So after spending a day lazing about, Gord and I were up early and back down the road to Sagres and Cabo de Vicente. Both are on peninsulas with spectacular scenic settings. We drove to Cabo de Vicente first. Venders were setting up stalls as we arrived. Even could get the last hotdog before America to go with your new beautifully knit fisherman's sweater. Touristy or what! And the lighthouse that spills over the edge og the point is closed for renovation! We took a quick walk around and hopped back in the car.
On the way from Sagres we had noticed an old fort tumbling down the cliff--or so it seemed. We made this our next stop. We discovered that yes it had been a 16th century fort but now it's a restaurant, a massage parlour, and more shopping. Well surely Prince Henry's Mariner School had fared better!e
Well the site is still here. And the mariner's compass--a huge pie-shaped circle occupies a courtyard. And an old 13th century wall--or portion of one still stands. Prince Henry's church was rebuilt in the 15th century by the Spanish. The Portuguese rebuilt it after the 1755 eartquake. The rest of the complex is tourist offices, 16th century battlements, a conk shaped edifice to listen to the waves and a natural museum teaching about native plants, invasive plants and birds. It also includes the most southwesterly tip of Europe.
Well maybe the town has something to offer. We drive through, stop for coffee, meet a statue dedicatted to Prince Henry, and find a secluded little harbour sheltering from the wind and seas. A fishboat is on its way in. But tourists have invaded here too with boat rides to see dolphins, diving expeditions, and a 'take your picture with the dolphins' board. Further around is a beautiful sandy beach--full of sun worshipers. On top are restaurants and bars and hotels. We stop for a quick lunch overlooking the bay. We watch tou buses drop tourists at a mirador totake a pic. It is a scenic little haven down below.
We head back to Salema poking our noses into several little slivers of sand. Back in Salema we spend the afternoon on the beach. We have a delicious seafood dinner at seaside restaurant and take a quiet walk home.