Portugal Day 4: 15/04/2017

7.30am seemed to becoming a regular occurrence and after having breakfast we headed into Tavira hopeful. We were hoping the ferry to Ilha de Tavira would be running so we could visit the beach.

You see, Tavira is a town on the coast but the beaches of Tavira and surrounding areas are located on islands, separated from the mainland by little inlets of water. It all forms part of a nature reserve called the Ria Formosa and you need to get ferries across the inlets to reach them.

The ferries do not run all year round, and normally only run for May to October. However, thankfully since Easter was later this year, the ferry was running. We got the 10am ferry across, which took 20 minutes to get to the Ilha. We paid for a parasol and 2 beds, costing just €10 and spent a lovely few hours at the beach.portugal diaries day 4 portugal diaries day 4

BattleKid had a whale of a time playing in the sand, building sand castles, chasing waves, splashing both BattleDad and his Lolo. And as we were there early, it wasn’t too packed. I could see how it might get very busy during the summer months.living arrows 16 living arrows 16 living arrows 16

We decided to head for a ferry at 1.30pm but had gotten the times all mixed up. It turned out ok as we had a lovely lunch in one of the restaurants on the beach before getting the right ferry back. BattleKid fell asleep on the boat and it was hardly surprising with all the fresh air and fun he had had.

We did a bit of shopping before going back to my parents’ house for dinner and bedtime. Despite his earlier nap he was in bed by 8pm and asleep soon after. We had a lovely day at the beach and can see us spending a lot more time at the beach once we move down permanently.

Cath x

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Last week we jetted off to Portugal to visit my parents and start getting organised for our own move there. As you might expect the weather was glorious over Easter in the Algarve and on one particular day we went to the Ilha de Tavira, which is the beach area of Tavira and is part of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve.

It was beautiful there. Glorious sandy beach for miles and some restaurants close by, it was the perfect place for BattleKid to enjoy some quality time with his grandparents. He thoroughly enjoyed making sand castles, and knocking them down again, and splashing about in the water. Seeing him so happy just made BattleDad and I realised we’ve made the right decision about our future (more about that to come shortly on the blog).

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