restored and offered fantastic accommodations. It was somewhat difficult to find this place as the description was that it was a large building on a hill..... there are many large buildings and hills but we finally arrived. It was definitely worth the drive.
Convento da Graca, Tavira, Portugal - originally an old monastery
As soon as we arrived we took a dip in the pool
Inside, some of the beautiful architecture
A comfy bed up in the hills overlooking the town below
The view from our window
The way down to the pool
A drive through the primitive village below - I love taking photos of old doors and windows
A view of Lands End
Entrance to Fortaleza do Beliche
at Cabo de Sao Vicente, Lands End
Some of the sitting areas in this Pousada
After our time in the 4 Pousadas that we had selected, we spent several days at our final destination a lovely resort - Pestana Delfim, Portimao. There was a nice village where we found some fantastic shopping and restaurants. I was in real need for some Retail Therapy after all this culture and definitely found it here. The restaurants were filled with locals and so incredibly friendly. Most of the tourists were dining in the resort on the all inclusive meal plan but we wanted to try the local establishments and we were not disappointed. Such friendly & welcoming people. I am not a Port drinker but I had the opportunity of tasting some that was made locally for one of the restaurants we dined in and actually enjoyed it very much. We purchased some from the restaurant to bring home for future enjoyment.
We took some shorter day trips between Portimao and Sagras to check out scenery, local flora and spent a day in the village of Lagos.
One of the first places that drew our attention in Lagos, we "The Church of Santa Maria" which retains its Renaissance doorway. At the time of our visit, mass was being held so we couldn't resist stopping in and even though we couldn't understand Portuguese, we felt the peace and enjoyed it. This church is located overlooking the square where you'll find the statue of Henry the Navigator and the slave market. It's origins can be traced back to the 14th century but most of it dates from the 15th and 16th centuries although it was rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake and a fire in the mid-19th century. Henry the Navigator was buried here in 1460 before his remains were transferred to the Capela do Fundador in Batalha Abbey.
The entrance looked very plain however once inside the vestibule we saw this created from mosaics
Love the cobblestone streets but I would suggest no heels....