Palácio de Estoi

The palace is a 19th century creation. The original owner José Moreira Pereira and Carvalhal Vasconcelos (1756-1823), Count of Carvalhal died before it was finished, but a local man José Francisco da Silva took over the project and it was finally completed in 1909. José Francisco da Silva was the son of a farmer, and […]

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Grasshoppers are tasty

Learnt something new about Cattle Egrets they are brilliant at catching Grasshoppers.  Usually see them foraging in the fields, but the other week one very kindly demonstrated her (or his) prowess in the car park by our apartment. And if you want to see more photographs of Egrets check out last year’s blog post.

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Getting away from the beach in the Algarve

Rio Guadiana

The vast majority of tourists head for the stunning beaches or golf courses, and you can’t blame them.  There is though so much more to the Algarve, and right on the Spanish border you will find something special – the Rio Guadiana and Alcoutim. The Rio Guadiana rises in Spain and for most of its […]

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Catching the train to the beach

it isn’t often that you can catch the train directly to the beach, but a short distance from Santa Luzia overlooking the Ilha de Tavira that is exactly what you can do to get to the Praia do Barril.  We visited on a rather grey winter’s day but even so it was still a lovely place […]

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