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A secret

Passadiços

Saving efforts The pleasant walk along the walkways is made difficult by the need to climb about 100 meters at about 2 km from one of the ends.There is a solution known by the locals: At the top of this climb is the ticket office, with discreet access for cars, but no parking. The trick is to leave your…

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Gasoline & Diesel prices

If any visitor is planning to rent a car in Maputo, this following information might be helpful. On January 23, 2007, gasoline & diesel prices in Maputo were: ~ Gasoline ~24.30 meticais per litre. ~ Diesel ~24.50 meticais per litre. Prices for both gasoline and diesel are approximately €0.74 euro cents or $0.95 US dollars per LITRE. Or approximatelly $3.5 USdollar cents per GALLON.

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Driving around Alcobaça

Going North Leave Alcobaça towards Leiria, and, after 7 kms, stop a couple of minutes in Aljubarrota, to ear the funny story (not for 7 Spanish soldiers) of the “padeira”. Continue to S. Jorge, where you may visit the museum of the most celebrated battle in Portugal. Proceed to Batalha, and dedicate a reasonable time to the monastery (UNESCO heritage, and…

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Moving in Funchal

Pico do Areeiro

The island is small, but provides different landscapes. The best way to see them is to rent a car, as we did, but taxis are prepared to negotiate daily and well planned trips, acting as guides. ​The changes in the weather and landscape in minutes, as we climb moving between northern and southern sides, always surrounded by flowers, are…

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Estrela

​Located at the edge of the mountain, Seia and Covilhã are the best places to stay for those who want to visit the mountain without the risks (and prices) of the few lodging solutions in the mountain. Reaching the top only takes some minutes, and displacement around is always possible, even during snow epochs. Most tourist come from the coastal…

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Agriculture

Policy in Portugal was largely influenced by the dimension of rural properties – small state in the half north, with thousands of owners led to conservative people; large state in Alentejo led to… communism.  Agriculture is no longer the main activity in the area, but it still has a great influence. The annual agricultural fair, Ovibeja, is a great…

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Modern constructions

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Espinho Media Center Espinho is not a “Son of a lesser god”, and it had also the right to get its white elephants. ​Media center, is a huge and ugly building in the noble area of the city, and, in my ignorant opinion, it is perfect to play that role (white elephant). Pavilion A large and very functional pavilion…

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More about Batalha

Free your imagination The splendor of Batalha is a challenge to each one’s imagination. ​ A Canadian couple (hello Klaudia and Joe) used Virtual Tourist to know something about the place, and we ended meeting in Nazaré and going there together. They sure enjoyed the cathedral, and Joe surprised me, showing that, no matter how well you know a place, there…

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Picnic

One kilometer west of Santa Catarina there’s a sightseeing point well equipped for a picnic, even if you want to grill something in place.  ​The place is sometimes windy, but the views are nice.

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Portugal – How to Understand it

Festas e Romarias It’s impossible to drive across the country in summer, without stumbling in one (or more) popular feast.  You will see the “arraial” – paper flags all over the area – hear the noise and feel the confusion of cars.  That’s the place. The Portuguese venerate hundreds of saints, and each town or village chooses some of…

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