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Europe » Portugal » Alentejo » Beja » Mertola May 24th 2017

Geo: 37.6389, -7.66216Today we headed north into the hills of southern Portugal. Our first destination is the small riverside village of Alcoutim. Here there are the remains of a 14th century castle which overlooks Alcoutim and the Guadiana River. Across the river on the Spanish side of the river lies another castle overlooking the Spanish village of Sao Lucas do Guadiana. These are visible reminders of the times when Portugal and the Castile were at war with each other.We enjoyed a coffee and a few custard tarts before venturing to the medieval castle. We walked along the castle walls and then visited a museum inside the castle walls. The museum had displays showing the historical path of the city from its inception over 500 years ago. There was also an exhibition of Islamic board games and ... read more
Castle gate at Alcoutim.
Jim at Alcoutim castle
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Europe » Portugal » Alentejo » Beja » Castro Verde April 14th 2017

13th April So, up at a decent time & away on time which we needed to be; we had arranged the previous week to meet up with my cousin’s daughter, but we were contemporaries so called each other cousins anyway, on our way North to Ourique. Karen & husband Tony moved to Albufeira last year so we made a small detour to their apartment & were very happy that we did. We sauntered down to a local beach front & had a light lunch at a cafe run by a couple of Brits. We had a fine old chat & reminisce about family & stuff for a couple of hours & Karen gave us some cakes to take away with us. Such a good time, but we had to go & left for Ourique. Arrived at ... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Alentejo » Beja » Moura October 8th 2016

Geo: 38.1441, -7.44943Bom-Dia à tous,C'était bien agréable le camping. Un petit déjeuné sur la terrasse et nous allons à Évora pour un café. Puis nous allons a Arraiolos, voir le château, une vue super et un autre café avec petit gâteau à je ne sais quoi. Nous allons voir des mégalithes. Plus vieux que Stonehenge de 2000 ans. impressionnant compte tenue que c'est le plus vieux de la planète. Des graffitis historique, remarquable. Nous continuons notre périple à Monsaraz. Encore une fois un château mais sur le haut d'une montagne comme les autres mais cette fois c'est un minuscule village avec 3 rues et qui nous ramène à nos amours des murs de pierres, vue dans le nord du Portugal. Sans oublié que dans le centre du château un ar&... read more
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Europe » Portugal » Alentejo » Beja November 8th 2013

Since we arrived at our country hotel last night in the dark, we were pleasantly surprised by our surroundings this morning. We took a walk thru the vineyards and olives trees surrounding the hotel this morning. We were on the look out for storks. Storks are famous here in Portugal. We have seen many stork nests throughout our travels. Their nests are up to 6 feet wide and are usually on top of electricity pilons. On the grounds of the hotel, we saw several nests...but no storks. (Picture the stork that delivers babies). We boarded the bus and headed for the town of Lagos. Lagos is a small fishing town on the southern coast of Spain. When we arrived, we beelined for the town market to check out the catch of the day. The market was ... read more
Fish market in lagos
Live crab in lagos
Cape St.Vincent




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