Algarve entre os destinos ideais do New York Times

O Algarve está entre os 45 destinos preferenciais sugeridos pelo New York Times para as viagens dos seus leitores em 2012.
A região portuguesa surge em 29º lugar na lista, entre locais tão diversos como as Maldivas, a Antártida ou Londres, capital britânica.
Alexander Lobrano, jornalista responsável por traçar o perfil do Algarve, descreve-o como a “Riviera portuguesa” e dá destaque ao facto de, embora seja um destino turístico por excelência há já muito tempo, estar a trabalhar no sentido de alcançar, no futuro, um público mais abrangente.
Para o fazer, escreve o New York Times, o Algarve “reciclou-se a si próprio” com “novos ou renovados hotéis de luxo que enfatizam o estilo, a autenticidade e a ecologia”, entre os quais sobressai o Hotel Bela Vista, em Portimão, considerado um “exemplo perfeito” com um “design incrível” da autoria de Graça Viterbo.
O perfil traçado enfatiza ainda as áreas mais “sossegadas” do Algarve, como Sagres ou Olhão e não deixa de mencionar as “atrações naturais” algarvias, nomeadamente a Ria Formosa, que permitem desfrutar “da beleza pura das praias de areia branca”.

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Tavira Beaches

Tavira has some great beaches.  In the area of  Tavira are at least six main beaches, some on main coast, some on the Ria Formosa islands.

The Tavira coast is at the Eastern end of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, which is a series of barrier islands, some of which are inhabited. It is a beautiful area, with fantastic beaches which are flat and spread as far as the eye can see.

From West to East starting with:
Praia Barril – just on the edge of the village of Santa Luzia, near Pedras D’el Rei touristic complex.  It is situated on one of the Islands and can be acccessed by a small train or by walking the mile or so to the beach.  The beach facilities are located in a converted tuna fishing village.    It is quite picturesque beach with the unique addition of a ‘anchor graveyard’ a throwback from the golden and prosperous age of Tuna fishing.
Ilha Tavira – this is the main beach from Tavira town, huge numbers of people and campers visit this site daily from the town by boat.  There is a large, well-equipped campsite here just a couple of hundred metres from the beach and plenty of bars and restaurants.  The beach is large and stretches for miles, where you can walk from one beach to another along the expanse of the Island.
Ilha Cabanas – another island beach, accessible from Cabanas village by small boat.  This is another popular one but smaller than Ilha Tavira, they have a couple of restaurants and facilities on the beach with concessions.
Fabrica – this is a hidden treasure which I only found last year, quite by accident.  It is not one of the popular ones but is growing in popularity.  I think this was probably a ‘locals beach’ but now has been discovered. It is situated in a tiny ‘village’ off a country lane.  But this is a unique beach, it can be accessed by local boat but most people actually just wade across (at the right tide) to the beach.  There are no facilities but it is gorgeous, like something out of the caribbean.  There is a restaurant near the water, where they do great seafood, which again is not very advertised but very busy.
Manta Rota – my personal favourite and most frequented by us.  This is the first beach which can be accessed directly.  Situated in a small resort town with good facilities, it was given a facelift about 4 years ago and is very nice.
Last but not least
Praia Verde – this beach is situated at the bottom of a hill with good access.  Good beach for children with shallow waters and some facilities.  Lovely place to come for dinner as well!  Not overly crowded.
These are the main Tavira beaches, there are other small, local ones and of course, the ‘Ria beaches’, the beaches found on the banks of the interior of the ‘Ria Islands.’

Relax in the Ria Formosa

Visit Portugal – Relax in the Ria Formosa

Ria Formosa