A few weeks ago, when it was still very sunny and still very warm, my walking buddies suggested a last minute autumn camino. “Yeah” I said! “Count me in!”
Since then I attempted and failed the Rota Vicentina in southern Portugal and I’ve made a flying (singing) visit down to sunny Marbella in Spain; both of which are further south than SW France and Porto. I packed my rucksack today and I realised that I have no idea what the weather will be like or what I should take.
10. Odeciexe – Vila Nova de Milfontes
We didn’t sleep well last night. The bed was even harder than we first thought and the pillow even lumpier. Some of my foam lumps fell out from my broken pillow and I don’t know which was worse… more lumps or less pillow.
8. Vila Nova de Milfontes – Almograve – Zambujeira do Mar
We hired a car.
My leg is getting better but there is still sign of infection. I have at least another two days at the clinic and certainly no walking or swimming until after my Monday appointment at the earliest. Continue reading
7. Vila Nova de Milfontes
We didn’t do a great deal yesterday. We mooched around the old town and the beach area before being able to check into our hotel… which is a lovely little place with very very comfortable beds! It’s called the Mil Reis and in a great location in the old town. We asked if we could stay an extra night because we know we have to revisit the doctor tomorrow.
It’s our last day in Portugal. We decided to end our holiday with a walk along this beautiful coastline; perhaps we’d find a small restaurant for lunch, and then maybe take a walk across the boardwalks and dunes of the Dunas da Cresmina.
We’ve had a few wonderful days exploring Lisbon and it’s environs. We took a trip out of town for a fabulous fish lunch where, following Rick Steins recommendations, Gerry tried (and enjoyed) the local barnacles.
We’ve taken in the sights from the open top bus and walked and wandered the alleys and avenues. We’ve glimpsed history, both local and from further afield and we’ve taken trains, trams and cable cars (yes I went in the cable car and yes I loved it). We also followed in Rick’s footsteps and enjoyed some of the best Lisboan Piri Piri chicken… in short we’ve had a great time.
Lisbon is a fabulous city. It’s one of the oldest cities in the world and the oldest in Europe. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate and has the warmest winters of any other European city. The Port of Lisbon, located at the mouth of the Tagus river and is one of Europe’s busiest.
Can you see Gerry… He can see you…
We arrived in Portugal and settled into the little villa that we’ll call home for the next few days. We’re staying in Cascais, a beautiful Portuguese fishing town situated on the western edge of the Lisbon coastline… but we’re only a 30 minute train ride from the capital.