Ponte de Lima and Braga – two Portuguese towns not to be missed

Ponte de Lima This small town is perhaps the most delightful we have seen so far. It may not be as big and popular as the lovely cities of Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra but Ponte de Lima has a special charm. The oldest village in Portugal, it dates back to Roman times and also has excellent examples of medieval architecture such as the famous bridge … Continue reading Ponte de Lima and Braga – two Portuguese towns not to be missed

Portuguese Camino in May: Day Three

  Barcelos to Ponte de Lima  We have spent two nights in Barcelos allowing us to have a rest day and make a side trip to the charming small city of Braga. More of that later. Yesterday we were pleased to arrive in Ponte de Lima after walking 34 kilometres partially in heavy rain. The good news was that it wasn’t hot and our waterproofs … Continue reading Portuguese Camino in May: Day Three

Portuguese Camino in May: Day Two

    Arcos to Barcelos Today’s walk of about 18 kilometres was another straightforward day with no dramas. Apart from the afternoon heat walking conditions were again ideal and again we didn’t get lost. We saw more pilgrims along the route and swapped stories over coffee in the bars along the way or under the shade of a tree. Today’s route went through several small … Continue reading Portuguese Camino in May: Day Two

Portuguese Camino in May: Day One

From Porto to Arcos On our first day we decided to take a soft option and catch a train for the first ten kilometres or so of the Camino so that we could avoid walking along the main highways. Not exactly the kind of thing real pilgrims do!We have also decided to walk the classic central route of the Portuguese Camino (about 250 kilometres) instead … Continue reading Portuguese Camino in May: Day One

Picturesque Porto Hot Destination

TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN PORTO Porto has been voted top European travel destination for the third time in five years. Situated on the River Douro, colourful historic buildings and homes hug the steep slopes either side of the river. Walk just about anywhere in Porto and you have magnificent views in any direction. Be prepared for lots of steps and steep climbs and … Continue reading Picturesque Porto Hot Destination

10 Reasons why the world has fallen in love with the Spanish

Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. From San Sebastián in the north to Seville in the south, from buzzing Barcelona to marvellous Madrid, tourists have fallen in love with Spain and the Spanish. What makes Spanish people so fascinating? Here are some observations from an Australian occasional tourist which should not be taken too seriously. They have buckets of energy … Continue reading 10 Reasons why the world has fallen in love with the Spanish

Colourful Cordoba in Spring

Thirty hours after leaving Adelaide we have arrived in colourful Córdoba in Southern Spain. Lucky us to commence our trip in this small, serene city where the weather is warm and long, balmy evenings soothe the soul.We are only here for two days-a chance to catch our Spanish breath and discover a new city for the first time. Highlights of our 48 hours in Cordoba … Continue reading Colourful Cordoba in Spring