Adventures in the Algarve, Portugal ~ Part 3

Hello again, and welcome to the last installment of my scribblings about a recent visit to Portugal’s sun- and surf-filled south, the Algarve. If you’re new to the site and happened to miss Part 1 and Part 2, no worries – I’ve added the links here.

As I said at the end of the last post, this time we’re headed west – out to the many gorgeous beaches of the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina.

First stop…

Praia da Amoreira.

This was the first west coast beach we visited during our week in the Algarve.  Oh my, was it lovely. (They all were, truly!)

You approach Amoreira from behind rolling sand dunes, and then you see it. The beach is in a bit of an L-shape, as the main stretch of beach runs along the shore but then it curves back along the slender, winding river that runs into the ocean here. My handy Lonely Planet Pocket Algarve guidebook calls Amoreira ‘the handsomest beach in the Aljezur area,’ and I’m inclined to agree. 

A View of Praia da Amoreira

Next stop… Praia do Amado. (See the pictures below.)

MY FAVORITE!

While I think you can get a sense of how stunningly beautiful the place is from my photographs, I simply could not capture the depths of the blues, the boldness of the reds, all the surprising pops of yellow…not with the level of skill I currently have with a DSLR camera.

Praia do Amado, View Towards the Rock Pools

My goodness, the COLORS! The wave-tumbled stones strewn about the far sides of the beach were a kaleidoscope of bubblegum pink, azure blue, sulphur yellow, jet black, and purest white…and more.

We enjoyed poking about the rock pools of Amado for probably an hour, maybe more, but I could have happily carried on. It was an absolute joy.

Marbled Rock at Praia do Amado

There is as well a great little cocktail truck (…isn’t that just swell?) up on the crest overlooking Amado where they make a lovely caipirinha – a Brazilian drink made with cachaça, sugar and lime. My suggestion? Treat yo’ self.

Praia do Amado, Vista with Barnacles

There’s a dirt road that runs between Amado and another great beach nearby called Praia da Bordeira. The Museu do Mar e da Terra da Carrapateira has set up loads of viewpoints along this route, each accessed by boardwalk and every one of them a gorgeous spot. It’s well worth a slow dawdle along this rocky road to take in the sights before hitting up the mammoth swath of sand that is Bordeira at the end of it. 

Thank you all for taking a walk with me, looking back at some of the amazing adventures our week away in the Algarve held! Hopefully, you’ll feel inspired to start planning your next adventure, be it close to home or far away.

Until next time, fellow travelers…

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