rows of boats at Faro marina, Portugal

Photo Essay: Multiple features of the Algarve

There’s more to Portugal’s Algarve region than rows of sunbeds and bars. In response to this week’s ‘multiple’ travel photography theme, I’ve selected some images of things that can be found in multiples if you explore the south of the country.

There are plenty of boats, especially in Faro.

rows of boats at Faro marina, Portugal

Multiple boats in the marina at Faro, as seen from the roof of Hotel Eva.

The boats in the background here are for work, not pleasure.

Lobster traps, Sagres

I found this pile of lobster cages while wandering around the fishing harbour at Sagres in the far south-west of the Algarve.

An obligatory beach shot – this is the Algarve, after all.

Cliffs, Benagil, Algarve

The many layers and clusters of rock that have separated from the cliffs are a typical feature of the beaches in central Algarve. This shot was taken on a walk along the cliffs that starts in Benagil.

Getting close to nature in the Algarvian countryside.

clusters of small snails clinging to flower stems

When I knelt to take a close up shot of some flowers, I was very surprised to find all these snails clinging to the stems. I’d been driving across the Algarvian countryside in search of ancient rock formations and stopped to take pictures of the flowers that were brightening the fields.

Looking up this time, I found evidence of local wildlife stuck to buildings in the pretty village of Alte.

multiple swallows nests in a rooftop

It’s not just humans that like to build their homes on top of one another. These multiple nests are a common sight around Portugal; I spotted this cluster in the village of Alte.

For more ideas about what to do in the Algarve besides sizzling on the beach, check out these posts:

Why the Algarve is more than just a great beach destination

You can’t judge a manor house by its facade

People watching in Albufeira, the Algarve

Sandy animals in the Algarve

Don’t rush away from Faro (Algarve Blog)

A is for Alte (Restlessjo)