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The coves of Portugal-Algarve

As you know, Val and Tom were in love of the Portuguese beaches and coves.

Here are a few photos of the coves. Some you can enter on side and exit on the other, some, on low tide reveal secret beaches, some have large natural chimneys, some are very very blue, and all are very pretty.

The bellow photos are all taken in the Algarve, (the Florida of Portugal), between Portimão and Vilamoura.

Enjoy, (and please ignore the date, I am camera challenged).

This one here below reveals a secret beach only accessible by boat and during the low tide. It’s perfect for some quiet and relaxation.

You need to be on the top of your game as far as tides are concerned. The beach disappears during high tide.

This one we enter one side and exit on the other, very pretty and cold...

This one you get in,

but then turn around...but if you look up!!!!!!!!

One of our favorite beaches in the one of the coves...

and a local "rock"....

Perfect to clean the hull, check the "shark" and inspect the prop...

and for some fun being towed while Giulietta drives...we call this "shark baiting".

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Beautiful, indeed, Giu, but SDs gonna give you hell for blurry pics!!
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Nah, I know Giu is camera challenged.


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The cave pics are nice, but the pic of the Gal (Giulietta?) is awesome!!!
So, just what is a Portuguese Man o' War anyway?!?! A lean mean stingin machine..??!!
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Giulietta is a very gracious host and, as seems to be typical for the Portuguese, is able to talk on a dashboard cellphone and drive at 160 km/hr without difficulty. The reason the Portuguese have dashboard cellphones is because talking with one in your hand while driving is subject to huge fines! They come in handy when finding lost bagagem, however.

It must be said, however, that she makes Alex look taller than he actually is...she's quite petite!

The caves are exactly as big as they look...they resemble the sort of locale a James Bond bad guy would pick for a secret hideout. They are exactly the sort of place you would want a RIB with a 10-15 HP outboard...the tidal rips inside those gaps must be fierce!

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Beautiful. Nice pics Giu.
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Just stumbled upon this thread Alex and I can now see why you like to vacation in the Algarves. The turquoise water and deep caves remind me so much of the south coast of Bermuda, where we've vacationed and Scuba dived a few times.

How are the scuba diving conditions?

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