Hotel Santa Beatriz
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After yesterday's efforts, we decided we needed a rest day to allow our bodies to rest and recuperate . Today is also Margita's birthday and so we spent a leisurely day wandering around Santarem.
It's very quiet today as it's Sunday but there are plenty of things to see including the old Roman castle and outpost, the cathedral and numerous churches and statues.
The hostel where we ...
Azambuja to Santarem I have just enjoyed a wonderful refreshing shower and stayed for ages so that my aching body could be revitalised. The sun has been relentless and there has been little or no shade. We made many short stops for food, water and a little break. Knowing it was going to be a long 30kms walk across flat agricultural land, we set off early in the cool morning air. The mist ...
... started out
as a fortress during the 500 years of Moorish rule before the Christian
reconquest, a few nice squares, and churches.Probably the most impressive site in town, though, is the Aqueduto de Amoreira, an aqueduct several miles long designed to transport water to the town from a source in the nearby hills. It crosses the valley as it approaches town in four stories of massive arches. I tend to associate ...
... inconvenient (but pretty) nowadays but was important for defensive purposes through history up to about two centuries ago.
Two of the supposedly nicest hill towns were not far off my route towards Elvas, so I thought I'd make a detour and check them out in the late afternoon and early evening. Castelo de Vide is the larger of the two towns and has a substantial church, hilltop castle, and village within the castle walls. ...
... Badajoz, it does have loads of old buildings but it is very dirty, lots of rubbish in the streets and they smell like sewage in places. Our hotel is nice enough and there are the remains of an old fortress in the city which we walked around.
Another hot day, not sure of the temperature but feels like early 30's again in the peak of the day.
This is just a one night transit stop to break our journey.