Algarve Chimneys – Sightseeing Attractions:
Throughout the Algarve you’ll notice that the walls of houses are mostly whitewashed. As we know, the Algarve has very long, hot summers and the whitewash deflects the hot sun from the buildings.
Why So Many Chimneys?
Why then you may ask do these same houses have so many chimneys, especially when the winters here are quite mild as well. Some of the houses seem to have four or five chimneys.
It seems that whilst a house may have many chimneys, usually there is only one that is a functional.
The rest of them of just decorative features of the houses. As you drive around the Algarve, you’ll see a range of chimney designs, some are plain whereas others are really ornate.
Hundreds of years ago, there were mosques in this region and the chimneys are features that were copied from the minarets. The Moorish influence can be seen from the cylindrical or prismatic shapes of the chimneys with geometric cut-out patterns on them. The chimneys are whitewashed, but some have details painted to highlight its ornamentation.
Between April and May the chimneys are wrapped in plastic to prevent swifts and swallows from building nests in them.
On your Algarve holidays, look out for these unusual ornamental chimneys which are now part of the traditional architecture of the Algarve home.