A hilly area
Mystic of Holyhead (successor to Lynn Rival)
Rachel and Paul Chandler
Tue 13 Oct 2020 17:55
Still exploring the
Alentejo (beyond the Tagus), in the NP da Serra de Sao Mamede:-|
Castelo de Vide, in the old town, looking down past the synagogue . . .
. . . towards the fountain
Marvao, the neighbouring village (about 10km away), also has a castle
How old? The menhir da Meada was re-erected in the 1990s, from 2 bits found on the ground
It's the largest free standing stone in Iberia; age unknown - it's megalithic (I know that just means 'big stones'); the guy propping it up is 70.
But this nearby (close to Povoa Dam Reservoir) dolmen is said to be unreconstructed
The local reservoir - but no sailing club!
I spy supper! Porco preto Iberico (Iberian black pig), aka an acorn processing factory; they make very tasty meat
Coffee smugglers' walk. (Spain is a stones' throw astern of us)
Back on the tourist trail - Evora, from Sao Bento hill; 'our' Quinta just out of pic to the right
The view from our bedroom window
Underneath the (aqueduct) arches - same principle as the railway arches in London?
Monsaraz - an afternoon outing to another of those castles near the border
View from Monsaraz castle - a reservoir on the River Guadiana again.
Almendras Cromelech - this one is old. About 7,500 years (Stonehenge hadn't even been thought of)
After all this inland stuff - climbing up and down hills, steps and cobbled streets, spotting castles and megalithic stones, it's time to move on; 'To the sea side!'