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29
October
2013

Algarve Places of Interest

What to do when you're not training? Here are some of WhichTrainingCamp's suggestions of where to go and things to see.

Nowhere in the Algarve is very far away so you can explore as much or as little as you want and the training schedule allows!

Lloulé, famous for its Saturday gypsy market and Brazilian style carnivals, is a lovely interesting town to visit. It has a 13/14th century castle, a few interesting churches and an excellent daily market in its new market hall.


It often hosts music festivals during the summer.  To the west is Alte, a typical Algarvean village with a pretty waterfall.

Faro is a lovely city. The old part, within the city walls, has the Cathedral and Bishop's Palace in its central square (Largo de Sé). The Museo Maritimo has models of ships from the Age of Discovery plus displays about fishing in the Algarve. Just behind the marina lies the network of cobbled streets and squares,that makes up the shopping centre.

Most towns and villages have churches with interesting features, with those at Almancil and Lagos (Santo Antonio) being of particular note.  If the Romans are more your thing, go to Estoi (Milreu), Vilamoura (Cerro da Vila) or the Archeological museums in Faro and Loule.

Tavira, a pretty and less-known town, has a bridge of Roman origin, attractive mansions, strange square roofs and lots of churches.

Ria Formosao Nature Reserve is also on the doorstep - a network of lagoons and marshland protected on the seaward side by sandy islands ('ilhas'). It's a really enjoyable 30 minute boat trip on a ferry from Faro to one of the ilha beaches, like Culatra or Deserta, through the Ria Formosa, giving a glimpse of the wild life on the way.

The Algarve café is a warm and welcoming place to spend some time. Locals will pop in for a coffee (usually “uma bica”, a small strong espresso, often drunk standing up at the bar) or they may stay longer to have a rissóis de carne (deep fried meat patty) pastéis de bacalhau (salted cod fishcakes) or pasties de carne (puff pastry stuffed with sausage meat).

 

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