Road Trip to the Algarve Part 1 – Olhão

16 thoughts on “Road Trip to the Algarve Part 1 – Olhão”

  1. Beth,
    I love a road trip. The hotel/convent you stayed at reminds me of the Pousada Castelo Alvito near Beja where we stayed ( I had to laugh at the Vai e Volta lunch protocol. It seems like eating a fussy relative with lots of rules (but so worth it). Our 1st trip to Provence, restaurants would tell us “too early”, “do you have reservation even when it was empty”, or “we’re closed”. I declared the French motto should be, “Égalité, Fraternité, FERME”! That seafood stew looked amazing.

    So glad that Captain returned to get you off that island, or it might have turned into a Gillian’s Island type of experience.


    1. We just got home on Thursday (2 days ago) and we are already looking to plan the next road trip (I think we’re becoming addicted!!). So funny you should mention the pousada in Beja. We stayed at the pousada in Tavira (which I’ll be writing about this week and posting on Friday). We are members of the Pestana Hotel group (they own and operate all the pousada’s in Portugal now – it’s no longer the government). We’ve spent the entire morning reviewing all the pousadas and trying to decide which one to go to next. We’ll add Beja to the mix! The Moorish influence is all over the south of Portugal. We love it. I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy.


  2. What a gorgeous place you stayed in! Those murals are incredible. The Algarve is a bit of a trek from where we are and we’re still getting to know our own locality (we’re in the Coimbra region). However, maybe next year – I’m taking notes!


  3. Beth, after reading this edition, I could almost taste the savory sea food and feel the evening atmosphere And enjoy the Convent


    1. Wonderful!! I’m so happy it stimulated your senses (but, it’s much better in person). 🙂 Can’t wait for you to visit and experience it for yourself. Keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed that that might be possible next year. Give my love to Trudy. Stay safe.


    1. It’s been added to your shopping cart. Please feel free to continue to shop at your leisure. (LOLOLO!) Can’t wait until you can actually come and see some of these places. Miss you. Love to Adam.


    1. We have only scratched the surface of the Algarve. There is so much more to see and do. We’ll definitely being going back this year. Funny enough, we’ve spent the last few days researching and planning our next trip down there.


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