We just had a few days but decided to have a quick visit to a new country. We drove in from Spain and stopped just short of the border in Huelva to visit the Christopher Columbus museum complete with replicas of the ships. It was really interesting reading about the explorer through the eyes of the Spanish after hearing the US history so often.

We travelled along a very good highway to the house we had rented in a smaller town called Olhao which was close to Faro. Olhao is a smaller fishing town with amazing fish and produce markets. We had an incredible old house with high ceilings and beautiful historical accents. Unfortunately it had not been updated to include heating and so it was COLD. We layered outfits and had space heaters in one room but still struggled a bit.

The food was decent and if we had longer, the markets would have provided some goodies for meals. Wine was CHEAP and good. Some positives. Not sure I’d race back to the Algarve but I would certainly visit other places in the country.