|Back streets of Faro|
|A cosy corner in the old city|
We had a lot of fun exploring and walking the city and then taking trips out of town. On one day, we headed east to Olhao and Tavira. Olhao wasn't all that exciting (for that read disappointing), but Tavira was gorgeous with a wide river running through it, a castle on the hill and plenty of white-painted charm. I loved it and had to lurk round the river of course.
|The church on the hill in Tavira. I was standing on the remains |
of the castle walls
|City walls and urban homes are indelibly welded together|
|Looking across the Gilao River|
|Looking downstream on the Gilao River|
|The Palace of Estoi|
|Palace grounds and buildings|
On our last day, we did a boat trip around the islands off the coast. Faro is bounded by an area of natural beauty with a lagoon, mudflats and sandbanks. The boat toured the islands and the skipper, Claudio, pointed out which birds, waders and crabs it was home to. It was great to see all the birdlife, and I must say that Claudio was pretty easy on the eye too, so we didn't mind looking at him either...haha. One island is completely uninhabited with the exception of an old man (in his eighties) and his dog (said by Claudio to be about two hundred years old), the only humans and animals permitted to live there. There was also a lighthouse island where we stopped for a look around. The whole tour was a lovely end to our trip and a very welcome dose of sunshine despite my fried toes.
|Old huts on Desert Island|
|The one and only lighthouse|
|Faro castle seen from the water|
|Our charming and rather dashing skipper,|