Aquae Flaviae Chaves
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- Continental Breakfast
- Breakfast Available
- Non-smoking hotel
- Multilingual staff
- Conference facilities
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Travel Blogs from Chaves
... with twisting roads on many levels. We get lost and Mrs. Merkel seems to have no idea where she is. We spend ages going round and round, get a fleeting view of the bridge in the distance and eventually get back on to the main road. We are staying at the Vidago Palace Hotel. The porter offers to clean our car for us. Its just what's needed, and its free. It is a huge building. It was built as a Spa Hotel in 1910 because there are mineral springs the and the mineral water is still sold ...
Our wine and bread tour started at a small museum in the center of the village.
We proceeded to the winery, where our guide Maria, gave us an in depth history of the area and how it's become known for its Muscat grapes. It can be quite warm there in the summer - 50 degrees Celsius or 122. The ground is very rocky, all of which makes for perfect conditions.
... grapes, you won’t find any Mateus on offer. Mateus is the name of the village, not the palace’s Quinta, and at some point way back when the family that owns the palace sold the rights to using the palace’s image to a large Portuguese wine producer, one that marketed sweet roses in America and Britain in the 1970s when that was the preferred flavor in wine just as interest in wines was starting to grow.
... the village and promptly climbed back up and eventually descended to less than 500m after walking around the mountain and looking often over the edge to what should have been amazing views blocked by mist but at one point buddy says "holy heck (well not quite those words) thats a 70 degree drop!" Yep straight over it was! Okay........focus Lari......no falling over the edge!
Finally descended into a village - no bar for coffee of course but we found ...
... we need torches to be seen in this fog!
So my buddy dons his torch on his head so that oncoming traffic pics us up a little earlier (hope) and straps mine with the red light on to the back of my pack so those coming up behind know we're there. For those of you who know the road I live on, this road is no wider and with trucks passing and no shoulder or verge you can imagine what that is like in dense fog! Scary stuff but we have a few hours of this.
We pass through ...