My father, wanting to surprise me, parked the camper at a safe distance and told me: “Go, go and see.”
The place was nothing short of desolate; the sun was now falling, I had nothing to do but shrug and satisfied his will but, after a few steps in what seemed to ma like nothingness, I wad presented an exciting scenario: a unraveling of piers supported by stilts, similar to corridors that go into the horizon, fates of raw wood paled by the sun and saltiness and, here and there, colored small houses from where you expect a maritime gnome to come out.
The Cais Palafítico da Carrasqueira is unknown to many, even to the Portuguese. It remains in the estuary of the Sado river, on the Alentejo coast in the province of Alcácer do Sal.
The inhabitants of the area have always dealt with agriculture and fishing, but with the increase in the oyster trade in the 50s and the consequent increase of the fishermen, it began to become difficult to accommodate the boats, because at low tide the estuary it is extremely swampy and reaching the boats was practically impossible.
It was then that the fishermen had this wonderful idea: planting stakes and nailing them boards, so they could walk on water and everyone would reach their boat without difficulty. It goes without saying that with the advancing of the time the length of the improvised pontoon that today exceeds hundreds of meters has also advanced.
As for the small and charming houses, I’m sorry to say that they are not inhabited by marine gnomes… they serve as warehouses for equipment. (Are we sure?)
How to get there:
If you do not have a father who takes you there in a camper, ther’is a bus that runs from Troia to Alcácer do Sal and allows you to get to the village of Carrasqueira. Here the pdf timetable
If you have questions and suggestions, write me in the comments
Ciao from yours Crackita