Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Serpa - an great lunch stop when driving between Lisbon, Portugall and Seville, Spain

From Lisbon, one runs down the A2 motorway to the Algarve, until Juction 10, then turn left onto the IP8 national road towards Ferreira do Alentejo, then Beja and then the old Roman town of Serpa.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpa

Have lunch at the Molho Bico, just inside the city walls.

http://www.molhobicoserpa.com/

After lunch, run Serpa to Rosas de la Frontera, then Jabugal and then join la Ruta de la Plata E-803 till Sevilla.

Total trip time (non-stop) is about 5 hrs with Serpa located almost equidistant between Lisbon and Sevilla

According to google maps, the all motorway route via Evora and Badajoz is the fastest by about 20 minutes but by the time one gets ofs the motorways into either Evora or Tavira any time advantage is lost.

The good thing about the Serpa route is that it allows one to see parts of the Alentejo and Andalucia oft not visited by tourists.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Spain - Railways Museums - Tren de la Fresa

A great site here: http://www.museodelferrocarril.org/principal.asp

Madrid's railways museum and information on the Tren de la Fresa (Strawberry Train) between the Madrid Atocha and Aranjuez.



More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_train

New Faro local/urban Bus Station opens 7 September 2015. | Sul Informação via @Linkis_com

Novo terminal rodoviário para urbanas de Faro abre a 7 de Setembro | Sul Informação via @Linkis_com

The new Bus Station for local urban services for the city of Faro, in the Algarve region of Portugal opens 7 September 2015.

Inter-regional, long-distance and International services to Spain will continue to operate from the old bus station next door..

Brasov, Romaina - Oktoberfest Brașov 2015! via @Linkis_com

Transilvania news reports that, (a bit early), that Oktoberfest in the lovely city of Brasov in Romania will be held between 3 – 13 September, 2015. Wish I was going to be in Brasov again at that time!

Entry free!

Oktoberfest Brașov 2015! Bere la litru și cârnați de juma’ de metru! Vezi programul! |... via @Linkis_com

Very Interesting Aug 15 FT Article on the Algarve Property Market via @Linkis_com

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4ddaf276-3b8d-11e5-bbd1-b37bc06f590c.html via @Linkis_com

Some interesting data on the recovery in the Algarve property market et l'importance des acheteurs français dans l'animation du marché immobiliere.

Los 25 abusos más frecuentes en restaurantes - SevillaActualidad.com via @Linkis_com

Los 25 abusos más frecuentes en restaurantes - SevillaActualidad.com via @Linkis_com

Really Interesting article in Spanish by Sevilla Actualidad reporting on a consumer group's study of client abuse by restaurants in Seville, Spain

The French do Lisbon – POLITICO via @Linkis_com

The French do Lisbon – POLITICO via @Linkis_com

Interesting article on Politico about the French mini-migration to Portugal.

This confirms the theory that I espoused back in 2011-2012, that the Arab spring would close off traditional vacation destinations in the Maghreb to the French Market and that they would start looking at Portugal as a destination.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Wine Resources in the Lagos Area of the Algarve region of Portugal.

There are vineyards in the Lagos area of the Algarve region of Portugal. some of which can be visited.
See the following links for more information:
Monte de Casteleja  
Quinta da Mata Porcos & Herdade dos Seromenhos
This Algarve wine guide is also a useful resource: