Portugal's Emerald Coast
May 15-22th 2010
Surprising. That was the theme of our week on the Portuguese coast, north of Porto.
We were surprised by the lovely coastline with huge sandy beaches and breaking rollers.
Surprised by the hills and valleys, full of wild flowers and grape vines surrounding gardens and small fields of vegetables. And surprised by the low cost of everything in shops and bars (one euro was standard for a beer).
A great hotel, and some good meals at local restaurants. We were pleased we took the local train to visit Viana and the old walled part of Valenca, on the Spanish border.