Here’s some more photos from Sintra, on my day out from Lisbon, that weren’t used in my TravelThruHistory Lisbon and Sintra article.
Not all my Lisbon photos could be included in the TravelThruHistory article of course. Here’s a few from my first couple of days in the city and along the riverfront to Belem.
I enjoyed the Portuguese cliff-face walk from Sagres to the Cabo de Sao Vicente (Cape Saint Vincent) monastery and lighthouse in hot dry sunshine. I bought an ice-cream, sat down and ate it. Then I continued a little past the tourist attraction, and headed back. On the way, I went for a swim at Praia do Beliche. I took the bus back from Sagres to the Good Feeling hostel. Here’s some photos:
Sagres to Cape Saint Vincent Photos
The next morning I took the bus to Sagres, which is the most south-western point in Europe. It was an important place during the Portuguese Age of Discovery, with a nautical school set up there by Henry the Navigator.
Sagres to Cape St. Vincent Lighthouse
After looking around Sagres I walked out to the fort (visible above the beach in photo 2) and then up the Vincentine west coast to the Cape St. Vincent lighthouse and monastery. Here’s some photos:
I left Faro for the Good Feeling hostel a little inland from Sagres and Lagos. The first afternoon I just walked inland a little, but finally reached the beach the next morning. In fact, I went to two beaches and saw a megalithic stone on a circular walk to the south. Here’s some photos:
On the Sunday I went for a stroll inland. I enjoyed the quiet roads and strong sunshine, so continued farther than intended. I could see a town in the distance, just before the mountains that constituted the horizon (as seen in the second photo). So I carried on to Conceicao, which took a couple of hours.
Faro-Conceicao, Portugal Hike
I did that for no other reason than because I was enjoying the walk, and its position at the end of the plain provided a tempting target distance.
I had avoided the beach because it was a bus ride away from Faro, and sun cream was very expensive. I’d thought I could gradually brown, but by the time I reached Conceicao I was already burning!
The last bus back to Faro was leaving just after I arrived. I didn’t take it. I walked around the village, seeing the crowd after a church service (penultimate photo), and some mansion gardens that were closed (last photo).
I had a couple of beers in a cafe and hiked back, sheltering my face and neck from the sun as much as possible! It had been a nice day and walk, but I was left with a red face!!
Faro, on Portugal’s Algarve, has an historic quarter, with an old fort, cathedral and statues. The statue in the last two photos is in the centre of town, near the marina.
Here’s some photos, also featuring the flowers (1st photo), swallows (3rd photo) and stork(s) (last two photos) seen in previous blogs:
Faro’s evening air was awakened by swallows darting and chirping in their thousands. Storks flew in the same air space. The roof of the Faro Lounge hostel was a good place to view the aerial spectacle. Here’s a couple of videos of the bird bonanza.
Flying from Dinard Airport
I found my way okay from Dinard, and knew I was on the right track when I reached a tree-lined cycle path I’d walked the other way on upon arrival.
The last three photos are of the Rance estuary dividing Dinard and Saint-Malo from the plane. The ship in photo 3 is just about visible in the last photo.
So that was the end of the 25th anniversary tour on this blog, and it will now continue travelling back in time, starting in Portugal 2011.