Beaches, like the skies and seas, are benefitting rom the lockdown and the Algarve has had the chance to breathe.
That’s because they are without the type of beachgoer who treat our beaches like a dumping ground… or worse.
The first beach holiday I had with the-then lovesick Miss F was in the Algarve https://www.visitalgarve.pt/en/Default.aspx where we met two brothers who are now our lifelong friends.
We played football on the courts, pool volleyball and even took to the stage to do our best theme from Raw Hide… complete with whip sounds.
In the interests of public disclosure that was me and Ray, not me and Miss F, although that doesn’t sound any better.
What a pane!
We thought about staying away from the Cabanas beach though as we had been warned that the approach was strewn with glass.
That didn’t stop us, though it took much of the enjoyment away from the experience, and I’m sure Ray lacerated his foot.
Now none of this is levelled at Cabanas , more those reckless visitors back in 1990.
Today’s Cabanas I imagine will be like a Caribbean beach because of a lack of litterbugs!
The beaches in the Algarve will reopen on Saturday.
There will be colour coded signage indicating the level of occupancy of the beach (low/medium/full).
And it will be updated in real time on the app ‘Info Praia’ (available in English) and APA website.
Visitors will be expected to keep 1.5m apart unless they are in the same household and parasols will be 3m apart.
And swimming, water sports and surfing will be permitted.
Of course, Portugal, and the Algarve, for many of us, holds many wonderful childhood and adult memories.
Now many of you reading this may be asking why we didn’t wear flip-flops when negotiating the Cabanas expert.
Well, the best I have us that that’s hard-earned booze money you’re talking about there.
Now here’s what Ryanair www.ryanair.com is planning for us from June 21.
Ryanair – flights from Stansted, Dublin and Manchester.
EasyJet http://www.easyjet.com from June 16 from Belfast, four weekly frequencies from Luton from June 16.
British Airways http://www.ba.com – July.
MEET YOU ON THE BEACH