Portugal, Serra de Monchique and The Castle of Silves

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Algarve Castle of Silves

On the second day with the car we planned to start early and some time before breakfast drive into theSerra de Monchique, the mountain range which separates the Algarve from the rest of Portugal and specifically to the mountain peak of Foia, which at almost seven hundred and forty metres is the highest spot in the range.

We drove directly north, climbing steadily all the time and then as we got closer we were obliged to leave the main road and take to a narrow paved track that weaved its way to the top of the mountain as the engine of the car complained all the way to the top.

At the top was a rather untidy radio telecommunications and radar base with all of the pylons and cables that are normally associated with this type of facility but we hadn’t driven here to see this and as we turned our…

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