We didn't know what to expect in Zamora and where suprised to find a very beautiful town with many historic buildings, mostly from the roman period of the 12th and 13th century. Zamora is the city with the most Romanesque churches in all of Europe!

The Church

When leaving Portugal in the North we arrived at the Spanish province of Zamora. We saw the signs for San Pedro de la Nave, a Visigothic church from the 7th century!

Prehistoric Rock Art @ Côa Valley

We had travelled to the east of Portugal to visit a fascinating site of prehistoric art. The Côa Valley is an area of more than 10.000 open air paintings from the Paleolithic. We were curious what we will see there.

Douro Valley

Today we were travelling along the Douro river to the east. Here an immense wine area spreads from the river into all the valleys to both sides of the Douro.

Ecopista do Corgo

In Vila Real starts a former railway line along the Corgo river, which was converted into an Ecopista. The colors of the hills this time of the year were amazing!

Serra da Alvão

Nur wo du zu Fuß warst, bist du auch wirklich gewesen.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) 

Only where you were walking, you have really been.

Today this quote felt so true again, while we were hiking through the mountains near Vila Real.

On the way to Vila Real

We had left Viseu, driving north and stopping at every gas station. The drivers of fuel tankers were on strike and there was no diesel available anymore. In the evening we reached Lamego with with less diesel in the tank but we found a beautiful spot for the night. The next day we hopped from one sight to the next.

Solar de Mateus

@ the market

At Santa Comba we visited the weekly market on Wednesday. It was raining a lot, but that didn't scare the people. It was fun to do some shopping and admire all the different goods on sale.

Cars @ Museo do Caramulo

Museo do Caramulo, Central Portugal, is a museum of vintage cars and an art collection featuring works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and other great masters. It is located on the southern slope in the mountains of the "Serra do Caramulo" overlooking a wide panorama. The museum was opened in 1959 by President Américo Tomás.

Ecopista do Dão - Part 2

The plan was to continue the Ecopista the next day from the point where we had turned around in Tondela, but the weather put a spoke into our wheel ;-). The next day it was raining cats and dogs, so we decided to drive on. We found a very interesting museum in Caramulo - details on a seperate post - and a beautiful dolmen near Arca!

Ecopista do Dão - Part 1

After hiking in the mountains we decided to change to riding the bikes for a while. We chose the Ecopista - or Via Verde how it would be called in Spain - along the Dão river, starting in Santa Comba Dão.

Hike near Manteigas

Our second hike in the Serra da Estrela started near Manteigas. We were climbing the mountains with the caravan to reach Pass Cruz da Jogadas with beautiful views over the Serra. (40.423894, -7.516474)

Hiking Portugals highest mountains

We had reached the Serra da Estrela which are the highest mountains of the Portuguese mainland
with a height up to 1993 m. With the Rother online guide downloaded we were eager to do some hiking in these mountains.

The Templar's Monastery

We still had one more monastery on our list: the Convento de Cristo in Tomar.

This fortified monastery was founded in 1162 by Templar Knights. First a castle was built to withstand the attacks of the Moors. Soon it was turned into a monstery. Its centerpiece is the old round church, which houses another octagonal structure inside. Model for the building was probably the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Templar round church decorated with late Gothic painting

Two monasteries on one day

We were now in an area of Portugal where 3 important monasteries are located close to each other - in Alcobaça, Batalha and Tomar. We bought a combi ticket for all three of them and visited the first two on one day!

Alcobaça Monastery

Peniche & Óbidos

Hiking around the peninsula of Peniche we encountered a fascinating coast. Afterwards we still had the energy to visit the lovely historic town of Óbidos.

Cabo Carvoeiro

Cabo da Roca & Sintra

After leaving Lisbon on a rainy day we reached the most western point of the European mainland before we visited Sintra.

Aqui, onde a terra se acaba e o mar começa ... 
Here, where the earth ends and the sea begins ...

Cabo da Roca

Fado & historic cars

Back in Lisbon we visited a classic cars exhibition, took the cable car along the Tejo river and attended a Fado show at a wellknown restaurant.

Doppelmayr cable car along the Tejo river

Walking through Lisbon

Lisboa - Eu vou sempre me lembrar de você!
Lisbon - I will always remember you!

Sunset at the Tejo river

footsteps of the dinosaurs @ Cabo Espichel

50 kilometers southwest of Lisbon, on the south western point of the Setúbal Peninsula lies Cabo Espichel. It’s characterized by a dramatic, wild and barren coastline which has stunning and impressive views of the massive cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean.

The short hike to the footprints..

lost place @ Cabo Espichel

50 kilometers southwest of Lisbon, on the south western point of the Setúbal Peninsula lies Cabo Espichel, one of Portugal’s most extreme, breathtaking and mysterious capes.

Cabo Espichel

On the way to Lisbon

We were getting closer to Lisbon now, but before we wanted to discover the peninsula of Setúbal. Beside a weighbridge and a tidal mill we visited a castle, spoke to an archeologist and ended the day at Cabo Espichel.

Sunset at Cabo Espichel

Evira & Cromeleque dos Almendres

Before visiting Évora we stayed at a little lake called Barragem do Divôr, where we had a special encounter in the morning when a beautiful fox walked around our caravan.