Algarve Barrocal Bilder


Rocha da Pena

Rocha da Pena

The protected area of Rocha da Pena offers one of the very best vantage points for looking out over the vast expanse of the Algarve’s Barrocal landscape with all the geological oddities and diversity of fauna and flora that the region is famous for.


Rocha da Pena

Rocha da Pena

The distincive rock formation of Rocha da Pena marks the transition area between the Barrocal and the Serra of the Algarve


Salir: view to the East

Salir: view to the East

View from the foot of the water tower to the eastern outscirts of the village and the border of the serra.


Silves: Castle view

Silves: Castle view

View from the castle of Silves to the surrounding fertile landscape of the Barrocal landscape.


Barrocal: Irrigation

Barrocal: Irrigation

To secure irigation during the hot summer month rain water is stored in cisterns.


Alte: Fonte Grande

Alte: Fonte Grande

The large fountain of the Ribeira de Alte, one of the creeks crossing the landscape of the Algarve Barrocal.


Ribeira de Alte

Ribeira de Alte


Paderne: Ribeira de Quarteira

Paderne: Ribeira de Quarteira


Sitio das Fontes

Sitio das Fontes

A few miles to the north of Estombar the largest karstic springs in the Algarve can be found. A number of springs feed this section of the Rio Arade


Fonte da Benémola: Spring

Fonte da Benémola: Spring

One of the springs of this water rich area.


Fonte da Benémola: Beehives

Fonte da Benémola: Beehives


Barrocal: Bee swarm

Barrocal: Bee swarm


Barrocal: Beekeeper

Barrocal: Beekeeper


Moncarapacho:  Olive plantation

Moncarapacho: Olive plantation


Moncarapacho: Olive plantation

Moncarapacho: Olive plantation

Some of the olive trees of the olive plantation are more than thousand years old.


Moncarapacho: Olive plantation

Moncarapacho: Olive plantation


São Brás de Alportel

São Brás de Alportel

The village of São Brás, a former centre of the local cork industry, is surrounded by the typical landscape of the Algarve Barrocal.


Sta. Catarina: Clay Extraction

Sta. Catarina: Clay Extraction

Two types of clay are extracted, red and white, that after combined in the right proportion will lead to the raw material that is used in tiles and other products. During the extraction process is necessary to be careful and to do a good cleaning around the lode of clay so that it is not contaminated with stones, dirt or any other material that may damage the quality of the clay. Both types of clay, red and white, are transported on trucks for the ceramics and are stored in two separate lots, being mixed only at the time that the paste preparation phase takes place. This is because we don't always use the same ratio of the two; it depends on the type of Terracotta we want to produce and the end result we want, tone, etc.


Sta. Catarina: Manual tile production

Sta. Catarina: Manual tile production


São Brás: Cork oak

São Brás: Cork oak

We found this huge old coark oak in a hamlet near São Brás.


Cork harvesting

Cork harvesting

Every seven years a part of the cortex of the cork ork is excoriated.


Cork:  A pure natural produce of Portugal

Cork: A pure natural produce of Portugal


Barrocal: Windmill

Barrocal: Windmill

On top of many ridges in the Barrocal Landscape you can find such foundations of wind mills.


Barrocal: Panoramic view

Barrocal: Panoramic view

View from a hill north of Santa Bárbara de Nexe


Barrocal: Pasture

Barrocal: Pasture


Barrocal: Blooming pasture

Barrocal: Blooming pasture


Barrocal: Almond blossoming

Barrocal: Almond blossoming


Boliqueime: Limestone quarry

Boliqueime: Limestone quarry

In a quarry near Boliqueime the limestone is extracted and processed.

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