Yes, I know salt isn’t good for you but I really love these fine crystals collected from the shore at Castro Marim. The fact it’s harvested by hand almost on our doorstep is just too hard to resist. On our last trip I bought this little plastic tub which will last new quite a few months. Why not buy some on your travels?
As we headed over the boarder into Portugal we decided to take a quick first left onto Castro Marim. It’s a lovely little village dominated by a castle which looks down on the villagers. What a treat to discover the new and traffic island art on approach. It’s really quite imposing and if the sight alone of the castle doesn’t make you want to stop and explore I think this certainly will.
I love this village. It’s quick to get to and the kids are always fascinated by the castle and the fact the Spanish flag isn’t flying but a Portuguese one instead. Have a lazy morning strolling around the village before heading back to the beach.
Head across the river to Castro Marim not only can you explore the castle on Sarurday but also the market which is open all day.
Castro Marim is the first town after crossing the bridge into Spain. It takes around 15 minutes to get there from Isla Canela. There's plenty of parking as you enter the village and the market is easy to find.
Just across the bridge into Portugal and one of the first villages you will come across is Castro Marim. It’s a bundle of white washed buildings, castles, windmills and salt beds. It’s quite a good place to head for if you decide to use pedal power too as you can cross over from Ayamonte on the ferry and whizz along the coast on your bike.
If you do visit pop into one of the ships and buy some Castro Marim salt. The flur de sal is lovely and my favourite as the moment is the little liquid pump of sea salt with is really something.
Usually dry in the summer, in the spring the countryside all around our apartment is a carpet of wild yellow flowers. Last weekend I stopped the car to take this photo. It was a cloudy day but the landscape was awash with these stunning flowers which I now know to be Bermuda buttercups.
They currently form a sea of yellow flowers simply everywhere! It’s really quite beautiful and a sign spring is well and truly on its way!