It was our final day in Portugal and we were in the mood to play hide and seek with the Algarve coastline. We saw these rock formations with natural cavities along the coastline when we did our boat-ride on the 1st day at Algarve. It was a different perspective of the coastline when seen from the sea. This time we were on ground and we really wanted to see the sea from inside the rock formations of Algar Seco – our hide and seek playground for the day!
The unique thing about Algar Seco was the formations of windows, tunnels and small holes throughout the rocks were nowhere to be seen along the Algarve coastline. The entire formations resembled a fortress of some sort – with secret holes and alleys, hide-outs and tunnels and water bodies. Most stunning was the two near-circular formations overlooking the ocean, it looked as if those were the pair of eyes to see the nature in big screen! Certainly worth a pause and some contemplation at these rocky windows while watching the sea-gulls fly and the Atlantic waves splash. The most outstanding formation was certainly the entrance to the double window cavity. It looked as if a giant monster had its mouth open to swallow and vanish anything that was passing through it. The pair of cavities on top of the entrance simply looked like a ghostly pair of eyes!
Our time was soon running out, so we settled down for some lunch at the Boneca Bar & Restaurant. Located at the very heart of the Algar Seco’s rocky formations, this restaurant turned out to be the best in terms of location and the food was equally great. Not surprisingly, Tanusree ordered the fresh catch of the day fish and Shehzaad stuck with his favourite chicken and chips. While the food was being prepared, we cooled ourselves with some essential chilled Sangria.
Reluctantly, we turned the engine on again and hit the motorway to return to Lisbon leaving behind the amazing Algarve region – where every beach was a storyteller. After a 3 hours drive, we reached Lisbon, returned our car and arrived at the airport.
Before entering Lisbon however, we passed through the magnificent Vasco Da Gama bridge. The 12.3 km long cable-stayed bridge stands proudly on the Tagus river as the longest bridge in Europe. Opened to public in 1998 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of India by sea route from Europe by the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama. Driving through this bridge itself was enough to give goose-bumps for the entire 12.3 km stretch. The fact that this being the longest bridge in the continent of Europe, the fact that it being dedicated to the renowned Portuguese voyager and the experience of finishing our roadtrip to discover Portugal was coming to an end after crossing over that bridge made us feel that travelling was and always will be indeed the pilgrimage everyone should aim for.
Looking through the airplane window at the golden lights of Lisbon in the evening, we contemplated that yet another eventful roadtrip had its curtain down – starting with Lisbon, Sintra, up north in Porto and finally down south in Algarve – the wonderful week left a permanent imprint in our heart and mind which still keeps saying – Portugal Please!