Now don’t be too alarmed! It’s not as bad as it seems, and if you really don’t have a head for heights- well, you can tak’ the low road, and I’ll tak’ the high road. To be completely truthful, I was out of my comfort zone for a short while, but we can blame the partner for that (and he’s not here to defend himself).
The area along the River Guadiana is wonderfully peaceful at most times of the year. In places the road stays quite close to the river, making for a lovely scenic drive. But, of course, you have to get out of the car to admire the scenery properly. You never know quite what you’ll find. Parking alongside the tiny village of Laranjeiras, our first discovery was the ruins of a Roman villa. Not a lot to see, but the remains appear to date back to the 7th century.
Strolling into the village, life seemed to centre around a little riverside cafe, from which you could watch the occasional boat mooring at the jetty. A couple of youngsters indulged in that age old pastime of skimming stones. Entertainment for me presented itself in the form of a boatman, with a delivery of tarpaulin for the little boatyard. His antics, trying to find a convenient space to offload his cargo in the minute space, kept me happy.
The moorings at Laranjeiras
Never content to sit for too long, I had a mooch about while Michael consulted the map. A path seemed to lead up the hillside and run parallel to the river before dipping back down at the next village, Guerreiros do Rio. Gamely, we set off.
But not before I had admired this sign of celebration in the village
And then we climbed out of the village, and looked down
There wasn’t much sign of the path and it was a bit of a scramble. Stopping to catch breath, we heard a tinkling sound, and suddenly two dogs burst out of the scrub. They darted to and fro, rustling between them a magnificent herd of goats. Sighting us, the creatures pressed on, with nervous sidewards glances. The goatherd gave us a nod, a third dog rounded up the stragglers, and the pack headed for home. Happy to have found a proper path, we followed them.
Keep moving boys- they’re watching us!
The trail rolled off across the hills, but we were quite happy to take a branch that led back down to the riverside. Enough of adventure!
All was calm, down by the river
It looks dry, doesn’t it? It had been a long, hot Summer and was still very warm in early September. Just around the bend we reached the next village, Guerreiro do Rios. Time for a drink! As usual, I left Michael sitting in the shade, while I went off to explore the back streets.
Colourful fishermen’s huts
Not the friendliest of cats!
But an inviting doorway
And some pretty wall tiles
And a Buddha in a yard
When I returned, one of those village cats had attached itself to Michael and was greedily begging the ham from his toastie. Good job he didn’t have the tuna kebabs he’d been fancying! Strangely, the cat was not at all interested in my glass of delicious white. I didn’t have time to hang about because I had discovered that the Museu do Rio was open! (the link is in Portuguese but you can translate it if you like)
We had passed the sign before, but never gone into this small museum, tucked away from the road. Here was my opportunity!
The Museum of the River
The outlook from the museum
Boats adorned every available surface
In glass cases and on the walls
Of course, there was one called the Guadiana
There were interactive displays
Telling the history of life on the river
A lot has been achieved in the space available. I chatted to the nice young lady at the till, who sold me a ticket for 1.50 euro. This was also valid for admission to the castle at Alcoutim, a few miles up the road. A bargain, I thought! The museum is open daily except Mondays.
For us it was time to amble back along the riverbank, occasionally stopping to admire passing craft.
Back at our start point
The tiny harbour at Laranjeiras
I hope you enjoyed our little Algarve adventure. It’s quite easy to just walk along the road and back between the two villages, if you don’t want to go following goats. It’s not a busy road. The riverside junction leading south from Alcoutim is the easiest way to find the villages.
Don’t let anybody tell you that the Algarve is just a strip of boring beaches, will you? Not in my experience, anyway.
And now it’s time to turn our attention to other people’s walks. Thank you so much to all my contributors. You take me to places I might never reach on my own. Anyone is welcome to join in, and it’s very straightforward. My Jo’s Monday walk page has all the details. Just click on the logo above. Let’s put the kettle on and settle in for a good read, shall we?
Benches actually have several uses in Anabel’s world. Highly useful on a walk!
Fancy taking the train? Let’s go to Montreux with Drake! No regrets, I promise :
Heaven for everyone
I gather there has been lots of rain in Texas, but Amy’s found some sunshine :
Monday Walk : Texas Countryside (Part 2)
A lady I’d never heard of next, but an interesting post from Jackie, in Canada :
Demonstrating her versatility, Violet Sky finds us some very scenic caves!
Seeing the caves
So many lovely things to discover in Tasmania, thanks to Ruth :
Taroona Coastal Path
I need to pull my socks up! I haven’t even made it to Amsterdam yet, and here’s Rotterdam looking so beautiful!
Rotterdam in a Day (part 1)
We’re joined this week by Fifi and Hop- isn’t that a great name? Please go and say ‘hi’ to Corey!
Walkway over the Hudson : World’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge
Indra at Trav Trails certainly covers some ground. Can you keep up?
Four Cities and an Island
Geoff’s Dog has had a poorly paw, so we might have to slow down a bit on this one :
The Capital Ring- Highgate to Stoke Newington
‘Do you want this walk’, asked Meg? You HAVE to be joking! Wait till you see it!
Eurobodalla beaches : Bingie Beach North
Come and sing some Bruce Springfield with me? I love this song! Thanks, Kaz :
Travel Album : Philadelphia
Nearer home, I don’t think I’ve been to Anglesey! Have you? Looking good!
Flashback Walks : Holyhead Mountain
And it’s simply impossible not to enjoy one of Tish’s posts! Look and learn!
It’s a wonderful world
As Jaspa demonstrates, on his trip to South America :
Cartagena, Columbia : UNESCO World Heritage Site
But you don’t have to go past Worcestershire for beauty- or pretty much anywhere on Jude’s blog!
Garden Portrait : Arley Arboretum
Aren’t they a fantastic selection? Thank you very much everybody! I’m off to the Lake District on Thursday, celebrating another birthday, so hopefully I’ll have an English walk for you next week. Have a great time till then! Monday Escapes is on again this week if you’d like to join in.