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24.05.2010 - 26.05.2010 33 °C
Over the April 25 bridge and south. We are heading for Tavira where we are booked into an Algarve resort for a couple of days. Most of the way is on the freeways – well not freeways – this section costs us 18 Euros! Most of the major roads are toll roads – but you use them if you want to go big distances. When we get to the resort it is first things first and we do the washing and some shopping for food. G heads straight for the pool which is cool, but great until the sun goes down and the shivering starts. L makes us a beaut pasta dish, nice to have home cooked again.
In the morning it is a bit overcast but we are determined and put on our bathers and go to the beach. This entails a 2 km bone rattling train journey from our resort to the beach. It is a good beach for lying out on, but the water is a bit too refreshing. G is the only one in past his knees. We have an explore about, lie out in the cloud for a while before deciding to head back. After the rattle back and quick showers we come out to find the sun has too! Bugger it we are going to Tavira.
In Tavira, we have a wander around, watch the fish in the river – big buggers too, have an ice cream, head up the hill. We prop looking out at the views over Tavira and having a general slow time. Tavira is a nice town and looks a good place to wind down, but you have to get out to reach good beaches to enjoy.
After a slack day we drive back towards our resort. We have a look around Santa Luzia for somewhere to eat, and settle on Restaurante Baixamar on the water front. The owner and L talk me into some clams, and scabbard fish. G has Salmon, and L a seafood mix. It was all excellent. The clams were done beautifully in a gentle garlic and wine sauce, and the scabbard fish cutlets were grilled just right. The desert was simple chocolate or pineapple mousse, but very well done. All in all, a great restaurant with fresh simple food where they work within their limits.