PORTUGAL TRAVEL DOCUMENTARY | 4×4 Road Trip

PORTUGAL TRAVEL DOCUMENTARY | 4×4 Road Trip
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Portugal

Portugal –  From jagged coastlines to roaring waterfalls and ice-covered peaks  Portugal is full of natural wonders.   Follow us on our journey as we explore the sun-kissed southwestern corner of Europe.  Our road trip through Portugal started along the beautiful Douro River   in the northeast of the country.   Forming a natural border to Spain for more than 100 kilometers,   the Douro has cut a deep canyon into the landscape.  Several remote viewpoints provide travelers with impressive vistas of the countryside.   Early the next morning, we visited the first of many Portuguese castles:  Castelo de Algoso.  This medieval castle was one of the most important fortifications in the northeast of Portugal  and looks back on at least eight hundred years of history.  Nowadays, this region is extremely peaceful  and as such, perfect for travelers seeking solitude.  However, in past centuries, frequent warfare with the neighboring  Spanish let to the construction of countless   castles and watchtowers, many of which have survived to this day.

Surrounding Landscape

Whichever direction we looked, olive plantations dominated the scenery.   To make the most of the limited water in the region, several rivers such as the   Rio Sabor have been dammed, creating large artificial lakes.   While marveling at the view, we spotted a small gravel road leading towards the lake shore.   Of course, we didn’t think twice and immediately headed down the path.   Conveniently, it was time for lunch, so we packed out our camping chairs  and enjoyed the quiet.   Needless to say, we also went for a refreshing skinny dip in the lake.  After driving back up again, we soon found  ourselves on little country roads leading north.  Even though Portugal is known as a warm weather destination,  it can get properly cold at night,   especially in the north of the country, as is evident by all the frozen ground.

Drives in Portugal

After several hairpin turns, we arrived at the portal  which towers 1000 meters above sea level.  Providing us with sweeping views,  this pass turned out to be one of our favorite drives in Portugal.  After 5 weeks of traveling all throughout the country,   our road trip ended where it had all started: along the shores of the Douro river.   Blessed with a magnificent display of stars,  we spent our last night reminiscing about the adventures we had had.    More than just a sunny beach destination,   Portugal delighted us with its variety of landscapes,  its rich history, and its scenic roads.  Portugal has proven to be diverse, wild and rugged   – and as such, a perfect destination for a road trip.


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