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Monsaraz, Portugal 10/13

Monsaraz, Portugal 10/13

Following our difficult decision to bypass some of the more beautiful places in southern Portugal and head towards Spain, we were making better time now. There were still a couple locations on our route towards the Spanish border that our friend Soares insisted we...
Azaruja, Portugal 10/13

Azaruja, Portugal 10/13

There was a time when good wine came in a gallon jug with a screw cap. Perhaps we can all remember Carlo Rossi, “No wine is sold before its time”, or good old Red Mountain Burgundy. As our tastes and perhaps our budget improved, we graduated to better wines that were...
Menhir of Almendres, Portugal 10/3

Menhir of Almendres, Portugal 10/3

Leaving the narrow streets of Évora, we looked on the map for someplace a little quieter to camp and saw that we were near the historic site of the largest single megalithic monument on the Iberian Peninsula, dating back some 7000 years. Located in a relatively remote...
Lisbon #2, Portugal 9/13

Lisbon #2, Portugal 9/13

I guess there’s no rest for the weary tourist. Our campsite on the dock near the Belém Ferry Terminal was only a few blocks from the National Carriage Museum. Our friend, Rod Hall, the notorious Class 4 Off-Road and now Production Class Race Driver, had recommended...
Lisbon #1, Portugal 9/13

Lisbon #1, Portugal 9/13

Leaving Cabo da Roca, we headed west to Lisbon, the Capital of Portugal. With a population of 580,000, this City has endured numerous Kings & Rulers battling it out over whose God or Prophet or Savior was the best. The kings were raking in the gold and other...
Sintra, Portugal 9/13

Sintra, Portugal 9/13

Everyone insisted we had to see Sintra and the magnificent Pena National Palace along with the Moorish Castle nearby. In the 19th century Sintra became the first center of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this...
Óbidos, Portugal 9/13

Óbidos, Portugal 9/13

First occupied by the Romans but abandoned in the 5th century, in 713 the Moors established a fortification on this mountain. In 1148, Obidos was retaken by the first King of Portugal, Alfonso Henriques, and it was one of the last battles in the final stage of the...
Praia da Vagueira #2, Portugal 10/13

Praia da Vagueira #2, Portugal 10/13

During our short stay at Praia da Vagueira we had the opportunity to watch the fishermen who still use traditional methods to set their nets. Each morning around 6:30 we could hear the rusted-out diesel tractors come to life and we would grab our cameras and head to...
Ofir, Portugal 9/13

Ofir, Portugal 9/13

We wanted to explore a little further north of Porto. The first interesting beach we came to that evening was a small resort town called Ofir. The sun was setting over the ocean and we stopped in an empty parking lot near the “praia” (beach). Everything was fine until...
Porto #2, Portugal, 9/13

Porto #2, Portugal, 9/13

In the afternoon we did have a chance to visit the cellars of the Cockburn’s winery, one of the many producers of the famous Port Wines that this country is famous for. After an interesting tour we were allowed to taste a few. We now have a better idea of where this...
Porto #1, Portugal 9/13

Porto #1, Portugal 9/13

Arriving in Porto, we followed the narrow backstreets that our trusted Garmin GPS seems to prefer and found our way to a dusty dirt bag of a campground in an eucalyptus grove. Its sole redeeming point was its proximity to a bus stop that would take us into the center...
Peso da Régua, Portugal 8/13

Peso da Régua, Portugal 8/13

Finally, we were in Portugal and ready to experience a new culture. Our Spanish was allowing us to get by. Since one of the famous things in Portugal is Port wine, which comes from the Douro Valley and takes its name from the Douro River, it was recommended that we...
Bragança, Portugal 8/13

Bragança, Portugal 8/13

Still following windy secondary roads over the mountains and passing through small villages, we finally came to the Portuguese border. The old Customs House was abandoned so we stopped for a picture and continued on to Bragança. Again it seems strange to cross these...