Cabanas Cabanas, Eastern Algarve, Portugal

Lively waterside town with a great beach and great golf...

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The heart of Cabanas is the two long streets of the old town and the waterfront to the Ria Formosa. It's a vibrant seaside town in summer, a quiet one in winter. The town is full of cafés, bars and restaurants, many of which specialise in fresh local seafood. A little ferry service takes you from the prom, across the lagoon to the beautiful Cabanas beach. Come back from the beach and you can fall straight into one of the many cafés and restaurants for a drink and food or catch the sporting action in one of the big screen beach bars. For the golfers, three of the Eastern Algarve's golf courses are a stone's throw from the town: Benemor, Quinta da Ria and Quinta da Cima. For the walkers, you can stride out along the foreshore of the Ria Formosa, past a fairytale castle and all the way to Cacela Velha or to Manta Rota beyond.

Cabanas was traditionally - and still is - a fishing village. Earlier in this century it had a tuna station out on its beach, which has long since disappeared beneath the waves following the decline of the industry in the 1960's and the gradual encroachment of the sea. Today, the beautiful long beach is the focal point for tourism. In recent years - drawn by the beach - Cabanas has witnessed a huge expansion in holiday accommodation, with apartments springing up behind the old town and joining it to nearby Conceição de Tavira. Most recently, the waterfront of the town has had a complete face-lift, including the creation of a fabulous new broadwalk over the water.

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train station YES
ferry service YES - to island beach
internet cafe YES
foreign language newspapers YES
post office YES
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cash machine (ATM) YES
supermarket YES - small one
food market YES - small
chemist / pharmacy YES

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