Saturday, June 13, 2015
Algarve: our first glimpse of Portugal's famed southern coast
Finally we reached the Portugese border where we had to register our credit card for use on the main toll road. There were no toll booths only cameras taking the car's picture every so often and billing the toll to the credit card. It certainly saved a lot of stopping. Now instead of oleanders there was just a thin concrete median up the middle of the road.
After a short time we arrived in Tavira where we had lunch in a lovely old, canary-yellow building, the Convent de Graca, now a hotel. We sat outside in the former Renaissance cloisters. It was very quiet and pleasant. Lunch was a bowl of beetroot and watercress soup with some yogurt whirled in and a plate of Portugese tapas with lots of local seafood. There were a few very pink people having lunch. The sun in the Algarve is very strong.
Back in the car we drove back into Tavira to see where the ferry left from. That was the other option to get to the beach but it seemed like a lot of work.