Walking to Silves on my own

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When I arranged to interview art restorer and artist Florbela Moreira in Silves recently, my original plan was to bus there and walk back. Then a brilliant idea struck me. Why didn’t I walk to Silves and back?  I hadn’t … Continued

Levada walking in Silves

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We always loved walking Madeira’s numerous levadas; however, it wasn’t until Harri bought a new hiking book that we learned there was a levada in nearby Silves. For the uninitiated, levadas are water channels built to irrigate large areas of … Continued

Central Algarve: 10km stroll from Montes Mourinhos

Today marks the end of our second week of self-isolation here in Montes Mourinhos. The Portuguese government announced a State of Emergency on March 18; however, most people we know had quite rightly decided to stop socialising – and small … Continued

Via Algarviana: Silves to Monchique

Four days ago, we’d glimpsed the twin peaks of Fóia (902 metres) and Picota (774 metres) in the Serra de Monchique for the first time. Later this afternoon – towards the end of a very long day’s hiking – we … Continued