Monday, August 18, 2008



Last year I posted on a 2005 Summer Break. I was two years late in posting. This post is only one year late, and revives in 2007 the 2004 Difficult to find better from two years ago! Algarve, Allgarve, difficult to find better for a summer break or a beach vacation...

"ALVOR BEACH - Once again"




"RESTINGA BAR & RESTAURANT - The Alvor Beach at nine p.m."

"BLUES & GREENS at the Penina Golf Hotel"







"REIS - A nice restaurant in Lagos; great grilled fresh fish..."


"HOMAGE TO THE FISHERMAN - A sculpture by Joao Cutileiro in Alvor"


Anonymous said...

Thanks once again to all those who were kind enough to let comments on my 08.08.08 post! I hope to save some time to get to your blogs next week. Hopefully…
This post is my annual exception dedicated to the travel at home: long weekend in Algarve! Hope you enjoy!

Tawnya Shields said...

I think I am a mermaid because I really love water. A lot! These pics are just awesome. Now I must find my way to the ocean. I do actually live near the Mississippi River and a lot of lakes but I still have a special fondness for the ocean. :o)

Lovely pics that enchanted my day. Thank you.

Louise said...

I'm sold! I can imagine myself spending a lot of happy time in a place like that. The water is glorious, and all the colors are fabulous. The buildings so interesting to see when one tears oneself away from the water. Lovely post!

Azer Mantessa said...

fantastic blue sea and pictures.

i like 'homage to the fisherman' best


lyliane six said...

Et nous 15 ans déjà que nous sommes allés en Algarve à Da Balahia et pour la première fois au Portugal, j'en ai gardé un superbe souvenir et c'est bien pour cela que je reviens au Portugal, mais maintenant j'y ai un but supplémentaire: revoir quelques habitants très chaleureux de ce superbe pays!.

Lara said...

lovely photos! the water looks so inviting, and the green vegetation inspires relaxation!

Mariposa said...

Oh it looks wonderful!! I only spent one day in Porto last year..had no chance to venture south. I sure hope i get the opportunity to visit this spot! I blogged about Porto once, do check it out and see if I got my facts right ;)

Have a great week!

kyh said...

oh beautiful beaches! the riviera of portugal ya? so charming!

SusuPetal said...

I've been planning for a trip to Madeira, tried to find a post by you from the island, but didn't find...

Tell me something about the island worth knowing and seeing.

alicesg said...

Everything in here looked perfect for a relaxing and stressless holiday. From the beach to the blue sea, the blue sky and lovely greens, it is superb. I loved to have a relaxing holiday. I bet both you must have enjoyed the break very much.

Tinsie said...

Difficult to find better? Coming from Greece, I beg to differ (hehe), but I have to admit it looks pretty good. The fourth photo down is awesome! Actually, I'd love to visit Algarve. Maybe next summer :-)

S-V-H said...

Beautiful pictures, Gil! The blue is fantastic and my favorite color too.

I never made it to the Algarve coast, but my daughter was there and called me up on the phone just to tell me how beautiful it is there!:)

Shionge said...

You know what Gil?? After this I think it is time I start packing for a holiday soon ;)

Anonymous said...

Paradisiaque !
Mais que de tentations pour de simples mortels.

Anonymous said...

Olà Gil
Que fotos... Que vontade de estar na praia, mas este ano nao foi possivel.
Obrigado pelas fotos. Que prazer poder ver o mar tao bonito

raccoonlover1963/Lisa Myers said...

Looks like a wonderful place for a relaxing get-away!

Ron said...

Very, very nice pictures. Makes me want to go there.

hpy said...

Que du bleu de vacances!

Nikon said...

Beautiful shots, very colorful series, Gil. Looks like a great place to go for a vacation!

Ash said...

Very Beautiful!

CaBaCuRl said...

From the depths of winter, this looks perfect! Roll on summer.

Pietro Brosio said...

Splendid summer views, thanks for sharing!
In seeing the hotel swimming-pools I thought of Abano Terme hotels which have four or five pools with water at different temperatures!

nikkicrumpet said...

Wow what beautiful pictures...I'm sold...I'd love to spend some down-time in such a beautiful place!

leo said...

beautiful sunny beaches. your shirt match the blue sky ;) i'm not a fan of seas but they do make beautiful scenery. peace.

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a beautiful scene from the hotel would love to be in the pool,so clear and cool.

JO said...

YES! That is my kind of vacation - wonderful pics - looks like a great place to be...

Guess what???!?!?!

Baby is here! Come see! :)

Marie said...

Vos photos sont grandioses !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Magnifiques, magnifiques.

But I am kind of allergic to beaches now. My skin does not like the sun any longer.

Anonymous said...

Oh your photos are so beautiful and lively !!

Beach looks exactly like Goa.

 gmirage said...

I love BLUE!!!

Btw, I got you an award, please pick it up!

lyliane six said...

Que de bleu dans ces photos, jusqu'à la couleur du polo assortie à la mer!

Dick said...

Wonderful place for a holiday, nice pictures

julia said...

I was anticipating views of 'Jing !
but this set isn't without note.
(I have left the ranks of the CDP maybe its farewell :-)

Dalicia said...

it's not ALL grave :)
turned out to be a very pleasant place

alice said...

Le paradis des golfeurs!

Anonymous said...

Summer and the beach, what else do we need :)

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful landscape; the blue of the sea is amazing (and your T-shirt is as blue as the waters ;-).

Anonymous said...

Looks like a really nice place to visit.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful photos and such a nice vacation spot. Thanks for showing it on your blog.
Pat in NYC

Jo's-D-Eyes said...

Great the algarve Gil!,
we've been there too of course, I Like the Lagos church and Alvor church and the BEACH! The Suite is great/comfortable too,

We/I miss the FRENCH sun , once we're back in HOLLAND from our long journey/trip in FRANCE,

thanks for showing Portugal (and Yourself) come see my -rest of-France trip and now my Dutch impressions.... DARK clouds! thats so typically Holland,

Bye greetings JoAnn D Eyes

Jo's-D-Eyes said...

Hi Gil,
I wrote a long comment..... but blogger refused to post that, so agin but now in Short: great surroundings the beachthe suite, church in Lagos and Alvor,

We're back in Holland and missing the French sun, come and see my Dutch impressions ,

JoAnn D Eyes

Neva said...

What a great place to visit....maybe someday for me....

adelynne said...

What awesome photos. I wish I am able to travel like you. Thanks for sharing!

lyliane six said...

Juste encore une semaine et j'arrive enfin!retrouver le soleil et les amis!...

Lakshmi said...

The waters beckon me..Its been a while since I hit a beach..such beautiful pictures as always

Analía said...

Oh My!!! What a beautiful place!! It's winter here and you won't imagine I dream witha place like this.
Hugs Ani

Beefybob7 said...

Hi Gil,

Your beach is lovely.

Loved the fisherman. Guess it was that big!

Jurgen Huibers said...

Looks like a great place for relaxing on the beach and don't worry about a thing. Nice statue of the fisherman.

Wendy said...

How lovely. Must make it to Portugal one day.

PeterParis said...

You have a gift always to find the best places and spots! I'm sure you could also give me some very good hints and ideas for Paris!

My delayed congratulations for the 08.08 event!!

Nihal said...

Enchanting photos Gil! In particular, what a wonderful blue article as I liked everytime. And your blue t-shirt suits perfectly with the flowing of this article:)
End of my favorite month August, and yet no new article from you.
Eagerly waiting for your news, Gil.
As for myself, I am still talking about my vacation in Ayvalik. Come to CrossRoads to read my other postings, I think you might be interested in.

Kindest and all my best,


RuneE said...

I hardly dare mention it - but we have never been to Portugal!

That must be remedied soon.

Solitaire said...

I hope I can enjoy my life someday the way you are now. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Hi everybody. Thanks for taking your time to comment here. I truly enjoy!

I also love the Ocean, but hope you won’t be to close to it now that Gustav seems to be landing ashore! All the best!

That’s why I say it’s difficult to find better!

I’m also a Cutileiro fan; great sculptor always…

Da Balaia est toujours là; mais cette fois on aura un autre programme…

It’s time to get closer to the sunshine… ;))

I’ll check! Depending on what you said on the glorious F.C.Porto and on Port wine, things will be accurate or not… ;))

Not Riviera, Algarve! For one who has been in the Riviera and in the Algarve, there is no comparison: Algarve is much better… ;)))

I was born there, so no posts… ;)
Actually you may see some lousy 1995 pictures here. It was my last time there and when I used video cameras rather than photo cameras… ;)
But Lyliane has a wonderful reportage that you may find here! Enjoy!

Alice SG,
Quite relaxing, except that the nightlife is too busy… ;)))

You know I love Greece and the Greek Isles, but do not compare either the beaches or the grilled fish… You’ll see when you’ll come here! The water is warmer in Greece, I concede… ;))

Having lived in Switzerland for some time, it would have been natural for you to come here; at least it was natural for me to go to Switzerland… ;))

You have a must destination to add to your list! ;))

Tentations faciles à satisfaire… ;))

Olá. Pois é, este ano quem cá veio foi a Joanika… Vamos ver como se arranjam as coisas para o ano…

Relaxing if you wish! Busy if you want! You choose: Great!

You’re welcome!

Bleu, vraiment bleu!


Don’t think the Australian winter is that bad… ;)

OK, frigidarium, tepidarium, calidarium… ;))

You’re welcome!

Not a fan of seas? How’s that possible? ;))

Everything is nice on that hotel…

Congratulations! Great to see William here!

Sorry that you can’t enjoy the sun as before… ;(

No wonder; the Goans copied it from the Portuguese… lol!

Thanks for the Award! I’m flattered!

You’re quite right!

No ‘jing, unfortunately…
No need to be in DP to blog!

Rather All Blue… ;))

Pas seulement des golfeurs… ;))

What else, actually?

Polo… not Tee… ;))

You’re welcome! Direct flight… ;)

My pleasure!

Thanks! You’ve been everywhere, Algarve included…
Blogger has some peculiarities… ;))

Start packing!

Need a beach season every year, otherwise winter would be awful…

You’re welcome!

It’s a great statue!

You choose whatever you want to do… or do nothing… ;)

For you, it’s time to start packing… ;)

Thanks! One day we’ll make a stroll in Paris… ;)

Thanks! Loved to see your Ayvalik posts! Too busy my August…

It’s a shame! Why don’t you start packing? ;))

I’m sure you’re enjoying it as much as you can… ;))

Indrani said...

Beautiful pictures, Gil!
I hope I can make a trip some day!
Thank you for the comments at my site.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you will!

NormanTheDoxie said...

They can keep the pool.... give me the sea.

Those photos are gorgeous. Where are we going next?

Anonymous said...

This pool isn't that bad... ;)
On Blogtrotter, we'll have two more Kos posts, then Crete and Mykonos... In real life, Turkish Riviera, but that will be posted only next year... ;))

Ming the Merciless said...

One of my best friends' boyfriend is from Lagos, I believe. They both went to Lisbon last summer and had a great time.

Give Lisa the sea. I will take the pool BY THE SEA. :-)

Anonymous said...

I used to spend my summer holidays in Lagos (Meia-Praia, the beach) in the 70s and early 80s, and that was great!!

Lil' Boozie said...

Wow, fabulous photos of the Algarve & of Lagos.. I took a trip to Portugal earlier this year with a few friends, and Lagos was one of our stops. I immediately fell in love. We recently started a travel-related blog of our own called "3 Troopin Travelers". If you get a chance, feel free to swing by - Happy Travels!

Suz (a.k.a. Lil' Boozie)

Anonymous said...

Glad to read that you enjoyed Algarve. Lagos was one of my youth favourite destinations. Actually spend many holidays there since the early 70s through the 80s...
Will check your blog!

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Trotter said...

Thanks! Glad that you enjoyed!