Travel Blogs from Viseu
Distance: 26 km
Santiago train ramp is a hot topic. Every conversation about our walk to Santiago ends with questions or remarks about the derailed train. I learn a lot of train related Portuguese words. It is of course very sad what happened there
I started alone this morning, like most of the time, and I'm the last one to leave, also like most of the time.
I meet a new traveler from ...
I was awoken by the smell of porridge. Tart, green apple cubes and plump sultanas sprinkled the surface of the hot, oaty mixture, combining to form a tantalising aroma that played on my taste buds. A large mug of herbal tea sat next to the porridge bowl, sweetened with a little honey, but still too hot to drink.
My parents and sister were already awake, and sat at the dining table consulting a folding map of Portugal.
... because it’s an island.
From Covilhã it’s a 20km drive to the highest point of the mountain. The whole way up there are beautiful things to see and amazing view points. There are giant boulders everywhere, lagoons, dams AND THE BEST PART: an old insane asylum that is being remodeled into a fancy resort! How horror movie does that sound?? Awesome.
The area reminds me of a higher-elevated Bend/Sun River Oregon. ...
We all feel that it is a good time to be away from home, but have been trying to keep up with the rattles and shakes that are continuing by checking Geonet from time to time. It felt the other night that we were experiencing aftershocks from all the way over here because intermittently the whole building would shake which put us on edge until we realised that it was the underground train. It was far enough away not to be heard, but we definitely felt the shaking. Its funny how ...
... to really reach Covilha's centre steeply uphills. A passerby recommends us Hotel Solneve and we would not be deceived.
We plan to take a taxi the next day to bring us up to the top of Torre (return trip 20 EUR) for a hike. It is cool up there and we enjoy the distant view as much as the relaxation for our butts.
Recommendation: Marisqueria "A Tareira" - "Arroz a Mariscos en Tamboril" for 20 EUR