PORTUGAL - Portimao: settling in to marina life
We have been in Portimao for just over a month now and feel settled in to marina life.
We are enjoying meeting our new neighbours who have also chosen Portimao as their winter stopover. Some we have met as we meandered our way down from Plymouth; others have returned to Portimao having spent the summer in the Med. All walks of life are represented and all have interesting life stories. Just walking back from the shower block in the morning can take over an hour as it's all too easy to stop and chat on the way. Evenings have drawn in so we no longer have dinner in the cockpit but most mornings we can still have breakfast outside and enjoy the view of Ferraguda Castle across the river.
Bikes, kayaks and kites have been unpacked with sailing stuff taking their place in storage. The bikes are proving to be invaluable as we explore Portimao which fortunately is relatively flat so our small wheeled bikes are just perfect to get around on. The kites haven't seen much airtime yet but we have explored upriver to Silves. We went in our kayaks as our friends in Jolli Jumper, Edewsia and White Cat joined us in their dinghies.
As we approached Silves, the river narrowed and the wildlife became more evident; the Kingfishers were stunning as they darted in front of us as we paddled.
On the way back down river, we stopped for a picnic at the rather grand Silves Yacht Club where we chatted to the friendly owner. By the way, if you fancy a place in the Algarve, the yacht club along with a house and a few acres of land is for sale: asking price 1 million euro.
When we haven't been using the toys, we go for a long walk on the beach in front of Praia de Rocha. The hotels and flats of Rocha are something of an Algarve tourist 'ghetto hell' but the beach is fabulous, particularly at this time of year.
Trip to Silves
Silves Yacht Club
Praia de Rocha beach
At the moment we are all watching the weather closely: the forecast for Monday is wind gusting 60kts with a big swell. Fingers crossed that we are not going to get another pounding as we did in Cascais. Perhaps gardening will be looking like an attractive option by Monday afternoon?