North Portugal and Galicia tips?: 2006
I am planning to include the Douro Valley and Porto and Santiago de Compostela in the next edition of my Spain and Portugal guidebooks. Are these the highlights of the northwest corner of Iberia? Do you have any favorites in this region which others may enjoy that I can check out on my upcoming research trip? Thanks for any help — Rick
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I've been to Minho and Galicia several times. Around Braga is very nice. There is a small town called Barcelos. What nice people! Chaves, Vila Real,Guarda and Castelo Branco. The Portuguese lifeless people. They are very depressing but, the landscape is inspritational. In Galicia, Tui, Vigo, and A Coruna. Have Fun!
Daly City, CA USA Tue 12/19/2006
Bussaco Forest. We went here on the way to Douro Valley.
It's a popular place for hiking amongst locale Portuguese. It's a splurge place to stay or eat, but it's a beautiful place to enjoy the gardens or do some hiking. The little town of Luso (spa town) looked beautiful. The Bussaco Palace is a hotel that used to be a royal hunting lodge. There is beautiful architecture...and the interior looks like it has period furniture. It's in "1000 Places to See before you die".
I'd also consider Tomar for the Convento De Christo (Knights Templar). I don't know that I'd stay there overnight, but the Convento is beautiful...and really, worth the trip. I think that we day tripped from Obidos.
Here's a wikipedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_Christ_(Portugal)
Columbus, OH USA Sat 11/11/2006
Inner Galica, it is more than the city of SdC
Well a lot of people think about Galicia as being Santiago de Compostela. I can assure you it is not!!!! Get in that car or travel by bus, just get away from the cliché of Galicia. Visit Lugo with its 2.5 km of completely walled city, which date back to the Roman times. There are loads of other thinks to see within the city walls. For example visit the provincial museum of Lugo. Loads of items to see, including Celtic gold jewellery. We found out about these secrets and more, by visiting the casa rural (b&b) called Casa Santo Estevo. www.ribeirasacra.com. this house is situated next to the ancient church the ---Santo Estevo de Ribas de Mino. A truly great location and great hosts too.
Reading, UK Fri 09/01/2006
Visiting A Courna
I just recently visited the city, La Coruña (in Spanish: A Coruña) for the Racewalking World Cup. It was one of the most beautiful and picturesque places to travel to. The city is home to the Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hercules), one of there main attractions. This is one of the oldest, if not the oldest light house from the Roman Empire and provides a gorgeous view. The city has a scenic walk-way all around overlooking the ocean. The people are extremely nice and helpful, as well. It is not a very touristy city, but is definitely one of my most favorite places that I have traveled to.
USA Tue 06/06/2006
We went to Galicia last month and found it a fantastic place to visit. Liked Pontevedra and the castle of Felipe in Ferrol. Didnt rate Lugo that much. We stayed at a fantastic guesthouse run by an english couple that looked after us very well and the everning meals that we had were excellent. Try www.casaquireza.com
Anthony C Jones
Leicester, UK Tue 03/28/2006
Do not forget Vienna do Castelo
Vienna do Castelo, Portugal, was Hotel Santa Luzia, now Pousada, nothing like it in the world. We spent our honeymoon there in 1978, went back 15 years later with my mother in law, who had unknown to us spent her honeymoon in the same Hotel. Food was superb. Mae is very stately and just by her presence we are always served well anywhere we went. I would like to see Santiago de Compostela. Thank you.
Marie Alice Sena
both husbands are deceased.
Marie Alice Sena
McLean, VA USA Mon 03/13/2006