Quarteira is one of our ‘go to’ places for a lazy stroll. It’s a bit of an anachronism, with high rise hotels and apartments dominating the seafront. Stroll along the lengthy promenade in one direction and you come to the Fish Market, with a little harbour beyond. The ‘smart’ resort of Vilamoura is on the horizon. High rise of a finer calibre. Stroll back the way, and where the promenade ends you have a wonderful expanse of beach. This way lies Vale de Lobo, and the truly ‘smart’ set. I don’t really belong in either, but I don’t mind to take a look, now and then. I rather liked the exhibition of fishermen, erected by the sea.
But the real purpose of today’s post is to share with you a little of what Quarteira was, ‘back then’, before the developers arrived. A series of signboards have been placed along the front, flashbacks to the 60s, and I found them fascinating.
The backs of the signs indicate their situation on the seafront. I haven’t kept to order, nor have I included all of them. A couple I find particularly poignant. Life wasn’t easy back then.
I don’t know how much of the small print you can read, but one of them tells of the ‘Vestigios Romanos’. Offshore the remains of a Roman settlement were found. Now that’s antiquity! But let’s end with a smile. Wednesday’s are market days and I have a fondness for the cheese stalls. This character was peddling his wares. Salad, anyone?
Linking this to Becky’s Past meets Present. I hope she likes it.