The main idea was of course to take things easy, catch a bit of surf & generally over indulge the excellent Portuguese wines & cuisine but I did still manage to check out a bit of military history whilst over there.
First up: Forta de Almedena
|Looking across the gateway to opposite bastion|
|Masonry apron of the same to protect projecting cannon barrel.|
|Curtain wall from bastion to cliff top.|
|Remains of vaulted powder magazine. Note thick walls & thin roof to channel accidental detonations upward.|
|Doorway to Bastion.|
|Cannon loophole in bastion. Note, directly in line with the same opposite.|
|Bastion & apron from main gateway.|
|Interior wall of bastion with steps to roof.|
|Reverse shot from bastion to bastion.|
|View of ground in front of fort.|
|Frontal view of fort.|
However, whichever case might be true the construction of the walls & bastions makes it fairly obvious that the fort was only intended to protect its integral coastal battery from attack by light forces. That said the terrain over which any attack would come would make it difficult to haul up any artillery heavy enough to make an impression, so a formidable work despite its apparent shortcomings.
You could if you wished view this site from the air on google earth; start from Lagos, Portugal & work westward along the coast- the site is labelled. I was hoping that a Texan aviator who was on site might have taken some aerial shots for me, but he convinced me he had enough on his hands keeping his paraglider safely in the air and to be frank, given the 200' drop to the sea I could see his point.
More Portuguese stonework & some SYW Prussians next time.