We never did find the gypsy market in Loulé, but we enjoyed walking around the rest of the town. There isn’t a great deal of known history about the town, although we did see several notations that “when the Arabs invaded in 715, Loulé was an existing town”. Some claim that the town has Roman origins, but I don’t think they’ve found any evidence of that.
Obviously some bits need a new coat of paint, but I love these kinds of places. They look well-lived-in…. cities should have rich and full lives, and should look like it! I’m not sure what the urban planning version of Botox is, but I prefer to see all the wrinkles.
We found this charming arch on a small side street. There was a plaque explaining that it was very old, and was unique because it connected one dwelling on both sides of the street. Imagine having to run to the loo in the middle of the night, across the bridge!
There is a castle in Loulé that dates from the 13th or 14th centuries, although it has been heavily reconstructed since then. It’s a bit hard to find, as it’s hidden in the city streets. Historically it must have been at the high-point on the hill, but nowadays it is tucked down the small alleys.