Picturesque vignettes pop up at every turn. The Algarve is a small place but it can take a while to get around when you are always stopping to admire vistas and small scenes you happen upon.

One of my favourite Algarve towns is Aljezur, nestled along the West coast, unknown by the vast majority of visitors to the Algarve. It is a quirky little place with the town divided into 3 separa.

Towns like Tavira blend the old & the new. It's tidal river means there's always some action happening along the extensive waterfront

Towns like Tavira blend the old & the new. It's tidal river means there's always some action happening along the extensive waterfront

Cliff fishing is another popular pastime. Personally, I prefer lazing about watching the surfers & fishermen from a beach front cafe

Cliff fishing is another popular pastime. Personally, I prefer lazing about watching the surfers & fishermen from a beach front cafe

Several modern shopping malls, some offering open air strolling, offer up high fashion, high tech products

Several modern shopping malls, some offering open air strolling, offer up high fashion, high tech products

Imagine walking one of the Algarve's many safe, clean beaches as the sun sinks slowly below the horizon

Imagine walking one of the Algarve's many safe, clean beaches as the sun sinks slowly below the horizon

Surfing is a popular pastime in the Algarve's western reaches where the wild Atlantic thunders ashore

Surfing is a popular pastime in the Algarve's western reaches where the wild Atlantic thunders ashore

Many are surprised at what a coffee culture Portugal has. Cafes spill onto sidewalks everywhere and the espresso is universally great. More of a latte lover? Order a galao (ga -lou as in ouch) and you'll get a glass of creamy coffee with a spoon sticking up in it. Sugar optional!

Many are surprised at what a coffee culture Portugal has. Cafes spill onto sidewalks everywhere and the espresso is universally great. More of a latte lover? Order a galao (ga -lou as in ouch) and you'll get a glass of creamy coffee with a spoon sticking up in it. Sugar optional!

The ocean is never far away and local fishermen use any mode of transport they can find

The ocean is never far away and local fishermen use any mode of transport they can find

Lots of art galleries, pottery shops, copper & cork product shops are dotted around the region

Lots of art galleries, pottery shops, copper & cork product shops are dotted around the region

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