Considered by many as the most typical Algarvean village, Alte is a small village of white-washed houses nestling amidst trees and mountains. It’s a village I love to visit where I simply park the car and wander in any, and every direction I can. It’s situated in central Algarve, about 40 minutes from Estoi, the village dates from Roman times and has an Arab past that can be observed in the detail filigree chimneys that adorn the houses.
Joanne had never been and Marc is quite preoccupied with his upcoming exhibition therefore, to get out of his hair, after all I AM a distraction, I suggested to Joanne we head off and explore for the afternoon. It never disappoints. I will let the photos tell their own unique story.
Wandering in any direction you find an impressive amount of street art. There’s lots hidden on even the smallest of street corners – and the biggest. Here are a few examples. Apparently the artist used only local faces.
Of course all this walking led to hunger and very little was opened but, we managed to find a place and enjoyed a wonderful traditional Portuguese meal practically alone on the outside terrace.
Finally, after lunch and another period of meandering, I took Joanne to meet a local celebrity. I should have perhaps shown her the sign that is in the header of this blog before we got too close!!! Luckily, she was safe. ( mais ou menos)!!
Finally, on our way out of town, we stopped and enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the tranquil and beautiful cemetery. Came upon a headstone and plaque that I hadn’t seen before. Born in Alte on December 3, 1871, Francisco Xavier Cândido Guerreiro was a post-symbolist lawyer, playwright and poet. He was part of the group of the “Portuguese Renaissance”.
As always, one or two of my shots stay with me as favourites of the day. In closing, here is that shot for me today…….a day that was full of sunshine, full of happiness, and happily, when I returned home, Marc had accomplished everything he had wanted to do which leaves us with three very happy people.