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Waterfall run in Portugal

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This was a first for me ... a run to a waterfall, in the Algarve. It was HOT - well over 30C - so I was relieved to find it was almost all downhill on the way there, and I had the option of a lift back afterwards. It was 4 miles, and I drank a litre of water quite quickly after I arrived, and decided to accept the lift back to our villa. Too wimpy to get in the water in the photo, as it was rocky and uneven underfoot, but it was fun watching the young daredevils leaping off the cliff or jumping into the water from the rope swing. I headed back to the pool then a sauna at the villa ... bliss! I could get used to this! Sadly our last full day in such luxury, but still another 12 days of adventures to come further north ... :)

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Dexy5 profile image

That sounds like a lovely run, and I’d have been with you on taking a lift home. Enjoy the rest of your hols.

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APScotlandGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thank you! I will try hard to enjoy myself in this beautiful country ... hasn't been difficult so far ;)

Oldfloss profile image

Goodness... well done... I could not run in that heat... !

What a beautiful spot... enjoy the rest of your holidays... and stay cool :)

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APScotlandGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Going downhill isn't too bad in the heat, but when I first got to the waterfall my sisters, who had driven past me half a mile earlier, were nowhere to be seen! And they had my water bottle! They had got lost and appeared 10 mins later, much to my relief. I really didn't want to run back up the hill without water :)

Sadie-runs profile image

Oh that looks gorgeous, I would have been right in there, clothes and all! 4 miles in that heat is pretty impressive, AP. Enjoy the rest of your adventures. I love Portugal. xxx

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It's my 1st visit here but hopefully not my last! Someone on this forum had suggested soaking a buff in cold water to wear on your head while running in heat. I tried that for the 1st time too, and it works really well for 2 miles ... after that it had dried out in the sun! :)

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Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to APScotland

I am going to try the Buff trick on my run tomorrow, AP! x

JaySeeSkinny profile image

Where are you going in Portugal? I was there last year and loved it!

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APScotlandGraduate10 in reply to JaySeeSkinny

I spent last week at Monte Agudo near Tavira. Just arrived in northeast Portugal on an organic orchard near Monsanto this eve. Beautiful countryside here and during train ride :) Will have 2 nights in Lisbon next week before flying home. Where did you go last year? :)

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JaySeeSkinnyGraduate10 in reply to APScotland

We weren't in typical touristy areas (Torres Vedras and Montereal). But there was so much to see (Mafra, Tomar, beautiful beaches). I hadn't realized that Portugal had so many world class historic sites. I hadn't heard of any of them and was well-impressed!

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APScotlandGraduate10 in reply to JaySeeSkinny

Sounds wonderful! I've been visiting some Portuguese castles, and been blown away by how stunning they are. And we have a lot of great castles in Scotland! Monsanto today - loved it! :)

GoGo_JoJo profile image

Beautiful! I'd have taken the lift too but definately would have been in that water 👍😁

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APScotlandGraduate10 in reply to GoGo_JoJo

I watched my sisters and many other new arrivals struggling through the water on the rocky ground and my inner wimp kicked in :) If I hadn't had a swimming pool to jump in back at the villa perhaps I'd have taken the plunge! I did have to wade through the water to get to my vantage point so my feet got wet, but I wore crocs to protect my feet :)

Ripcurlrana71 profile image

Looks beautiful and idyllic run - apart from the 30c 😣!!

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APScotlandGraduate10 in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Even back home in Scotland it's regularly been 26+C this summer - bonkers weather! Might start soaking my t shirt as well as my buff before setting off to try to stay cooler!

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