We’ve been on the Algarve for a week now, we spent two days at anchor in the bay at Sagres before heading the 20 odd miles East to Alvor. It was a cracking downwind sail in company with ‘Friendship’, flat water, blue skies, warm wind… perfect.
On the hook in Sagres Bay
The anchorage in Alvor is popular at this time of year and it’s not hard to see why. I was fearful that it would be too noisy, too touristy, too tacky, but actually it’s really nice. The centre of town is packed with tourist tat shops and an unbelievable number of bars and restaurants but walk a few streets either side and it’s authentically Portuguese. We treated ourselves to a celebratory meal the other night, we sat outside looking out over the anchorage and the bay across to Lagos, it was special.
I tucked ‘Gleda’ close to the North side of the river with a stern anchor out to stop us swinging too much. It was a good move, the anchorage is protected from the open sea by a narrow dogleg entrance and sand dunes so no swell can enter, we only move when the occasional power boat comes past. We’re close enough to the bank that we can hear the Cicadas chirping and when the wind is in the East we can smell the charcoal smoke from the harbourside restaurants. It’s a 5 minute dinghy ride to a nice pontoon for access to the town and the only cost so far has been €10 to get unlimited water from the fishing quay.
Right now I don’t know when or where we’ll go next and that’s fine, we’re both enjoying the peace and quiet, the sunshine, the restful nights. It is after all the reason we sailed South for so long.
‘Friendship’ anchored astern of us
‘Gleda’ anchored close-in at low tide (Lagos in the distance)
The anchorage from town (‘Gleda’ near shore behind the big red cat)