Winter in the Algarve- the deserted beach at Praia da Rocha
Despite the high rise, I’m sure you can see the attraction? Praia da Rocha was the Algarve’s earliest resort, and it still makes a pleasant place for a winter stroll. I don’t have much time to create a walk post, having just arrived home, so I’ll be starting you off very gently.
Praia da Rocha and the city of Portimão meld into one where the River Arade empties into the Atlantic Ocean, on Portugal’s southern coast. Next week we can wander the river bank at leisure, but let’s start simply, with the beach, shall we?
Smart hotels line the promenade
In contrast, the remains of the 17th century Fortress of Santa Catarina de Ribamar come as something of a surprise. Testimony to the days when pirate corsairs raided these shores.
But these days it’s more of a look out
And isn’t that the most inviting causeway stretching out into the sea? I think I can spy a lighthouse at the end. Zip your jacket up! A windsurfer or two is testing the breeze.
The empty beach tells it’s own story
I bet those waves are cool!
Still quite a way to go
Just a puff of cloud on the horizon
But here we are at the lighthouse
Hiding from that breeze!
And playing with the shadows
Collar huddled against that bracing wind, it’s a brisk stride back to the shelter of the cliffs. You can feel yourself relax then, as the warmth tickles your shoulder blades.
Near perfect weather for sailing
But it’s the boardwalk that beckons, and those mysterious stacks at the end of the beach.
You can walk back along the beach, admiring the cliff face in detail, or return to the cliff top. There are several sets of steps. Most of the available parking is around the marina, at the east end of the resort. Let’s just pop our noses in there first, then go looking for something to eat.
Take your pick!
If you’re not too hungry, you can wander out around the marina. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, even though many close in the winter. I’m moving on to Portimão, and I hope you’ll join me there, next Monday.
I had a wonderful two weeks ‘away from it all’, and I have so many of you to catch up with! Thank you for your patience. I’ll stop by as soon as I can. Meantime, there are some wonderful walks to share. Some of you have been very diligent. For anyone new to my walks, the logo or my Monday walks page will give you more details. Goodness- I’m on to my second cuppa already!
Any of you know Warsaw? That’s where my lovely friend Meg is right now, visiting family :
Shopping in Praga
Paula has been checking out ‘restless fliers’ in Zagreb. No, nothing to do with me!
Shooting birds on the lake
I can’t ski but I’m always game for a chair lift or two! Thanks, Drake :
Off-white or rough white
Two Megs this week, just to confuse you! This one’s in Virginia :
A Winter walk
Lucy often stays in Paris, lucky lady! Share a beautiful walk with her in St. Germain :
The streets of St. Germain
What about a little poetry next? And a classic from Dionne Warwick- thanks, Esther :
Walk on By
Amy really does take wonderful photos. Just check these out! :
Architecture walking tour of downtown Fort Worth
Welcome to Anabel, who introduces us to a beautiful light show in Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Jude- you’ll like this!
And you can rely on Elena for quirky!
Hundertwasser House in Vienna
I’ve always wanted to visit the Far East, so I’m very happy to tour Vientiane with Colibrist :
Experimental travel in Vientiane, Laos
Who wouldn’t want to eat with Yvette, and share music with Frizz? What a combination!
Pasto Italiano (and Belichick quote)
Or maybe try beachcombing with Tobias :
A Walcheren walk
The Eternal Traveler has joined us this week with some stunning views of Japan. I’m so jealous!
Unusual, unexpected, unbelievable
I’m delighted to end with lovely Sherri Matthews. You can’t help but enjoy her stories :
Virginia Woolf’s Round House and Lewes Priory
That’s it for this week, folks. I didn’t think I’d make it! Thank you for all your brilliant contributions, and I can’t wait to see what next week brings. Have a good one!