The slopes of the Zezere valley are not too fertile, having been bulldozed by the glacier as its slowly made its way along. Consequently, one of the main uses of the valley today is for sheep grazing on its slopes. Nestled in the valley floor, we saw several of these ancient stone dwellings used by shepherds. Very often, the roofs have to be rethatched from local vegetation after the ravages of a long winter in these peaks. Scattered along the valley floor are also huge boulders deposited by the glacier as it melted itself into oblivion thousands of years ago. This photo was taken from much further away than it appears by using a zoom lens.
While strolling around city centre, we came across this flowers in the streets. There are some tall flowerpots, in the shape of a triangle, all covered in these curious flowers we had never seen before – if you look closer they look like coloured cabbages!! We found them both in white and purple, and both like nice. After “discovering” these in Covilhã, we came across some others in villages nearby. I wonder what is their name?
Azulejos are traditional Portuguese tiles. Azulejos are hand painted tiles and can be found in blue and white shades or coloured, depending on theme, epoch and place. In Covilhã we found some nice examples of this typical Portuguese arts craft, both in churches and private houses. The azulejos depicted on this photo allude to the wool manufacture, traditionally a most important economic activity in the city.