Wednesday, September 20, 2017

roadtrip portugal 2017- cabo de são vicente

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Cabo de São Vicente

On our trip from Lagos to the Natural Parc of South West Alentejo, we visited Sagres, the most western beach of the Algarve and of course Cabo de São Vicente.

The Cape of Saint Vincent is Europe’s southwesternmost point.

This wind blasted and storm pounded headland is what you expect, for what was once considered, the end of the world.

The jagged cliffs rise sixty meters from the sea and high above one of Europe’s brightest lighthouses.

It's a spectacular spot! Unfortunately we could not stay for the sunset, because we had to drive to our next destination...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

roadtrip portugal 2017 - lagos

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Lagos is one of the Algarve’s most attractive and historic towns.

The centre is enclosed in largely 14th century walls. Within the city walls you can find some beautiful street art.

Lagos has the proximity to some of the region’s best beaches.
To the east is the long sweep of Meia Praia, you only have to take the small boat to cross the water to walk to the dunes.
Further to the west, you’ll find the series of coves, caves and rock stacks and small beaches for which the Algarve is best known.

Monday, September 18, 2017

roadtrip portugal 2017 - casa mãe

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Casa Mãe - Lagos

The second stop of our roadtrip was in Lagos. We stayed 3 days at hotel Casa Mãe, a very special place by the city walls of Lagos.

Last year we found the Casa Mãe magazine in a bookshop in Lisbon. At that time they were still building the hotel. In this magazine there are interviews with all the designers, craftsman, chefs, gardeners. We already knew we would like to visit Casa Mãe one day...

Casa Mãe is much more than a hotel. It opened in October 2016. Casa Mãe is about colloborations with Portuguese designers. Overlooking the old historic city and the sea, Casa Mae comprises three very different houses combining old and new, traditions and modern design.

They have managed to preserve the traditional skills and techniques, experimenting with new ideas and designs. For example the handwoven rugs by GUR you can find everywhere in the building. The hotel also has it's own organic vegetable garden and out of town farm.

Perfect base to explore the well-kept secrets of the wild part of the Western Algarve.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

roadtrip portugal 2017 - olhão

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Olhão is full of character with Moorish-style houses, an influence from the commercial links with Africa.

It's a city for people who love the authentic Portugal.

The colorful buildings reminded me sometimes a bit of Cuba.

This photo report says it all...