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Vila Nova de Foz Côa Municipality

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  • Day8

    Day 8. Vila Nova de Foz Coa

    August 16, 2017 in Portugal

    Where on earth is Foz Coa? It is on the eastern side of Portugal near the Spanish border.
    The purpose of the long bus ride to the other side of the country was to visit the Pre historic Rock Art site. I was unable to book a visit on their site (quite useless) and this was confirmed by the staff at the hostel.
    On arrival I left Shirl drinking a coffee whilst I went to visit the Museo Office. Could not locate it. Then the Tourist Office. a most unhelpful woman confirmed she could not book visits and was unsuccessful in ordering a taxi for me.
    I did not appreciate humping both bags 1 km to the hostel, which is the only accommodation in town. (I will Check this out tomorrow)
    The staff in the hostel were indifferent to us but the room is very good.
    I was very grumpy at this stage but later we managed to find a good tapas/restaurant and enjoyed a pleasant meal. The beer went down well.
    We will explore tomorrow.
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  • Day8

    Day 9. Foz Coa.

    August 16, 2017 in Portugal

    This morning we made a change to our itinerary, cancelling our proposed 5 day walk from Fidenza, over the Passa della Cisa to Pontremoli. Instead we have booked an apartment in Pissoia, giving Shirl,s arm more time to heal before the Via Francesco.
    We discovered that yesterday was Assumption day( Public Holiday) in Portugal perhaps explaining lack of interest by the Tourist and Hostel Staff.
    Shirl discovered a walking trail to the Museum 4 kms away. Newly sign posted it was easy to follow. The countryside reminds us of Port Augusta. We came across a shepherd and his flock of sheep blocking the road. He invited us to walk through them which we did with trepidation. No problems. I thank him and we went on our way with the flock following us.
    We were surprised on arrival at the museum to be told that there were spaces available on the afternoon's tour. Then disappointed when told the starting point was 14 kms away and we needed to make our own way there. We settled for a tour of the museum. Very informative. The artists scribed over the work of other previous ones, making it sometimes difficult to see the images.
    We discovered why I had no response when trying to book a tour. All spots taken by tour groups.
    The predicted temp today was 36degs, so perhaps a blessing we didn't go.
    We left to return to the town and came across a group of young boys and their guardian who told us that a free tourist train operated 3 times each morning to correspond to the tours. We jumped at the offer of a free ride to town. The guardian tried to arrange a private guide but all slots were full.
    A good lunch then we returned to escape the afternoon heat.
    Evening saw us having a drink at the Sunset Bar before walking into town and enjoying the relative coolness of the evening breeze.
    Shirl has suggested that she carries her own rucksack tomorrow to relieve the pressure on me. We'll give it a go.
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  • Day41

    Day 41: Coa Valley

    March 28, 2017 in Portugal

    Up early today for an exciting destination - another UNESCO World Heritage site! This time we were visiting the paleolithic rock art sites of the Coa Valley in eastern Portugal. It was about 90 minutes drive away, and we were booked on a 10:15am tour, so it was our earliest start for quite some time.

    Got away with no problems, though delayed a bit in the village waiting for a bobcat to come up a narrow lane the wrong direction. It looked like we were going to be a bit late, but some sensible driving meant that we arrived one minute ahead of schedule.

    Since it's only a small operation, our tour was a single 4x4 with us and our guide, plus two French tourists and a French-speaking guide. They didn't speak any English, so after a polite "je m'appelle Joel" and a smile we kept to ourselves.

    Thankfully the site was only 15 minutes drive away. It's in a fairly steep canyon on a tributary of the Douro river, and there are thousands of rock engravings spread along scores of boulders at various points along the river. These date from between 8000-25,000 years old, and were only discovered in the 1990s when the Portuguese government started construction of a dam across the river. During the environmental studies, the engravings were inadvertently brought up from underneath sediment where they'd been preserved, and their significance was quickly realised.

    Thankfully the dam was abandoned and the whole area was declared World Heritage, as it's the oldest known rock art in Europe. It pre-dates the cave paintings at Lascaux in France, but isn't as detailed.

    Interestingly, the engravings were entirely of animals. Bulls, goats, aurochs, deer, fish, sheep, horses with flowing manes. Some of the animals had had their heads carved twice, giving the illusion of movement which was nice. There were two difference techniques on display as well - the oldest style which was essentially hammer & chisel style, and then newer styles using very fine pointed blades. Ironically, the older style was preserved much better since the larger marks were far more visible.

    We spent about 90 minutes out at the site, learning about the history and so on. It's not known why the engravings are there, but archaeologists believe the full bellies drawn on the animals suggest fertility rituals, or perhaps hopes for bountiful hunting.

    Then back to the main building where we spent some time looking through the excellent museum, though we had to hurry as a large group of noisy teenage schoolkids was following up behind us and making a ridiculous racket. Had a quick bite to eat in the cafeteria where we were surprised to find it was 2pm!

    Back into the car for the long 2 hour drive back to the Douro valley, where we wanted to check out a few more things. Partway back we suddenly gained an hour - turns out my phone had picked up a signal from Vodafone Spain and set its clock to Spanish time, then on driving away from the border it'd set itself back to Portuguese time! Third time in 10 days we've been caught out by time, as we'd missed the daylight savings change as well!

    Stopped at some various lookout points on the way back to get some good footage, as today was a beautiful day. Spring had suddenly arrived in what felt like a single morning, as it was now warm and sunny, with flowers blooming everywhere. Lots of nice colours too - yellows, purples, whites and reds along with the usual oranges. Even the grapevines seemed to have grown a foot overnight!

    Back into Pinhao which is the other main town along the Douro, and we parked up to have a look around. Lots of old folk on their Antiki cruises taking photos on iPads and clutching walking sticks. Had a glass of local wine on a bar at the riverfront and watched the sun sink behind the hills before returning to the car and heading for home. Made the funniest quip of the journey so far, when I drove slowly through a crowd of pensioners blocking a narrow road and said that I felt like Moses parting the Grey Sea.

    Relaxed at home for a while before heading back into Regua for dinner. Decided to splash out a bit on a nice dinner, so we headed for an upstairs waterfront restaurant with Portuguese cuisine. I had a goat's cheese gratin for entree and veal medallions with roquefort sauce and mushroom risotto for main; while Shandos had an onion soup for entree and deer medallions for main. Shared a pumpkin fondant for dessert which was excellent. One of the best meals of the trip, though comfortably the most expensive too.

    Back to the apartment feeling very full and satisfied after a long day. Last night in Portugal!
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  • Day22

    bridges and locks

    November 10, 2016 in Portugal

    We had an easy morning on the ship. A welcome rest after yesterday's long day. We are now heading back downstream, so we passed through the last lock from the other day.

    Then we passed under a bridge so low we actually scraped the top railing a bit.

  • Day18

    boarding the boat

    November 6, 2016 in Portugal

    They had to move the boat from Porto to another port up river because we don't have as much daylight that they normally would to get to our next destination. The bus drivers got a little lost but we eventually arrived and had an easy time getting settled in.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Vila Nova de Foz Coa, Vila Nova de Foz Côa Municipality, ویلا نوا د فوز کوا, ვილა-ნოვა-დე-ფოშ-კოა, Vilanova de Foškoa, Вила-Нова-ди-Фош-Коа, 福什科阿新鎮

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