Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday, week 263 (1/28/2016). I’m well into my third week in the beautiful Algarve. In spite of having a website house that keeps suspending the blog (hopefully fixed!), and finding an Internet provider that is not going to bankrupt me (long story), there is lots to smile about here in the Algarve. This week I want to share with you 10 things that I guarantee will have you smiling when you visit the beautiful Algarve.
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Before you go EWWW!, the only sardines I had ever eaten were out of can. There is absolutely no comparison. If you ever have the chance to experience a fresh sardine, don’t hesitate. The caramelized onions were a perfect accompaniment.
#2 You’ll find this fun, colorful yarn art adorning the trees in the city of Lagos’s historical center.
Don’t miss visiting Lagos when you’re in the Algarve. The cobblestone streets lined with traditional cafes, restaurants, and shops make for a lovely wander, and there are some fantastic seascapes near by.
#3 and #4 Situated very close to Lagos, I explored this gorgeous area, Ponta Da Piedade, with blogging friends Anita and Richard, who blog over at No Particular Place to Go. You can easily spend a couple of hours here meandering along the many pathways (don’t get too close to the edge!), and there are stairs (182 steps!) leading down to the ocean. Be watchful at the bottom. The waves are not shy about crashing over the platform!
The archway, with that to die for blue, will take your breath away. Boat tours are available in season, and I want to return so that I an experience all of this awesomeness from the water. There was one operator offering tours, but I think that on the water it would have been teeth chattering cold.
#5 You’ll find cork trees growing up in the mountains, a short, leisurely drive from the coast. The cork is only harvested once every nine years. Notice that nothing is harvested from the top of the tree. This lovely grove is on the way to the village of Alte, one of the prettiest in the Algarve.
#6 Every Portuguese house has at least one chimney, usually three, and they beg to have their photo taken! This one graces a property in Alte. I love the color!
#7 Any beach in the beautiful Algarve will bring out a smile. This is Praia da Oura, very close to where I live.
#8 and #9 The first time I came across these door knockers was in Lisbon. I was with a blogging friend, and she pointed one out to me. She mentioned that the various characteristics of the knocker told whether or not the person living in the home was male or female, and their marital status. I’ve done some research since, and haven’t been able to find out too much about these knockers. I have discovered that they are of Moorish origin. and possibly Muslim. Apparently, they are also commonly found throughout the Middle East. The knocker is called ‘Fatima Hand’. Aren’t they lovely?
#10 This traditional Portuguese coffee is called um bica, or un cafe (very strong expresso) . The liquor is Mendorah, and made from local berries. It packs a punch, and could make you either smile or grimace!
Have you been to the beautiful Algarve? What made you smile here?
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