My round trip of 5 days in the middle and south of Potugal
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My round trip of 5 days in the middle and south of Potugal was beautiful!
It started in Lissabon, located at the mouth of the Tagus.
Lissabon has a lot attractions, nice views and a maze of streets.
The route is through the many height somewhat tiring and requires good shoes.
I enjoyed my stay in this lively city.
After impressing Lissabon I visited Nazaré, a wonderful fishermen and coastal resort
The daily costumes of the fishermen and women there is great to see. The men wear a wool knee trousers with a check pattern, the same on the shirt and on the head a black cap, whose point aside depends.
Only the widows are completely in black.
Nazaré is a typical fishing town, and nowadays a busy summer resort, with crowds of tourists.
Then I went to Caldas da Rainha , what means: The Queen`s Hot Springs
This town ownes its name to the thermal spring that was much appreciated by Queen Dona Leonor.
Caldas is the birthplace of important figures in Portuguese culture.
After Caldas da Raina I visited the bay of Sao Marintho do Porto
Shaped like a closed shell, has been frequented for years by the same families who long ago chose it as their favourite place for holidays and weekends.
Very crowded during the summer, when it turns into a truly cosmopolitan holiday resort, it has been enlivened in recent years by the practitioners of various radical sports such as climbing, windsurfing and canooing.
Then Alcobaça which lies in the valleys of the Rivers and Alcoa Baça
Alcobaça owes its fame and development to the Monastery or Royal Abbey of Santa Maria
In Batalha was a big cathedral that was totaly burned.
More to the middle of Portugal there's the famous pilgrimage place of Fatima. the churches are not that special, but when I visited Fatima there was a procession of the Virgin Mary.
All the people created a special atmosphere.
After Fatima I saw Tomar
This city lies in the valley of the Rio Nabão, a tributary of the Rio Tejo in the district of Santarem.
Like other towns in Portugal Tomar is determined by one building, in this case a monastery annex castle on a hill.
Abrantes is situated on a hillside next to the River Tagus. Abrantes has always been an important place in the military strategy, from its highest point one can enjoy an immense panoramic view, including most of the Tagus River.
Castelo de Vide this castle, surrounded by the town's white houses, dominates the surrounding landscape and is undoubtedly the first of many surprises encountered by the visitor.
Marvao was also very beautiful, just like Elvas
After Elvas I visited Redondo an old hill-top town, medieval Redondo is mostly renowned for its pottery which I visited.
Redondo is a cheerful little town with an imposing castle.
Monsaraz is a beautiful medieval village, with castle, walls and fortifications. Walking through the streets of Monsaraz is like going back in time, for it is a truly unique place where one can find all the peace and tranquillity that have been forgotten by the modern era.
The most immediate visual impression in the town is that of the whitewash and schist of its houses and buildings.
Then Evora, also very impressing, this city is surrounded by a 6 kilometres long city wall from the 14th century.
The town of Evora consists of winding streets with white houses and there is also a lot to see.
After Evora I went to Beja, Silves and Villamoura.
There I visited Portimao, Laos and Sagres.
It was really a great trip with a lot to see.
After this trip I stayed a few days in Vilamoura to enjoy the sun and the beach, with everything what makes it a pleasant holiday.