Category Archives: Portugal

Wrapping up Portugal: Porto and Lisbon

Bicycling through Alentejo and Beira it didn’t seem like there were many tourists in Portugal.  I remember being quite surprised how few tourists there were even in the historic center of Évora.  Well, we found them.  In addition to Sintra … Continue reading

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Northern Portugal walk: Vale de Côa, Serra da Estrela, Buçaco

Continuing from my last post… we left Pinhão and the Alto Douro by bus on a slow and very curvy road through (again) endless hills covered with vineyards and schist walls.  Our destination was a UNESCO World Heritage Site (again), … Continue reading

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North Portugal walk: Peneda-Gerês National Park, Guimarães, Alto Douro

For years my Mom has gushed about Peter and Ben, Ana and Esperanza, the core group of Duende Travel.  Duende Travel specializes in walking tours of Western Europe, emphasizing beautiful locations, historical context, excellent local food and wine.  When my … Continue reading

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Bicycle touring central Portugal: Alcobaça to Sintra

From Batalha it wasn’t far to Alcobaça, yet another monastery, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site.  After so many monasteries, churches, cathedrals, cloisters, one might begin to wonder if it was really possible to see something new in Alcobaça, another building … Continue reading

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Bicycle touring central Portugal, a pilgrimage of sorts

Beira felt very different from Algarve and Alentejo.  The rest of our bicycle tour, sort of paralleling the Atlantic Ocean from Coimbra to Lisbon, was once again very different from anything we had already seen in Portugal.  Traffic was heavier, the … Continue reading

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