I’m keeping it short this week, rather like my trip to Spain. In fact, this is a visit I wasn’t planning to share, but sometimes, despite my best intentions, the camera starts clicking of it’s own volition. Before you know it, I’ve got another Monday walk!
I’ve mentioned several times that on Sundays I generally take part in Todos a Caminhar (Let’s all walk!). A health initiative, organised by the local council, the walks take part across the Algarve and, once a year, extend across the Guadiana to Ayamonte parish, on the Spanish border. Last year we went along, on a romp through salt marshes very similar to those in our Algarve. You might wonder about the point of this. On my part it was mostly curiosity. I wanted to see if it differed from the Algarve walks, and I always enjoy walking in new territory. No such excuse this year, but some friends wanted to go, so we volunteered to give them a lift.
As we neared the sports centre, venue for the walk last year, we remarked on the absence of cars. Last year they had lined the road. Worse still, when we parked up in Punta del Moral, the streets were empty. Puzzled, we listened for the sound of music or some sign of activity. Slowly it was dawning on us that we might be in the wrong place. Fortunately a number of others had made the same mistake, including a coachload of prospective walkers. When they radioed for help, and were obviously redirected, we scurried back to our car and followed. The venue was not as advertised, but in the nearby resort, Isla Canela. We arrived just in time to join the throng, and head off through the starting gate.
I assumed we would be heading across the salt marshes on roughly the same trajectory as last year, but no! We stayed on the footpath, and followed the road back in the direction from which we’d arrived. A bit of a disappointment, but it did mean a closer look at the Torre Canela. One of 40 towers, commissioned by Felipe II in the 1500s for the defence of the Andalucian coast, it was reluctantly paid for by a fishing tax on the local community. The tower is special in that it contains a well at its centre, but the site is closed on Sundays.
Next we were directed around the back of the resort, closed and tired-looking in its winter garb, out to the lengthy promenade. The almost deserted beach doesn’t have sands as golden as those that surround me in the Algarve, but the palm trees and lace curtains of white broom create a fragrant backdrop. So beautiful, it’s just one more sign that Spring is rolling along in my part of the world.
Eventually we arrive back in the immaculate marina, the focal point of this rather soulless resort. Building work continues so there must be a market, but I was happy to cross the water to the real Spain, no less attractive for being a little shabby round the edges.
We chose a restaurant by the waterside to look back on Isla Canela. Faced with a menu in Spanish we became surprisingly fluent in Portuguese, but the waitress was kind. And we can ask for dessert in many languages!
We thought the roses a rather romantic touch. And my triple chocolate mousse was delicious.
I’m still in a state of wibble regarding future scheduling, but there will be another Jo’s Monday walk next week. Thank you so much for all your kind thoughts. It’s not easy to stop when we have so much fun together. You are great company!
All’s right in Amanda’s world!
Isn’t this a lovely name? We could all do with a bit of this, Alice :
I was so relieved when I found it was the geese Janet was talking about!
Just when I’m starting to think warmth, Irene has me shivering again :
Food and art- 2 subjects dear to Jackie’s heart :
Eunice loves street art, too. Her lovely dog has just died, so please visit. She might enjoy the company :
If anyone has a spirit of adventure, it’s Mel, but she’s also an appreciator of art :
Drake has a sense of adventure too, and an eye for an interesting shot :
While Cathy takes an intimate look at Italy’s capital :
And Natalie gets up close and personal with a waterfall :
Let’s finish with Jude. Who wouldn’t want an amble with her? I’ll get there myself one day!
Have a great week everybody! This last one has flown.