Old Quarteira meets new

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.


  1. I always find it very interesting when going to a new place, especially when it has been “up-marketed!” To see what it used to look like. Had to smile at the funny floppy eared hat the salad bloke had on, can’t quite make out what they were meant to be. Maybe a rabbit?


  2. A perfect meeting of past and present. Our local radio network had a photo event a while back which asked people to pair a photo from their or their family’s past, with one taken now from exactly the same spot. Not always easy to do.

    At first I though the man on the bike was a mural. Then I saw his shadow. Then I thought “Wait on, and artist can paint a shadow.” Then I thought “Just go and pack!!!”


    1. Hiya darlin 🙂 🙂 It was a photographic exhibition, Meg, and the guy on the bike is part of it. My fault- I haven’t made it very clear. I was more focused on how to display the signs so they weren’t boring, and I had half an eye on Davis Cup tennis. And then Mick suggested we have a run up to Durham, so it was all scurry about. 🙂 🙂
      Packing! 🙂 🙂 When do you actually leave? I’m still waiting for a reply from Krakow. Woke early and lay worrying about how we’re going to empty the house if and when we sell it. Stupid! 🙂 🙂 Sending traveling hugs. They’re lightweight 🙂


      1. Not your fault at all. My poor looking! Oh, and the artist’s skill. Leave here on Sunday 15th for Sydney. Fly on Monday. I don’t envy you packing up a house. My job is easy. About to diagram a cross-season pack after listing weather predictions for my stay.


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