We stayed in lots of wonderful villages and towns on our journey. As is usual for us, we focused on small/picturesque places and avoided the larger cities.
The stunning cliff-side city of Ronda, Spain, is situated in a very mountainous area about 2,460 feet above sea level. El Tajo Canyon divides the city in half.
Our last stop in Spain before we entered Portugal was Zafra. Nice little town with a castle turned into a Parador.
The medieval village of Monsaraz is a hilltop walled village in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The houses are mostly 300 years old, white with red roofs, wrought iron balconies, and elongated chimneys. Walking through Monsaraz feels as if you have gone back in time.
Estremoz is the largest, liveliest and most enjoyable of the three “marble towns”. The area is so rich in marble that it is used extensively in the most commonplace surroundings.
The riverside town of Amarante is set in a gorge of the Rio Tamega, with the wooden balconies of its old houses leaning over the water. Much of the town’s history revolves around the thirteenth-century hermit Gonçalo, later São (translates to Saint) Gonçalo – most of the attractions bear his name or have some link to him.
Aveiro has canals that make a major visual impact in the compact center of this small vibrant town. Brightly colored boats ferry tourists along the waterways among the handsome buildings, open squares and footbridges of Aveiro.
Óbidos is known as the “The Wedding City” because it was the traditional bridal gift of the kings of Portugal to their queens, a custom started in 1282 by Dom Dinis and Dona Isabel.
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Thomas R. Powell
Last updated on 12/05/2013.