Arteries through the beautiful Algarvan landscape.
The roads of any area together with railway lines, rivers, and canals are like the arteries or veins of a body. They carry the essentials supplies to the various parts of any particular area so that life can continue, energized and improve.
No place better to demonstrate this essential activity than the roads and motorways of the Algarve.
Straight away the A.22 comes to mind. Not alone does it transport the various supplies to the different areas to sustain life, but it transports people ( life itself) local Algarvians expats, Portuguese Nationals from the north, and Spanish visitors from the East.
Of course ! Not forgetting those visitors from Northern Europe and other parts of the world arriving to the Algarve by air to Faro or Lisbon or to a lesser extent Sevilla the Spanish city to the East.
Our journey begins at Faro airport and our intention is to travel via A 22 to its very end at Bensafrim which downgrades to the N 120. I want to describe to you the various areas and countryside you travel through and personal landmarks that are passed on that journey. Personal in so far as each landmark is personal to the viewer and the sense he or she gains from that observation.
Any ways on leaving the airport we join the IC 4 a dual carriageway leading out of the airport and being the traveler to their destinations in the Algarve and further on. The usual sites of an airport perimeter soon appear the obligatory car rental depots and signs for hotels as seen anywhere in the world. But we are intent on reaching the arteries of the A 22 and heading West in the direction of Lagos and Sagres. But they are some distance away so you have to keep a sharp eye for maybe better known but less familiar places. You see a sign for Lisboa and quickly deduce yes Lisbon have to be going in the right direction. Faro itself is well signed so cautious that you have to be travelling in the opposite direction west not east.
Now looking for that turn but conscious we have quiet a bit to go. Almancil is the first town you see signage for on route. This are of internationally golfing destinations names like Quinta do Lago and Vale de Lobe.
Like the rest of the Algarve this a wonderful area for a holiday with holiday rental apartments available on www.goholidaylets.com.
When driving by night you have to be even more careful looking for signs and landmarks. Having travelled this route before was less anxious with left hand drive hired car but need to keep a sharp eye out for exits and junction.
Otherwise you will be off down the N 125 not a bad journey but a total different experience. Anyways back to the journey my first landmark is on the right the local regional football stadium and the sign shows Estadio Algaria.
When seen in day first impressions are the roof of the stands are not designed to keep the northern European weather at bay. They are designed to keep the spectators shaded from the beautiful Algarivan sun.
Next sign to keep you on your toes with directions for Espana Spain. Keep that on your right for now and eventually to the rear. Then in the blink of an eye you are off the IC 4 and before you know it on the A 22 curiosity of a well designed roundabout, crafted to use up the least amount of road but provide maximum efficiencies. Be cautious the design engineers did not provide any luxuries for exiting motorists. But be prepared to meet free flowing traffic quickly and be prepared to grab a space in the artery of West bound traffic.
Journey on at night its a pleasant drive speed limits of 120KMH. You might be temped to put the foot down but be warned the GRN National Police have responsibly for traffic infringements and like all traffic cops they like to catch speeding drivers.
Anyways by day one of my landmarks after the football stadium is a large villa built 200 meters over the roadway on a cliff face of rock. I always marvel not only at the engineering involved but also the beautiful brown stone used in its construction. Now I know Espana is behind me so I can relax. Yes heading to Western Algarve and eventually Lagos.
But first lets enjoy the journey in stages. Your next sign is Quarteria another well known seaside holiday area. Of course when you see the sign for Vilamoura and your familiar with our website www.goholidaylets.com, you will remember the beautiful holiday accommodation on the site.
Of course another one of our destinations is Albufeira visited by thousands of holiday maker each year. At this stage, you’ll have noticed the beautiful Portugese landscape and to my surprise the wonderful green slush countryside which provide the many excellent restaurants on the Algarve with appetizing fresh fruit and vegetables.
At around this point, you will see the water park on your left Aqualand. I always recall hearing Michael O’Leary the somewhat famous CEO of Ryanair likes to spend time here with his family.
On-wards and we are now looking for the familiar name of Portimao, a beautiful city on the coast with links with Praia de Rocha and Alvor. All areas worth visiting or staying in the local holiday rental accommodation. You will keep Portimao to your left and the breath taking vista of the river flowing into the sea. But you will also marvel at the suspension bridge on the N 125 which is a work of art when viewed from a distance.
You know you are nearly there 14 km to Lagos and the A 22 coming to an end shortly after wards. But you will still note signs for Monchique and the Autodromo International Algarve.
You now have options both junctions 1 & 2 will take you safely into Lagos.
Hope you have enjoyed journey and enjoy your stay.