Braganca

Braganca

We have had two lovely days in Braganca. A great finale to our month exploring Portugal. The aire has been quiet with no more than a dozen motorhomes here and those well spread out. As always there are dogs barking in the background but not close and not too loud. Wherever we have been in Portugal there has been a background of barking dogs! Both mornings have been cold with a light frost! In fact the coldest nights we have

Across the top corner of Portugal

Across the top corner of Portugal

We are in Braganca. Really pleased to be here as this city has been on my wish list for many years (far longer than we have had Bertie) but also sad as it means we will soon be leaving Portugal! I can see the attraction of the the Algarve but it is too developed and too busy for me. We have driven the length of the eastern border of Portugal, rarely more than 20 miles from Spain and sometimes just

Almeida and over the Douro

Almeida and over the Douro

Friday 14th We set off to explore Almeida after a late breakfast. Quite chilly this morning at 1c which we felt was porridge weather! Still that set us up for a good walk around the C17 star shaped fortifications of this small town. This town is much smaller than Elvas and the fortficiations are much smaller and a little less complex. In the main they date from 1640s and so are about the same age as the older fort (Sante

Across the Tagus

Across the Tagus

We left Marvão on Tuesday as the mist was lifting. When we got up the mist was quite thick are we could not see the valley below us or the village above us! As we drove down the mountain the cloud was just hanging on to the top of the castle. By the time we stopped for coffee by a small reservoir about 12 miles away we could look back and see Marvão clear  in the distance. The next few

Forts and Castles

Forts and Castles

Friday 7th We changed our plans yet again today! We needed services and some shopping so drove a kilometre or so to the Intermarche supermarket on the edge of Elvas. Bless them for providing free motorhome services. Having dropped waste and refilled the water tank we then headed for Pingo Doce supermarket next door as we had not had a proper look around this chain before. The original plan was to do all this and then go to the big

Elvas

Elvas

Wednesday morning at Monsaraz was just as misty as the previous few days however today there was also a brisk norterly breeze that blew the mist away well before 10am. Thus we were able to leave Monsaraz in bright sunshine which meant we could enjoy the views as we dropped down from the hill and started north. First job was to empty the waste tanks at the service area at the next village. The water tank was still 3/4 full

Monsaraz and misty mornings

Monsaraz and misty mornings

We had three nights at Mértola which is our comfortable limit without services. We can stretch to four nights but that can get a bit whiffy! The mornings have been very misty until quite late. In fact this morning the mist did not clear until midday. Our route away from Mértola on Monday morning took us across the high viaduct and we stopped at the viewpoint on the far side hoping to get some good views back but even at

Away from the Algarve

Away from the Algarve

On Wednesday morning we were up bright and early (the alarm was set for 7am!) in order to get up, have breakfast and service Bertie in time to be rolling up the road by 08:30. All went perfectly to plan and we paid for our short stay and the power used. We arrived at Carlos Rita’s yard in plenty of time and pulled up in front to wait for them to open up.  As we waited to we spotted Margaret

Back to Faro

Back to Faro

Not a great deal to report for the last two days! You are probably wondering why I am writing a blog post in that case but we are parked in a paid for aire with power to spare (thanks to electric hook up) and some spare time. The next few days may be short of both those resources. We left Sagres on Monday morning and headed back to Lagos via some quite minor roads, dropping down to the seaside at

Across the Algarve

Across the Algarve

We did not visit the castle at Castro Marim in the end. The forecast was not good and on balance we decided it was better to press on to the repair shop at Quelfes near Faro and find out if Pedro could fix our broken door hinge for us. We had been warned that the Algarve would busy and full of motorhomes. There certainly a lot at Castro Marim and we had only just crossed the border! So we were