Wednesday, 10 October 2012


Today we had the chance to explore the Algarve coast of Portugal. We arrived in the city of Portimao early morning. Again our excursion buses were standing ready on the pier. The local guides waiting for us patiently, but eager to show us their region. The Algarve region lies in the South of Portugal and is famous for its beaches and beautiful coastline. In the western part you have fine golden beaches everywhere along the coastline, often lyingbetween high cliffs. One of this beaches was lying actually just 20 minutes from the place we were docked. Praia da Rocha has a length of 4 kilometers and numerous restaurants and bars in the vicinity. Many guests found their way to this beach and some even took a dip in the ocean. A little chilly at first but With a sea temperature at around 20 degrees not bad at all! The walking possibilities are very nice in this area too. Steffen, from the expedition team, tried out a new hike that goes along Praia da Rocha and then over the cliffs to other secluded beaches and cliffs. Definitely an option for next time! Cape St. Vincent is the southwestern most point of Portugal with far views to both sides. It was almost possible to see Africa and America from there... For our German guests it was possible to buy the last 'Bratwurst' before America! Some actually did and received a certificate for it.
The lighthouse on Cape St. Vincent is garding one of the busiest shipping areas in the world, it is also a landmark for the ships traveling to or from the Mediterranean. The cliffs at the Cape rise vertically from the Atlantic up to 75 meters high. After this relaxed day we make our way to Africa!