What's Your Favourite?
People often say to me: "You're always going on about Algarve beaches - but, which is your favourite?"
I plead 'guilty as charged' to the first part: I do
hold fond memories of holidays spent stretched out on those fabulous expanses of sand - in fact, I love
them so much that I've long wanted to own an Algarve holiday home.
But we decided to go one better... That's right -
we completed a Algarve property purchase,
in order to (one day) live there all year round! Now, I ask you - how much more enthusiastic could a person be?
What's the attraction, you ask? Well, I'm a big fan of sun-sand-and-sea vacations, so the wonderful Algarve beaches are spot-on. People are friendly and welcoming, lifestyle relaxed, cuisine varied and delicious - and there's lots of other stuff to do. That's what made me long to be there.
But mainly it's because I can't get enough of those
beaches in the Algarve. I like lying on them, walking over them, looking at them, swimming off them...
I also enjoy watching Algarve
watersports (and occasionally taking part), and I love exploring in the wonderful surrounding countryside.
I shared my Algarve holidays with my husband, Nev, who
has never been as mad-keen as I am about beaches.
So, he'd wander off with his painting gear and leave me on a beach to demolish snacks, drinks and holiday blockbusters (in that order).
And later, we'd drive around and discover new stuff, or enjoy some 'culture vulture' stuff together.
(Just to orientate ourselves, the yellow speck below the green stripe on the left of the map of Europe, shown below, is where you'll find those gorgeous sandy Algarve
beaches. Alternatively, if you want to use a searchable Algarve map, here's one,
supplied by those nice people at Google)
Algarve has wonderful year-round weather - unrivalled in Europe and similar to southern California's, - but without the huge 'quakes (well, since 1755, anyway). That's a great combination, with none of the disadvantages. Need a better reason to try it out?
This, my first ever web site, simply had to be about my passion for
the Algarve's gorgeous beaches. So, for my April 2004 trip to the Algarve, I borrowed a digital camera from my goddaughter, Liz. That
meant I could start downloading the results onto my PC for use on this website.
After that, Nev treated me to my own digital
camera (which got sand in it - wonder how that happened? - now I'm more careful with the equipment). So, watch out for some of my latest pictures of those fabulous Algarve beaches in these pages. And, of course, pics of yours truly doing what I like best -- spending time exploring the beautiful
Algarve and its glorious golden beaches.
But, back to that question: which of the Algarve beaches is my favourite?
Although it's a cop-out, I could say they all are, because I've never visited one that I didn't enjoy. And there are 100+ miles (that's more than 160 kilometres if you've been metricated!) of Algarve beaches from which to choose.
However, I will try to answer the question about
favourite beaches as you'll see later...
Meantime, elsewhere on this site, I'll be telling you about:
...and lots more of the things that enthuse me about Algarve.
(For a complete listing of all the Algarve
information available on the Algarve Beach Life website, see my Site Map page).
Or, to find something in particular, why not use
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finally settled into my new Algarve home!)
You can also read what others think, as I add more pages
with stories and favourite
spots of other Algarve beach lovers.
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here on Algarve Beach Life. It will keep you up-to-date with other special postings and also point out some of my
descriptions of previous adventures that you might otherwise miss.
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And do let me know what you think of this, my first ever web site; I really want it to communicate my obsession with the Algarve. Just use the "Your
Algarve Best" form -- I'd love to have your feedback.
....I hope you enjoy the rest of my web site, and maybe I'll see you on one of those fantastic Algarve beaches - soon!
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