Visiting Algarve, Portugal - Sand Sculptures Festival and Zoomarine - Vacation Pictures

Back in September 2004 while travelling around my country (Portugal) with my better half I took some photos as usual, we do not usually go to Algarve on our holiday.

However on this occasion we spend a few days over there and took advantage of the clime and the great beaches with warm waters.

I got the idea for this hub after watching some old photos in my travels album and feel the urge to share them with all of you watching.

The Algarve

Located in the south of Portugal the Algarve has been one of the most visited places in the country by Portuguese people and foreigners.

It is well known for the good weather all year round and for its outstanding warm water beaches but also for all the entertaining activities available (historical sites, outdoor sports, nightlife and the traditional Algarve cuisine).

Walking in the Algarve: 40 Coastal and Mountain Walks (Cicerone International Walking)
Walking in the Algarve: 40 Coastal and Mountain Walks (Cicerone International Walking)

For many years the Algarve has not been considered as a 'real' walking destination. That opinion is rapidly changing. An increasing number of people are beginning to realize that there is far more to this area than first meets the eye - besides a spectacular and dramatic coastline, there is a huge interior that sees very few visitors.

Heading south
Heading south
Albufeira beach
Albufeira beach
End of day in Albufeira
End of day in Albufeira
After seeing the sand sculptures on the beach we decided to visit a great exposition near by
After seeing the sand sculptures on the beach we decided to visit a great exposition near by

FIESA - Sand sculptures festival 2008

We loved the Sand Sculptures Festival so much the first time that we decided to return 4 years later (2008).

This time we had our little 4 years old daughter joining us and she loved it too specially because she had the opportunity to play with sand and she even made her own sandcastle.

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Sandcastles Made Simple: Step-by-Step Instructions, Tips, and Tricks for Building Sensational Sand Creations
Sandcastles Made Simple: Step-by-Step Instructions, Tips, and Tricks for Building Sensational Sand Creations

With Sandcastles Made Simple, Lucinda "sandy feet" Wierenga, a renowned sand sculptor, puts a permanent end to less-than-perfect beach creations. She provides the ultimate step-by-step guide to building impressive sandcastles, and shows that with a few simple tools and a basic understanding of sand, building dream castles can be easy.

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FIESA - Sand Sculptures Festival

Here you can find more about this great festival:

FIESA - International Sand Sculptures Festival.

Where else to go...

One of the best entertaining activities in Algarve I would like to recommend it is the Zoomarine, an incredibly well maintain animal park with an enormous variety of creatures from marine species to reptiles and all kind of birds.

I can assure you it will be a well worthy day to escape from the beach.

You will be able to see all the animals` areas, watch an interesting 3D cinema film and in the end you could experiment the sensation of interacting with the dolphins.

That´s not all...

If you also like to admire beautiful ocean views then you must visit Algarve and look up to the Atlantic Ocean from the rocky coastline that extend for more than 200km.

Cape Sagres
Cape Sagres
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Zoomarine - Albufeira, Portugal
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Sagres, Portugal
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Kenny Wordsmith 9 years ago from Chennai

Nature's handiwork, and man's art too!

I was delighted to see Asterix also there!

Thanks for sharing and lifting my spirits!

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coolbreeze 9 years ago from Hawaii

Kewl funride Hey the surf is flat ;-(

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compu-smart 9 years ago from London UK

Love the scenes..Life certainly looks a beach;)

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Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Quite the sand castles...

great HUB

regards Zsuzsy

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AuraGem 9 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Thoroughly enjoyed roaming this hub. Good one! The pics of sandcastles in particular were fascinating. I love the work artists are doing in this area. I live on the Mornington Peninsula, in the far south of Victoria Australia. Each year, Rye beach holds a sandcastle competition based around a theme. The last one was "myths and legends". I am amazed how much intricate detail can be created with sand!

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Lissie 9 years ago from New Zealand

nice hub

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cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful Algarve, seems like a must see place. :) The sand sculptures are awesome, hope they can use that creativity to create lasting structures like that.

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myaddiction 9 years ago from Sherman Oaks, CA

Nice pics. I really like the sand castles!

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Cleanclover 9 years ago from Piece of land!

Fantastic images! Thnx for sharing. The skill to make these sand sculptures is indeed great.

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djtphn1 9 years ago from Riverside County, California

Very beautiful sand creations.....I can't believe how detailed they are! Thx for a lovely hub....Whenever I see your name, I think of the song, "Slowride" from Foghat.....showing my age, I guess.

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LdsNana-AskMormon 9 years ago from Southern California

Amazing pics! And thanks for becoming my fan.

I too love photography, but am only an amateur. Nonetheless, maybe I will post a few of mine sometime...

Thanks for the breath of fresh air!


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ripplemaker 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Awesome sand castle art and the scenes of the sea...breathtaking. I just love it.  Thanks for sharing these pictures. :-)

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SparklingJewel 8 years ago from upper midwest

Unbelieveably beautiful...ocean and beach with sand art!

thank you for sharing.

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you all for your kind comments!

I just realise that I´m in one of the photos with a backpack :)

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shyamchat 8 years ago from Calcutta

I liked the sand architecture fotos very much!

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you Shyamal, we were very lucky to be there at the same time as that international exhibition :)

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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Loved Zoomarine. It was so worth the fee.

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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

So right, Ethel. My daughter loved the all thing and I believe the zoomarine it´s a great place to visit with kids.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Yo funride! This is really beautiful stuff. I have no idea how I have missed so many hubs like this and they're yours too. God bless BrotherMan! I'll catch up. Buttons up beautiful!

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funride 6 years ago from Portugal Author

Hey Micky, thanks for going back into my hubs. I´m glad you liked it ;)

davyfetons 4 years ago

hi jamie if your still in need of them this is there link and some info , there very helpful ,say mr davy fetons

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