The last day of my trip to the Douro and Serra da Estrela regions in Portugal begins with a splendid view over the pool of “Quinta do Crasto.” Here, I can very well imagine to spend a relaxing day out – alas, not this time because I still “have to go” to a wine tasting. 😉 The views are absolutely stunning though …
From Douro Valley to Sabrosa & Tarouca: Culture & History coupled with beautiful Wine!
Just north of the Douro valley, you will find the municipality of Sabrosa. The drive there is amazing, so take your time! The place itself is beautiful and there is not only Magellan’s birthplace, the famous Portuguese explorer, to visit. For lunch, we are invited to the manor house at Casa dos Canavarros de Barros.
My short, but intensive trip to Portugal ends with the visit of the monasteries in Tarouca. First of all, we visit the monastery São João that has its origins in the 12th century. We then carry on to monastery Salzedas, which is a rather young monastic institution.
So this is how my journey through beautiful Portugal ends, as unfortunately I have to make my way back to Porto and head back home from there. But these intense days have left a great impression on me! Several things have both surprised and charmed me about Portugal. On the one hand side, Portuguese people are extremely friendly. One has the feeling of being truly welcome here instead of being labeled as a tourist all the time. On the other hand, there is the country’s interesting history to which the locals are still very strongly connected. Then there is the wild and romantic southern landscape as well as the wonderful cuisine. Listening to a Fado band over a glass of (port) wine is most inspiring. I will definitively have to go back to this amazing country soon again!
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Disclaimer: We have been invited by “Douro e Estrela” to join their trip through Douro and Serra da Estrela in Portugal. All opinions are my own.