The Eastern Algarve is a great place to visit
all year round. The colourful Tavira is a good
base for excursions to the lagoons of Eastern Algarve
with beautiful empty beaches with sands that seem to
go on forever. The island of Ilha de Tavria
is just offshore, easily reached by ferry-boat home
to a long sand spit great for peaceful bathing. Salt is
produced, as it has been for many centuries, from sea water
in nearby pans. Tavira's two halves are connected
by a seven arched Roman bridge over the river Gilão.
Inland, fields of orange, fig and almond trees cover great
expanses incouraging a wide range of wildlife.
Vila Real de San António stands at the mouth
of the broad Guardiana river which forms the boundary
between the Algarve and the Spanish province
of Andalusia. The town's importance as a gateway
for travellers has diminished since the opening of a modern
suspension bridge across the river. Many Spanish
shoppers cross the river on the regular ferry-boat service
from Ayamonte to look for bargains, particularly
in clothes, textiles and shoes.
"Dear Jackie & Toby, Just back from our golf holiday in the Algarve, Portugal and thought that I would drop
you a note to say thanks for yet another superb holiday. From the minute we
arrived all of our transfers were spot on time with the addition of very
friendly staff who not only advised us about the golf but directed us to
some of the best places to eat and drink in town. The hotel in Vilamoura was also
excellent and well placed for the beach and town.
We have already started saving for our next holiday and will definately be
in touch with you when this comes around. Thank you all once again for
making this a memorable holiday. Best regards, Brian."
Brian Murray - 29th Sept 2006