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Benafim Grande

Benafim Grande in central Algarve comes under the district of Loule. Located on the EN124 road, running  from Alcoutim on the Spanish border, towards  Silves in central Algarve. Being over 200 metres above sea level set in the Serra de Caldeirao hills. Benafim enjoys coastal views from the top at the church.

The church has a small clock tower and at the rear of the church is hand painted tiles of Christ on the cross, dating from the 18th century. The whole feel of Benafim is a true encounter how the Portuguese live. From the grander merchant houses to the humble stone built houses that are just six feet wide with a small doorway and one window. Built with pride with many having large fancy chimneys which the Algarve if famous. The bigger and fancier the chimney design. Was a sign of standing and wealth?

Benafim comes under the district of Loule one of the richest parishes in the Algarve. The town’s public places have been restored whilst keeping all its charm. Many narrow cobblestone street have not changed for decades the main street is wide with benches ever fifty metres along with old style street lamps.

Towards the rear of the town, is a local tiled water font now fully restored and boasts scenes of the past with hand painted blue/white tiles. The font now updated, fitted with brass taps that replaced the stone gully that used to flow continuously with spring water. The water is suitable for drinking and used by the locals. Just a short distance away is the fully restored and working public open air Laundry housing public toilets. The main wall has artistic hand painted scene of an Arab with a young girl painted in 1996.

Restored water font

Public open air laundry

18th century church

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