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Boliqueime in Central Algarve Portugal, Boliqueime is a small village that comes under the district of Loule, the Algarve is famous for its chimneys they are unique to this area and come in all shapes and sizes, it is said that the larger more elaborate the chimney the more wealth you had, yet you will often see grand chimneys on small cottages. The small village of boliqueime celebrates this by having the chimney on its coat of arms, the village has the largest cement factory in the Algarve and can be seen from the A22 motorway, the village sits above sea level of around 45 metres so has good sea views. there is a small square at the centre of the village, with the main church being the dominant building in the centre. there are many narrow streets that are narrow and cobbled stone, the village has remnants of some wealth in the past, as there are evidence of merchants houses with stone door surround, as well as wrought iron balconies and window grills.
Many tourist would not see a reason to visit the village, but the fact that boliqueime has two smaller parishes that of Fonte De Boliqueime, that has the EN125 running through the middle of it, with its small amount of shops many bars and restaurants, then you have Poco de Boliqueime just further up this is where most tourist think they have visited boliqueime and there is nothing to it, but you would be wrong as to drive that little further until you reach boliqueime itself, the village has the charm of other villages in the Algarve, also take the trouble to look up at the chimneys, after all this is what the region is famous for with the chimneys on many postcards, boliqueime has a monthly market on the last Thursday of the month (see Markets ) with many good restaurants some with fantastic sunset views the village is well worth the inland visit for those staying closer to the coast.
Bottom of the village
Main church square
Coastal views from the top