Some weeks I have no idea where to take you. After all, there are only so many hills I can drag you up and down in search of cake, aren’t there? So, I thought we’d take it fairly easy this week and hop on a boat. Always my default setting. You might recognise the marina at Olhão, above.
With 20 minutes of smooth calm sailing, you just about have time to say goodbye to the mainland before you’re approaching Culatra, one of the Algarve’s barrier islands. You can leap off at the first stop, or continue along the shoreline towards the lean white lighthouse at Farol. There’s a small village at either end of the island and, after a meander through the cluster of villas and shacks, you can slip off your shoes for a paddle.
It looks like somebody’s been shipwrecked here! Still, with a ferry every couple of hours, rescue is pretty certain. It’s a long swim to Fuzeta!
Paddling done it’s time to cross over the boardwalk and pootle about with boats. I’ll not spend time lingering among the narrow alleyways, charming though they are. If you remember, we had a good look around last time I brought you here. A lot of work is going on, laying new paths on the island, so maybe change is afoot. Hopefully nothing too drastic!
It doesn’t always pay to nose around. I almost fell foul of this little creature. He was sitting innocently beside a boat, when I unwittingly invaded his territory. Leaping and snarling, he made quite sure that I wasn’t up to no good. I beat a hasty retreat, making what I hoped were soothing noises.
The seagulls were completely indifferent but a couple of small boys playing football were highly amused. I raised a cheer when I lobbed their ball back to them, over a fence. Kids here lead a simple life. In warmer weather they become water babies, diving off the pier again and again, to the cheers of their mates, and swimming like gleeful fish.
On board again, we chug back across the water. Entertainment is provided by some fellow passengers feeding the gulls, which swoop and perform aerobatics to snatch the bread. In no time we’re ashore and strolling along the quayside, seeking refreshment.
We find it down an inviting passageway. Such a nice reward for a minimum of effort. Healthy, too? I hope you enjoyed sharing.
More great walks this week. Do find time to read them, please. You might make some new friends. And if you can, join me next week on Jo’s Monday walk? You know I like a bit of company.
Cathy honoured me with a link to her Camino walk last week, but I missed it. Please don’t!
And sometimes she takes me places I’ve never even heard of! Who says blogging isn’t educational?
I’m always in awe of her photography, and jealous of the places she’s been. Thanks so much, Debs!
You can share anything on my walks… and Drake often does!
Denzil is right on my wavelength. A peaceful riverside walk with a castle or two :
When she’s not eating, she’s shopping! Always good fun with Jackie :
All the way to Guatemala next, with Natalie :
Lisa’s taking us on one of her favourite walks, by the Hudson river :
A short walk with a stroller sometimes suits Alice :
While Irene cheers us with ice blue (and a warm coat and scarf!) :
Snow can look so pretty, but I’m keeping a safe distance! Thanks, Eunice :
Ending with Susan, and some fascinating memories of her time in the Peace Corps, and a very different world :
Have a great week, everybody! Me? I have another week of walking, t’ai chi, stuttering along in Portuguese and hopefully more lovely sunrises.