Up before the sun and down to the reception area to blog, it was just a wee bit on cool side until the sun came up. Then back to our apartment to enjoy coffee on the terrace and watch the ships come and go from the harbour. A hearty breakfast in the Villa and the four of us walked to the downtown area of Ferragudo to explore this ancient fishing village. Along the walk we marvelled at the beautiful Adobe style mansions overlooking the ocean.
In town, we found wonderful souvenir shopping. The cork products are unique to Portual where 90% of the world’s cork comes from. Shoes, purses, hats, belts and trinkets of every sort. We mailed some post cards and found a table in the main square for a cold drink. We climbed the streets to the highest point in the village to see the church (closed) but enjoyed the panoramic view across the harbour to Portimao. The back streets of the village are enchanting with exotic flowers cascading over the beautiful ceramic tile walls. Then back to our Villa to cool off at the pool.
For dinner, we took a cab to Portimao for our 7pm reservations at NoSoloAgua. This restaurant is unbelievable… right on the beach with views across the harbour to Ferragudo, and designed with reflecting pools in the center. Sergio, our waiter, was witty and charming, and brought us amazing food, which just seems to get better and better. Monica said “best tuna steak ever!” I had sushi (pause for dramatic effect), Maneau had sea bass and Jake had seafood mix. Totally delicious followed by drink appertifs. Did I mention the live band was playing familiar 60s and 70s music, all in English. Smiles and laughter abounded.
Here are the photo highlights of Day 5 – Ferragudo.