On the Road – 7 days in Northern Portugal

You wouldn’t believe how much there is to see and do in the region north of Porto.  It mightn’t look much on the map but its quite a whirlwind to fit everything into a week.   However,  with 7 days,  you can do more than sample wine and admire the Douro! Our wish list: The Douro The mountains […]

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Party Time in Porto – put June 2020 in your diary!

Festa de Sao Joao is the most important festival in Porto and a huge part of the city’s identity. Originally a pagan ritual, it was celebrated at the solstice as a thanks to the sun god for a good harvest. Later, it was christianized as a celebration of St. John the Baptist. Over 600 years […]

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10 Glimpses of Northern Portugal: 10.Póvoa de Varzim

You’ll have to imagine blue skies for this one!   Povoa de Varzim is a resort lying about 30km north of Porto.  Its linked to the metro system which means its popular with day trippers as well as tourists.   The apartments stretching along the promenade don’t do much for the place but the beach is lovely […]

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10 Glimpses of Northern Portugal: 9.Braga

I’ve tried,  in this series of ‘glimpses’,  to just offer a flavour of what’s to be enjoyed in Northern Portugal.   So I haven’t named every church,  public building and mountain peak in the posts.   But what a wealth of beauty there is here – and we’ve barely skimmed the surface! Braga,  it turns out,  is the […]

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10 Glimpses of Northern Portugal: 8.Ponte de Lima

  Roman troops,  when marching through Portugal,  refused to cross the River Lima.   They were so bewitched that they reckoned they’d found the legendary River Lethe – famed not only for its beauty but for its ability to wipe out the memories of all who crossed it.  The captain could only persuade his men to […]

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10 Glimpses of Northern Portugal: 7.Pitoes das Júnias

I don’t think you will find many tour buses up here!  This is REMOTE!   Almost on the Spanish border,  this definitely qualifies as Northern Portugal.   Following a recommendation from the tourist office in Montalegre,  and as it was roughly in the direction we were headed that day,  off we went,  25km into the mountains,   to […]

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10 Glimpses of Northern Portugal: 6.Chaves

This Roman town brings you very close to the Spanish border.   Founded in 78AD,  it was built around thermal springs and its strategic importance led to the construction of strong walls,  towers and a fortress.   It still has a beautiful historic centre and Roman bridge. On Praca de Camoes,  you’ll find many public buildings and […]

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