The Backroads from Vila Vicosa to Flor da Rosa – the start

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The clouds were low and it was dark and wet as we set off from Vila Viçosa for the Pousada at Flor da Rosa. We could have whizzed directly there up fast, new roads, 85 km in 1.5 hours, but then you see … Continued

Castles in Portugal’s Alentejo – Mourao

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Mourão was another of the border towns disputed by Spain and Portugal in the 13C until in 1297 King Dinis signed the Treaty of Alcañices with the Spanish King, Fernando IV, and Mourão became a Portuguese possession, although the fighting and disputes … Continued

Castles in Portugal’s Alentejo -Monsaraz

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The Iberian Peninsula has been inhabited for an eye-popping length of time, and this is evident in the area around Monsaraz as seen in the many megalithic sites – antas, circles, standing stones dating from c.5,000 BC or earlier.

Castles in Portugal’s Alentejo – Terena

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The Castle of Terena was one of the chain of castles either built or fortified by King Dinis (1261-1365) to protect the borders of Portugal from Spain. The castles in this area (we were based in Vila Vicosa) are Elvas, Juromenha, … Continued

Museums in the Castle, Vila Vicosa

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Inside the Castle in the Mediaeval Town of Vila Viçosa are two museums which are a must-visit, and at the same time you can wander around the Castle itself.

The Castle in Vila Vicosa, Portugal

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Vila Viçosa started life as a small Roman settlement which then became part of the Visigoth Kingdom, and in the 8C the Moors gained control. The Order of Avis reconquered the area in 1217 and in the early 14C King Dinis I built … Continued

Montemor-o-Novo, Alentejo, Portugal

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I love travelling in Portugal and set off to explore new areas and return to favoured haunts. During this visit we found that Alentejo on Foot has published brochures and a book of mapped, marked walks – I felt freer than ever to explore!

Josselin in Brittany

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I could easily have lingered in Vannes but we needed to move on – to Dinan via Josselin. The first castle in Josselin was built in the 11C but  the building was rebuilt several times thereafter.  Since the 15C the castle has … Continued

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