Category: Portugal

Why the Azores are Dubbed Portugal’s ‘Best Kept Secret’; David; Two Bad Tourists

Looking for some insider travel info? There’s more to Europe to be discovered and The Azores are Portugal’s best kept secret.

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Exploring Alentejo: A Window into Portugal’s Jewish Past; Meyer Harroch; The Jewish Voice

The Alentejo is the beautiful region of Portugal that lies between the Algarve and central Lisbon region. This vast and sparsely populated area covers over 30 percent of Portugal and is characterized by its rolling hills and historic fortified towns. Alentejo, Portuguese for “beyond the Tagus River,” is the world’s largest producer of cork, and forests of cork […]

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See the Famous Rock Art of Foz Coa in the North of Portugal; James Martin; TripSavvy

Portugal – Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde

See paleolithic rock art in the north of Portugal

Foz Côa is the area around the Coa river valley in which a huge concentration of upper paleolithic “rock art” is found, glacier scrubbed “panels” containing zoomorphic engravings (depictions of mountain goats, horses, aurochs, and deer) or etched symbols like spirals and zig-zag lines. Foz Coa has over 100 panels containing 5,000 animal engravings and was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status for the 30 discovered rock art sites, stopping further development on a dam that was being built near the confluence of the Coa and Duoro rivers.

The rock engravings in Foz Côa and Siega Verde, date from the Upper Palaeolithic to the final Magdalenian/Epipalaeolithic eras (22.000 – 8.000 BCE).

Today the Foz Coa rock art sites are considered some of the most important in the world.

Where Is Foz Côa?

Foz Côa is in the eastern part of the Norte region of Portugal, near the border with Spain.

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CroisiEurope Douro River Cruises 2018; Lauri Wakefield; River Cruise Advisor

Portugal – Historic Centre of Guimarães

CroisiEurope offers cruises on the Douro River. There are nine different itineraries listed on the company’s website, but several of them have only one sailing. In this article, we’re going to look at two itineraries that have several dates available – 1) Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal), and Salamanca (Spain), the 6-day cruise; and 2) Portugal to Spain – Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal), and Salamanca (Spain), the 8-day cruise.

Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal), and Salamanca (Spain)

This 6-day cruise between Porto and Salamanca is round trip from Porto. The average length for a Douro River cruise is about eight days, so this six-day itinerary is shorter than most. However, there are still quite a few stops along the way. Let’s take a look at the destinations you’ll visit.

On the first day of the cruise, you’ll board the MS Fernao de Magalhaes in Porto. This ship carries up to 142 passengers and is smaller than other ships in CroisiEurope’s fleet. But ships on the Douro tend to be smaller for all cruise lines when compared to vessels on other waterways in Europe.

Source: CroisiEurope Douro River Cruises 2018 – River Cruise Advisor