“Look there’s the Lagos bus station!” called my wife as I was putting our suitcases into the boot of the car in the morning.  We had spent the night at the Marina Rio Hotel in Lagos before driving on to San Bras de Alportel, inland from Faro for another two nights over Easter. She knows my interest in bus stations and bus stops.

I grabbed my camera and got a picture of the Lagos Bus Station to show how close it is to the Marina Rio Hotel In Lagos.  You’ll see it behind the hotel in the background on the left. Coincidentally when I got back there was an email waiting for me from Katie asking about travelling to Portugal by bus from Granada via Gibraltar and La Linea , so refreshed by my latest trip to Portugal I put together a page for her about taking the bus from Granada to Faro on the Algarve

By the way that the Marina Rio Hotel which overlooks the Lagos marina is brilliant value for money. The hotel is clean and modern and the direct reservation and check in experiences were excellent.  The breakfast is first class, the kind you want to linger over.

We had left Marbella in pouring rain on Easter Thursday morning, been stopped by a hail storm just outside Sevilla, braved the western exit from Sevilla and then driven to the Algarve, exploring Isla Cristina in Huelva just before reaching Portugal. It was from here that Cristopher Columbus set off from here in 1492 to discover the Americas.

The weather in Portugal was fine over the weekend, the usual big Atlantic rain clouds but the sun shone and the wine and sea foor was great as always. On the way back, still on the Portuguese side we explored the stretch of coast inland from Olhao to Monte Gordo on the very banks of the river Guadiana just over the river from Ayamonte in Spain. A very interesting looking area.

We chose the Utrera via Ronda route travelling back from Sevilla to Marbella, it’s always my first choice for scenery in rainy or cloudy weather. The traffic was surprisingly disciplined. Maybe it was  the Guardia Civil Eye in the Sky helicopter overhead.

PS: You can now do online bus ticket reservations from the Costa del Sol to the Algarve through the gomarbella reservation system.

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