Jo’s Monday walk : Fuseta at Blossom time

As promised, almond blossom in the Algarve this week.  This is a variation on a walk we’ve done previously, this time starting in the small seaside town of Fuseta.  It’s just a few stops west of Tavira by train.  Wave your passport at the conductor and you’ll get half fare if you’re a pensioner.  Well, there have to be some advantages to being over the hill!

Not too many hills this near to the coast, but it’s up and over the railway tracks and out into the countryside.  We’ve barely taken a few steps when we’re in a field, surrounded by almond blossom.  I stand and stare!  Blossom is opening up in trees all along the roadside, but this is the first time I’ve seen the flowers out in such force.

I can’t understand how my walking friends can be so oblivious of their surroundings, and I linger far behind.  Maybe it’s the lure of a coffee stop up ahead.  On they go, following a path through the fields, a glimpse of sea shimmering on the horizon.

Soon we’re on a paved lane, leading to the E125- a busy road which stretches almost end to end of the Algarve.  We are making a stop at Tianica, a pottery workshop with a cafe and terrace at the rear.

Avoiding temptation in order to have space for lunch, it’s back to the lane after coffee.  A track leads down to the edge of the salt marshes and we follow it back in the direction of Fuseta.  The tide is low, and boats sit silently in the sludge, waiting to be rescued when it turns.

It’s not a long walk, though you can extend it further through the marshes, which continue on the far side of town.  We thread between the fishermen’s cottages and the apartment blocks, and I’m delighted to find remnants of Christmas in the yarn bombed trees.

Go on, admit it!  You’re more interested in lunch.  A leisurely affair at La Plage, on the front at Fuseta, culminating in cake, of course.  I stood in line at the cabinet, hopeful that there’d be a morsel of tiramisu left.  I must have looked desperate, because the waiter served me the last slice and then added a scoop of profiterole to my plate.  Lucky, or what?

Totally replete, I sat by the waterside afterwards, keeping a lazy eye on life.  Finally I persuaded myself to stir in the direction of home.

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Short but sweet, I hope?  I bet you enjoyed the cake.  Got a walk you’d like to share?  Join me here on Jo’s Monday walk for a warm welcome.

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Shall we start with a good clamber?  I think Debbie wrote this one just for Sue :

Clambering through an old Omani village

Anabel is realistic about Scottish weather, but it doesn’t stop her enjoying the beauty :

Hebridean Hop 19 : Tangasdale

I never saw a prettier lighthouse than this one.  Thanks, Alice :

Harbour Town

What do you like in your soup? Can I have Coconut Shrimp for mains please, Jackie :

Soup of the day

The ‘Australian Outback’ on her doorstep is giving Suzanne lots of pleasure :

The desert up the road

Geoff continues the saga of walking with his Dad :

Walking With The Wind At My Back : Part Two

I know it can be beautiful, but I’m not missing this at all, Drake :

Day in the snow

Brian takes us to subtropical community gardens for a little heat.  Want to join him?

Lismore Rainforest Botanical Gardens – the paths

Much nearer to my new home, some beautiful Algarve clifftops :

A cliff walk from Carvoeiro to Ferragudo : the ‘Trail of the Headlands’

While Susan takes us back to a place where she once lived.  The lady has a fascinating past :

Walking Back Home – Pasto, Colombia

And Cathy explores a house not many of us would venture into :

Balcony House at Mesa Verde

That’s it for another week.  Please find time to read them.  I shall be out and about, as usual.  Hope the weather’s kind, wherever you are.

 

148 comments

  1. Thank goodness you take it slow so we can enjoy the beauty with you 🙂 We’re hoping to do an almond walk next week, still catching up at the moment here after our manic 10days in England. Good to be back to sunshine and warmth xx

  2. Hello. Catching up on blogs I haven’t visited, and I’m pleased to find your fascinating article. The almond blossoms are excellent photos. Happy travels.

    1. Hi Brad! Nice to see you 🙂 🙂 I don’t spend so much time on the blogs as I used to. As you can see, there’s plenty to do in the lovely outdoors here. Many thanks to you!

    1. It’s a lovely time of year, Karen. A bit nippy early morning and evenings but the bright days are beautiful and I can’t wait to see which flowers will be in bloom next. 🙂 🙂

  3. That was a charming walk, Jo – the almond blossoms are SO refreshing to see right about now, and I too tend to wonder why other people are in such a hurry. That cake at the end….that’s killing me!! 😉

  4. The almond blossoms are gorgeous, the cactus is … kinda weird (but very cool), and the boats are my kind of scene (even in sludge!). Great walk, Jo!

  5. The blossoms remind me so much of our apple orchard when it was in bloom. I could look at it everyday and still be amazed at how pretty it was. Even when the petals fell, the orchard floor then became a white carpet. What a lovely walk and yes, you were very lucky with your dessert.

    1. It just lifts the spirit, doesn’t it, Karen? 🙂 🙂 I have some lovely old photos that I brought here with me, of our son as a toddler, sitting in a wonderful carpet of pink blossom.

    1. The blossom is early this year, but there’s been a lot of sunshine in the past few months. I imagine it was cool up there? Many thanks for sharing. 🙂 🙂

  6. What an oncredible blue sky. One almost feels it’s fake but I know the Algarve can produce such wonderful skies. Glad you are enjoying it all.

    1. The fields are a carpet of yellow flowers, Mari. I’m told they’re invasive but they look so pretty. We were up in the hills today and it was much less blue. 🙂 🙂

  7. How can anyone just walk by those stunning flowers thank you for stopping and sharing that beautiful sight with us. Mouth watering for tiramisu looks yummy

    1. It does make you wonder! A few of them live in Fuseta so maybe they were used to the sight. We were out again today and there were many more in the hills, but the sky not so blue. 🙂 🙂

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