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Albufeira Beaches And Landscapes Amongst The Best

Albufeira undoubtedly has very magical beaches guarded by very magnificent cliffs of varying shades. The appearance is very unique and makes Albufeira to be recognized when coming up with the top beaches in Europe. You definitely want to take your holiday to the resort and confirm how the beaches there actually are amazingly beautiful. They have soft white sands that are well complemented by the turquoise blue waters. You will naturally be at great peace and much relaxed with the scenic beauty offered by the beaches. In addition to all these, the weather conditions are simply perfect almost all year round. Everyday you go to the beach the sky still remains clear and you are sure to enjoy sunbathing and water sports like sailing, wind surfing, jet skiing, scuba diving, cruises, boat rides, big game fishing and many adventures.

Apart from the breathtakingly beautiful cliffs that all beaches seem to have, each beach in Albufeira has its own unique features and you would definitely want to go there for holiday and check out them all. You will love the Falesia beach with all its soft white sand stretching for miles that seem endless. Pine trees make its rim while it is surrounded by reddish cliffs. Separated by massive rocks are Vigia and São Rafael beaches, beautiful with excellent facilities. The nearby Ninho das Andorinhas and Ponte Pequena rock formations will definitely appear fascinating to you. With these and many other defining attractive features, Albufeira beaches are definitely among the best in the world.

There is no doubt that Albufeira features amazing beautiful scenic landscapes that extend to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean to form its wonderful beaches with cliffs not seen elsewhere. Around the resort is a countryside which is green and dominated by the pine, fig, almond and orange trees all blending to make breathtaking views. Seen from these trees are yellow roof tops and peeking through them are chimneys with colorful decorations. The beauty of the landscapes is seen from almost any part of Albufeira but more so along the beaches. Looking at the coastline reveals a beautiful combination of a variety of features. The beaches are white sands with cliffs popping up on them unexpectedly to mould the landscape in a natural sophisticated manner. It is hard to resist the attraction of such a coastline that invites you to its sandy beaches and quiet coves.

Albufeira has definitely managed to emerge from a little unknown fishing village into the leading resorts in Algarve because of the discovery of its magnificent landscape that led to the formation of the white sandy beaches protected by colorful cliffs. As such you will now find lots of Albufeira Apartments available throughout the area. You can be sure not to be disturbed by any winds whether in summer or winter while sunbathing in the beaches protected by the cliffs. Water sports of all types are offered and while in the waters you even get better views of the entire Albufeira. The landscapes look more scenic and spectacular from the Atlantic Ocean so you should exploit every opportunity that comes your way to exploit the beauty of your holiday destination.

A Look Back In Time: Landscaping Trends From the 1920s-50s

Although some of us look at landscaping as more of a business than an art form, the truth is, landscaping has a rich and intricate history that has a lot to say about the social and cultural development of our society. In fact, some speak so highly of landscaping as a form of ancient art that they trace its roots to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Hanging Gardens of Babylon created in 600 BC.

While we’re busy installing landscapes that bring the best of modern technologies to our customers, like outdoor televisions and sound systems, it’s easy to forget just how much the idea of ‘landscaping’ has changed over time. Just a few decades back, landscaping was considered an absolute luxury. Only the ‘well-to-do’ could afford to decorate their outdoor space with beautiful garden beds and patios and deck out their backyard with the latest outdoor toys.

Nowadays, some form of landscaping – even if it means a few trees, a small yard, a porch or patio – is expected. That being said, while basic landscaping is the norm, most homeowners actually take it a step further. They feel it is important to enhance the curb appeal to their home and, more importantly, they enjoy having an outdoor space that is completely tailored to their own tastes. Hence, the desire to treat the landscape as an extension of the home, complete with all the comforts and added luxuries of the inside interior. But it wasn’t always this way.

For fun, here’s a look back at the landscaping trends of earlier decades – minus today’s Japanese-inspired spa gardens, outdoor kitchens, and fire pit tables.

The Roarin’ 20′s:

1920′s landscaping was all about the greenery. There was a real desire to celebrate and welcome nature in all its glory, which led homeowners to install bird feeders, bird houses and bird baths, as well as fish ponds and rock gardens… anything that would draw more nature to the home. At this time, bird watching was a shared hobby, so plants and trees with berries (such as holly, hawthorne, nandina, rugosa roses, crabapples) were popular choices.

In the 1920′s home, the front yard was considered the “public place” and was, therefore, the space that received the most attention with regards to landscaping. Most houses featured a wide front porch, often furnished with rockers and swings so that folks could comfortably enjoy the natural outdoor scenery. Most front yards didn’t have fences, and walkways and driveways were typically lined with perennials, such as Canterbury bells, irises, foxgloves, phlox, pyrethrum, coreopsis, hollyhocks, roses, columbine, delphinium, poppies, and carnations and annuals, such as California poppies, cosmos, petunias, snapdragons, verbena, bachelor’s buttons, centaurea (sweet sultan), strawflowers, marigolds, drummond phlox, asters, etc. Shrubs were boxwood, holly, yews, abelia.

The backyard, often referred to as the “service area” was mostly reserved for drying clothes on clothes lines and storing garbage cans, although some owners designated a small area in the backyard as a “private place,” which was usually screened off or fenced in or surrounded by a border of trees or shrubs to shield residents from their neighbors’ watchful eyes and from the sun.

Popular recreational activities often found their way into the landscape design. Campfires, bowling greens, putting greens, and croquet grounds were popular landscape features.

The Dirty 30′s:

The decade of the Great Depression saw little advancements on the landscaping front. Most homeowners were struggling to make ends meet, which meant little to no money was left over to spend on luxuries, such as landscaping. That being said, there were still a few popular gardening trends. Large rose gardens were popular during the 1930s, as were plants such as hydrangeas, lilacs and hostas.

The Booming 50′s:

Consumerism is probably the most appropriate word to describe the theme of the 1950s. And just as it affected most aspects of life in the 50s, it influenced the type and style of landscaping that was popular in suburbia. Looking back now, we typically associate the 50s garden and landscape style with all things ‘tacky’ – garden gnomes, plastic pink flamingos, an overuse of evergreens as foundation plantings and an excessive amount of green lawn. In other words, a far cry from the modern, eco-friendly looks popular today!

While 1950s landscapes may conjure up images of plastic decorations and boxed hedges, the 1950s are actually defined as a decade of “modernism.” Albeit, a type of modernism far different from the so-called “modern” styles of today. With an incredible amount of soldiers returning home from the war in the 1950s, getting married and starting families, the home building industry boomed.

However, much of the homes built were on the smaller side, leaving limited space for landscaping. The result of space constrictions was “modern” landscaping – a style that was far removed from the overly-embellished look of the pre-war era.

Although modernism was the style du-jour, with the rise of consumerism and the love for all things with a price tag came the fascination with big and showy items. Garden flowers were over-sized, vibrant and colorful, for instance, large tea roses like Garden Party roses, Tiffany roses, and Chrysler Imperial roses were popular choices. And, in line with the whole ‘keeping up with the Jones’ concept, the lawn was the symbol of suburbia dream living. The greener and bigger the lawn, the better! With the boom in consumerism and the desire to keep lawns perfectly maintained, the marketplace was flooded with lawn care products, including pesticides and chemicals for pest control. At this time, the first lawn spreader was also invented.

And there you have it! Times really have changed… next we’ll look at landscaping trends from the 60s to present date. Stay tuned!

There Is More To Home Decor Than Paint!

In these frenetic times, when we never have time to stop and smell the daisies, it is often a good idea to bring something into the home to help us to feel at peace. Things like wind chimes are a charming way to give a cool feeling to the home but this is also true of garden decor too. Indeed, most people these days have a yearning to be in amongst nature and all it entails and will often try to bring a touch right into the home too.

Outside, people have really started to become very innovative and they often spend more time outdoors than in the home, weather permitting of course. Even fire places are being built in the yard so that people can spend time out-of-doors but still stay comfortable. These fireplaces, complete with family style seating, chimneys and a wonderful look of being off somewhere in the wilds, have really become very popular even in the inner city spaces where people do not want to be reminded of where they live.

Of course, in the outside space there are many ways to make life much more comfortable. The ubiquitous hammock, strung between two trees, is what everyone dreams of, but these days there are other things which can be done to provide a peaceful nook.

Lighting is very important and it extends the day beyond dawn to dusk. Dinner parties and family gatherings can be done here if the lighting is made to make the place look inviting. Indeed, if the place is to be landscaped by the professional, this is the perfect time to put in something to make the place look wonderful.

Statuary has also been very popular of late and many people will find something that they like to make a feature in the yard. Fountains with fairies playing around the water, or Zen like fountains where the water runs over a mound of pebbles, have become very popular, and it is down to personal taste as to what is going to be placed here and there.

The furniture too is very important since this can detract from the natural beauty of the place. Try going for something rustic to enhance the look of shrubs and trees. Modern furniture looks good as long as it is sleek and inoffensive. Something that is over ornate may not look good but it is really down to taste, as mentioned before.

In the home, the patio just outside can be extended with decking and wider windows to give the feeling that the room is outside. Again, table fountains and green plants strategically placed will lead the eye to outside and will ensure that people feel at peace whenever they are in this house.

There is a whole host of goodies on the internet which can decorate and enhance even the modern home. Take a look and see what appeals to the eye. Even a bird bath or table outside the window will bring many of our feathered friends to perform so consider this too.