Sunday, 17 January 2016

Castro Verde & Odeceixe

Ten days have passed at Pomarao and we are not quite sure where they went
We decide its time to move across to Castro Verde in order to use their excellent municipal campsite and those elusive washing machines…


We have a full day of constructive comings and goings, mainly me carving a new trail to the washhouse, but next day it all goes pear shaped as Russ & Lynne arrive from Pomarao and we are firmly back in to party mode!
(possibly the grainiest photo ever but you get the message)


Next day we decide to actually leave the site and go stroll the town together amidst dull skies and the threat of rain. Quite a shock after the months of superb weather we've had



The old Manor House which must have looked very grand in its day



The Royal Basilica of Castro Verde 



A collection of tourists re enacting 'Saturday Night Fever'


Beautiful roof just peeling away


The interior is almost all hand painted porcelain tiles



Three days here and then we moved off to Aljezur on the west coast and a visit to FF Solar to check out their solar panels


The small portable panel I've procured will be ready for collection in a couple of days so we settle down just north of town at one of our most favourite places, Odeceixe


Beautiful as ever...



In a couple of months these succulents will be a mass of flowers



Storks in action




We get the message guys
The tolerated parking area is just back from this and offers a superb view and convenience



A room with a view...


The little beach community has been awarded some EU money and is busy renovating the steep cobble  paths and access roads


Name the actor...


Our first visit here this trip but we are sure to return in the coming months