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Castelo Branco

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16 travelers at this place:

  • Day88

    Very near the top of portugal

    April 26 in Portugal

    Up for 17 km. Decent grade, not to hot. We can see the 1993 m summit that is the highest point in Portugal. Camped in Vide on the river and showered in the town hall, swam in the river. Mutiny always a possibility, but beer and coke at the top should help.

  • Day83

    Caleb wrote this ...ALL

    April 21 in Portugal

    Caleb: At first I disliked Europe and what we were doing (Bike touring) ,but after 3 days of 35 k each my butt ache and legs stopped hurting so bad. Now in total we have done 140 k (don’t try and add up the numbers cuz they don’t add up;) I have mostly liked camping in the mountains/hills because there are zero .0.0.0. People to bother me,it’s a vast world when we trek through the burnt areas of Portugal. Me and my dad figure that all the residents have a rule not to tell tourists where the fire was , if u have no clue what I am talking about there was a fire that went through almost all of Portugal ! Killing 100 people... well I’ll wrap it up soooo I miss am my friends sooooooo much. Byeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!Read more

  • Day82

    Grand Roto de Zezére

    April 20 in Portugal

    Bike touring on a mountain bike trail.
    Marty asked for a time map of when we are meeting my parents, and he looked at me dumfounded when I replied "in three weeks". We have been "on the road" for four days, and it feels like we have been going for weeks as we are getting in the groove  We are actually bike touring.  We left from Lisboa on Friday last week, took the train 150km to Tomar, and then rode our bikes 34km to San Domingos.   The weather was still a bit cold and rainy, so we stayed for three nights in snug beds with a fireplace in Joao's grandparents house.  Marty felt a bit like he was in the Zombie apocalypse, as there is no one around.  Like many villages in rural Portugal (and rural anywhere), young people leave for the cities, and only the old folks are left.  As the last generation dies off, people keep up the family houses and use them as vacation homes.  In San Domingos, we ordered dinner from the cook at the Bernardino Cafe (Joan's Uncles cafe), and she cooked us up a portugese feast.  The bread van came each morn.

    It was a big first day on leaving Sao Domingos and we biked about 50 km.  We didn't intend to, but we biked to a town to get food, and then left town looking for a camp, and were near to the river, just a few hundred feet above it.  We asked for water in a village, and filled a 6L bottle we had found and camped on a logging road in a eucalyptus plantation.  Our small fire was mindful of the blackened woods we had biked through.  The fires last year were widespread and deadly, with flames roaring across valleys and wiping out farms and trapping villagers.  People have shown us pictures of the flames rising above the church spires.  The original mediteranean forests of cork and oak were replanted with pine forests, and within the last 50 years the fast growing eucalyptus forests have been planted and harvested making up 10% of Portugal's export.  So you can imagine that it is a bit of a debate, to keep growing the eucalyptus  (which also suck the water and nutrients faster than other species), or go back to pine and less fire hazard.  We can tell you that there is not information out there about where the fires have been.  Do not tell the tourists where it is black, is an agreed upon principle. 

    Subsequent travel days did not include 50 km.  They did however involve finding a campsite too late in the day, being tired with a BIG hill as our last event, riding up endless hills, leaving the perfect campsite too late in the day, and finding a fabulous trail system, The Grand Roto Zezere, along a river.  The villages along this part of the river have many Xisto (Schist) built houses, modern and ancient that are incredible. Areas that were burned reveal unbelievable old rock walls terracing on hillsides. Yesterday we biked 20km, in addition to a few km of detours, and our last 5km were along an old dirt mining road above the river.   We camped in the dark and quiet (we are usually near a village of some sort and hear the dogs and church bells in the night) had a fire and clambered down to the river for a gaspingly cold swim.

    In all, we are enjoying our travel.  Although we have not bike toured before, we know how to camp, and how to bike, and how to fix bikes, and go on multiday hikes.  We got off the train in Tomar, asked each other which direction we should go, and headed off, hoping for the best.  Marty has accepted that there are few animals, or fish, and has consoled himself with the old villages.  Caleb has stopped telling us he wants to go home, and Jorja is her regular happy self, chatting away in strange languages as she turbo charges Marty's bike. I have to admit, I was exhilarated that my dream of bike touring with my family 30 years after I had bike toured with my family, is actually happening.  Jorja has flowers on her handlebars, and wears a pink dress while biking.  We find wifi for Caleb so he can connect to friends, and Marty drinks cheap white around the occassional fire, and I am thrilled when Caleb calls out "I think the old girl is trying to beat me up this hill" and then promptly overtakes me.    
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  • Day2

    Monsanto Portugal

    September 28, 2014 in Portugal

    Jeigu tik yra laiko ir noro - a must visit Portugalijoje. Magiška unikali vieta. Miestas ant kalno. kuriame neaišku iš kur atsiradę dideli rieduliai, tarp kurių natūraliai įsikūrę žmonės. užburiantis vaizdas leidžiantis saulei. Ačiū Die vos spėjom. Deja nepasilikom nakvynei..

  • Day35

    In den portugiesischen Himmel

    September 10, 2017 in Portugal

    Als wir am gesterigen Abend in Porto angekommen sind, lag schon der dicke Nebel über der Küste und es war nicht mehr an einen Abendspaziergang zu denken. Heute wollen wir uns die Portweinkellereinen der Stadt ansehen, der einzige Ort auf der Welt wo der berühmte Portwein zu seiner Vollendung zuzammengeführt wird. Am Abend genießen wir die Aussicht über die unglaublich ..... bleuchteten Stadt und die berümte .... Brücke. Das Flair der heimlichen Hauptstadt Portugals ist unbeschreiblich.

    Bei Zeiten sitzen wir wieder hinter dem Steuer und halten auf Coimbra zu, bis wir am Wald von Bucao einen Zwischenstop einlegen. In diesem Park befinden sich 700 verschiedene Pflanzenarten die von Mönchen in einer Sammlung aus aller Welt zusammengetragen wurden. Den Mittelpunkt dieser Anlage schmückt ein weißgekachelter Palast, der zur Zeit als Hotel dient.

    Als wir uns an der Pflanzenpracht satt gesehen haben überlegen wir was unser Schlafplatz für die Nacht werden soll. Die Wahl fällt auf den höchsten Berg Portugals den wir nach der Dämmerung erreichen. Als wir über die letzte Kuppe fahren, schlägt uns heller Feuerschein entgegen. Was bis eben noch nicht zu sehen war liegt nun wie ein roter Teppich vor uns, es brennt mal wieder in den trockenen Eukalyptuswäldern. Diese Baumart ist hier in Portugal aus finanziellen Interessen inzwischen zu einem riesigen Problem geworden. Der Sturm der hier die Nacht über wütet, tut sein übriges, so dass die Feuerwehrleute keine Ruhe finden, genau so wenig wie wir.

    Am Morgen hat sich der Sturm etwas gelegt und die Feuerwalzen werden nicht mehr über die Brandschneißen hinweg in andere Bereiche des Waldes getragen. Um die Aufregung des Vorabends etwas zu verdauen werden wir uns heute mit einem Dorf begnügen in dem die Bewohner ihre Häuser in und unter großen Garnitfelsen errichtet haben. Als wir Montesanto erreichen schein das Dorf noch zu schlafen. Hier wurden die Monolithen kunstvoll in alle Häuser integriert und es gibt wieder tausende Fotomotive die abgelichtet werden wollen. Nachdem wir den ganzen Tag an den fast senkrechtwirkenden Hängen das Dorf umrundet haben, geht auch dieser Tag zu Ende.
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Distrito de Castelo Branco, Castelo Branco

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