Viv's brother and family moved to the eastern Algarve from Abu Dhabi last September and loved being there. The children went to an international school close by whilst Anton and Catherine enjoyed the life of lotus eaters. We were intrigued and had never been so in the week between the Italian Open and the French Open thought why not?
The Algarve is pretty much the furthest south east you can go in Europe (not counting the islands off the coast of Africa which really shouldn't count) and where they live is not more than 20 kms west of Cape St Vincent, the south easterliest part of all. That's where we spent our week and it was lovely.
|Very south easterly as you can see!|
|Cape St. Vincent|
Of course Henry the Navigator being both enthusiastic and progressive built a fort at Sagres right next to Cape St Vincent from which all the many great voyages of discovery were launched. After him however there seems to be a 500 year gap until the British tourist arrived on the many huge sandy beaches here and then little by little towns grew up again and more Portuguese moved back into the area.
|Cape St Vincent from Fort Sagres|
We tend to forget that like their large neighbour Spain, Portugal was ruled by a dictator for just as long. Salazar finally popped off in 1970 with his dicatorship lasting only 4 years more (2 years before Franco died coincidentally). This is what Wikipedia says about him:
|One of dozens, maybe hundreds of beautiful beaches|