everything is colourful in the town

Not bad for the middle of October... Plenty of sunshine to bring the shoppers onto the streets of Vila Real de Santo António. You’ll find an abundance of brilliantly coloured textiles to buy, and after a hard day’s shopping, relax in one of the many restaurants and bars. If you’re not so keen on trawling the streets, you can just relax and sit by the waterside, watching the comings and goings at the marina. Ayamonte is your ‘white-washed’ backdrop in Spain, just the other side of the river Guadiana. Enjoy Vila Real...

The ‘Last stop’  Vila Real in the Algarve, Portugal

These photos of Vila Real, were taken on the 15th of October 2011

Vila Real de Santo António...very easy to find... just follow the N125 main road, eastwards across the Algarve...

Main street in Vila Real
main street in Vila Real Portugal
textiles of Vila Real
street entertainer in the Algarve
brightly coloured flannels
market stalls in Vila Real
Clothes for sale in Vila Real Portugal
towels for sale
Villa Real market stalls in Portugal
dining near Vila Real marina
fountains near Vila Real marina
gardens overlooking the marina
seats at the marina
river between Ayamonte and Vila Real

A beautiful morning in the middle of October...

Well.. Any ideas ?

A typical street in Vila Real

Shops, spill out onto the streets. These will brighten up your garden !

Vila Real is well known for its textiles...

Everywhere...

The market near the waterfront

Plenty of umbrellas to choose from... Must be ‘sun umbrellas’...

Shaded restaurants and bars... A welcome break from the October sunshine...

Fountains near the marina

Gardens alongside the marina

There’s plenty of space to stretch your legs in Vila Real

Learning to sail on the river Guadiana, with Ayamonte (Spain), in the background

...there is colour !

Drop him a few ‘pennies’.. and he’ll move

Vila Real, the 27th of August 2012...

If you fancy a nice little boat ride, (this journey took 12 minutes), take a ferry from Vila Real across the river Guadiana to the town of Ayamonte, your first port of call in Spain. The crossing is just a few Euros each way, and the ferry drops you conveniently within easy walking distance to the shops, restaurants and cafes of Ayamonte... Why not go to Spain for a ‘holiday’... whilst on holiday !...

ferry from Vila Real to Ayamonte
deck of the Vila Real ferry
Guadiana international bridge between Portugal and Spain
Ayamonte from the river Guadiana
the ferry to Vila Real
the ferry to Vila Real

Buy your ticket from the ticket office, then walk down onto the ferry

You can get a great view from the open deck

Half way across, the Guadiana International bridge linking Portugal with Spain

Approaching Ayamonte - We’ll be docking in a few minutes...

And here we are... Spain !

Happy day trippers returning to Vila Real...

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