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