Friday, January 13, 2006

A small, but rapidly expanding, village that now boasts three restaurants and several bars. There is also a small market for farmers' produce, a butcher and three small 'Mini-mercado's.


  • At 5:14 pm, Blogger twm_ched said…

    Almádena is Portugese for a high Muslim tower, or minaret. Not a lot of people know that.

  • At 5:25 pm, Blogger Cherub said…

    If you been on the cliffe at Almadena forte 19th August 1759, you would have seen the British Navy wallop four French men of war. 2 burnt on beaches, 1 eighty gun vessal sunk 300 meters off Selama and the last taken off to Gibraltal. WHO´S FOR A DIVE?

  • At 8:48 pm, Blogger bluebossa said…

    Lovely village, friendly, interesting and generous people. Still feels very Portuguese with charm and a real sense of earthy culture.
    Such a shame about the English bar in the square. Insensitive to local culture and a real intrusion especially when it fills up with English ex pats using bad language. The occasional live music is loud and brash and the volume level late at night cares nought for the sleep needs of local residents. Liver and bacon on the menu says it all.
    Local Portuguese bars and restaurants however are excellent and Bar Six, just off the square is a wonderfully traditional place where all customers are made to feel very welcome. Locals and visitors mix easily and the banter is always lively and friendly. However, be warned, it is difficult to stop drinking because the prices are so low!
    If you ignore the English bar, the village is an excellent base for exploring some of the most beautiful countryside and coastal areas in Europe.

  • At 1:56 am, Anonymous tomtom said…

    I new about the meaning of Almadena

    Almádena, ou minarete, é a designação da torre da mesquita, de onde o almuadem anuncia as cinco chamadas diárias à oração.

  • At 9:15 pm, Anonymous Kurt said…

    I recently stayed in Almadena for a few weeks for the third or fourth time. As Blue Bossa says, it,s a lovely place and very friendly.
    Bar Six is a gem of a place. Great beer, friendly crowd and a barman who could teach multi national breweries a thing or two about how to run a bar. A warm welcome without the schmooze!
    The English bar in the Square has improved. Last time I stayed the noise at times, was unforgiving and some of the visitors, as Blue says, not too salubrious, but no sign of any of this for some time so I gather.
    Sadly, nearby Luz and Burgau are becoming heavily over-developed. Can't they learn from the ghettoes on the Spanish Costas?
    Otherwise the coast, especially on the West is often stunning and a treasure worth protecting from preditor developers with only profiteering in mind.
    The town of Lagos has loads of character and seems to have a good blend between tourism and local culture.
    My friends and I found excellent food and service on several occasions at the Restaurante Cavaleiro Da Luz very near Luz sea front.
    Almadena gets my vote!

  • At 4:46 pm, Anonymous les giggs said…

    Having been the owner of O Poço (the infamous ENGLISH BAR)for 7 years now, it has been interesting to re-read Bluebossas diatribe. At the time his or her comments were made, the only live music held in my bar was a charity bash.(for Portuguese Firemen),& by law everything stopped at midnight! However I will not lower myself to Bluebossas level,as Ican see that this attack was personal. If my bar was such a den of inniquity, then we would have failed years ago, as lots of businesses have. I have dared Bluebossa to reveal him/herself but cowards never will.

  • At 4:07 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Les...we enjoyed our meals, drink & pub quiz in your bar. Loved talking parrot too!!


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