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Hiking in Portugal

PR8 – Vereda da Ponta de São Lourenço (Machico – Madeira)

The "PR8 - Vereda da Ponta de São Lourenço" trail is on the easternmost peninsula of Madeira, in a volcanic landscape with a unique beauty throughout the arrived at "Baía D'Abra" (D'Abra Bay) as soon as possible, where the trail begins, with some expectations regarding the weather conditions. Although forecasts…
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America

From Punta Cana to Isla Catalina & Altos de Chavón (Dominican Republic)

Days passed slowly in Punta Cana. At Bávaro Beach, the daily routine started with waking up very early (because of the heat and the jetlag), then a quick run before breakfast and soon afterwards "filling the stomach", taking advantage of the "all inclusive" regime. We continued with a walk to…
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Câmara de Lobos

Fajã dos Padres Restaurant (Câmara de Lobos – Madeira)

We don't know if it's humanly possible to find words to describe all the sensations aroused in our senses by this meal in Fajã dos Padres restaurant. We will try. It's becoming increasingly difficult to find genuine, fresh and aromatic flavors such as those cultivated in the fertile and fertilizer-free…
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Câmara de Lobos

Hike to Discover Eira do Serrado Viewpoint (Câmara de Lobos – Madeira)

We arrived early at Eira do Serrado, right in the mountainous heart of the central massif, in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos, 25 minutes north of Funchal, next to the hotel Eira do Serrado, we found one of the most beautiful landscapes of the island, a fantastic enchanted scenario…
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Câmara de Lobos

Yellow Bus – Câmara de Lobos Tour (Funchal and Câmara de Lobos – Madeira)

Today we took the day to "be a tourist", rest our legs and discover Madeira with other eyes. Because we like to diversify our experiences in anywhere we go, we planned a Yellow Bus tour in the morning and a catamaran adventure for whale watching in the afternoon. We want…
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Coimbra

Walking Trails of Morraceira Island – Four Seasons Hiking – Spring (Figueira da Foz)

Bathed to the north by the waters of the Mondego River and to the south by the Pranto River, Morraceira Island is a pearl of Figueira da Foz municipality. With about 600 ha of salt pans, fish farms, rice fields, marshes and cane fields, it has an impressive orniotological richness…
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Hiking in Portugal

Walking to Discover Traditional Santana Houses (Santana – Madeira)

Being in the county of Santana, we must visit the picturesque thatch roof houses, the most representative icons of this region, whose photographs are scattered around the world. This tourist attraction of Madeira Island is also known as "Casinhas de Santana" (Traditional Santana Houses) and its characteristic triangular shape with…
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Hiking in Portugal

Discover the Caves and the Volcanism Center of São Vicente (São Vicente – Madeira)

Our day started early. We would drive about 1 hour by car between Machico and São Vicente and we wanted to get there as early as possible. The Caves and the Volcanism Center of São Vicente would be the first destination of the had some curiosity in this visit because…
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Almeida

Hiking in Castelo Mendo Historical Village (Almeida)

Castelo Mendo is a small village of Beira Interior, located in the municipality of Almeida, Guarda district, belonging to Historic Villages of Portugal. If this wasn't enough to arouse our curiosity, the village was classified as Property of Public Interest in 1984. Its medieval characteristics are visible immediately upon our…
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Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

Hiking in Historical Village of Castelo Rodrigo (Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo)

The Historical Village of Castelo Rodrigo welcomed us on a very rainy day. If the day before we explored the beautiful village of Almeida, today we would head further north to find another Historical Village. From Almeida to Castelo Rodrigo it's about a 20-minute drive, on a quiet road similar…
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Hiking in Portugal

PR2 – From the Seashore to Pedras Negras – São Pedro de Moel (Marinha Grande)

We started the "PR2 - From the Seashore to Pedras Negras" in the Afonso Lopes Vieira Square, near the beach of São Pedro de Moel, parish of Marinha Grande. Its official starting point is located in Vale do Ribeiro Park, at the back of this square where we can found…
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Aveiro

Aveiro Flavours (Aveiro)

Aveiro is a living city, on the streets we feel a contagious joy and the colorful "moliceiros" of "Ria de Aveiro" gladden everyone who visit the city. But a visit to Aveiro wouldn't be complete without a tasting of traditional flavors. At Zeca, before or after a moliceiro ride, we…
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Açores

PR1 COR – Cara do Índio (Vila do Corvo – Corvo)

The van stopped halfway up the road between the village and "Caldeirão" (Caldron). This was the last afternoon spent in Corvo Island because in the next morning, after four fantastic days, we had the flight to the continent booked at the lunch hour. We couldn't return without visiting "Cara do Índio" (Indian Face), the…
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Açores

Hiking Discovering Corvo Village and its History (Vila do Corvo – Corvo)

Corvo Island is not only one of the most isolated places in Portugal. For those who visit it, quickly realize that it's much more than that. It's a place of affections, shares, stories of pirates and smugglers, cruel stories, sorrows and escapes, stunning reports of a harder life. But none…
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Açores

Hiking from Fajã Grande to Aldeia da Cuada (Lajes das Flores – Flores)

Fajã Grande is the Europe's westernmost place and that alone was a very good reason for a visit. It was also the village where we finished the hiking trail "PR1 FLO – Fajã Grande – Ponta Delgada", a little tired of the effort it takes to walk in a muddy and slippery terrain,…
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Açores

PR1 FLO – Fajã Grande – Ponta Delgada (Lajes das Flores and Santa Cruz das Flores – Flores)

The day dawned cool and cloudy in Aldeia da Cuada. I don't know how it would be in the whole Flores island but in midsummer in a Azorean island is not surprising waking up in the morning wrapped in fog, something that residents have become accustomed but saddens anyone who is visiting, for…
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Açores

Hiking Trail from “Aldeia da Cuada” to “Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro” (“Poço da Alagoinha”) (Lajes das Flores – Flores)

This is our second visit to the Azorean Archipelago. Two years ago we've been on S. Miguel island and now we would visit the Western Group islands, Flores and Corvo. Anxiety grew with the approach of the flight and now with the baby, the precautions and the preparation of the…
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Coimbra

Hiking Trail from Verride to Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Saúde (Montemor-o-Velho)

This hiking trail from Verride to the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Saúde, in Montemor-o-Velho municipality, was organized by Luis Moreira, in partnership with AFUV (Associação Filarmónica União Verridense) under the motto "Walk for Health". Starting early in AFUV headquarters, the walkers followed by "Direita" Street towards "Quinta do Cardal".…
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Hiking Trail from Riverside to Riverside (Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto)

There are many reasons to spend a day full of fun on the riversides of Porto and Gaia. By water, land or air, there are several activities to fill the soul with memories and the suitcase with eagerness to return soon. On a Douro's Cruise we discover the riverine areas of the two banks,…
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Coimbra

Walking Trail of Biological Park of Serra da Lousã – Quinta da Paiva (Miranda do Corvo)

On Father's Day, the women from home joined to conspire among themselves, preparing this surprise without my suspicion. The plan consist of enjoying the day outdoors, despite a unfavorable weather forecast, and also taking the opportunity to hike and to picnic. Yes, simple things in life make us happiest, right?…
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Leiria

Cockles from Nazaré

The town of Nazaré is now internationally known for its "cannon", a submerged canyon of tectonic origin, located off its coast which causes the formation of a huge size waves, the "giant waves" of Nazaré. These makes the delights of the bravest surfers and attract to this village in the Leiria…
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