Forte de Sao Francisco
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- Swimming pool
- Free parking
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... day. The King of Portugal had it built with the intention of it being the finest hotel in Europe but there was a revolution just before it was completed and Portugal became a republic. The bedrooms were completely rebuilt in 2006 but the wonderful public rooms and grand staircase were left untouched. We have a snack lunch and then go to the pool. In the evening we have a lovely dinner in the grand sining room and finish off with a port on the terrace as it is our last night in ...
... Tras-O-Montes province is supposed to be Portugal’s most traditional, like a place left back in time. I started to see signs of it here already – old ladies dressed in black walking their long-horned cows home from the field to the barn for the evening, ox-drawn carts used to spread manure, old folks walking along the road with rakes and hoes over their shoulders, shepherds in the mountain pastures. This really feels like the ...
... 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 ...
... and many places (there are few on this lesser walked Camino anyway) have been commandeered by the construction companies. Good business for the accommodation owners but down right useless/scary/hopeless for peregrinos! You can see from the photo I've taken before our final descent some tunnel construction in this area.
This construction has also meant that some notes say you are required to take a detour and then in the next sentence says you can plough through it anyway. ...
... lightly, near the people. Then again, they could be going for only a weekend. I hope they have adequately broken in those boots!
The past two weeks have been great – better than that – fantastic! Portugal is a wonderful, exciting and interesting country with many layers to explore, plus it is the best bargain in Europe and Europe offers a lot of bang for the (US) buck right now. We hardly scratched the surface – ...