Twenty-Two degrees today!!!! Ask me who is happy!!!
After breakfast we headed off, ostensively for the Faro Beach and a long walk in the sand however, as we neared the route heading out to the beach we remembered that we had wanted to take a walk on the newly constructed boardwalk just to the north of the beach along a large section of the Ria Formosa Park and so, we did! Not at all disappointed.
By the time we had completed the walk we had clocked in 8.1 kms, which is not bad at all. The path is either boardwalk (wood) or tightly pressed clay. In any case, it was certainly easy for the feet and turned out to be quite beautiful.
These are called eurasian coots
A close up of the eurasian coot.
I loved seeing this person sitting quietly enjoying the sun on the water and the heat of the day. That’s the Faro Beach off in the distance with the open Atlantic on the other side.
The storks have returned in the last week or so and are feasting along the shallow waters.
It’s amazing how large these storks are.
A heron wandering along the shore line. Plenty to eat here and very protected.
I wasn’t able to identify this species. I think it’s an elusive type of bird that you only see from time to time in Portugal.!!! WASN’T AB;E TO
These are a flock of Royal Spoonbills.
A fiddler crab, sometimes known as a calling crab. The shoreline was literally crawling with them today.
The scenery along our route was quite lovely and certainly tranquil if you could block out the sounds of the birds….but who would want to do that?
Marc getting his daily dose of walking exercise. You can see the colour and texture of the trail. An easy walk.
This man was searching out clams. Backbreaking work but worth it for the feast at the end of it all.
Do not plie or tendu on the edge of the cliff!!! Sorry…..my sense of humour.
The mari bas….low tide. I would love to do the same walk during mari haute…high tide
We are at the end of the groomed trail here but I do believe that if we continued along the flats we would eventually get to the bridge you see in the distance at Quarteria. A lovely walk back along the beach from there. Get your boots on Patty Anne!!!u
We both thoroughly enjoyed the walk but by the end, were ravenous. The sunshine and the smell of the sea combined with the length of the trail had built up an appetite. With that we headed home to make lunch and then simply hang out at the quinta for the afternoon. I’m deep in a good book!!!!
A map of our walk today.
And an old abandoned building we passed this morning that invited us to stop and walk around.