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May 6th 2014
Published: May 8th 2014
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WOW what a day. We saw some incredible sights today. Some of the best scenery of the Algarve area. We made a loop and went up into the mountains then over to the west coast then back along the south coast. A long day covering over 160 kilometers.

The highlights f the day:
1. The walled city of Silves--the wall dates back to the 9th century

2. Monchique--the highest point in the Algarve region of Portugal. You can see hundreds of miles up the west coast and also along the south coast. One of the best vistas we have seen. This vista rivals the Rock of Gibraltar.

3. Sagres - the most southwestern tip of Europe, once called the end of the earth. There are two main capes here. The first one is Cabo de St. Vincent. The views here were phenomenal. We toured the mariners museum and watched a fishermen fishing from the top of the cliff. The second cape is Ponta de Sagres. Prince Henry the Navigator established a school here in the 1400's to teach navigation to students such as Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeu Dias, and Ferdinand Magellan. There were more fishermen along the high
Silves from a distanceSilves from a distanceSilves from a distance

You can see the city wall
banks at this point. And, again the views--incredibly breath taking.

4. Salema--a quaint Portuguese fishing village with the best beaches we have seen so far. We were told of this town by some friends of our friend Jim from Bellingham. We could have stayed there for days. But it was getting late and we still had miles, well kilometers, to go.

5. Last stop for today --the town of Luz. In our neverending search for a really good beach we decided to take a look at the beach in Luz. It seemed like a clean town with an okay beach and some Roman ruins.

It was time to head back to the resort, get some dinner, and plan our outing for tomorrow

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The Cathedral at SilvesThe Cathedral at Silves
The Cathedral at Silves

Jan in the doorway to show how huge the entry is
Possibly used by Henry the NavigatorPossibly used by Henry the Navigator
Possibly used by Henry the Navigator

They are unsure what this large circle was used for. One theory is that Henry used it as a teaching tool.
clay potsclay pots
clay pots

Used for catching octopus

8th May 2014

And we never gave Portugal a thought!
9th May 2014

Wow, the pictures are wonderful! and why do the fishermen fish from SO HIGH UP? that would be a long way to pull up a fish!!! Keep having fun! and the pics coming!
29th August 2014

can't wait
hello :) I'll be travelling to the algarve in a few months time, this blog was very interesting, we'll be hiring a car so it's nice to see where others stopped off on their trips. I didnt know about the giant circle in sagres, now I'd like to see it with my own eyes! so thanks! can't wait :D

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