Stunning cliffs of yellow ochre and burnt sienna rise steeply from the golden sands of Portimão’s Praia da Rocha in Portugal. Stroll from the marina along the boardwalk to where you think the beach ends. There are tunnels eroded from the wind and wild Atlantic swell leading to further delightful beaches (if you catch the tide right). Watch the surfers, swimmers and beach casters from a beach bar. Sip a glass of Vinho Verde with just a prickle of fizz. Mosey further along to climb the steep wooden steps for a view from above. Sample freshly caught grilled sardines. Have a galão and local cake. At the end of the day join the lovers who stroll the breakwater to watch the sunset.
Long and wide, with rock formations to add interest, this beach will always offer something for the senses.
Portimao - Western Algarve
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Everyone in Portugal eats cake - it's a national pastime!
I developed my passion or perhaps obsession with cakes when sailing the Algarve. Apparently there are 365 different types of cake in Portugal and I did my best to try as many as possible.
Broa castelar – Sweet potato cakes
Mini Cenoura – mini carrot cakes
Pastel de Nata A type of egg custard cake with a thin multi layered pastry sprinkled with cinnamon (best if warm)
Carrot cake gateau
Mini almond cup cakes
Mini orange and almond cup cakes
Heavy cake - a very heavy cake(My least favourite)
Lemon swiss roll cake (a sort of heavy cake)
Baked crusty fruit bread
Apple strudel pastry
Bolo de aroz (muffin type cake)
There's still a lot of tasting to do upon my return.
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