From our hotel in Alvor we drove directly to Ponta da Piedade. On our way we passed along many villages but found most of them not really pretty. They had a lot of constructions, in different styles and in my opinion some urban planning would have been welcomed. There were ugly buildings one “over” the other. Not pretty at all.
The landscape is absolutely marvelous but they did not know how to use the land. There are too many condos and too many buildings in a small area. When you look from a distance they look more like pigeon’s houses than any other thing!
Ponta da Piedade should not be missed in any trip to Algarve. The landscape there (cliffs, the lighthouse and wild flowers) are absolutely gorgeous.
From Ponta da Piedade we drove to Praia do Simão. The big staircase is constructed with wood and from there we have gorgeous views of the ocean and cliffs.
From Praia do Simão we drove to Praia Dona Ana. Praia Dona Ana is beautiful, but we found Praia do Simão prettier.
From Praia Dona Ana we drove to Praia Pinhão were a group of young people was going to make a film or advertising movie. They were with many photographic and film equipment.
We were starving! So, after visiting Praia do Pinhão we drove directly to Salema. Our plan was to stay in Salema during one night, before returning to Lisbon but the weather was not “marvelous”. Besides that we found the village too small and didnt find it would worth overnighting there. Lacking great weather, we found out that there would be nothing else to do besides eating out.
While in Salema, we had lunch at Restaurant Boia. There are very few restaurants in Salema and this one looks like the bigger / best one. The food was good but we have had better gastronomic experiences in Portugal.
Dear husband ate Portuguese sardines from last year, because now (April) the ones that are in the sea are not ready yet (they are too thin). Best time for fresh sardines is around end of June / July. Till there, all sardines are from the previous year (they frozen it).
As we decided not overnight in Salema, we drove back to Lisbon.
Traffic in Lisbon is crazy and Portuguese people have the (bad) habit of not turning on lights when changing direction. When driving in Portugal we must guess what would be the intentions of the driver in front of us: Turning right? Turning left? Maybe stopping? It’s insane to drive there.
We parked the car at a hotel located in the same street of our rental apartment. They charged € 9.50 for parking during 24 hours but it was very convenient.
When we got to the apartment we packed our stuff (four big suitcases) as we would be “moving” from Lisbon to Porto.