Day 12 – Albufeira

Since we really hadn’t explored much of Albufeira, we decided to find the beach (Playa da Pescadores) for a walk on the sand. You can’t park very close by, so we found a parking space (not an easy thing to do) and walked to the beach. We were surprised to find streets that were filled with a plethora of tourists visiting the souvenir shops and what must be over a hundred restaurants. There is every kind of cuisine, that’s for sure, even Mexican.

We found the beach, which is long, has brown soft sand, and minimal surf. There were people in the water, despite the fact that the Atlantic is very cold, at least for us folks. We could hear every kind of language spoken, although not much English (American or Canadian, that is). The Algarve is the preferred vacation destination for the Brits, French, German and Dutch mainly.

After a nice walk, finding shells everywhere, we decided to have a snack at the Shalom Burger Bar. A couple of beers and onion rings – yum! Believe me, the choices of restaurants made it difficult to decide where to go. We enjoyed the snack and then decided to go to the archeological museum nearby. It looked pretty interesting but was closed on Mondays. Oh well…

A stop for me at my favorite accessory store, Parfois, and I was a happy girl. If you go online (parfois.com), you will love what they have. They are a Portuguese company that has stores in many countries around the world, except the US and Mexico it seems) and will ship almost anywhere, including the US. Sadly, not to Mexico. The prices are amazing for the quality and style. I bought a scarf and could have purchased much more if it wasn’t for airline weight limits and my suitcase size. Darn!

After walking around, we decided to stay for lunch and return to the same Burger Bar. Jim had a pulled pork sandwich that was huge and so delicious. My hamburger without a bun was very tasty, too. By the time we finished, we didn’t need to go anywhere for dinner.

As we walked around, we saw incredible sand sculptures in the pedestrian area. The tree-lined streets were so enjoyable, filled with restaurants and music.

 

We returned to the apartment and I was really looking forward to a warm bath in the jetted tub. The water was warm enough but the jets didn’t work. One more thing to mention to the property manager. Truthfully, this penthouse had some nice amenities, like a nice view, which was the draw in our renting it. But otherwise, it lacked the simple amenities we would have expected… like a comfortable large bed, good pillows, and sheets, beach towels, soap, extra roll of toilet paper, laundry detergent, coffee pods for their coffee maker and bottled water, just to name a few items. The property manager was very nice about bringing some of these items to us, even though we thought we should expect soap, at the very least!

Another beautiful sunset and an end to a nice day. Tomorrow, we leave for Carvoeiro for three more nights in a new VRBO. It is only 20 minutes away… Cross your fingers!

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