The great thing about the Algarve is that there is so much beauty within very short distances. However, it does make it hard to decide what you want to see first.
On this day we decided to start with "Carvoeir". Carvoeir is claimed to be one of the prettiest resorts on the Algarve with it's white washed villas that glisten against brightly coloured blue skies!
It's raining this morning, as it seems to do every morning here in February. And silly us, we have no umbrella. So it was a good excuse to dart in and out of the tourist shops that lined the streets leading down to the town square. The town beach, "Praia do Carvoeiro" is a beautifully sheltered sandy bay and spreads out just in front of the square with cliffs protecting it on either side, as you can see in the first picture above. There are bars and cafés ideally placed around the square to enjoy the view while you have a bite to eat.
The Algarve is full of little beaches such as this one, and I'm sure during the summer months it's impossible to really enjoy it. So we are taking advantage of this peaceful spot and I'm enjoying taking pictures with no people in them!!
We decide to have a little something to eat at one of the great beach front cafe's, "Martins". Oh yes, the rain had stopped and we were able to dine alfresco!
We spotted this stairway leading up from the beach when we were eating and decided to do a little exploring.
The cliff tops around Carvoeiro offer plenty of scope for walking and some great views.
We came across some beautiful benches decorated with Portuguese hand painted tiles.
After our walk we headed back to the car and drove to Praia de Centianes about 5 miles to the east. Some more breathtaking views here, and there was a trail that followed along the cliffs. But which way to go? Left or Right? And then I see it, a lighthouse in the distance to our left! Okay, this was a no brainer! The rain has stopped and the sun was shining, so why not? We followed the trail that took us along the cliffs with a view of the Atlantic Ocean to our right and white vacation homes to our left. However, this trail started breaking up and could not be taken all the way to the lighthouse. Lucky for us, we were able to make our way through one of the resorts and with the lighthouse standing 75 feet tall, we were able to see it above the buildings and trees and were able to navigate our way there. Oh what a wonderful sight!
If your new to my blog, you may not know how much I LOVE lighthouses. You can take a look around my blog and you will find plenty of stories about lighthouses I have had the chance to visit! Okay, back to this lighthouse.
Farol de Alfanzina is not in operation anymore and is fenced off and now the property of the Military. I love how this lighthouse is not your traditional round, but square.
Well the clouds were rolling in again and we were a little afraid that we were going to get caught in some more rain. So we made our way back to the car by walking along the highway.
Our next stop, "Praia da Marinha". This beach is stunning! Again we walked along the cliffs and I couldn't take enough pictures of the rock formations that have been cut away by the waves through the years.