Algarve

Benagil cave - muchos wave cut holes

Benagil cave - muchos wave cut holes

Anyone who's watched day time TV will be familiar with the Algarve's appeal. We went to find a place in the sun leaving behind us some very windy waves in the west.

We yearned for a straight up windless beach day, our first stop therefore was Praia da Marinha. Supposedly one of the best beaches in Europe, there was nothing to nitpick it was bliss. 

Praia da Marinha

Praia da Marinha

Marinha, the perfect beach (without surf)

Marinha, the perfect beach (without surf)

Once we'd had enough beachy perfection we left to find the cave from a postcard we'd seen. This was the Benagil cave, it was concealed behind tours which claim it can't be accessed safely without a boat.

Cave dweller

Cave dweller

We read up on accessing the cave and decided to paddle the short distance there on surf boards.

No wetsuit and it's November

No wetsuit and it's November

Sea cave pow! Quality Go Pro shot

Sea cave pow! Quality Go Pro shot

Not only was this heaps more fun but we got the mother of all sea caves to ourselves along with other superfluous caves and private beaches!

Private beach 

Private beach 

We stopped for the night in Lagos, a shining tourist town with traditional cobbled streets, a marina and lovely sandy beaches. The shopping centre has the usual array of Portuguese superstores... Meh! We didn't feel like staying long, the natural unseen sights of the Algarve held more appeal.

Lagos - Praia Batata

Lagos - Praia Batata

The next day we hopped on a short ferry from Quatro-Aguas harbour to Tavira Island. This gigantic sand spit goes on for miles and was recommended to us three times!

 The ferry hop across the harbour

 The ferry hop across the harbour

This is a great beach for chilling out under a parasol with your favourite tipple. Having grown accustomed to amenitieless beaches we were happy to find beach showers and toilets here. 

Tavira island  

Tavira island  

We watched some teens attempt a surf on potential but minimal waves. Duncan wove a wind shield from sticks and then body surfed for most of the afternoon. 

Any wave will do

Any wave will do

Once we had sampled the more touristy Eastern Algarve we wanted to turn back. The surf was picking up in the west, so we preferred to return to our former location, location, location!