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Friday, 12 December 2014

Praia Adraga: 10 months on

 10th December 2014

10th February 2014: a foaming sea!

10th February 2014: Restaurant boarded up 
(photo: CRM) 

By pure coincidence we went back to Praia Adraga exactly 10 months after our last visit, when the sea was wild, so wild that the restaurant was closed and boarded up against the fury of the waves. 

The configuration of this small but amazing beach changes radically – certainly every year but perhaps even season by season. Our latest visit showed that part of the northern end has been completely resculptured with sand replaced by sea-borne stones and boulders.    

 Adraga's iconic arch
(above and below)

Remodelled beach stones have replaced sand

Almost invariably dramatic@Adraga!

 The unshuttered Praia Adraga restaurant

 Christmas decoration in the restaurant
(above and below)

 Very attractive and enjoyable 2013 Muros Antigos Vinho Verde, 
Alvarinho, Anselmo Mendes 
Good value@€16.50

We had a good lunch by the window looking out over the Atlantic with excellent ameijoas á Bulhão Pato and good turbot but not a brilliant as the amazing turbot we had at Restaurante Casa dos Passarinhos.

 Brief after lunch stroll towards the arch 
– slightly higher tide 
(above and below)

After lunch we took a taxi to Cascais with great views over the coast on the way on a glorious earlyish December day.

 Great light on the boats in the bay@Cascais
The sunset that night was extraordinary!

 Sand sculptures@Cascais
above and below

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