The heart of Loulé

heart of Loulé

The two main streets in Loulé meet at a roundabout with a large fountain in the center, topped by two joyful dancers. It’s iconic and makes direction-giving very easy: “You know where the central fountain is? Okay, from there you go west…” On all four corners, the buildings are rounded, an unusual architectural style that perfectly reflects the roundabout, the circular fountain, and the sculpture at its center. I love this intersection.

We’ve never been able to figure out the fountain’s schedule, though. Sometimes it’s off in the middle of the day. Sometimes we come home late from some event and it’s happily flowing at midnight on a weeknight, with not a soul in sight. Over the years we’ve accepted it as just one of those things we can never predict.

But it does seem to flow pretty regularly when the sun gets hot, to the great happiness of certain small humans.

water fun

If this fountain has a name, I’ve never found it. I just call it the heart of Loulé.

(Click the images to embiggen.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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8 Responses to The heart of Loulé

  1. Liam says:

    Your family lives in a spectacularly beautiful place Fletcher. O know I appreciate you being my tour guide to the Universe.
    And, whenever Portugal comes up on news I find my attention drawn.

  2. Ana_ñ says:

    Refreshing freeze shots! Excellent!

  3. Milemuncher says:

    Super shots and lighting, but personally I am a fan of the ‘Bandsmen’ intersection or roundabout in Loulé, despite cycling off from it in the wrong direction on too many occasions. Or even the ‘Cyclists’ Triumph and Disaster’ one to the south should be a contender. I look forward to more in your excellent series of Loulé photographs. They bring back happy memories.

    • oregon expat says:

      I love the cyclist one too, but it’s not a roundabout for pedestrians like the fountain. And have you noticed the cat hanging out with the band players on your fav roundabout?

      You’ve got me thinking I need to do a roundabout series.

      • Milemuncher says:

        Yes, ‘Roundabout Statues of the Algarve’ – with your eye for a stunning image it would be a winner. Perhaps a with a special chapter on Albufeira? Mind you, I seem to remember some larger than life metal offerings in the Alentego?

      • Jorge says:


        If you do, please forget the Guia one in EN 125, with all the white chickens. Some things should never be shown to foreigners!

        • oregon expat says:

          Too true. And then there’s the one in Lisboa, between downtown and the Expo area, with the sculpture supposedly depicting the founders of Lisboa. That one shouldn’t be shown to foreigners either. Even the natives say their eyes hurt!

    • xenatuba says:

      For some strange reason, I like the bandsmen too… Although I do love the fountain!

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