Tavira is about 70km east of Lagos so we got there about midday and jumped on the ferry to take us across to the Ilha de Tavira for a day at the beach. The ferry is literally a 5 minute journey and you can pretty much cross the inlet with a decent set of wadders. None packed so the ferry it was. Tops beach with more of the same reading, swimming, beach tennis and checking out the local surfers surfing the 1 ft windslop.
Spotted a great little spot for the night at a place called Cacela Velha and even treated ourselves to a cataplana in the local restaurant. Little did we know that as well as seafood they also have pork, chorizo and bacon in them, not on the top of a vego´s favourite food list, but we managed salvage some seafood out of it and it was muy tasty.
For those of you who haven´t tasted the delights of Portugal´s cataplana, it´s named after the dish it is cooked and served in, a kind of metal scallop shell shaped vessel and like i mentioned, it can have all sorts of goodies in it, the main sauce is a tomato based one and it´s delicious. Pretty much a paella with no rice really.
Although I say the park was a good one for the night, we did get woken at 6.45am by the guys sent to do some concreting in the car park we had chosen. Not a lot done, but plenty of yelling from the boss man. Still, they were gone by the time we actually got up and we managed to have a very peaceful breakfast sitting on a wall by the sea.