There’s a pig loose

On Friday we headed out on what has become one of our favourite walks in the Guadiana valley, and surprised ourselves by how quickly we completed it. We concluded this was not because we are particularly fit at the moment, but because there was little to photograph or observe in terms of flora and fauna. However we did spy one or two things. Right at the start there was Hoopoe on a wire. The sun was in the wrong place for a great photograph, but I still rather like the image.Hoopoe

We decided not to follow the usual path through the village of Álamo, but instead followed our noses up one of the main tracks. The climb felt much easier albeit without the views, and so it wasn’t long before we found ourselves back on the official route and we spied in the distance what at first I thought were cattle.Sheep high on the hill top

Unusual I thought to see cattle here in the Curral Velho, but when I zoomed in I realised of course they were sheep! Not sure what breed they are, but the short hair and lack of black in their face suggests they are not Churra Algarvia.


It wasn’t long before we found ourselves halfway round and in the hamlet of Corte das Donas. We didn’t stop this time at the windmill as it was too early for lunch and also incredibly windy at the top of the hill. The views however are as glorious as ever from here, and there was plenty to amuse me in Corte das Donas – busy bees, new signs, and back gardens full of flowers and vegetables.


It is downward all the way from Corte das Donas, which was fortunate on Friday as for a while we were walking directly into the wind. Once we’d dropped down into the valley the wind all but disappeared and it was gloriously warm in the sun. Wasn’t long before we found a perfect spot in an Olive grove for our picnic. We could have easily stayed there for an hour or two, but I have learnt even on a short walk it is never sensible to sit down for too long. So before we became too settled we up and moving towards Laranjeiras. Well sort of moving as there so much to see here. The valley in which the Riberia Laranjeiras flows is full of olive groves and allotments, and always alive with birds.


We still haven’t got our timings quite right to finish the walk with lunch at Restaurante Cantarinha do Guadiana in Laranjeiras, so I still cannot share my own review. Instead on Friday we copied the pig who had escaped its enclosure and hot-footed it along the EM507-2 to the cafe in Guerreiros do Rio. However the pig didn’t get as far as us, despite me becoming sidetracked by trees, and so she missed out on the Sagres at Bar do Rio.


It made a nice end to a lovely stroll. One of these days though we will plan it so we can finish with lunch, and then this will be a perfect walk for Jo!

Author: BeckyB

It had been a good life walking, cooking, photographing, volunteering, blogging, and best of all spending time with MrB, family, & friends. Sadly it no longer is. Suddenly and unexpectedly I have become a widow.

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    1. Certainly was last week, however yesterday was bit more like winter! Low mist swept across the hills and so we were walking fast rather than wandering then.

  1. It is only since reading your and Jo’s posts from the Algarve that I realized the weather there is much better than ours. I once spent a miserable November/part December there and ever since I’ve imagined the Algarve winter to be pretty much along the lines of that in the UK. Your pix of fruit and flowers, blue skies and happy walkers have disabused me of that. I’m not planning a visit any winter soon, but at least I know now it is do-able, so thank you both. Meantime, have enjoyed this walk thoroughly.

    1. oh I am so so glad you enjoyed the walk, and yes the weather is always (well 95% of the time) better than in the UK however there are the odd days when it is cold/wet. I feel so sorry for those whose break out here coincides with one of those weeks. It is really rare though this happens for a whole week or more. The most important thing though when here in the winter is to be somewhere with heating in the living room AND bedroom – so many only have it in the living room. And whilst it only falls to 4 to 7 degrees at night in the hills that is cold enough not to feel great in the evenings if you are used to central heating!

  2. I love the soft and gentle colours in this post Becky, wish I was with you on that walk to smell the almond blossom and feel the warmth of the sun. Miserable day here again. You picked the right time to escape!

    1. So happy that we escaped when we did this year!
      And I wish you were here too. Jo flies out on Monday could you sneak into her suitcase? I am sure she won’t mind xx

    1. oops sorry . . . . .the UK does seem to be having a proper winter this year. I’ve suggested to Jude she sneaks into Jo’s suitcase on Monday when she comes out, perhaps you could do the same!

    1. Thank you Gilly 🙂
      She was also quite a funny pig as she kept jumping in the air and darting away, we think she was being twitched by the wagtail which was following her. You can just about see the wagtail under her belly in the shot!

  3. Feeling slightly homesick. 🙂 🙂 It doesn’t look even remotely inviting outdoors here today so I’m happy watching tennis. Thanks a lot, Becky. Happy Sunday!

    1. A very Happy Sunday to you too – hope the tennis is good. I won’t mention the weather here, but just think a week today 😀

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