Sunday, 16 December 2018

A beautiful beach at Armacao de Pera

Armacao de Pera 
I'm linking up with The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

We've actually been camped up in two places this week: Camperstop Messines at Sao Bartolomeu de Messines and Armacao de Pera, but we're intending to return to Messines for eight nights over Christmas so I'll talk about Armacao de Pera today. It's a seaside town with a gorgeous long sandy beach and our campsite, Camping Canelas, is just a little inland. It's about a 2km walk or cycle along the Ecovia from the campsite to get to the edge of the white painted town with its smattering of cafes and restaurants. So far we've explored on foot in one direction and by bicycle in the other. Sitting with tea at a cafe while gazing out at a sea sunset is bliss!

Away from the town, there's a long wooden boardwalk above the dunes which we cycled this afternoon. It was tricky because, being a sunny Sunday, there were quite a few pedestrians and the boardwalk was only just wide enough for them and wobbly me. Sometimes I really do wish I'd learned to ride a bike as a child rather than having done so as an adult. Dave is a far more fearless cyclist than I am and I know my insistence on slowing right down for anything other than smooth tarmac road surfaces is annoying. He's very patient about it though!

In bookish news, I'm currently reading the new C H Clepitt novella, My Dream Woman. It's feisty diverse urban fantasy with fun characters that I'm enjoying spending time with. My review should appear before Christmas.

Giveaways closing soon
19th Dec: Unexpected America by Wanjiru Warama ebook
20th Dec: $50 Amazon gift card
(All current giveaways here)

On my blogs this week were:

Stephanie Jane
I complete my 2018 Alphabet Soup Challenge!
Stephanie Jane's #Giveaway #Linkup

Literary Flits
Song of Sacrifice by Janell Rhiannon + #Giveaway + Excerpt
Watching Aliens by Elancharan Gunasekaran review + #FreeBook
Rust Is A Form Of Fire by Joe Fiorito review
The Barefoot Woman by Scholastique Mukasonga review
Dickensen Academy by Christine Grabowski spotlight
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher audiobook review
Lindisfarne by Terry Tyler review

Airing Out
Campsite - Camperstop Messines - Algarve - Portugal


  1. What a beautiful area! Sitting at a cafe with that view sounds pretty amazing.

    1. We're so lucky being able to visit all these pretty places :-)

  2. That looks like such a nice place.

  3. Looks beautiful there and I love the beach pic. I agree with Tanya, sitting at a cafe with a view like that sounds pretty awesome. :)

    The boardwalk through the dunes sounds nice too.

    1. Cafe culture in Portugal is so lovely! Good coffee and it's almost obligatory to have a small cake too :-)

  4. Your photos are gorgeous, Stephanie Jane! It sounds like you are having so many wonderful experiences. Be proud of the fact that you are out there riding that bike!

    1. I have to remember to compare my cycling proficiency now with how awful I was three years ago, now with how good everyone else seems to be :-/

  5. I love your photos. Have a wonderful holiday these next few weeks! Anne - Books of My Heart