So many fantastic places, so many interesting people, such a
difficult language!

Links to individual blogs about walking in a Portugal: the Algarve and Alentejo regions, plus ones on Coimbra, Fatima and more, are below.

Porto

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!)

Porto
Porto

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.

You will find these brightly coloured fish all over Porto
Seralves, Porto
Seralves, Porto
Seralves, Porto
Having a laugh by the Pedro Cabría Reís, Cabinet d’amateur 1999, Saralves, Porto
Carmelite Church, Porto, Portugal. Covered with the famous blue and white tiles – an amazing sight
The Virgin’s big heart, Corrigos Tower museum, Porto, Portugal

Lisbon

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.

Thank you, Filipa
Portugal has delicious figs
Peaceful retreat

Interior of Portugal – River Zâzere and Fátima

On the spur of the moment, I went on a weekend retreat near the Zazere River for wild swimming and peace. I visited the papal shrine and walked the (very short via sacra) in Fatima.

Fatima Shrine

Coimbra

From there I travelled to Coimbra, university town.

Coimbra
Citrus grove at the Botanic Gardens, Coimbra

Camino Portuguese da Costa

Once back in Porto, I was ready to start the camino.

The shell of St James, patron Saint of the Camino walks to Santiago de Compostella in northern Spain
Follow the yellow arrows from cities and towns all over Portugal, Spain an the rest of the world

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)

Lagoa, Algarve

My Feathered Friends, birds of Portugal

To come: the Camino, Portimao, Tavira