Porto! Your first port of call; Shirley Sinclair; Queensland Times

Portugal – Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar

A PRICKLY green blanket of vegetation is laid out before us across the majority of the 300km drive between Portugal’s northern powerhouses of Lisbon and Porto.

Small crop farms, leafy vineyards, orchards, sugar cane, natural vegetation, pine plantations and forestry areas dominate the landscape, almost swallowing up the tiny urban areas that can be glimpsed atop cliffs, tucked away in valleys or suddenly sprouting beside motorways.

At times we are convinced we have driven into an enormous open-air art gallery – one filled with quirky modern bridge architecture, the occasional surreal-looking fortress or castle in the distance, and an up-and-down ancient landscape of hills and mountains that point to a tumultuous geological history.

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