The Hinterland from Algarve
If you can get enough of the steep coasts and rocks and water that glows in different colours, you can go to the hinterland.
We went by rental car to Monchique. On our way we admired the many many stork nests. They are everywhere. On lamp posts, chimneys and trees. Some storks where there and clattered loudly.
When we arrived at Monchique there was a handicraft festival. There were lots of booths with handmade items.
But there was also old handicraft like basket-weaving to be seen. And in one booth there was a hand-loom.
In the center a sign says: Miradouru. So we walked uphill through small streets. We landed at a wide place with fountains. Unfortunately they were not running. But we had a nice view from there.
Our continuation of the journey to the highest point ‚Foia‘ was due to a forest fire impossible. But the nice policeman let us drive to the restaurant ‚Jardim des Oliveiras‘. Traditional food from wild boar or goat are on the menu there. And you sit in a nice garden between kork trees.
We also went to Silves with its dark red castle and the cathedral. There are also small alleys and a shadowy coffee places under trees. You get fresh pressed orange juice for a fair price and the traditional Bica. In the village you can spot a lot of those tile scenes.
In the center at the banks of the river there are palm trees along the roadside. And you will find a huge place with fountains, oriental buildings and nicely cut orange trees with fruits. Can you pluck them? Here a medieval market takes place once a year. The traces could still be seen when he have been there.
So if you have got enough of all those beaches, take a look at the hinterland. You won't regret it.