Jo’s Monday walk : Gorjões

Back to the countryside today, after all the excitement of Easter and that family visit that now seems so long ago.  This little treasure was almost hiding its light under a bushel but, once I found one, then of course it had companions.

We’re up in the hills again.  Look to the far horizon, where you can see that distant deepening of blue that is the sea.  I’m standing in the grounds of an abandoned building project, wondering why someone would go to so much trouble to build their house on a hill, and then desert it.  There’s a story here, but one I’ll likely never know.  For now, I take in the views and the infinity pool that never was.

I’m in the area known as Gorjões, barely a 10 minute drive to the busy market town of Loulé, but seeming a world away.  The hills are speckled with villas and beautiful homes, each clinging to their privacy.  The lanes are edged with abundant wild lavender, and I trail my fingertips in their delicate perfume.  Climbing higher still, I come upon the remnants of a mill.

The path levels out and I peep over an inviting stone wall.  A crossroads reveals a heap of rocks with names… Casa Clara… Casa da Bisavo…  Aids for the postman, I think, only to be scoffed at by a local.  ‘We don’t get post up here!  You have to go to the village to collect it’.

I have company, but it’s a slow-paced walk where we stop to point out treasures to each other.  Like the magnificent blue beauty, and its smaller companions, nestled beneath a tree.  Impossible to miss the pure flamboyance of the poppy at this time of year.

Tiny yellow flowers decorate any open stretch of grass.  I stop to admire a grandiose villa, envious of the lovely pool, but I could not live so far from shore.  In amongst the rocks the cistus continue to flourish, nodding cheerfully at the least hint of breeze.

And then we’re dropping down again, spying one last jewel, shy in the sun, and a rock whose message we struggle to read.

I am surprised to read, later, that the flatter of the surrounding lands had long ago been used to cultivate tobacco.  A connection with ancestors in Brazil.  There are many stories in these hills, but for now it’s time to go in search of sustenance.

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I hope you enjoyed my company this week, as much as I enjoyed yours.  Please do find time to read these, and maybe, another time, share a walk of your own?  Details, as always, on Jo’s Monday walk.


There’s dedication and determination… and then there’s Heather!  She’s an inspiration :

Walking The Walk

A lighthouse on an island… a sight I never tire of.  Thanks, Debs!

Sauntering the sands at Yellowcraig

In case you didn’t get your share of treats at Easter, Jackie has plenty to spare :

New Treats

You know, it can be miserable when it rains.  But it all depends on your point of view :


Not much rain in Savannah!  Let Alice be your guide :


Margaret has been revisiting some of her older posts.  Doesn’t this look beautiful?

On the path of Cathar shepherds – revisited

Closer to my former home, Sharon is always out, finding places to explore with her dog :

Entwistle Reservoir

Not a lot of walking, but a whole lot of eating!  Thanks, Sandra!

LaConner Crab Cruise -#Photos

Sharing tranquility and daisies with Susanne is never a bad thing :

Flaming Geyser State Park, a Missing Flame, and Steelhead in Training

Anyone seen Liesbet lately?  She’s been surfing ‘The Wave’!

Catching ‘The Wave’ means winning the Lottery

I love to be surrounded by water, so this place looks pretty perfect to me, Carol :

Island Life

The endless roads, with Cathy, lifted by the beauty of the churches along the way :

(Camino day 14) Azofra to Santo Domingo de la Calzada & ruminations (week two)

Another good week, wasn’t it?  Well, it always is if we’re still here.  Thanks for your company, and see you next time!


  1. Wherever you walk, especially when you are able to climb into the hills, there is such a wonderful and inviting view. It’s so easy to see what keeps you out walking and hiking. There’s a reward for your effort, certainly! I love the old mill. That must have been a wonderful surprise. Your photos are wonderful, Jo. The scents you encountered are almost discoverable just by reading this. 🙂

    1. Aside from the health and fitness aspect, it’s hard to see why anyone would not want to be there, Debbie. I know- I’m biased! But it’s lovely to have your company, and thanks 🙂 🙂

  2. The first picture is so identical to a flower I saw in Korea. I love that colour pop! Thanks for taking me on such a wonderful walk with those gorgeous flowers. I like the solitude of your walk and the warmth of sunshine. xoxo

    1. The hills can be wonderfully serene. There were actually 10 or 12 of us that day, but I can find my own space when I need it, and they are very good company. 🙂 🙂

  3. What a beautiful time of the year to be walking, Jo! The flowers are as gorgeous as they are flamboyant. I bet the temperature in the Algarve is about perfect these months. Do you take a long walk once a week or more? Do you have a back log of them or do you usually walk over the weekend and post on Mondays? I’ve always wondered about that. 🙂 Thanks for the mention!

    1. If I’m lucky I have a backlog, Liesbet. We walk at least 3 times a week- Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Not always suitable for the blog and I don’t want to be repetitious. Lots of other things to fit in too. The walk is very often written late Sunday 😎🌼🍀🌺🌻💕

  4. So many unknown stories…you wonder what happened to peoples lives to abandon a project, who was going to visit the homes along the road, etc. We saw quite a few abandoned buildings on last year’s trip to Portugal and are guide said much of it was because of new inheritance laws that had been passed.

    1. Mick didn’t come and watch, Gilly. My fault- I said not to, but afterwards I wished he had been there because it was a lovely atmosphere. At some point there’ll be an official video and I’ll post it. 🙂 🙂 Sorry!

  5. So beautiful, a mix of cloudbursts, abandonment and beauty all round. I wonder if the abandoned villa was related to the economic woes and austerity measures Portugal went through. I saw similar in Greece.

    1. Could be, Draco! But it’s not easy to get a building project completed here in Portugal. Inheritance issues and red tape do complicate life. I don’t have the nerve for it 🙂 🙂

  6. Drat, I forgot to link up this morning! But it’s never too late, right? I enjoyed the walk today and all the lovely flowers. We had poppies at our house in Cleveland and I miss them!! I’m a little disappointed that there was no treat at the end of the walk, but that way all those calories stay off, don’t they? 🙂 At any rate, have a delightful week and here’s my link:


    1. Never too late, Janet, even if it’s Sunday evening. 🙂 🙂 I’m getting mean with my treats these days. There were a few on Saturday so none on Monday! 🙂 Maybe next week, when I think there will be still more flowers. Thank you! With you soon 🙂

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