A place to enjoy the views and spend a relaxing time watching the boats go by on the Douro River between you and the old town of Porto. It's best to visit to the wineries of Gaia, partake in a port wine tasting and later enjoy the views that the landscape offers.
One of the most unique places in the Serra de A Peneda is the Shrine of the same name, and the region's patron saint. But A Peneda also has much more to offer. After the sanctuary, there is a road that, after climbing for 45 minutes, takes you to the rocks at the top, and there is also a small lake-reservoir on a plain where cows graze. The water that runs out of it feeds the Peneda cascade (if you make the picture bigger, you can see a little bit of it through the forest near the tree in the foreground). http://lugaresadescubrir.Blogspot.Com/2011/01 / national-park-geres Peneda-i-portugal.Html
This was the first place I visited in the city, as it is very close to the hotel where I was staying (H. Founder), on the way to the center. It's a big cultural and art facility that has exhibition halls, 2 auditoriums, conference rooms, café, computer room with internet and a restaurant. It was night and it was full of people (mostly young), because they were celebrating the Festival Manta, and there were concerts in the gardens opposite the building. Next to it is the Vila Flor Palace, used as a exhibition hall. Access is free and open 24 hours a day. What caught my eye was the computer room, there were many computers which all had free internet. All modern and extremely well looked after. This center is one of the reasons why it has been declared Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012. I feel great to have these kind of facilities for all people to access all kinds of cultural events (exhibitions, films, concerts, recitals, etc.) and I think in that aspect, Portugal has surpassed us in spades.
Without doubt the most characteristic landscape of the town of Apulia is its windmills ("moinhos" in Portuguese), which are found dotted along the coast, on the boardwalk and beach. They reminded me a lot of the ones you can find on the Greek island of Mykonos. Beforehand they were used for grinding corn grain (flour mills), using as a driving force strong winds that take advantage of the sea breeze in this coastal area. These mills are privately owned and have been converted into beautiful holiday homes.
The Leca da Palmeira lighthouse first operated in December 15, 1926, 60 years after it was noted the coastline needed a lighthouse at this point. It was a school for lighthouse keepers from 1926 to 1962. In 1950 it was modernized with the installation of an elevator and new rotating machinery, and in 1964 it was connected to the public grid. Location: Leca da Palmeira [41 º 12 'N, 08 º 42' W]
The current Terceiros Museum is on Avenida dos Plátanos on the River Lima. The valuable architectural complex consists of two churches, the late convent of Sto. Antonio dos Frades and the adjoining church of the Order of San Francisco Terceira. These buildings show the contrast between medieval art/monastic sobriety and the Baroque style of the Third Order of St. Francisco. It has noteworthy collections of paintings in a permanent exhibition of Sacred Art. In addition to the painting collections the museum has a set of religious sculpture, tiles and liturgical pieces. The tile sacristy panels allude to San Antonio and the ceiling paneling is polychrome.
The Tramontane of Carvalhelhos Castro is one of the most important of the Iberian Peninsula. Nearby you notice a system of parallel ditches (3 moats and as many lines of walls), access ramps and walkways. This defense system is only found in Portugal (in some forts of the Tras-Os-Montes) there is also a stretch of stones "settled down" (something like "rooted", nailed to the floor) in the area where people lived. It is a small town that survived on agriculture and livestock. Of the houses, which impressed me most, was a circular building near the river (starting to drop due to the slope). It was a small building with a small round outer wall (as a kind of tiny porch) that was used to guard livestock. It is thought to be a fortified mine as there are large deposits of tin in the vicinity, also, as they found brass buckles iron and some instruments. Although it is dated, it is estimated that it was occupied from the late Iron Age and the early centuries of the Roman era. It has not been completely rebuilt, it is advisable that the visit is made by someone who can interpret the set of stones that are freely seen. It's a shame that some parts have been so crudely reconstructed. But it would is really interesting.
Barcelos is better-known for its rooster, the symbol and emblem of the city. This popular rooster can be found in every street in sculptures and miniature figurines (souvenirs) that are distributed throughout the country. Around the Cock of Barcelos is a legend, very similar to that in Spain we have about Santo Domingo de la Calzada. It is said that a Galician pilgrim was doing the Camino de Santiago in Barcelos, where he was unjustly accused of robbery and sentenced to hang. Testifying before the judge (who was eating a roasted rooster), he said, "I am innocent, and as proof, that cock will rise and sing". And at the time of execution, the cock crowed, proving the innocence of the pilgrim and saved him from certain doom. This story is depicted in the Lord of Gallo Cross engraved on stone. The cross is in the Archaeological Museum, inside the Palace of the Counts of Barcelos.
Of Cultural Interest in Vila Nova de Cerveira Municipality
In addition to the two bridges that cross the Miño River in the Portuguese town of Valença, another international bridge was completed in 2004 after two years of construction. This bridge links the towns of Goián (Galicia) with Vila Nova de Cerveira. There are sidewalks along the stretch that encourage one to walk over and see the landscape and the great view of the Miño. You can relax with a coffee or a beer in the boat-restaurant that is docked on banks of the river, and that once carried passengers toward Galicia.
Truly amazing! A fort of the Iron Age perfectly preserved. Free tour outdoors, on San Lorenzo Hill (in Vila Chã). This fortified village dating from the 7th century BC has been recently discovered. Archaeological excavations were started in 1985. Several bronze and ceramic objects from different periods (cups, vases, jugs of wine and oil, currencies, etc.) were found, which indicate that the settlement was occupied during the Iron Age and the Roman period, extending even to medieval times. Many of these objects are on display in the City Museum of Esposende. On a stroll down the hill, you can see the circular structure of the houses in the village perfectly, built manually (some rebuilt). They have thick stone walls and are covered with thatched roofs. The fort is divided into different sections. The landscape surrounding it is wonderful too: A forest located on a rocky cliff 200 m high. At the top is a chapel and a gazebo, where there are amazing views of the coast and the estuary of the River Cávado. The Castro of San Lorenzo is classified as a Site of Public Interest.
The building houses the Viseu Seminary and was begun in the late seventeenth century (for the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri) but due to economic constraints construction was delayed till the following century. The Baroque church (designed by Antonio Mendes Coutinho) has an impressive nineteenth century pipe organ from the cathedral. The facade has the blazon of Julio Francisco de Oliveira and is topped with a granite cross. Attached to the chapel (at the foot of the temple) is the bell tower. From the initial construction only the cloister, church and entrance with access stairs are preserved, the rest was destroyed by fire in 1841 and rebuilt. It's fairly sober and neoclassical with many windows emphasizing its linearity.
Soajo is a village belonging to the municipality of Arcos de Valdevez, in the Peneda-Gerês, where horses gallop and play and the only life you see for miles are the cows! The main attraction of this remote place is the espigueiros granaries, which are similar to the Spanish ones, but made of granite, like the rest of the buildings in the village. The streets here are so tiny that many times I thought the car we were in would get stuck. Being in the mountains the spring water is clean and pure, and although at first it was a little strange, I finally decided to try the spring water from the fountain; it was delicious and refreshing. In terms of gastronomy it is also a great place and I would highly recommend trying the local beef or lamb.
The building is worth a visit, also the entry tiles and staircase in the main room. A library founded in 1841 by Manuel Rodriguez da Silva and from the 70s has belonged to The University Do Minho. The building was a former episcopal palace and entrance is free.
In the course of the Iberian Wolf Road Galician Portuguese, we went to the historic city of Montalegre, north of Portugal, in the area of Upper Barrosa Tras-os-Montes, close to Chaves. The origins are from when the Castle was constructed between the 13th and 14th century, which integrates ancient and contemporary architecture, with the castle under restoration. Much of the area is high mountains and is part of the PN Peneda Geres, distinguished by big meadows of grass, with breeds of cattle, goats, sheep and wild horses. Its inhabitants welcome visitors, have a great tradition of emigration, while carefully preserved Barrosa culture (folklore, dances, parties and rural sports) typical of this region. Foremost among others, the championship of "A Chega two bois" Barrosa breed that attraction becomes more typical of summer months, June, July and August. In all the country have good cuisine, especially the cod, goat and lamb, we taste in the restaurant of Peter in Pitoes das Júnias. Definitely a nice place to never forget your camera to make tours around the countryside and mountains (after a land of wolves), spend a few vacation days off, getting lost and making authentic rural tourism, preferably in spring and summer.