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Porto: Foz – 6th Jan. 2014

January 7, 2014

Last year in January I went to the mouth of the Douro River (Foz) to check the agitated winter waves. I was quite happy with the photos and the walk:

Last year's waves

Last year’s waves

Last year's waves

Last year’s waves

Sunset at Foz - Porto

Sunset at Foz – Porto

This year I would had taken completely different pictures, I wasn’t there (unfortunatly I’m not even in Portugal) but check out the video someone posted in Youtube:

Curious if someone filmed from the top of that Tourist Bus you can see in the video.

 

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Discover Portugal: In Facebook

June 25, 2012

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:

Down to Lisbon: 1-Nazare

March 15, 2012

It’s been a while since my last post and with my complicated work hours I can only check some blogs from time to time and haven’t payed attention to my own.

This last February I had to go South to Lisbon to take care of some paper work. I went by car and took the A8 highway. The first stop was in Nazaré, a ocean-side village particularly famous to surf fans after some youtube video (check it down).

I had never been there but the view of the landscape and of the waves in the Atlantic Ocean was sure worth it.

For the lunch I decided for one of the backstreet restaurants. I usually prefer those because they have to impress the customers with their food while the restaurants in front of the beach can rely on the view.

Visit the Junkyard

July 24, 2011

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.

There and back in work again

April 16, 2011

I have a new job this month, 50 Kilometers north from Oporto in Esposende (Portugal). Trying to make me feel more comfortable in the area my new co-worker (apparently a hiking addict) recommended me to cut through the fields towards the ocean for a walk after lunch. It’s less than 10min each way. I had my camera with me so I took some photos to share. Judge my lunch break sights.

What do you see in your luck break?

Matosinhos in January

February 3, 2011

Seashells in Matosinhos

It’s winter in Portugal of course but snow is not common in Portugal. Especially not compared to the temperatures in central Europe, our January here had snow in some mountain districts but in the north  coast the temperatures were always around 10ºC (50F) and we had some sunny days too.

In sunny days there was a considerable amount of people walking along the beach. The surfers also enjoy this days for some practice since, except some occasional brave person, they are the only ones in the water.

For more information about Matosinhos please check my other posts in this Category.

Photos were taken in January 2011.

Madeira: more photos (3)

February 10, 2010

More photos from Madeira Island:

Oporto: Sealife

January 23, 2010

What a Strange Ray

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.

Ticket options:

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

From Praça Gonçalvez Zarco to the mouth of Douro River

January 19, 2010

This post is part of  Matosinhos – Oporto following the Atlantic Ocean and Douro River, please check the Index page for the other posts following the same tour.

Check the path I followed on this post: HERE

Cheese Castle -> Foz Castle -> Douro River mouth

The Atlantic Ocean

Continuing to follow the Atlantic Ocean Southwards you’ll be now in an avenue with a wide sidewalk. There are a lot of classy villas and other buildings on the other side of the road. This is probably the zone with the most expensive houses in Oporto.  

Along the coast there are small gardens near the sidewalk and 3 not-too-big sand beaches. Then you’ll reach another castle (“Castelo da Foz”) guarding the mouth of the Douro River.

Danger: Wave Zone

The manmade barriers in the mouth of the river are usually under the continuous collision of waves so walking to some areas above the barriers can be dangerous.

The “Arrábida” bridge can be seen upriver linking Oporto to Gaia (Vila Nova de Gaia).

After the “Foz” Castle, leaving the Ocean behind and already following the Douro River, there is a public garden “Jardim do Passeio Alegre”, with fountains and a mini-golf area.~

Oporto: Castelo do Queijo

December 18, 2009

Castelo do Queijo – ticket: 0,50€

 Please check the following map for it’s location: HERE.

1. Castelo do Queijo

“Castelo do Queijo” – Cheese Castle, or Saint Francis Xavier Fort is a small defensive fortification near the Atlantic Ocean. It was built in the 15th century and it is named like this because it was built upon a round rock considered similar to a cheese. It has changed over the centuries, including being attacked or bombed during many wars, for example the “Liberal Wars” (1831-1834).

The fort has an angular design with wide shooting platforms and large walls. There was a moat around the walls so that the entrance was limited to one door with a drawbridge. It has no towers. The design is from the French military engineer Miguel de L’Ècole.

It is nowadays owned by the “Association of Comandos” being used for cultural purposes and for expositions.

Some consider it one of the best places of Oporto to watch the sunset on the ocean.

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Note: One of the  sightseeing bus lines parks in this roundabout to allow tourists to visit the Castle. It works in “hop on – hop off” fashion. This means the tourist can use his daily ticket to enter or leave the buses as he pleases, exploring at his own pace. More information can be found on the official site: HERE. I expect to create a post on the subject later.


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