Views of Spain across the River Minho

Melgaço town council have created a 5.7 km / 3.5 mile walking route that starts in the town centre and follows the River Minho through a forest and then small villages to the thermal spa at Peso. I only had a day to explore Melgaço but that gave me enoughRead More →

Rabelo boats reach Porto's Ribeira district

One of Porto’s claims to fame is its port wine, a fortified wine that comes from the grapes of the Douro valley. If you look across the river from anywhere in the city, you’ll see the names of the biggest brands emblazoned on the red roofs of the port wineRead More →

Maria do Rosário Fernandes Pinto gives a warm welcome to guests at Casa da Calçada in Melgaço.

Like every Solar do Portugal, Casa da Calçada is unique, and rather special. The 17th century farmhouse is known in the village of Melgaço as “The White House” but this has nothing to do with presidential aspirations. It’s because the curved terracotta roof tiles are painted white. “My mother-in-law told meRead More →

Pilgrims at Labruja, the highest point of the Central Portuguese Camino

After a day walking a section of the Portuguese Way of St James pilgrimage route, I’ve somehow been persuaded to come back and do the full 227 kilometre walk at some point. When I arranged to do one stage of the Portuguese Way with Portugal Green Walks I had no intention ofRead More →

The basilica of Santa Luzia at Viana do Castelo, Portugal

I hope you enjoy the third in my weekly interview series about travelling in Portugal. Allow me to introduce Forrest Walker. Hi Forrest. Can you introduce yourself, please? I am a 59-year-old American Expat living in Sharjah. Where? Sharjah is next to Dubai.  I write. Travel blogs mostly but IRead More →

Barcelos lit up for the Festa das Cruzes

Winning a night’s accommodation encouraged me to find out what there is to see and do in Barcelos. This small city in northern Portugal is famous for the cockerel legend that lies behind the painted souvenir cockerels. Judging by the number of giant cockerels dotted around the place, this is still its main claimRead More →