Today was the Cacela Velha Christmas market. It was one of our favourites this past two years, not only for the wonderful market but also for the majesty of Cacela Velha.
Cacela Velha is situated on top of a hill with a view to the easternmost lagoon of the Ria Formosa. The beach here is usually much quieter than other beaches in the area and when the tide is low, you can walk forever.
We were doubly delighted as our friends Harald and Bela had agreed to accompany us. With the blue sky and the sunshine as fellow companions, off we headed.
At the market we found antiques, second-hand items, traditional handcrafted and modern items, Algarvian food products such as honey, figs, jams and liquors. There was also no shortage of books and toys. We enjoyed many conversations with vendors and artists and of course, the slow leisurely walkabout taking it all in.
When we arrived in town we had to park a distance from the core as it was already well attended.
The village is quite small and has a circular route which means it doesn’t matter if you go left or right, you’ll get to see it all.
Umbrellas were protecting the products as well as keeping the hot sun off the sellers.
Bela enjoying market and going from table to table to check it all out.
I noticed quite a few avocado plants for sale today. A new trend?
We’ve seen quite a few boy scout troops and leaders around this weekend. Not certain why but they seem to be attending the various markets.
Airing out the rugs right above the market!
The gates to the cemetery, where we enjoyed a stroll to see all the flowers
And then you turn a corner and this is your view!!!! Beautiful.
Marc and Bela heading towards an artists table.
Sunday, therefore the fishing boats are quiet AND high tide. Bobbing along on the water.
Marc checking out a fellow artist from the Algarve Artists Community, of which he is a member.
And cistus………not a surprise!
I was wandering in the old church when I saw Marc walk in. I liked the back lit quality
Such magnificent blues
Poor little pooch…….he looked embarrassed!! Hos owner, a man about 6′ 4″!! Quite the pair.
Heading into the main square.
I love the old phone booth that still stands tall.
This entire area was devoted to antiques and second hand clothing. It was a busy little corner.
The tree is decorated with felt balls…..they all looked to be hand made.
Imagine this being your view all day long!!
Harald and Bela…..they look as if they are walking past each other.
Bela and Marc…….he is up to no good for sure. Look at that mischievous smile
The tree and the tower….I thought they made a good photo.
There was also a contest for the most beautiful stall and these two smiling faces cornered Marc and me to ask us to vote for them. We totally forgot on the way out!!!!!
A grand day and fun had by all. We attempted to get a rooftop table at the local restaurant but sadly they were full which meant we left town and ended up at another place without the lovely sea view but…….we enjoyed the company, the food and the extension of our outing. There will most certainly be other visits to Cacela Velha and hopefully during one of those, a rooftop lunch!!