A to Z of Balconies – Quarteira in Portugal.

In the 1980’s my brother Richard worked in a car sales garage in Rugby for a man called Gordon Pitcher who owned a villa on the Algarve in Portugal that he used to rent out for holiday lets.

The property was in what was then a rather remote location called Quarteira, included in the deal was the use of a car for getting about.  Quarteira is now an adjacent resort to busy Vilamoura.  I visited Vilamoura again in 2019 but I didn’t like it. The official guide boasts that “Vilamoura is unlike any other Portuguese town, gone is the dilapidated charm, replaced with striking perfection, which is simply expected by the super-rich who frequent the marina.”

It is a modern purpose built tourist resort completely lacking in any sort of character.  We prefer ‘dilapidated charm’ and are certainly not ‘super-rich’ so stayed no longer than half-an-hour before quickly leaving without a single glance in the rear-view mirror.  I should have carried out better research.

Anyway, back to the story of the balcony, Gordon was a businessman who didn’t like unnecessary expenditure so as the car was UK registered he had to remove it from Portugal by a certain time each year so that he didn’t have to pay local vehicle tax and insurance.

Late in 1986 he asked Richard if he would do the job for him in return for a few days rent free holiday at the villa and Richard agreed so long as he could take his pals along to help with the long drive back.

This was Villa Estrella and its balcony.

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14 responses to “A to Z of Balconies – Quarteira in Portugal.

  1. They have nice retirement package for the French something like 15 years no tax lol!!

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  2. Love that rusty lock, Andrew! 🙂 🙂 Vilamoura’s not real Portugal, but it is what some aspire to. I certainly won’t be going that way in the next few months. They have extended the promenade from Quarteira, trying to drive trade in that direction, but at the moment trade anywhere is a welcome sight.

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  3. What a coincidence with the surnames

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  4. Love the balconies in the header, those fab t,lies! As for “Vilamoura is unlike any other Portuguese town, gone is the dilapidated charm, replaced with striking perfection, which is simply expected by the super-rich who frequent the marina”….ugh, not my sort of place AT ALL! Give me faded charm

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  5. Not a fan of dilapidated (never found the ‘charm’ part, I guess) but neither a fan of high-end resorts.

    Hope you made it back with the car. I mean, it had charm, right?

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  6. I also visited Quarteira in the mid-eighties and it was the polar opposite to Vilamoura which was why we liked it. We came across a beach ‘shack’ where we ate the best sardines I have eaten in my whole life. I have been on a quest for similar sardines ever since but have had no success…yet!

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