" Alcaçer do Sal", is a stunning historical town. With castles ,convents and medieval cobbled streets. Its very difficult to manouvere your car within this old ancient city. Its best to walk through the little streets. You will find old buildings in desperate states of disrepair.. and others that have been renovated to their original state,looking ever so beautiful.
The castle dates back to Vll - Vl BC . having been inhabited also by the celts.
Stopping along the way. I took these photos of the Storks. The route to Alcaçer is known by the "route of the storks" So many all over the rice paddies. They make their nests perched on special poles that have been erected for them.
I was so close to this one. Not sure if it was "mummy or daddy".. but the bird didnt flinch.This nest unlike the others, was on top of the telephone pole.
Alcaçer is one of Portugals largest rice growing areas. We have to drive over a very long bridge that goes over the rice paddies on that route. Here in this photo the paddies are full of water and the rice is growing.
Rice paddies with the rice recently planted.
Another view of a rice paddie.. I also thought the tree was rather amazing.
These rice paddies are being prepared.
you can see how far inland the paddies go.
It ended up being the most unusual afternoon. We did some shopping at the supermarket on the outskirts of the town. Then headed back home. Only to find ourselves being diverted through the town and driving all over to find our way out. We both know Alcaçer well, or so we thought. We came upon some interesting buildings and ended up in on way streets. The signs were all in the wrong places. We just shrugged our shoulders and said to each other. "Well we certainly know Alcaçer now."