This pergola seems as it could have been designed yesterday, especially the steel structure on top of the massive stone cubes. We might be totally wrong here, but to us only the central pier, rising from an octagonal space, hints at an Art Deco provenance. That and of course the fact that everything is generously covered in rust, mold and lichen.
This being the humidest part of Portugal it’s not hard to imagine that anything looks old after a few years. The wood parts do look like they are relatively new, too sharp and straight (and unpainted). In any case this is one of my favorite pergolas anywhere, with the quadruple-square-post theme injecting new life in a theme that has been developed ad nauseam before. Plus, it manages to look and feel classic without a single classical element: the epitome of great modern design.
Ponte de Lima