Another lovely sunny day for us and all three of us feeling a bit tired from our recent time in Spain so Françoise and I opted to do a very gentle hike nearby while Marc opted to stay and work on his collage and enjoy a little solitude.
Fonte de Benémola is a natural spring that continues to flow even in the hottest and driest weather in the Algarve, and this lovely spot still has lush vegetation along the stream banks when the rest of the landscape is brown and arid.
The site was designated to protect its wildlife in 1991, and the well-trodden circular walk around the reserve is easy to follow and not too taxing. A gentle stroll will take around one and a half hours, perfect for an initiation with Françoise!
You can tell she is enjoying herself……..the sun was warm, not a person in sight for most of our hike only the sound of countless birds telling us to get out of their forest!
A view in one direction of the river
This view in the other direction
These large pods are busting all over the place, I’m not certain of the type of tree, it actually looked quite a bit like an oleander plant but I don’t think it was.
Crossing the river and doing her best not to fall in, I had my camera ready just in case!!!
The falls was burbling happily and the birds were flying in and out of the mist
Looking for turtles….not one in sight.
Despite my unfounded fear of the water, I agree to stop and pose for this photo…….Françoise assured me she would come save me if I fell in….after she took a photo!
Somebody killed a bear in the woods!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 An albino at that!
Usually a basket maker lives here but today it appeared abandoned…..hopefully he will return in the spring.
It got pretty warm for us but you can see, the trail is quite lovely and truly not a major challenge.
Eucalyptus grows profusely throughout the forest along with countless cork trees. Makes for a wonderful scent.