Portugal: Algarve’s Praia da Oura

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Portugal, Travel Photo Thursday | 14 comments

Welcome to week 263 (1/21/2106) of Travel Photo Thursday, and Portugal’s stunning Praia da Oura. I’ve actually been busy with work and tax related stuff most of this week, so the merry making of being on holiday has kind of taken a back seat. Thankfully, I have finally been able to decipher all of the bad Korean to English translations, and my taxes have been submitted, and my spring syllabus have been written and posted. I’m within easy walking distance of a number of the many stunning Algarve beaches, and while it isn’t really sun yourself on the beach temperatures here at the moment, walking along the sandy shore with the waves of the North Atlantic bouncing in and out, the salty tang, the stunning blue skies, and looking for the perfect rock or shell more than makes up for the cooler temperatures. Actually, I think the temperatures are just about perfect at the moment. Here are a few shots of Praira da Oura, which I’ve dubbed my beach, being a quick 10 minute walk from my apartment. The walk down is very easy. The steep hill on the return has been dubbed by many as “Cardiac Hill”. ūüôā

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Algarve beaches are known for their rocky archways, as you see here on Praia da Oura. They are a perfect photo opportunity.

Praia da Oura

This wee tunnel took me to the picture perfect beach below.

 

Praia da Oura

Praia da Oura

 

The beach is popular with fisherman. I haven’t seen any fish being caught, yet!

 

Praia da Oura

 

Lots of cool rocks and cliffs to photograph.

 

Praia da Oura

 

Can you see the little bird? It was having a great time scavenging for its dinner in the sand.

 

Praia da Oura

 

Looking down on Praia da Oura.

Praia da Oura

 

Praia da Oura

 

Irish coffee with a view. Who can resist?

 

 

Praia Da Oura

 

If you like having a beach to yourself, now is the time to come to the Algarve. All beaches have public access. I’m told that in another month the temps will increase, and along with the heat come the sun worshipers. It will be hopping here in the Algarve until at least September.

Have you walked on, or sunned yourself on any of the stunning Algarve beaches?

 

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14 Comments

  1. I think I would like to be there right now Nancie, rather than when the crowds arrive. I haven’t had an Irish Coffee in loads of years and yours with it’s beachy backdrop looks divine. We’ve not been to the Algarve but I do see lots of house-sits in that area which suggests a lot of English expats.

  2. Love the tunnel. I saw one like it on the North Island in New Zealand once. It’s as if you can walk through to a different world.

  3. I am so enjoying your travels and reports from Portugal Nancie – and I could easily join you for one of those coffees right now!

  4. What stunning beaches, I’d definitely like to be there early in the year before the crowds arrive and it gets too hot

  5. I love going to the beach in the off season, Nancie, so I’d thoroughly enjoy this beautiful beach. Love how that view is framed by the rocks – very inviting shot. Yes, I’m ready to go!

  6. BEautiful! The man was trying to catch a fish by the shore, they must be swimming in shallow waters too? That’s awesome!

  7. That looks like paradise to me! Beautiful photos!

  8. This is such a beautiful beach! I am so envious right now ;0) Good to know you are going to be in the Algarve for an extended period. Keep the photos coming. I love beautiful beaches.

  9. Nancie, I’ve never been to the beaches of Portugal. They’re gorgeous!

  10. That first photo peeking out onto the beach is especially wonderful. It must be extra hard to sit at the computer working on taxes and courses with that tempting you outside. It’s our last year for figuring out expat taxes, and I must say that I’m rather glad of it.

  11. We were there years ago, many a good idea for next winter??

  12. This is the first time I have come across your blog but I will certainly join in next Thursday!

  13. It’s so beautiful! What nice photos!

  14. No I haven’t Jan, but after your gorgeous photos I would love to come to Portugal. It is such a treat to get a beach all to yourself!

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