Photo tour

Photo tour – two little words that strike fear into my loved ones and frenzied joy into me!! Luckily for them I am more than happy to grab my camera and head out solo.

Here’s some snaps from a few of the sights we saw on a full day snap happy tour of the Algarve region .

Below is the futuristic looking sanctuary of Loule, perched high on a hill above the town.

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The original Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy (aka Sanctuary of the Sovereign Mother) was built in 1553 while the super modern dome was a far later addition .

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The next stop is Loule itself. It features a castle and a bustling market hall.

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The castle used to boast a series of defensive walls approximately 940 m (0.58 miles) in length. Three towers, a turret and a stretch of ramparts with a walk way along the top define the defensive structure.

Inside it lies the – “alcaidaria” – where the commander of the castle lived – which was possibly built in the 14th century and was rebuilt in the 18th century

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Above is a bronze statue of an elderly farmer selling her wares close to the central market.

The attractive arabian style market hall is home to lots of colourful stalls and I waltzed through it with unbridled delight!

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Decorative shaped tomatoes, colourful sardine tins and fresh fish offer plenty of photo opportunities.

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Look at the shiny, fresh, dead little fishes.

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Or you can enjoy them in more sanitised, colourful packaging such as these little sardines.

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We’ve still got lots of little villages to check out so come back soon!

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2 comments

  1. saltofportugal · May 10, 2015

    The fish looks amazingly fresh and delicious!

    • collymarples · May 14, 2015

      It was! I love markets, can’t get enough of them 🙂

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