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The secret wild side of Portugal: River beaches, castros, hill villages and festivals

Along the Vicen Costa to the west you can create fabulous trails passing secret beaches to be found while they can be discovered in the caves of the full Algarve sun.

The river beaches of Portugal or "fluvial beach" are one of its best kept secrets, frequented by locals, but tourists rarely.

They offer an oasis of calm and cool away from the busy city and seafront resorts, ideal for picnics, swimming, sunbathing and even skinny dipping.


The ancients knew where to put their strengths and stones. With a breathtaking view this is the ideal place for a walk, to bring a picnic dinner and watch the sun go down.
Look at what you have been doing through the treetops in the golden hour and the landscape of research like our ancestors.
Castelo de Castro Laboreiro, Viana do Castelo
The winding trail leads to a ninth-century Galician fortress in the converted Moorish castle. At sunset the last rays of lighting towers burn it dark gold.
Breathe left into the views of this ancient castle nature where eagles perch and lizards crawling over the rocks.
Castro Laboreiro Park and cross the main square in the pillory, the road, turn left and pass in the museum.
A dirt road leads to a rock view on the left side and a lane on the right leads to the castle.
Cromeleque dos Almendres, Évora
One of the largest groups of menhirs in Europe is: 96 stones are found in a clearing in the oak forest and overlooking the plain of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Some swirling rock art projects, written by Neolithic artists 8,000 years ago.
From Évora, take the N114 to Montemor-o-Novo, but after 11 miles, turn left to Cromeleque brown sign. Follow the instructions.
Foz de Égua

From the village of Piódão hill can village of Foz de Mgua Valley go where two rivers meet.
Two small arch of granite slate bridges over a refreshing pool with water so clear that it is like swimming in crystal.
Signed a circular path five miles takes from here on the hills. From Piódão follow the signs for Foz de Mare on CM1134 down.
Praia Fluvial, Ponte das Três Entradas 
The weather and time seems in the District of Coimbra, between Lisbon and Porto and mountain villages are rich overlook river.
Here are two rivers that Alva and Alvoco converge under the arches of an old stone bridge. The water is so clear that one can stand at the bottom of the tile and see how goldfish tissue between its limbs.
There are rowboats for rent and looking for a rope swing for the thrill. Take the N230 south from Oliveira do Hospital; At the junction with the N17, turn right to Santa ouaia. Turn left onto Santa ouaia on the N230 and go to the Fluss Alva. Park and promenade.
Praia Fluvial da Peneda
With former rope swings and islands of flat sand downstream, this is a paradise for children.
Swing your feet suspended in the water tables bar above the river. A short walk up the river produces a wild forest.
Park in the town square of Góis and head for the river bridge. Go to the west side; It is 300 meters to the left.
Praia da Senhora da Rocha, West Algarve
The chapel and wild wind promontory overlooks a beach covered in shells.
Float on your back with your ears under the water and the sand tiles listens. Flanked by high sandstone cliffs, the beach is sheltered from the high winds and a tunnel between the promontory Nova Beach connect excavated with the other side.
The first Sunday of August there is a procession of the Virgin from the chapel to the beach. Exit Porches N125 and follow the signs for Senhora da Rocha accompaniment. Park in the city and walk to the beach.
Praia da Amália, Brejão, Costa Vicentina 
This was the Amália Rodrigues beach retreat, Portugal's most famous rags of forty discovering riches.
Singer orange fado seller will be learned to swim in the privacy of this secluded beach. However, few people know now.
A waterfall rushing sand, perfect for a shower after bath salts. The escape passes through Rota Vicen.
From Brejão the coastal road to take to the Azenha do Mar. The Sign of yellow flowers turn right along the way through the raspberry fields.
Park trail outside the house of Amalia and the left beach.


The mountain villages of Portugal with their streets and staircases that evoke a time of harvest and honey of cobblestones, donkeys transporting goods and shepherd's huts hidden in the hills.
Remove these nations, slowing down the pace and hear the bells tinkling like the cow cough in the rich night light.
Soajo, Viana do Castelo
A smiling cheeky face cut in stone, the 16th century reserves sums up the community in this small town.
Well-known, this city never left the stay longer than the time it takes the bread to cool on the tip of a spear. "Nobles
Most notable are the houses Espigueiros do Soajo, corn, are items such as an army granite mountains inspected.
Ponte da Barca take the N230 west 12 miles. Follow the brown signs to Espigueiros, 500 meters south of Soajo on the M530.
Monsanto, Castelo Branco
Small stone houses are cornered randomly under the huge granite stones that serve as the wall ceiling here and there.
Explore the narrow streets with its caves, wells and even built in rock chapels. A Templar castle along a path to get you up the hill from the village.
Enjoy battlements crowning the innovative overlooking the Raiana plain. White Castle, then take the N233 N239 for 30 miles, there is a path leading up to the castle. Information panels in the city.


Live Portugal streets in summer with street parties or parties. Often, great places to try local food and wine, begin the parties in June, from Lisbon and Porto popular saints.
Julio, each small village has its festival one August, planted with dancing in the streets with flowers, traditional music and party.
Festival of Our Lady of Good Trip, Constancia
For centuries saw Easter Monday, the blessing of the boats in this fishing community on the river Tagus.
Hundreds of fishing boats, colorful decoration, sailing in the harbor. His ceremonial "candle" is a dramatic spectacle.
Back to a lively party. If you take the train from Lisbon, the nearest station is Ribatejo Beach, 30 minutes on foot.


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