So many fantastic places, so many interesting people, such a
Links to individual blogs about walking in a Portugal: the Algarve and Alentejo regions, plus ones on Coimbra, Fatima and more, are below.
I flew to Porto with my eldest daghter and met the youngest at the airport before taking the metro into the city (using an Andante card: 1.20 euros per jurney, 80 cents for the card which you can then top up at newsagents around the city and at the larger stations or interchanges – good for buses and metros but each zone needs a different andante card!)
I had a lovely week with the girls – a mix of culture (you must see Seralves contemporary art museum), lounging by two of the outdoor, slightly out-of-town pools, eating some good food, sampling the port wine and of course wandering and wandering the streets to simply admire the architecture.
I took a bus from Porto to Lisbon to stay with a Filipa and meet Sonia, both Shiatsu women who kindly answered my message on the Shiatsu in Portugal facebook page.
Interior of Portugal – River Zâzere and Fátima
From there I travelled to Coimbra, university town.
Camino Portuguese da Costa
Once back in Porto, I was ready to start the camino.
Walking Routes in Portugal 1 Rota Vicentina (Porto Covo to Cabo Sao Vicente
Walking the Algarve Coast includes Albufeira and Portimao
Walking Routes in Portugal 2 Via Algarviana (Alcoutim to Cabo Sao Vicente)
My Feathered Friends, birds of Portugal
To come: the Camino, Portimao, Tavira