Grande Hotel da Curia Golf & Spa
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
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We started the drive south from Porto but before we could get to far we went past some sort of stadium that was set up on the beach. We decided to stop for lunch and check it out, turned out to be the FIFA beach soccer World Cup. Somehow we managed to get ourselves free tickets and spent the next hour watching Spain vs Iran in quite an entertaining game. So awesome to stumble across such a big event. We drove further south and stayed in a beach from ...
... in the afternoon we took a one hour cruise up and down the Mondego River. We got great views of the city.
The river was quite crowded with young people, possibly teenagers, in P class yachts and others in canoes. There seemed to be a minimum of supervision but when a few capsized and they stood up in chest high water we understood why. The river is very shallow.
After our cruise we returned to ...
... still active today -- in the garden of which Ines (of Peter and Ines fame) was reportedly murdered. Her blood is said to have nurtured the olive trees still growing in the compound today. Anyway, the hotel was a slice of history, with all it's 19th century charm intact, with large drawing rooms, a library, large verandahs, and water gardens. We joked that we could picture 19th century English nobility wintering there, being waiting on hand ...
... several balconies in each area of concentration. Secret passages connect each room on the upper balcony to allow librarians easy access to any part of the collection.Here one can easily see the influence the university played when J. K. Rowling was creating Harry Potter at Hogwarts. Interestingly to clean the books a lift system beneath the library releases bats to remove the bugs that destroy old books.
... find a campsite in Mira were difficult as the coast road is about 3km in from the coast and all the land to the coast is a giant forest of scrawny trees and terrible roads. The satnav sent me on one that a sherman tank would struggle with. Only leave the main roads running parallel to the sea as close to your target as possible. A good map is a long way better than satnav in those roads.
Our hot afternoon efforts were ...