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Invited by a couple of friends we made our first walk, worthy of record (and still only the two of us), on May 4th, 2008, along the trails of Portugal. The trail named “PR7 – Nas Escarpas da Mizarela”, in Arouca, was so amazing that it changed the course of our holidays and spare time from that day.

SOLA GASTA was born at that moment without knowing it yet. I wanted to help others to get to know a country of incredible places, welcoming people with open hearts, to enjoy on foot of what Portugal has the best to offer: its great diversity in a small country, just on the map. And what started with a personal blog is now a family project.
My name is Nuno and I “dragged” Catarina and more recently Maria to these adventures.
With a background in Engineering, I soon realized that this wouldn’t be the way to go. I work in digital communication and I need a close contact with nature like oxygen to live.
Catarina’s passion is Social Work, dedicating her time to helping others is her way to happiness. At the moment without work, she occupy the days as a Super Mother and in projects of volunteering and education.
Maria likes treasure hunts, to discover new places, to dance and to snack. She melts us with her contagious laughter and surprises us with her personality. She doesn’t like sobs.
Together we are happy to travel to each county of Portugal, places waiting to be unveiled that are still unknown to the great majority of the population and to those who visit us.
Often they are right next to us and it’s only when someone awakens us to their beauty and uniqueness that we value them.

The best way to know them is by walking.
Leave without an appointment, go to our mountains, beaches, remote villages with a few or even without inhabitants, see breathtaking waterfalls, follow the course of rivers and streams and discover paradisiacal landscapes that arise as any picture taken from our imaginary…
SOLA GASTA is therefore a space to publicize Portugal and its natural heritage, where several pedestrian routes will be described in all these places, from north to south of the country, continent and islands.
I hope that in these pages you will find, besides a modest visual archive of the places visited, suggestions and ideas for some profitable hours without stress, away from the busy daily life of our cities.
Together we will fill these pages to the rhythm of the discoveries made in the counties that we are visiting.
Follow these steps at www.solagasta.com.
For any contact, suggestion or request for information, please fill out the form on the CONTACTS page. And above all, have fun! Thanks.

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