Feeling a little fragile as I write this- too much dancing, wine and excitement!- so please excuse me if I just stroll gently with you in the Algarve sunshine. São Bras de Alportel makes an excellent base for walking, surrounded as it is by softly rolling countryside. Allow me to indulge my current obsession with chimney pots…. and blossom, of course.
Starting from the former pousada, with grand views to the hills, you can follow a couple of simple trails. Notice boards will advise what you need to be watchful for, or you can simply enjoy being there, drenched in the soft colours of Spring.
At a crossroads the sign points towards the ‘miradouro das castanhas’, the viewing point of the chestnuts. Curiosity would have me look, but the group I’m walking with turn in the other direction. I make a mental note to return, and patiently follow. Minutes later we pause at a fonte- one of many underground springs in the Algarve. A poem enhances the old stone and one of our group attempts a translation. A squeal of laughter interrupts. Another of the ladies has twirled the handle of the ‘nora’ (well) with a little too much energy, and is treated to a swift gush of water.
There was very little water and a lot of dry riverbeds when I walked in this area, but since then a day or three of torrential rain has brought the countryside alive again. Flipflops or sandals and a towel may be needed. Better still a sense of balance or a walking stick.
Rounding a hill it’s often possible to come upon a herd of sheep, with their faint air of apprehension and surprise. Washing flutters appealingly on a line, while lemons ripen and flowers I don’t recognise make patterns on a wall.
This is cork territory and some of the trails lead beneath these gnarled beauties. Someone has a sense of humour, but I’m not sure that I approve. The ‘knight’, on the other hand, can only be greeted with a smile. But I did promise you chimney pots, I remember.
Every village has it’s own variations, some crumbly with age, some new. The village of São Romão has a lovely church and a deep sense of serenity.
It also has a a restaurant that we favour very often. I’ll leave you with a little something sour and a sweet treat, to enjoy with your cuppa.
Excuse me for rambling this week. I’m so looking forward to the frigid air of the north east tomorrow evening. Please read and share the following walks, and join me with one of your own, if you’d like. Details are on my Jo’s Monday walk page.
Jude does take us to some beautiful places! And did you spot a few circles in a square?
And quite often, Drake excels himself too :
For those of you craving warmth, why not join Elaine in the desert?
Jackie always likes a large one of these!
And just look what Irene’s found for us this week!
But this one from Ting simply has to be my walk of the week. Don’t miss it!
That’s it for now. Not too many to read. Hope you have a great week, wherever you are.