If you want to see some really amazing photos from Portugal don’t miss the “Descobrir Portugal” (Discover Portugal) group in Facebook! There’s a bit of everything and a bit from everywhere in the photos shared by the community. Just go to http://www.facebook.com/absolutportugal . Here are some examples:
Posts Tagged ‘Nature’
After the rating agency “Moody’s” downgraded Portugal 4 levels to “Junk” level there has been a lot of anti-Moody’s activity by some inspired Portuguese.
There were also some internet attacks to Moody’s site one of which took their server down. As a result Portuguese IPs have been blocked by Moodys.com
Even with all this Economy news I hope Portugal is still in your destination wishlist. Here are some photos I took this last Friday in Matosinhos to cure us from the economy stress:
By the way, my “thank you” to the European Union for believing that we’ll pay our debt againts Moody’s opinion.
Today while checking the internet at work (sorry boss) I came across 2 nice videos with views from Portuguese beaches.
This is not from any destination I have covered in this blog and the creator of the video is just testing his new camera but i think the beauty of the images is worth it.
This is my 4th post with Photos taken in Madeira, feel free to check and comment. And don’t forget to add this island in the Atlantic Ocean to your “must-go destinations” 😉 .
Photos taken in 2009
Melgaço is one of those unknown destinations in Portugal with plenty to offer as you can check on my previous post.
I’ve found some interesting videos on Youtube that add a different angle.
Video 1 – Aerial view
This video shows an aerial view of the Minho River and Melgaço.
It begins with the River and the international bridge between Spain and Portugal.
At 0:42 you can see the rural Hotel “Quinta do Reguengo”
At 1:09 it shows the Sports Complex
You can get a good view of the town with the castle tower standing out at 2:30
Video 2 – Bridge Jumping
I’ve talked about the practice of extreme sports in Melgaço in my “Melgaço Radical” post.
Here’s a video of some people jumping from the International bridge if you’re feeling brave today.
This video shows the “Monte de Prado” Hotel located in the Sports Complex and near the river.
If you like mountain landscapes there’s a lot for you to see in the areas surrounding Melgaço.
It is not the tallest mountains in Portugal but some peaks can reach over 1300m (more than 4200 feet). And I think you’ll enjoy the views and the characteristic boulders covering some mountains.
As you go up you’ll clearly notice the changing of the vegetation and that there are no trees above a certain altitude. There are some water courses and brooks to be found and the locals do know some remote swimming places.
There are multiple ways to explore: hiking, by car, by motorbike, by bicycle, by buggy…
There’s a local company that rents buggies and has buggy tours in some interesting trails in the mountains. Their official site is in Portuguese only but you can contact them by e-mail or web form at http://www.kart-cross-portugal.com/SobreNos/contacto
Melgaço Radical” is a group dedicated to explore the natural values of Melgaço and its multiple opportunities for adventure and sports. The mountains and the Minho River provide the conditions for activities like Rafting, Hiking, Canyoneering, Paintball and others.
Rafting for example is practiced throughout the year with a 30€ price for person (discounts for groups).
Unfortunately their site is only available in Portuguese but you can surely e-mail them at email@example.com .
Oporto’s Sea Life is the 30th center of this kind, owned by Merlin Entertainment.
It is an aquarium containing a variety of sharks, starfishes, rays and other fishes in displays that recreate their natural habitats. It is located near the “Gonçalves Zarco” square. Unfortunately photos aren’t allowed inside.
Adults: 10.95 €
Children (0-3 years old) : FREE
Children (4-12 years old) : 8.20€
Seniors (>55 years old): 8.20€
Family Ticket (2 Adults+ 2 Children): 32.50€
Optional SeaLife guide: 3.50€
Official Site: SealifeEurope.com
The archipelago of Madeira was populated by the Portuguese during the Discoveries historical period because of its strategic location along the coast of Africa. The islands served as a refueling station and a first stop from ships coming to Europe from India, Brazil and other Portuguese “Feitorias”.
The weather and the fertile volcanic soil of the islands allowed the introduction of multiple species from overseas, one of those being the Banana Tree.
The bananas produced in Madeira Island are relatively small but are considered to taste sweeter than bananas from other locations due to the concentration of their natural sugar. They are used in some of the local dishes, for example “Swordfish with bananas” (click here to view a photo).
This is a photo from a Banana Tree near one of the Hotels in Madeira Island. The tree only produces one bunch at a time with its distinctive purple flower. When the flower withers and falls, the bunch can be cut off the tree because the bananas will keep maturating outside the tree.
The Melgaço Sports and Leisure Complex was inaugurated in the end of 2001. It features areas for professional sports training (stadium, synthetic field, indoor sports arena, athletics track, and tennis courts) and also for relaxation during holidays (children’s playground, hotel, youth hostel, minigolf, swimming-pool, SPA). It is an excellent place for training because of its quiet location in the middle of nature, with pinewood forest and the Minho River surrounding it. It was one of the official training centers of the UEFA Euro 2004.
Several teams have chosen this Sports Center, some of them more than once, for example:
- S.C. Braga (Portugal)
- Portuguese Basketball National Team (Portugal)
- Portuguese League of Football – referees
- Nigeria -under 23- National Team (Nigeria)
- Sport Luanda e Benfica (Angola)
- Zaglebie Lubin (Poland)
- Football NSW (Australia)
- Marne et Gondoire Atletisme (France)
- R.C. Celta de Vigo (Spain)