you can't expect too much from the ticket people. Anyway we found the bus stop we needed and that bus got us to the main bus station in Albufeira where we had to take another bus to the center of Albfeira. We started walking and could find no information office and so we asked people on the street until someone put us in the right direction. Ah finally we can get some information on this city we know nothing of. Wrong....apparently the information office is closed on Sundays, apparently tourists don't need information on Sundays. We sat on a bench and took our bags off and took turns walking around the town trying to find an affordable place to stay. We happened along a gem and it was probably the nicest place we've stayed yet in Europe. It was a studio suit with two beds and a kitchen and a balcony overlooking the ocean. We were 50 meters from the beach and close to all the shops, bars, and grocery stores. It was perfect; we ate our meals on the balcony everyday.
Monday, Virginia's birthday! We went wondering around town all day checking out the shops. We searched for a nice restaurant and found one that was along the beach and we went there for her Birthday dinner. The view was amazing and the food was even better. After dinner we walked around and found a neat place and had a fancy ice cream dessert.
The next couple of days were cool and cloudy so we didn't go to the beach but continued to explore the town and one day took a very long walk down the beach. We were only going to stay 4 nights but after trying to book a hostel in Cadiz, Spain we decided to stay the weekend because there was nothing available in Cadiz. The weather did a complete 360 and the rest of our stay was hot and sunny and so we were on the beach for the remaining days.
We really enjoyed Albfeira. The beaches were nice and the town had a lot to offer. There were many British, Irish, and Scotish tourists so it kind of felt like Mexico in a sense but very nice anyway.
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imcandry on

Hello Ladies
Hello Virginia & Jessica. As always, it's a pleasure to read about your travels. Happy birthday Virginia -what a nice way to spend your birthday - ahhh sand, sun, water - it can't be bad. You are having a holiday to be envied!!! Makes me get itchy feet and want to get travelling. Still, we'll settle for two weeks in the Dominican with your Mum & Dad. Enjoy yourselves and stay safe.
Love Isabel

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