The fishermen of Baleal
Earlier I promised you a follow up post on the Portuguese fisherman who have a knack of finding the most dangerous, most inaccessible spots from which to practice their sport. In my earlier post I said of the Baleal peninsula:
"The area is popular with fishermen who take incredible risks to find the perfect spot amongst the fluted rocks right next to the crashing sea."
As you will see in the photos below, I wasn't kidding :-)
Often referred to as the Ilha do Baleal (Baleal Island), this rocky peninsula is linked to the Portuguese mainland by a narrow road through the middle of a wide, sandy beach. The road is sometimes dangerous at high tide but only rarely so in the summer season when the nearby town fills up with beach-going families and surfers.
There are a handful of sandy and rock bays along the length of the peninsula from which boats can be launched, but it seems some of the locals like nothing better than living life right on the edge...
I'm not sure how those guys managed to get down there but they even brought their bright orange parasol.
Some of the less crazy ones go underwater spear fishing in the more sheltered bays, looking to catch fish like this fine Pargo (Snapper):
Later in the day it's not too hard to see the appeal of spending the day close to the sea. With spectacular views across to the islands in the distance the rocks take on golden and then deeper tangerine tones as the sun sets.
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