When I woke up this morning, as I always do, I looked out the open windows to see what the weather held. Sadly it was overcast and I felt a bit disappointed but, it turned out to be perfect for what the day had in store for me.
Marc is a member of an arts community here in the Algarve and today was their annual Christmas lunch. He had invited Bela, a fellow artist, to join him and Harald and I were going to head off, in the same direction, for a day-long hike.
This particular hike requires two cars……..Bela and Marc would be driving to Armação de Pêra for their luncheon while Harald and I would head off around 9 a.m. for Vale de Centianes to start, what turned out to be, an 18 km hike. We would arrive in Armação de Pêra roughly the same time as they were to wrap up their luncheon.
This hike, which is supposed to be a medium level hike but is truly a bit more demanding than that at times, was simply breathtakingly amazing. The views over the cliffs were stunning with indented coastline, arches, caves, gorges, stacks, and hidden beach after hidden beach, many of them accessible only by boat.
The vegetation, for the most part, was stubby but at times the trees had the opportunity to grow to full height. Pines, junipers, Kermes oaks, and all kinds of wildflowers not yet in bloom.
I don’t think I can say much more but will simply let the photos speak for themselves….and they will. Enjoy.
A truly wondrous day for me and again, much thanks to my friend Harald for his generosity in allowing me to tag along on these amazing outing. I know I get out and hike/walk/explore every day but these lengthy excursions are not something I would necessarily do on my own and when I think what I would miss out on!!!!!!!
We literally walked into the hotel to meet Bela and Marc at exactly the same moment they were walking out of the dining room!!!!!! How propitious!
Harald drove us back to the start of our outing to allow us to collect our car and start the journey home but not before the four of us shared in a relaxing tea overlooking the pounding surf and the golden cliffs. One last look before heading back to the Quinta.