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Well this is it.  On Monday we leave Portugal after our longest time in one place since Panama in November!  We’ve really enjoyed our time here, more than either of us expected.  It’s also been nice to be in one place, relax and get some work done.

View across layered cliffs and turquoise bays from clifftop path in Lagos Portugal.

 

But we’re excited about what’s to come.  We have some adventures planned ahead of us and are ready for it all . . . hopefully.  You’ll have to stay tuned to find out what we’re up to next but it’s gonna be fast paced for the next while.  We won’t be in the same spot for as long as a week until June!

 

 

Kayak Trip in the Grottos

The weather was perfect for our kayak trip around the caves and grottoes of Ponta de Piedade on Thursday.  We opted for the tour that includes a boat ride to the caves rather than kayaking right from the beach.  I think it was a good choice as we got to spend our time exploring the caves rather than fighting the currents to get out and back.  It also meant we had a boat ride included and who doesn’t like to spend time on a boat?

Woman leaning on stack of kayaks on the back of a boat looking at Lagos cliffs, Portugal.

 

For obvious reasons I only took the GoPro into the kayak so the videos still need to be edited but I’ve taken a few snippets to give you a glimpse of the trip.  If you’re ever in or near Lagos, Portugal it is definitely worth the €30!

 

Ponta de Piedade from above

We walked out once again to Ponta de Piedade on a cloudy day. It turned out that, despite the hazy air conditions, the water was the clearest we’d seen. We also got lucky with the staircase down to the water level at the point. Each time we’d been it had been fairly busy and we kept putting it off. This visit we had the place entirely to ourselves!

Stairs down to Praia do Camilo with rocks and cliffs in Lagos, Portugal.

Praia do Camilo, one of the prettiest beaches and the start of the cliff trail.

 

Cliffs and rock formations of Ponte de Piedade, Portugal.

At the tip of Ponta de Piedade – check out how clear the water is!

 

 

 

Geology Heaven

One of my favourite subjects in high school was Physical Geography, or Geology.  So when our kayak guide pointed out the spot where two tectonics plates meet I was pretty interested in a closer look.

White cliffs meet black volcanic rock where the tectonic plates meet near Lagos, Portugal.

The tall sand coloured cliffs, then the dark jagged outcrop of volcanic rock, followed by low, flat coastline.

 

A couple of days later we walked to Praia do Porto de Mos (the surfing beach we visited last week) but continued along the trail up the cliffs.  The cliffs can be seen rising as you move west with slanted lines running throughout them.  In the distance they stop abruptly, there is a black rocky point and then a near sheer drop to where the landscape drops to sea level.

For the non-geeks out there, this is due to one tectonic plate pushing under the other, making it rise up.  The black rocky section is where magma has risen up through the crack in the earth’s mantle.  (Not the most scientific description – it’s been a while since high school…).

View over cliff to a wide blue bay and small town, Algarve Portugal.

At the edge, the ground just drops away to sea level.

 

 

Alvor Estuary

On Monday we decided to hike over to the Alvor Estuary.  This is at the far end of Meia Praia and is the main area for kiteboarding.  It’s also a great spot for birdwatching and, although this is mostly lost on us, I was hoping to see some flamingos.  No luck with the flamingos or kiteboarding but it was an interesting walk between the beach and a golf course and we did make a feline friend at the pier.

It was low tide and we could see some kind of fish farming going on throughout the estuary although we’re not sure what they were farming.

View across Alvor Estuary to the next town, Lagos Portugal

 

 

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Claire

I'm Claire, a teacher who loves to travel! Together with my husband, we have a combined 40 years of teaching experience and 5 years living and travelling overseas! We're here to help with teaching tips and resources focused on Language Arts, Math and Assessment AND share our best travel ideas with useful itineraries and destination information. Do you teach, travel or both?

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