February in Portugal

In between the cold damp days of London, my friend Cristina and I spent 3 sunny days in the Algarve, exploring the southern towns and too many pottery shops. If you're sufficiently interested, click on the thumbnails to see the larger photos.

First town was Silves, tucked into the lower hills to the north. Quiet, a small market, a nearly empty castle at the top of narrow winding streets and memorable grilled sardines.
Silves Market
The market before closing
Looking out of the
walled town to a
more modern street
silvas street
Another street.
Silves Castle
insite the castle walls
Silves Cathedral
a pleasant cathedral
Sunday morning we drove out to the 'end' the southwest corner of Portugal - to the South, the Med; to the West, the Atlantic. Then, after a nice meal in Sagres, we drove into the mountains to Monchique
capo sao vicente
Other than a busload
of Spaniards we had
the view to ourselves.
monchique statue
One of several
modern statues
in Monchique
monchique town
Pretty streets
monchique 3
and many colorful houses
monchique 4
monchique 5
Everything seemed
freshly painted
monchique 6 Monchique Cathedral
The cathedral
Monchique Cathedral 2
Great door!
A good place for
a shot of Cristina
The last day we explored Faro and then drove east to Tavira, a town I remembered fondly. Few tourists, not all shiny and bright, but very 'comfortable'.
Faro view
View from the top
of the Faro Cathedral
Faro cathedral
Wood carving in
the cathedral
Faro ceramicist
Modern ceramics workshop
tavira bridge
Tavira bridge
tavira bridge-2
Something about European men...
Three in Silves
Monchique men
Two in Monchique
Three more in Faro
Some of them work
Shopping in Faro?
and some of them shop?
And finally the critters... We saw storks everywhere but I'll only bore you with two shots. And then the best of all at the table next to ours in a Tavira cafe...
Atop the Faro cathedral
Watching over Silves
Is he about to pour the tea?