Enchanting Village built of rocks, Monsanto Central Portugal

In the very remote part of Central Portugal is this small village on a hilltop, the main feature of which is that the houses and other buildings are built to incorporate the huge rocks that the hill is made up of. A harmonious inclusion of these huge boulders as walls or parts of roof. Rock…

The mystical Kinghts Templar at Tomar, Central Portugal

If one has read the book or seen th movie “The Da Vinci Code” or the stories of King Arthur then I am sure the Kinghts Templar would be a mystical group who inspire in you a sense of awe. These were the source of my mystical impressions of the Knights Templar and so I…

A day at Almourol and Santarem, Central Portugal

The Castle of Almourol near Tomar was a part of my itinerary, however since I had cut short my stay at Evora by a day and travelled to Tomar earlier than planned I had one full additional day at Tomar. Fatima, Obidos, Peniche are some places usually visited from Tomar, these places I had already…

Evora and closeby places, Central Portugal

Evora is an UNESCO World Heritage site and is also considered as one of the most ancient European towns. Usually covered as a day trip from Lisbon being around 140kms to the east of it. If you are travelling up North from the Southern part of Portugal Evora becomes a good stopover before continuing to…

Almendres Cromlech a unique visit, Central Portugal

While I was charting out my route from the South to North of Portugal, Porto being the last place of visit as I was flying out of there, Evora seemed like a good place to base myself in the Central Portugal area. Looking for the closeby places I could visit from Evora I came across…

Estremoz, Central Portugal a day trip

After circuiting through the South of Portugal I headed to the central part of Portugal having Evora as my base. Estremoz is around 50kms northeast of Evora and apt for a day trip. If you have a vehicle then you could add in the towns of Borba and Vila Vicosa also to this day visit,…

Sao Miguel, Azores Portugal – paradise on earth

There is always that one place you want to revisit from your previous travel. I have a list of it and Santorini,Greece has been on the top of this list for a long time now. However after visiting Sao Miguel I now have this on the top of my list and hope with all my…

Two days at Tavira, South Portugal

Tavira was my last town of stay in South Portugal. As this would be my last few days of beaches I had planned my stay here for 4 days. My first impression of the town as the bus passed through was that here is another beautiful typical Portuguese style town with mostly white buildings with…

Vila Real de Santo Antonio a day trip, Portugal

Vila Real de Santo Antonio is a border town between Portugal and Spain and the southeastern most town of Portugal. The borders of Spain and Portugal are drawn through the river Guadiana. Crossing over to Spain town of Ayamonte is very convenient from here as there are regular ferries taking tourists and locals across the…

Ria Formosa a nature paradise, Algarve Portugal

This was one place which I did had not researched too much as I was working on my itinerary. I just set aside a few days for Faro and Tavira with the intention that when I am there I will figure out what and how to go about exploring this natural park. I had seen…