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13.03.2015 : Loulé - Albufeira do Monte da Rocha (Ourique) (110 km) sunny 20ºC

Drive to Albufeira do Monte da Rocha where we arrived just before it got dark. We noticed that there was at least one Dutch camper that was already there 2,5 weeks before when we were here for the first time. They are probably staying all the winter here... N37.727188º W8.297381º


14.03.2015 : Albufeira do Monte da Rocha - Viseu (460 km) sunny 18ºC

Drive to Viseu via the motorway from Santarém to Coimbra (22,5€). Sightseeing of Viseu and overnight just behind the official overnight site: N40.6690º W7.9189º 40.66


15.03.2015 : Viseu - Lamego (66 km) sunny 16ºC

Volker walked to the visitor center in town to get more information about the area. Meanwhile Julia walked the first stretch of the Ecopista Dão which was converted into a cycling track (tarmacked!) all through to Santa Comba Dão. We took our bikes and started riding and never stopped until we reached Comba Dão (50 km, 750 m descent, 350 m ascent, 5 hours with many breaks). This was a lovely and pretty easy tour which we really enjoyed with a variety of landscapes. Just the last 100 meters up to Estação de Comboio de Santa Comba Dão are not done! At the railway station the very nice man helped us get a perfect huge van that drove us back to Viseu with our bikes for 50 € (40 km) : Mário 962 783 840 / 232 888 761 / 962 673 988. We had “dinner” (at 4 pm) on recommendation of Mr Mário at Lanxeirão for 16€, a place we would have never gone to, but Julia was so hungry that there was no discussion. The menu consisted of a kind of delicious cake filled with ham and cheese, a main course with meat, black beans, rice, fruit etc. We then drove to Lamego Camping (+351 968 709 525, 5€ per van, 3€ per person, 4€ electricity) where we were welcomed by the nice owner, Mr. Nuno Meneses. We had a glass of a superb red wine (Quinta do Pessegueiro, Reserva, Douro, 2010) before saying Good Night to everyone. N41º05’29” W07º49’17”


16.03.2015 : Lamego - sunny 14ºC

After a breakfast with delicious fresh bread we walked to the Santuário da Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, then down the long stairs. Not much to see in town, although the lady at the visitors’ centre was very nice. The owner of the Camping Lamego fetched us down the stairs. He offered us a glass of port wine, showed us around, we bought some wine from his peculiar caves and enjoyed a wonderful salmon home  grill lunch. Afternoon: relax!


17.03.2015 :  Lamego - Peso da Régua (18 km) cloudy 15ºC

We put our walking boots on and hit the trail nº 1 beginning in Lamego and going up the hills across our camper site (12,5 km - 3 hours, 500 meters ascent), but I didn’t like it because it was mostly on paved roads and it was boring! Back home we bought some Quinta do Pessegueiro wine 2010 from Mr Nuno, had lunch and drove to Peso da Régua where we settled along the River Douro. We had first tried to stay on the big parking lot in town, but tomorrow is the weekly market and no cars are allowed to park from 0:00 to 17:00 hours. We were so tired that we tried to stay awake playing cards but at 21:00 we couldn’t keep our eyes open anymore. N41.155857º W7.782569º


18.03.2015: Peso da Régua - Freixo de Numão (86 km) cloudy 17ºC

Walk to the market which is only a hardware market, but we found the “normal” fruit and vegetable market where we bought some things. Walking along the “promenade” we saw two special animals: a beautiful kingfisher and a martes foina (lat.). Drive to Pinhão where we first had a starter at the ex-info-stand and then lunch at Restaurante VelaDouro (30€, food ok, but they were not honest: coffee was on the bill although it was part of the menu deal, the soup had already been “forgotte n”). Drive to Quinta da Pessegueira in Ervedosa do Douro where we bought some wine (they don’t accept any cards and you only get a pencil written total amount!). Hope the wine will be good. Overnight at the private area of Freixo de Numão: 5€ per night with electricity, no wifi. N41.060120º W7.220710º


19.03.2015: Freixo de Numão - Torre de Moncorvo (86 km) cloudy 17ºC - 400m

Drive to N41º04’21’ W7º13’36” to the Roman road where we walked towards west following the sign “Moinho”. What a surprise to walk on an old Roman road which took us to an old impressive water mill through beautiful landscape. Drive to Foz Côa where we had booked a guided tour to Canada do Inferno at 10:30 (10€ p.p. for the tour or 12€ with the museum). After that we had lunch at the beautiful restaurant (very good and superb views) with the delicious wine Quinta do Côa which we afterwards also bought at Intermarché (8,50€). We then drove up the N222 (the old road) up to Torre de Moncorvo where we stayed at the motor caravan area up the town N41º10’51” W7º2’30”

I feel so silly sitting next to these stupid pillows! (seen at “Goodvibes”)

Sé: 13th-century granite cathedral

The “funicular”

The mimosa trees blossom

Some of the old railway stations were remodelled into bars

The Dão vineyards

The cycling way goes along the Dão River up to Santa Comba Dão where we took a taxi back to Viseu

The former railway track has been converted into a fabulous cycling track from Viseu to Santa Comba do Dão (50 km long)

Faboulous!

Some old signs remind of the old railway

Lamego

Mr. Nuno Meneses showing us the wines in one of his mysterious caves

Santuário da Nossa Senhora dos Remédios  with the view down over the town.

Old houses in Lamego

Our privileged location at Peso da Régua on the Douro River along the new promenade

Peso da Régua

Volker enjoying a “small” starter with two huge gratinated mushrooms. He is holding the white Port wine glass just for the picture, it was mine!

Our overnight site in Freixo de Numão

We specially drove to the Quinta to Pessegueiro through adventurous roads to buy the wine we liked so much in Lamego. This place is not really prepared to receive visitors like us...

Foz Côa