Thereâ€™s more areas that I wanted Carol and Charlie to see north of Zambujeira.
Porto Covo, Malvao beach and Vila Nova De Milfontes were really important areas to see because theyâ€™re all quite different and different from what we saw the day before.
First I took them to Porto Covo, a very small village with low lying cliffs. You may have heard me talk about it before in this blog; itâ€™s a lovely little town, just about the right size. Itâ€™s another area that I would consider staying for an extended length of time. It has a few shops. It has a lot of restaurants although early in the season, while itâ€™s considered their winter, theyâ€™re probably not all open. Even at this time, itâ€™s certainly not crowded with people, ideal from my point of view.
We parked the car and walked around. I know Carol particularly liked this little village. You have wonderful views of the sea from the walkways and theyâ€™re quite extensive and thereâ€™s lovely little areas where you can get down and paint or photograph or draw. We stopped and had something to eat, because we hadnâ€™t had any breakfast, and it was already past noon by then. Charlie ordered a pizza that was unbelievable- even within the crust they put cheese. Carol and I shared an octopus rice, which had a really interesting flavor, quite different from anything Iâ€™ve had before. I did notice that the prices of the meals here were about two and three euros more than they are in Zambujeira.
I still think Zambujeira has the best quality food at restaurants and reasonable prices.
From there we headed south a little bit to Malvao beach, the beach, that you have to access over a washerboard road for about 2 km.
After that we headed south again to Vila Nova de Milfontes, which is a town that has almost everything you need. I think thereâ€™s around 14,000 residents there in total. And then in summer of course itâ€™s expands to 50,000. We parked the car by the water and walked up into the town. The first thing we went into was Atelier Vincent‘s studio an artist studio. The artist Vincent Pippa, is Italian; he had worked in Germany and came down to Portugal and has been here for 25 years. I liked his work, ceramic tiles and he also works on canvas and does paintings in oil. His studio and residence are in the same building.
After looking at the artist’s work, we walked up and found a little restaurant, which was really cute and had another beer. We met a couple at the table next to us, who were on their way in the next while, to go back to womanâ€™s home in Germany, to get married. The man Sarah is marrying is Mexican, and theyâ€™re still having a little issue getting his visa so they can live together permanently. They adopted a lovely dog in Portugal who looks be about a year old. What a delight they were to talk to! Sarah is a type of Life Coach and her love of travel is quite sinificant. (https://unfoldwithsarah.com/)
After that, we headed back towards Zambujeira, and we stopped in at my favourite restaurant O Sacas, for dinner. As usual it was excellent. It was another great day.
Back home we watched another four episodes of Ted Lasso, and had some Port of course, along with the one order of dessert that Carol got from the restaurant. Whatever it was, it was made with dates and it was yummy.