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A short few hundred yards away, lies the Old Town. A charming, walled and cobbled area, with narrow streets leading to a surprise around each corner with a slice of local history and bars with slices of lemon for your cocktails. Food in the restaurants is beautifully served, and LODO, El Capitano and Vila Adentro should be sought out, and you must visit the audaciously named ‘Pigs and Cows’ an outstanding highlight of the greatest cuisine run by Lilia & Didier.
Liliana Conde, the Diretora and her front of house, Eunice and Paula at the EVA Senses recommended the highlight of my stay -
the local islands, Il Deserta and Farol. They are a few minutes boat hop away, but in another heavenly world. Shades of Robinson Crusoe on Il Deserta, with a wooden boardwalk placed around the island many weather-beaten years ago, and one very smart restaurant offering salvation from the desirable, but relentless heat.
Then across the estuary lies a truly special delight on Farol Island. A down-to-earth cross between Portmeirion with its multi- coloured shacks, and a Pirates’ favourite haunt to bury their treasure with some outstandingly sun-kissed beaches, and rustic bars - notably Å-do-Joåo - which you’d be well advised to book.
Never mind that Faro has been an ideal Lockdown retreat, this is an area of the Algarve which needs your investigation. It has charm, a good balance of modern and historic, peacefulness, and is 20 minutes from the airport.
Back to the absurdity of the quarantine
and Portugal, Liliana reminded me of the historic friendships between the UK and her country. The entire absences of any conflict, as ratified by the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance of 1386, the oldest alliance in world history, and of course the popularity of this area amongst tourists.
“Ah, music to my ears” she observed as the latest Ryanair flight descended towards the airport. The EVA Senses has put so much effort into providing an entirely safe and warm welcome for its guests that whilst I have been enjoying the low occupancy and its tranquillity, one does really wish and hope for a return to a bustle and liveliness soon for this charming and beautiful area of the Algarve.
“Whilst I have been enjoying the low occupancy and its tranquillity, one does really wish and hope for a return to a bustle and liveliness soon...”
As they say here, “Uma Equipa, Um Coracao. Estamos de Volta!”
One team, one heart - we are back!
ISSUE 26 SUMMER 2020
           The legend of the Faro mermaid statue in front of the wonderful EVA Senses hotel
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