Street Scenes from Elvas, Portugal

During the one hour stroll we took through the up and down sloping streets of Elvas we didn’t meet a single person except one another tourist. There were many interesting street scenes to capture though. It was around 3 to 4 in the afternoon of 21st May 2015. The whole town of Elvas seemed to be sleeping. There were signs of people living because their laundry was left to dry outside; the gardens looked well looked after. We had no one to ask directions, but it wasn’t confusing either. The route map took us to the cathedral and castle there without much of confusion. Here are some pics, 13 of them, so it a long post with just pics.

The houses along the streets didn’t have any modern look. The town seemed to have preserved its old charm well. The yellow paint in the lower portions of the walls makes it look simple and neat.


Door to an old church in Elvas.


The mosaic pattern in the main square in front of the cathedral, so neatly maintained.

The resident here managed a green patch over his door even though he/she didn’t have a garden space.


The half submerged in the wall jar had ‘2’ written on it. Notice the lamp shade. So unique I thought!

Arch of Miradeiro, an original gate of the first Arab battlements from the 8th and 9th centuries. It was built in lath and plaster and stones cut by Romans. These stones are the proof of presence of Romans in Elvas.


Notice how the coke bottles have been put to use?


The blanket seemed to merge into the wall.

Here and there we found tiled designs on the walls, gives you the feel of a different era! You can spot other designed tiles in my other pics.



A souvenir shop.

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32 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Another lovely and interesting city, Indrani, and your photos are superb as always — they're the next best thing to being there!! I do love the detail that you capture!! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful new week! Enjoy!

  2. Rat says:

    The Door pattern is attractive and I liked the mosaic flooring too. Nice photo essay!

  3. Hi Indrani,

    What an interesting tour you're sharing with us! Thanks for making Blue Monday special.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  4. Beautiful details in these captures!

  5. Amazing post and photos

  6. s.c says:

    You have captured the essence of this little Portuguese village very well. Thanks for showing.

  7. Excellent! Post Indrani 🙂 Thank you for sharing all those beautiful pictures.

  8. Beautiful photos… love how they have used the coke bottles!

  9. I love all the beautiful pottery and knick knacks with the typical mosaic tilework. I wish I could afford to buy all of them 🙂

  10. Linja says:

    How charming! Thanks for sharing this visit.

  11. Sri Kri says:

    All looks so lovely.:)

  12. The photos are fantastic. You have captured the vibrant colors and shades so well! Thank you for sharing these.

  13. Loved this walking tour. It is always interesting to be out and about with no one else around, isn’t it?

  14. absolutely breathtaking all the images!!

  15. that’s an awesome virtual tour dearie 🙂

  16. Arun says:

    Streets looks clean and the plants on both sides make it nice. The church door looks different. The blanket was a nice catch.

  17. Very colourful pictures indeed.

  18. So rustic the flooring and the the door, thanks for sharing…

  19. Mesmerizing captures dear 🙂

  20. vatsala mallya says:

    Mesmerrising photos ,lovely visual treat.

  21. Yogi saraswat says:

    Beautiful details in these captures!The dog in front of house is only similarity to our Indian houses. well written Indrani Ji .

  22. Such lovely pictures Indrani 🙂

  23. Oh! la! la.. Mesmerizing pictures dear 🙂

  24. I espcially liked the second picture. How nicely the earthen pots are placed and how lovely it looks.
    And yes, please put a category, Indrani, looks like you forgot (it and by default it’s “uncategorized”).

  25. Appears the old culture is preserved as is.. A good Narrative with the associated Photographs..

  26. Nisha says:

    You have eyes to admire beauty. 🙂

    I have seen not only coke bottles but many other things being used for plants. 🙂

  27. Lovely account and pictures. I like the old world charm of the place 🙂

  28. Grand pics with the old world charm!

  29. I enjoyed the pics Indrani,old world houses have a distinct charm.

  30. So many beautiful pictures !!!!!!!! I just love it

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