Jo’s Monday walk : Carvoeiro Boxes

In complete contrast to Saturday’s post, I’m sun-dazzled in Carvoeiro today.  Not my favourite place in the Algarve but, after the enormous success of my Street Art in Silves, I made it a mission to visit Carvoeiro for more of the same.  Most of its charm fled with the influx of tourism, but in winter months you might still catch a glimmer.  Just don’t attempt it in high summer!

You can forgive a lot with street art like this, can’t you?  I wandered through the centre, beaming at each new find.

Do you have a favourite yet?  I confess a weakness for the frog.  A handsome prince if ever I saw one.

The background can enhance or distract, the musculature of Ronaldo seeming a little out of place beside that delicate chimney.  But he’s everywhere in Portugal. Sometimes it’s good to see things in context, like this box outside the mosaic shop.  And the lovely azulejo panel of the bay.

Just a morsel of cake.  Not my preferred choice but very nice.  However disparaging I may be about Carvoeiro, there’s a place just along the coast that never fails to delight me, even though commercialism has done its worst.  The awe I felt when I first saw Algar Seco remains.

Fashioned by the raw power of the sea, the convoluted shapes and whorls cast a spell.  A gentle whoosh, or a blast and a roar!  The ocean always keeps you on your toes.  You can follow the boardwalk along the cliff top to take in the views, or descend to peer through the lattice of holes.

The painted electricity boxes were there too.  I hope you enjoyed them.

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I’ve tried to catch up with as many of you as I can.  Please give me a nudge if I’ve missed you.  It’s meltingly hot in the Algarve right now, so I’m glad of those cooler weeks in the UK.  Many thanks for your company and contributions.  Feel free to join me next time here on Jo’s Monday walk.

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Debbie captures the action on the streets of Edinburgh.  What a venue!

Foray into the Fringe

A North Korean history lesson and a stroll by the shore with Albert :

Jipsam Revolutionary Site

A glass of wine or two, and a trilogy, with Drake :

On the top

Down by the corner

Comfort zone

Beautiful gardens to wander in, with Sandra :

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC, Canada

While Irene enjoys a quiet life :

Morning of Peacefulness

Take a Closer Look

And Beatrice shares the natural beauty of Austria, courtesy of Ulli :

Alpine Flora and Fauna in Montafon Valley, Austria

This one from Eunice seems very appropriate this week (and note it’s a sequel)

More of Blackburn’s street art

And Cathy is still walking the Camino, one step at a time :

(Camino day 30) Arcahueja to León

(Camino day 31) Léon to Valverde de la Virgen

I couldn’t resist this walk in Paris.  Please say hello to Yoshimi :

Paris Promenade plantée Coulée verte

Rosemay visits one of my favourite places in Yorkshire :

A Spring Walk round Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

And how could you not enjoy a port or two, in Becky’s convivial company?

Discovering Vila Nova de Gaia

But if none of that pleases you, take a trip with Sheetal.  You won’t regret it!

To Rome, with love 

Hope you’re having a wonderful Bank Holiday in the UK, and wishing you all a great week ahead.  I’m still battling gently with the new phone, but I had some great news yesterday.  My son proposed to his lovely lady, on holiday in Barcelona, and she said ‘si’.  🙂

125 comments

  1. I don’t know why it’s taken so long for boxes to become canvasses, but I think it’s great! My favourites are the frog and the donkey. Congratulations to James and Lauren, you’re gaining a daughter ❤

  2. Fun photos of street art. Interesting, isn’t it, that charm leaves when the tourists arrive? Sigh. But those of us who’ve ‘been around the block’ know to avoid the busy times or, as my guy and I do, arrive early early in the morning before most people are out of bed! 🙂

    1. Just come back from the Ilha. It’s always necessary to be close to if not on the water at this time of year. I don’t mind sharing with a few like minded folk. It would be selfish not to. But I have no patience with tourist tat and all that goes with. Fortunately Tavira is fairly light on that 😉🏖️💕

  3. Gorgeous boxes of your chocolate, Jo! Favorites are the black cat and the frog – but also the very yellow one with a flower urn! I would have loved walking there – for real too – but happy to have walked with you tonight!

  4. Those painted boxes are awesome, what a brilliant idea and so unique. Been to Carvoeiro and wasn’t especially taken with it but we were probably in the most touristy locations. Weather looks fine though.

    1. The Central Algarve is tourist hell for me, Jonno. Not so bad off season. I’m still struggling with heat after my spell in England and look forward to a cool off in the evenings, though that doesn’t always happen. 😎🏖️💕

      1. It gets crazy busy doesn’t it? haven’t been to the Algarve for a few years though unfortunately, would love to get back.

  5. Amazing colour!! I love the way ‘graffiti’ has been embraced to liven up the town. Hard to say which one would be my favourite without seeing how they fit into their surroundings.

    I was in Valencia, Spain, last week where graffiti has been used on doors and shutters to a similar effect. It makes that part of town really vibrant and has given a new lease of life to a rather dilapidated and run down area..

    Lieve

    1. Thanks, Lieve! It seems to be spreading as I’ve seen random electricity boxes painted in quite a few places in the Algarve. They always make me stop and smile 🙂 🙂

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